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Clockwise from top left: MASS MoCA, North Adams; St. Patrick's Day Parade, Cape Cod; Nantucket Christmas Stroll, credit Michael Galvin; Boston Common in winter; American Textile History Museum in Lowell

 

 

January 2020

 

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!

 

2020 - A Happy New Year!

We are excited to welcome in the New Year in Massachusetts, not to mention a new decade!  

To enjoy the great outdoors, enjoy our winter sports & hikes in state parks, or one of the excellent ski areas in Massachusetts.   

Want to stay indoors? Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020. Go see the new Art & Ecology Exhibit in Andover, or visit the Louisa May Alcott House in Concord. Sports fans, do not miss the Red Sox Winter Fans Weekend at MGM Springfield.

For more on what to see + do in Massachusetts, visit massvacation.com.

 

 

Featured Region: Greater Merrimack Valley

On February 21-22, Lowell's Annual WinterFest weekend will be back in downtown Lowell! Don't miss free ice-skating, live music, the Dick Rourke Memorial Soup Competition and so much more! Ride a classic carousel, enjoy creative activities for kids and play giant games. Did someone say food? This veritable feast will satisfy any and all cravings from hot to cold, stewed to fresh, sweet to savory. You can count on lots of food, music and of course, fun winter activities at Lowell WinterFest! The fun kicks off in downtown Lowell at 5 pm on Friday, February 21.  


Find more events and information for Greater Merrimack Valley.  

 

 

Central Massachusetts

Winters are magical in Central Massachusetts. The season is filled with exciting opportunities to explore the outdoors, enrich your mind and find yourself inspired. Museums in the region meet the interests of all, rom the art enthusiast to the history lover. Add Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman to your exhibit bucket-list, on display at the Worcester Art Museum. Connect with nature and venture on an "Owl Prowl" at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary or indulge in the 'art of craft beer' during Winterfest at Rapscallion Brewery! See our events calendar for other great activities and events.

Find more events and information for Central Massachusetts.

 

 

Franklin County

Historic Deerfield presents the exhibition Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery, on display at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life (37 Old Main Street in Deerfield) through April 12. The exhibition showcases Historic Deerfield's collection of fashion, needlework, and domestic textiles. Considered one of the finest collections in America, it contains items dating from the late 17th century through the mid-20th century.  Displays are set against the backdrop of four main fibers that created most textiles before the 20th century; silk, wool, cotton, and linen. Visitors can consider the aesthetic and practical choices made by people in Deerfield, the Connecticut River Valley, New England, England, and Europe.

Find more events and information for Franklin County.

 

 

Greater Boston

Theatre goers can rediscover the beloved musical CATS or pay tribute to an anthem to friendship, loyalty and  girl power in Mean Girls. ABC's Monday night ballroom is relocated to the Boch Center when Dancing with the Stars takes to the dance floor.  Art lovers will love Yayoi Kusama's LOVE IS CALLING, Yayoi Kusama's immersive and kaleidoscopic Infinity Mirror Rooms. Step back in time as the MFA corrects the record in appreciation of  Nubia rule of the Nile River Valley. Equally fascinating is the PEM's special exhibition of Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, created during the modern civil rights era. The Harlem Gospel Choir performs in honor of MLK and many notable events are celebrated throughout the city, including FREE museum admissions. The Boston Symphony Orchestra entertains all season long, while the city's jazz clubs ward off the winter blues. For those who enjoy the "grape," The Boston Wine Festival opens. If you prefer beer, you can drink it all in at Extreme Beer Fest.
 
Find more events and information for Greater Boston

 

 

Cape Cod

Opening January 11 and running through February 8, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will host the winter art exhibit "Heroes & Villains" at Cotuit Center for the Arts. The interactive exhibit will feature artists' interpretation of this theme - literally and figuratively! The exhibit visit is accompanied by a hands-on workshop in the Art Barn, where children can create their own piece inspired by the exhibition. Later in January, brighten up your winter in a sea of vibrant blooms at the annual Cape & Islands Orchid Show and Sale January 25-26 at The Resort & Conference Center of Hyannis. This year's theme is "All That Orchid Jazz!"

Find more events and information for Cape Cod.

 

 

Greater Springfield

Don't drop the ball on your New Year's Eve plans, leave that up to Times Square! You won't want to miss the kick-off to the new decade. New Year's Eve celebrations are as follows:

1. Elegant Affair's & Vision Entertainment- New Year's Eve Bash: "2020VISION"
2. Log Cabin's New Year's Eve 2019: Dance The Year Away
3. MGM Springfield New Year's Eve 2020
4. Symphony Hall New Years Eve
5. Sheraton Springfield's "Celebration Of The Decade" 2020 New Year's Eve Party

King Ward will be stopping at these cities in Western Mass to pick up and drop people off to and from MGM Springfield. More information here! For information on the above parties, click here. Ring in the new decade with #WesternMass.

Find more events and information for Greater Springfield.

