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June 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!
Joyous June
Massachusetts heats up in June with an amazing array of arts festivals, culinary feasts, outdoor music and dance, maritime celebrations and sporting events.  It is our way of saying to visitors: summer has arrived, so come to Massachusetts for an exciting season of fun, exploration and enrichment.  You want examples?  How about opening night at Tanglewood, Boston's Pride Parade, Topsfield's Strawberry Festival, the Fisherman's Fiesta in Gloucester, the Provincetown Rowing Regatta, New Bedford's Jazz Festival, Worcester's Food Truck Festival.  We could continue, but what we really want to say is Welcome to Massachusetts.  Enjoy yourselves.

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Featured Region: Greater Springfield
Worthy Craft Beer Showcase - Afternoon-long beer, mead and cider tasting featuring many unique brews plus food and live music. June 18, Springfield. Springfield Armory Day Celebration - Witness live blank musket and cannon firing demonstrations, meet "living history" reenactors, watch performances by Civil War and WWII era dancers. June 18, Springfield. City Block Concerts - Free outdoor music series held on Thursday evenings at Stearns Square in downtown Springfield. June 30-August 25. 

Visit for more great things to do in Western MA!  Find more information on Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
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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 4).  Embrace Easthampton's vibrant cultural scene at its annual street festival with a twist, Cultural Chaos (June 11).  Celebrate Gypsy jazz with Django in June (June 17-18).  Indulge in local food at the Hadley Asparagus Festival (June 4) and Taste of Amherst (June 16-19).  Find more information on Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
It's tea time in Johnny Appleseed Country! A spot of tea is the perfect complement to a day spent exploring the "community attics" and museums of the region. On June 25, the Narragansett Historical Society in Templeton kicks off its summer garden series with a Downton Abbey tea; put on your finery and join in the fun! Or spend a lazy Saturday morning enjoying breakfast on the porch at the Orange Historical Society. Want to meet local artists? Have a cup of tea with them at the Petersham Art Center!  Find more information on Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
Enjoy Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District's Saturday Strolls from 5 to 7 pm! Every Saturday, visit Main Street for live street entertainment, unique shopping experiences at independently owned shops, trunk shows, visiting artists, and food & beverages at featured merchants. Come enjoy a truly Vineyard experience in a quintessential Island town.  Free for all, plenty of parking at the Park & Ride.  For more information visit  Find more information on Martha's Vineyard.
Mohawk Trail Region
Guercino _Giovanni Francesco Barbieri_ _Italian_ 1591_1666__ Susannah and the Elders_ c. 1617.
Art and history lovers are focused on the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown as it opens the exceptional Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado (June 11─October 10).  The exhibition brings 28 of the greatest masterpieces from Spain's famed Museo Nacional del Prado to the Clark in a show of Old Master paintings of the nude, including works by Titian, Rubens, Tintoretto, Velazquez, and more. Twenty-four of the paintings on view have never before been shown in the US and are exclusively at the Clark through October 10.  Find more information on The Mohawk Trail Region

MetroFest, the region's arts, music, and food truck festival, kicks off the summer on June 25 from 11 am to 5 pm at Bowditch Complex in Framingham! In addition to 20 food trucks and speciality vendors, the event features music on two stages; 100 exhibitors; a classic car show; a tasting tent featuring local beer, hard cider, and wine; and an expanded kids area with bounce houses, a game truck, and Touch-a-Truck. Parking and shuttles are free.  For info and tickets, visit  Find more information on MetroWest
Nantucket Island

Join us for the 21st Annual Nantucket Film Festival (June 22-27), packed with the inspiring stories, one-of-a-kind Signature Programs, and exciting atmosphere that keep audiences coming back year after year.  Films include Roger Ross Williams' Life, Animated, the highly anticipated Disney-Pixar pic Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory.  The centerpiece film is a documentary, titled Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.  This year's Screenwriters Tribute Award, the highest honor presented by the festival, will go to Oliver Stone.  Find more information on Nantucket Island.
North of Boston
Step back in time and explore Essex County's extraordinary collection of homes, buildings, and artifacts from America's First Period (1625-1725) of European Settlement.  Discover what it was like to live in Essex County during America's first century as you navigate these architectural treasures. Join us for 17th Century Saturdays from June through October on the first Saturday of the month!  Find more information on North of Boston.
Plymouth County

It could be argued that one of America's most iconic historic landmarks, Plymouth Rock, is also one of the most misunderstood. Saturday, June 4th offers the perfect opportunity to get to know this famous granite icon.  Come listen to the saga of Plymouth Rock on a free, guided walking tour with Dr. Anne Reilly, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Tales of Plymouth Rock Tour begins at 1pm at the top of Burial Hill.  Learn more!  Find more information on Plymouth County.
Southeastern Mass

The New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is partnering with New Bedford Free Public Library, New Bedford National Historical Park, AHA!, City of New Bedford, Trustees of the Reservations and RJD House and Garden Museum to celebrate the centennial of the National Parks Service during the summer of 2016. The Bierstadt: Nature and National Identity Exhibition will hang in the Museum from June 3-September 18 and include a never before seen Bierstadt original!  Find more information on Southeastern Massachusetts
The Berkshires

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires kicks off its summer season on June 22 with more than 350 performances and 200 free events, talks, performances, and exhibits! Highlights include international dance companies in a variety of styles accompanied by the most live music in recent years. The free Inside/Out performance series also continues this summer, presenting family-friendly performances on the stunning outdoor stage, every Wednesday-Friday at 6:15pm during the Festival.  For more information, visit or call the Box Office at 413-243-0745. Find more information on The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley

The Lowell Summer Music Series opens on Friday, June 10th with folksinger Patty Griffin and Saturday, June 11th with Boston rock band Guster.  Get tickets TODAY for an amazing lineup of performances including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Peter Frampton, Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, Colin Hay, Neko Case & kd lang, Peter Wolf, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, The B-52's and more!  Free Fun for Kids begins on July 6th on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10 am!  Find more information on
Greater Merrimack Valley.
Central Massachusetts

Summertime brings outdoor community festivals all over Central Mass! June 3-5 the streets come alive with Greek entertainment, food, and more at the 2016 Grecian Festival in Worcester, MA. The 5th Annual Food Truck Festival returns to Worcester's Elm Park with over 20 of the finest food trucks from all over New England. June 16 is all about fresh strawberries as the 61st Annual Dudley Grange Strawberry Festival kicks off in Dudley.  Find more information on Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County
The Mutton & Mead Festival will be celebrated June 18 & 19
from 10 am to 6 pm at the Millers Falls R&G Club in Montague!  Step back into the Middle Ages to the time of daring knights on horseback, fair maidens, mischievous sprites, and  jolly jesters.  Meet the legendary Robin Hood, his band of Merry Men and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Join us for a weekend of Swords, Archery, Feasts, Craftmanship, and Jousting! Click here for more information and tickets.  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 annual 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.  Find more information on Greater Boston
Cape Cod
Kick off summer in true Cape Cod fashion at the 8th Annual Quahog Day! Watch our mascot Doug the Quahog make his annual prediction for how many weeks of beach weather lie ahead at 2 pm Monday, June 20th at the Mattakeese Wharf overlooking Barnstable Harbor.  A Cape Cod tradition!  Also in June, over 300 classic cars will be on display Sunday, June 19th at the Father's Day Car Show in Hyannis, and the Provincetown International Film Festival is set for June 15-19!  Find more information on Cape Cod.
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