Events Calendar 2018

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All Ages

Mega Musical Chairs

Aug 30, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market Building Boston, MA

A Faneuil Hall twist on a childhood classic! Come participate in an epic round of Mega Musical Chairs in front of Quincy Market on August 30, 2018. Don't miss this free, one-of-a-kind Mega Musical Chairs event with live music provided by Cocek Brass Band. Elimination rounds and a "Champions' Circle" will offer plenty of opportunities to win prizes from our Faneuil Hall merchants!

Arts & Crafts Shows

Kill Tide Arts and Craft Festival

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Drummer Boy Park, 773 Main Street Brewster, MA

Find a variety of traditional American made works at 101 booths; specialty foods and live music. Free admission. Rain or Shine.

Bass River Arts and Craft Festival

Sep 1, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 John Simpkins Field, 1153 Route 28 Yarmouth, MA

Seventy-five booths of arts, crafts, specialty foods and live music. The fest is held rain or shine.

Children & Families

Mutinous Expedition: A Quest for Kids at the USS Constitution Museum

Apr 13, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 USS Constitution Museum Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22 Charlestown, MA

Take your place inside the fictional story of Jack Tarr, a sailor aboard Constitution who had to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to the ship’s captain. Explore the galleries to find clues to help inform your decision. Quest kits are available for the adventure.

Destination Dino

May 26, 2018 - Sep 3, 2018 Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA

Take a prehistoric journey to stroll among the giants that used to rule the planet. With more than a dozen moving, roaring, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, this is an exciting experience for the entire family. In addition to Destination Dino, guests will have the opportunity to engage in other dinosaur-themed events at Franklin Park Zoo throughout the summer including Dine with the Dinos, August 18; and Dinos After Dark Sleepover program

"How I Became a Pirate"

Jun 26, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 Cape Rep Outdoor Theater 3299 Route 6A Brewster, MA

Ten-year-old soccer-loving Jeremy Jacob is hanging out on the beach when Captain Braid Beard rows ashore with his pirate crew looking for a recruit to help them bury their treasure. They ask Jeremy Jacob to join them on their hilarious high-seas musical adventure! Perfect for all ages. Dates: August 16, 21, 23, 28, 30. Gates open 30 minutes before show time. Seating is on a first come first serve basis.

Charlotte's Web Experience at Old Sturbridge Village

Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA

Old Sturbridge Village brings the story of Charlotte’s Web to life at the Freeman Farm with a live musical production based on the classic story. This production sets the story in a New England era that honors the 1830s but with a modern touch. Before or after the one-hour performance, tour the Village and visit piglets, see costumed historians re-constructing the Allen Piggery. Plan to arrive 40 before show time to check in and walk to the farm.

Mudflat Mania! at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Aug 2, 2018 - Aug 22, 2018 Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street (Route 6A) Brewster, MA

Naturalists on our highly popular hikes to Cape Cod Bay and explore the life on and below the Brewster flats. Nets, pails, water, sunscreen are recommended. This two-hour family program includes a walk of about 20 minutes out to the flats and then learning and exploring with the guides. Wear comfortable hiking or water shoes, bring a sun hat, and a towel. Dates: August 3, 6, 8, 15, 17, 20, 22. Times vary; consult website

Family Fridays at Berkshire Botanical Garden

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA

Family Fridays present knowledge about the natural world, the lives of mammals, animal habitats, and birds of prey.
August 10: Mammals in the Backyard
August 17: Animals Around the World
August 24: Birds of Prey

"Lulu's Lemonade Stand"

Aug 17, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road (Route 28) Cotuit, MA

Entrepreneur-turned-adventure, Lulu Leominster embarks on a thrilling odyssey in Theater Under the Stairs’ original family production, The Epic Adventures of Lulu’s Lemonade Stand. Join Lulu and her business associates as they navigate through “the weird part of town,” encountering silly pirates, delicious biscuits, and confusing bus schedules. Can Lulu make it home in time for her birthday party? Dates: August 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31; September 1.

“Willy Wonka Jr.”

Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

This musical version of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s story is all about five coveted golden tickets that get Charle Bucket and four less-lovable kids a tour of that very mysterious chocolate factory. Featuring songs from the 1971 Gene Wilder film and a few original tunes.


The Second City—Made in America (Some Assembly Required)

Aug 22, 2018 - Aug 22, 2018 Wilbur Theatre, Tremont Street Boston, MA

The Second City started in December 1959, and developed an entirely new way of performing comedy. It became known for its roster of comedy superstars.

Peter Sagal--Host of NPR's “Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me”

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA

Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, tell about his 20 years of cameos appearances on radio by presidents, celebrities, and, of course, animals smuggled in pants in his hilarious weekly news quiz.

