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ANTIQUES top of events
Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Shows 2014 -- Brimfield, MA
May 13, 2014 to September 7, 2014
A solid mile along Route 20 of hundred of antiques and collectibles dealers from all over the Northeast and farther. Lots of food and places to rest. Dealing starts early every morning. Check event website for details. Show dates in 2014 are May 13-18; July 8-13; and September 2-7.
Time : See event website
Admission : Free admission
Event Website
Phone : 413-283-6149


History on the Move Car Show -- Springfield, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 6, 2014
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield
This is a huge antique car show which features transportation exhibits, experimental and antique vehicle demonstrations, and ESPN "Cruisin' New England" host Paul Mennett, with his fleet of muscle cars. Whether you're a car buff or a first-time learner, this event offers interactive exhibits about the fascinating history of transportation, including a driving demo of the first gasoline-powered car. The Wood Museum boasts an Indian Motorcycle collection, and you'll find many Springfield-made cars, along with plenty of food and drink, at this vehicle-inspired bash.
Time : 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $18; seniors and students, $12; kids ages 3-17, $9.50
Event Website
Phone : 413-263-6800 ext. 300


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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWS top of events
Vineyard Artisans Summer Craft Festival -- West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, MA
June 15, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Grange Hall, 1067 State Road, West Tisbury
The Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival is a series of weekly juried craft displays and sales, put on by more than 70 artisans whose hand-crafted treasures (from furniture, to pottery, to stained glass, to wampum and much more) will light up the eyes of visitors looking to browse or buy original crafts. This art show takes place indoors or outdoors, rain or shine. There is a playground for the kiddies, too!
Time : Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission : Free parking and admission
Event Website


Cape Cod Crafts Show & Sale -- Sandwich, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Corpus Christi Church, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Exit 3 off Route 6, East Sandwich
Glass dealers from around the nation gather at Sandwich Glass Museum every summer to display and sell their fine wares. Browse and even buy hand-blown glass both antique and modern, chat up the crafters, and grab lunch at the Crystal Cafe. Free parking; handicap accessible.
Time : Saturday, 10-5 p.m. & Sunday, 11-4 p.m.
Admission : $7
Event Website
Phone : 508-888-0251


Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at the Codman Estate -- Lincoln, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 6, 2014
Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln
This celebration and gathering of fine arts and crafts will occur at the Codman House, also called "The Grange" for its pastoral vistas and a secret Italian garden. Highlights of this vibrant affair include the display and sale of everything handmade, a food court, live music, and tours of the Codman Estate's stunning interior. Discover a day of hand-crafted New England gifts.
Time : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission : $5; members of Historic New England and kids below age 12, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-994-5900 ext. 5514


Deerfield Fall Craft Fair 2014 -- Deerfield MA
September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014
This fair features more than 180 juried exhibitors from 16 states displaying and selling crafts of all media in the picturesque setting of the historic village of Old Deerfield. Highlights include a free museum tour, craft displays & demonstrations, music, food court and specialty food sampling.
Time : Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $7; children under 12, $1.
Event Website


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CHILDREN & FAMILIES top of events
Edaville USA Summer Events -- Carver, MA
June 28, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Edaville USA, 5 Pine Street, Carver
Edaville USA brings families the best in amusements and theatrical entertainment with a full summer of fun kiddie events! Refreshments available throughout the park.
Schedule of events:

Curious George, August 23-24
Day Out with Thomas, August 30-September 1, 6 and 7
Grandparents Weekend, September 13-14
Carnival Day, September 21
Classic Movie Days, September 27-28
Time : Check event website for details.
Admission : $17-20; admission includes all park rides and attractions!
Event Website
Phone : 508-866-8190


Day Out with Thomas -- Carver, MA
August 30, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Edaville USA, 5 Pine Street, Carver
Carver , MA 02330
Bring the kiddies to Edaville USA to meet Thomas the Tank Engine on special days for children and families, who will climb aboard a 15-ton Thomas train, where conductor Sir Topham Hat awaits you. Then, enjoy the 20-minute ride, as well as access to many play areas and amusement rides! Dates: August 30; September 1, 6, 7
Time : 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission : $20 per person
Event Website
Phone : 508-866-8190


