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Boston's Harborfest 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - Jul 4, 2018 Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Avenue near Long Wharf Boston, MA

A week of celebration in Boston led up to the Fourth of July. Below are some of the highlights. See full schedule.
June 30-- Live music on Columbus Park preceeds Harbor Fireworks at 9 p.m. The show will take place in the inner Harbor and can be seen from any shoreline from Charlestown to the Seaport and East Boston.
July 1 -- Arts at Harborfest. Local artists will display and sell their work, curated by Artists Crossing, under the trellis in Christopher Columbus Park. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July 1 – Chowderfest. Taste clam chowder samples from some of the best local restaurants in Christopher Columbus Park.
June 28-July 4 -- Harborfest special tours and attractions. Both indoor and outdoor family events will take place at Boston’s best historical landmarks. Throughout the weekend there will be 100 activities, attractions and specials!

Bike Tours

Deerfield Bicycle Tour: A River Rolls Through It

Jun 24, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Depart from Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main Street Deerfield, MA

Tour the Connecticut River Valley by bicycle this summer. Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Inn offer a week of adventures travelling the scenic byways by bike. Overnight lodging and most meals are included. Price also includes marked routes, maps, GPS files and cue sheets, and learning and social programs each day. A second tour will be offered in August. Email: jorvis@historic-deerfield.org

Car Racing

Independence Day Thrill Show at Seekonk Speedway

Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 1, 2018 Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA

The show starts at 5 p.m. and will feature drag racing, car and truck enduros, powder puff and crazy 8 races. Fireworks start about 9 pm. We have not heard back about the actual timing for the show this year.

Children & Families

Mutinous Expedition: A Quest for Kids at the USS Constitution Museum

Apr 13, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 USS Constitution Museum Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22 Charlestown, MA

Take your place inside the fictional story of Jack Tarr, a sailor aboard Constitution who had to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to the ship’s captain. Explore the galleries to find clues to help inform your decision. Quest kits are available for the adventure.

Destination Dino

May 26, 2018 - Sep 3, 2018 Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA

Take a prehistoric journey to stroll among the giants that used to rule the planet. With more than a dozen moving, roaring, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, this is an exciting experience for the entire family. In addition to Destination Dino, guests will have the opportunity to engage in other dinosaur-themed events at Franklin Park Zoo throughout the summer including Uncorked: Winos and Dinos, June 21, 5 p.m.; Dine with the Dinos, June 16, July 15, August 18; and Dinos After Dark Sleepover program

Pete the Cat at Edaville Family Theme Park

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018 Edaville USA, 5 Pine Street Carver, MA

Pete the Cat visits Edaville. Do you have magic sunglasses or groovy buttons? Make sure to wear them! Meet and Greets available throughout the day. The last Meet and Greet is a half hour before the park closes.

Star Wars Themed Day at Battleship Cove

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street Fall River, MA

The Galactic Empire is one of the most feared military forces in the galaxy! Did you know the uniforms, spacecraft and battles were based on imagery from World War II? Come see a a special visitor from a “Galaxy Far, Far Away”; enlist in Star Wars craft; play at a Gamin station; do a special scavenger hunt. Wear your favorite Star Wars costume. Light sabers allowed, but no masks or weapons.

Charlotte's Web Experience at Old Sturbridge Village

Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA

Old Sturbridge Village brings the story of Charlotte’s Web to life at the Freeman Farm with a live musical production based on the classic story. This production sets the story in a New England era that honors the 1830s but with a modern touch. Before or after the one-hour performance, tour the Village and visit piglets, see costumed historians re-constructing the Allen Piggery. Plan to arrive 40 before show time to check in and walk to the farm.

“Peter Pan”

Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

Every child (including the one inside you) will adore this soaring musical about the boy who did not want to grow up, the Darling children who went along for the ride one magical night, the Lost Boys and the evil Captain Hook. The enchanting fairy tale (clap if you want Tinkerbell to live!) includes the songs “I Gotta Crow” and “I Won’t Grow Up.”


Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 13, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Beverly, MA

For generations, children have loved this story of the little Swiss girl, her beloved grandfather in the mountains and the trials and tribulations she suffers under a very mean governess until she is rescued at last.

“Hansel and Gretel”

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Beverly, MA

Presented by Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre, this version of the fairy tale is far less Grimm than the original. The two children go for a walk in the woods, come across a house made of candy and an extremely silly witch.

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour 2018 in Massachusetts

Jul 24, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 See description above Marshfield, Waltham, Northampton, Newbury, MA

Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, musicians and crew, Smirkos perform Circus Smirkus’s own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show.
July 24-25 -- Marshfield Fairgrounds, Marshfield, MA. Fur shows, at 1 and 7 p.m.
July 27-29 -- Gore Place, Waltham, MA. Six shows: Friday and Saturday at 1 nd 6 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
July 31-Aug 1 -- Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, MA. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
August 3-4 -- Spencer Peirce Little Farm Theater in the Open, Newbury, MA. Four shows: Friday at 1 and 6 p.m.; Saturday at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.

“Willy Wonka Jr.”

Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

This musical version of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s story is all about five coveted golden tickets that get Charle Bucket and four less-lovable kids a tour of that very mysterious chocolate factory. Featuring songs from the 1971 Gene Wilder film and a few original tunes.


Comedy, America! With ImprovBoston

Jun 15, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA

Comedy, America! returns to celebrate 'Murica as only ImprovBoston can. From superheroes to talking rodents, video rental stores to court rooms, jousting to Justin Timberlake, Comedy, America! has one goal: to create a show as awesome, absurd, smart, and idiotic as the actual good old US of A. Fridays, only.

Andy Borowitz's Making America Not Embarrassing AgainTour.

Jun 29, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Join author and satirist Andy Borowicz for an evening of laughs, conversation and acute observations. He has been called a "Swiftian satirist" (the Wall Street Journal), "America's satire king" (the Daily Beast), "the funniest human on Twitter" (the Times).

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

Jul 15, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

Alan Cumming has been described by Time Magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by the New York Times as a "bawdy, countercultural sprite." Cumming is many things to many people – Renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur - but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire.


Plant Sale & Flower Show with the Gesneriad Convention

Jul 3, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Road Framingham, MA

This event will feature lectures by some of the world’s top growers, hybridizers and researchers; a judged flower show, and sales of a wide array of plants, from the well-known African violet to much rarer varieties. The plant sales room and show are open free to the public' registration is required for lectures, meals, field trips, and early entry to plant sales.

Garden Tour

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018 J.P. Licks Patio, 659 Centre Steet Jamaica Plain, MA

Come visit 20 private gardens in the Sumner Hill and Central neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, an area of historical homes and lush perennial gardens. Sites along the route range from creative urban spaces to formal gardens to rambling woodland landscapes. The tour start point, J.P. Licks, is a 10-minute walk from the Green Street T stop (Orange Line)

Learning retreat

The River, Drifting Continents, Dinosaurs, and a Glacial Lake:

Jul 16, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 Historic Deerfield Deerfield, MA

As one of the best places to study geology in the world, the Connecticut River Valley displays dramatic and unusual geologic phenomenon. This Historic Deerfield Outdoors program is four days of tours and lectures by experts. More informationL Julie Orvis at 413-775-7179 or send email to jorvis@historic-deerfield.org


The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles

Jun 9, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018 Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA

This exhibition presents 36 historic objects celebrating the craft and beauty of wrought iron. Salvaged in the 19th century, when wrought iron was being rapidly discarded, these pieces tell stories of preindustrial times. See signs, locks and lockboxes, household objects, and architectural grilles, gates, and balcony railings. On view through September 16.


