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Newburyport Yankee Homecoming 2015 - Newburyport, MA

Jul 26, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 Various locations Newburyport, MA
There will be heritage tours and waterfront concerts throughout the week. Below are some of the featured events, but visit the website for more info and a complete schedule of Yankee Homecoming events.
Striper Tournament & Barbecue on June 27, 9a.m. - 3 p.m.
Brewfest on July 25, 5 – 9 p.m.
Art on the Bartlet Mall on July 25-26
Olde Fashioned Sunday on July 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Senior King and Queen on July 29, 4- 6 p.m.
Golf Tournament on July 27, 8 a.m.
Kids Talent Show on July 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain location is usually Masonic Temple)
Market Square Day on July 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (rain date July 29)
Family Day At Maudslay State Park on August 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Parade on Aug 2, noon
Waterfront Concert Series on July 26- August 1, 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Downtown Entertainment on July 26 – August 2, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fireworks, August 1
Time: Consult event website


Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket 2015 - Nantucket, MA

Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 3, 2015 Bartlett's Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Road Nantucket, MA
This year's show will highlight will emphasize the incorporation of antiques into design. Now in its 38th year, the week-long list of events will feature world-class antiques.
Time: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Barnstable Antiques Show and Sale 2015 - West Barnstable, MA

Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015 Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School, 2463 Main Street West Barnstable, MA
This show has dealers displaying and selling a wide variety of antiques, like jewelry, porcelain, pottery, linens, silver, glassware, and a wide assortment of interesting functional and decorative items.
Time: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Telephone: 800-641-6908

Brimfield Antique Shows 2015 - Brimfield, MA

Sep 8, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015 Route 20 Brimfield, MA
The thrice-yearly Brimfield Antique Show is the rock star of all antique shows. Display booths for thousands of dealers run for a half-mile along Route 20. You will find everything here, and then a little bit more. Show dates in 2015 are May 12-17, July 14-19, and September 8-13.
Time: Varies by booth; usually 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Lexington Arts & Crafts Society 11th Annual Artisans Market - Lexington, MA

Jul 27, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 130 Waltham Street Lexington, MA 02421
Original arts and crafts created by artists from our 9 Guilds: Ceramics, Painters, Polymer-Clay/Beaders, Needle Arts, Decorative Arts and Basketry, Photography, Woodworkers, and Metalworkers Guilds. On Tent Day, Saturday, August 1, artists will be on hand to discuss their work and the many benefits of membership in the Society. It’s a great chance to shop locally and select from hundreds of unique creations by local artists.  Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. 
Time: Monday-Thursday: noon-4 p.m., Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 781-862-9696

Summer Celebration of New England Quilts at The New England Quilt Museum - Lowell, MA

Jul 30, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015 18 Shattuck St Lowell, MA
Summer Celebration of New England Quilts at the New England Quilt Museum and its cultural partners in historic downtown Lowell features remarkable quilts representing a diverse variety of New England quilt makers. This public event and all related programs--gallery talks, demonstrations, guest lectures, children’s activities, and more--are free.
Time: Weekdays & Saturday,10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; closed Monday
Admission: Free of charge for this event
Telephone: 978-452-4207

Hyannis Late Summer Arts and Craft Festival - Hyannis, MA

Aug 22, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015 Hyannis Village Green, 367 Main Street Hyannis, MA
Over 150 booths of arts, crafts, specialty foods and live music. Come and sample such gourmet delights as herbal dips, jams, jellies, gourmet cookies, salsas, honey, oils, vinegars, sauces and more. Bring a blanket and enjoy live musical entertainment on the bandstand.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m
Admission: Free Admission
Telephone: 603-332-2616

Kill Tide Arts and Craft Festival - Brewster, MA

Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Drummer Boy Park, 773 Main Street Brewster, MA
Over 100 juried craftsmen will display and sell their American made works. Specialty food sampling, craft demonstrations and live music complete this perfect summertime event.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 603-332-2616

Swampscott Arts and Craft Festival - Swampscott, MA

Sep 12, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015 Linscott Park, 17 Monument Avenue Swampscott, MA
Over 75 booths of arts, crafts, specialty foods, live music and craft demonstrations. Come and sample the culinary delights of herbal dips, maple products, roasted nuts, homemade fudge, kettle corn, cotton candy and more. Live musical entertainment each day.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free Admission
Telephone: 603-332-2616

Townsend Historical Society's Arts & Craft Fair - Townsend, MA

Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 On the historic Townsend Common Townsend, MA 01469
A display of 50 vendors featuring their juried wares, everything hand-painted or -crafted. Demonstrations held throughout both days; entertainment by such notables as JeffJam and Oivan Ilo; refreshments beginning with breakfast until closing. Sunday culminates with a performance by the Townsend Military Band.
Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Children & Families

