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March 2016
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!
Marching into Spring
OK, we've weathered another winter in Massachusetts, and now turn our gaze toward March 20, the official first day of spring!  As the days get longer and visitor options blossom, we welcome you to explore Massachusetts' culture, history and natural beauty.  But first, we celebrate Irish Heritage Month, with eight St. Patrick's Day parades between March 5-20, and hundreds of Irish cultural activities across the state.  Finally, Easter falls on March 27 this year, a true sign that spring has arrived.
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Featured Region: Franklin County
Light Up the Shea! Built in 1927, the classic Shea Theater in Turners Falls recently underwent renovations and is opening the first weekend in March with a special program! Performances include Red Baraat on Friday March 4th from 8 to 10 p.m., Speedy Ortiz on Saturday, March 5th from 8 to 10 p.m. and Heather Maloney Sunday, March 6th from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are on sale online now, with $2 from every ticket going directly to benefit the renovations at The Shea Theater, Avenue A, Turners Falls. Click here for show details and to buy tickets!

The Shea provides performance space for a variety of attractions designed to appeal to the widest range of tastes. Musical offerings include folk, pop, rock, swing, jazz, country and traditional. Theatrical productions encompass musical comedy, drama, comedy, and political satire. 

Find more information on Franklin County
Greater Boston
March in Boston is about Food, Wine & Friendship! Make plans for DINE OUT BOSTON, March 6-11 an 13-18, when area chefs stir things up with specially prepared prix fixe meals. Choose from the latest culinary hot spots, nationally known chain restaurants or local chef-owned bistros. Restaurants select their price point and create their own distinctive menus.  Check for participating restaurants, menus and reservations.  Take in a play, a game at the Garden, a concert or an exhibition before or after dining. March In. Dine Out. Find more information on Greater Boston
Cape Cod
Hailed by the Boston Globe as "beautifully finished, but richly emotional," Gloriae Dei Cantores presents a weekend of Lenten Concerts March 4-5 at The Church of the Transfiguration at Rock Harbor in Orleans! The repertoire features choral gems including Duruflé's Requiem, Pärt's L'abbe Agathon and Poulenc's Motets for the Season of Lent. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets here! And don't forget to don your green for the annual Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade in Yarmouth on Saturday, March 5th!  Find more information on Cape Cod.
Greater Springfield
Springfield Museums Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration (March 5, 10 am-4pm): Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield. Enjoy activities, performances, cupcakes and meet the Cat in the Hat! WGBY Wine Lovers Weekend (March 4-5, Springfield Marriott) is the region's largest tasting event. Learn about gourmet foods and wines from celebrity chef Joanne Weir. Cherished since 1952, the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade attracts 400,000+ spectators in a celebration of Irish heritage. March 20, downtown Holyoke.  Find more information on Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
Celebrate the written word in western Massachusetts this March! The Emily Dickinson Museum opens again on March 2, and you can now see last year's restoration work to Emily's bedroom.  From March 3-5, Amherst College hosts LitFest, its inaugural three-day literary festival celebrating fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, spoken-word, and conversation. LitFest features internationally renowned authors Michael Chabon, Lauren Groff, Angela Flournoy, Mark Bowden and Stacy Schiff. Events are free and open to the public.  Find more information on Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
Take another look - and another! - in the galleries of the Fitchburg Art Museum, where painstakingly staged photographs, performances, and videos of performance artists Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio (identical triplet sisters) provoke cultural conversations about gender, equality, and difference, while traversing hot-button social and political issues. TRIIIBE: same difference, created by the Casilios and former National Geographic photographer Cary Wolinsky, is a clever, satirical, and egalitarian exchange of ideas and an elaborate cluster of costumes, wigs, props, and make-up you won't want to miss! Find more information on Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
is back on March 17-20! Grab your bag of fresh popcorn, cozy up on a couch and indulge your senses at this spectacular annual festival.  Every March, the rural heart of Martha's Vineyard transforms for a weekend filled with compelling and entertaining films, fabulous local food, and conversations with filmmakers, writers and actors from around the world.  More than movies, this event engages the film-loving community through discussion, debate and education. Find more information on Martha's Vineyard.
Mohawk Trail Region
High Mud Comedy Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams (March 11-12) is a two-day laugh fest featuring a pile of performers thick with national comedic treasures and local stand-up heroes! Provocative deadpan comedian Tig Notaro headlines the inaugural event, hosted by NPR's Ophira Eisenberg and featuring Brooklyn- and Hollywood-based live wire Sean Patton. More national and regional talent fill the stages, including absurdist Dave Hill and a Berkshire-based comedy slate organized by and including the hilarious Thomas Attila Lewis, North Adams-based humorist Seth Brown, and Adams-based Mark Jagiello. Find more information on The Mohawk Trail Region

