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Feast of the Blessed Sacrament -- New Bedford, MA
July 31, 2014 to August 3, 2014
50 Madeira Avenue, New Bedford
Portuguese Feast and Madeiran cultural festival offering great Portuguese food, carnival, parade, road race, and free entertainment by Gin Blossoms (Thursday),Blood, Sweat & Tears (Friday) Starlight (Saturday), and Phil Vassar (Sunday).
Time : Thursday-Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday-Sunday, noon to midnight
Admission : free admission
Event Website
Phone : 508-992-6911


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ANTIQUES top of events
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


Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket 2014 -- Nantucket MA
July 30, 2014 to August 4, 2014
Bartlett Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Road, Nantucket
Managed by the prestigious Antiques Council, this annual show is one of the most highly regarded antiques events on the East Coast, attracting collectors and enthusiasts to the island. It has become the highlight of Nantucket's summer season. A wonderful week of parties, lectures, and activities
Time : 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission : Consult event website
Event Website
Phone : 508-228-1894


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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWS top of events
Vineyard Artisans Summer Craft Festival -- West Tisbury on 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


Mashpee Summer Arts & Craft Festival -- Mashpee, MA
August 2, 2014 to August 3, 2014
Library Commons, 64 Steeple Street, Mashpee
02649
Over 75 juried craftsmen and women will display and sell their American made arts and crafts. Craft demonstrations and live musical entertainment complete this summertime event. Held rain or shine.
Time : Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission : Free Admission, free parking
Event Website
Phone : 603-332-2616


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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:

Dinoland Grand Opening, June 28-29
Red, White, and Blue Days, July 5-6
Pirates Weekend, July 12-13
Superheroes and Princesses Weekend, July 19-20
Jr. Conductor's Camp, July 26-27
Western Weekend, August 2-3
Picnic with the Bernstein Bears, August 9-10
Hello Kitty, August 16-17
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


“The Little Mermaid” with North Shore Musical Theater -- Beverly, MA
July 8, 2014 to July 27, 2014
North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly
Visit a music-drenched undersea kingdom where the Little Mermaid longs to join the landed side of life -- with unforeseen consequences.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Prices start at $50
Event Website
Phone : 978-232-7200


CircuScape Circus Performances -- Wellfleet, MA
July 15, 2014 to August 5, 2014
Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street, Wellfleet
During the four weeks of Payomte Circus Camp, there will be a staff performance every Tuesday at 7 p.m., featuring a variety of exciting acts, from juggling to acrobatics to aerial arts. The shows will last about one hour, and will include aerial arts, contortion, juggling, silks, hoops, and more!
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $15; children, $5
Event Website
Phone : 508-487-5400


Summer Spectacular Family Series at Springfield Museums -- Springfield, MA
July 15, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield
Each week, top-tier performers from around the region will appear at 1 p.m. in the Davis Auditorium on “Wonderful Wednesdays,” “Tanglewood Thursdays,” and “Fantastic Fridays.” Performances during week four of the series include the humorous mime stories of Comic Mime Theater with Robert Rivest (Wednesday July 30), An Arabian Adventure by Tanglewood Marionettes (Thursday July 31), and BubbleMania: Comedy with a Drip! with Casey Carle (Friday August 1). Free, secure onsite parking is available. Dates: Every weekday through August 15. All programs and performances are free with admission. Free, secure onsite parking is available.
Admission : Adults, $18; seniors and college students, $12; children ages 3-17, $9.50.
Event Website
Phone : 413-263-6800 ext. 488


Circus Smirkus Presents Anchors Away for Atlantis -- Great Barrington, Sandwich, Waltham, Northampton & Newbury, MA
July 18, 2014 to August 2, 2014
This youth circus home-based in Vermont pulls its 2014 season show up from the briny deep with this nautical-themed show. Watch aquatic aerialists climb the rigging and acrobats tumble the surf. Holler ahoy to the castaway clowns in center ring.
July 18-19 at Great Barrington Fairgrounds, South Main Street (Route 7), Great Barrington. 2 & 7 p.m.
July 21-23 at Sandwich High School, 365 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich. 2 & 7 p.m.
July 25-27 at Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham. Friday and Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
July 29-30 at Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair Street, Northampton. 1 & 7 p.m.
August 1-2 at Manter Field, Newbury. Friday, 1 and 6 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30 & 5:30 p.m.
Event Website
Phone : 877-SMIRKUS


Blue Discoveries Family Days at New England Aquarium: Sharks -- Boston, MA
August 10, 2014 to August 10, 2014
New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
Learn more about the blue planet through art, science and storytelling during this family activity day. Programs highlight Aquarium favorites. Activities are included with Aquarium admission.
Time : 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Event Website