Summer Spectacular Family Series at the Springfield Museums - Springfield, MA

Jul 6, 2015 - Aug 14, 2015 Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA
Every Monday through Friday, families visiting the Quadrangle will find a schedule packed with hands-on art and science activities, live reptile demonstrations, and family entertainment. The centerpiece of the series is top-tier family performers appearing in the Davis Auditorium every Wednesday through Friday at 11 a.m. Performers will include Puppet People (every Thursday), Akwaaba Drum & Dance Ensemble (July 22), Mister G (July 24), The Nields (August 12) and host of others. Full schedule. All programs are free with admission.
Time: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $18; seniors, $12; college students, $12; children age 3-17, $9.50
Telephone: 413-263-6800

Family Fun Fridays at Heritage Museums and Gardens - Sandwich, MA

Jul 10, 2015 - Aug 28, 2015 Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA
Every Friday in the summer Heritage Museums and Gardens hosts a family-friendly day of special activities designed to help families rediscover the joy of being outside together. Events include a musical performance at the outdoor concert stage at 11 a.m., crafts, lawn games, a chance to see Heritage’s exhibits, Secret Shelters, and rides on the vintage Looff Carousel. Free with museum admission.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $18; youth ages 3 11, $8; under 2, free
Telephone: 508-888-3300

CircuScape Circus Performances - Wellfleet, MA

Jul 21, 2015 - Aug 18, 2015 Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street Wellfleet, MA
What happens when the factory is a circus and the workers want to feed the boss to the lions? A one-hour Circus Show by some of the top circus artists in the Northeast! Show is performed every July 21 through August 18 with an exciting conceptual circus arts show featuring juggling, acrobatics, hooping, aerial arts and physical comedy.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; children, $8

“Mary Poppins” - New Bedford, MA

Jul 24, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 The Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
Based on P.L. Travers books and the 1964 Disney film, anything can and will happen at #17 Cherry Tree Lane when the perfect nanny, Mary Poppins, takes charge of the Banks family. The young and young a -heart will leave the theater singing all their favorite songs like “Chim Chim Chiree,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Step in Time,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Dates: July 24-26 and July 30-August 2.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $40/$45/$50/$55
Telephone: 508-994-2900

Marvelous Marvin - Chilmark, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015 The Yard, Middle Road near Tilton Farm Road Chilmark, MA
Bugging Out is all about bugs. In rhyme, Marvin teaches about fascinating bug habits, bug archaeology and the importance of bugs to humans. With circus arts, magic and music, Marvelous Marvin opens his giant bug book to reveal illustrations by Paul Olson and photos by Brian Jones. Part of the 2015 Yard Arts Season
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: Pay what you can
Telephone: 508-645-9662

Boston Red Sox Picnic In The Park 2015 - Boston, MA

Aug 2, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way Boston, MA
Performance by the Boston Pops Jazz Band highlights the annual Red Sox Foundation picnic. Autograph session with players and unique auction items. Email: picnic@redsox.com.
Time: 5-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $325.00 General Admission, $475.00 MVP
Telephone: 617-226-6002

Family Drop-in Workshop: Fashioning Alcott Fairy Houses - Harvard, MA

Aug 9, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA 01451
Children ages 5 and up are invited to the Fruitlands Farmhouse for a Fairy House building workshop! When she was a young girl living in Harvard, Louisa May and her sisters explored the woods and meadows near their farmhouse and created fanciful houses for the many fairies they imagined lived nearby. Using natural materials and gardening supplies, children and the young-at-heart can make their own fairy houses to bring home in this enchanting drop-in workshop.
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website

Free Fun Friday with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 14, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
The event will feature four multi-talented performers from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, who will walk on stilts, juggle, unicycle, and clown around both inside and outside of the theater. Bindlestiff has performed on stages and festivals around the world.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Admission is free.
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions - Boston, MA

Aug 22, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue Boston, MA
Pokémon fans, here’s your chance to dress up as Pikachu and go to the symphony. The concerts will feature orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals from video games like Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. A show for all the family, the Pokémon Company dazzled fans last year with the Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions tour, a collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $68-$170
Telephone: 617-728-1600

Chalk-Full-O-Fun Street Painting Festival - Onset, MA

Aug 22, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015 Corner of Onset and Union avenues Onset, MA
A family friendly chalk painting event on the walkways surrounding the Lillian Gregerman Bandshell. The 2015 feature artist is Kerry St. Pierre, winner of this year's 1st Place Juror and People's Choice Awards at the Cambridge Chalk on the Walk. 
Time: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Admission: Admission free; artists must register $5 a square, $2 a quarter square
Telephone: 508-273-5290

