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Newburyport's Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll 2015 - Newburyport, MA

Oct 17, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015 Market Square Newburyport, MA
Families are encouraged and invited to bring their own jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins will be lit and placed on the stage in Market Square for all to enjoy! Each family will receive a votive candle and all will be lit at dusk. After the lighting, guests may stroll the downtown and Tannery to enjoy the pumpkins!
Time: 5-8 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Shows

stART on the Street - Worcester, MA

Sep 14, 2015 - Oct 14, 2015 Park Avenue between Highland and Pleasant streets Worcester, MA
It is that time of year again when more than 250 artists and crafters set up shop in between Highland and Pleasant Streets on Park Avenue. Enjoy unique, handmade items, artist demonstrations, and a youth market featuring work by those under the age of 18. Swipe your WOO Card for points and prizes.
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

OnTrend Fall Craft Fair - Hadley, MA

Oct 17, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015 Hadley Town Commons, Russell St. Hadley, MA
Dozens of the region's most talented indie crafters and makers will be at the OnTrend Fall Craft Fair on the Hadley Town Commons . Shoppers will find high-quality handmade jewelry, stationery, ceramics, apparel, home goods, wood products, and much more.
Time: 10 a.m to 4. p.m.
Admission: Free

The Marketplace at Adams Farm - Walpole, MA

Oct 24, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 999 North Street Walpole, MA
The Marketplace at Adams Farm is an outdoor vintage and artisan marketplace featuring vintage dealers and artisans in a two-day event that will feature live music, food and one-of-a-kind finds on the sweeping grounds of the 365-acre farmstead. Find re-purposed treasures, painted furniture, up-cycled finds, candles, jewelry and handmade bags. Additionally, some of the best vintage, curated collections and junktiques will be on offer.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5; children under 12 admitted free
Telephone: 617-435-3358

Children & Families

Palmer Pumpkin Palooza - Three Rivers, MA

Oct 17, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015 Pulaski Park, 40 Belchertown Street Three Rivers, MA
This fall festival will include family activities throughout day and, once night falls, a giant display of jack o’ lanterns. There will be hay rides, music, dancers, games, food trucks, and of course pumpkins. Come and enjoy costumes and pumpkin carving contests with cash prizes. Guests are asked to bring a carved pumpkin to include as part of the display. Enjoy local entertainment including musical acts, Good Acoustics, Tony Valley and Billy Goodspeed. Vendors will be selling Halloween themed goods, specialty bags, and cooking supplies.
Time: All day
Admission: There is no admission fee.


Laugh Lounge with the Berkshire Theatre Festival - Pittsfield, MA

Sep 23, 2015 - Dec 2, 2015 The Colonial Theatre or the Garage 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
Laugh Lounge:Sean Donnelly at the at The Garage on September 23 at 8 p.m. Sean Donnelly made his network TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and 2015 is a huge year for the affable comic with appearances on Comedy Central's @midnight, Broad City, and The Amy Schumer Show. $10-$12.
An Evening with Paula Poundstone at The Colonial Theatre on September 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets: A: $55 B: $45 C: $25 Paula Poundstone has become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. She performs standup comedy across the country. $25-$55
Laugh Lounge: Brooke Van Poppelen at The Garage on October 28 at 8 p.m. Brooke Van Poppelen has been seen on @Midnight, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, IFC's Comedy Drop, and currently hosts Hack My Life on truTV. $10-$12.
Laugh Lounge: Kevin McCaffrey at The Garage on December 2 at 8 p.m. Kevin McCaffrey made his network TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and did so well that Letterman hired McCaffrey to write with his monologue team until his retirement last month. $10-$12.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Consult event website

Corn Mazes

Davis Mega Maze 2015 - Sterling, MA

Aug 13, 2015 - Nov 8, 2015 145 Redstone Hill Road Sterling, MA
Eight-acre maze and three-acre mega maze with bridges, ropes course. Fright Nights tge first four weekends of October. Bring a flashlight! See farm website for hours of operation.
Time: Consult event website
Admission: Weekends & Monday holidays, $19.95; Fright Nights $24.95
Telephone: 978-422-6666

Nessralla Farm Corn Maze 2015 - Halifax, MA

Sep 6, 2015 - Nov 2, 2015 139 Hemlock Lane Halifax, MA
Corn maze, pony rides, hay bale pyramid, bouncy houses, hay rides, pick your own pumpkin, live music and more. Pumpkin Drop times will be announced. Food is served on the weekends.
Time: Open daily; call the farm for hours
Admission: General admission, $9; kids under age 4, free; senior age 65 and older, $8; military people, $7; hay rides, $3
Telephone: 781-293-6792

