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June 2019
Massachusetts is rich in arts & culture, so it's no surprise that exciting events, exhibits and festivals are held in the state's 16 regions all year long. Find out more!
Festival season is here!
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June marks the official start of summer, an enriching month for arts and culture in Massachusetts!  We've got live jazz festivals in Concord, New Bedford, Northampton and Lee, plus Dragon Boat races in Boston, Cambridge, Worcester, Springfield and Lowell.  Enjoy food truck heaven at MetroFest in Framingham or fresh seafood at St. Peter's Fiesta in Gloucester. Dance lovers, head to Jacob's Pillow in Becket while music lovers, visit Tanglewood in Lenox. Meet your favorite author at the Nantucket Book Festival, or appreciate Herman Melville in Pittsfield. So much to enjoy, that's Massachusetts.

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Featured Region: Mohawk Trail Region
Over the course of his long career, Pierre-Auguste Renoir continually turned to the human figure for artistic inspiration. The body, particularly the nude, was the defining subject of Renoir's artistic practice. On June 8, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown will open Renoir: The Body, The Senses, the first major museum exhibition to explore Renoir's unceasing interest in the human form. Presented in recognition of the centenary of his death, the show features more than 70 works and reconsiders Renoir as a constantly evolving artist.

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June is our favorite month here in MetroWest because it marks the return of MetroFest, our annual bash celebrating the region's diverse music, art, and culinary offerings! Join us on Saturday, June 15 at Bowditch Athletic Complex in Framingham and enjoy fare from 20 of the region's best food trucks, music from around the globe, and hundreds of vendors showcasing unique items. There will also be a variety of fun games and activities for children and much more!

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Nantucket Island

June's Nantucket! Whaling History Tour daily; Nantucket Preservation's Main Street Walking Tours 6/5 & 6/19; California Suite Theatre Workshop through 6/15; Restaurant Week 6/3-6/9; Plein Air PaintOut 6/12;  Nantucket-Grown Dinner (Proprietors) 6/13; Nantucket Book Festival 6/13-6/16; Sankaty Light Open Day (free!) 6/16; Chef's Workshop (ACK Culinary) 6/18 & 6/25; Evening of Shipwreck Stories & Sea Shanties (Shipwreck Museum) 6/19; Epernay Wines' Pink Wine Mixer 6/19; 24th annual Nantucket Film Festival 6/19-24; Nantucket Preservation Symposium 6/26-28.

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North of Boston
Cape Ann Artisans open studios tour takes place on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2! Come explore the artisans' exquisite natural surrounding and see the fine art and craft inspired by the scenic North Shore. On June 22, North Shore Pride Parade will kick off at Shetland Park and lead to the Salem Common, where the festival will take place. Don't miss St. Peter's Fiesta, a five-day festival honoring the patron saint of the fisherman on June 26-June 30. Celebrate the 120th Amesbury Days, which will be held June 27-July 4!
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Plymouth County

The 64th Annual South Shore Arts Festival will be held June 14-16 outdoors on Cohasset Common in Cohasset, just a short walk from festival sponsor South Shore Art Center. The Common provides a scenic location to display and sell the works! The arts festival is attended by over 9,000 guests with live music, food & drink, art displays and live demonstrations. Unique and creative works draw art and festival lovers from all around Boston's South Shore, and beyond. Rain or shine!

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Southeastern Mass

Fairhaven's outdoor Huttleston Marketplace is ready for another year of summer-time fun! Huttleston Marketplace opens on Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. and will be open until September. A wide variety of vendor booths will be present! Goods to purchase include homemade arts & crafts, woodworking, soaps & balms, locally grown produce, eggs and honey. The marketplace is held on the lawn of the Fairhaven Visitors Center at 141 Main Street.

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The Berkshires

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Experience the beauty and splendor of Wharton's beloved country estate, The Mount, located in Lenox. The Mount offers several different tours, including a house tour, a backstairs tour, and their popular ghost tour. The gardens are some of the most exquisite in New England and should not be missed! The Mount also presents an array of programs and events each summer, including theater, music, outdoor sculpture, and literary panels. For directions and additional information, visit
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Greater Merrimack Valley

Enjoy concerts by national performers outdoors at the Lowell Summer Music Series! The series kicks off on Friday, June 14 with the Allman Betts Band, followed by Colbie Caillat and Gone West on Friday, July 12 and The Record Company Saturday. July 13. For more performances and to purchase tickets, visit!   

