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Arts & Crafts Shows

Royal Arts and Craft Festival - Marlborough, MA

Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014 Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West Marlborough, MA
This event features over 150 juried craftsmen and artisans and all works are proudly made in the USA. Among the work on display and for sale are woodcrafts, pottery, photography, jewelry, soaps, fiber arts, quilts, blown glass, clothing, ceramics, stained glass, ornaments, metal sculpture, floral design, leather, and much more. Enjoy live jazz and sampling specialty foods including home-made fudge, organic salsa, cannoli, baked goods, drink mixes, jams, jellies, gourmet oils, chutney, vinegars and more.
Time: Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $8; children under age 12, free
Telephone: 603-332-2616

OnTrend Craft Fair - Hadley, MA

Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014 41 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley Hadley, MA
The fair will showcase talented indie craters and makers of all kinds from throughout New England.
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: Free to attend

PumpkinFest at Sandwich Glass Museum - Sandwich, MA

Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014 Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street Sandwich, MA
Glass pumpkins! Wander through a patch of glass pumpkins in all colors, shapes and size, made by local and national glass artisans. No two are alike! They are perfect for decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving and make a unique and fun gift.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Telephone: 508-888-0251

Children & Families

Blue Discoveries Family Days at New England Aquarium - Boston, MA

Oct 19, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014 New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston Boston, MA
Learn more about the blue planet through art, science and storytelling during this fun, family activity day. Programs highlight Aquarium favorites as well as often overlooked inhabitants. Activities are included with Aquarium admission. Forthcoming programs at Sustainable Seafood on October 19, Sea Turtles on November 16, and Deep Sea on December 14.
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $24.95; child age 3-11, $17.95; senior age 60 and older, $22.95
Telephone: 617-973-5200

Luna's Magic Flute - Westborough, MA

Nov 8, 2014 - Nov 8, 2014 David French Music Company Recital Hall, 53B Otis Street Westborough, MA
A musical fairytale about the power of music and friendship. Program designed for children ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome! 
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Admission: Free


Comics Come Home - Boston, MA

Nov 8, 2014 - Nov 8, 2014 TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston Boston, MA
Join host Denis Leary along with other comedy guests Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Bill Burr, and more for a night that is sure to be filled with laughter to raise money for cancer patients and their families.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website

Red Green's How to Do Everything Tour - Pittsfield, MA

Nov 13, 2014 - Nov 13, 2014 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
Red Green, Canada’s foremost handyman, who became famous for such things as duct tape and Possum Lodge, explains how to do everything. After establishing himself in fifteen seasons of his enormously popular TV show as one of the world’s handiest men, he now shows there is no limit to his specialized knowledge and advice.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $52.50
Telephone: 413-997-4444

Food, Wine, Beer

Oyster Grand Tasting - North Falmouth, MA

Oct 26, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014 Sea Crest Beach Hotel, 350 Quaker Road North Falmouth, MA
Executive Chef Barton Seaver will be joined by other leading chefs for an oyster gastronomic tasting of delectable oyster dishes. Other leading chefs will offer savory dishes ranging from classic favorites to contemporary fusion creations. Entertainment by the Fred Clayton Jazz Trio.
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 508-540-9400

Beer Festival - Harvard, MA

Nov 8, 2014 - Nov 8, 2014 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard Harvard, MA
Taste a range of delicious New England ales and lagers from craft brewers while enjoying stunning autumn views of the Nashua River Valley. Arrive early and check out Fruitlands Museum. Stay later to roast marshmallows and gather around the annual bonfire. Hors d’oeuvres, museum admission, and bonfire included in ticket price. Guests must be 21 or older and should bring a valid photo ID at time of entry.
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Admission: $50; designated drivers, $10

Craft Beer Walk at Mill No. 5 - Lowell, MA

Nov 14, 2014 - Nov 14, 2014 Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell Lowell, MA
Stroll through the charming Shoppes at Mill No. 5 and craft beer tastes and pairings, live music and the work of artisans. A guest brew master will teach the basics of craft beer making. After the walk, see a documentary about craft beers at the Luna Theater or stay at Coffee and Cotton Café for the after party.
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
Admission: $15 for 10 sample tickets
Telephone: 978-364-1132

Flavors of Fall 2014 - Cambridge, MA

Nov 17, 2014 - Nov 17, 2014 Royal Sonesta Hotel Ballroom, 40 Edwin Land Blvd. Cambridge, MA
A swanky VIP hour is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with savory snacks, briny bivalves and a glass or two of bubbly. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., chefs from Cambridge will be serving their favorite seasonal dishes to be paired with an assortment of beers and wines.
Admission: VIP, $125; Main Event, $75.