Free Family Fun Festivals - Marlborough, MA

Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015 Ghiloni Park, 239 Concord Road Marlborough, MA
These family friendly themed festivals will have an exciting line up of performances and activities.
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Admission: FREE
Telephone: 978-562-1646


Robert Klein - Pittsfield, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015 The Colonial Theatre 111 South. Street Pittsfield, MA
For more than forty years, Robert Klein has entertained audiences, and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television, and in film. Born in the Bronx, he was a member of the famed “Second City” theatrical troupe in Chicago.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $55, $45, $25
Telephone: 413-997-4444


Boston Harbor Cruise and Sing with Revels - Boston, MA

Jul 15, 2015 - Aug 5, 2015 Mass Bay Lines, Rowes Wharf Boston, MA
The open-air deck of the New Boston allows for fresh breezes and spectacular views of the Boston skyline. Come and sing sea chanteys loud enough that even boaters passing by can hear them! Revels music director George Emlen and musician David Coffin lead the fun. Bring a picnic dinner. Alcohol and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Dates: July 15 and August 5. Directions to the wharf.
Time: Boarding starts at 6:30 p.m.; cruise from 7 to 9 p.m.
Admission: $35
Telephone: 617-972-8300

Boat Tour of the Bakers Island Light Station - Salem, MA

Jul 21, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015 Departing from Salem Ferry Dock, 10 Blaney Street Salem, MA
Essex Heritage will be hosting escorted, guided boat tours aboard our landing craft, Naumkeag, to Bakers Island Light Station. Bakers Island Light Station is only accessible to the public through these tours with Essex Heritage. The trips is two hours long. Dates: Wednesdays through Sundays
Time: 11 a.m.; 2 and 4:15 p.m.
Admission: $32-$35
Telephone: 978-224-2036


Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Finale 2015 - Becket, MA

Jul 17, 2015 - Aug 17, 2015 358 George Carter Road Becket, MA
Following brilliant performances by Martha Graham Dance Company and MADBOOTS DANCE, the Festival Finale party includes cocktails, a dessert bar, and dancing the night away with DJ BFG spinning live.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $50, $75, $100
Telephone: 413-243-9919

Food, Wine, Beer

Boston Seafood Festival - Boston, MA

Aug 2, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 Boston Fish Pier, 212 Northern Avenue Boston, MA
Enjoy the freshest, most delicious local seafood from New England’s favorite dining destinations; all-day lobster bake; live music; Harpoon beer garden; Battle of the Shuckers oyster shucking contest and fish-cutting contest; famous local chef demonstrations, fisheries, health, and environmental education, notable speakers; arts and crafts vendors; blessing of the fleet; face painting, balloons, and so much more for children and adults!
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Tickets available online and at festival


Plimoth Plantation Summer Workshops - Plymouth, MA

Jul 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015 Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA
Plimoth Plantation will be holding a wide variety of events, workshop, and hands-on demonstrations throughout the 2015 summer and fall. Events include an "Introduction to Salve Making Workshop," “Religions of the 17th Century.” "Cold Weather Gardening," "New England's First Test Kitchen," "Live Herb Wreath Workshop," “English Country Dancing,” “Physic in the 17th Century,” “Raise Your Voice! Colonial Singing,” “Thyme in the Garden,” and many more. Summer Hours: Mayflower II and the Plimoth Grist Mill will be open daily, July 1 to August 31, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Time: MA
Admission: Consult event website

Redcoats and Rebels at Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA
See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence. On Saturday, hours are extended to 8 p.m. Visitors can mingle with troops during Twilight Encampment and hear a cannon barrage. Food and beverages will be available for sale in the Village Cafe and Bullard Tavern Cafeteria.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $24; seniors, $22; youth, $10
Telephone: 800-733-1830

Textile Weekend: Everyday Elegance: Early 19th Century Clothing for Ladies and Gentlemen - Sturbridge, MA

Aug 15, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015 Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA
Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles. This year will focus on everyday elegance of ladies and gentlemen. If you are interested in 1830s fashion and period dress this special weekend is for you.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $24; seniors, $22; free admission for kids in August
Telephone: 800-733-1830


The Best of the Region's Quilt Guilds - Lowell, MA

Jul 30, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015 New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street Lowell, MA
The New England Quilt Museum galleries will feature a diverse selection of exceptional quilts representing some of the largest and most prestigious quilt guilds in New England. Visitors may cast a vote for Viewers’ Choice, and the winning guild will be invited to display its members’ quilts in the Museum in 2016.
Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: N/A
Telephone: 978-452-4207

Home & Studio Tours

south Coast Artists Open Studio Tours - Westport, Dartmouth, MA, Tiverton, Little Compton RI, MA

