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Events Calendar - 2023

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.

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Mayflower Market Days Vintage Fair & Artisan Market – Plympton MA

Jun 17, 2023 - Jun 18, 2023 41 Crescent Street, Plympton, MA

Celebrate summer at the Semi-Annual Vintage Fair & Artisan Market in the historic town of Plympton, Massachusetts. Hosted by Jen & Mike from HGTV's Houses with History, Mayflower Market Days features antique dealers, local makers, artists, live music, food trucks and much more.


Westfield River Wildwater Races – Huntington MA

Apr 22, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023 Downtown Huntington off the green bridge, Huntington, MA

The country's oldest continuously run whitewater kayak and canoe races are taking to the Westfield River once again this April. The Westfield River, running down from the Berkshires through the Hilltowns of Western MA, has been given Wild & Scenic designation by the National Park Service for its scenic, historic character and free flowing waters. This event is important as an annual rite of spring and celebration of the most distinctive and beautiful geological feature of the region. It draws spectators and paddlers from throughout the Northeast.

Children & Families

April Vacation Week Discovery Adventures – Sturbridge MA

Apr 17, 2023 - Apr 21, 2023 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

Discovery Adventures are immersive day programs that give kids a chance to step back in time and experience life in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village. Every session offers kids the opportunity to explore an aspect of 19th-century history and daily life. All programs include an afternoon snack, hands-on crafts, and the chance to learn something new while making lasting friends and memories.

Spring Explorers Vacation Camp – Lenox MA

Apr 18, 2023 - Apr 21, 2023 Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA

Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary offers school vacation week programs for children ages 7-12. Explore our forests, ponds, and wetlands for new plant growth, early bird arrivals, and emerging amphibians and reptiles. These vacation week camps are packed with hands-on learning and nature exploration on over 1,000 acres of nature trails. Space is limited. 


Slavic Easter Egg Decorating Workshop – Lenox MA

Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 1, 2023 Ventfort Hall Gatehouse, 55 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA

Celebrate Easter with an artistic Eastern European egg decorating tradition. Tjasa Sprague will demonstrate the Slavic style of egg decoration, and then you’ll have the opportunity to try it out for yourself. Spraque learned the tradition from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria. The technique involves using wax to etch a design into the egg shells before dipping them in multiple colors. The workshop is offered twice: at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Guests will be required to wear masks and bring proof of vaccination.

Spring Hoppening – Stockbridge MA

Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 8, 2023 Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA

Attendees and family will be able to search for over 2,000 environmentally friendly “eggs,” each made with regionally native seeds ready for planting in your spring gardens. Enjoy, also, a spring tree identifying tour, kid’s crafts, a baby chicken meet-and-greet, a mini horse-drawn cart, and photos with the Easter Bunny. A mimosa bar and snacks will be available as well.


Open Farm Day – Dartmouth MA

Apr 15, 2023 - Apr 15, 2023 Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allens Neck Road, Dartmouth, MA

This is the first Open Farm Day at Round the Bend Farm of the 2023 season. Take a tour of the farm grounds, cuddle some baby goats (by appointment), and shop for grass-fed burgers, pork sandwiches, vegan black bean burgers, jams, kimchi, and more.

Self-Guided Spring Orchard Walk – Amesbury MA

Apr 22, 2023 - May 28, 2023 Cider Hill Farm, 45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, MA

Take in the farm air and views as you walk through the blossoming orchards, made up of over 10,000 fruit trees. Closed weekdays and afternoons. No registration required. Best blossom viewing is typically late April to mid-May. Area closures are possible. 

Tulip Fest at Cider Hill Farm – Amesbury MA

May 6, 2023 - May 14, 2023 Cider Hill Farm, 45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, MA

A gorgeous variety of 100k tulips are scheduled to bloom in early May. Welcome in spring with this multi-weekend festival featuring free live music, self-guided blooming orchard walks, outdoor hard cider bars, food trucks, fitness n' family activities and pick-your-tulips. Festival entrance is free but pre-purchased online tickets for tulip picking is required. Held May 6-7 and 13-14.


