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Events Calendar - 2021

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 mask and social distancing requirements are still in place at some entertainment venues and live events and festivals in New England. Please check with each venue before purchasing tickets or attending an event.

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Food, Wine, Beer

The Chocolate Expo – Wilmington MA

Jan 30, 2022 - Jan 30, 2022 Shriner’s Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA

Calling all foodies and chocolate lovers: this event was made for you. Those who attend the Chocolate Expo will be able to sample many different kinds of chocolate treats from dozens of the best chocolatiers in the region.

Museums

Exhibit: “Fabric of a Nation: Quilt Stories” – Boston MA

Oct 10, 2021 - Jan 17, 2022 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA

Every quilt tells a story. Their use in American homes since the 17th century, and the tactile nature of their creation, has allowed them to take deep root in our histories and our subconscious minds. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, take a journey through time and discover the incredible stories behind 300 years of American quilts. Open Wendesday – Sunday, and entry is timed.

Exhibit: "Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London" – Worcester MA

Nov 13, 2021 - Mar 13, 2022 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

Ellen Terry by Watts

The Worcester Art Museum will be hosting masterpieces from London’s National Portrait Gallery in an exhibit that centers around love’s role in the creation of art. Explore works dating back to the 16th century –– when thinkers of the era characterized love as a mental disease –– through the present, in which love is characterized as way to find fulfillment in life. Artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, Angelica Kauffmann, David Hockney, Lee Miller, and Sam Taylor-Johnson are featured.

Exhibit: “HOME: Paintings by Loring W. Coleman” – Concord MA

Nov 19, 2021 - Jan 30, 2022 The Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA

Loring Coleman at the Concord Museum

In 2017, the Concord Museum received a generous anonymous gift of forty-seven paintings by the nationally recognized en plein air painter Loring W. Coleman. Coleman lived and taught in Concord and created beautiful works featuring New England landscapes.

Exhibit: “Loomings” by Christopher Volpe – New Bedford MA

Dec 11, 2021 - May 8, 2022 The New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA

“Loomings” was named after the first chapter of Melville’s Moby Dick. Artist Christopher Volpe draws comparisons between Melville’s time, when a large part of our nation’s industrial might and power was fuelled by whaling operations in New England, and our current era of petroleum-driven power. His haunting art uses tar, a petroleum byproduct, as well as oil paint and gold leaf.

MLK Day Celebration at Museum of Fine Arts – Boston MA

Jan 17, 2022 - Jan 17, 2022 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (for Massachusetts residents). Explore the MFA’s collections and exhibits, including the art of Ekua Holmes in “Paper Stories, Layered Dreams.” Guests will be able to pick up a take-home art kit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. enjoy live music by DJ WhySham. Visitors must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the museum.

Exhibit: “Being Muholi: Portraits as Resistance” – Boston MA

Feb 10, 2022 - May 8, 2022 The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA

Internationally renowned photographer and visual activist Sir Zanele Muholi (they/them) has been documenting South Africa’s Black LGBTQIA+ community for a decade through black and white portraits, bronze sculpture, and colorful paintings. Muholi invites viewers to consider the issues of identity, selfhood, and queer visibility.

Exhibit: “Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity” – Worcester MA

Feb 19, 2022 - Jun 19, 2022 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

This exhibit examines how artists depict the intersections of race, ethnicity, and identity in various art forms since the mid-70s. Featuring works from over 47 artists from the museum’s collection as well as loans, this exhibit invites you to see the Museum’s art through a layered sociopolitical lens. Open Wednesday – Sunday.

Music

Can You See The Stars: 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert – Boston MA

Jan 17, 2022 - Jan 17, 2022 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenune, Boston, MA

In their 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, Boston Children’s Chorus highlights the week leading up to the assassination of Dr. King. In his final days, Dr. King was marching arm in arm with the sanitation workers in Memphis on strike against the city for unsafe and toxic working conditions. Dr. King died standing up for better working conditions for people of color, who were so often doing the most dangerous and unsanitary of jobs. His work for labor and civil rights paved the way for the activism that is embodied in the modern-day environmental movement. Boston Children’s Chorus singers take the stage and shine a light on how equity and justice are critical to the future of our environment.

Folk and Baroque – Great Barrington MA

Feb 26, 2022 - Feb 26, 2022 Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA

This musical program features songs that span centuries and continents, “bridging worlds that grew out of common ground.” You will hear High Baroque composers such as Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi alongside village folk music from South America, jigs, and tangos. Featuring guitarist Eliot Fisk, contralto Emily Marvosh and cellist Yehuda Hanani.

Animal Collective – North Adams MA

Mar 11, 2022 - Mar 11, 2022 MASS MoCA, 87 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

Animal Collective’s music is experimental, atmospheric, and psychedelic. Since 2003, they have been defining and redefining the limits of indie and alternative sound. On March 11, they are coming to the MASS MoCA with L’Rain. Proof of vaccination required.

KAINA – Boston MA

Apr 30, 2022 - Apr 30, 2022 939 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

KAINA is a first-generation Latina, born and raised in Chicago. Since the release of her debut EP sweet asl in 2016, she has created generational music that surpasses borders, a unified expression of her native Chicago coupled with her Venezuelan and Guatemalan heritage. Her 2019 album "Next to the Sun" was featured in Pitchfork, Fader, Teen Vogue, and NPR and resulted in her touring as support with Cuco, Sleater-Kinney, and Durand Jones and the Indications.