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June 2015
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!
3-Of-A-Kind: Contemporary Sculpture
As If It Were Already Here, photo courtesy of Peter Vanderwarker
Look up, look down.

1.
A spectacular new aerial sculpture by Janet Echelman, As If It Were Already Here, now undulates 600 feet above Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway. 100 miles of rope went into the sculpture, which covers almost half an acre and glows at night.

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Just opened: 24 site-specific installations from members of the Boston Sculptors gallery at the Chesterwood Estate in Stockbridge, summer studio of renowned sculptor Daniel Chester French.

3. Steven Siegel's gently decaying newspapers, Big, with rift, and Jim Dine's Two Big Black Hearts are among 60 or so pieces by notable 20th- and 21st-century sculptors in the DeCordova Sculpture Park, the largest in New England.     

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Featured region: Mohawk Trail Region
Photo credit: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), The Sower, c. 17-28 June 1888. Oil on canvas, 64.2 x 80.3 cm. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands
The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown celebrates its 60th anniversary year with a summer line-up of extraordinary special exhibitions, lectures, events and programs on its beautiful new campus! Recently named by Architectural Digest as one of the world's "Top Ten Buzzworthy Museums," the Clark is the exclusive venue for "Van Gogh and Nature" (opens June 14) and "Whistler's Mother: Grey, Black, and White" (opens July 4). The Van Gogh exhibition features 50 works drawn from museum and private collections highlighting Vincent Van Gogh's intense connection to the natural world.  Through special arrangement with the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Clark has the rare opportunity to present James McNeill Whistler's iconic portrait in an exhibition that considers the painting's continuing  influence and impact on popular culture.  Find more information on the Mohawk Trail Region
MetroWest

June weather brings outdoor community festivals to MetroWest! On June 6th, sidewalk sales, free family entertainment, and vendors dot the streets of downtown during the 29th Annual Hudson Community Fest. Afterwards, check out the new Westborough Arts Festival, a two-day event with food, live music, and art. On June 15th, enjoy samples from 30 restaurants and 40 breweries at the 8th Annual Taste of Marlborough and Brewfest. Find more information on MetroWest

Nantucket Island

The Nantucket Film Festival (June 24-29) was founded by Jill and Jonathan Burkhart. The Burkhart's lived on Nantucket year round, and with their love of movies and the community, they knew it was the perfect place to begin a film festival. In 1997, Mystelle Brabbée joined serving as the Festival Director. NFF continues to thrive, always remaining true to its mission. NFF has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience the preview screenings, signature programs, and stand out hospitality on a magical island rich with history and beautiful sandy beaches. Come join us in June! Find more information on Nantucket Island.  

North of Boston
Beverly's Cabot Street comes alive on June 20th for the 13th Annual Arts Fest Beverly! There's something for the whole family at this FREE summer festival. Enjoy a day of activities and entertainment, from music and food trucks to kid's activities, art-on-the-spot creations, and so much more.  Be sure that you don't miss the 100+ fantastically talented artisans and crafters! Find more information on North of Boston.
Plymouth County

On June 4th, Libby O'Connell, author of The American Plate, chief historian for the History Channel and A&E networks, and former Pilgrim interpreter, will join a cast of historical characters for an edible journey through four hundred years of America's rich and complex culinary history. Enjoy a four-course meal in the beautiful Davis Exhibition Gallery at Plimoth Plantation, while learning about the social and cultural importance each dish offered in its time. Get more info here! Find more information on Plymouth County.

Southeastern Massachusetts

The summer is getting started in Southeastern Mass, and culture is at the core of the celebrations! From a weekend-long block party at the heart of New Bedford's International Marketplace, to a Native American Pow Wow at the LaSalette Fairgrounds. A Jazz Festival and an Expo of the Senses that boasts sand sculptors, a music tent and some of the best food offerings this side of the Atlantic. Go to visitsemass.com/events for the full schedule. Find more information on Southeastern Massachusetts

The Berkshires

The 2015 Tanglewood season, June 20th through Labor Day weekend, celebrates the inaugural season of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons and the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center! Don't miss a wide spectrum of programs with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestras, Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and internationally renowned guest artists from the worlds of classical, jazz, broadway, pop, rock, dance, film, thematic programming, and theatrical presentations. Buy tickets at tanglewood.org. Find more information on The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley
Blues guitarists Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang will rock the opening concert of the Lowell Summer Music Series at beautiful Boarding House Park on Friday, June 19th! Get tickets TODAY for an amazing lineup of performances including Ani DiFranco, Pat Benatar, Dave Mason, Tower of Power, Gordon Lightfoot, Lyle Lovett, Trombone Shorty, Bruce Hornsby, Lake Street Dive, Melissa Etheridge and more. Free Fun For Kids series begins on July 8th on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m.! Find more information on Greater Merrimack Valley.
Central Massachusetts