“Seussical Jr.” -- Nantucket, MA
August 13, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Dreamland Theatre, 17 South Water Street, Nantucket
The Dreamland’s Junior Company presents Seussical Jr. This lively production transports audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, and features many of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters, including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant, the people of Who, and Gertrude McFuzz. This one hour performance is great for kids.
Time : August 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19 at 5:30 p.m.; August 17 at 2 p.m.
Event Website
Phone : 508-332-4822


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COMEDY top of events
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” -- Lenox, MA
July 4, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) returns with a wink and a nod (and a quick tour of the Master’s work). Previews July 4–10; opens July 11.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $15-$80
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


Berkshire Comedy Festival -- Great Barrington, MA
August 2, 2014 to August 2, 2014
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
This comedy landslide features host Paul Anthony, nationally renowned Bostonian Tom Gilmore, "America's Naughtiest Mommy" Maria Walsh, and famous improv duo Isaacs & Baker. This line-up is sure to make for a night full of laughter from people of all walks of life.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $25-$35
Event Website
Phone : 413-528-0100


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FOOD, WINE, BEER top of events
Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic -- Lenox MA
August 7, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Tanglewood, various locations, Lenox
The four-day event, featuring seminars, dinners, and a grand tasting, opens Thursday evening with a wine dinner. The grand tasting will take place on Saturday, August 9, in the Hawthorne tent, and the weekend closes with an auction dinner on Sunday, August 10. Consult Tanglewood website for details of events, locations, and more.
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GENERAL top of events
John Logan’s “Red” -- North Truro, MA
July 19, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Payomet Performing Arts Center Tent, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro
The play is a searing and often humorous study of tormented painter’s struggle between what it is to produce verses to create. "There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend... One day the black will swallow the red.” -- Mark Rothko, from John Logan’s "Red." Dates: July 19-21, 25-28, August 1- 3, 5-6, 8.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $15 to $35
Event Website
Phone : 508-487-5400


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HISTORIC top of events
Whale Ship Charles W. Morgan Visits USS Constitution -- Charlestown, MA
July 18, 2014 to July 22, 2014
USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown
The Charles W. Morgan, The last wooden whaleship in the world, will dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard and will be open to the public to board. After seeing the 19th-century whaleship, guests can learn more about the Morgan and whaling at a dockside exhibition hosted by in Mystic Seaport, the Morgan’s home port. Watch a video on the history of the 173-year-old vessel and view a series of panels that explain the role the American whaling industry had in this country’s history. Find out how Mystic Seaport shipwrights restored the National Historic Landmark vessel and made her seaworthy for this voyage.
Event Website
Phone : 617-426-1812


Tour the Eagle Coast Guard Ship -- Buzzards Bay, MA
July 25, 2014 to July 27, 2014
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay
Depart the docks and get a guided tour of the US Coast Guard's sailing barque. This 295-foot ship is a Coast Guard training ground and one of few active military sailing vessels. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Time : 7/25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 7/26 and 7/27, 1 - 7 p.m.
Event Website


Come Aboard the Charles W. Morgan -- Buzzards Bay, MA
July 26, 2014 to July 27, 2014
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay
The iconic Charles W. Morgan stands tall as the lone survivor of a lost American legacy: whaling. The nation's oldest commercial ship to still sail the sea opens to the public for guided and self-led tours. Discover a historic industry and learn about the crew who braved the waves in search of whales.
Time : 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Event Website


Redcoats & Rebels at Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA
August 2, 2014 to August 3, 2014
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge
The Village becomes a sea of tents and soldiers as 1,000 re-enactors make camp in every available nook and cranny. A mock battle is waged, with guns and cannons roaring, and soldiers host tours of their camps, put on a fashion show, and entertain with music and stories. On Saturday night, visitors have the chance to walk around the tents as dusk falls and watch the reenactors cook their nightly repast.
Admission : Adults, $24; seniors age 55 and older, $22; youths under 17 admitted free with paying adult.
Event Website
Phone : 800- 733-1830


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HOME & STUDIO TOURS top of events
Newburyport Kitchen Tour 2014 -- Newburyport, MA
July 26, 2014 to July 26, 2014
Visit several wonderfully designed kitchens in many period-style houses. Each kitchen demonstrates the fine work of the best designers, contractors and vendors. This is a self-guided tour. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the event
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MUSEUMS top of events
The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator -- Stockbridge, MA
June 7, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road (Route 183), Stockbridge
“The Unknown Hopper” will present a comprehensive study of Edward Hopper’s nearly 20- year illustration career, featuring more than 50 original drawings and paintings by Hopper. The opening gala for the exhibit is June 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Exhibit is on view through October 26, 2014. Information: www.nrm.org/
Time : Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $16; seniors, $14.50; college students, $10; children age 6-18, $5
Phone : 413-298-4100


