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October 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!
Fairs, Festivals and Foliage
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Excuse our alliterative theme, but Fairs, Festivals and Foliage are the best words to describe October in Massachusetts. Tourists and residents alike travel our scenic byways to find farm-fresh produce, enjoy outdoor festivals and discover the joys of leaf-peeping. They check out the Cranberry Festival in Wareham, the Great Pumpkin Fest in Worcester, or the Yarmouth Seaside Festival. They bring the family to the Topsfield Fair or King Richard's Faire in Carver. And everywhere they go, from the Mohawk Trail to Boston's Emerald Necklace, they enjoy the glorious foliage of Massachusetts. For more details, visit

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Featured Region: Plymouth County

Happy Autumn from Plymouth County! With the arrival of a new season come many festive fall events and activities that the whole family will FALL in love with! Take in the beginning of the fall foliage on an educational tour of Plymouth's Burial Hill Cemetery, or get in the spooky spirit during a Twilight Lantern Ghost Tour through Plymouth's most haunted areas.  Just southwest of Plymouth in the gorgeous cranberry bog-covered Town of Carver, King Richard's Faire is alive and in full-swing with colorful entertainment through October 25th. Wareham's highly anticipated Annual Cranberry Harvest Festival takes place on October 10th & 11th! Now in its 12th year, this old-fashioned family festival celebrates New England tradition and the beauty of the cranberry harvest.
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Southeastern Massachusetts

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi returns to Arts in the Village for a spectacular evening of "Russian Romantics Meet the Movies" on Saturday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Goff Hall in Rehoboth! Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. This will be the first of five exciting Arts in the Village concerts for the 2015-16 season. Schedule & ticket info can be found here.  Find more information on Southeastern Massachusetts
The Berkshires

Don't miss North Adams Open Studios! For the past 11 years, residents of the artist studio lofts at the Eclipse Mill in North Adams open their studios to the public for one weekend, October 17th & 18th, to showcase how local artists make their art and live. Artists will continue on with their art while encouraging visitors to ask questions about their art and process. Come and connect with local artisans in the Berkshires! Find more information on The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley

German Food. German Beer. Obviously! Made In Lowell presents the Lowell Oktoberfest, October 17th and 18th on JFK Plaza in downtown Lowell. Live music from The Mad Bavarian Band. Fun games and "mini-soapbox car" competition for the kids. Food Pavilions with authentic German menu by Lowell's best restaurants. Admission is $5. More info at or by calling 978-364-1132. Find more information on Greater Merrimack Valley.
Central Massachusetts