Comedian Lewis Blacks's The Joke’s On US Tour

Sep 23, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

Known as the “king of the rant,” Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. $70 to $130.


Boston Harbor Cruise and Sing with Revels

Aug 23, 2018 - Aug 23, 2018 Departing from 60 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA

Join Revels song leader David Coffin for a rousing night of sea songs and chanteys on the final Boston Harbor Cruise and Sing of the 2018 season. We’ll sing songs from The Revels Book of Chanteys and Sea Songs (yours free for the evening) and enjoy one of David’s humorous-but-true tours of the harbor at the same time.

Health & Fitness

Yoga with a View on Sunday Mornings

Jul 29, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018 Pilgrim Monument, 1 High Pole Hill Road Provincetown, MA

Join this mind-body workout and move through the poses on the lawn overlooking Provincetown Harbor. Instructor Alison Dwyer welcomes participants of all ages and levels. Mats are available. In case of rain, the yoga class will be held inside the Museum. Held on Sunday mornings.


Designing Beauport, Room By Room

Aug 4, 2018 - Sep 21, 2018 Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Blvd. Gloucester, MA

Tour Beauport in the order that Henry Davis Sleeper added each room and follow his progression as an interior designer in the early 20th century. Compare rooms and enjoy Sleeper's collection of glass, ceramics, textiles, and furniture. Includes decorated rooms not seen on the regular tour. Advance tickets required. Program repeats on September 21.


Exhibit: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition

Jun 9, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018 Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

The exhibit "Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition" sheds light on the thread connecting American illustration and legendary artists Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell to the roots of European painting through the long line of teachers.


Summer In The City Series 2018 at Boston Harbor Hotel - Boston, MA

Jun 8, 2018 - Aug 28, 2018 Courtyard of Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s popular Summer in the City series is back with free live music and outdoor movies in the courtyard. Free events include live music Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Weekly music themes are Themed nights include Pop Soul Tuesdays, Rat Pack Wednesdays, and Blues Barge Thursdays. Movies are screened on Fridays at dusk.
Pop-Soul Tuesdays
August 14 -- Young Love & the Thrills; August 21 -- World Premier Band; August 28 -- Ray Greene.

Movies by Moonlight
August 11 -- “Casablanca”; August 18 -- “The Jungle Book”; August 25 -- “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”; September 1 -- “Fever Pitch”; September 8 -- “Pirates of the Caribbean -- The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Lowell Summer Music Series 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Boarding House Park, 40 French Street Lowell, MA

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and dinner picnics to this beloved outdoor music series.
August 11 -- Ladysmith Black Mambazo. $38-$45
August 17 -- Postmodern Jukebox. $49-$55
August 18 -- Blues Traveler. $36-$40
August 24 -- Classic Albums Live: Dark Side Of The Moon. $31-$35
September 1 -- Natalie Macmaster & Donnell Leahy Visions From Cape Breton and Beyond. $42-$45

Bands on the Beach 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Salisbury Beach Stage, Salisbury Beach, North End Boulevard Salisbury, MA

August 11 – Entrain. 7:30 p.m.
August 18 – FreeVolt. 7:30 p.m.
August 25 – Adam Ezra Ramble. 11 a.m.
September 1 – Aerochix. 7:30 p.m.

Summer of Love Concert Series 2018 - Onset, MA

Jun 27, 2018 - Aug 29, 2018 Onset Bandshell, 1 Union Avenue Onset, MA

These shows are all free and family friendly. Coolers allowed, but no alcohol is allowed. Bring food or grab something from one of the eateries nearby. Parking is at the Temple Lot on Union Avenue (free after 6 p.m.). Parking is free at Hynes Field, 10th Street and Onset Avenue. Handicapped parking available onsite and at the Onset Pier. In case of rain, the party moves to the Onset VFW Post #2846 Pavilion, 4 Gibbs Ball Park Road in East Wareham.
August 8 -- Uncle John's Banjo -- Grateful Dead, bluegrass style
August 15 -- Way Up South -- Allman Brothers
August 22 -- Just Like That -- dance party rock
August 29 -- Studio Two -- early Beatles

Summer Music 2018 at Hyannis Artists’ Shanties - Hyannis, MA

Jul 12, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 Aselton Park, corner of South and Ocean streets, overlooking Hyannis Harbor Hyannis, MA

Bring your blankets, beach chairs and dancing shoes. Performers could change. No rain dates.
August 21 -- Gonzo Morelli
August 28 -- Fred Clayton and the Blues All Stars

August 17 -- Christian Trimarchi Band
August 24 -- Schulyer Grant

Acoustic Concert Series at the Clark

Aug 12, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 The Clark, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA

Concertgoers are encouraged to pack a picnic or purchase one from Café 7, make the climb up Stone Hill, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon performance.
August 12 -- FBGM. This duo from Boston uses precise harmonies and engrossing live performances to invite listeners into their emotionally rich world.
August 19 – Hawthorn weaves melodic layers into harmonies pulled from traditional folk roots.
August 26 -- House Sparrow is a two-person band driven by synthesizers, baritone ukulele, and rumination on nature, waiting, and time.