Unknown Hopper Exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum -- Stockbridge MA
June 7, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road (Route 183), Stockbridge
Many noted American modernists have successfully traversed the worlds of fine art and illustration, embracing innovation while satisfying in unique and personal ways the needs and wants of a broad popular audience. This exhibit, Edward Hopper, American Illustrator, examines and displays the 20-year career of the realist master, Edward Hopper. The exhibit looks at attitudes toward art and its relationship with commercial society in the mid-20th century. Exhibit is open through October 26, 2014
Time : Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $17.50; seniors, $16; college students, $10; children age 6-18, $5
Event Website
Phone : 413-298-4100


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Lowell Summer Music Series 2014 -- Lowell, MA
June 19, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Boarding House Park, 40 French Street, Lowell
The Lowell Summer Music Series presents summer concerts at Boarding House Park. Boarding House Park is a general admission venue. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. The two prices shown are advance general admission and premium seating. Day-of tickets are $5 above general admission. Children age 12 years old and younger are admitted free. Purchase tickets online at http://bit.ly/1fgYaQE.
Ziggy Marley on June 19 for $39 and $139
Delta Rae on June 20 for $29 and $129
Amos Lee on June 21 for $45 and $145
Lucinda Williams on June 27 for $39 and $139
Neko Case on June 28 for $35 and $135
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on July 10 for $31 and $131
Andrew Bird on July 12 for $39 and $139
Barenaked Ladies on July 19 for $52 and $152
Marcia Ball on August 8 for $25 and $125
Gregg Allman on August 9 for $44 and $144
JJ Grey and Mofro on August 14 for $28 and $128
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on August 16 for $52 and $152
Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers on August 22 for $39 and $139
Time : All shows at 7:30 p.m.


Project Arts of Plymouth Summer Concert Series -- Plymouth, MA
June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Water Street, Plymouth MA
Free outdoor music. Bring your own chairs and blankets.
June 25 -- Ultimate Soul
July 2 -- Soul City
July 9 --- The Kennedys W/ Charlie Farren
July 16 -- The Delta Generators & The Jim Libby Band
July 23 -- Steve Smith & The Nakeds
July 30 -- Cheap Voova With Anne English
August 6 -- The Dave Macklin Band
August 13 -- Divas With A Twist With Greg Greenway
August 20 -- The Reminisants With Cranberry Lane
August 27 -- Adam Ezra Band With Jake Hill & Deep Creek
Time : 6:30-9:30 p.m.


Summer In the City Concert Series at Charlestown Navy Yard -- Charlestown, MA
July 3, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Charlestown Navy Yard, 1 1st Avenue, Building 22, Boston
Berklee College of Music gathers musicians from all over the globe for a series of outdoor performances at historic national park Charlestown Navy Yard. Schedule of performers:
Irma Seleman, funk and soul, July 3.
Damaris, Peruvian song and dance, July 10.
Charlie the Most, rock band with horns, July 17.
Valentina Blu, Berklee scholar and songwriter, July 24.
Kina Zoré, Afro-rock, July 31.
Time : 6 p.m.
Admission : Free!
Event Website


TD Bank Summer Concert Series -- Yarmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Chatham, Mashpee, Orleans, Dennis Port, Falmouth
July 7, 2014 to August 1, 2014
The series of free outdoor summer concerts presents some of Cape Cod’s best musical acts. Concerts are on weeknights; admission is free.

Parkers River Beach , South Shore Drive, Yarmouth on Mondays
Stage Door Canteen on July 7
Chicken Fry on July 14
Groovy Afternoon on July 21
The Rip-It-Ups on July 28

Brooks Park, Route 39 and Oak Street,Harwich on Mondays
The Fringe on July 7
Bart Weisman Smooth Jazz Group on July 14
Brothers Braskey Roots Revival on July 21
Cerise & The Charlie Jamieson Trio on July 28

Aselton Park, Ocean and South streets, Hyannis on Tuesdays
Brian Sances Band on July 8
Groovalottos on July 15
Sarah Swain & the Oh Boys on July 29
Jeff Lowe Band on July 22

Kate Gould Park, Chatham on Wednesdays
All Worn Out Jug Band on July 9
CrabGrass Bluegrass Band on July 16
Bert Jackson Quartet on July 23
The Skiffs on July 30

Mashpee Commons, Mashpee on Thursdays
Celtic Trio On July 10
Two Cool & Friends on July 17
Super Soulshine on July 24
Four Guys in Tuxes on July 31