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Central Massachusetts

From ziplining to hang gliding, discover your next adventure in Central Mass! Connect with nature by take a hike at one of the Top Nine Trails in the region, or customize your own summer day experience with a trip planning app. Central Mass is full of summer fun, great food and events! Add the Albanian Festival, Middle Eastern Festival and Taste of Shrewsbury Street to your summer bucket list. You'll leave the area uplifted and full of excellent food! Click here to discover a full list of events in Central Mass.

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Franklin County
The 10th Annual Langstroth Bee Fest
will be held Saturday, June 1 in downtown Greenfield! A fun, artistic and educational community event about bees: How to attract them, keep them healthy and give you honey. Activities for kids and adults, including art installations and musical performances, all in downtown Greenfield. New this year is an installation of 6 large fiberglass bees in downtown! More info can be found here.

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Greater Boston
Boston's calendar is chock full of events, activities, exhibits and music for all! In recognition of the Bauhaus Centennial, Harvard Art Museums display their vast collection, the largest outside of Germany. Epic love story Miss Saigon and Lorca's "tragic poem" Yerma await theatre buffs, while Cirque du Soleil entertains with its magical fusion of music and circus. Full musical choices range from Leslie Odom and Luke Bryant to NKB and the Early Music Festival. June also brings outdoor festivals, among them the ever delicious Scooper Bowl, the all-inclusive Boston Pride, the 40th annual Dragon Boat Festival and the Hyper-local Craft Brewfest. Meander open air markets featuring the wares of local artisans & crafters or fresh produce and products from local farmers, fishers and food purveyors at SOWA, Downtown Crossing, The Patios on City Hall Plaza, Seaport Common and along the Greenway.

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Cape Cod
Kick off summer in true Cape Cod fashion at the 11th Annual Quahog Day! Come witness Doug the Quahog make his annual prediction for how many weeks of beach weather lie ahead at 2 pm Friday, June 21 at the oceanfront Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth. A Cape Cod tradition! This year's event will be emceed by Boston 25 News Anchor Gene Lavanchy. Also in June, over 300 classic cars will be on display in downtown Hyannis on Sunday, June 16 at the Father's Day Car Show, and the prestigious Provincetown International Film Festival is set for June 12-16!

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Greater Springfield
Starting on June 5th, the Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) presents What's on Tap Wednesday, a rotating beer garden that will feature local craft beer! Harpoon Brewery will do the honors and kick off this summer series. The event will start at 430 p.m. at 1350 Main Street in Springfield, and entertainment will include music by The Kings Duo. Join us downtown and celebrate the start of a great summer in Western Mass!

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Hampshire County
As the summer growing season unfurls, the Valley's local food scene explodes with inspiring eats created with a bounty of fresh, local produce. Come taste what's growing on our side of MA! The WGBY Asparagus Festival showcases creations featuring "Hadley Grass," ranging from asparagus ice cream to fritters. Beer lover? We've got a fest for that, too-check out Western MA Beer Week, June 8-15. Try a Taste of Amherst from June 13-15 during this annual food and music festival in the heart of downtown Amherst. Explore the Cottage Street Cultural District of Easthampton with this month's Cultural Chaos festival on Saturday, June 8.

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Johnny Appleseed 
Food, festivals and fun are abundant this month throughout Johnny Appleseed Country! Gardner's Food Truck Festival will fill Pleasant Street with a world of flavor, while Strawberry Festivals in Lancaster and Winchendon focus on that favorite fruit. Take a Summer Stroll through downtown Leominster; enjoy the family-friendly Hubbardston Fair; experience Finnish culture at Saima Park's Kesajuhla; or wet your whistle at the Nashua River Brewers Festival in Fitchburg. It's time to celebrate summer!

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Martha's Vineyard 
Celebrate the Vineyard in June with some or all of these wonderful events! New and better than ever MVY Restaurant Week 6/2-6/6; Polly Hill Arboretum's Landscape Color classes 6/6; Oak Bluffs Harborfest on Saturday 6/22 celebrates this gateway town's waterway with 40+ vendors, artists & craftsmen, antiques and more! Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown Harbor and Architecture tours, Midsummer Faerie Festival 6/22. Plan your Martha's Vineyard getaway by browsing at!

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