Signature Events

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January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

January

Boston Wine Festival
The nation’s longest running food and wine festival.

February

Lunar New Year
Month long Chinese and Asian celebrations: Boston, Quincy, Malden, Lawrence, Lowell & other towns.

March

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade has been a cherished institution since 1952. Each March, our city streets fill with happy folks from near and far celebrating Irish heritage, civic pride, faith, family, friendship and tradition. A regional event attracting over 400,000 on street spectators, this Parade is the Pioneer Valley’s biggest homecoming of the year!

Worcester St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in central Massachusetts.

April

Boston Marathon
The world’s most famous running event: Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, Boston

Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Annual Daffodil Festival since 1970 – a weekend of events to celebrate springtime awakening on Nantucket Island

Patriots Day
Boston, Lexington & Concord, along with other towns, reenact events from the 1770s.

Red Sox Opening Day
Boston Red Sox opening day at Fenway Park is one of the city’s great traditions, dating back to 1913

 May

Boston Calling Music Festival
Three-day, multi-stage festival featuring some of the biggest and best acts in live music.

Brimfield Antiques Show
(also: July & September)
The largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000+ visitors during the course of the week

Northampton Pride
The Pride Day Celebration blasts off with a fantastic, amazing, super high energy parade filled with marching bands, religious groups, GSA’s, floats, animals, motorcycles, you name it they are in the parade!! We march into the Pride event site where the party continues all day!!

Paradise City Arts Festival
Welcome to a world overflowing with fresh ideas for home decorating, personal adornment, one-of-a-kind gifts and building a collection. Discover original works in furniture, jewelry, art glass, garden sculpture, ceramics, fashion design, painting and more, all made by Paradise City artists in their studios just for you. (Also in October)

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 June

Boston Pride Week
The largest pride celebration in New England. Features massive parade, various neighborhood block parties, festival and live music

Boston Dragon Boat Festival
the Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the life and death of the ancient patriot-poet Qu Yuan who lived from 340-278 B.C. Qu Yuan was a minister who advocated reforms in his home state of Chu. The King refused to listen to Qu Yuan’s advice and instead banished him from the state of Chu. In exile, Qu Yuan wrote poetry expressing his concern for his country and people. In 278, when Qu Yuan heard that his home had been invaded, he drowned himself in the Mi Lo River.

Nantucket Film Festival
A film festival which focuses on the screenwiter.

St. Peter’s Fiesta – Gloucester
Honoring the patron saint of fishermen, organized by the Italian-American community of Gloucester

July

Barnstable County Fair – East Falmouth
The Fair features livestock exhibits, crafts displays,  trotting horses, sulky racing, vaudeville acts, motorcycle racing, fireworks and food tents.

Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops are the centerpiece of the nation’s most storied Independence Day celebration

Green River Festival – Greenfield
Signature summer event for Western Massachusetts.  Music, family events, food, fair grounds and local produce

Boston Harborfest
With hundreds of activities over a 4-day period at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country’s largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, Boston Duck Tours, live entertainment and much more!

Lowell Folk Festival
One of the premier folk festivals in North America, it showcase dozens of ethnic

New Bedford Folk Festival
New Bedford Folk Festival brings together over 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 plus juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford’s authentic historic district.

Yankee Homecoming – Newburyport
Newburyport is a city where residents and visitors like to gather and, each summer for 59 years, Yankee Homecoming has been among the biggest events in the region.

Outside the Box – Boston
Free performing multi-arts festival on Boston Common that features top national and local performers in music, dance, theater, art and comedy.

Festival Betances – Boston
New England’s longest running Latino Cultural Celebration

Shakespeare on the Common – Boston
Free and open to the public performance in Boston Common.

North End Italian Feasts – Boston
A different saint is honored every weekend in July and August.

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August

August Moon Festival – Quincy
The festival perform lion dance and dragon parade, filled with authentic Chinese cuisines and musical performances.

Falmouth Road Race
Annual Falmouth Road Race attracts 12,000+ Olympians, elite and local runners compete along a seven mile scenic stretch of Cape Cod

Gloucester Waterfront Festival
Collection of over 175 juried Artists and Craftsmen throughout the U.S., display their unique creations, live music, and delicious ethnic foods

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament – New Bedford
Taste & sound of the Portuguese Heritage. Performing art and food festival

Marshfield Fair
Annual agricultural fair held by The Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society

September

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival – Boston
The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is Boston’s biggest block party—a free, annual, outdoor public concert that has delighted hundreds of thousands of music lovers over the years with its host of jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances, along with KidsJam, an instrument petting zoo, and an array of food vendors. Each year, the festival is the place to be in Boston on the last Saturday of September as the community comes together in a bond forged in the joy of great live music.

The Big E – West Springfield
The Big E fair celebrates its centennial in 2016 as the largest state fair on the eastern seaboard and the fifth largest in the US

Falmouth ScallopFest
The Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth is a three-day celebration of scallops and other local seafood

Franklin County Fair - Greenfield
Agriculture, music, food and more!

Bread and Roses Festival – Lawrence
Annual Labor Day celebration of famous 1912 labor strike

 October

Haunted Happenings – Salem
Home of the famous 17th century witch trials, celebrates Halloween with dozens of great events, costumed parades, lectures and scary activities

Head of the Charles Regatta
Launched in 1965, Head of the Charles draws 11,000 athletes from the world’s best crew teams to compete on the Charles River

Topsfield Fair
Annual 11 days fair of agricultural, entertainment, and great food

Cranberry Harvest Celebration
Named one of Top 100 Events in America, an old-fashioned celebration of food, local community

Wellfleet Oyster Festival
Two-day family festival celebrates the town’s famous oysters, clams and shell fishing traditions

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November

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration – Plymouth
Since 1621, Plymouth has carried on this tradition with a parade, tours of Plimoth Plantation and Native American events

Parade of the Big Balloons
Annual parade of big balloons in the main Street of downtown Springfield

Franklin County Cider Days
Celebration of all things apple, with tours, tastings, workshops and farm visits

December

Boston Common Tree Lighting
Held the first Thursday in December

First Night – Boston
Boston originated First Night in 1976, and today the cultural celebration takes place in cities and towns throughout Massachusetts

Nantucket Christmas Stroll
Nantucket Christmas Stroll is still held the first full weekend of December every year. Preparation for this event is part of the Chamber of Commerce’s “Nantucket Noel.”  Hundreds of decorated seven-foot Christmas trees line downtown streets, and are illuminated in a ceremony with caroling at dusk the day after Thanksgiving. Every year a local artist or decorator is chosen to adorn the huge 20-foot tree at the top of Main Street, a tree that “magically” talks to all who visit.

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