Black Violin

Aug 22, 2018 - Aug 22, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA

To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they are simply ingredients. Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world-one string at a time.

Jane Monheit

Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA

Jane Monheit puts her own vocal touch on jazz standards. She is a two-time Grammy nominee and second-place winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition,

Celtic Roots & Branches with Brian O'Donovan

Aug 26, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA

Brian O’Donovan, host of "A Celtic Sojourn" on WGBH, will curate artists from around the Celtic world, including singers, dancers, and virtuoso instrumentalists. They’ll be playing a mix of traditional tunes and more contemporary songs from the Celtic tradition, as well as some French Canadian, Acadian, Appalachian, Balkan, and American tap music.

Tom Rush

Aug 30, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA

Tom Rush’s easy baritone and nimble finger-picking made him a star of the 60’s urban folk revival. His beloved songs include “No Regrets” and “Galveston Flood.”

Taj Mahal Trio

Aug 31, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA

Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal's resume includes working with such renowned artists as Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones during his 50+ year career. A bonafide blues and rock legend, the inimitable Taj Mahal has been instrumental in preserving and shaping American roots music.

Pearl Jam Live at Fenway

Sep 2, 2018 - Sep 4, 2018 Fenway Parkl Boston, MA

Grunge rock's last band standing is returning to Fenway Park this September for two shows. Fans will pack the stands to hear classics like "Jeremy," "Alive," and "Just Breathe." Dates: September 2 and 4.

Delbert McClinton

Sep 8, 2018 - Sep 8, 2018 Cabot 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Delbert is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, "Prick Of The Litter." The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades

Bret Michaels - Webster, MA

Sep 9, 2018 - Sep 9, 2018 Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road Webster, MA

Rising to fame as the frontman of Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, Bret Michaels helped define the rock-n-roll scene on the Sunset Strip.

Berkshire Beatlesque

Sep 15, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018 Lee Meetinghouse, 25 Park Place Lee, MA

Beatlesque is the brainchild of their John Lennon look alike and sound alike, Mick Valenti. Mick has played in, and toured with, several original bands and bands that also played many Beatle sounds throughout the world.

Outlaw Music Festival

Sep 21, 2018 - Sep 21, 2018 Xfinity Center, 885 South Main Street Mansfield, MA

Willie Nelson & Family, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real , Particle Kid. Festival attractions also include local cuisine, craft beers, and crafts by local artisans to

Revels RiverSing at the Autumnal Equinox

Sep 22, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018 Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Road Allston, MA

Raise your voices in song as Revels waves goodbye to summer and welcomes in the fall at this free family-friendly Equinox celebration in our new riverfront home. Enjoy pre-show family festivities, a Beer Garden for adults, and lots of communal singing. Free parking and concessions for food and drink.

Tom Rush

Sep 22, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA

Tom Rush’s exceptional talents have been on display for over 50 years, influencing artists as varied as James Taylor and Garth Brooks.

The Temptations

Sep 22, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

The Temptations! The Temptations released their first Motown album, 1964’s Meet The Temptations. For nearly 60 years, The Temptations have reigned as one of popular music’s most beloved and successful groups worldwide, lauded by Billboard in 2017 as the Number One R&B Artist of All Time.

Michael McDonald

Sep 22, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

Hailing from St. Louis, McDonald arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, honing his talents as a studio musician before becoming an integral part of Steely Dan. In the mid-'70s, McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers as singer, keyboardist and songwriter on Top 40 singles. Throughout the '80s and '90s, McDonald's solo career took off with a string of hits.

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Sep 26, 2018 - Sep 26, 2018 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

With one mighty swing of the axe, The Byrds changed the face of rock 'n' roll and country music alike with their sixth album, 1968's "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." "Sweetheart" has proven to be a landmark for the entire 1970s Los Angeles country rock movement.

