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Events in Massachusetts in 2014 -- Live music concerts, theater, arts & crafts shows, food & wine tastings, parades & fireworks, fun family activities, antique shopping, fairs & festivals, and great things to do.

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Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Shows 2014 -- Brimfield, MA
May 13, 2014 to September 7, 2014
A solid mile along Route 20 of hundred of antiques and collectibles dealers from all over the Northeast and farther. Lots of food and places to rest. Dealing starts early every morning. Check event website for details. Show dates in 2014 are May 13-18; July 8-13; and September 2-7.
Time : See event website
Admission : Free admission
Event Website
Phone : 413-283-6149


History on the Move Car Show -- Springfield, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 6, 2014
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield
This is a huge antique car show which features transportation exhibits, experimental and antique vehicle demonstrations, and ESPN "Cruisin' New England" host Paul Mennett, with his fleet of muscle cars. Whether you're a car buff or a first-time learner, this event offers interactive exhibits about the fascinating history of transportation, including a driving demo of the first gasoline-powered car. The Wood Museum boasts an Indian Motorcycle collection, and you'll find many Springfield-made cars, along with plenty of food and drink, at this vehicle-inspired bash.
Time : 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $18; seniors and students, $12; kids ages 3-17, $9.50
Event Website
Phone : 413-263-6800 ext. 300


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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWS top of events
Vineyard Artisans Summer Craft Festival -- West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, MA
June 15, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Grange Hall, 1067 State Road, West Tisbury
The Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival is a series of weekly juried craft displays and sales, put on by more than 70 artisans whose hand-crafted treasures (from furniture, to pottery, to stained glass, to wampum and much more) will light up the eyes of visitors looking to browse or buy original crafts. This art show takes place indoors or outdoors, rain or shine. There is a playground for the kiddies, too!
Time : Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission : Free parking and admission
Event Website


Cape Cod Crafts Show & Sale -- Sandwich, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Corpus Christi Church, 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Exit 3 off Route 6, East Sandwich
Glass dealers from around the nation gather at Sandwich Glass Museum every summer to display and sell their fine wares. Browse and even buy hand-blown glass both antique and modern, chat up the crafters, and grab lunch at the Crystal Cafe. Free parking; handicap accessible.
Time : Saturday, 10-5 p.m. & Sunday, 11-4 p.m.
Admission : $7
Event Website
Phone : 508-888-0251


Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at the Codman Estate -- Lincoln, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 6, 2014
Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln
This celebration and gathering of fine arts and crafts will occur at the Codman House, also called "The Grange" for its pastoral vistas and a secret Italian garden. Highlights of this vibrant affair include the display and sale of everything handmade, a food court, live music, and tours of the Codman Estate's stunning interior. Discover a day of hand-crafted New England gifts.
Time : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission : $5; members of Historic New England and kids below age 12, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-994-5900 ext. 5514


Deerfield Fall Craft Fair 2014 -- Deerfield MA
September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014
This fair features more than 180 juried exhibitors from 16 states displaying and selling crafts of all media in the picturesque setting of the historic village of Old Deerfield. Highlights include a free museum tour, craft displays & demonstrations, music, food court and specialty food sampling.
Time : Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $7; children under 12, $1.
Event Website


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CHILDREN & FAMILIES top of events
Edaville USA Summer Events -- Carver, MA
June 28, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Edaville USA, 5 Pine Street, Carver
Edaville USA brings families the best in amusements and theatrical entertainment with a full summer of fun kiddie events! Refreshments available throughout the park.
Schedule of events:

Curious George, August 23-24
Day Out with Thomas, August 30-September 1, 6 and 7
Grandparents Weekend, September 13-14
Carnival Day, September 21
Classic Movie Days, September 27-28
Time : Check event website for details.
Admission : $17-20; admission includes all park rides and attractions!
Event Website
Phone : 508-866-8190


Day Out with Thomas -- Carver, MA
August 30, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Edaville USA, 5 Pine Street, Carver
Carver , MA 02330
Bring the kiddies to Edaville USA to meet Thomas the Tank Engine on special days for children and families, who will climb aboard a 15-ton Thomas train, where conductor Sir Topham Hat awaits you. Then, enjoy the 20-minute ride, as well as access to many play areas and amusement rides! Dates: August 30; September 1, 6, 7
Time : 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission : $20 per person
Event Website
Phone : 508-866-8190


