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Happy Place

Apr 5, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019 500 Boylston St. Boston, MA

This massive pop-up experience is filled with larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Sold out runs in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto brought smiles to everyone who enters our doors.. Highlights include: dancing in the indoor Confetti Dome, jumping off of a larger than life rainbow into a pot of happiness, and posing inside a rubber ducky bathtub of fun.

ArtWeek 2019

Apr 26, 2019 - May 5, 2019 Many locations; see event website Many cities and towns, MA

ArtWeek is art-immersion fun for anyone with a sense of adventure. ArtWeek presents unexpected experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process.
Examples of previous ArtWeek events include multicolor lighting of iconic structures like the Prudential Tower, a biking tour of Allston’s cultural landmarks, how to design political posters, an open mic night, Lego master training, mastering traditional Greek dances, behind the scenes at the Urban Nutcracker, how to give a TEDx Talk, how to paint like Monet.
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Spring Open House at Highfield Hall

May 5, 2019 - May 5, 2019 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA

Come to Spring Open House and go on a tour, dance around the Maypole, check out the floral demonstrations, meet the local artists from the current spring exhibitions, create some music in the woods and end the day with a book signing for one of our featured artists.

Art Walks

SoWa Art Walk

May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019 SoWa, 450 + 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

Celebrate and explore Boston's vibrant arts community during the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk. Meet the artists in their studios, view the latest gallery exhibits, and enjoy an immersive art experience. The SoWa Art Walk is family friendly and free.

Children & Families

Baby Animal Fest at Hancock Shaker Village

Apr 13, 2019 - May 5, 2019 Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street Pittsfield, MA

Newborn lambs, piglets, calves, and chicks join the community in the Round Stone Barn in spring. . Explore the hands-on Discovery Barn, make things, and stay for story time. Visit the Shaker Schoolhouse. Have fun on the trail. Come for live music and sing along. Spend Easter and celebrate Earth Day. Pony rides, face painting, balloon art. See cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, sheep shearing, spinning, and weaving demos. Schedule of events.

Spring Fling Season Opening at Heritage Museums and Gardens

Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA

Enjoy food and craft beer outdoors; listen to live music from The Oysters Duo. Ourdoor games for kids,

Once Upon a Time...Stories at the Symphony

May 25, 2019 - May 25, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Come with the Boston Pops as they take you on musical storytelling journey, presenting Jim Beckel’s "From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond," and some selections by storytellers John Williams and Aaron Copland. The concert concludes with Lemony Snicket’s "The Composer is Dead!," a madcap whodunnit. there will be a sensory friendly performance on June 1, 11 a.m.

Family Hike: Spring Eye Spy

May 27, 2019 - May 27, 2019 Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road Ipswich, MA

Get your little ones out of the house and build your family's outdoor confidence on a guided family hike. Meet up with your group of fellow explorers to hit the trails. We'll go at a comfortable pace and leave plenty of space for asking questions and stopping to observe. The exact meeting place will be emailed to you the week of the hike. Email: vsindorf@thetrustees.org


Class on Regional American Cuisine: California's Best

May 9, 2019 - May 9, 2019 Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset Street, Dover, MA

Join chef and cookbook author Leigh Belanger in a hands-on cooking class inspired by the best of California’s culinary traditions. Participants will create a 3-course springtime meal in California. Expect artichokes, goat cheese, sweet peas, handmade pasta, and a fruit-focused dessert. Pre-registration is required.


Comedian Bob Marley

May 4, 2019 - May 4, 2019 Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North Salisbury, MA

Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night television circuit, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.


Sheep Shearing Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village

Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019 Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street Pittsfield, MA

The entire family will delight in watching sheep get their annual haircuts. Throughout the weekend, follow the wool from sheep to cloak with demos of sheep-shearing, spinning, dying, and weaving. Visitors will see Shaker-made woolen items , meet fiber artisans, and get involved in hands-on activities, including making a wooly sheep in the Discovery Barn and learning how to spin and weave.


Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival 2019

Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 20, 2019 300 North Main Street Northampton, MA

Come enjoy the Highland dance competition, heavy athletics, pipe and drum competition, massed bands, clan tents, Scottish food and vendors, beer and mead, bands from Scotland. The music is full of energy and very entertaining. This is a cultural event you do not want to miss.

