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Events Calendar - 2020

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 and social distancing have required the temporary shut-down of many of our favorite entertainment venues and live events and festivals in New England. We are watching all calendars closely, and as soon a live, public events return, we will post the information on this page.

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Art Shows

American Tapestry Biennial at Highfield Hall – Falmouth MA

Jan 27, 2021 - Mar 27, 2021 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA

 tapestry exhibit at highfield hall The American Tapestry Biennial 13 showcases 35 example of contemporary tapestry weaving from around the world. Tapestry reaches back to antiquity and for centuries as the only weaving technique that could produce pictorial and figurative imagery. The exhibition will take place in galleries on both floors of this lavish historic house. An accompanying exhibition catalog will be available for purchase.
Plan to stay an hour or a full day to view art exhibitions, stroll through beautifully restored gardens or take a trail walk in Beebe Woods.

Art Exhibit: What It's Like to Be a Bird -- Canton MA

Feb 4, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021 Museum of American Bird Art, 963 Washington Street, Canton, MA

David Sibley is America's pre-eminent field guide artist and author. His newest book, "What It's Like to Be a Bird," is about the amazing science of birds' lives. It features more than 330 beautiful new illustrations in a large format. This exhibition displays Sibley's original art from the book, accompanied by captions with new scientific research about birds. Visitors will see more than 40 of Sibley's paintings. On display through March 31, 2021. Reservations are required to visit the gallery. Email maba@massaudubon.org.

Children & Families

Tot Time at the Nature Playscape

Mar 9, 2021 - Mar 9, 2021 Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

Explore nature with rocks, sticks, water, and more. Guidance leads kids to explore different elements of nature are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. For children ages 2-6 years, with an adult. Reservations are required. Maximum 10 children. No older siblings please. Please dress children in pants and closed-toe shoes. Masks are required to participate.

Food, Wine, Beer

Boston Wine Festival 2021 – Boston MA

Jan 15, 2021 - Mar 27, 2021 Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA

The Boston Wine Festival hosts a lineup of winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars and receptions from January through March. The festival, now in its 32nd year, is the creation of Executive Chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Chef Daniel Bruce. Festival events calendar. Festival this year is weekends only. First two dinners are sold out. Overnight packages available with special room rates that include parking.

Historic

Guided Winter Tours of Concord – Concord MA

Jan 15, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021 Concord Visitor Center, 58 Main Street, Concord, MA

Winter walking tours of Concord are available for groups of 4 or more, by reservation only. The 75-minute experience will introduce guests to the Downtown Concord area and will touch on Concord’s rich Revolutionary and literary history. Tours sites includes The Milldam, Monument Square, The Old Hill Burial Ground and more. Tours topics include Emerson-Thoreau Amble, Winter Little Women Tour, Tours of Concord for Families, African-American History of Concord Bike Tour, Indigenous People of Concord Tour. Tour schedule.
Group tours will be held with no more than 9 people. Masks are required and reservations must be made with a minimum of 48 hours notice. To make a reservation for a winter tour call 978-318-3061 or email visitors@concordma.gov. Reserved tours will run rain or shine, with the exception of extreme weather. Proper winter outwear is recommended.

Home & Studio Tours

Gropius Glows Evening Tour of Gropius House -- Lincoln MA

Mar 13, 2021 - Mar 13, 2021 Gropius House, 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, MA

During this late afternoon house tour, see how Walter Gropius’s innovative lighting scheme comes to life at sunset. Gropius, founder of the German design school the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. His 1938 home showcases the clean lines of Modernist design.

Museums

“The Salem Witch Trials 1692” at Peabody Essex Museum – Salem MA

Sep 26, 2020 - Apr 4, 2021 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA

salem witch trials at pem The Salem witch trials created a community hysteria and led to the deaths of 25 people between June 1692 and March 1693. At this exhibition, “The Salem Witch Trials 1692,” visitors may see original witch trial documents from the Peabody Essex Museum collection and learn the story of the real event told through the voices of people who drove the hysteria and suffered from it.
A sister exhibit, “Salem Stories,” presents 26 vignettes about 100 works, from natural history specimens to cultural ephemera, to tell the history of Salem. Included in the exhibition is the death warrant for the execution of Bridget Bishop.

Outdoor Activities

Stargazing at Gore Place -- Waltham MA

Feb 5, 2021 - Mar 19, 2021 Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

See the night sky in new ways during this hour-long stargazing program led by an expert astronomy educator. You’ll learn how to identify stars, planets and constellations. Please no younger children. Dress for the weather and for walking outdoors. This session takes place outdoors if the weather is good, or online if the weather does not cooperate. . This session will not be cancelled due to weather and there will be no weather-related ticket refunds. Participants will be notified in advance if the program will take place online. Repeats February 19, March 5 and 19.

Staff-Led Winter Walks at Polly Hill Arboretum -- West Tisbury MA

Feb 13, 2021 - Mar 13, 2021 Polly Hill Arboretum, 809 State Road West Tisbury, MA

In every season Polly Hill Arboretum offers something of beauty and interest to visitors. Horticulturist Oliver Osnoss leads walks on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Pre-registration required. Attendance is limited to 12 people, so sign up soon. Masks and social distancing will be practiced. Dates: February 13 and March 13.