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Worcester Art Museum presents Jewels of the Nile - Ancient Egyptian Treasures - Now through January 29, 2023. Click here for details or to reserve your tickets.

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.

COVID-19 mask and social distancing requirements are still in place at some entertainment venues and live events and festivals in New England. Please check with each venue before purchasing tickets or attending an event.

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Worcester Art Museum presents Jewels of the Nile - Ancient Egyptian Treasures - Now through January 29, 2023. Click here for details or to reserve your tickets.

All Ages

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

Original Castleberry Faire – Wilmington MA

Nov 25, 2022 - Nov 27, 2022 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA

Over 250 Booths of American made arts, crafts, specialty foods and live music. The Castleberry Faire is held rain or shine with plenty of free parking.

Dance

Safe Haven Ballet's "The Nutcracker" – Beverly MA

Dec 18, 2022 - Dec 18, 2022 13 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA

Safe Haven Ballet presents their spirited, full-length ballet of The Nutcracker to The Larcom Theatre. This dynamic performance includes all your favorite characters, including a strong-minded Clara to the eccentric Drosselmeyer, the spooky Rats, and our beloved Sugarplum Fairy danced by artistic director Lissa Curtis. 

Halloween

Salem Haunted Happenings 2022 – Salem MA

Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 31, 2022 Many locations Salem, MA

This month-long Halloween celebration completely takes over the witchy city of Salem. Guests of all ages can enjoy parades, ghost hunts, markets, re-enactments, séances, costume parties, trick-or-treating, and more. See a list of featured events below, and check out the full calendar for more details.
  • October 1-31, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.: The Salem Psychic Fair & Witch’s Market . Discover your future with one of Salem’s most powerful psychics, meet real practicing witches, or shop for magical gifts at Salem’s longest-running psychic fair. Located at the Witch City Mall, 1 Church Street.
  • October 2, 8 p.m.: Outdoor Screening of Hocus Pocus 2. Watch the new sequel to Hocus Pocus on the Salem Common, the same space through which the characters walked to school in the first movie. Be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs, as seating is not provided. Located on the Salem Common at North Washington Square.
  • October 6, 6:30 p.m.: Grand Parade. Enjoy performances, floats, vehicles, and displays. This year’s theme is “Who’s Your Hero?” Parade starts at Shetland Park, continues through downtown and concludes at the Salem Common.

Phantoms by Firelight 2022 – Sturbridge MA

Oct 7, 2022 - Oct 31, 2022 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

As the sun sets at Old Sturbridge Village this October, come see Phantoms by Firelight. Explore the myths and folklore of Halloween at the museum. Evening guests will see the Village in a darker, more eerie light, as the night progresses and a mysterious troupe of traveling performers including gravity-defying acrobats, creepy conjurers, and fate-tempting fire jugglers appear from the shadows of firelight.

Frightful Fridays at Gore Place – Waltham MA

Oct 14, 2022 - Oct 28, 2022 Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

This family-friendly event is spooky, but not too spooky—perfect for ages 6 and up. Huddle under the Central Tent outside Gore Place and listen to five Halloween tales. Be sure to dress for the weather and purchase your tickets in advance; the tent has a limited amount of space. Held on Fridays, October 14, 21, and 28.

Deerfield After Dark: Historic Ghost Walk – Deerfield MA

Oct 21, 2022 - Oct 29, 2022 Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA

Celebrate spooky season with this tour of Historic Deerfield, MA. Walk the main strip and see the town’s authentic 18th century homes. Knowledgeable tour guides will weave tales of ghosts and ghouls, including the infamous Lady in White who haunts the town. The tour will only be held on October 21-22 and 28-29.

Historic

Creating Cape Cod – Sandwich MA

Apr 23, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

Henry David Thoreau once described Cape Cod as a “Yankee backwater,” but how did this once-struggling area transform into the picturesque and popular tourist destination it is today? This exhibit explores how the Cape was lifted out of an economic depression in the later 19th-century by the construction of a train and the invention of automobiles, bringing tourists back to the National Seashore. What has been gained, or lost? And how can it be persevered for future generations?

