Blue Star Museums
– Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, September 3, 2012.
Service of Commemoration – Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge 1:30-3:00pm Words and music will help us to remember those who have gone before us during this Memorial Day Service on Bigelow Chapel Lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the Service will be held in Bigelow Chapel.
Street Performers Festival – Boston – May 26-28 – Street performers, world-class jugglers, clowns, storytellers, mimes, acrobats, dancers, storytellers, and others will perform on the cobblestone streets of the Faneuil Marketplace. Location: Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Time: all day. Cost: Free. 617- 523-1300
Memorial Day Weekend Sale – Wrentham Village Premium Outlets May 25 – May 28 – Don’t miss the annual Memorial Day Weekend Sale. Enjoy extra discounts on top of already low outlet prices. May 25 : 9am – 9pm May 26: 9am – 9pm May 27: 10am – 6pm May 28: 9am – 9pm
Zoorassic Park! – May 26 – September 3, 2012. As visitors are immersed in a prehistoric journey through time at Franklin Park Zoo’s Zoorassic Park, they will be enthralled by the vast array of fascinating dinosaurs awaiting them. These large animatronic dinosaurs will excite visitors of all ages with their lifelike sounds and movements. From the imposing Tyrannosaurus Rex to a variety of other dinosaurs including a Massospondylus, which means “massive vertebra,” an Ornithomimus, which had a bird-like bone structure, to many others, this is a unique experience not to be missed!
Museum of Fine Arts – Free Memorial Day open house
2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships – May 26-28 Gillette Stadium will be the home of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship. The three-day event features championships in Divisions I, II and III, the only NCAA championship that involves all three divisions at one site. In addition to the actual lacrosse games, Gillette Stadium will be full of fan-oriented excitement including youth lacrosse clinics, interactive sponsor fan zones, and community-oriented initiatives. Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
GLBT International Hockey Tournament – May 25-28 Boston Pride Hockey is honored to host the 2012 Boston Beanpot Classic Hockey Tournament. The tournament is an adult LGBT and LGBT –friendly ice hockey tournament hosted by Boston Pride Hockey Association. Cronin Arena 850 Revere Beach Pkwy., Revere
GREATER BOSTON PARADES
Arlington: 9:30 Cambridge: 9:30 Hudson: 10:00 Medford: 10:00 Needham: 6:50
NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY
Fight, Save, Buy, Wake Up! World War I Posters – Ongoing National Heritage Museum, Lexington Throughout America’s participation in World War I–from April 1917 through November 1918–colorful and compelling posters exhorted Americans to fight, conserve food, and buy bonds. At the beginning of the war, volunteer artists formed the Division of Pictorial Publicity of the Committee on Public Information. The Division created a host of advertisements, including 700 poster designs. Millions of their posters hung in public spaces and workplaces–citizens could not escape their pressing and persuasive messages.
Newburyport Spring Fest – Newburyport
– May 27-28
– Celebrate the season in downtown Newburyport! Thousands attend to enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best restaurants and Kid’s Korner featuring entertainment for children and families and the ever popular Teddy Bear Parade.
Location: Downtown Newburyport
. Time: 10a.m.– 5 p.m.
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NORTH OF BOSTON PARADES
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SOUTH OF BOSTON
Pearl Harbor Experience Season Opening – Through October 7 – Battleship Cove, Fall River NEW EXHIBIT – Recreates the sights and sounds of the surprise attack on December 7, 1941. The only outdoor multimedia reenactment of Pearl Harbor anywhere, it forges an emotional connection with the men & women whose lives were forever changed on that fateful day. Honors the bravery and sacrifices of our “greatest generation”.
Colonial Military Arts – May 26-28 Plimoth Plantation n early Plymouth Colony, all men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to serve in the town’s militia. Meet a member of New Plimoth’s militia in the center of the Century English Village. Free with general admission.
Military Service Appreciation Day – Buttonwood Park Zoo – 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford May 26 – 28. On Memorial Day Weekend all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their dependents who show proof of served will be honored with free admission to the Zoo.
Spring Revolutionary War Encampment – Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven May 26-27 – 10:00 a.m. Saturday to 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The Fairhaven Village Militia, the Fairhaven Office of Tourism and guests present a two-day historical encampment at Fort Phoenix. Talk to period costumed men and women about the fort’s history and life in the 1770s. See military drilling, flintlock musket and cannon firing demonstrations and camp cooking demonstrations. Try tomahawk throwing or children’s games. Also see activities such as spinning, fire starting, demonstrations of 18th-Century dentistry and more.
Cemetery Tour: Portrait Stones of Burial Hill – Saturday, May 26 – Plymouth 1pm Burial Hill boasts a superlative collection of rare 18th and early 19th century portrait stones. These unusual grave markers feature carved images of graciously attired people not unlike painted portraiture, right down to tiny details of dress, hairstyle, and posture. Learn about this special genre of gravestone art on a one-hour walking tour with Dr. Donna Curtin. Sponsored by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Meet at the Burial Hill Entrance by First Parish Church. For more information email email@example.com or call 508-746-0012.