Wareham Oyster Festival – Wareham MA

May 28, 2023 - May 28, 2023 Main Street, Wareham, MA

Now in its 7th year, the Oyster Festival celebrates shellfish in this fun street festival in the beautiful waterfront village of Wareham. Enjoy seafood, arts and craft vendors, food and music to kick off the summer.

42nd Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival – Gloucester MA

Aug 19, 2023 - Aug 20, 2023 24 Hough Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

The historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will blossom into color, flavor and music for the 42nd Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival. Featuring over 175 booths of locally-made arts, crafts, foods and live music. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, performance art, an antique car show and more. 

Food Trucks

The Greenway Food Truck Festival – Boston MA

Mar 2, 2023 - Apr 2, 2023 High Street and Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

The name says it all: this food truck festival will be filled with culinary treats from bubble tea to tacos to dumplings. As you snack, shop at the Greenway Artisan Market and play in the water of the Rings Fountain.

Health & Fitness

Boston Marathon – Boston MA

Apr 17, 2023 - Apr 17, 2023 Copely Square, Boston, MA

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, held since 1897, and New England’s most-watched sporting event. Participants will race for 26.2 miles from the town of Hopkinton to Boylston Street in the heart of Boston.


Patriot’s Day – Lincoln & Concord MA

Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 19, 2023 Various locations, Lincoln & Concord, MA

Celebrate Patriot’s Day, which takes place on April 19th, with some community fun on April 8th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th. Activities include:
  • Paul Revere Capture Ceremony – April 8: Watch a reenactment of Paul Revere’s capture by the Lincoln Minute Men; enjoy fife and drum music, a theatrical performance and a musket fire salute. 3 p.m.
  • Caught in the Storm of War: The Civilian Experience of April 19, 1775 – April 15: Actors portray what it would have been like for Colonial civilians to evacuate the town in April of 1775. 9:30 a.m.
  • North Bridge Fight Commemoration – April 17: This fight demonstration commemorates the “shot heard round the world.” 8:30 a.m.
  • Battle Road Anniversary Hike – April 19: Hike along the same route that the ill-fated British column walked during the Concord expedition. Noon.

Mother's Day

Duckling Day – Boston MA

May 14, 2023 - May 14, 2023 Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common, Boston, MA

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a duck-themed parade, to honor the classic children’s book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Activities include, in addition to the parade, interactive circus games, live music, a giant inflatable duck, a reading station, and more.


Creating Cape Cod – Sandwich MA

Apr 23, 2022 - Oct 15, 2023 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 a picturesque and popular tourist destination? 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?

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.

Outdoor Activities

Words In the Wild – West Barnstable MA

Apr 22, 2022 - Apr 22, 2023 Various locations, Various, MA

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Barnstable Land Trust is launching Words in the Wild, a unique hiking trail initiative that features four original site-specific poems penned by local poets. Each poem has been etched onto individual cedar trail signs that include a QR code connecting to audio recordings and other information. This innovative local collaboration illustrates how poetry, technology, and the environment can come together naturally. Locations include: Eagle Pond Sanctuary and Ropes Field in Cotuit, Fuller Farm in Marston Mills, and Pogorelc Sanctuary in West Barnstable.

Performing Arts and Theater

"Bud, Not Buddy" – Boston MA

Apr 14, 2023 - May 14, 2023 200 Riverway, Boston, MA

Based on the Coretta Scott King award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy follows the tale of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell. Named after ‘a flower-to-be…a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world,’ Bud goes on a quest to find his father and blossoms when he finds family in a jazz band. An epic adventure full of dreams, jazzy tunes and heart. 

Science & Nature

Herring Run Celebration – Plymouth MA

Apr 22, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023 Plimoth Grist Mill, 6 Spring Lane, Plymouth, MA

Every spring, alewife herring migrate from the North Atlantic upriver to spawn. Watch this incredible migration event and spend time with the scientists gathering data. Do alewife-themed crafts, play herring games, and more.