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Greater Springfield
Hampshire County
Johnny Appleseed Country
Martha's Vineyard
Mohawk Trail Region
MetroWest
Nantucket Island
Plymouth County
Featured Region: Southeastern Massachusetts
The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley
Central Massachusetts
Franklin County
Greater Boston
Cape Cod
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Clockwise from top left: Cranberry harvest; Hancock Shaker Village; Mayflower II/Plimoth Plantation; Christian Scott, Mass Jazz/Berklee College of Music; D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield
 October 2013
GREETINGS! 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!
  
CULTURAL FERRY TRIP: Nantucket Island  
Credit Tim Grafft, MOTT
QUICK TAKE: Sea captains' homes and cobblestone streets; stunning beaches and wild open spaces. SEE & DO: Experience Nantucket's maritime history at the Whaling Museum. The ocean can be perilous as the  Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum attests. Brant Point Light stands watch over the harbor. See how island life influences art and craft at the Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery and the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum. Take a  guided walking tour of the Old Historic District or explore the trails of the Middle Moors. The African Meeting House is a legacy of a thriving 19th-century African American community. STAR BRIGHT: Explore the night sky at the Loines Observatory's Stargazing Nights (Fridays in October). EAT & SLEEP: Dine at Black-Eyed Susan's; stay in the historic Jared Coffin House. Note: some museums close for the season on Columbus Day weekend
  
Featured Region: Greater Springfield
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The Pioneer Valley celebrates all things spooky with Zombiefest 2013, a region-wide promotion featuring a full roster of events for all ages! Highlights include Six Flags New England's Fright Fest (Sept/Oct) in Agawam, Tales from Haunted New England at Storrowton Village (10/18) in West Springfield, Dining in the Dark at the Delaney House (10/18) in Holyoke, Zombie Walk in downtown Springfield (10/19), Candlelit tours of Wistariahurst Museum (10/26) in Holyoke, Historic Springfield, Holyoke and Stockbridge Cemetery Tours (10/23 & 27), Ghosts of the Quadrangle at Springfield Museums (10/31), and the Witches Ball at Chandler's Restaurant at Yankee Candle Village (10/31) in South Deerfield.  Embrace the season and plan an overnight visit to take in all the fun!  For more information, visit www.zombiepioneervalley.com.

For more information on Greater Springfield, click here.  

Hampshire County
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Courtesy Tiwani Contemporary London; photo by Remi Abudu
The University Museum of Contemporary Art at the Fine Arts Center presents the legacy of the late civil rights leader, writer and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois in a landmark exhibition, Du Bois in Our Time. UMCA commissioned all new works by ten internationally acclaimed artists whose work offers an aesthetic contribution to a modern rethinking of Du Bois. Full schedule of events online; exhibition is open through December 8th and UMCA has free admission.

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Johnny Appleseed Country

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Curtains up! October launches a new theater season in Johnny Appleseed Country. Relive the '60s with "Shout! The Mod Musical," or excite the kids with "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" at Gardner's Theatre at the Mount. Explore family life with "Dining Room," presented by Fitchburg's Stratton Players; or unravel the "Mountain Moonshine Mystery," a comedy murder mystery dinner, at the Old Mill Restaurant. Enjoy the season at New Players Theater Guild and Barre Players, too!

For more information on Johnny Appleseed Country, click here.

Martha's Vineyard
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Join in all the fun throughout the entire month of October as Martha's Vineyard celebrates autumn with tons of festivals and events that showcase the extraordinary visual arts, dance,
theater, music, film and more of our Island community!  From Food & Wine to Artisans & Chocolate, there's something for everyone! For more information and a calendar of events, visit artsmarthasvineyard.org. For everything you need to plan your trip, including great lodging deals, visit MVY.com.

For more information on Martha's Vineyard, click here.
Mohawk Trail Region
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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams presents Shen Wei Dance Arts on October 26th and 27th in the Hunter Center! Sculpture, painting, and video wind their way into the works of Shen Wei Dance Arts, where a gesture as simple as an outstretched arm becomes a revelation. Don't miss these two unforgettable performances, co-presented with Jacob's Pillow dance! Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

For more information on the Mohawk Trail Region, click here
MetroWest
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On the first weekend in October, catch the region's two largest fall festivals taking place back-to-back in the nearby towns of Franklin and Hopedale! On October 5th, Oktoberfest in Hopedale  offers its 10,000 attendees a biergarden, car show, model plane demonstrations, a stagecoach and railroad exhibit, in addition to musical entertainment, food and kids' activities.  On October 6th, Franklin Downtown Partnership's Harvest Festival brings more than 6,000 people to sample mouthwatering food choices. Browse crafters, artist & business booths, along with entertainment on several stages.