Nauset Beach, Ocean View Drive, Orleans on Thursdays
Funktapuss on July 10
Spampinato Brothers on July 17
JO&CO on July 24
Chandler Travis Philharmonette on July 31

Village Green, Dennis Port on Fridays
Toast & Jam on July 11
Monica Rizzio & Old Kings Highway on July 18
Cla da Bossa Nova on July 25
Kami Lyle Trio on August 1

Peg Noonan Park, Falmouth on Fridays
Cape Conservatory Jazz Band on July 11
Paradise Rock on July 18
Cat's Melodeon on July 25
George Gritzbach on August 1
Time : 6-7:30 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 508-362-0066


Harwich Port Musical Stroll 2014 -- Harwich, MA
July 9, 2014 to August 20, 2014
downtown Harwich Port
Bring friends and family and stroll down Route 28 in Harwich Port to enjoy a variety of musical performances. Stroll with music is held July 9 and 23; August 6 and 20.
Time : 6-9 p.m.
Phone : 508-430-1600.


Delbert McClinton -- North Truro, MA
July 22, 2014 to July 22, 2014
Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, Highlands Center, North Truro
The quintessential Texas blues rocker, McClinton delivers swampy blues, soul, honky tonk sounds with lyrics and harmonies full of wisdom and wit.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $36 - $125
Event Website


The Knights in Concert -- Lenox MA
July 23, 2014 to July 23, 2014
Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
New York-based orchestra The Knights is a unique group of musicians and composers from many musical backgrounds. This program includes Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks, for soprano, jazz musicians, and strings, and transcriptions of songs by Joni Mitchell, Kurt Weill, Michel Legrand, and Astor Piazzolla.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $18-$54
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Yellowjackets in Concert -- Rockport, MA
July 26, 2014 to July 26, 2014
Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport
One of the most successful jazz fusion bands of all time, the Yellowjackets combine smooth jazz with R&B, funk and world music to create an intoxicating mélange of music all their own. Instantly familiar hits like “And You Know That” and “Matinee Idol” helped launch the band into the rarified air of jazz fusion superstars in the 1980s.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $49- $68
Event Website
Phone : 978-546-7391


Boston Summer Arts Weekend -- Boston, MA
July 26, 2014 to July 27, 2014
Copley Square, 560 Boylston Street, Boston
This is a live music festival featuring free musical entertainment by global and national artists. Other highlights of this happening include a family comedy show, plenty of food from all over, and fine arts and cultural exhibits. This is a rain or shine event. Restrooms and refreshments onsite.
Listing of performances:
Saturday, 7/26: SteveSongs (family sing-a-long), The Gizmo Guys (family comedy act), Debbie and Friends (kid's music), Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, Shun Ng, The StepCrew (Irish step dance), guitarist Jesse Cook, Soul Rebels, and Los Lobos.
Sunday, 7/27: Baroque Brunch with Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Conservatory Dance Revue, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, jazz artist Arturo Sandoval, Ricky Shaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and world-famous violinist, Anne Akiko Meyers.
Map to Event
Event Website


Jazz Before Sunset at the African Meeting House -- Nantucket, MA
July 27, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Museum of African American History, 29 York Street, Nantucket
MAAH Music continues its Jazz Before Sunset summer concerts, this time featuring Nantucket locals and music artists, Jason Sullivan, Aidan Sherry, and ECliff. These popular instrumentalists will welcome the public for two evening performances in the African Meeting House. Come join us and bring your friends and family to enjoy a live music event with this jazz trio. Dates: July 27 and August 31.
Time : 6 p.m.
Admission : Museum admission fees apply
Phone : 508.228.9833


Singer Nedelka Prescod & The Power of Music for Change -- Boston, MA
July 30, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill, Boston
Nedelka Prescod performs the songs that became the anthem and backdrop to social change through the Civil Rights Movement. Space is limited; please reserve.
Time : 6 p.m.
Event Website
Phone : 617-725-0022 ext. 22


Dave Mason Traffic Jam -- North Truro, MA
July 31, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, Highlands Center, North Truro
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason has performed alongside many other legendary musicians, and now he's bringing his Traffic Jam to the Cape Cod Payomet Performance Tent. End July with an evening enjoying the sun go down on scenic North Truro to the guitar melodies of Mr. Mason and band.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $29 - 75
Event Website
Phone : 508-487-5400


John Williams’s Film Night -- Lenox MA
August 2, 2014 to August 2, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
Film Night is one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood season: music lit by the bright lights of Hollywood.
Time : 8:30 p.m.
Admission : $22-$121
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


The Four Tops in Concert -- Great Barrington, MA
August 3, 2014 to August 3, 2014
The Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington
The Four Tops teamed up in high school in 1954 and become one of Motown’s most consistent hit makers with tunes like “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got).” Their songs, soulful and bittersweet, were across-the-board successes.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $35 to $95. Some $15 tickets are available for people age 30 and younger.
Event Website
Phone : 413.528.0100


Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Summer Concerts 2014 -- Yarmouth, Mashpee, and Hyannis, MA
August 4, 2014 to August 29, 2014
At Parkers River Beach, Yarmouth, on Mondays:
August 4 Brian Sances Band - rock, funk & fusion
August 11 Fred Clayton Blues Band - classic blues
August 18 Four Guys in Tuxes - swing, society & classic rock
August 25 The Skiffs - a country stew of roots, rock & blues

At Mashpee Commons, Mashpee, on Thursdays
August 7 The Space - rollicking Pop with great harmonies
August 14 CrabGrass Bluegrass Band - toe tappin' bluegrass
August 21 Bart Weisman Smooth Jazz Group - smooth jazz at its best
August 28 Bert Jackson Quartet - classic & original jazz

At Aselton Park, Hyannis, on Fridays
August 8 Funktapuss - original & classic funk soul & hip hop
August 15 Groovy Afternoon - classic rock of the Woodstock era
August 22 JO&CO - pop, R&B and soulful rock
August 29 Chandler Travis Philharmonette - omnipop, alternative Dixieland
Time : 6-7:30 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 508-362-0066


Dr. John & The Nite Trippers -- North Truro, MA
August 4, 2014 to August 4, 2014
Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, Highlands Center, North Truro
Six-time Grammy Award winner Dr. John with his Nite Trippers embody the New Orleans musical legacy, transcending genres and influencing music history. Dr. John is best known for “Right Place, Wrong Time,” creating his own style of music fusing New Orleans’ R&B, rock, with a dash of Mardi Gras madness.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $50 - $100
Event Website
Phone : 508-487-5400


Tanglewood on Parade -- Lenox, MA
August 5, 2014 to August 5, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
gives audiences a chance to hear all of the festival’s orchestras perform in a single concert. Leonard Slatkin and Stéphane Denève are joined by Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, and Laureate Conductor John Williams for a program that will include the traditional finale, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
Time : 8:30 p.m.
Admission : $21-$106
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Plymouth Rock Harborfest 2014 -- Plymouth, MA
August 9, 2014 to August 9, 2014
Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Water Street, Plymouth MA
Crafters, kids activities, international food court, music noon to 7 p.m. Music: Chakulla at noon; the Prince Collins Band at 1:15 p.m.; Bicep Thriller at 2:30 p.m.; TRAX with Emily at 4 p.m.; Heartbreaker (Led Zeppelin tribute band) at 5:30 p.m.;
Time : 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Event Website


Yo-Yo Ma in Concert -- Lenox MA
August 10, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
Yo-Yo Ma perform in an all-Tchaikovsky program; he is featured in two works: the Andante cantabile and the Variations on a Rococo Theme, both for cello and orchestra. The program also includes the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s operatic masterpiece Eugene Onegin, and the Symphony No. 6, Pathétique.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $19-$64
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Pops by the Sea 2014-- Hyannis, MA
August 10, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Hyannis Green, Hyannis
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will perform at 5 p.m. The annual concert features the only Cape Cod appearance of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and this year will feature celebrity guest conductor Charlie Rose. Other local musicians who will preded the orchestra onstage are Chicken Fry at 1 p.m., George Gritzbach and his band 2 p.m., and the Spampinato Brothers at 3 p.m.
Time : Gates open at 1 p.m.. Pre-show 1 to 5 p.m.; Boston Pops at 5 p.m.
Admission : General admission lawn seats are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the concert. One child under the age of 10 is admitted free per adult ticket purchased.
Event Website
Phone : 508-362-0066


From the New World: Legacy of the Spirituals Concert -- Boston, MA
August 13, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Hatch Shell on the Boston Esplanade
Boston Landmarks Orchestra, New England Spiritual Ensemble, and young singers the Boston area perform anthems of the American experience through spirituals, and in such movements as Dvořák "New World" symphony.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 617-725-0022 ext. 22


Last of the Southern Gentlemen Tour with Ellis & Delfeayo Marsalis -- North Truro, MA
August 14, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro
The Last Southern Gentlemen is a landmark recording for Delfeayo Marsalis and a duo of his father, Ellis Marsalis, Jr., with Delfeayo on a collaborative album. This concert will feature songs from the album including both standards and original compositions.
Admission : $35-$65
Event Website
Phone : 508-487-5400