Health & Fitness

World Tai Chi Day 2019

Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 Entrance Gate to Chinatown Park, John F. Fitgerald Surface Road and Beach Street, Boston, MA

Students and teachers from the Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association celebrate the biggest Tai Chi event of the year! Join them in Boston’s Chinatown Park (next to the iconic Gate) for the annual World Tai Chi & Qigong Day performance. In case of rain, the event will take place at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St, in Chinatown.


Scrimshaw Weekend and Nautical Antiques Show

May 10, 2019 - May 12, 2019 New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA

Enthusiasts from across the country and abroad gather to enjoy this distinctive and beautiful art form for two days of discovery, learning, and stimulating talks alongside the Nautical Antiques Show. The antique show is Friday, May 10, noon-5 p.m. It presents high-quality antiques like scrimshaw, nautical instruments and tools, whaling logbooks, ship models, photos, paintings, prints. The Scrimshaw Weekend, starting Saturday, includes talks, a banquet and an optional trip to Nantucket. See website for details.

Home Sweet Home Open House Day with Trustees of Reservations

May 18, 2019 - May 18, 2019 Eight participating mansions and properties Many towns, MA

At Home Sweet Home Open House Day, Trustees of Reservations celebrates the architects and craftspeople who designed and built these historic properties. From grand mansions to humble colonials to mid-century modern masterpieces, the historic houses were a reflection of the taste and time of the owner. Learn about architects, locations, styles, and building materials. Participating properties are Castle Hill on Crane Estate, Fruitlands Museum, Mission House, Naumkeag, The Old Manse, The Folly at Field Farm, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, William Cullen Bryant Homestead. See open house day website for locations and other details


The Undiscovered Country: Shakespeare & Mount Auburn

Apr 28, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019 Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA

Many monuments at Mount Auburn are adorned with quotations from the great English poet and playwright, William Shakespeare, and several theater actors are buried here. Join Docent Susan Zawalich to honor Shakespeare's 455th birthday and visit the grave sites of Edwin Booth, Charlotte Cushman and others, searching out some of the incised quotations, and reciting some of the memorable words of Shakespeare in our beautiful spring setting.


Exhibit: Hilltown 6 and the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

Apr 13, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019 Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA

Hilltown 6 and the Asparagus Valley Trail features work from the principle potters of the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail and Hilltown 6, two groups of renowned ceramic artists working in western Massachusetts. Exhibit is on display through June 30.

Art in Bloom 2019 at Museum of Fine Arts

Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019 Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 435 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Enjoy art from across the Museum of Fine Arts’s collection paired with magnificent floral interpretations. Daily events include tours of arrangements throughout the galleries; flower-arranging demonstrations; informal dining among European paintings at the Art in Bloom Café; and outdoor walking tours. Art in Bloom launches with a Preview of freshly installed arrangements on Friday, April 26 from 3 to 10 pm. Guest speaker Remco van Vliet demonstrates creative techniques for designing spectacular arrangements from classic to contemporary.

Free Sunday at Clark Art Institute

May 5, 2019 - May 5, 2019 Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA

In anticipation of the special exhibition "Renoir: The Body, The Senses" (opening June 8), a figure-drawing session with a live model will be held in the Museum Pavilion. Visitors are also invited to relax by the reflecting pools and create an abstract landscape inspired by the artwork of Ida O’Keeffe. A live performance will be held outdoors on Stone Hill. Activities related to the Clark’s summer programs will be held from 1–4 pm.


The Official Blues Brothers Revue

Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

The Official Blues Brothers Revue pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel and soul music. Now the iconic duo featuring Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood, is bringing the flavor and magic originally created by Aykroyd & John Belushi.

Cash Unchained -- The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute

Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019 Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front North Salisbury, MA

Take a journey back in time to the life and music of "The Man in Black" performed by Cash Unchained. The band has been national sought after while touring all over US bringing the sights and sounds of the legendary Johnny Cash.

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck Duet

Apr 28, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. The duet combines Corea and Fleck’s most recognizable tunes with the music from their Latin Grammy-winning album The Enchantment and their extraordinary live set Two.

Opening Night at Pops with Bernadette Peters

May 8, 2019 - May 8, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Celebrate the Opening Night of the Spring Pops season with Bernadette Peters, conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Also on the program will be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond by composer James Beckel.

Star Wars: A New Hope

May 10, 2019 - May 14, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they present this classic film with live orchestral accompaniment of the unforgettable John Williams score. Set 30 years after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth episode of the saga, returns to the desert planet of Tatooine. Additional performance dates are May 11 at 3 p.m. and8 p.m. and May 14 at 8 p.m.