Appleton Farms Family Day -- Ipswich and Hamilton, MA
September 15, 2014 to September 15, 2014
Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich and Hamilton, MA
Enjoy food, arts and crafts, and farm fun at this yearly celebration of the autumn harvest on the nation's oldest farm. Boston's North Shore boasts delicious New England fare, including the locally grown produce and fresh baked goods found at this family-oriented fair. Highlights of this farm event include activities for parents and kids like pumpkin painting, autumn crafts, pony rides, an antique tractor show, and interaction with barn animals. Live music by Ben Rudnick and Friends is another feature of this rain-or-shine Family Day.
Time : 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission : $25 per car
Event Website
Phone : 978-356-5728


Revels RiverSing -- Cambridge, MA
September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014
In Harvard Square and along the banks of the Charles River, Cambridge, MA
Join thousands of voices in song as Revels hosts this family Autumnal Equinox celebration. Enjoy pre-show festivities, a puppet-filled parade and communal singing with The Revels Chorus and guests David Coffin and Stan Strickland. Everyone is welcome to join the singing.
Time : 5-7:30 p.m.; singing is 6-7:30 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 617-972-8300


Pumpkin Day at Cogswell's Grant -- Esex MA
October 18, 2014 to October 18, 2014
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex
Celebrate the arrival of fall at Cogswell’s Grant. Take a hay wagon ride through the fields to choose a jack-o’-lantern from our pumpkin patch. Decorate and carve pumpkins, compete in a pumpkin pie-eating contest, make crafts, play games, have your face painted, and try cider pressing. Enjoy hot mulled apple cider and pumpkin pie. Tour the house and see one of the most celebrated collections of American antiques and folk art.
Time : 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $6; children ages 3 to 12, $4
Phone : 978-768-3632


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COMEDY top of events
Capitol Steps Live at Cranwell Resort -- Lenox, MA
August 18, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox
Capitol Steps will take the stage at Cranwell Resort and Spa for a 90 minute performance. The group is well regarded as a satire of American politics, and has been featured on National Public Radio. Their recent album is titled "How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying." Dining options include a local eatery: Nearby Sloane's Tavern offers Monday night buffet barbecue, and there will be post-show coffee and desserts at the Resort.
Time : 8 p.m. nightly, excluding Tuesdays
Admission : $45
Event Website
Phone : 413-881-1636


Amy Schumer -- Hyannis, MA
August 29, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main Street, Hyannis
Meet Amy -- she's a sassy comedienne with a balance of brutal honesty and cultural insight. Her highly successful show on Comedy Central has led to a tour of America, and Schumer is sure to delight guests with non-stop comedic energy and a knack for drawing laughs.
Time : Doors, 7 p.m.; show begins, 8 p.m.
Admission : $60
Event Website
Phone : 508-775-5630


Comedy Extravaganza with Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
August 31, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Centre Stage, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
A Nantucket comedy tradition returns for another Labor Day of smart, provocative standup comedy, headlined by the legendary Nantucket comedy treasure Susan Burns. Hosted by Scott Blakeman, who NBC called "The top political comedian working in New York today." With special guest: Nantucket favorite Jane Condon (NBC's Last Comic Standing).
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Event Website


David Sedaris -- Great Barrington, MA
October 10, 2014 to October 10, 2014
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire. $48 to $68.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $29 to $79.
Event Website
Phone : 413-528-0100


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Powisset Farm Fall Festival -- Dover, MA
September 22, 2014 to September 22, 2014
Powisett Farm, 37 Powisett Street, Dover
This farm-wide party features live musical performances by local artists, which will fill the 109-acre property with sweet melodies as guests stroll the farm grounds to watch and participate in farm games and demonstrations. Learn hands-on how root vegetables are harvested, press fresh cider, and browse produce vendors to savor the flavors of a New England autumn harvest.
Time : 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 508-785-0339


Weir River Farm Fall Festival -- Hingham, MA
October 4, 2014 to October 4, 2014
Weir River Farm, 227 East Street, Hingham
Come one, come all to Weir River Farm's family harvest festival! Roam 75 acres of idyllic farmland, where locals will welcome you to celebrate the autumn harvest. This event features food vendors selling fresh, local fare; live musical performances by local talent; and plenty of activities for the kids, like pony rides and farm crafts!
Time : 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $10; kids, free
Event Website
Phone : 781-740-7233