 

 

Hampshire County

Visit the Other Side of MA, where art and history collide! Comprised of nearly 100 works in many media, Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem surveys close to a century of creative achievement by artists of African descent, including Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Maren Hassinger, Norman Lewis, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Lorna Simpson, James VanDerZee, and Kehinde Wiley. The Smith College Museum of Art is the only venue in the Northeast that is presenting this landmark exhibition. Opening on January 17. Learn more! Photo credit: Lawdy Mama Barkley L. Hendricks 1969 The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman 1983.25

Find more events and information for Hampshire County.

 

 

Johnny Appleseed 

There's plenty to do outdoors in Johnny Appleseed Country - downhill and cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, ice fishing, and more -but when it's time to move indoors, great opportunities continue! Take in the Stratton Players' production of "Four Weddings and an Elvis", a handbell concert in Leominster, or a piano concert at the Museum of Russian Icons. Explore the Labored Landscapes and Earth Wares exhibitions at the Fitchburg Art Museum, or an intriguing display of Nutcrackers at the Museum of Russian Icons. Had enough snow? Step indoors as the new year begins!


Find more events and information for Johnny Appleseed Country. 

 

 

Martha's Vineyard 

Kick-off 2020 with Vineyard getaways! Brisk days hiking and enjoying Nature's bounty, wrapped with yummy dinners and cozy nights. Crosslands Christmas Displays light/music shows (1/1-1/5); Opera Nights Sundays 4 to 9 pm at La Soffita; Poetry & Pie at MV Playhouse (1/8); All About Coffee at Farm Institute (1/11); MET Opera Live: Wozzek (1/11); CinemaDance Festival (1/11 and 11/12); Basic Greetings in Sign Language at VH Library (1/12); WinterYard: Rubberband (1/15); National Theatre Live: All My Sons (1/16); and Sausage Making at Farm Institute (1/18).

Find more events and information for Martha's Vineyard. 

 

 

Mohawk Trail Region

Come celebrate the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony, born in the town of Adams in western Massachusetts, who fought for sexual equality and social justice. A Black & Red Gala Happy 200th Birthday Susan B Anthony event will be held Saturday February 15. On Sunday February 16, the Birthday Celebration continues at the Adams Free Library, when Anthony family descendants will perform suffrage music and a song written in tribute to Susan B. Anthony. 

 

Find more events and information for The Mohawk Trail Region

 

 

MetroWest

If your New Year's resolution involves strengthening your commitment to learning, then MetroWest is the place to be in January! As part of MetroWest Kids Initiative, Senate President Karen E. Spilka will be hosting a forum discussing social emotional learning strategies for children at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland (January 14). Then, join Ethan Gordon for a look into Fiji at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick for Travel & Taste: Exotic Fiji. (January 16)  


Find more events and information for MetroWest.   

 

 

Nantucket Island

January's serenity offers a rare opportunity to take a class, see a show, opera or movie, take a cooking class and other cultural indulgences! Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Workshop (1/1 and 1/2); Linda Zola art classes (1/6, 1/13, 1/20 and 1/27); Wozzek opera by Met LIVE at Dreamland (1/11); Short Play Festival Meeting at Nantucket Atheneum (1/7, 1/14, 1/21 and 1/28); National Theatre Live with Arthur Miller's All My Sons (1/16); and Bolshoi LIVE featuring Giselle (1/25).

Find more events and information for Nantucket Island.

 

 

North of Boston

Celebrate comedy and locally crafted spirits & cider January 16-18 at The Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival. The three-day festival features top local and national performing comedians at a variety of renowned Salem venues. Kimsooja: Archive of Mind is on view at Peabody Essex Museum until January 20th. Kimsooja's work transforms simple, everyday actions into moments of meditation and transcendence. Archive of Mind is a participatory installation that, with visitor collaboration, builds over the course of the exhibition.

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Plymouth County

The 1620 Winery at Cordage Park in Plymouth is home to an award-winning wine making operation and a truly one-of-a-kind venue. Plan a night and see what makes this historic venue such a special spot! Shelve those post-holiday winter blues and enjoy a variety of entertainment. January 24th is host to The Vintner's Experience Tour and Tasting; on January 25th enjoy The Trailer Park Girls at a Drag Queen Burlesque Dinner; January 31st offers a Live Comedy Dinner and Show.

Find more events and information for Plymouth County.

 

 

Southeastern Mass

In 1977, the Grateful Dead headlined one of the largest and most musically successful concerts of all time at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. The Englishtown Project will pay tribute to this on Saturday, January 18 when they perform live at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River! Doors open at 7 pm. Purchase tickets online narrowscenter.org in advance for $26 or $28 the day of the show.

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The Berkshires

Jacob's Pillow, known for its summer dance festival, also hosts numerous events year-round! Their winter-spring lineup includes a dynamic performance installation centered on the life and writings of W.E.B. Du Bois by Zaccho Dance Theatre (February 22). Co-presented with MASS MoCA, they present Vuyani Dance Theatre's Cion: Requiem for Ravel's Bolero in February, and a March 21 work-in-progress performance of Deep Blue Sea by Bill T. Jones, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Peter.  Plus, a rare, pre-Festival on-site performance is on tap in April showcasing three New England-based choreographers and artists (April 25) in the Doris Duke Theatre.  Photo Credit: Bill T. Jones in "Deep Blue Sea"; photo Howard Schatz

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