Oz with Orchestra -- Lenox MA
August 22, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
The brilliantly restored images of the Wizard of Oz are accompanied by a full symphony orchestra playing entirely new transcriptions of the movie scores.
Time : 8:30
Admission : $22-$121
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Tom Rush in Concert -- Rockport, MA
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Shalin Lui Performance Center, 37 Main Street,Rockport
Folk singer Tom Rush's easybaritone and nimble finger-picking combined with his wry, poignant songwriting made him a star of the 1960s urban folk revival.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $49- $68
Event Website
Phone : 978-546-7391


The Fab Four in Concert -- Webster MA
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Roadn Webster
The Fab Four uses exacting attention to detail to replicate the Beatles concert experience. Three costume changes represent every era of the Beatles ever-changing career.
Time : 2 to 8 p.m.
Admission : $25-$60
Event Website
Phone : 617-431-1172


Train in Concert -- Lenox MA
August 29, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
Grammy Award-winning rock ‘n’ roll band Train performs.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $27-$99.50
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Josh Groban and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra -- Lenox MA
August 30, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed, Tanglewood, 297 West Street, Lenox
Rock and roll favorite performs with the Pops.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $22-$121
Event Website
Phone : 888-266-1200


Tony Bennett at Tanglewood -- Lenox, MA
August 31, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, Interlaken Road Tony Bennett is a 17-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades. With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett touches the hearts of audiences with his unsurpassed vocals and charming stage presence. Bennett last appeared at Tanglewood on September 3, 2005 with the Count Basie Orchestra. Information and tickets: www.tanglewood.org
Time : 2:30 p.m.
Admission : $25-$97.50
Phone : 888-266-1200


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


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SeaFest Celebration -- Sandwich, MA
July 26, 2014 to July 26, 2014
Various locations, Sandwich
Help the locals celebrate Sandwich's 375th birthday with some good old fashioned New England maritime fun! Highlights of the event include a traditional clambake, a handmade craft fair, a Coast Guard ship demonstration and re-enactments, hba kiddie tent, and the iconic Hood Blimp!
Time : All day
Event Website


St. Anthony's Feast -- Boston, MA
August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Various locations in North End, Boston
Join the people of Boston’s North End in honoring their patrons, Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy. This “Feast of all Feasts” boasts 100 pushcarts of Italian and American food, a procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony, parades, strolling singers, contests, cooking demonstrations, and an Open Air Mass. For a current schedule of events, visit the event website.
Event Website
Phone : 617-723-8669


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Salsa Sampling and Latin Beats Dance Party -- Cambridge, MA
July 25, 2014 to July 25, 2014
Brattle Plaza in front of Hidden Sweets, 25 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Take a salsa dance lesson, sip a ‘mocktail’ and groove the night away to infectious Latin beats. The musical host for the evening will be DJ D. Martinez. D. adds his unique blend at some of the hippest Latin dance events in and around Boston.
Time : 7-10 p.m.
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PERFORMING ARTS, THEATER, DANCE top of events
“The Servant of Two Masters” ---- Lenox, MA
June 20, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Rose Footprint Theatre, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
This is a comical blend of the Italian Commedia dell’arte and contemporary performance styles. It describes the shifty servant, Truffaldino, who secretly signs on with two masters.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Adults, $15; students, free
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” -- Lenox, MA
June 21, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Shakespeare and Co., Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
Oberon, Titania, and Puck frolic among the Spanish moss in this treatment of Shakespeare’s bawdy comedy in the jazz-playing neighborhoods of New Orleans.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬15-$80
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


“Julius Caesar” -- -- Lenox, MA
June 27, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
The riveting and bloody story of the murder of Julius Caesar heats up with seven actors playing all the roles. Previews June 27–July 2; opens July 4.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬10-$60
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


Theater Festival -- Williamstown, MA
July 2, 2014 to August 3, 2014
Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown
From July 2-13, experience "June Moon", in which youthful Fred Stevens gets sidetracked on his way to Big Apple stardom by wiley females. From July 9-20, come see "A Great Wilderness", a controversial drama about homosexuality, religion, and morality. From July 16-26, "Living On Love" will dazzle you with operatic comedy. From July 23-August 3, "Fool For Love" tests the strength of a couple's heated relationship in the face of the past.
Event Website
Phone : 413-458-3200


“Benefactors” -- Pittsfield, MA
July 9, 2014 to July 26, 2014
The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street, Stockbridge
In 1960s London, architect David struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects. He and his wife are also working to rescue the marriage of their neighbors. “Benefactors” sketches an intricate portrait of 1960s idealism. Previews July 9-11; performances, July 12-26 Information: http://bit.ly/OfBetJ
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $42; $48
Phone : 413-997-4444