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FOOD, WINE, BEER top of events
Restaurant Showcase Week -- Lowell and Concord, MA
August 17, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Various locations, Merrimack Valley region
Discover the flavors of the Merrimack region's finest classic and modern eateries at Restaurant Showcase Week, which features fixed-price menus and plenty of variety of choice. Featured restaurants include Angelina's Italian, La Boniche, El Potro, and Athenian Corner -- yum.
Admission : Lunch, $9.14 and up; dinner, $23.14 and up
Event Website
Phone : 978-459-6150


Dine Out Boston -- Boston, MA
August 17, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Various locations, Boston
Whether you prefer beef, seafood, poultry, or tofu, this city-wide food festival features prix fixe lunch and dinner options in every neighborhood of Boston. For a set price, guests can dig in to a full menu of meals from many cultures and countries. The flavors of Boston await you. See the event website for a complete list of participating restaurants and menu items!
Admission : Prices vary by restaurant, but in general: Lunch, $15 / $20 / $25; dinner, $28 / $33 / $38
Event Website


Cape Cod Food Truck Festival -- Falmouth, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 6, 2014
Cape Cod Fairgrounds, Nathan Ellis Hwy. (Route 151), Falmouth
At least 20 food trucks will serve delectables like seafood, barbecue, grilled cheese and other imaginative sandwiches, cupcakes, whoopee pies, bacon, and more. Each festival will have children’s activities, live entertainment, places to sample food and drink. Admission tickets will be available online.
Time : 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $5; children age 12 and younger, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-782-7117


The Taste of WGBH: Food & Wine Festival -- Boston, MA
September 11, 2014 to September 14, 2014
WGBH, One Guest Street, Boston
This year’s event will feature: Chef's Gala on September 11, 7-10 p.m.; The Artisan Taste, September 13, 1-3:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.; Brunch Bar, September 14, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; WGBH Food & Wine Auction, November 14, 6-8 p.m.
Time : Times vary; consult event website
Admission : Consult event website
Event Website


The Framingham Food Truck and Cultural Festival -- Framingham, MA
September 20, 2014 to September 20, 2014
Bowditch Field, Walnut Street, Framingham
At least 20 food trucks will serve delectables like seafood, barbecue, grilled cheese and other imaginative sandwiches, cupcakes, whoopee pies, bacon, and more. Each festival will have children’s activities, live entertainment, places to sample food and drink. Admission tickets will be available online.
Time : 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $5; children age 12 and younger, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-782-7117


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HISTORIC top of events
Worcester Revolution of 1774 Celebration -- Worcester, MA
September 7, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Institute Park, next to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road
Day-long events will include kiddie crafts and games, food and drink, and colonial activities like militia re-enactments, quilting and weaving, historical documents, and talks about colonial history. The day's full schedule features activities for guests of all ages. The day's schedule: Revolutionary Worcester Bus Tour, the comedy and music of Sir Jeremy Bell, historic presentations, live musical performances, and the local play, "Chains of Liberty."
Event Website


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HOME & STUDIO TOURS top of events
South End Open Studios -- Boston, MA
September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014
See event description
This event is an opportunity to visit studios and meet the artists who work in Boston. View extraordinary art displayed in Boston’s most innovative galleries. Two hundred artists and galleries display painting, sculpture, photography, bookbinding, ceramics and jewelry and clothing design. A free mobile app will be offered to provide GPS-enabled maps showing studio and gallery locations and give artist and gallery information and images. Held rain or shine. Events are at Boston Center for the Arts at 539 Tremont Street, 450 Harrison Avenue, 535 Albany Street, 35/59 Wareham Street and 46 Waltham Street.
Time : 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Event Website


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Jazz Before Sunset at the African Meeting House -- Nantucket, MA
July 27, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Museum of African American History, 29 York Street, Nantucket
MAAH Music continues its Jazz Before Sunset summer concerts, this time featuring Nantucket locals and music artists, Jason Sullivan, Aidan Sherry, and ECliff. These popular instrumentalists will welcome the public for two evening performances in the African Meeting House. Come join us and bring your friends and family to enjoy a live music event with this jazz trio. Dates: July 27 and August 31.
Time : 6 p.m.
Admission : Museum admission fees apply
Phone : 508.228.9833


Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Summer Concerts 2014 -- Yarmouth, Mashpee, and Hyannis, MA
August 4, 2014 to August 29, 2014
At Parkers River Beach, Yarmouth, on Mondays:
August 4 Brian Sances Band - rock, funk & fusion
August 11 Fred Clayton Blues Band - classic blues
August 18 Four Guys in Tuxes - swing, society & classic rock
August 25 The Skiffs - a country stew of roots, rock & blues

At Mashpee Commons, Mashpee, on Thursdays
August 7 The Space - rollicking Pop with great harmonies
August 14 CrabGrass Bluegrass Band - toe tappin' bluegrass
August 21 Bart Weisman Smooth Jazz Group - smooth jazz at its best
August 28 Bert Jackson Quartet - classic & original jazz

At Aselton Park, Hyannis, on Fridays
August 8 Funktapuss - original & classic funk soul & hip hop
August 15 Groovy Afternoon - classic rock of the Woodstock era
August 22 JO&CO - pop, R&B and soulful rock
August 29 Chandler Travis Philharmonette - omnipop, alternative Dixieland
Time : 6-7:30 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 508-362-0066


New Orleans Music Festival: Five Nights Of The Big Easy -- North Truro
August 27, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, Highlands Center, North Truro
Join the second line this Labor Day Weekend with big and brassy sounds of the Big Easy for the Payomet Performing Arts Center’s end of the summer New Orleans Festival.
John Pizzarelli Quartet -- August 27 -- Guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli’s musical influences include Nat King Cole Trio, Joao Gilberto, Frank Sinatra, and his own father, Bucky Pizzarelli. A champion of the classic American Songbook standards, Pizzarelli is just as likely to dive into a contemporary tune.
Stooges Brass Band -- August 28 & 31 -- The Stooges Brass Band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.
CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band -- August 29 -- When Zydeco superstar C.J. Chenier stepped onto the main stage at the 2001 Chicago Blues Festival, he had one thing in mind: get them on their feet and make them dance. Almost immediately after launching into their first song, C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band had people shaking their hips and cheering in unison.
Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad -- August 30 -- A streetwise New York City native born and raised in Washington Heights, Lakecia Benjamin has become one of the most highly sought-after players in soul and funk music.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : Individual Tickets, $15 - $50; festival pass for five show, $55
Event Website
Phone : 508-487-5400


Train in Concert -- Lenox MA
August 29, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
Grammy Award-winning rock ‘n’ roll band Train performs.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $27-$99.50
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Josh Groban and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra -- Lenox MA
August 30, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
Rock and roll favorite performs with the Pops.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $22-$121
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Tony Bennett at Tanglewood -- Lenox, MA
August 31, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Interlaken Road Tony Bennett is a 17-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades. With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett touches the hearts of audiences with his unsurpassed vocals and charming stage presence. Bennett last appeared at Tanglewood on September 3, 2005 with the Count Basie Orchestra. Information and tickets: www.tanglewood.org
Time : 2:30 p.m.
Admission : $25-$97.50
Phone : 888-266-1200


The Pousette-Dart Band in Concert -- Worcester, MA
September 5, 2014 to September 5, 2014
Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester
This band, led by Jon Pousette-Dart, carved a place in the landscape of American music in the 1970s. It was a mainstay of album radio, a favorite on the college circuit, and became one of the busiest touring groups in the US. Catch these legendary musicians - who have performed with such acts as The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, James Taylor, the J. Geils Band, among many others.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : Consult event website
Event Website


Judy Collins in Concert -- Boston, MA
September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014
The Wilbur theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston
For several decades Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, inspired songwriting, and commitment to social justice. Her voice is a classic from the 1960s forward. Collins, now 74, is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. Information: thewilbur.com
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $40-$50