Appleton Farms Family Day -- Ipswich and Hamilton, MA
September 15, 2014 to September 15, 2014
Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich and Hamilton, MA
Enjoy food, arts and crafts, and farm fun at this yearly celebration of the autumn harvest on the nation's oldest farm. Boston's North Shore boasts delicious New England fare, including the locally grown produce and fresh baked goods found at this family-oriented fair. Highlights of this farm event include activities for parents and kids like pumpkin painting, autumn crafts, pony rides, an antique tractor show, and interaction with barn animals. Live music by Ben Rudnick and Friends is another feature of this rain-or-shine Family Day.
Time : 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission : $25 per car
Event Website
Phone : 978-356-5728


Revels RiverSing -- Cambridge, MA
September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014
In Harvard Square and along the banks of the Charles River, Cambridge, MA
Join thousands of voices in song as Revels hosts this family Autumnal Equinox celebration. Enjoy pre-show festivities, a puppet-filled parade and communal singing with The Revels Chorus and guests David Coffin and Stan Strickland. Everyone is welcome to join the singing.
Time : 5-7:30 p.m.; singing is 6-7:30 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 617-972-8300


Pumpkin Day at Cogswell's Grant -- Esex MA
October 18, 2014 to October 18, 2014
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex
Celebrate the arrival of fall at Cogswell’s Grant. Take a hay wagon ride through the fields to choose a jack-o’-lantern from our pumpkin patch. Decorate and carve pumpkins, compete in a pumpkin pie-eating contest, make crafts, play games, have your face painted, and try cider pressing. Enjoy hot mulled apple cider and pumpkin pie. Tour the house and see one of the most celebrated collections of American antiques and folk art.
Time : 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $6; children ages 3 to 12, $4
Phone : 978-768-3632


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COMEDY top of events
David Sedaris -- Great Barrington, MA
October 10, 2014 to October 10, 2014
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire. $48 to $68.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $29 to $79.
Event Website
Phone : 413-528-0100


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Powisset Farm Fall Festival -- Dover, MA
September 22, 2014 to September 22, 2014
Powisett Farm, 37 Powisett Street, Dover
This farm-wide party features live musical performances by local artists, which will fill the 109-acre property with sweet melodies as guests stroll the farm grounds to watch and participate in farm games and demonstrations. Learn hands-on how root vegetables are harvested, press fresh cider, and browse produce vendors to savor the flavors of a New England autumn harvest.
Time : 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 508-785-0339


Weir River Farm Fall Festival -- Hingham, MA
October 4, 2014 to October 4, 2014
Weir River Farm, 227 East Street, Hingham
Come one, come all to Weir River Farm's family harvest festival! Roam 75 acres of idyllic farmland, where locals will welcome you to celebrate the autumn harvest. This event features food vendors selling fresh, local fare; live musical performances by local talent; and plenty of activities for the kids, like pony rides and farm crafts!
Time : 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $10; kids, free
Event Website
Phone : 781-740-7233


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FOOD, WINE, BEER top of events
Cape Cod Food Truck Festival -- Falmouth, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 6, 2014
Cape Cod Fairgrounds, Nathan Ellis Hwy. (Route 151), Falmouth
At least 20 food trucks will serve delectables like seafood, barbecue, grilled cheese and other imaginative sandwiches, cupcakes, whoopee pies, bacon, and more. Each festival will have children’s activities, live entertainment, places to sample food and drink. Admission tickets will be available online.
Time : 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $5; children age 12 and younger, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-782-7117


Cape Cod Food Truck Festival -- East Falmouth, MA
September 6, 2014 to September 6, 2014
1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth, MA
East Falmouth, MA
Cape Cod Food Truck Festival returns to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds with food truck favorites, live music, beer and wine, and over two dozen local Etsy artists!
Time : 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission : Admission is $5m cash only. Children under 12 admitted for free.
Event Website
Phone : 617-782-7117


The Taste of WGBH: Food & Wine Festival -- Boston, MA
September 11, 2014 to September 14, 2014
WGBH, One Guest Street, Boston
This year’s event will feature: Chef's Gala on September 11, 7-10 p.m.; The Artisan Taste, September 13, 1-3:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.; Brunch Bar, September 14, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; WGBH Food & Wine Auction, November 14, 6-8 p.m.
Time : Times vary; consult event website
Admission : Consult event website
Event Website


Boston Local Food Festival 2013-- Boston, MA
September 14, 2014 to September 14, 2014
Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Avenue, Boston
This free outdoor event features local restaurants, farms, fishers, specialty food producers, food trucks, and food and fitness-related organizations. This festival will have a seafood throwdown, a Kid’s Zone, and live musical performances.
Time : 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website