June at Blue Ocean Music Hall

Jun 8, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Blue Ocean Music Hall 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, MA

Blue Ocean Music Hall is an intimate concert venue. New shows added every week, with exclusive presales for Blue Ocean Insiders. Doors opne 6:30 p.m.
June 21 – The Outlaws. For more than 40 years, the Southern rock legends have celebrated triumphs and endured tragedies to remain one of the best-loved bands of the genre. $30-$40
June 22 – The Stompers. The Legendary Stompers have long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for four decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans. $38
June 23 – The Babys. With a string of classic rock radio hits, The Babys created some of the most memorable arena anthems of their era. $20-$30
June 24 – Quinn Sullivan. Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. He’s shared the stage with many of his heroes like Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, and Joe Bonamassa. $20-$25
June 28 – Sara Evans. She’s won the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist Award and claimed a Country Music Association trophy for her signature song, “Born To Fly.” $70-$200
June 29 – The Marshall Tucker Band. The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel. $50

Summer In The City Series 2018 at Boston Harbor Hotel - Boston, MA

Jun 8, 2018 - Aug 28, 2018 Courtyard of Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s popular Summer in the City series is back with free live music and outdoor movies in the courtyard. Free events include live music Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Weekly music themes are Themed nights include Pop Soul Tuesdays, Rat Pack Wednesdays, and Blues Barge Thursdays. Movies are screened on Fridays at dusk.
Pop-Soul Tuesdays
June 12 -- Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies; June 19 -- Young Love and the Thrills; June 26 -- World Premier Band; July 3 -- Sweetbeats Band; July 10 -- Soul City; July 17 -- Ray Greene; July 24 -- Pulse of Boston; July 31 -- Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies; August 7 – Mystique; August 14 -- Young Love & the Thrills; August 21 -- World Premier Band; August 28 -- Ray Greene.

Movies by Moonlight
June 23 -- “Moonstruck”; June 30 -- “Notting Hill”; July 7 -- “Captain America”; July 14 -- “The Notebook”; July 21 -- “Cheaper by the Dozen”; July 28 -- “The Little Mermaid”; August 4 -- “Tootsie”; August 11 -- “Casablanca”; August 18 -- “The Jungle Book”; August 25 -- “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”; September 1 -- “Fever Pitch”; September 8 -- “Pirates of the Caribbean -- The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Lowell Summer Music Series 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Boarding House Park, 40 French Street Lowell, MA

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and dinner picnics to this beloved outdoor music series.
June 14 -- David Crosby & Friends with Guest Chris Hillman. $54-$60
June 15 -- Rhiannon Giddens with Guest Amythyst Kiah. $44-$50
June 17 -- Fitz & The Tantrums. $41-$45
June 23 – Lettuce. $35-$40
June 24 -- Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot with Guest Miss Mary Ann & The Ragtime Wranglers. $49-$55
June 30 -- Boz Scaggs. $59-$65
July 13 -- Big Head Todd & The Monsters. $37-$40
July 14 -- Rebirth Brass Band. $32-$35
July 20 -- Alan Doyle. $35-$40
August 3 -- The Revivalists. $45-$50
August 4 -- Peter Cetera. $69-$75
August 11 -- Ladysmith Black Mambazo. $38-$45
August 17 -- Postmodern Jukebox. $49-$55
August 18 -- Blues Traveler. $36-$40
August 24 -- Classic Albums Live: Dark Side Of The Moon. $31-$35
September 1 -- Natalie Macmaster & Donnell Leahy Visions From Cape Breton and Beyond. $42-$45


Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA

Parsonsfield draws is name from the rural Maine town that's home to its farmhouse-turned-recording-studio where they cut their outstanding debut, “Poor Old Shine,” which established it as a roots force to be reckoned with. Folk Alley dubbed its songs "the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas."

Andy Grammer

Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018 Koussevitzky Music Shed, 297 West Street Lenox, MA

Andy Grammer will perform such songs as "Honey, I'm Good" and "Good to be Alive," as well as tracks from his introspective 2017 album The Good Parts including "Smoke Clears," and "Fresh Eyes" during his Tanglewood debut.