An Evening with Bernadette Peters -- Great Barrington, MA
October 12, 2014 to October 12, 2014
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
Bernadette Peters will perform a rich selection of Broadway songs from her extensive songbook that includes standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim to name a few. She recently starred on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim Sondheim. A limited number of $15 tickets are available for patrons ages 30 and younger.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $80 to $250—the latter with a pre-show champagne reception.
Event Website
Phone : 413.528.0100


Black Violin -- Great Barrington, MA
October 17, 2014 to October 17, 2014
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
Since they founded Black Violin a decade ago, violinists Stuff Smith-Wil B and Kev Marcus have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa. They are classically trained viola and violin players.
Time : $29 to $79
Event Website
Phone : 413-528-0100


Dianne Reeves -- Great Barrington, MA
October 19, 2014 to October 19, 2014
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
Dianna Reeves is backed by an all-star quartet of musicians performing works from her new album, Beautiful Life, melding R&B, Latin, and pop within the framework of 21st-century jazz. A limited number of $15 tickets are available for patrons ages 30 and younger.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $32 to $82
Event Website
Phone : 413.528.0100


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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES top of events
St. Anthony's Feast -- Boston, MA
August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Various locations in North End, Boston
Join the people of Boston’s North End in honoring their patrons, Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy. This “Feast of all Feasts” boasts 100 pushcarts of Italian and American food, a procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony, parades, strolling singers, contests, cooking demonstrations, and an Open Air Mass. For a current schedule of events, visit the event website.
Event Website
Phone : 617-723-8669


Welcome the Eagle Sail on the Thomas E. Lannon -- Gloucester, MA
August 29, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant, Rt. 127, Gloucester
Book your spot on the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon's marine excursion, which provides a unique chance to snap some New England family photo souvenirs, as well as take in the salty ocean air of the Atlantic Ocean. The Lannon will sail out of Gloucester Harbor to meet and escort the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, followed by the two ships' return to port.
Time : 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission : $75
Event Website
Phone : 978-281-6634


Housatonic Heritage Walks -- Berkshires, MA
September 20, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Please see event website
Have some healthy, heart-pumping fun on Housatonic Heritage Walks, which are free guided walks with enough variety for most anybody, from river canoeing, to family walks, to tours of historic places and natural landmarks. The walks vary in length and difficulty. Dates: September 20-21 & October 4-5
Time : All day
Event Website
Phone : 413-394-9773


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PERFORMING ARTS, THEATER, DANCE top of events
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” -- Lenox, MA
June 21, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Shakespeare and Co., Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
Oberon, Titania, and Puck frolic among the Spanish moss in this treatment of Shakespeare’s bawdy comedy in the jazz-playing neighborhoods of New Orleans.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬15-$80
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“Julius Caesar” -- -- Lenox, MA
June 27, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
The riveting and bloody story of the murder of Julius Caesar heats up with seven actors playing all the roles. Previews June 27–July 2; opens July 4.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬10-$60
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


"Henry IV, Parts I & II” -- Lenox, MA
August 2, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
Power and rebellion collide in a whirlwind adaptation of Henry IV; both parts are performed in one evening. Shakespeare’s History Cycle continues to mesmerize audiences. Previews August 2-7; opens August 8.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬15-$80
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” -- -- Lenox, MA
August 6, 2014 to September 14, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
In this comedy set in a Pennsylvanian farmhouse, Vanya and his sister Sonia find their lives turned upside down when their narcissistic sister, Masha, shows up with her younger boyfriend, Spike. Previews August 6–13; opens August 15.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬10-$60
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“A Hatful of Rain” -- Stockbridge, MA
August 13, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Berkshire Theatre Group, Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 6 East Street, Stockbridge
The war fought abroad is just as devastating as the war fought within. This rings devastatingly true for Johnny Pope, a Korean War Veteran who has safely returned home to New York City and now struggles with drug addiction after being heavily medicated during his hospital stay. Performance Dates: August 13-16, 18- 23, 25- 30.
Time : Previews August 13-August 15; opening night August 16; closes August 30
Admission : $42-$62
Event Website


“The Last 5 Years” by Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
August 13, 2014 to September 2, 2014
Centre Stage, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
“The Last Five Years” is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view. With beautiful music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, The Last Five Years looks at the young couple's hope that love will endure the test of time. The New York Times praised the author for his "sparkling facility as a composer" and his fluid mix of "diverse styles."
Time : Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; August 17 and 24, 3 p.m.; August 24 and 31, 6 p.m.
Admission : $30-$50
Event Website