Orchid Show 2014 - Boylston, MA

Oct 31, 2014 - Nov 2, 2014 Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive Boylston, MA
Explore incredible displays of blooming orchids and orchid-related artwork. Presented by the Massachusetts Orchid Society.
Time: Friday, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors (65 and older), $9; youth age 6-18, $7
Telephone: 508-869-6111


100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum - harvard, MA

Oct 26, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014 Fruitlands, 102 Prospect Hill Road harvard, MA
Join Fruitlands Curator Michael Volmar for an insider’s view of the centennial year exhibition, 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum. Each of the five collections – the Land, the Shakers, the Transcendentalists, the Native Americans, and American Art – are represented in this exhibit. Volmar provides an overview to the remarkable and historically significant objects. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, call 978-456-3924, ext. 291 or email
Time: 1 p.m.
Admission: $5


St. Lawrence String Quartet in Concert - Rockport, MA

Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 25, 2014 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
For 25 years, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has brought its exquisite musicianship and adventurous spirit to chamber music halls. The Quartet expertly balances a strong commitment to the great established quartet literature by John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Eziquiel Vinao, and Jonathan Berger.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $31-$52
Telephone: 978-546-7391

The Pine Hill Project: Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky - Rockport, MA

Nov 1, 2014 - Nov 1, 2014 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Two of the folk community’s most beloved artists join forces for a double bill of folk/Americana, each bringing a unique perspective, personality and style that beautifully compliment the other.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $31-$52
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Steep Canyon Rangers in concert - Rockport, MA

Nov 6, 2014 - Nov 6, 2014 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
The Steep Canyon Rangers is a spirited bluegrass group that delves into folk, country and pop music, adding undeniable songwriting skills to go along with their instrumental prowess. While known to many for frequent collaborations with legendary comedian/banjo player Steve Martin, the North Carolina sextet’s music stands on its own.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $27-$49
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Renaissance Songs of Love and War - Boston, MA

Nov 7, 2014 - Nov 7, 2014 First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley Street Boston, MA
Acclaimed early vocal ensemble Exsultemus presents a touching and exciting program of music from the 15th and 16th centures, including the seductive Song of Songs, heartfelt madrigals, and a thrilling musical reenactment of the Battle of Marignano.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35 & $20; $5 off for students & seniors
Telephone: 857-998-0219

The Rat Pack - Waltham, MA

Nov 9, 2014 - Nov 9, 2014 Reagle Music Theatre, Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham Waltham, MA
Impersonators of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. present a remarkable show, featuring the classic hits “Come Fly with Me,” “That’s Amore,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “My Way,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “The Candy Man,” and so many more. The Rat Pack is backed by a hot seven-piece band of regional musicians who specialize in the jazz and big band sounds.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $35 to $63
Telephone: 781-891-5600

Cellist Sergey Antonov in Concert - Worcester, MA

Nov 11, 2014 - Nov 11, 2014 WamsWorks, 8 Institute Road Worcester, MA 01608
Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist Sergey Antonov plays Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata, Popper Hungarian Rhapsody, Dohnanyi Cello Sonata.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $45; students, $15; youth, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Jonathan Edwards - Rockport, MA

Nov 14, 2014 - Nov 14, 2014 Shalin Liu Performance Cente, 37 Main Street, Rockport Rockport, MA
Veteran folk-rocker Jonathan Edwards burst on the music scene 40 years ago with the mega-hit “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” and has since enjoyed a vibrant troubadour career based around his undeniable melodic gifts and an exuberant performance style.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $39, $35, $25
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Boston Baroque presents Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 - Boston, MA

Nov 14, 2014 - Nov 15, 2014 New England Conservatory Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Streeet, Boston Boston, MA
The Boston Baroque period instrument orchestra and chorus open their season with a revival performance of this beloved masterwork. Ticket holders under age 40 are invited to enjoy a free preconcert cocktail at Improper Baroque, a reception and networking event for young professionals, an hour before the show on Friday, November 14.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35-$95; students $10 on the day of the concert
Telephone: 617-987-8600

Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing - Worcester, MA

Nov 16, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
Grammy Award-winning fiddler Mark O'Connor performs in an evening of acoustic string jazz, paying tribute to French jazz master Stephane Grappekki. Bring your fiddle. A mini-fiddle camp will be held after the concert.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $49; students, $15; youth, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing - Worcester, MA

Nov 16, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
An evening of acoustic string jazz featuring Grammy Award-winning Mark O’Connor. O'Connor's jazz performances and compositions pay tribute to his friend and mentor; the legendary French jazz master Stéphane Grappelli.  Hot Swing continues to celebrate acoustic string jazz in new and exciting ways.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $49; students, $15; youth under age 18, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Pianist Sergey Schepkin in Concert - Rockport, MA

Nov 16, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
One of the world’s leading interpreters of Bach, pianist Sergey Schepkin has earned a reputation as an artist of remarkable technical ability with a passionately enthusiastic spirit. Schepkin has performed in many of the world’s great halls, making his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1993.
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Admission: $19-$34
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Rockport, MA

Nov 21, 2014 - Nov 22, 2014 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Mary Chapin Carpenter embarks on a unique series of intimate, acoustic performances this fall. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to singing timeless hits and more from her 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $60-$95
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Parties, Dances, Balls

Fruitlands Bonfire Night - Harvard, MA

Nov 8, 2014 - Nov 8, 2014 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA
Bring the family to the old elm tree at sunset to help welcome the Winter Season with a bonfire, light sticks, and roasted marshmallows. Arrive early to weave a message of goodwill into a massive basket sculpture then watch as the wind carries our wishes to the stars. There will be a Craft Beer Tasting with appetizers. The Beer Tasting is a for guests age 21 and older.
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Admission: Free

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

“Poe” - Stockbridge, MA

Oct 2, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014 The Unicorn Theatre Stockbridge, MA
From the masterful wordsmith Edgar Allen Poe, the poetic and macabre tales of terror come to life in a brilliant reflection of the writer by Eric Hill.
Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: $35
Telephone: 413-997-4444

“Men Are From Mars Woman Are From Venus” - Pittsfield, MA

Oct 30, 2014 - Oct 30, 2014 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
“Men Are From Mars-Woman Are From Venus” is a one-man fusion of theater and comedy based on the best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. The show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $54
Telephone: 413-997-4444

Classical Cartoon Festival - Boston, MA

Nov 1, 2014 - Nov 1, 2014 Symphony Hall, Boston Boston, MA
Kids of all ages will enjoy their favorite Warner Bros. cartoons set to classical music on a giant screen, along with live performances, visits from beloved PBS children’s characters, and more
Time: 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person; family 4-pack is $8.75

"Mamma Mia" - Amherst, MA

Nov 3, 2014 - Nov 3, 2014 Mullins Center 200 Commonwealth Avenue Amherst, MA
The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, "Mamma Mia" is an all-time favorite.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $67.50, $62.50, $57.50

Sailing & Maritime

Downrigging Weekend in Salem - Salem, MA

Nov 1, 2014 - Nov 2, 2014 173 Derby Street and (23 Congress Street Salem, MA
Inspired by the Sultana Downrigging Weekend, the Salem Downrigging Weekend is a celebration of the end of the sailing season, maritime culture, wooded boats and the sailing heritage of the Essex county. The two-day event features half-price public sails on the schooners Thomas Lannon, Ardelle, and Fame and downrigging demonstrations aboard Friendship. During the weekends there will be six public sails, six live demonstrations, two films, three Q&A sessions with captains, ship tours and more! Public sails require a reservation and fee, but all other activities are free.
All vessels will be docked at Salem Maritime National Historic Site (173 Derby Street) or Pickering Wharf Marina (23 Congress Street).
Time: All day

Science & Nature

IMAX Films: Great White Shark, Island of Lemurs, Journey to the South Pacific - Boston, MA

Oct 1, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014 New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston Boston, MA
IMAX films will take you where you've only imagined! Through IMAX 3D, visit animals that are too large, too small or too endangered to exhibit in an aquarium. See website for show times. Films, prices and show times are subject to change.
Time: Open Daily at 9:30 a.m.
Admission: Adults, $9.95; children age 3 to 11, $7.95; seniors, $7.95
Telephone: 866-815-4629

Visual Arts

Swinging the Lamp at Sandwich Glass - Sandwich, MA

Jul 27, 2014 - Nov 2, 2014 129 Main Street, Sandwich Sandwich, MA
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