Memorial Day Holiday – Fall River – May 26-28 FREE ADMISSION FOR VETERANS: Memorial Day Weekend – all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel who show proof of service will be honored with free admission to Battleship Cove! Special oral histories from veterans will be shown throughout the weekend. Location: Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street, Fall River
Annual Fisherman’s Memorial Service – Starting at the Seamen’s Bethel – May 28 10:00 am – Annual walk from Seamen’s Bethel on Johnny cake Hill down Union St. to Pier 3 on the New Bedford Waterfront for a service honoring all of the many fishermen who have lost their live going to sea.
SOUTH OF BOSTON PARADES
New Bedford: 11:00
Fall River: 1:00
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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS
Massachusetts National Cemetery – May 28th Annual Memorial Day Services. Bourne (508) 563-7113
Cape Cod Scenic Railroad – May 26 Opening day, tickets on sale for scenic passenger train rides from West Barnstable, until train time 11:50 am. Visit the historical museum 9:00am to 2:00pm every Saturday, May 28 through October 15, 2011. Location: 2469 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable Information: 508-362-9287
41st Annual Figawi Regatta
– May 26-28
Sailboat race from Hyannis to Nantucket Island and back; weekend-long festivities
Hyannis Yacht Club, Hyannis & Nantucket Boat Basin, Nantucket
. Information: 508-778-6100
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Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge - May 26-28 Wool Days means sheepshearing at Old Sturbridge Village, plus demonstrations of other parts of the seasonal processing of wool, including scouring, carding, dyeing, spinning, and weaving. Try your hand and learn about other fibers available to early New Englanders at our textile exhibit. Wool Days fall on Memorial Day weekend, when the Old Sturbridge Village stagecoach returns for the summer, along with the Quinebaug River Boat Ride.
AIS 44th Annual Memorial Powwow – May 26-27 Native American powwow 4H Camp Marshall, 92 McCormick Rd., Spencer
CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS PARADES
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Veteran Bridge Ceremony – May 28, 7:30 a.m. In honor of all veterans a ceremony will occur on the bridge where a wreath will be thrown off of the bridge at the conclusion of the ceremony. Vietnam Veteran Bridge
Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair – May 26-27 Sheep shows, sheep dog trials, spinning contest, fiber contests & workshops, handcraft & hand spun yarn contests, fleece show & sale, shearing demo & shearing service. Location: 97 Fairgrounds Rd., Cummington Time: May 29, 9-5; May 30, 9-4 Fee: $8:00 per vehicle . Information: 413-458-0168
Antique & Classic Automobile Show – May 27, 2012 Chesterwood, Stockbridge Car enthusiasts of all ages make a day of it, looking at cars and exploring the historic home, studio, gardens, and woodland walks of America’s foremost public sculptor Daniel Chester French, creator of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. Chesterwood offers breathtaking vistas of the Berkshire Hills that provide a fitting backdrop for the occasion. Local food and beverage vendors from around Berkshire County will be serving throughout the historic site. 10am – 4pm. Rain or Shine.
Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sale May 25-28 Annual Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sale featuring incredible savings on spring clearance and summer merchandise at participating stores. Lee Premium Outlets Lee
3rd Annual Memorial Day Marathon Races – May 26 & 27, 2012 Lenox. This annual event starts and finishes at the iconic Tanglewood Music Center in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Come experience The Berkshires, a true slice of Americana featuring the quaint towns, beautiful views, and friendly people depicted in Norman Rockwell’s art and James Taylor’s music, as we celebrate running – a true American pastime – on the national holiday honoring our fallen soldiers. The weekend will feature The Memorial Day Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, The Berkshires 10K & 5K, The MDM 15K Trail Race, The MDM Trail-Road Challenge, The MDM Kids Run and The MDM Pre-Race Expo at Tanglewood.
First Comprehensive Survey of Canadian Contemporary Art – Opens May 27 Mass MoCA, North Adams. Oh, Canada features more than 100 works by 62 artists, including more than a dozen major new commissions.
Paradise City Arts Festival – May 26-28 3 County Fairgrounds, Northampton. Ranked the #3 arts fair nationwide. This is truly one of the most spectacular fairs of fine craft, painting and sculpture in the whole country, lauded for its fresh, innovative approach. Four buildings, a big tent and a lush Sculpture Garden showcase 260 of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople, featuring furniture, glass, large-scale sculpture, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, fashion and home furnishings. The Festival Dining Tent cooks up sensational cuisine by Northampton’s best chefs and a soundstage featuring live music with a New Orleans beat by the likes of Charles Neville and Samirah Evans. The theme this spring is “Wild Things!”, with an exhibit of art inspired by the animal kingdom, a silent art auction to benefit the Dakin Animal Shelter and a host of children’s activities and demonstrations centered on animals. Boston Magazine writes, ‘There’s no better place in the country to pick up original artwork than the Paradise City Arts Festival.’
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS PARADES
Agawam: 10:30 Amherst: 9:30 Chicopee: 10:00 Easthampton: 10:30 East Longmeadow: 10:50 Greenfield: 10:00 Hampden: 10:00 Holyoke: 9:00 Ludlow: 9:00 Monson: 10:00 Montague: 10:15 Northampton: 9:30 Palmer: 10:15 South Hadley: 11:00 Southwick: 9:30 Ware: 1:00 West Brookfield: 9:00 Westfield: 10:00 West Springfield: 9:00 Wilbraham: 10:30