"Almost Maine" -- Dennis, MA
August 18, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 820 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis
This New England musical romance will melt your heart. Experience what a dark winter night in Almost, Maine has in store for its residents. A heartbreaking, heart-warming celebration of song and dance. What will you find in Almost?
Time : see event website for details
Admission : $21.50-81
Event Website
Phone : 877-385-3911


“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” -- Boston, MA
September 5, 2014 to October 11, 2014
The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston
Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, a macabre musical thriller, blends Sondheim’s characteristic wit with a sweeping and hauntingly beautiful score, grisly humor, and chilling drama, set 19th-century London. Sweeney Todd is not appropriate for children due to graphic violence and sexual situations. Recommended for high school age and older.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $33-$67. Limited number of $25 tickets available at every performance.
Event Website
Phone : 617-585-5678


“Les Miserables” -- Worcester, MA
September 11, 2014 to September 13, 2014
Alden Memorial's Great Hall, 100 Institute Road, Worcester
Through this story of revolution, learn that there is no substitute for love, hope or dreaming of a brighter tomorrow. Production will feature Kristy Chambrelli directing, John Delorey as music director, with WPI students from all over the country joined by singers from the Worcester Children's Chorus.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : Consult event website
Event Website


“A Picasso” at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
September 16, 2014 to October 10, 2014
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
Paris, 1941. Pablo Picasso has been summoned from his favorite café by German occupation forces and is visited by Miss Fischer, an attractive officer from the German cultural ministry. He is faced with an impossible decision: in exchange for his life he must surrender one of his beloved works of art to the regime. “A Picasso” and “Red” will run alternately in repertory; please check theater website link for dates.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Event Website


“Red” Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
September 17, 2014 to October 11, 2014
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
Behold the fury of Mark Rothko, celebrated bad boy of the art world, as powerful pigments and opinions splatter the canvases of his newly commissioned works for New York’s luxury restaurant. “Red” is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. “A Picasso” and “Red” will run alternately in repertory; please check theater website link for dates
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Event Website


"33 Variations" -- Cotuit, MA
September 25, 2014 to October 12, 2014
4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit
This fascinating live performance explores Ludwig van Beethoven's creative works, while weaving a romantic tale of a real-life musicologist surviving ALS as she raises her daughter.
Time : Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission : $15-$25
Event Website
Phone : 508-428-0669


Season Highlights Celebration of Theater -- Cotuit MA
October 6, 2014 to October 6, 2014
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd (Rt. 28), Cotuit MA
Hosted by the Friends of Cape & Islands Theater, the evening will feature a reception and show tunes from Cape and Islands theaters. Fun, food, drink, show tunes, great entertainment and conversation. Past celebrations have included performances from Cotuit Center for the Arts, Academy of Performing Arts, Cape Rep Theater, Chatham Drama Guild, Harwich Junior Theatre, Eventide, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Buzzards Play Productions, and more.
Time : 5:30 -7:30 pm.
Admission : $40 per person
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Phone : 508-428-0669


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Chilmark Summer Flea Market -- Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, MA
June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
North Road Meadow, 142 North Road, Chilmark
The Vineyard's longest-running outdoor event, the Chilmark Flea Market, draws crowds from all over with its fine hand-crafted products, antiques, imports, and vintage treasures. There's a gift waiting for you here!
Time : Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission : Free!
Event Website
Phone : 508-645-3100


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Boston Cup Classic Car Show -- Boston, MA
September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014
Boston Common
Entrants this year include five classes of vehicles from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and Italy. A new feature this year is a class of marques from countries lesser known for their auto manufacturing. A featured attraction is a #11 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO prepared and presented by KTR Motorsports of Ayer, MA.
Time : 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Swinging the Lamp at Sandwich Glass -- Sandwich, MA
July 27, 2014 to November 2, 2014
129 Main Street, Sandwich
This exhibition features handmade ship models from the USS Constitution Shipwright Guild. Crafters from around the world gather to show off their best original model creations. This is also a stellar chance to learn more about Sandwich's boating history.
Time : 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : Free with admission
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