Jul 18, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015 Artists studios throughout the Southcoast Westport, Dartmouth, MA, Tiverton, Little Compton RI, MA
This tour features over 70 diverse artists working in the coastal communities of Dartmouth and Westport, MA, and Tiverton and Little Compton, RI. This year's theme is Studio Surf. Artists are challenged surf through their imagination and employ a fresh, new approach to their work. The tour is designed for the whole family, especially children. Dates: July 18 and 19; August 15 and 16.
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free

Open Doors of Ipswich House Tour - Ipswich, MA

Oct 3, 2015 - Oct 3, 2015 36 South Main Street Ipswich, MA
Discover the charming lifestyle and traditions of one of the oldest towns in the United States by going inside some of the most beautiful homes on the North Shore. The 2015 tour will showcase many of the wonderful features of Ipswich, including its scenic countryside, salt marshes and historical places. The homes featured will represent an astonishing range of architectural styles, from First and Second Period up to latest in contemporary design.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $25; children under 12 free
Telephone: 339-201-1797


“Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs” at the Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge, MA

Jun 4, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015 Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Route 183 Stockbridge, MA
The exhibit covers the long-running career of the celebrated cartoonist and illustrator. “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” Chast’s memoir, published in 2014, chronicled her experiences caring for her aging parents, told through a mix of humor and thoughtful reflection. Norman Rockwell Museum’s exhibition will be the first thorough display of art from the book. “Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs” is on view through October 26, 2015.
Time: daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $17.50; seniors, $16; college students, $10; children age 6-18, $5.
Telephone: 413-298-4100

“The Wyeths: America Reflected” - Sandwich, MA

Jun 6, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015 Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA
This exhibit shows artwork by three generations the Wyeth family: N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth. The exhibit touches on quintessential American themes as patriotism and the meaning of America, family, the significance of place, and the role of storytelling.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $18; youth ages 3- 11, $8; under 2, free
Telephone: 508-888-3300

Thomas Schütte: Crystal Exhibit - Williamstown, MA

Jun 15, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015 The Clark, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
This is Thomas Schütte’s first full-scale architectural art installation in the United States. Schütte arrived at the unusual shape of Crystal, which was conceived for its location on the Clark’s Stone Hill trails, by imagining a small piece of crystal scaled up to architectural proportions. Crystal provides an opportunity to reflect on how landscapes and places, including the Clark’s campus, are constructed and preserved. On Saturdays through August 29 at 12:30 p.m., explore the many facets of the exhibit at talks by Clark staff members. Exhibit open through 2018.
Time: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; daily in July and August.
Admission: $20; free for children age 18 and younger, and students
Telephone: 413-458-2303

Whistler’s Mother: Grey, Black, And White - Williamstown, MA

Jul 4, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015 The Clark, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA
Whistler’s Mother (1871) by James McNeill Whistler is one of the most renowned works of an American artist. The painting is in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. The Clark Art Institute presents the painting as the centerpiece of a variety of Whistler’s prints and drawings, Japanese woodblock prints that inspired the artist, and ephemera that explore the image’s role in popular culture. 413-458-2303
Time: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $20; free for college students and children age 18 and younger

American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony - Springfield, MA

Jul 14, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015 Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA
More than 100 works dating from the golden age of American Impressionism, the 1880s through the 1940s, will be exhibited, including 75 oil paintings and nearly 30 works on paper. The sheer scope of the display provides insight into the wide range of approaches to Impressionism. Featured artists include Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, expatriate artists working in Paris alongside the Impressionists Degas and Monet, along with American masters like William Merritt Chase and Charles Webster Hawthorne. Exhibit on display through October 25, 2015
Time: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Telephone: 413-263-6800


Lowell Summer Music Series 2015 - Lowell, MA

Jun 19, 2015 - Aug 29, 2015 Boarding House Park, 40 French Street Lowell, MA
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jonny Lang on June 19
Ani Difranco with guest Peter Mulvey on June 20
Mike Gordon with guest Peter Mulvey on June 26
The Wood Brothers with guest Tall Heights on July 9
Chris Robinson Brotherhood on July 17
Dave Mason's Traffic Jam on July 18
Tower Of Power on July 30
Official Blues Brothers Revue on July 31
Gordon Lightfoot on August 1
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band on August 7
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers on August 14
John Hiatt and The Combo and the Taj Mahal Trio on August 27
Lake Street Dive on August 28
Melissa Etheridge: This Is M.E. on August 29
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 978-275-1829

Project Arts Summer Concert Series 2015 - Plymouth, MA

Jun 24, 2015 - Aug 26, 2015 Pilgrim Memorial Park, Water Street Plymouth, MA
June 24 -- Reggae Night – High Hopes with Copperston and Jackson Wetherbee)
July 1 -- Soul City
July 8 -- Hey Nineteen Steely Dan Tribute Band
July 15 -- Steve Smith & The Nakeds
July 22 -- Cheap Voova with Anne English
July 29 -- Ultimate Soul with Huxster Opening
Aug 5 -- Irish Night – Inchicore with the Lindsay’s Band
Aug 12 -- Divas with a Twist and Ball in the House
Aug 19 -- Farrenheit with Charlie, Dave & Muzzy
Aug 26 -- Adam Ezra & Friends with Four in a Row
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Summer Jazz at Wequassett - Chatham, MA