There's only one way to get a full "taste" of the region, and that's at the Annual Taste of MetroWest on March 22 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, 5-8 p.m. More than 70 exhibitors offer free, unlimited tastes at this culinary extravaganza. Local restaurants, caterers, markets, wineries, brew houses and purveyors include Jack's Abby Beer Hall & Kitchen, Skybokx 109 GastroSports, and Chocolate Therapy.  A program of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, Taste of MetroWest info and tickets can be found here!  Find more information on MetroWest
Nantucket Island

42nd Daffodil Festival Weekend, April 29-30 & May 1, 2016. From early April to mid-May, over three million daffodils of every hue, shape and size burst forth across the island, adorning roadsides, gardens and window boxes. The Nantucket Daffodil Festival is a rollicking celebration of spring's arrival, featuring an Antique Car Parade & Tailgate Picnic, a Family Picnic, Daffy Hat, Dog and Children's Parades.  Don your daffiest "chapeau", adorn your pampered pet in Daffy-themed garb, bedeck your vintage Packard, and join us!  Find more information on Nantucket Island.
North of Boston
Entering its ninth year, Salem Film Fest (March 3-10) is one of New England's largest documentary film festivals and presents a rich collection of the year's best work from all over! The festival finds its spirit in Salem's history as the first great international city. At this moment of unprecedented promise - and unprecedented danger - documentary film can help us form a clearer vision of our commonalities as the human family, and an understanding of how to approach an uncertain future together. Screenings and most events located at CinemaSalem and PEM. Find more information on North of Boston.
Plymouth County

Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth will host a gallery talk on "The Many Faces of Herstory" in honor of Women's History Month at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19th.  Survey newly-conserved portraits of women and learn the "herstories" behind these compelling faces of the past! Also, see Pilgrim possessions that came over on the Mayflower.  The new "Dwelling House and Meeting House" exhibit features a full-size timber-frame room, rare architectural artifacts, and haunting images of the region's early buildings, most now lost to memory. Find more information on Plymouth County.
Southeastern Mass

Since Melville and Douglass, New Bedford has enjoyed a special place in literature. It's a place of romance and refuge - and a starting point for grand adventure and great lives.
You can meet over 40 of these story-tellers at the New Bedford Book Festival on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. The free event will take place at 1213 Purchase Street at Groundwork!.  Find more information on Southeastern Massachusetts
The Berkshires

Naumkeag, one of the several Trustees of the Reservation properties in the Berkshires, opens its doors on April 1st for tours each weekend. Starting on Memorial Day, this Gilded-Age mansion is open daily! Come and enjoy a picnic on the lawn or check out the Naumkeag at Night offerings. No matter the time of day you visit you are sure to find inspiration.  Find more information on The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley

Lowell National Historical Park: This year the National Park Service turns 100! Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service & Find Your Story at Lowell National Historical Park.  Connect. Create. Discover.   National Park Week, April 18th-22nd. #NPSCentennial, #FindYourPark, #NPS100  For more fun things to do & see in the Greater Merrimack Valley, visit Find more information on Greater Merrimack Valley.
Central Massachusetts

Spring brings new beginnings and in Central Massachusetts it's all about fresh and exciting new work within the vibrant art scene! ArtsWorcester, in conjunction with Worcester Center for Crafts, presents the juried exhibition Now! New Works, New Artists beginning March 18. The Sprinkler Factory features Surface: 64 Variations on a Theme, an exhibition exploring the concept of surface, opening March 5. Finally, check out the newest gallery in town, Nine Dot Gallery, specializing in eclectic, and diverse works of art. Find more information on Central Massachusetts.
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