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Clockwise from top left:  Boston Bluegrass annual Joe Val Festival; 

North Adams Fall Foliage Parade; Pilgrim girl at Plimoth Plantation, credit Don Teague; Central Massachusetts; American Textile History Museum in Lowell

 

 

October 2018

 

Massachusetts is rich in arts & culture, so it's no surprise that exciting events, exhibits and festivals are held in the state's 16 regions all year long. Find out more!

 

Fresh Fun and Fall Flavors

The harvest season brings beautiful fall flavors of cranberry, apple, and pumpkin to center stage - the perfect complement to the fall foliage that's soon to cover the Commonwealth in a vibrant wash of color. It wouldn't be October without the special spooks and family-friendly festivities of Haunted Happenings in Salem. Nor would the month be complete without pretzels and craft beer at Oktoberfest celebrations statewide. Make for the water to mix it up, for the world-famous Head of the Charles Regatta to cheer the competitors. Then keep the seasonal fun going into November with the 24th annual Franklin County CiderDays (Nov 2-4) for a bushel of tastings, workshops, and demos in honor of all things apples!
 
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Featured Region: Central Massachusetts

Fall in love with Central Mass this month as apples, pumpkins, and jewel-toned leaves steal the scene! The Mass Fermentational at Worcester Common on October 6 will feature all you can drink craft beer from over 60 breweries! Leaf-Peep and learn how to take the perfect fall photograph during the Landscape of Central MA photography workshop with David Long on October 13. The ever-popular Annual Sturbridge Harvest Festival returns to the Sturbridge Town Common on October 13-14 and will include the annual scarecrow contest and craft fair. On October 12-14, 19-21 & 26-28, Great Pumpkin Nights at the EcoTarium will showcase 3000+ carved and lit pumpkins in stunning displays of dinosaurs, safari animals, and beautifully carved Jack O'Lanterns!  Flashback to the 60's, 70's and 80's during Decades Rewind at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on October 27.

 

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Franklin County

Celebrate Pioneer Valley dinosaur history at DinoFest on Saturday, October 6 in downtown Greenfield! Blending science, arts, community building and sustainability, DinoFest 2018 will feature a Brontosaurus Brunch, Piti Theatre's "Greenfield's Grumpiest T-Rex", DinoMovies with Live Music, interactive dinosaur exhibits, a community art exhibit and more. Events kick off at 9:30 am downtown at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center and outside the Second Congregational Church on the Common. Admission is free. For the complete schedule and more details, click here

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Greater Boston

October in Boston is a kaleidoscope of festivals, sports, music and culture. The theatre season is in full swing! Selections include a whimsical take on The Barber of Seville, Measure for Measure and Broadway hit Hamilton makes its Boston debut. Musically, choices range from Alan Cumming's new cabaret Legal Immigrant, the Racines Festival explores the evolution of African dance and Rock of Ages' 10th Anniversary Tour rocks the Wang Theatre. Beloved teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh & friends visit the MFA, treasures from the Qing Dynasty and the role of its Empresses are on view at the PEM, and you can dive deep into the ocean with Lily Simonson's luminescent murals of life forms rarely seen. Bookmark the Boston Book Fair, make plans for HUBweek and stake out a spot for the Head of the Charles!

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Cape Cod

Dig into fresh seafood, New England cuisine, and local brews at these upcoming Fall food fests, which usher in a season of eating on Cape Cod! Beer aficionados, mark your calendar for the Cape Cod Brew Fest, back for its seventh year on October 13 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds. The pearl of Cape Cod's seafood is undoubtedly the Wellfleet oyster, and on October 13-14 fans from the Cape and beyond flock to Wellfleet Oyster Festival to feast on the celebrated shellfish. Then, tour Yarmouth by trolley (and taste the best of the town) on the Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth on November 10. Come enjoy autumn on Cape Cod! Here are 7 reasons you should from Yankee Magazine.

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Greater Springfield

The Springfield Thunderbirds celebrate their 2018-19 AHL home hockey season on Saturday, October 13 with a festive Opening Night presented by MGM Springfield, featuring a "white-out"; everyone in attendance will receive a free rally towel! Fans are invited to a pregame Block Party from 3:30 to 6 pm presented by Community Bank, including a special live music performance by Unusually Normal at the MGM Springfield outdoor plaza. Internationally-acclaimed comedian Bill Burr performs at the MassMutual Center on October 4.  For more information visit ExploreWesternMass.com

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Hampshire County

Fall in love with western Mass, where arts and culture happenings are as vibrant as the autumn foliage! Music-lovers, grab your tickets to hear 14-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D'Rivera and his Quintet play during the Northampton Jazz Festival (happening all over downtown - all weekend). If poetry is your jam, journey the streets of Amherst with Before You Became Improbable, a street-theater experience featuring the words of local heroine, Emily Dickinson. Prefer prose? Don't miss the Best of Valley Voices Story Slam, hosted by the historic Academy of Music and NEPR. Find a scene for every vibe at visithampshirecounty.com.