Jun 30, 2015 - Sep 1, 2015 Wequassett Resort & Golf Club On Pleasant Bay Chatham, MA
Weekly jazz, dancing, cocktails and light fare under the stars. Every Tuesday and Wednesday during July and August. Free and open to the public.
June 30 -- Juilliard Jazz Ensemble; July 1 -- Deborah Henson-Conant; July 7 -- Tin Pan; July 8 -- The All Star Band; July 14 -- White Heat Swing Orchestra; July 15 -- G Love; July 21 -- Juanito Pasqual; July 22 -- Suede; July 28 -- Tony DeSare; July 29 -- Grace Kelly.
August 4 -- Dr. Michael White; August 5 -- Paula Cole; August 11 -- Amanda Carr with Myanna & the Ken Clark Trio; August 12 -- Amy Helm; August 18 -- Kevin Eubanks Trio; August 19 -- Athene Wilson & Friends; August 25 -- Sarah Swain; August 26 -- The Allnighters; and September 1 -- Mark Greel.
Time: Consult event website

Cape Cod Jazz Festival 2015 - Harwich, MA

Jul 7, 2015 - Aug 26, 2015 Garden Terrace of Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, 2173 MA Route 28 Harwich, MA
Held Tuesday and Wednesday evening in July and August. Schedule of performers.
Time: 8:30 p.m.

Summer Concert Series at Fruitlands - Harvard, MA

Jul 9, 2015 - Aug 6, 2015 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA
Bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic basket, or purchase food from one of our food vendors. Beer and wine available on site. Concert admission price includes entry after 5 p.m.
July 9 – Concord Band -- from Broadway to Hollywood and Picnic Basket Contest
July 16 – Concord Band -- dancing Under the Stars
July 23 – Concord Band -- a Summer Retrospective
July 30 – The Love Dogs -- jazz and jive
August 6 -- Black Marmot -- folk rock tunes
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $10 Members Car, $15 Nonmembers Car
Telephone: 978-456-3924

Concerts at Windsor Lake - North Adams, MA

Jul 15, 2015 - Sep 2, 2015 Windsor Lake (intersection of Kemp and Bradley Streets) North Adams, MA
These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is free, and swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed at the lake. All cancelations will be called by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert. Rain Dates tbd.
July 15 -- Rakish Paddy
July 22 -- JP Murphy band
July 29 -- Bang-on-a-can All-stars
August 5 -- The MatchStick Architects
August 12 -- Downtown celebration
August 19 -- Patrick Gray Jr.
August 26-- Flannel Dan and the Panhandle Band
September 2 -- Champagne Jam

Time: All concerts begin at 6:30pm.

Summer Music at the Ventford Mansion - Lenox, MA

Jul 23, 2015 - Aug 27, 2015 Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum. Ticket price includes complimentary snacks. Wine and craft beer will be available for purchase.
July 23 -- Oakes & Smith performing original and traditional folk with voices blending in close harmonies
July 30 -- Ron Ramsay and vocalist Samantha Talora will perform classics from the Great American Songbook
August 6 -- Oakes & Smith performing original and traditional folk with voices blending in close harmonies
August 13 -- Ron Ramsay and vocalist Samantha Talora will perform classics from the Great American Songbook
August 27 -- Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay
Time: Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Admission: Tickets are $20
Telephone: 413-637-3206

Music After Hours at The Mount in August - Lenox, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015 The Mount, Plunkett Street Lenox, MA
Come to the Terrace at The Mount for lively evenings of free music by the region’s most talented musicians. Enjoy a glass of wine, light fare and the spectacular view. Come to the Terrace at The Mount for free music by the region’s most talented musicians. Enjoy a glass of wine, light fare and the spectacular view.
August 1--Berkshire Jazz Collective. The BJC is the premier local jazz band.
August 7-- Ted Perry, Bill Chapman, Charlie Tokarz, and Andy Wrba
August 8--Elizabeth Kasius and Heard bring a wide array of styles into a captivating soundscape.
August 14-- Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis
August 15--Zack Cross and Mammal Dap. Take the hooks of Hall and Oates, simmer them in loops of Madlib, then wrap it in the attitude of the Beastie Boys. Throw the microphone in a river. Now you’ve got something close to Mammal Dap.
August 21-- Rob Putnam and Charlie Tokarz
August 22--Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer Quartet perform a blend of arrangements from Cole Porter to Michael Jackson.
August 28 – Wanda Houston Band
August 29 – Charlie Tokarz and Bill Chapman.
Time: 5-8
Telephone: 413-551-5111

