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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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Festivals

NBFestival Winter Places -- New Bedford MA

Mar 2, 2021 - Apr 29, 2021 Downtown New Bedford, MA

Each Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.through April, UMass Dartmouth will showcase performances at Star Store gallery, Union Street and Purchase Street corner, viewable from street-level windows.
Wings Court will host fire pits and curling games on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. all winter long.
Also, on Fridays and Saturdays , a snow-making machine will add some snow for sledding on the rolling landscape at over in Custom House Square
The New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! famous purple artMOBILE van will be parked between Custom House Square and Wings Court for kids to make art with high-quality art supplies. Noon to 2 p.m. on March 6, March 13, and March 20.
At all times throughout the winter months of #NBfestive Winter Places, enjoy lights installed in Wings Court and Custom House Square, and public art like a five-foot snowflake, a six-foot lantern, and an 18-foot selfie-ready scallop boat. Read More: Transformed for ‘Winter Places’ Events | https://wbsm.com/downtown-new-bedford-transformed-for-winter-places-events/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral&fbclid=IwAR1ehFTjgBzihR3yIR1Y04YVgl443RyBRjWDwpS7DL0bOJk0bJA4kSZUk-Y

Daffodil and Tulip Festival 2021 at Naumkeag – Stockbridge MA

Apr 22, 2021 - May 16, 2021 Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA

 naumkeag daffodil fest 2021 Stroll through eight acres of gardens covered with over 130,000 daffodils and tulips to celebrate spring in the Berkshires. The festival will bring we will have a variety of programs including horticultural tours and workshops, art classes, and fun activities for kids. Food and refreshments will be for sale on-site at our outdoor snack shack. Restrooms will be available. The festival will sell out quickly! Buy tickets online and in advance for one-hour times slots. Parking on site.

Historic

Salem Ancestry Days 2021 – Salem MA

Apr 30, 2021 - May 3, 2021 various locations Salem, MA

The first Salem Ancestry Days weekend will begin with a land blessing by members of the Massachusett tribe and include live chats with genealogists, walking tours, and online talks. See event website for location and scheduling details
April 30
10:30 a.m. -- Land Blessing by members of the Massachusett tribe
9 a.m.-5 p.m. -- Ask a Genealogist Live Chat (repeats May 1, 3,
6 p.m. -- Ancestral Bingo
6 p.m. -- Discovering Your Salem Ancestry-- How to Access Genealogical Records
May 1
9 a.m. and 1 p.m. -- Salem with the Daniels Family Walking Tour
2 p.m. -- The Life and Death of John Proctor
2 p.m .-- Annawon Weeden Virtual Talk
May 2
9 a.m. and 1 p.m. -- Salem with the Silsbee Family Walking Tour
12 p.m. -- “Dawnland” virtual screening and discussion
May 3
10 a.m. -- Salem Indigenous Genealogy Project
Additional programming
Famous Descendants of the Infamous 1692 Salem Witch Trials (pre-recorded lecture by Danvers Historical Society)
Salem’s Black Heritage Audio Tour (a self-guided in person tour via mobile app)

Music

Porch Sessions At Hale Farm -- Beverly MA - Beverly, MA

Jun 12, 2021 - Jun 19, 2021 Hale Farm,39 Hale Street, Beverly, MA

Livingston Taylor on June 12. Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Matt Cusson will open the performances. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. $55-$65
John McLaughlin on June 19. The artist, raised in Indiana and based in Nashville, brings all of his experiences and beliefs into each song he creates. 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $45-$55

Outdoor Activities

Fire Pit Gatherings Historic Estates and Farms – Canton, Southborough, Ipswich MA

Mar 3, 2021 - May 30, 2021 See description below Canton, Southborough, Ipswich, MA

Get outdoors this spring at your own private fire pit at various properties operated by the Trustees of Reservations. Reserve a fire pit for groups up to six people. The fire will be lit and ready when you arrive and you can explore the grounds and trails during your visit. Price usually includes firewood, benches, s’mores makings, hot apple cider and hot chocolate. Various times and dates available through May. Fire pits are offered at these properties:
Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468B Washington Street (Route 138), Canton, MA
Chestnut Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Road,Southborough, MA
Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Hamilton & Ipswich, MA

Take a Hike at Round Pond -- Duxbury MA

Apr 22, 2021 - Apr 22, 2021 Round Pond, 480 Mayflower Street, Duxbury, MA

This Earth Day join members of the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society for a hike at Round Pond. This beloved recreation area offers extensive hiking trails though diverse landscapes. Society staff will be on hand to greet you, offer refreshment, and answer your questions. Free and open to the public. Parking and trail head access for Duxbury.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Farm to Table Tea - Kentucky Derby Celebration

May 1, 2021 - May 1, 2021 The Farm at SummitWynds, 69 Summit Street, Holden, MA

In the early 1900s a 45-room hotel stood at the top of Summit Street. Celebrate this time gone by with a Farm to Table Tea overlooking the horse pastures, lavender fields and the stunning view of Mount Wachusett. It is Kentucky Derby Day, so wear your best hat. Note: This is an adults only/BYOB event. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted. If over 21, you may bring a bottle of wine/champagne to enjoy.

ArtsWorcester Biennial Block Party -- Worcester MA

Jun 12, 2021 - Jun 12, 2021 Portland and Myrtle Street Worcester, MA

Come to the block party and enjoy gallery tours of The Nineteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial and They Travel Together, music from Crocodile River Music & WICN Jazz+ New England, food trucks. Open and free to all; tickets will be available on Eventbrite closer to the date.

Visual Arts

Art in Bloom -- Fitchburg MA

May 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021 Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Streete, Fitchburg, MA

Art in Bloom returns to Fitchburg Art Museum and see flower arrangements and table scapes crafted by local florists, garden clubs, and FAM staff interpreting the art in the collection.