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Architecture

Historical Tour of the Colonial Theater -- Boston MA

Sep 27, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

Guests see the parts and hear stories of the theater building's rich history, in particular about the openings of musicals at the Colonial before they hit Broadway in New York. Enjoy the architecture from the turn of the last century and take a behind-the-scenes look at Boston’s oldest theater. Dates: September 27, October 25, November 22, December 13.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Art, Artisans & Antiques Show & Sale – Ipswich MA

Sep 20, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019 36 South Main Street, Ipswich, MA

See art; watch artisans at work; and learn more about antiques at this collaboration of the Woman Business Owners along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Buy special gifts like American folk art prints, decorative birdhouses, pet gifts, handcrafted soaps, pillows, greeting cards, small antique pieces, jewelry and vintage collectibles. This is an event of Trails & Sails.

Old Deerfield Craft Fairs Fall Festival 2019

Sep 21, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019 10 Memorial Street Deerfield, MA

This fair features more than 180 juried exhibitors from 16 states displaying and selling crafts of all media in the picturesque setting of the historic village of Old Deerfield. Highlights include a free museum tour, craft displays and demonstrations, music, food court and specialty food sampling.

Children & Families

Storytime With Goats at Notchview

Jul 2, 2019 - Sep 24, 2019 Notchview, 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA

Meet Notchview's French Alpine goats, Daisy & Aster, and enjoy stories and snacks. The day starts in the little barn, where guests brush and feed the goats. Then it's into the lodge for a nature story and snack. For kids age 2 to 5. Please register online. Space is limited. Email acaluori@thetrustees.org. Dress to be outside, with farm animals. Held every Tuesday.

Monarch Migration Celebration at Stevens-Coolidge Place -- North Andover MA

Oct 5, 2019 - Oct 5, 2019 Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover Street North Andover, MA

This celebration will kick off with a children’s pollinator parade around the property (costumes encouraged!) bringing all visitors to an afternoon of demos, crafts and stories, seed bomb making and gardening tips to bring butterflies to your yard in the spring. Butterfly release at 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment – Boston MA

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Boston University Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

Four favorite Disney stories – “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Toy Story,” and “Frozen” -- come to life on the ice. Expert skater thrill young guests and parents with vivid storytelling in motion. Dates: December 20-23 and 26-29.

Comedy

Eleanor Kerrigan at ROAR Comedy Club -- Springfield MA

Oct 3, 2019 - Oct 5, 2019 MGM Springfield, One MGM Way, Springfield, MA

Eleanor J. Kerrigan got her start as a waitress at the World Famous Comedy Store. Her hilarious view on life comes from growing up in South Philly in a large Irish-Catholic family. She has appeared on Nickelodeon, VH1, Howard Stern & HBO.

Dance

Black Grace Dance Company – Boston MA

Oct 26, 2019 - Oct 26, 2019 Boch Center Wang Theater, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

New Zealand’s Black Grace dance company blends Māori and Pacific Islander native dance and storytelling with modern dance and hip hop to create thrilling dance works

Dance -- Participation

Dancing on The Row

Jun 14, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019 Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way Somerville, MA

Join Metamovements Latin Dance Company and Assembly Row to do Salsa Dancing On The Row. Salsa1 On 1 lesson is at 6 p.m. followed by Timba Lines and Social dancing until 9 p.m. with MetaMovements and DJ Rob Suave. Note: the location will be on the street at Assembly Row East next to LOFT Outlet and JP Licks!
Dates: June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23, September 6, September 30.

DIY Gifts & Crafts

Handcrafted Paper Workshop to Create Your Own Maple Branch – Cambridge MA

Oct 5, 2019 - Oct 5, 2019 Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Create a beautiful sprig of life-like maple leaves. Use observations of freshly picked specimens and the museum’s glass flowers to understand plant forms and to translate them into paper sculptures. Learn techniques for working with crepe paper, including wire-wrapping, working on the bias, and hand-coloring. Materials and tools are provided.

Festivals

Family Homestead Festival at the Stevens-Coolidge Place -- North Andover MA

Sep 28, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019 Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover Street, North Andover, MA

Come celebrate the fall season with some old-fashioned family fun at this former working farm-turned-gentleman's country estate. Demonstrations, vendors and informational booths, delicious foods and drinks. Kids crafts and a community mural for all. Non-Member Child: $8 Non-Member Family: $30

BBQ Fest at Wachusett -- Princeton MA

Sep 28, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA

This is a full day of delectable barbecue and pulled pork; a pig roast; a craft fair and farmers market; keg tossing and tattoo contests; live music by Sam Woolf, Mychael David, and the Stan Matthews Band; beer on tap and a full-service bar. And food trucks!

