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April 2023

Spring in Massachusetts!

Spring has arrived, and with it some amazing annual events to discover in Massachusetts! If you are here for Easter, dine out in a nearby restaurant. Or you can pick up some fresh seafood along the coast, or produce from our local farms. Cheer on the 30,000 marathon runners racing from Hopkinton to Boston or join the annual Patriots Day commemorations that mark our place in history.  During School Vacation Week, we have museums, nature walks, Earth Day celebrations and more. If you find yourself in Hampshire County in Western Mass, remember that Northampton is a foodie’s paradise, and you can also explore some beautiful towns and villages surrounded by a magical countryside.

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Pictured here: Skinner State Park in Hadley, courtesy of Hampshire County

Photo: The Drake by Lynne Graves

Featured Region: Hampshire County

Spring is singing in Hampshire County! Breathe deep and belt it out with the Encanto Sing-a-Long at Amherst Cinema, or at the Frozen Sing-a-Long at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Move from animation to live-action to catch the country-folk of Jeffrey Foucault at The Drake, or sing the blues with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity. Hop on stage yourself for the full-band karaoke experience at Marigold Theater. Need a breather? Experience the breathtaking wildlife photography of Amos Nachoum during a special Earth Day presentation, then finish out the month with the weekend long Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, an eight-studio tour featuring 20+ nationally recognized pottery artists. Discover The Other Side of Massachusetts at!

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North Central Mass

Ah, Spring! The grass is greening, the first flowers are in’s time for Easter celebrations and egg hunts, exhilarating canoe races, and tours of floral exhibitions! Learn about New England flora and fauna at Mass. Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow, and how to navigate local trails with North County Land Trust. And don’t miss seeing how the Fitchburg Art Museum’s Art in Bloom exhibition combines fine art, floral arrangements and flower-themed quilts in a burst of spring!

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Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard’s April comes alive with a blanket of blossoms and warming light. Enjoy live music at The Ritz, Island Alpaca Shearing Day (4/29), Featherstone exhibitions, art classes and Flying Horses Carousel with the Easter Bunny (12-2pm 4/9). Explore 200+ miles of hiking trails island-wide; kayak, cycle and SUP; shop locally — unique apparel, home décor, jewelry, beads and wampum wares, Vineyard art galleries as shops re- open. Island restaurants await after active days, then bed down at Island inns and hotels. All a 45-minute ferry ride or short flight away!

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Mohawk Trail Region

On display at Historic Deerfield April 15, 2023-March 3, 2024: In 1903, Madeline Yale Wynne, a leader in the American Arts and Crafts movement, constructed an oak bride’s chest ornamented with hammered copper panels, wrought iron hinges, and semi-precious stones. Known as the Garden of Hearts for its carved and painted scene of three inverted heart-shaped trees standing alongside a winding river, the chest is a tour-de-force of Arts and Crafts design—which favored hand-craftsmanship over mechanized production—and showcases Wynne’s many talents as a painter, metalsmith, and woodworker.

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On Friday, April 7 at 7 pm, join us at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, when the culinary and performing arts unite for an inspired evening of fabulous food, libations and entertainment! The 11th annual Culinary Cabaret spotlights this region's outstanding culinary talent, showcasing fine wines, craft beer, delectable spirits, flavorful dishes and mouth-watering desserts. Featuring entertainment by Electric Youth and special guest artists of the Franklin Performing Arts Company. Culinary Cabaret supports Electric Youth 2023. Your $75 per person all-inclusive ticket delivers a delicious, entertaining evening. Buy tickets now!

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In April, Nantucket is in bloom! Join us for the beloved 47th Nantucket Daffodil Festival April 27-30, Nantucket’s quintessential celebration of Spring and its 3 million daffodils! Plenty of island events like Nantucket Litter Derby (4/1-4/2), Nantucket Daffodil 5K (4/24), Flower Crown Party (4/27) and the 47th Daffodil Flower Show (4/29-4/30). April’s Spring blossoms bring the island to life, so get out and hike, cycle, beachcomb, shop early season deals, take a Nantucket Spring break at inns and hotels, dine out and celebrate spring’s awakening!