The Framingham Food Truck and Cultural Festival -- Framingham, MA
September 20, 2014 to September 20, 2014
Bowditch Field, Walnut Street, Framingham
At least 20 food trucks will serve delectables like seafood, barbecue, grilled cheese and other imaginative sandwiches, cupcakes, whoopee pies, bacon, and more. Each festival will have children’s activities, live entertainment, places to sample food and drink. Admission tickets will be available online.
Time : 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $5; children age 12 and younger, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-782-7117


Craft Brew Race and Festival -- Falmouth, MA
September 28, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Cape Cod Fairgrounds, East Falmouth
The Craft Brew Races is a 5k road race followed by a local craft beer festival. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5k. The craft beer festival will be held immediately following the race featuring 20 local breweries. The post-race beer festival will be open to anyone over age 21. This event is for guests age 21 and older.
Time : Noon-4 p.m.
Admission : Race and brew festival, $45 to $65; brew festival only, $35-$55; designated driver, $15-$20
Event Website


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HISTORIC top of events
Worcester Revolution of 1774 Celebration -- Worcester, MA
September 7, 2014 to September 7, 2014
Institute Park, next to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road
Day-long events will include kiddie crafts and games, food and drink, and colonial activities like militia re-enactments, quilting and weaving, historical documents, and talks about colonial history. The day's full schedule features activities for guests of all ages. The day's schedule: Revolutionary Worcester Bus Tour, the comedy and music of Sir Jeremy Bell, historic presentations, live musical performances, and the local play, "Chains of Liberty."
Event Website


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HOME & STUDIO TOURS top of events
South End Open Studios -- Boston, MA
September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014
See event description
This event is an opportunity to visit studios and meet the artists who work in Boston. View extraordinary art displayed in Boston’s most innovative galleries. Two hundred artists and galleries display painting, sculpture, photography, bookbinding, ceramics and jewelry and clothing design. A free mobile app will be offered to provide GPS-enabled maps showing studio and gallery locations and give artist and gallery information and images. Held rain or shine. Events are at Boston Center for the Arts at 539 Tremont Street, 450 Harrison Avenue, 535 Albany Street, 35/59 Wareham Street and 46 Waltham Street.
Time : 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Event Website


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The Pousette-Dart Band in Concert -- Worcester, MA
September 5, 2014 to September 5, 2014
Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester
This band, led by Jon Pousette-Dart, carved a place in the landscape of American music in the 1970s. It was a mainstay of album radio, a favorite on the college circuit, and became one of the busiest touring groups in the US. Catch these legendary musicians - who have performed with such acts as The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, James Taylor, the J. Geils Band, among many others.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : Consult event website
Event Website


Judy Collins in Concert -- Boston, MA
September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014
The Wilbur theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston
For several decades Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, inspired songwriting, and commitment to social justice. Her voice is a classic from the 1960s forward. Collins, now 74, is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. Information: thewilbur.com
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $40-$50


An Evening with Bernadette Peters -- Great Barrington, MA
October 12, 2014 to October 12, 2014
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
Bernadette Peters will perform a rich selection of Broadway songs from her extensive songbook that includes standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim to name a few. She recently starred on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim Sondheim. A limited number of $15 tickets are available for patrons ages 30 and younger.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $80 to $250—the latter with a pre-show champagne reception.
Event Website
Phone : 413.528.0100


Black Violin -- Great Barrington, MA
October 17, 2014 to October 17, 2014
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
Since they founded Black Violin a decade ago, violinists Stuff Smith-Wil B and Kev Marcus have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa. They are classically trained viola and violin players.
Time : $29 to $79
Event Website
Phone : 413-528-0100


Dianne Reeves -- Great Barrington, MA
October 19, 2014 to October 19, 2014
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
Dianna Reeves is backed by an all-star quartet of musicians performing works from her new album, Beautiful Life, melding R&B, Latin, and pop within the framework of 21st-century jazz. A limited number of $15 tickets are available for patrons ages 30 and younger.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $32 to $82
Event Website
Phone : 413.528.0100


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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES top of events
Housatonic Heritage Walks -- Berkshires, MA
September 20, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Please see event website
Have some healthy, heart-pumping fun on Housatonic Heritage Walks, which are free guided walks with enough variety for most anybody, from river canoeing, to family walks, to tours of historic places and natural landmarks. The walks vary in length and difficulty. Dates: September 20-21 & October 4-5
Time : All day
Event Website
Phone : 413-394-9773


