Events Calendar - 2022

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
Be sure to check out the listings of year-round Fairs & Festivals throughout New England. See also, Great Things to Do.

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Festival of Illumination 2022: Once Upon at Time - September 1 to December 31 at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA

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Festival of Illumination 2022 - Once Upon a Time

Sep 1, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022 Southwick Zoo - 2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA 01756

Fairytales, myths and legends come alive in spectacular fashion at the Festival of Illumination at Southwick’s Zoo, where this year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time.” Take an epic journey through these magical stories, told through the incredible artistry of handcrafted Chinese lanterns, lit with LED lights. Starting Sept. 1, the creations from the Zigong Lantern Group will take you into a fantasy world in New England’s largest and premier lantern showcase. Then, on Nov. 25, the festival becomes a drive-through experience with the addition of Winter Wonderland, a holiday light spectacular that also features Santa’s Village and live entertainment. Right next door to the zoo, visitors can dine at Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern, a full-service, year-round restaurant offering classic comfort food and other specialties.


Moby Dick Marathon 2023 – New Bedford MA

Jan 6, 2023 - Jan 8, 2023 The New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

At this annual readathon of one of America’s most iconic novels, “Moby-Dick,” you’ll relive the narrative and travel back in time on a thrilling adventure. Join Captain Ahab and Ishmael as they hunt down the legendary and elusive white whale. The story is read over the course of many hours by volunteer readers. Visit the event website to sign up to read.


Exhibit: “Jewels of the Nile” – Worcester MA

Jun 18, 2022 - Jan 29, 2023 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

View glorious Ancient Egyptian jewelry. This exhibit was curated almost a century ago and timed to open 100 years after the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb – none of the jewelry has been on display until now. The collection was assembled by Kingsmill Marrs (d. 1912) and Laura Norcross Marrs (1845 – 1926), who gave it to the WAM.

Exhibit: “We’re Still Here” – Springfield MA

Sep 1, 2022 - Jun 30, 2023 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA

This exhibit explores the ancestry, modern identities, and resilience of Native peoples. It was curated by Springfield resident Aprell Munford, Iroquois of the Mohawk Confederation, member of the Inter-Tribal Council of Western Massachusetts.

Outdoor Activities

NightWood – Lenox MA

Nov 11, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023 The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA

Nightwood 2021

NightWood is an outdoor sound and lighting experience that takes place at Edith Warton’s house, The Mount. On Thursdays through Sundays in November and December, guests can explore seven unique winter landscapes that inspire wonder, magic, and mystery. The trail is approximately 3/4 of a mile long through the grounds on both paved and unpaid paths and stairs. Appropriate for all ages.

Parties & Dances

Afro Caribbean Black History Gala & Awards – Boston MA

Feb 25, 2023 - Feb 25, 2023 Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Boston, MA

The Afro Caribbean Black History Gala & Awards evening begins with a virtual cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by a program at 7:00 pm with the Caribbean Diaspora members and friends of the Caribbean. The gala awards provide recognition to the Caribbean American people in the State of Massachusetts who have contributed to the development of the Caribbean diaspora community which includes Caribbean youths.