“Auld Lang Syne” -- Gloucester, MA
July 10, 2014 to July 27, 2014
Gloucester Stage Company, 267 E Main Street, Gloucester, MA
Equal sections mystery, storytelling, and comedy, this thriller describes a New Year’s Eve encounter between a neighborhood lowlife and a retired school teacher. Time reveals the reason she summoned him to her South Boston home and the secret of their real connection. Some strong language.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $35-$40
Event Website
Phone : 978-281-4433


“Oklahoma!“ -- Nantucket, MA
July 16, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street , Nantucket
This exuberant, groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning musical tells the love story of Laurey, a spirited farm girl, and Curley, the cowboy who loves her.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Phone : 508-228-9001


“Romeo and Juliet” -- Lenox, MA
July 17, 2014 to August 23, 2014
The Dell at The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox
Performed ‘bare Bard’ style with only six actors playing all the roles and trimmed to 90 minutes, this production by the Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare is a winner.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Adults, $20; students, $10
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


"Perfect Wedding: An English Romantic Farce" -- Dennis, MA
July 21, 2014 to August 2, 2014
Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 820 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis
This is a lighthearted look at an impending marriage, and a groom who just woke up with another woman. Watch hilarity ensue as the groom scrambles to figure out who this mystery lady is, and how to hide her from his fiancée. When the Best Man and hotel maid arrive, they are roped into the situation too, and everyone's got a secret in this wedding farce. Directed by Bruce Jordan.
Time : see event website for details
Admission : $21.50-81
Event Website
Phone : 877-385-3911


"Not Constantinople" -- Vineyard Haven, MA
July 28, 2014 to July 28, 2014
Patricia Neal Stage, 24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven
In this dramatic play written by Arnie Reisman, two senior citizens think they can finally relax when they're placed in a Florida witness protection program -- but that wouldn't make for a very good story, would it? As the husband begins his descent into senility, he becomes friends with his own assassin. A dark comedy.
Event Website
Phone : 508-693-6450


“Design For Living” by Nöel Coward -- Pittsfield, MA
July 30, 2014 to August 16, 2014
The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street, Stockbridge
Set in the 1930s, an amoral trio of characters and graduate students at the Yale School of Drama all fall in and out of love as their mutual friend, Ernest tries to be the moral voice of reason. Previews July 30-August 1; performances, August 2-16 Information: http://bit.ly/OfBetJ
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Preview, $42; $48
Phone : 413-997-4444


“Design for Living” -- Stockbridge, MA
July 30, 2014 to August 6, 2014
Berkshire Theatre Group, Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street, Stockbridge
Lovers and friends, friends and lovers, what’s the difference when it comes to interior designer Gilda, playwright Leo, and artist Otto? That’s the same question they ask themselves in Nöel Coward’s ultra-sophisticated romantic comedy. Performance Dates: July 30 and July 31; August 1, 2, 4, 5, 6- 9, 11- 16.
Time : Previews July 30-August 1; opening night, August 2 at 8 p.m.
Admission : $48
Event Website
Phone : 413-298-5576


Ballroom with a Twist at with North Shore Musical Theater -- Beverly, MA
July 31, 2014 to August 1, 2014
North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly
Samba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Jive! This show presents celebrity dancers from "Dancing with the Stars," "So You Think You Can Dance" and vocals by "American Idol."
Time : Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.
Admission : $59 and $69
Event Website
Phone : 978-232-7200


"Henry IV, Parts I & II” -- Lenox, MA
August 2, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Shakespeare and Co. Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox
Power and rebellion collide in a whirlwind adaptation of Henry IV; both parts are performed in one evening. Shakespeare’s History Cycle continues to mesmerize audiences. Previews August 2-7; opens August 8.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : $‬15-$80
Event Website
Phone : 413-637-3353


"Pump Boys and Dinettes: A Countrified Musical" -- Dennis, MA
August 4, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 820 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis
Broadway will never be the same! This musical production, directed by Mark Cuddy and choreographed by Peggy Hickey, brings its audience into the American south to the Double Cupp Diner, where young love and country folk music swing each other 'round and 'round, and things heat up between the local waitresses and the gas station boys next door.
Time : see event website for details
Admission : $21.50-81
Event Website
Phone : 877-385-3911