August Concerts at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 28, 2015 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue Boston, MA
The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is one of Boston’s most popular outdoor amphitheaters, located on Boston Harbor next to Rowes Wharf. With seating for 5,000 guests, the pavilion is used as a summer concert venue from May through September. Upcoming shows:

Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick on August 1
Culture Club on August 2
Faith No More on August 4
Rob Thomas on August 5
Meghan Trainor on August 6
Sublime with Rome & Rebelution on August 7
Needtobreathe on August 8
Australian Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin 2 - Tribute Band on August 13
O.A.R. & Allen Stone on August 15
Santana on August 18
Gregg Allman & Doobie Brothers on August 19
Willie Nelson & Old Crow Medicine Show on August 21
Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions on August 22
Counting Crows on August 23
Idina Menzel on August 28
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 617-728-1600

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton - Rockport, MA

Aug 2, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 37 Main St Rockport, MA
After years of performing with The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Sting, Chris Botti, and countless other superstars, Lisa Fischer is widely considered to be one of the most powerful vocalists on the planet, but may not be a household name to some. This is changing–Lisa has begun to return to the front of the stage, leading her small combo through an intoxicating blend of soul, jazz, blues, and pop.
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Admission: $55- $85
Telephone: 978-546-7391

An Evening With Rich Robinson - Rockport, MA

Aug 6, 2015 - Aug 6, 2015 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
A founding member of The Black Crowes, guitarist Rich Robinson has entered into a remarkably successful solo career that stands confidently independent of his previous, multi-platinum selling band.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $25- $39
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Don McLean - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 8, 2015 - Aug 8, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
This enduring American singer-songwriter is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).” His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $39 to $84
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea Concert 2015 - Hyannis, MA

Aug 9, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 Hyannis Village Green Hyannis, MA
The Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea concert is Cape Cod’s single largest cultural event. For 29, the community has welcomed one of the nation’s finest and best-loved musical ensembles – the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra – to the Hyannis Village Green.
Time: Gates open at 1 p.m.; music 5-7 p.m.
Admission: Lawn seat, $20; festival seat, $50
Telephone: 508-362-0066

Rickie Lee Jones - Rockport, MA

Aug 11, 2015 - Aug 11, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St Rockport, MA
Working in the sweet spot between folk, jazz and pop since the late 70’s, Rickie Lee Jones remains an artist of boundless curiosity with a sophisticated cool sensibility. Ever since her sparkling debut, Jones has created music that consistently defies easy categorization.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $45-$78
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Graham Nash - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 15, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Graham Nash’s songs defined a generation and helped shape the history of rock and roll. He’s written over 200 songs, including such classic hits as “Carrie Anne,” “On A Carousel,” “Simple Man,” “Our House,” “Marrakesh Express,” and “Teach Your Children.”
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $36 to $81
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Tyler Farr at Indian Ranch - Webster, MA

Aug 15, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015 200 Gore Road Webster, MA
Tyler Farr’s a thinker, an observer of the human condition, a man in the middle of a surging testosterone country movement in today’s Nashville who insists on digging a little deeper, getting a little realer and owning how hard it can be. His album Redneck Crazy was a #2 Billboard Country Album debut and an even more impressive Top 5 Billboard Top 200 Album debut.
Time: 2-7 p.m.
Admission: $18.50-$44.50
Telephone: 508-943-3871

Joey Alexander Trio - Rockport, MA

Aug 15, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
A jazz piano prodigy from the island of Bali, Joey Alexander has the chops and unteachable swing of a seasoned musician far beyond his 11 years of age. The minute Alexander sits down and begins to play, however, the surprise and wonder of his youth gets quickly overshadowed by the mature soulfulness of his natural-born artistry.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $19-$34
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Justin Hayward - Spirits Live - Boston, MA

Aug 21, 2015 - Aug 21, 2015 Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street Boston, MA
Catch Justin Hayward, guitarist and composer of The Moody Blues, wrote such beloved songs as "Nights In White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon," "Question," "The Voice," and "Your Wildest Dreams." His prolific songwriting helped earn the band over 60 million albums sold.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $55-$75

Joe Crookston in Concert - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 22, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015 2 VanDeusenville Road Great Barrington, MA
Joe Crookston was awarded the “Album of the Year” by the International Folk Alliance, and received a year-long songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. From the first strum of his 1948 Gibson you'll be drawn in and deeply moved by his music and stories. 
Time: 8-11 p.m.
Admission: $20
Telephone: 413-528-1955