For more information on MetroWest, click here.
Nantucket Island
null Nantucket Conservation Foundation's 11th Annual Cranberry Festival will be held Saturday October 12th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out to the Festival grounds and watch the berries being harvested, learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket, participate in the family activities or just kick back and enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery of one of the most unique and beautiful places on our Island.  Don't forget to bring home a pound, or two, of Nantucket Cranberries for the Holidays!

For more information on Nantucket Island, click here.
North of Boston
Credit: Jared Charney

October 1st marks the beginning of Salem's 32nd Annual Haunted Happenings!  A frighteningly festive celebration of Halloween and autumn in New England, Haunted Happenings has fun and activities for all ages including the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, farmers' markets, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations.  Visit Salem this October for a spook-tacular time...if you dare.

For more information on North of Boston, click here.

Plymouth County

The Annual Arts by the Bogs Festival will take place at Flax Pond Farms in Carver on Sunday, October 6th. Artists, craftspeople and artisans will be displaying and selling their fine art, photography and handmade crafts from 10 m. to 4 p.m. Some will even be demonstrating their crafts throughout the day. The festival will also feature music, food, children's activities and much more!

For more information on Plymouth County, click here.

Southeastern Massachusetts
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The 14th Annual Manjiro Festival will be held Saturday, October 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic Fairhaven! This Japanese-American festival features arts & crafts, food, entertainment, Taiko drumming, tea ceremony, tours of the Manjiro Trail and more. The festival is sponsored by the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society and commemorates Manjiro Nakahama, the first Japanese person to live in America and the town's Sister City connection with Tosashimizu, Japan.

For more information on Southeastern MA, click here

The Berkshires

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Locally grown food is a intrinsic part of the Berkshire culture. To keep this alive through the holiday season, Berkshire Grown hosts Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Farmers Markets! The Thanksgiving Markets will be held in Great Barrington on November 23rd and in Williamstown on November 24th. If you are looking for Christmas goodies, don't miss the Markets on December 14th in Great Barrington and December 15th in Williamstown.


For more information on the Berkshires, click here.
Greater Merrimack Valley

The Fall kicks off with some great performances in the Greater Merrimack Valley! Take a visit to historic Downtown Lowell and visit the newly renovated Merrimack Repertory Theatre as they kick off their 2013-2014 season with God of Carnage. Experience the works of The Lexington Symphony at Cary Hall as they pay homage to some of classical music's distinguished composers in their 2013-2014 season!

For more information on Greater Merrimack Valley, click here.

Central Massachusetts
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From October 11-13, the 2nd Annual Civil War Experience & Living History Weekend will be taking place at Green Hill Park in Worcester! This two-day recreation of the 1860s American Civil War period will include presentations from historical impersonators, a full-scale fictional battle reenactment, a formal military ball, a "Historical Education Day" for local schools, and several other opportunities to immerse event-goers in the atmosphere of the American Civil War.

For more information on Central Massachusetts, click here.  
Franklin County

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Over the Top! A Big Weekend in Greenfield will be celebrated October 17-20. Only 92 miles from Boston - fresh air and fresh fun! Theater, films, poetry, writers, spoken word artists, a walking feast of entertainment - some free, some ticketed events. On Friday and Saturday, the Double Take Fringe Festival features eight shows in eight venues!   On Friday, the One Minute Fest Greenfield will be held at 8 p.m. at Garden Cinemas. On Thursday through Sunday, don't miss the Greenfield Annual Word Festival.           


For more information on Franklin County, click here.
Greater Boston
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The jungle springs to life at the Huntington in The Jungle Book, while lovers torn apart reunite in Boston Ballet's La Bayadère and punk ballerina Karole Armitage's dance company presents two premieres. The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs weekly or create your own music at Play Me I'm Yours, when 75 pianos are in public places for all to play. Attend ARTWEEK, a series of events/experiences, from iconic, popular or emerging genres.  The MFA displays Sargent's Watercolors, and book lovers won't want to miss the Boston Book Festival


For more information on Greater Boston, click here

Cape Cod
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The Fall for the Arts Festival will be celebrated September 28-November 2 across the Cape and Islands! Highlights include live performances by local musicians, open houses at cultural venues, readings & lectures, art activities for children, guided heritage walks, plein air painters, special exhibits and more! Other upcoming events include the Yarmouth Seaside Festival October 12-14, Wellfleet Oyster Fest October 19-20 and Halloween in Provincetown October 25-November 3! Click here for all our Fall happenings.

 

For more information on Cape Cod, click here. 

Regional Tourism Councils  

The Berkshires  Cape Cod  Central Massachusetts  Franklin County  
Greater Boston  Greater Merrimack Valley  Greater Springfield  
Hampshire County  Johnny Appleseed Country  Martha's Vineyard  
MetroWest  Mohawk Trail  Nantucket Island  North of Boston  
Plymouth County  Southeastern Massachusetts