Jake Shimabukuro

Nov 4, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018 Cabot 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Jake Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.” Throughout his rich and varied catalog of albums, Jake has captured the many moods of the ukulele.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Lord of the Dance -- Dangerous Games

Sep 28, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games continues to thrill audiences around the globe with its intoxicating mix of dance and music that fuses the traditional with the contemporary in a classic tale that showcases the exceptional talent of the cast.

Science & Nature

New IMAX films: "Galapagos #D" and "Pandas 3D"

Aug 3, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018 New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf Boston, MA

On IMAX 3D, you can visit animals that are too large, too small, or too endangered to exhibit in an aquarium. The new film “Pandas 3D” describes Chinese and American scientists helping captive-born pandas learn to live in the wild. “Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet” shows the profound mysteries beneath the waves.

Shopping & Sales

Brimfield Antique Flea Markets 2018

May 8, 2018 - Sep 9, 2018 Route 20, Brimfield, MA

Antique dealers from everywhere attend the gigantic annual Brimfield Antique Flea Markets. Visit 20 distinct show fields spread on both sides of a mile of Route 20. Several ATMs are available. Many dealers accept checks and credit cards. Show dates: May 8-13; July 10-15; September 4-9

Shows & Exhibits

Antique & Classic Boat Festival

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina , 10 White Street Salem, MA

See a many rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from the early 20th century. Meet captains and crews. Children get to make a toy boat. Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more.


Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace - Boston, MA

Aug 28, 2018 - Aug 28, 2018 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market Building Boston, MA

On Tuesdays in July and August, professional storytellers perform free shows that are kid-tested and parent-approved. Find the fun on South Market Street outside Wagamama. This event is part of Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s Summer Sampler, 201 free, fun, and interactive events designed to delight, teach, and entertain both visitors and locals.


Traveling Biergartens at Historic Estates and Gardens

May 17, 2018 - Oct 3, 2018 See description below Many towns, MA

Notch Brewing and the Trustees of Reservations conservation group are partnering to take Notch beer on the road to parks, farms and other gorgeous settings managed by the Turstees from May into autumn. Each traveling biergarten will present communal outdoor seating, games, special programs like fun runs, and beer served in half-liter steinkrugs. Also, each Trustees site has its own admission fees.
July 8 -- Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich
July 13-14 -- Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich, MA
July 21-22 -- The Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, Route 138, Canton, MA
July 27-29 -- Rocky Woods, off Hartford Street, Medfield, MA
August 19 -- Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich
August 24-25 -- Francis William Bird Park, Polley Lane, East Walpole, MA featuring Dog Day on August 25
September 6-9 -- Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset Street, Dover
September 13-16 -- Stevens Coolidge Place, 137 Andover Street, North Andover, featuring an Oktoberfest
September 22-23 -- Fruitlands Musuem, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, part of its Craft Festival
October 5-7 -- Chestnut Hill Farm. 9-99 Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, featuring Sunday's Harvest Fest
November 3-4 -- Castle Hill at Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, during the annual Art Show and Sale



Jul 13, 2018 - Aug 28, 2018 Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street Nantucket, MA

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing . “Footloose” celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Jul 17, 2018 - Sep 19, 2018 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

Welcome bohemians and aristocrats, boulevardiers and mademoiselles to the “Muolin Rouge! The Musical,” the world premiere musical based on the award-winning film. Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France, at the turn of the century, the play tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse.

"Mamma Mia!"

Aug 2, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 Cape Rep Theatre, 3299 Route 6A Brewster, MA

This beloved Broadway sensation is a fantastically fun summer romp! Set on a Greek island paradise and told through the music of ABBA, this is the hilarious story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and a wedding you won’t soon forget. With songs like “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me,” this feel-good musical will have you dancing in your seat!

“Mamma Mia!”

Aug 7, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

Dig it: “The Dancing Queen” and other ABBA hits are the score and story line to this rocking musical about a young woman who invites all three of her potential fathers to her wedding, unbeknownst to her former-girl-group-member mother. Twenty-two of the Swedish quartet’s huge hits have made this musical mega-popular with audiences for years.

“Book of Mormon”

Aug 8, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Contains explicit language.

“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare”

Aug 16, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA

The occasionally unbelievable world of belief is given the comedy treatment by Obie Award-winning Christopher Durang in this pair of witting – dare we say sometimes biting – satires. Starring is Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris as Sister Mary Ignatius, who will set you straight. On everything.


Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Berkshire Opera Festival, Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA

A father is driven to murder when his daughter is seduced and abducted in Giuseppe Verdi’s gritty masterwork of love, betrayal and revenge. The dramatic story (which challenged the 19th century censors) includes some of opera’s most well-known and much-loved music, including “La donna e mobile.”


Sep 18, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

“Hamilton” is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, “Hamilton” is the story of America then, as told by America now.