Marini Farm Corn Maze 2015 - Ipswich, MA

Sep 12, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015 259 Linebrook Road Ipswich, MA
This maze has 19 stations with answers to a game sheet that you will be given before entering. With over 10 miles of pathways, you will be able to note your progression by the amount of answers you find on your game sheet. A finished game sheet is a finished maze!
Other maze events: Kernels of Gold Pirate's Treasure, Doggy Maze Days, Muddy Leprechaun 5K Obstacle Race, Team American Chunker Target Shooting, Trick or Treat Character Hay Rides, and Doggy Halloween Costume Parade.
Time: Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Flashlight Nights are September 25 to October 31, Friday to Sunday, 6-10:30 p.m.
Admission: General admission for age 3 and older is $10.95; Flashlight maze admission is $12.95


Cranberry Harvest Tours - Wareham, MA

Oct 17, 2015 - Nov 11, 2015 Makepeace Farms Country Market, 146 Tihonet Road Wareham, MA
The A.D. Makepeace Company is offering public tours during the beautiful harvest season. Join us for one of these guided tours and learn all about cranberry farming and see New England at its best! Guests will come to the bog to see the wet harvest process, discuss the entire growing cycle, and the touch upon the history of the industry. Registration required, space is limited. Transportation provided. Dates: October 17, 31, and November 11.
Time: 10 a.m.
Admission: Admission is $12 per person, under 7 and military are fee.


Bonsai Pavilion Open House - Boston, MA

Oct 1, 2015 - Nov 1, 2015 Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway Boston, MA
With an Arnold Arboretum volunteer, visitors may go inside the bonsai pavilion, hear about the history, culture, and care of these dwarf potted plants. In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.
Time: Thursdays in October, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, October 18, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Telephone: 617-384-5209


Sunday Estate Walk & History of the Beebe Property at Highfield Hall - Falmouth, MA

Oct 4, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015 Highfield Hall and Gardens, 56 HIghfield Drive Falmouth, MA
Docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700 acre estate. Learn about the role the Beebe family played in the history of the town of Falmouth. Walks are held weather permitting. Reservations appreciated for groups of 5 or more people.

Dates: October 4 & 18
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 suggested donation
Telephone: 508-495-1878

Autumn Gathering at Benjamin Nye Homestead and Museum - East Sandwich, MA

Oct 24, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015 Benjamin Nye Homestead and Museum, 85 old County Road East Sandwich, MA
Three fireplaces will be in use, and hearth cooking will be demonstrated using flint corn meal and other produce and herbs grown on the homestead. Butter making and wool spinning will be demonstrated. An Artisan Craft Fair will be held in the Grange Hall featuring creative local talent. You will see hand crafted knitted clothing and gifts, hand-turned wooden bowls, woven gifts, quilted items, beaded jewelry, artwork, specialty soaps and lotions, and homemade jams.
Time: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; children, free
Telephone: 508-888-4213

Home & Studio Tours

Beverly Arts District Citywide Open Studios - Beverly, MA

Oct 17, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015 Downtown Beverly Beverly, MA
 Visit 50 local artists in 30 studios and venues across Beverly in the first Citywide Open Studios event! Celebrating all things local, artistic and creative. Enjoy art, music, kids’ activities and more.

Time: noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Free


Yours Sincerely, John S. Sargent - Boston, MA

Jul 25, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA
Painter John Singer Sargent comes intimately to life in this exhibit of letters, photographs, and sketches describing the artist’s interior world and relationships. A dozen letters from Sargent to Claude Monet illuminate his lifelong friendship and admiration for the French Impressionist master. Among the watercolors, prints, drawings, correspondence, and photographs are some caricatures of the portly master by his friends Henry Tonks and Max Beerbohm. Exhibit is open through November 15, 2015
Time: Open daily at 10 a.m.; closes at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday; closes at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday-Tuesday.
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors over 65 and students over 18, $23; under age 18, free to $10, based on day and time
Telephone: 617-267-9300


Suede in Concert - Wellfleet, MA

Oct 5, 2015 - Nov 5, 2015 Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street Wellfleet, MA
Following performances at Birdland in NYC and Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Suede is coming home to sing for us! she's like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler. The Boston Globe says she's "Wicked exciting!"
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $30