An Evening with Kenny Aronoff - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 23, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Berkshire native rock star drummer Kenny Aronoff will talk about his strategies for a successful life and career, and share insights from his performances with the biggest musicians, for four presidents, and in the biggest stadiums around the world.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $25 to $40
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Cape Ann Big Band - Rockport, MA

Aug 30, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
This diverse 17-piece big band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll that will bring you back in time. Known for operating like a family, Cape Ann Big Band prides itself with having a repertoire that has no boundaries. Their program includes such classics as “Mack the Knife,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” and “Take the A Train.”
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $19-$34
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Harvey Robbins's Royalty of Rock n' Roll - Beverly, MA

Aug 30, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA
The show features The Motown Review honoring The Temptations, Little Peggy March, A Musical Salute to Whitney Houston and Donna Summer, and much more!
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $47-$55
Telephone: 978-232-7200

Outdoor Activities

Moonlight Kayak and Campfire - West Tisbury, MA

Jul 13, 2015 - Aug 13, 2015 Long Point Wildlife Refuge West Tisbury, MA
Paddle when the moon is full and feel the tranquility of Long Point Wildlife Refuge at night. After kayaking, enjoy a fire on the beach while basking under the moonlight. Weather permitting. Pre-registration required. Email: mpeach@ttor.org Directions.
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults. $55; children, $20
Telephone: 508-693-7392

Family Discovery Day: Hiking Mount Wachusett with JUMP - Harvard, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA
Rising above the surrounding forest to a height of 2006 feet, Mount Wachusett stands as a unique landmark within the central New England landscape. Join educators from Just Understand My Potential (JUMP) for a family-friendly hike to the summit. Along the way, we will pass through 3,000-acre natural resources including old growth forests, alpine meadows, streams, and even Balance Rock. Moderate difficulty level. Hiking boots, hats, insect repellent, drinking water and walking sticks are strongly recommended. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Space is limited. 
Time: 9:30am to 2PM
Admission: $5 parking fee per vehicle
Telephone: 978-456-3924

Parties, Dances, Balls

Block Parties on Mashpee Commons - Mashpee, MA

Jun 27, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015 Mashpee Commons, 22 Steeple Street Mashpee, MA
Join the Summer Block Parties on Saturdays, June 27, July 25, and August 22. Family-friendly activities will be located throughout Mashpee Commons, including live music and food vendors. There will also be lots of entertainment for the kids, including a bouncy house, face painting, balloon twisting, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and more! Block Parties will culminate with an outdoor movie screening at dusk. All activities are free and open to the public.
Time: 1-8 p.m.

The Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate - Ipswich, MA

Aug 2, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road Ipswich, MA
The bee's knees event of the summer, featuring: Baby Soda Jazz Band with Tamar Korn and guest Gordon Webster, swing dance lessons, swing dance, live performances, dandy dash competition, vintage and food vendors, and lounging and picnicking on the lawn.
Time: 3-8 p.m.
Admission: General admission, $25; students and seniors, $20

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour 2015: Bon Appétit! - Sandwich, Waltham, Northampton, Newbury, MA

Jul 21, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015 Sandwich, Waltham, Northampton, Newbury, MA
Every summer, a new company of Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a performance tour of New England. Smirkos perform to sell-out crowds in Circus Smirkus’s own European-style one-ring big top tent. Detailed schedule.
July 21-22 in Sandwich, MA. Four shows at Sandwich High School. 2 and 7 pm
July 24-26 in Waltham, MA. Six shows at Gore Place. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7 pm; Sundays 11 am and 4 pm
July 28-29 in Northampton, MA. Four shows at Three County Fairgrounds. 1 and 7 pm
July 31-Aug 1 in Newbury, MA. Four 4 shows at Manter Field. Friday, 1 and 6 pm; Saturday, 12:30 and 5:30 pm

Time: See event website for details

Shakespeare & Company presents “Broadway in the Berkshires” - Great Barrington, MA

Aug 3, 2015 - Aug 3, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Broadway in the Berkshires, a magical evening of all-star entertainment, returns once again featuring Broadway’s brightest stars in a special one-night-only performance to benefit Shakespeare & education programs. The star-studded affair will feature a delicious walk-around dinner reception, live and silent auctions, and a VIP after-party with the artists.
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $75 to $125
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Stage Door Canteen Celebrates the Music of the 1940's - Fall River, MA

Aug 9, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 Matthew J. Kuss Middle School, 52 Globe Mills Avenue Fall River, MA
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the arrival of the USS Massachusetts to Battleship Cove, the museum hosts a musical that will take you back to a time when swing was king, and everyone loved a juke box Saturday night. There will be dance as well as song from the fabulous 1940s, and some moments to tickle your funny bone. For tickets visit the Battleship Cove Visitor Center, or call the Battleship at 508 678-1100 Ext. 101. Credit cards accepted.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $30 includes show and reception.