Summer of '69 with Boston Pops and Arlo Guthrie

May 15, 2019 - May 16, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

The summer of 1969 was a year of unprecedented social upheaval and musical excitement. Storyteller and singer Arlo Guthrie joins the Boston Pops to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, along with The Beatles’ Abbey Road and The Who’s rock opera masterpiece, Tommy!

Redefining American Music with Rhiannon Giddens

May 22, 2019 - May 25, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Rhiannon Giddens curates this dynamic concert to rediscover the work of great black composers insice every genre of symphonic music, from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to Billy Strayhorn, the genius behind Duke Ellington who wrote “Take the A-Train” and “Day Dream,” and Eubie Blake, composer of the groundbreaking Broadway musical Shuffle Along.

Judy Collins 2019

May 26, 2019 - May 26, 2019 Tilden Arts Center, Route 132 West Barnstable, MA

Few singers have the staying power of folk singer Judy Collins. For nearly 45 years, her songs have entertained and galvanized a fan base of listeners.

Kashmir – The Live Led Zeppelin Show!

Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Kashmir is an authentic representation of Led Zeppelin, with each of the band members assuming the role of an original musician with pinpoint accuracy. Expect a playlist of every classic rock station and the most identifiable voice in rock history

An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.

Jun 5, 2019 - Jun 5, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Leslie Odom, Jr., rejoins the Boston Pops to pay tribute to the legendary Nat King Cole on his centenary, and to sing many of his own Broadway favorites. Odom is best known for originating the Tony-winning role of Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway’s "Hamilton."

David Crosby and Friends Skytrails Tour 2019

Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour in May and June. Joining him will be five musical friends, collectively and affectionately known as the Sky Trails Band. They will perform some of Cosby's best loved songs from across his career, alongside material from the Skytrails album.

Gospel Night with the Boston Symphony

Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Gospel Night will pay a special bit of respect to the eternal Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Join the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Gospel Choir as they raise the roof of Symphony Hall with this annual concert that will have you singing along and dancing for joy.

New Black Eagle Jazz Band Concert

Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 15, 2019 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

In honor of Heritage’s 50th Anniversary, the museum hosts a concert under the stars of traditional New Orleans jazz by the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. Bring a blanket or chair and prepare to be wowed by the New Black Eagles’ “mature mastery” of “great American music – from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton to early Duke Ellington to Cole Porter.

Richard Thompson

Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019 Ozawa Hall off Hawthorne Street at Tanglewood Lenox, MA

Richard Thompson;s evocative songs, stunning guitar playing, and uplifting spirit have earned Thompson a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

An Evening with Earth, Wind & Fire

Jun 28, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA

Earth, Wind & Fire has won an impressive nine Grammy Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement (2012). In 2000, Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Jun 30, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA

This Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo blends the sounds of metal, jazz, and Hispanic roots music in their own unique, unmistakable style. In demand in the U.S. and around the world, they have sold out the Hollywood Bowl and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Josh Groban at Tanglewood

Jul 2, 2019 - Jul 2, 2019 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA

Singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban returns to Tanglewood, bringing his summer 2019 Bridges tour to the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Mr. Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs , electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances.

Phish at Fenway

Jul 5, 2019 - Jul 6, 2019 Fenway Park Boston, MA

Formed in Vermont in 1983, Phish—Jon Fishman, Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon and Page McConnell—are known as masters of improvisation, humor and intricacy. Phish wears the mantle of a leading jam band.

Tommy Emmanuel

Jul 19, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019 Cabot, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Tommy Emmanuel is one of five people ever named a certified guitar player by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London.

Hootie & the Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies

Aug 3, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019 Xfinity Center Mansfield, MA

The rich voice of Darius Rucker and masterly string work by guitaris lead the band that has sold over 25 million records worldwide. In 2018, Barenake Ladies celebrated its 30th anniversary with the release of a dynamic new album, "Fake Nudes."

Santana and the Doobie Brothers

Aug 20, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019 Xfinity Center, 885 South Main Street Mansfield, MA

Santana: Supernatural Now Tour will be coming to Xfinity Center along with The Doobie Brothers.