Livingston Taylor - Lexington, MA

Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 16, 2015 Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA
The Performing Arts Season opens with Boston native Livingston Taylor, whose well crafted, introspective, and original songs such as “I Will Be in Love with You,” “First Time Love,” and “I’ll Come Running,” have earned him listeners worldwide.
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 617-531-1257

Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra with Trumpter Randy Brecker - Pittsfield, MA

Oct 17, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015 The Colonial Theatre 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
Six-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. The Times in London called him “a real find” for the Buddy Rich Orchestra.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35 and $20
Telephone: 413-997-4444

James Montgomery Blues Band with Claudette King - North Truro, MA

Oct 17, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015 Payomet Performing Arts Center North Truro, MA
James Montgomery has worked with senior bluesmen such as James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Junior Wells. Claudette King, dubbed "The Bluz Queen" is the youngest daughter of the all time Blues icon B.B. King. She exudes a confidence that perhaps was born of her struggle to prove who she is and at the same time carve out her own identity.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $23-$38
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya - Boston, MA

Oct 18, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015 Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa's foremost jazz pianist, performs traditional African tunes, church-inflected harmonies, and regal progressions.
Time: 7:30 pm.
Admission: $30, $37, $42, or $48
Telephone: 617-876-4275

Renaissance - Rockport, MA

Oct 22, 2015 - Oct 22, 2015 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Its career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the five- octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $28-$46
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Jackie Evancho: Awakening — Live in Concert - Boston, MA

Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 23, 2015 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA
Jackie Evancho's breakout performance on America's Got Talent left audiences and judges astonished that such a perfect, beautiful, soprano voice could come from a 10 year-old girl. Four years later, her unique voice has won her millions of fans and her recordings have dominated the music and DVD charts.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $175

Spyro Gyra - Rockport, MA

Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 23, 2015 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
One of the most beloved fusion bands in the world, Spyro Gyra continues to find the sweet spot between jazz, funk, and new age music. The multiple Grammy winning quintet hasn’t lost any of its swagger more than 40 years after their founding.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35-$59
Telephone: 978-546-7391

David Deveau - Rockport, MA

Oct 24, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Now in his 20th year as artistic director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, pianist David Deveau has been critically acclaimed internationally for his expressive and poetic interpretations of solo piano repertoire ranging from Haydn to the present.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $39- $58
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Dianne Reeves: Beautiful Life - Amherst, MA

Oct 30, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015 UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 President's Drive Amherst, MA
Dianne Reeves is a powerhouse of jazz singing. She performs with her quintet, With Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $50, $45, $20; Five College, GCC and youth age 17 and younger, $15, $12, $10
Telephone: 413-545 2511

The Rat Pack - Waltham, MA

Nov 8, 2015 - Nov 8, 2015 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
The Rat Pack, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. impersonators Gary Anthony, Andy DiMino and Lambus Dean, returns to Reagle Music Theatre for one show. These musical marksmen are back by popular demand, singing all the famous trio’s tunes including “My Way,” “The Candy Man” and “Come Fly With Me.”
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $35 to $63 for adults; discounts apply for youth and seniors
Telephone: 781-891-5600

The New Christy Minstrels - Pittsfield, MA

Nov 14, 2015 - Nov 14, 2015 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
The New Christy Minstrels are folk music legends known for their hits like "Today,” "Saturday Night,” "Denver,” "Mighty Mississippi” and "Green, Green.” Come hear stories and memorable songs to every generation.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $55, $45, $25

Art Garfunkel in Concert - Great Barrington, MA

Nov 14, 2015 - Nov 14, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
He has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $64-$84
Telephone: 413-528-0100

John Pizzarelli in Concert - Great Barrington, MA

Dec 19, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli will honor Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with his Swing 7 Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration concert. Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $25 to $100
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Outdoor Activities

Head of the Charles Regatta - Cambridge, MA

Oct 17, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015 619 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA
This iconic two-day rowing race set along the banks of Boston’s Charles River attracts youth, collegiate, masters, international, world champion and Olympic athletes competing in 61 events. Spectators may enjoy family events along the course, including the Regatta’s rowing and fitness expo, the action at the boisterous Reunion Village and food from local chefs and restaurants
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free


Spirit Medium Karen Tatro Examines Ventfort Hall - Lenox, MA

Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 23, 2015 Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA
Karen Tatro, a certified spirit medium, will visit Ventfort Hall to share her findings about some of the spirits who haunt the mansion. Email: info@gildedage.org.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $35; advance reservations recommended
Telephone: 413-637-3206