The Wailers

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

Bob Marley’s Wailers’s original band members Aston “Familyman” Barrett and Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey have carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” as Marley requested.

Harry Connick Jr. with a New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration - Lenox, MA

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, West Hawthorne Road Lenox, MA

The foundation of Connick's art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five.

Bands on the Beach 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Salisbury Beach Stage, Salisbury Beach, North End Boulevard Salisbury, MA

June 23 -- Flying Horses Country Beach Jam Featuring the Ultimate Aldean Experience. 3 p.m.
June 30 - The Eagles Experience: The Premier Eagles Tribute Show. 7:30 p.m.
July 4 -- Fourth of July Celebration with Joppa Flats, 4 p.m.
July 7 -- Joshua Tree Band: Premier U2 Music Tribute, 7:30 p.m.
July 14 -- James Montgomery Band. 7:30 p.m.
July 27 -- The Buffett Beach Blast, Noon
July 28 – Beatlejuice. 7:30 p.m.
August 4 -- The B Street Bombers. 7:30 p.m.
August 11 – Entrain. 7:30 p.m.
August 18 – FreeVolt. 7:30 p.m.
August 25 – Adam Ezra Ramble. 11 a.m.
September 1 – Aerochix. 7:30 p.m.

Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

Jun 25, 2018 - Jun 25, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

Pat Benatar’s mezzo-soprano vocal range and Neil Giraldo’s trailblazing work as a producer, guitarist, and songwriter created some of rock’s most memorable hits.

Robert Cray Band

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA

Robert Cray has been straddling blues, soul and R&B for decades, now with a Best Contemporary Blues Album award for the 2018 Grammys.

Recycled Percussion

Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 6, 2018 Cabot Theater, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Junk rock music has become a national phenomenon. Watch talented people make music with garbage can lids, Zippo Lighters, brooms, and... who knows?

I’m With Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz And Aoife O'Donovan

Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 16, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center North Truro, \\, MA

Get ready for a unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with their indelible harmonies. Their debut album, See You Around, was recorded in Box, England, with Ethan Johns at Real World Studios. You don't want to miss this dynamic trio who have something to play, something to sing... and something to say! Performance repeats on July 16.

Evening With Yes

Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 10, 2018 Wilbur Theater, 246 Tremont Street Boston, MA

During this summer’s “Evening with YES” shows, YES—Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards),Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/)—will perform a special classic hits concert to commemorate the landmark occasion.

Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series 2018 on the Greenway

Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018 The Greenway, on Hanover Street and Cross Street Boston, MA

The series will take place on Tuesday evenings. Rain location is the Boston Public Market. Stay tuned to the food truck schedule. A nice outdoor event for families, friends, and neighbors in and around the North End neighborhood.
July 10 – Scanzonati
July 17 – Marco Pignataro Jazz Quartet
July 24 – Receita De Samba
July 31 – Dirty Water Brass Band

Tab Benoit

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Plymouth, MA

His guitar wails and cries and his voice is as warm and inviting as a front porch swing on a muggy Southern night. Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No.1 roots export. He is a gifted guitarist, a passionate singer and a songwriter with a conscience.

Aston Magna Music Festival Presents - J.S. Bach: Art of the Fugue

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

In an orchestration by Daniel Stepner for baroque instruments.

Taylor Swift Reputation Tour

Jul 26, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018 Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place Foxborough, MA

Due to heavy demand, a third date has been added to the Taylor Swift show at Gillette Stadium. The new show July 26 at 7 p.m. and tickets for the added show will go on sale to the general public on January 31 at 10 a.m.

Ranky Tanky 2018

Jul 31, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center North Truro, MA

“Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky.” This Charleston, SC based quintet performs the exhilarating music of Gullah culture born in the Sea Island region of the United States, from playful game songs to ecstatic shouts.

Gina Chavez 2018

Aug 2, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center North Truro, MA

Gina Chavez is a bilingual, Latin-folk singer/songwriter who expertly blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. She has received national recognition from NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “Alt.Latino."

