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Events Calendar - 2021

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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Festival of Illumination World of Lights 2021 -- Mendon MA

Sep 22, 2021 - Jan 3, 2022 Southwick's Zoo, 2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA

 illumination of lights Take an exhilarating journey around the globe at the breathtaking Festival of Illumination at Southwick’s Zoo. “World of Lights: Our Continents and Their Cultures” uses magnificent handcrafted Chinese lanterns to help visitors immerse themselves in a magical world of illumination. Travel to the African Savannahs, the Amazon rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, all illuminated with hundreds of amazingly intricate lanterns and custom-built exhibits of silk, steel and LED lights. The festival, New England’s largest lantern showcase, runs from September through January 3, 2022, and includes live entertainment, an Asian Night Marketplace and specialty foods. Starting Nov. 26, the zoo’s Winter Wonderland lights and additional holiday-themed lanterns will be added to the display.

Art Show

Art In the Orchard 2021 -- Easthampton MA

Aug 16, 2021 - Nov 28, 2021 Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton, MA

Art In the Orchard is a self-guided walking trail of sculptures about a half-mile long through fruit gardens. A further walk through the labyrinth adds about a quarter mile. This year's exhibition will feature works by 30 sculptors. Please wear shoes and clothing appropriate for walking around farm fields and trails. Well behaved and leashed dogs may come to the sculpture trail but not the PYO fruit areas. There is no charge for parking. The trail is a great destination for a family visit.

Dance

Anchored: The Pilgrim Story -- Andover, Plymouth, Northfield MA

Sep 30, 2021 - Oct 3, 2021 See description below Andover, Plymouth, Northfield, MA

FirstLoveWorks is sponsoring Anchored: The Pilgrim Story; an all-new, original production choreographed by Ballet Magnificat!, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims. Anchored tells the story of the Pilgrims from their voyage to America to the first Thanksgiving: their courage, faith, perseverance, and quest for freedom.
  • September 30 -- Collins Center in Andover at 7 p.m.
  • October 1 and 2 -- Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • October 3 -- Moody Center in Northfield MA at 4 p.m.

Farms

Cranberry Harvest Tours 2021 -- Nantucket MA

Oct 14, 2021 - Oct 28, 2021 location will be sent to participants Nantucket, MA

These tours allow guests to see the history of cranberry growing in action at the Milestone Cranberry Bog on Nantucket. Two experts walk guests through the bogs at harvest and talk about the process of cultivating this crop 30 miles out to sea along with the history of our country's founding fruit. Preregistration is required, through the website. Once your reservation is processed, you will get an email with directions to the meeting location. All walks are around 2.5 miles over gravel Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm layers. Dates: October 14, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28.

Food, Wine, Beer

Weir River Farm Sunset Picnics -- Hingham MA

Jun 17, 2021 - Oct 7, 2021 Weir Farm, 140 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA

The Trustees of Reservations hosts a live music and picnic series Thursday night at Weir River Farm, June 17 through October 7. The picnics will present breweries and food trucks, live music, and the best views on the South Shore, along with visits by Ruby the llama and Nutmeg the pony. A half-mile trail offers exquisite landscapes. Tickets on sale to the general public May 21. Email: weirriverfarm@thetrustees.org

Historic

Battle for the Airfield WWII Re-enactment at American Heritage Museum -- Hudson MA

Oct 9, 2021 - Oct 10, 2021 American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street, Hudson, MA

Three hundred fifty re-enactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military will ltake part in encampments and two battles each day. Restored military equipment will be on display and operating. Soldiers' camps will be set up with authentic appearance. The American Heritage Museum, The Historic Aviation Hangar and Classic Automobile Barn will all be open. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on site and picnics are allowed.

Museums

Exhibit: Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration at Norman Rockwell Museum --

Jun 12, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road / Route 183, Stockbridge, MA

enchanted at nrm summer 2021 "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration" explores fantasy archetypes from the Middle Ages to today. The exhibition will present the immutable concepts of mythology, fairy tales, fables, good versus evil, and heroes and villains through paintings, etchings, drawings, and digital art. This exhibit is on display June 12 through October 31, 2021.

Exhibit: “The Iconic Jersey: Baseball x Fashion” – Worcester MA

Jun 18, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street. Worcester, MA

A groundbreaking exhibition at WAM will focus on one of the most recognizable garments in American culture: the baseball jersey. The Iconic Jersey: Baseball x Fashion will feature 35 historic and contemporary jerseys and baseball-inspired fashion to trace the history of the American-style baseball shirt, displayed alongside fabric swatch books, logo designs, and historic photographs. This exhibit is on display through Sepember 12 2021.

Music

Christopher Cross -- Great Barrington MA

Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 1, 2021 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA

Christopher Cross has won five Top 10 singles, including “Sailing,” “Arthur’s Theme,” “Alright,” and “Think of Laura.”

Music Outdoors

Music In The Gardens at Elm Bank 2021 – Wellseley MA

Jun 23, 2021 - Sep 23, 2021 The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA

Gather a picnic, pack a lawn chair or blanket. Stroll through the gardens while listening in on the sounds of the evening. Gates open one hour before the show. The gardens will close 30 minutes after the performance has ended. Lineup:
  • September 15 -- Jennifer Caraluzzi with BOC. 6 p.m.
  • September 23 -- Wellesley Symphony. 5 p.m.

Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place – Waltham MA

Sep 14, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021 Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

Concerts will take place outdoors under a spacious tent.
  • September 22 -- The Foggy Mountain Consort. Boston’s premier R&B band, Renaissance and bluegrass
  • September 29 -- Ruth and Ben. Ruth Rappaport teams up with fiddler Ben Wetherbee to perform electrifying music of America, Ireland, and the British Isles.
  • October 6 -- Laurel Martin, Jim Prendergast, Mark Roberts, Kieran Jordan. An evening filled with the joyful spirit of traditional music.
  • October 27 -- New England Irish Harp Orchestra Concert. This group of harpers, fiddlers, flutists, and singers led by Regina Delaney performs traditional Irish tunes.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Stomp! -- Boston MA

Oct 8, 2021 - Oct 10, 2021 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show.

Theater

“Hurricane Diane” – Boston MA

Aug 27, 2021 - Sep 26, 2021 Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

In this new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George, the Greek God Dionysus touches down in New Jersey in the guise of a butch gardener named Diane, who’s hell bent on reversing climate change and restoring earthly order by seducing a band of mortal followers. Shows are daily except Mondays; see website for show hours