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PERFORMING ARTS, THEATER, DANCE top of events
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” -- -- Lenox, MA
August 6, 2014 to September 14, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
In this comedy set in a Pennsylvanian farmhouse, Vanya and his sister Sonia find their lives turned upside down when their narcissistic sister, Masha, shows up with her younger boyfriend, Spike. Previews August 6–13; opens August 15.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬10-$60
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“The Last 5 Years” by Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
August 13, 2014 to September 2, 2014
Centre Stage, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
“The Last Five Years” is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view. With beautiful music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, The Last Five Years looks at the young couple's hope that love will endure the test of time. The New York Times praised the author for his "sparkling facility as a composer" and his fluid mix of "diverse styles."
Time : Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; August 17 and 24, 3 p.m.; August 24 and 31, 6 p.m.
Admission : $30-$50
Event Website


“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” -- Boston, MA
September 5, 2014 to October 11, 2014
The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston
Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, a macabre musical thriller, blends Sondheim’s characteristic wit with a sweeping and hauntingly beautiful score, grisly humor, and chilling drama, set 19th-century London. Sweeney Todd is not appropriate for children due to graphic violence and sexual situations. Recommended for high school age and older.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $33-$67. Limited number of $25 tickets available at every performance.
Event Website
Phone : 617-585-5678


“Les Miserables” -- Worcester, MA
September 11, 2014 to September 13, 2014
Alden Memorial's Great Hall, 100 Institute Road, Worcester
Through this story of revolution, learn that there is no substitute for love, hope or dreaming of a brighter tomorrow. Production will feature Kristy Chambrelli directing, John Delorey as music director, with WPI students from all over the country joined by singers from the Worcester Children's Chorus.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : Consult event website
Event Website


“A Picasso” at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
September 16, 2014 to October 10, 2014
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
Paris, 1941. Pablo Picasso has been summoned from his favorite café by German occupation forces and is visited by Miss Fischer, an attractive officer from the German cultural ministry. He is faced with an impossible decision: in exchange for his life he must surrender one of his beloved works of art to the regime. “A Picasso” and “Red” will run alternately in repertory; please check theater website link for dates.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Event Website


“Red” Theatre Workshop of Nantucket
September 17, 2014 to October 11, 2014
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, 2 Centre Street, Nantucket
Behold the fury of Mark Rothko, celebrated bad boy of the art world, as powerful pigments and opinions splatter the canvases of his newly commissioned works for New York’s luxury restaurant. “Red” is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. “A Picasso” and “Red” will run alternately in repertory; please check theater website link for dates
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Event Website


"33 Variations" -- Cotuit, MA
September 25, 2014 to October 12, 2014
4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit
This fascinating live performance explores Ludwig van Beethoven's creative works, while weaving a romantic tale of a real-life musicologist surviving ALS as she raises her daughter.
Time : Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission : $15-$25
Event Website
Phone : 508-428-0669


Season Highlights Celebration of Theater -- Cotuit MA
October 6, 2014 to October 6, 2014
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd (Rt. 28), Cotuit MA
Hosted by the Friends of Cape & Islands Theater, the evening will feature a reception and show tunes from Cape and Islands theaters. Fun, food, drink, show tunes, great entertainment and conversation. Past celebrations have included performances from Cotuit Center for the Arts, Academy of Performing Arts, Cape Rep Theater, Chatham Drama Guild, Harwich Junior Theatre, Eventide, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Buzzards Play Productions, and more.
Time : 5:30 -7:30 pm.
Admission : $40 per person
Event Website
Phone : 508-428-0669


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SHOWS & EXHIBITS top of events
Boston Cup Classic Car Show -- Boston, MA
September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014
Boston Common
Entrants this year include five classes of vehicles from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and Italy. A new feature this year is a class of marques from countries lesser known for their auto manufacturing. A featured attraction is a #11 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO prepared and presented by KTR Motorsports of Ayer, MA.
Time : 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
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VISUAL ARTS top of events
Swinging the Lamp at Sandwich Glass -- Sandwich, MA
July 27, 2014 to November 2, 2014
129 Main Street, Sandwich
This exhibition features handmade ship models from the USS Constitution Shipwright Guild. Crafters from around the world gather to show off their best original model creations. This is also a stellar chance to learn more about Sandwich's boating history.
Time : 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : Free with admission
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