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Johnny Appleseed Country

It's a flavor-filled season in Johnny Appleseed Country! Go ahead, begin with dessert - at Leominster's Cannoli Festival on October 4.  Celebrate the harvest at Phillipston's Pumpkin Festival and pie contest on October 6 & 7, or the AppleFest and pie contest at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area on October 13. The BBQ is hot and the craft beer is cold every weekend at Davis Mega Farm Festival in Sterling.  And if chili and chowder tempt your tastebuds, swing by Westminster's Cracker Festival on the 20th. Eat hearty! 

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Martha's Vineyard 

The Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is back October 17-21! The flagship food, wine and drink event of Martha's Vineyard, the festival stays rooted in the Island's rich tradition of farming and fishing, inviting you to meet local culinary talent, and the farmers, fishermen, oyster producers, and artisans they work with. Guest chefs and vintners from around the world are added for a unique celebration. For festival info, visit mvfoodandwine.com, and for all Martha's Vineyard info visit MVY.com.

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Mohawk Trail Region

Discover a magical place like no other at Yankee Candle Village MA! Start your holidays with us at our annual Tree Lighting Event on November 17. Experience the magic as Santa and Mrs. Claus light up the huge tree at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield. Enjoy live music with fun holiday favorites performed by TJ and The Peepers, plus so much more! Visit our Facebook page for a full listing of activities!

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MetroWest

In MetroWest, fun and fundraising for a great cause pair perfectly, just like food and a craft brew. October offers an opportunity to enjoy both, at Something's Brewing In MetroWest on October 15! This event benefits No Kids Hungry Massachusetts and features MetroWest's top chefs offering up specialty dishes paired with Jack's Abbey craft brews. Also this month, MetroWest Beer Fest serves up a tasty blend of music, food, and local beer to benefit the Ashland VFW Post.

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Nantucket Island

Join the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and learn about the long history of cranberry farming on Nantucket during the Cranberry Festival (October 6). The Milestone Cranberry Bog will be harvested for viewers, who can also enjoy music, sample delectable cranberry treats and participate in activities including sack races and hay rides. Then on October 11-14, support local farmers at the NantucketGrown Food Festival. Tastings, oyster boat tours and culinary lessons will all be provided through Sustainable Nantucket.

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North of Boston

Enjoy eleven days of agriculture, entertainment and great food at the Topsfield Fair September 28-October 8! Cape Ann Artisans open studios tour takes place on October 6-8. Come explore the artisans exquisite natural surrounding and see the fine art and craft inspired by the scenic North Shore. Enjoy Haunted Happenings in Salem October 1-31; there is something for everyone, from family fun events to haunted history and much more.

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Plymouth County

Plymouth Center for the Arts will host its 51st Annual Juried Art Show September 29-November 4! View amazing art from artists throughout New England and cast your vote for the most popular award determined by ballot vote of art show attendees. Plymouth Center for the Arts began as the Plymouth Outdoor Art Show on the waterfront and quickly became a tremendous success, attracting artists and visitors from all over the region. In 2008, the organization opened Plymouth Center for the Arts on North Street in Plymouth, in the historic Russell Library.

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Southeastern Mass

Experience fall in Fairhaven at Fairhaven's 6th annual Harvest Fun Day! The event will have homemade goods to purchase, including crafts, jewelry and produce. There will be plenty of children's activities, music and a dance performance by Supreme Perfection Dance Studio. Local eateries - including Dorothy Cox's and Del's Frozen lemonade - will be selling treats, and the FHS Honor Society will be holding a car wash. Anyone looking for more information can call 508-979-4085 or email fairhaventours@fairhaven-ma.gov

 

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The Berkshires

The award-winning WAM Theatre (Where Arts & Activism Meet) presents "ANN," an inspiring and hilarious look at the life of Texas Governor Ann Richards, performed by Emmy Award-winner Jayne Atkinson. October 19-28 at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Denise Kaley Fund for women with cancer, and the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts 2018 Leadership Institute for Public and Political Impact (LIPPI).


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Greater Merrimack Valley

Join in n Concord Museum's Grand Opening Weekend Celebration of the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center November 2-4 from 10 am to 4 pm! It's a FREE Open House with activities for all ages, including musical performances, hand-on experiences for families, and visits with living history interpreters. Over 100 objects will be permanently on display, including the famed 1775 lantern from the night of Paul Revere's ride, Native American tools from 10,000 years ago, and the desk on which Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden. The museum has a rich and varied slate of programs, workshops, tours and events this Fall! To find out more, visit concordmuseum.org


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