“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


“Singin’ In the Rain” – Waltham, MA
August 7, 2014 to August 17, 2014
Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham
Immerse yourself in the flashy fashion and music of Hollywood’s golden age. In this musical version of the 1952 film, two best friends and silent actors face the latest industry innovation: talking pictures! This production features classic characters like Lina Horn, the silent actress whose stardom does not quite translate into beautiful sound. This musical’s timeless pizzazz comes with its tale of love, lies, and laughter, and a soaking wet finale! Featuring songs such as “Singin’ In the Rain,” “Fit As a Fiddle,” and “Make ‘Em Laugh”.
Time : See website for showtimes
Admission : Adult, $35-63; kids, $25; senior discount of $3
Event Website
Phone : 781-891-5600


“Grease” with North Shore Musical Theater -- Beverly, MA
August 12, 2014 to August 24, 2014
North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly
Naughty Danny and sweet Sandy fall in love. Accompanied by fabulous songs of the 1950s.
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Prices start at $50
Event Website
Phone : 978-232-7200


“A Hatful of Rain” -- Stockbridge, MA
August 13, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Berkshire Theatre Group, Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 6 East Street, Stockbridge
The war fought abroad is just as devastating as the war fought within. This rings devastatingly true for Johnny Pope, a Korean War Veteran who has safely returned home to New York City and now struggles with drug addiction after being heavily medicated during his hospital stay. Performance Dates: August 13-16, 18- 23, 25- 30.
Time : Previews August 13-August 15; opening night August 16; closes August 30
Admission : $42-$62
Event Website


"Almost Maine" -- Dennis, MA
August 18, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Cape Cod Center for the Arts, 820 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis
This New England musical romance will melt your heart. Experience what a dark winter night in Almost, Maine has in store for its residents. A heartbreaking, heart-warming celebration of song and dance. What will you find in Almost?
Time : see event website for details
Admission : $21.50-81
Event Website
Phone : 877-385-3911


“Fences” ---- Gloucester, MA
August 21, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Gloucester Stage Company, 267 E Main Street, Gloucester, MA
This sensational drama won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1987, when James Earl Jones starred as Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded from the major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball.
Admission : $35-$40
Event Website
Phone : 978-281-4433


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SCIENCE & NATURE top of events
Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body Exhibit
Museum of Science -- Boston MA

May 25, 2014 to July 25, 2014
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston
Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body is an interactive science exhibition that uses humor to entice kids' natural curiosity and to teach the science of the human organism.
Time : Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Longer hours after July 5
Admission : Adults, $23; seniors, $21; children age 3 to 11, $20
Event Website


IMAX at New England Aquarium: “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” “Journey to the South Pacific,” “Great White Shark,” “Penguins” -- Boston, MA
July 8, 2014 to August 16, 2014
1 Central Wharf, Boston
Through the magic of IMAX 3D, you can visit animals that are too large, too small or too endangered to exhibit in an Aquarium setting. Tickets and showtimes are available at all Aquarium ticketing locations, online or by calling 866-815-IMAX.
Time : Consult event website for details
Admission : Adult: $9.95; children age 3–11 and seniors, $7.95
Event Website
Phone : 617- 973-5206


Bugs! at the Harvard Museum of Natural History -- Cambridge, MA
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Adults and children will learn together with hands-on activities that show how to classify and identify insects. Observe and touch invertebrates, and go outside to collect some of your own. Create equipment to continue your entomology work at home. For families with children in grades K-5. Not appropriate for children under five years of age. Registration is required. Register online.
Time : 10:30 a.m.- noon
Admission : $15 (includes museum admission)
Event Website
Phone : 617-495-3045


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SHOPPING & SALES top of events
Chilmark Summer Flea Market -- Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, MA
June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
North Road Meadow, 142 North Road, Chilmark
The Vineyard's longest-running outdoor event, the Chilmark Flea Market, draws crowds from all over with its fine hand-crafted products, antiques, imports, and vintage treasures. There's a gift waiting for you here!
Time : Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission : Free!
Event Website
Phone : 508-645-3100


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SHOWS & EXHIBITS top of events
Antique & Classic Boat Festival 2014 -- Salem, MA
August 23, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White Stree, Salem
Ranging from antique rowing craft and mahogany runabouts to cabin cruisers and sailboats of many stripe, these unique vessels will be displayed to the public at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina over the weekend. The festival offers other diversions like a crafts market, nautical exhibits, children’s activities, the Blessing of the Fleet and live music throughout the weekend.
Time : 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission : $5; children under age 12, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-666-8530


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SPORTS top of events
2014 Patriots Training Camp -- Foxborough, MA
July 24, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough
Ninety Patriots players report to training camp at Gillette Stadium for daily practice sessions. Fans of all ages are welcome to come and watch the practices. Dates: July 24, 25, 26, 27 start at 9:15 a.m.; week of July 28, practice dates and times to be determined; August 12-13 starts at 2 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 508- 549-0001


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