Films

Alien Adornment: 50 Years of Star Trek Jewelry -- Somerville MA

Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019 Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA

Artisan’s Asylum hosts Maggie Schpak— jeweler, metalworker, and founder of Studio Art Metal Shop in Glendale, CA. Since 1962, Schpak has been the "Star Trek" prop jewelry maker. Schpak will discuss her work on iconic shows and films, and the process of creating character adornment for the Star Trek series and movies. She will be joined by Karen Christians, author of "The Jewelry of Burning Man."

Fitness

Move with Laura Kathrein at the Peabody Essex Museum – Salem MA

Sep 28, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA

Celebrate the opening of Peabody Essex Museum's’s new wing, garden and 13 new galleries and exhibitions. Watch or join in as featured Art & Nature Center artist/dancer Laura Kathrein and friends embody nature in the new garden. Celebrations are free and open to the public. This is an event of Essex Trails & Sails.

Food, Wine, Beer

Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Sep 28, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 Salem Common, North Washington Square, Salem, MA

Food trucks serve your favorites, and craft beers also will be available for sale. There will also be music playing, lawn games to enjoy, and an artisan market.

Guided Tours

Historic Walking Tours -- Edgartown MA

Jul 30, 2019 - Oct 14, 2019 Departure from The Carnegie, 58 North Water Street, Edgartown, MA

Explore the maritime heritage and architectural history of Martha’s Vineyard in two guided walking tours. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour and can be acquired at The Carnegie. Email melissa@mvpreservation.org.
The Architectural Walking Tour travels through the town center of Edgartown, stopping at the John Coffin House, the Village Green, the Vincent House of 1672, the Dr. Daniel Fisher House & Gardens, and the Old Whaling Church. 90 minutes. Tuesday-Saturday at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.through October 14. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; kids, $7
Edgartown Harbor Tour focuses on three significant maritime properties, the Osborne Wharf Building, Norton Boathouse, and Old Sculpin Gallery. 45 minutes. Tuesday through Saturday, 12:30 p.m. through October 14. Adults, $10; seniors, $8; kids, $5.

Historic

Housatonic Heritage Walks 2019

Sep 7, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019 Many locations Berkshires Region, MA

The Housatonic Heritage Walks, happening on four weekends in September, present 61 free guided walks to the most interesting historic, cultural and natural sites in Berkshire County, MA, and Litchfield County, CT. Heritage walks visit town center, cemeteries, Appalachian Trail hikes, industrial heritage sites, country roads, performing arts venues, gardens and estates. Welcoming for kids and families. Dates: September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. Event brochure. Walk schedule.

Meet Harriet, Daughter of Paul Revere

Sep 28, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019 Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston, MA

Diane Lent brings to life Harriet Revere, one of Paul Revere’s 16 children. Join her in reminiscing about her father’s dramatic life, the adventures of her many siblings, nieces, and nephews, and growing up in the historic North End.

Home & Studio Tours

Sunday Estate Walk at Highfield Hall -- Falmouth MA

Sep 1, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA

Docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion, Tanglewood, on their magnificent 700-acre estate. Learn about the role the Beebe family played in the history of the town of Falmouth. No pre-registration required. Dates: September 1 and 15; October 6 and 20.

Museums

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Jun 19, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Avenue Boston, MA

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, based on the beloved television show, takes you into the scenes and sets of early-20th-century England and the Crawley family's lives. Enjoy the social history, culture, and important moments from the show’s six-season run. Schedule and tickets.

Music

Lowell Summer Music Series 2019

Aug 29, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 Boarding House Park, 40 French Street, Lowell, MA

The Lowell Summer Music Series closes with zest around labor Day weekend:
August 30 -- The Mavericks
August 31 -- The Fools and The Stompers
September 7 - Banjo and Fiddle Contest (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Boyz II Men

Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019 Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street Springfield, MA

Boyz II Men, known for many classic R&B hits, is one of the best-selling R&B groups of all time, The group redefined R&B with smooth harmonies and timeless themes.

Incubus: Make Yourself & Beyond – Boston MA

Oct 8, 2019 - Oct 8, 2019 Boch Center Wang Theater, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Incubus goes on the road to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its platinum album “Make Yourself,” a pivotal moment in the history of the band.

Daughtry

Oct 17, 2019 - Oct 17, 2019 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA

Daughtry -- a major rock & roll figure -- released his debut album in 2007, including four songs that became top twenty hit singles including the Grammy-nominated smash “It’s Not Over.”

Sergio Mendes & Bebel Gilberto Anniversary of Bossa Nova – Boston MA

Oct 18, 2019 - Oct 18, 2019 Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

Bossa Nova was born in a recording studio in Rio in 1958, created by João Gilberto. His daughter Bebel, now a thrilling Bossa Nova vocalist, teams with keyboardist and singer Sérgio Mendes to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the cultural phenomenon.

Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride & Brian Blade -- Boston MA

Oct 20, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Chick Corea brings together bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade in a trio that earned two Grammy Awards for their first outing, “Trilogy.”