Museums

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: “Scrimshaw: The Whaler’s Art” – Cotuit MA

Jun 29, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022 The Cahoon Museum of American Art, 4676 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, MA

Scrimshaw at the Cahoon

Scrimshaw, the art of carving onto or into whale bones, was a popular folk art during the 19th century as the whaling industry boomed. This exhibit showcases over 200 important examples of scrimshaw from the Mystic Seaport Museum, Nantucket Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, private New England collections, and elsewhere.

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.

Music

The Afro-Semitic Experience – Watertown MA

Oct 8, 2022 - Oct 8, 2022 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA

The Afro-Semitic Experience is an American roots jazz band with a difference. Founded in 1998 by pianist Warren Byrd and bassist David Chevan, they are a six-piece group of Jewish-American and African American musicians who have been performing, recording, and teaching together for 25 years. Together, as a band, they merge their musical roots, Jewish and Afro-diasporic melodies and grooves, combining the core concepts of ase and shalom - power, action, unity, and peace.

Dora Jar – Boston MA

Nov 10, 2022 - Nov 10, 2022 939 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Dora Jar is an artist who refuses to be defined. Despite having only shared a handful of songs, each track the 24-year-old has released has been distinctive, endlessly fascinating, and brilliant. From the hammering guitars on “Multiply” to the ominous “Did I Get It Wrong,” she exemplifies an artist with a clear artistic vision: to be as expansive, honest, and unequivocally herself as is humanly possible. 

Handel Messiah – Boston MA

Nov 25, 2022 - Nov 27, 2022 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

It’s often said that H+H’s way with music wipes the dust off the masterpieces, restoring their original vibrancy and virtuosity. Nowhere is that more evident than in Handel’s Messiah. It doesn’t matter that we gave the U.S. premiere or that this will be our 169th consecutive year performing it. What matters is that you’ll experience all the passion, drama, tragedy, and joy Handel wrote into this epic story. Without a doubt, this is Boston’s must-see Messiah.

Paranormal

The Silent Supper – Newburyport MA

Oct 30, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022 55 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

The Feast Of The Dead “Silent Supper” is traditionally held on Samhain as the night when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its most fragile. It's the night when we know for sure the dead will hear us speak, and maybe even speak back. It's a time of death and resurrection, of new beginnings and fond farewells.

Ghost Hunting with Medium Lauren Robbins – Attleboro MA

Oct 30, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022 203 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA

Listen as medium Lauren Robbins talks about her paranormal experiences and shares some of her most ghostly experiences. Learn about the paranormal world, the different types of entities that haunt you or properties, the do’s and don’ts of paranormal investigation, and more before Lauren leads you on a ghost hunt in the haunted Jenkin’s Carriage House and perimeter of the Colonel Blackinton Inn.

Parties & Dances

Harvest Party – Boston MA

Oct 12, 2022 - Oct 12, 2022 100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA

Enjoy bites from our food entrepreneurs, craft libations featuring local spirits, live music & more. Proceeds from your ticket contribution will directly benefit Boston Public Market's Community Engagement Fund, which helps fulfill their mission and offer free, public educational experiences at the Market for the local community, and further support the entrepreneurs and small business owners that make the Market a special place.

Birthday Bash for the USS Constitution – Charlestown MA

Oct 22, 2022 - Oct 22, 2022 USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA

Happy Birthday to the USS Constitution! On October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution slipped into the waters of Boston Harbor and began her service to the country. Now 225 years later, join as we celebrate the Ship’s historic career in true birthday fashion with a Birthday Bash. This extravaganza also celebrates 50 years of the USS Constitution Museum honoring Old Ironsides in the community. 

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

"The Marriage of Figaro" – Boston MA

Nov 17, 2022 - Nov 18, 2022 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

H+H presents its first-ever complete performances of Mozart’s comic masterpiece, infused with H+H’s trademark authenticity and vitality. You’ll love the “upstairs, downstairs” intrigue, disguises, crazy plot lines, and, most of all, Mozart’s seductive music, starring Ying Fang, fresh from her triumphs in the role at the Paris Opera and the Met.

Shopping & Sales

New England Holiday Craft Spectacular – Hanover MA

Dec 3, 2022 - Dec 4, 2022 637 Washington Street, Hanover, MA

Shop from more than 150 booths of American made arts, crafts, specialty foods and live music. The New England Holiday Craft Spectacular is indoors, held rain or shine with free parking.