Shopping & Sales

Cultural Survival Bazaar -Cambridge - Cambridge, MA

Aug 1, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 Harvard University - The Plaza, 1 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA
Shop for handmade art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, and much more from communities throughout Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Learn about the people and stories that make these items so unique and special. n. Enjoy music performances, numerous presentations, craft-making demonstrations, and food.  
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 617-441-5400


New England Patriots Training Camp 2015 - Foxborough, MA

Jul 30, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015 Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place Foxborough, MA
The Patriots train for the upcoming football season at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Patriots fans are invited to visit the Patriots Fan Zone and to watch the team practice. Admission to training camp is free. Parking is free. And you'll get an up-close look at the action, as the team gets in shape for the start of the season. Football fans of all ages will enjoy the interactive football games; chances to test their passing, kicking, blocking and other football skills; plus autograph sessions, cheerleader appearances and more fun surprises. Schedule.
Time: Consult event website

Croquet Tournament - Duxbury, MA

Aug 15, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015 King Caesar House, 120 King Caesar Road Duxbury, MA
Spectators at the Croquet Tournament sip on signature cocktails, enjoy food by The Catered Affair and partake of a decadent raw bar provided by Island Creek Oysters. Your evening’s entertainment is provided by the Croquet Tournament players and their spirited competition. And all of this, with stunning views of Duxbury Bay! Spectators are eligible to enter the contest for Best Hat; Creative White attire is encouraged.
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Admission: $25/spectator includes food, two drink tickets (cash bar available) and access to the games & party.
Telephone: 781-934-6106


"I Saw My Neighbor On the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile" - Stockbridge, MA

Jul 15, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015 The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA
"I Saw My Neighbor On the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile" is a funny and poignant new drama written by Suzanne Heathcote and directed by Jackson Gay (both making their BTG debuts). 
Time: Shows are at 2, 7 or 8 p.m.; please see website for details.
Admission: $42-$50
Telephone: 413-997-4444

“Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” - Stockbridge, MA

Jul 29, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015 The Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA
After a one-night rendezvous in Manhattan's West Side, Johnny, a compulsive, starry-eyed, short-order cook, is convinced he has found his life companion in Frankie, a wisecracking waitress.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $62

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" - Lowell, MA

Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 2, 2015 Greater Lowell Music Theatre, Durgin Concert Hall, 35 Wilder Street Lowell, MA
Eddie Mekkastars in one of the funniest musicals in American theater. The music of Stephen Sondheim couples with the comedy writing of P.G. Wodehouse, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart to create a runaway laugh fest that promises to have you rolling in the aisles! Mekka, gifted at physical comedy, dances, twirls and leaps about the stage shooting flames of merriment into the audience.
Time: July 31, 7:30 p.m.; August 1, 7:30 p.m.; August 2, 2 p.m.
Admission: $30/$35
Telephone: 978-319-8867

"The Club" - Pittsfield, MA

Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 The Garage 111 South St. Pittsfield, MA
"The Club" is a musical excursion into the world of a private Edwardian men's club, where men can be men and indulge in those pastimes that sets them apart from the rest of the human race. Where they can drink, play, smoke, and of course talk about what's always on their mind: women!
Time: All shows at 8 p.m. except August 1, at 10:15 a.m.
Admission: $30
Telephone: 413-997-4444

"Wonderful Town" - Waltham, MA

Aug 6, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
The Tony Award-winning musical comedy centers around the sassy and brassy Ruth Sherwood and her demure sister who move from Ohio to New York to fulfill their dreams!  
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $35-$63; senior and student discounts available.
Telephone: 781-891-5600

“Mary Poppins” - Pittsfield, MA

Aug 13, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
There is magic stirring in London, England at No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane, home to the troubled Banks family. George and Winifred Banks are frustrated and fed-up with their misbehaving children, Jane and Michael, who once again sent a nanny running out the door. The seemingly endless search for a suitable caretaker comes to a halt when a nanny by the name of Mary Poppins appears at their door.
Time: August 13-15, 17, 20-22 at 7 p.m.; august 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $30 and $25; children, $20 and $15

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” - Nantucket, MA

Aug 22, 2015 - Sep 9, 2015 White Heron Theatre Company at Dreamland Theater, 17 South Water Street Nantucket, MA
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a masterful, utterly hilarious comedy about grown siblings and the complications of managing their recently-deceased parents, and the family’s, country estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A mashup of the comedies of Anton Chekhov, the result is an absolutely hysterical look at grown sibling relationships. Directed by show’s original Broadway producer Martin Platt. Dates: August 22, 24- 26 and 31, and September 1, 2, 7-9
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $42
Telephone: 508-825-5268