Brahms and Schumann with the Boston Symphony -- Boston MA

Nov 29, 2019 - Nov 30, 2019 Boston Symphony Orchestra, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

The German pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias leads the symphony and performs in Robert Schumann's Serenade no. 2 in A major; Introduction and Allegro appassionato; and Symphony no. 4 in D minor.

Outdoor Activities

Den Rock Park Hike -- Lawrence MA

Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019 Meet across from the North Andover Shopping Market, 342 Winthrop Avenue, Lawrence, MA

Join Groundwork Lawrence for a brisk hike through Lawrence’s Den Rock Park, a wooded preserve that includes walking trails, a granite rock face, scenic overlooks, a beaver pond, and access to the Shawsheen River. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. Park in the parking lot or across the street in the shopping center parking lot. This is an event of Essex Trails & Sails.

Kite Fly at Patton Homestead -- Hamilton MA

Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019 Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury Street, Hamilton, MA

All ages are invited to the Patton Homestead in Hamilton for a kite flying day. Bring your own or make a kite at the homestead. Come see some of the awesome kites the Kites Over New England members will be flying. Food vendors will be on site or bring your own picnic. Participants should bring their own blanket or folding chairs. This event will be canceled if the weather is wet.This is an event of Essex Trails & Sails.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Mamma Mia! An ABBA Disco Dance Party -- Allston MA

Oct 17, 2019 - Oct 17, 2019 Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA

If you can’t get enough ABBA, this dance night is going to be a thrill. Hear ABBA hits, along with many more disco hits from the 1970s from The Bee Gees and others.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE

Oct 11, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

This award-winning TV comedy, subtitled "The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour," brings host Joel Hodgson and movie-riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, on a tour of the cheesiest films ever made. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is one of the Top 100 TV Shows of all time. Now you can join your favorite characters. live, and experience this comedy phenomenon.

Tastings

Biergartens with Notch Brewing at Historic Massachusetts Places

Sep 12, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019 Many locations Many towns, MA

The Trustees of reservations and Salem brewer Notch Brewing host outdoor biergartens with family-friendly activities, food, refreshments, and entertainment. Each evening highlights the location’s unique character, history, and natural wonders. Schedule: September 12-15 at Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover Street, North Andover. Thursday and Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
September 20-21 at Minton Stables Community Garden, Dungarven Road & Williams Street, Boston. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 2-7 p.m.
September 29 at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. 2-7 p.m.
October 4-6 at Appleton Farms, Route 1A, South Hamilton. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 2-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
October 12-13 at Weir River Farm, 140 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham. Saturday, 2-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Theater

“The Purists” -- Boston MA

Aug 30, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019 Calderwood Pavilion at Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

“The Purists” brings Tony Award winner Billy Porter (“Kinky Boots,” “Pose” on FX) to the Huntington Theater to direct. A former rapper, a DJ, and a show tunes-loving marketing man hang out and spar about music on a stoop in Queens. When a rap battle erupts, everything gets questioned. What is friendship? How can we embrace new ideas?

David Byrne's American Utopia

Sep 11, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

Pop/rock icon David Byrne (Talking Heads, "Here Lies Love") shares the spotlight with 11 musical artists in “a marvel of staging and motion,” said the Chicago Tribune, in a show that’s supremely funky.

“Tiny Beautiful Things” – Lowell MA

Sep 11, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019 Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

Cheryl Strayed, advice columnist, answered hundreds of letters with candor and honesty. The stage adaptation of her memoir, "Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar," is a clarion call to the strength of the human spirit. . Recommended for ages 16 and older – adult content/language

“Nature: A Walking Play”

Sep 13, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord, MA

“Nature” is a re-telling of Ralph Emerson’s and Henry Thoreau’s love for the natural world in the form of an outdoor walking play. An ensemble of actors takes the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience. Guests follow the actors as the scenes unfold in the grassy meadows and native trees over a 90-minute performance. Guests are encouraged to pack a light picnic, wear comfortable clothes, and bring lawn chairs and blankets. Dates: September 13-15, 19-22, 26-29.

"Time Stands Still"

Sep 13, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019 Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA

A news photographer recovering from an encounter with a roadside bomb, ponders a choice between her life's work of revealing horror of the world, and a life of homey comfort. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies weaves a story of the cost of staying true to one's principles.

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"

Sep 20, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019 Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA

This modern-day classic tragicomedy imagines the lives of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. As the story unfolds, they voice their confusion about the play that’s being performed without them, untangling bigger questions about life and death, reality and art. It’s all from the pen of Academy Award winner tOM Stoppard.

“The Spongebob Musical” – Boston MA

Oct 15, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019 Boch Center Wang Theater, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

One of the world’s most beloved characters gets his hour upon the stage in this show that the New York Times calls “brilliant.” Come visit the outer reaches of theatrical innovation.