EcoTarium (Great Pumpkin Fest)
In Central Massachusetts, Fall is the season of festivals, apple picking, beautiful foliage, and pumpkin pie! Old Sturbridge Village's Apple Days (October 3-4, 10-12) and Tower Hill Botanic Garden's Fall Fest weekends (through October 12) feature spectacular Fall colors and heirloom apples. October 17 - 18, The Annual Harvest Festival at Publick House Historic Inn brings warm cider, baked goods, and local crafters and artisans. Finally, 1000+ carved, lit pumpkins will be displayed October 24, at EcoTarium's Great Pumpkin Fest.  Find more information on Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County
King Arthur Flour and Historic Deerfield are looking for your best family cookie recipe! Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that your grandmother passed down? Do you have a great story about making that special cookie for holidays? Send in your recipe for a cookie along with a story for why it's special, and you could be a winner! Fifteen finalists will be chosen to bring their cookies to Historic Deerfield to be judged on December 5th. The deadline for entries is Monday, November 2nd! Click here for Contest rules and info. Find more information on Franklin County
Greater Boston
In addition to a kaleidoscope of color, Boston hosts innumerable events & activities you won't want to miss! Choices include the final performances of ArtWeek, the opening of Dutch Painting at the MFA to the 10k for Women. October also brings the Head of the Charles Regatta (the world's largest rowing event), pop artist Corita Kent's work at the Harvard Art Museum and the first annual HubWeek, a series of events on sidewalks, in restaurants, research labs, lecture halls and cutting-edge institutions highlighting inter-disciplinary innovation. You'll also want to bookmark the Boston Book Festival! Find more information on Greater Boston
Cape Cod
Fall for the Arts from October 1-November 2 on Cape Cod! 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! Presented by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. Other upcoming events include the Yarmouth Seaside Festival October 10-12, Wellfleet Oyster Fest October 17-18 and Halloween in Provincetown October 30-November 1!  Find more information on Cape Cod.
Greater Springfield
On Saturday, October 17th, Springfield Museums celebrates Family Fiesta Day with performances of traditional music and folk tales from Puerto Rico. Also, on the 23rd, Tales from Haunted New England takes place at Storrowton Village in West Springfield. This family event shares true and eerie tales and mysterious happenings from the darker side of New England history under candle light. For more information on these events and others, visit! Find more information on Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
Celebrate the cinematic arts in Northampton at the historic Academy of Music Theatre. The Northampton Film Festival (October 9-11) features documentary and feature films by national and local filmmakers as well as Northampton Community Television's crowdsourced remake of "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" that 40+ teams created this summer. On October 22, join the Academy for an anniversary screening of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," filmed 50 years ago in Northampton. Find more information on Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
October is packed with frightful fun in Johnny Appleseed Country! Young children will enjoy the "Fright-Free Halloween Party" weekends at Davis Farmland, while grown-ups can thrill to the Fright Nights in the creepy depths of the Davis Mega Maze. Hop on the Lions Club wagon for chilling Haunted Hayride around Silver Lake in Athol. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the S.K. Pierce House in Gardner, or the science behind the legendary Frankenstein at Mt. Wachusett Community College. And set your knees to knocking at the Halloween Party & Ghost Walk on Shirley Town Common. Boo! Find more information on Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
October is the perfect month to Fall for the Arts on Martha's Vineyard! Enjoy a weekend festival, visit a exhibition, gallery or studio, see a play or dance performance, stroll the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District, cast a line, sip some wine, bring the kids, paint your face - and Fall for the Arts on Martha's Vineyard! For all the up to date info visit and like us at Find more information on Martha's Vineyard.
Mohawk Trail Region
Join us for these fall events with fun for the whole family! Sunday, October 4th is The Fall Foliage Parade in North Adams. This year's theme celebrates 60 years of History. Party on Sunday, October  11th at Ramblefest - musicals acts, local craft beer, food vendors and more. Hike to the highest spot in Massachusetts at the top of Mt. Greylock Ramble Monday, October 12th in Adams and enjoy the fall color on the way across The Mohawk Trail Region. Find more information on The Mohawk Trail Region

During the two-day Civil War Living History & Encampment October 3-4, Framingham Centre Common is transformed into a tableau of Union and Confederate soldiers' tents, with famous dignitaries, cannon, a blacksmith's forge, period shopping, and family activities. Marlborough's Heritage Day expands this year to a full weekend, October 2-4: a Friday carnival, Saturday's Oktoberfest with German fare, and Sunday's Main Street Festival and Chili Chowder Challenge. Find more information on MetroWest
Nantucket Island

We invite you to the Milestone Cranberry Bog and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation's 13th Annual Cranberry Festival on Saturday October 10th. 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.  Bring home a pound, or two, of Nantucket Cranberries for the Holidays! Find more information on Nantucket Island.
North of Boston
Haunted Happenings,
photo by Tim Grafft
From jack-o-lanterns to giant pumpkins, October has it all! October 1-31, party with ghouls and ghosts at Salem's Haunted Happenings festival. It's a fang-tastically festive celebration of all things Halloween and offers claw-some activities for all ages, from the Grand Parade and Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair to ghost tours and more! After getting your fill of spooks and frights, visit the Topsfield Fair (October 2-12). Enjoy 10 days of concerts, rides, great food, and the giant pumpkin contest! Find more information on North of Boston.
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