Maceo Parker

Aug 12, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center North Truro, MA

Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth. Maceo has played with each and every leader of funk - from his start with James Brown, to jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton, to his Prince's tours.

Taj Mahal Trio

Aug 31, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA

Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal's resume includes working with such renowned artists as Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones during his 50+ year career. A bonafide blues and rock legend, the inimitable Taj Mahal has been instrumental in preserving and shaping American roots music.

The Temptations

Sep 22, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

The Temptations! The Temptations released their first Motown album, 1964’s Meet The Temptations. For nearly 60 years, The Temptations have reigned as one of popular music’s most beloved and successful groups worldwide, lauded by Billboard in 2017 as the Number One R&B Artist of All Time.

Parties, Dances, Balls

3rd Thursday in Downtown Pittsfield

Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 North Street from West Street to Linden Street Pittsfield, MA

The evening celebrates health with a massive dance party with Jacob's Pillow; a road race; free zumba and fitness classes. 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. The main stage at Persip Park will feature taekwondo, a demonstration from Southeast Kettlebell, and an excerpt from Berkshire Theatre Group's "Tarzan." Also: performances from Berkshire Rhythm Keepers at Palace Park and Rock On on the Street Stage at School and North. Pillow Dance Zone presents pop-up performances.

Summer Solstice Celebration 2018: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, 11 Divinity Avenue Cambridge, MA

Celebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of the summer season at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Enjoy free admission to four museums and performances, Make flower crowns and other sun-inspired crafts, and learn about the astronomical significance of the solstice. For all ages. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Luzia with Cirque du Soleil

Jun 27, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Suffolk Downs Boston, MA MA

Luzia takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light and rain mingle, to magical effect. With breathtaking acrobatic performances, Luzia cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Location

The Australian Bee Gees Show

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018 Cabot Theater, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

This 75-minute, multi-media tribute to the Bee Gees relicates the original group's clothes, style and moves.

“The Airborne Comedians”

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

Aug. 10 This duo has delighted audiences young and old all over the globe with their juggling feats. They throw and catch everything from baseball bats to birdbaths, sometimes as they keep their balance on 7-foot-high unicycles.

Science & Nature

Foraging And Feasting: Plant Walk, Cooking Demo And Tasting

Jun 23, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018 Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 west Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA

Explore the culinary treasures hidden in local wild foods. Learn to identify, harvest, and prepare these ancient foods so you can easily incorporate them into your daily meals. Using basic sensory skills, we will survey the wild plants and herbs of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Inside we will prep and taste a few of the delicious, nutrient-dense recipes from the instructor’s book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.

Shopping & Sales

Brimfield Antique Flea Markets 2018

May 8, 2018 - Sep 9, 2018 Route 20, Brimfield, MA

Antique dealers from everywhere attend the gigantic annual Brimfield Antique Flea Markets. Visit 20 distinct show fields spread on both sides of a mile of Route 20. Several ATMs are available. Many dealers accept checks and credit cards. Show dates: May 8-13; July 10-15; September 4-9

Shows & Exhibits

Antique & Classic Boat Festival

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina , 10 White Street Salem, MA

See a many rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from the early 20th century. Meet captains and crews. Children get to make a toy boat. Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more.


Traveling Biergartens at Historic Estates and Gardens

May 17, 2018 - Oct 3, 2018 See description below Many towns, MA

Notch Brewing and the Trustees of Reservations conservation group are partnering to take Notch beer on the road to parks, farms and other gorgeous settings managed by the Turstees from May into autumn. Each traveling biergarten will present communal outdoor seating, games, special programs like fun runs, and beer served in half-liter steinkrugs. Also, each Trustees site has its own admission fees.
June 15-17 -- Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset Street, Dover, featuring a Father's Day Bluegrass BBQ on June 17.
July 8 -- Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich
July 13-14 -- Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich, MA
July 21-22 -- The Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, Route 138, Canton, MA
July 27-29 -- Rocky Woods, off Hartford Street, Medfield, MA
August 19 -- Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich
August 24-25 -- Francis William Bird Park, Polley Lane, East Walpole, MA featuring Dog Day on August 25
September 6-9 -- Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset Street, Dover
September 13-16 -- Stevens Coolidge Place, 137 Andover Street, North Andover, featuring an Oktoberfest
September 22-23 -- Fruitlands Musuem, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, part of its Craft Festival
October 5-7 -- Chestnut Hill Farm. 9-99 Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, featuring Sunday's Harvest Fest
November 3-4 -- Castle Hill at Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, during the annual Art Show and Sale


“The Royal Family of Broadway”

Jun 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street Pittsfield, MA

“The Royal Family of Broadway” is a masterful love letter to the Great White Way. Set in the 1920s and loosely based on the legendary Barrymores, it centers around the Cavendish family of actors: an aging grande dame, a Broadway star looking for love, a boozy leading man, and a promising ingénue – each having to make pivotal choices in their lives. Tickets.

"Shrek The Musical"

Jun 15, 2018 - Jul 1, 2018 Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square Newburyport, MA

"Shrek The Musical" is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. Dates: June 15-17; 21-24. 28-July 1.

“Moulin Rouge: The Musical!”

Jun 27, 2018 - Jul 12, 2018 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Aaron Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine. Dates: June 27, 29, 30; July 5, 7, 8, 11, and 12

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)”

Jun 29, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA

The altogether charming relationships between hapless Charlie Brown, domineering Lucy, laid-back Linus, and, of course, the indomitable Snoopy, as well as other Charles Schulz characters from his “Peanuts” comic strip, take center stage in this sweet musical with vignettes that feature songs including “My Blanket and Me” and “Happiness.”

“Coming Back Like a Song!”

Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 E. Main Street Stockbridge, MA

It will be almost impossible for you not to sing along as this musical rolls jauntily along. The plot? Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen get together on Christmas Eve in 1956 to muse over the rise of rock and the possible demise of their illustrious songwriting careers. Songs include “Cheek to Cheek,” “Swingin’ on a Star” and “Over the Rainbow.”


Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 Boston Opera House 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.


Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

Indulge yourself in a seat at this thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.


Jul 7, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018 The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA

Get your tie-dye shirt and your granny glasses ready, because “Hair,” the musical that celebrates the ‘60s counterculture in all its occasionally madcap glory, is back. The score from the Tony-winning musical, which is marking its 50-year anniversary, includes “Let the Sun Shine In” and “Good Morning Starshine.”


Jul 26, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA

This magical musical brings Disney’s animated story to life with songs from Phil Collins like “You’ll Be in My Heart.” You know the tale: Orphaned boy raised in jungle by gorillas then must reconcile his jungle and human families – and instincts – when he is discovered and “rescued.” But you’ve never seen it told like this.

“Mamma Mia!”

Aug 7, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

Dig it: “The Dancing Queen” and other ABBA hits are the score and story line to this rocking musical about a young woman who invites all three of her potential fathers to her wedding, unbeknownst to her former-girl-group-member mother. Twenty-two of the Swedish quartet’s huge hits have made this musical mega-popular with audiences for years.

“Book of Mormon”

Aug 8, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Contains explicit language.

“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare”

Aug 16, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA

The occasionally unbelievable world of belief is given the comedy treatment by Obie Award-winning Christopher Durang in this pair of witting – dare we say sometimes biting – satires. Starring is Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris as Sister Mary Ignatius, who will set you straight. On everything.


Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Berkshire Opera Festival, Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA

A father is driven to murder when his daughter is seduced and abducted in Giuseppe Verdi’s gritty masterwork of love, betrayal and revenge. The dramatic story (which challenged the 19th century censors) includes some of opera’s most well-known and much-loved music, including “La donna e mobile.”


Sep 18, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

“Hamilton” is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, “Hamilton” is the story of America then, as told by America now.