For the eighth year running, Paulie's New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival is happening in Worcester's historical Canal District beginning on June 26-28! Enjoy three days of Louisiana Jazz, blues, country and funk. This festival is as authentic a New Orleans music festival will get in the Northeast, including food, refreshments, and of course, live music! Jonathan "Boogie" Long and Anders Osborne are just two names in the big lineup that this festival has to offer. Find more information on Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County

The annual Orange Solstice RiverFest will be held June 21st in Orange! Enjoy an afternoon and evening of music, food, craft vendors and kid's activities. As dusk sets, the RiverFest highlights begin: A skydiver from Jumptown will jump carrying the American Flag and the Millers River will be lit by floating fire pits, as illuminated boats paddle the river. And it's never too early to purchase tickets for the Green River Festival in Greenfield July 10-12. How about taking that hot air balloon ride you've always thought about? Call 413-773-5463 for details. Find more information on Franklin County.  

Greater Boston

Summer kicks off with outdoor festivals celebrating the arts at Cambridge River Festival, inclusivity and equality during Boston Pride Week and a colorful regatta on the Charles River at the Dragon Boat Festival! Indulge at the 32rd Scooper Bowl, where all proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund. Outdoor concerts can be enjoyed throughout the city, from the Courtyards at the MFA and BPL to the waterside Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and Fenway Park. More outdoor activities include movies under the stars at the Boston Harbor Hotel or the Hatch Shell. Newsies makes headlines at the Opera House and (all grown up) local boy band NKOTB entertains at the TD Garden for four nights. And a must see is the new sky-high art on the Greenway! Find more information on Greater Boston

Cape Cod
Kick off summer Cape Cod-style at the 7th Annual Cape Cod Quahog Day! Watch our mascot Doug the Quahog make his annual prediction for how many weeks of beach weather lie ahead at this fun & quirky event at 3 p.m. Monday, June 22nd at the waterfront Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth. A Cape Cod tradition! Also in June, over 300 classic cars will be on display Sunday, June 21st at the Father's Day Car Show in Hyannis, and the Provincetown International Film Festival is set for June 17-21! Find more information on Cape Cod.
Greater Springfield

Throughout the month of June and through September 6th in downtown Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum is the  "Curious George: Let's Get Curious!" exhibit! The beloved Curious George book series and PBS Kids television show comes to life in this engaging interactive exhibit.  Visitors can follow George on his many adventures in his neighborhood, on the farm, and even in space!  For more information on this great event and others, visit valleyvisitor.com. Find more information on Greater Springfield.

Hampshire County
Festival season is here and there's something for everyone in western Massachusetts! Have fun with the family at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art's Children's Book Festival (June 6). Embrace Easthampton's vibrant cultural scene at its annual street festival with a twist, Cultural Chaos (June 13). Celebrate Gypsy jazz with Django in June (June 16-21). Indulge in local food at the Hadley Asparagus Festival (June 6) and Taste of Amherst (June 18-21)!  Find more information on Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
Morris Men Dancers Photo by Latrice Cooper

Summer arrives this month - and with it come events designed to tempt your summertime palate! You can sample the tastes of Johnny Appleseed Country while exploring the region at the Nashua River Brewers Festival in Fitchburg, Strawberry Festivals in Lancaster and  Winchendon, Breakfast on the Porch at the Orange Historical Society, or Tea in the Garden at the  Narragansett Historical Society.  And don't forget to celebrate summer's arrival at the Solstice Party and Beer Breakfast - yes, beer breakfast! - at the Gardner Ale House, where the Millers River Morris Men welcome summer with flair!  

Find more information on Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
The Martha's Vineyard Film Society presents the FILMUSIC Festival June 25-28, a weekend of feature films and shorts that celebrate the convergence of music, culture, and film! Music and film flow naturally together, bringing you closer to the music you love, or introducing you to some you've never known. Enjoy a stimulating weekend, including an opening night gala and film, a live performance by the Berklee College's Silent Film Orchestra, 8 films, and so much more! Find more information on Martha's Vineyard.

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