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North of Boston

Celebrate Spring at Cider Farm’s 2023 Season Opening Day on April 21 in Amesbury. The Farm store and bakery will officially open daily from 8 am to 6 pm, plus the food truck will be open 11 am to 3 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; play areas will also open. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! Voices of Hope presents The Music Man April 22 and 23 at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly. Proceeds from the night benefit Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

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Plymouth County

April in Plymouth County is truly lovely as seasonal businesses and attractions reopen but visitors can enjoy a bit more wiggle room before the summer crowds arrive. Whale watching and deep-sea fishing return with Captain John Boats. Both Plimoth Patuxet Museums and Pilgrim Hall Museum open this month and we’re looking forward to Herring Run Celebrations in Plymouth and Middleborough! Download the See Plymouth app for full calendar of events, shopping, lodging and more!

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Southeastern Mass

Do you like the freshest seafood possible? With the most lucrative fishing port in the U.S. for 20 years consecutively, you won’t be bored, because you’ll be having dinner by the ocean, with the freshest seafood and farm fresh dinners possible and memorable views. Whether a family getaway, or a romantic outing, it’s all right here waiting for you. Take a lot of photos to remember your Great Escape to Southeastern Massachusetts.

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The Berkshires

Welcome Spring at Hancock Shaker Village in the Berkshires! Celebrate the cutest season with our Baby Animal Festival. Meet our newest farm babies: lambs, piglets, calves, chicks and kids (goats, that is) and partake in daily events and village-wide activities, including daily talks about the farm and the Shakers, craft demonstrations, walks along the Farm & Forest Trail, and fun in the Discovery Barn. Open 11 am to 4 pm daily, April 15 through May 7.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Restaurant Week is back by popular demand in Greater Merrimack Valley from April 10-14! Greater Merrimack Valley is a great place to dine year round. This year, each city and town will have the opportunity to highlight everything that makes local dining unique. Foodies, mark your calendars and plan to support your local dining establishments. Celebrate special menus and special prices!

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Central Massachusetts

Skate into Spring at the Railers’ Military Appreciation Night, and continue the action with the Central MA Sports Passport—a local, gamified experience. Sip the season at Brew Woo, then entertain the kids with OSV’s April Vacation Discovery Adventures or a Riding Workshop at Cornerstone Ranch. Honor Earth Day with REC Cleanups and Flower Arranging at WPL, while April showers bloom regional African violets and dahlias at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill.

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Franklin County

Explore the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail April 29 & 30 from 10 am to 5 pm - an in person tour! The Trail welcomes visitors and clay enthusiasts from throughout New England and across the country to visit creative spaces of the area’s close-knit community of potters. Pottery will be available for sale in a wide range of wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics for tabletop, home, and garden by 27 potters at 8 studios. Talk with the artists about their work, techniques and sources of inspiration! There will be a special online sale on April 28.

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Greater Boston

From March 26-July 16, the MFA Boston will display over 90 Hokusai woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books. Included in the exhibit "Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence" is the Great Wave off Kanagawa, one of the most well-known and recognizable paintings of all time. Taking a new approach to the work of the ever-popular Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), this major exhibition also explores in detail his impact on other artists—both during his lifetime and beyond.

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Cape Cod

Spring blossoms are beginning to carpet Cape Cod and bring a burst of color to the muted landscape of cedar shingles and sable beaches. For early blooms, head to the Brewster in Bloom Festival Friday, May 5-Sunday, May 7, featuring a colorful parade, 5k Bloom run, Brewster Band concert and an arts & crafts show at Drummer Boy Park. Opening day for Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich is Saturday, April 22; carve out time to celebrate Spring in all its glory with a peaceful walk amidst the acres of vibrant gardens. And save the date for Heritage's annual Rhododendron Festival on May 19-29, showcasing thousands of their world-famous rhododendrons in over 100 varieties. A true feast for the senses!

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Western Mass

Spring Break in Western Mass has just what you need to keep everyone in the family happy. Six Flags New England opens for the season with a new Dino Off-road Adventure ride along with the coasters and shows they’re famous for. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is a must-see for the whole family! It’s colorful and interactive with exhibits from the famous picture books but there’s an upstairs homage to the author himself including his beloved bowtie collection. And no visit is complete without a visit to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame!

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Regional Tourism Councils

The Berkshires  Cape Cod  Central Massachusetts  Franklin County 

Greater Boston  Greater Merrimack Valley  Hampshire County  North Central Mass 

Martha's Vineyard  MetroWest  Mohawk Trail  Nantucket Island  North of Boston 

Plymouth County  Southeastern Mass  Western Mass


Funded by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism