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Arts & Crafts Shows

CraftBoston Spring 2019

Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 14, 2019 539 Tremont Street Boston, MA

CraftBoston Spring is Boston's premier arts and crafts exhibition. 90 local and national craft artists exhibit and sell handmade wearable art, furniture, decor and more.

Children & Families

April School Vacation at Hundred Acre School

Apr 16, 2019 - Apr 19, 2019 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

The Hundred Acre School week-long vacation programs allow children to play and have fun during the vacation week. STEM activities, outdoor exploration, and museum experiences are opportunities for learning disguised as fun, and keep children wondering and thinking all week long. Two-day and Four-day; full-day and partial day options are offered.

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.

Classes

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.

Comedy

Seth Meyers

Mar 30, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019 Wilbur Theatre, Tremont Street Boston, MA

Seth Meyers, host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” began his TV career with “Saturday Night Live” in 2001, where he was a cast member for 13 seasons. Meyers served as head writer for nine seasons and “Weekend Update” anchor for eight. Meyers currently executive produces the NBC comedy “A.P. Bio” and he co-created the docu-parody series “Documentary Now!”

David Sedaris

Apr 10, 2019 - Apr 10, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Join author and humorist David Sedaris for an evening of new stories and observations.

Justin Willman : Magic In Real Life Tour

Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019 Wilbur Theatre, Tremont Street Boston, MA

Justin is the star and executive producer of the Netflix original series Magic for Humans. The L.A. Times calls him, “A new breed of comic who’s making magic cool again for grown-ups.

Dance

Ballet Hispanico

Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA

Ballet Hispánico presents a journey through Latin American dance and music. This exciting performance spotlights choreographers and cultures from Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean, and more. The nation’s premiere Latino dance organization features a rich, diverse repertory

Festivals

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.

Fitness

Belmont Archery Classes

Mar 7, 2019 - Mar 28, 2019 On the Mark Archery, 266 Beech Street, Belmont, MA

Come to our mobile archery range hosted inside the Beech Street Center and discover the empowering sport of recurve archery. All equipment and instruction is provided. Dates: March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Historic

Revolutionary Women Tours of the Freedom Trail

Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019 Boston Common Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont Street Boston, MA

These 90-minute tours invite people to walk the Freedom Trail and explore four centuries of women who changed history. Tours feature tales of the religious rebels Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer, patriots Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, abolitionists Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman, authors Phillis Wheatley and Louisa May Alcott, and leaders Margaret Sanger and Susan B. Anthony.  

Pre-Patriots' Day 2019 Events

Apr 6, 2019 - Apr 6, 2019 See description below Bedford, Concord and Lincoln, MA

Each year in April, people flock to Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriots' Day, commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775. (Officially observed on Monday, April 15, 2019). Below are a few events scheduled before the main events of April 13 and 14.
Bedford Pole Capping in Willson Park, Concord Road, Bedford. This ceremony features a march, displays of musketry, and fife and drum music. The main event is the raising of a tall wooden pole, which is climbed by a Bedford Minuteman and affixed with a red knitted cap. 10:30 a.m.
Meriam’s Corner Exercise at 737 Lexington Rd, Concord. Minute companies, fife and drum, and the Concord Independent Battery commemorate the fight at Meriam’s Corner. There will be musket and cannon firing and fife and drum music. 1 p.m.
Paul Revere Capture Ceremony at 200 North Great Road, Lincoln. The Lincoln Minute Men observe the historic capture of Paul Revere with a dramatic re-telling of Longfellow's famous poem, fife and drum music and a musket fire salute. 3 p.m.

Lantern Ceremony at Old North Church

Apr 14, 2019 - Apr 14, 2019 Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem Street Boston, MA

Two men acting under the orders of Paul Revere sneaked into the Old North Church late at night, climbed up Boston’s tallest steeple, and hung two lanterns. Their act of defiance ushered in the start of the American Revolutionary War. Old North Church invites guests to a ceremony honoring the patriots who made that midnight ride possible. The keynote speaker is Attorney General Maura Healey. The ceremony will feature colonial militia and re-enactors, a reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and the lighting of two lanterns atop Old North’s steeple.

Patriots’ Day 2019 at Minute Man National Historical Park

Apr 15, 2019 - Apr 15, 2019 See description below Lexington and Concord, MA

Patriot’s Day, officially celebrated on April 15, commemorates the start of the Revolutionary War, and is a state holiday in Massachusetts. Much of the activity takes place at or near the Minute Man National Historic Park.
Monday, April 15
Lexington Battle Re-enactment on Lexington Green. British and Colonial re-enactors stage a reenactment of the early-morning battle. 5:30 a.m.
Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight and Concord Parade at North Bridge, Concord. British and Colonial re-enactors will commemorate the “Shot heard round the world” with a battle demonstration. 8:45 a.m. Immediately following, the Concord Patriot's Day parade will arrive around 9:30 a.m.
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Museums

Exhibit: Monet's Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process

Feb 1, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA

"Monet's Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Proces"s brings together nine stellar versions of Claude Monet's well-known series of paintings depicting London's Waterloo Bridge. These paintings reveal the breadth of Monet's emphasis on color, light, and density.

In Bloom: Festival of Flowers at the Springfield Museums

Apr 4, 2019 - Apr 7, 2019 Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA

In addition to nearly 50 interpretive arrangements, Festival of Flowers presents large-scale installations by Flowers, Flowers! and Durocher Florist. Guests also can enjoy a DIY Flower Workshop, special lectures, classes, and a Culture & Cocktails event that features a floral demonstration. A Music Series runs from Friday through Sunday. Hear The Cat’s Chorus, an a cappella group from the Community Music School. Email: lmurray@springfieldmuseums.org.

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.

Music

Mariah Carey

Mar 28, 2019 - Mar 28, 2019 Boch Center Wang theatre, 27 Tremont Street Boston, MA

Mariah Carey is a music powerhouse and the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles to her name. ) and via Ticketmaster. Canadian and U.S. residents who purchase tickets online will be able to redeem one digital or physical copy of Mariah Carey’s new album.

The New Motif

Mar 29, 2019 - Mar 29, 2019 Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 1/2 Court Street Plymouth Plymouth, MA

An eclectic jam/funk band, infusing deep psychedelic grooves with improvisational techniques. Funky bass and drums render addictive grooves create a reciprocal boogie between musicians and the audience.

Bernadette Peters

Mar 30, 2019 - Mar 30, 2019 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA

Known for scene-stealing performances, this popular singer will perform songs from her Broadway shows as well as from her albums, including standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, and more. Bernadette Peters’s incomparable voice, versatility and charm – offers a night of timeless pop and show tunes.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts: Rule No. 1 -- Always Take the Scenic Route

Mar 31, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

This program demonstrates the many ways composers use music and the voice of the orchestra to remind us that in addition to things we want to achieve, there are also many things we need to observe and behold. Program: Rimsky-Korsakov "Procession of the Nobles"; Grofe "Sunrise" from Grand Canyon Suite; Britten Four Sea Interludes: "Storm"; Rossini Overture to William Tell; Respighi "Pines of the Appian Way."

Experience Hendrix 2019 Tour

Apr 5, 2019 - Apr 5, 2019 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA

The critically acclaimed multi-artist celebration of Jimi Hendrix began as a tribute at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000 and it is now a full-fledged concert experience. Performers include Billy Cox of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, Joe Satriani, Taj Mahal, Dave Mustaine, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and more.

JD Souther

Apr 6, 2019 - Apr 6, 2019 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA

A songwriting legend and country rock pioneer, JD Souther returns to Rockport armed with a veritable treasure trove of classics, including several made famous by The Eagles (“Heartache Tonight,” “Best of My Love”) and Linda Ronstadt (“Faithless Love”).

Dougie MacLean

Apr 11, 2019 - Apr 11, 2019 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA

One of Scotland’s most-loved singers and performers, Dougie MacLean made his name in the Scottish traditional folk scene of the 70’s with bands like the Tannahill Weavers and Silly Wizard. Known for his songs, “Caledonia” and “The Gael.”

Symphony on Tap

Apr 13, 2019 - Apr 13, 2019 Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove, 127 West Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA

Enjoy one hours of live music, including Beethoven’s famous Fifth Symphony, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Stravinsky on fire, and a Star Wars finale. No stage, no seats, no rules, just fun. Free munchies and desserts Full cash bar open all evening featuring local craft beers Kilburn Mill is handicap accessible. Park on the street or in parking lot on south side of building.

New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra presents The Music of Nat King Cole

Apr 18, 2019 - Apr 18, 2019 Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

New England Conservatory celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nat King Cole’s birth with a concert featuring the combined forces of the Jazz Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Philharmonia. Pieces will include many of Cole’s biggest hits, among them “Lush Life,” “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Walking My Baby Back Home.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Stomp

Apr 10, 2019 - Apr 11, 2019 Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack Street Lowell, MA

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show.

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