Parties, Dances, Balls

Havana Nights - An Evening of Music, Food and Wine with Harold Lopez-Nussa - North Truro, MA

Oct 24, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015 Outer Reach Resort, 535 Route 6 North Truro, MA
A sparkling evening of music, food & wine featuring Cuba’s biggest jazz star, Harold Lopez Nussa, direct from Havana with his trio. Cocktails, tapas dinner, music and dance. A fundraiser for Payomet Performing Arts Center.
Time: 5:30-9 p.m.
Admission: $150
Telephone: 508-487-9090

Shows & Exhibits

Rock & Shock Convention - Worcester, MA

Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015 DCU Center, 50 Foster Street Worcester, MA
This convention includes horror film actors, directors, make-up artists, costume designers, film makers and distributors, tattoo artists, toy and model makers, costume contests, horror industry professionals, appearances and signings with bands playing the Palladium!
Time: Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $20-$60

Boston International Fine Art Show - Boston, MA

Oct 22, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street Boston, MA
Galleries from Europe, Canada and across the U.S. will offer more than 3,000 original works of art. Works range from affordable art by new artists to museum-level masterpieces.
Time: $15; youth under age 12 admitted free
Admission: Thursday 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Telephone: 617-363-0405

19th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show - Boston, MA

Oct 22, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts Boston, MA
Galleries from Europe, Canada and across the United States, this show will offer more than 3,000 original works of art Also: free special programs, re-admission, catalog and coat check. Café, discount and valet parking.
Time: Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $15; under 12 free.
Telephone: 617-363-0405


Racing and Food Truck Festivals at Suffolk Downs - East Boston, MA

Sep 3, 2015 - Oct 31, 2015 Suffolk Downs, 525 McClellan Hwy. East Boston, MA
Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Suffolk Downs. In September and October the track will host three days of racing that will include food trucks from over a dozen vendors, craft beer, live music and family fun activities for the whole family. In addition to traditional flat racing, fans will see steeplechase racing. Some top players from racetracks across the East Coast to compete for purse money in excess of half a million dollars. The festival dates are September 3, October 3 and October 31.
Time: Gates open at 11 a.m. and first post for live racing is scheduled at noon.


“The Homecoming” - Stockbridge, MA

Oct 1, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 The Unicorn Theatre, 83 East Main Street Stockbridge, MA
Teddy, a philosophy teacher, brings his wife of six years, Ruth, to his childhood home in North London to meet his family after a long estrangement. Teddy and Ruth are greeted by Teddy's domineering family; Teddy's aggressive father, Max; Max's younger, incompetent brother, Sam;; and Teddy's two brothers, Joey, an aspiring boxer, and Lenny, an amateur hustler. Teddy and Ruth's homecoming instigates a power struggle for the ages, and family ties begin to unravel. This show contains adult themes.
Time: Consult event website

“Waiting for Godot” - Boylston, MA

Oct 15, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 Calliope Productions, 150 Main Street Boylston, MA
Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" has been called the most influential play of the 20th century. Calliope's production of Waiting for Godot uses a specially revised version of the script based on Samuel Beckett's hand-written notebook for a production of the play that he himself directed in 1975.Dates: October 15-18 and 23-25.
Time: Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission: $18 per person; $15 for students and seniors
Telephone: 508-869-6887

“West Side Story” - Dorchester, MA

Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 Fiddlehead Theatre at The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road Dorchester, MA
Leonard Bernstein’s soaring music brings to life the retelling of Shakespeare’s most romantic love story, Romeo and Juliet. Set against the gang violence of New City in the late 1950’s, West Side Story tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers who families’ heritage and prejudice brings their love to a tragic end.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 617-514-6968

"Menopause the Musical" - Lexington, MA

Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA
This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years!
Time: 8 p.m. each day
Telephone: 617-531-1257

“The Producers” - Worcester, MA

Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015 The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street Worcester, MA
Bialystock and Bloom! “The Producers” is a boffo Broadway hit, winning 12 Tony Awards.
Time: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 6:30 p.m.

Visual Arts

PumpkinFest 2015 at the Sandwich Glass Museum - Sandwich, MA

Oct 24, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015 Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main Street, Sandwich, MA
See the glass museum's pumpkin patch filled with hand-blown glass pumpkins of all sizes crafted by artisans. Explore the grounds of the Sandwich Glass Museum and admire one-of-a-kind pumpkins designed to reflect nature's brilliance. Nice for decorating for Halloween or gift-giving
Time: All day