Gladys Knight with the Spinners

Aug 28, 2019 - Aug 28, 2019 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA

Seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight makes her Tanglewood debut. Known as the Empress of Soul, Knight’s hits include “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” among countless others. R&B group The Spinners—known for songs like “One Of A Kind Love Affair” and “Working My Way Back To You”—open this performance.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

Aug 30, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA

The combination of Pat Benatar’s vocals with Neil Giraldo’s songwriting and guitar have created 19 Top 40 hits, including “We Belong,” “Invincible,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Promises in The Dark,” and “We Live for Love.” Benatar and Giraldo perform in Tanglewood as part of a multi-city tour this summer celebrating their 40th anniversary together.

Reba McEntire at Tanglewood

Sep 1, 2019 - Sep 1, 2019 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA

Country music superstar Reba McEntire closes out the 2019 Tanglewood season. The iconic entertainer has become a household name through a successful career that spans music, television, film, theater, and retail.


A Spirited Evening at Ventford Hall

Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA

Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Ventfort Hall. Before the investigation, he will give a brief history of the lives that once graced the hallways – and possibly still reside within. He will also share some of his favorite evidence from previous investigations and will be happy to answer any questions about paranormal investigations. www.gildedage.org | (

Parties, Dances, Balls

Spring Fling

Apr 27, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA

Heritage Museums & Gardens opens its 50th season with a party. Listen to live music as you enjoy foods from popular area food trucks in the lush gardens. See Heritage’s automobiles on display outside and enjoy all the exhibits and gardens after normal operating hours. Adults can sample beers from local breweries. Food, beer, and wine are available for purchase.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Planetarium Show: The Coldplay Experience at the Museum of Science

Mar 1, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019 Museum of Science, 1 Science Park Boston, MA

This musical experience rakes audiences on a sensory journey full of innovation, artistry, and imagination set to the pulsating soundtrack of Coldplay. The Coldplay Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of energetic rock with inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. Approximately 40 minutes. Recommended for Grade 12 and adults.

Planetarium Show: The Prince Experience at the Museum of Science

Mar 1, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019 Museum of Science, 1 Science Park Boston, MA

Using the cutting-edge capabilities of the Planetarium, The Prince Experience redefines nightlife in Boston, fusing the sounds of one of pop history's most beloved artists with stunning, inventive visuals under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome. For audiences age 81 and oldeer. May contain explicit language.

Cirque De La Symphonie

Jun 8, 2019 - Jun 8, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Cirque de la Symphonie’s aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, strongmen, and other talented artists take the stage as the Boston Pops perform their own spectacular musical feats. Critics say these performances “mesmerize adults and children” with “a breathtaking display of agility and incomparable beauty.”

Science & Nature

Geological Survey of the Connecticut River Valley with Historic Deerfield

Jul 15, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019 Historic Deerfield, 84B Old Main Street Deerfield, MA

The Connecticut River Valley is one of the best places to study geology in the world. During this five-day program, you will learn how colliding plates enlarged North America to become part of the Pangea Supercontinent, and then split to create the early Connecticut River Valley as well as the Atlantic Ocean. A boat trip on the Connecticut will explain the enigmatic 100-foot deep holes in the riverbed. There will be talks by experts in geology, paleontology, history, and culture



Jun 13, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA

Mame’s chic New York City life is changed when her orphaned nephew comes to live with her. Surrounded by a cast of eccentric characters, she celebrates the roaring 20s, overcomes tragedy, and sails through life without missing a fad or a dance step.

“The Sound of Music”

Jul 11, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA

In 1930s Austria, Maria is struggling in her attempt to become a nun. When she is sent to look after the children of a stern, widowed Navy captain, she brings joy and music back into the family’s home. This beloved, Tony and Oscar-winning musical features Rodgers & Hammerstein songs like “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and “Do-Re-Mi.”

"Gertrude and Claudius"

Jul 18, 2019 - Aug 3, 2019 Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street Pittsfield, MA

Passion. Deception. Power. A love story for the ages based on the brilliant book by John Updike. A provocative prequel to Hamlet. GERTRUDE: "We must not speak of love." CLAUDIUS: "No, we must not." GERTRUDE: "This is sin." CLAUDIUS: "Not by the laws of love. There are sins against the Church, and sins against nature. Our sin has been these many years one of denying our natures."

“La Cage Aux Folles”

Aug 3, 2019 - Aug 13, 2019 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA

Georges and Albin enjoy a charmed life on the French Riviera as proprietor and star of a glitzy drag club. When their son gets engaged to the daughter of a bigoted politician, the limits of love, family, and mascara are put to the test in this hilarious, heartwarming musical.