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June 2023

Spring in Massachusetts!


With summer waiting in the wings, take a moment to explore Massachusetts in June. Enjoy our music and cultural festivals, our arts exhibits and museums. Walk along our historical trails and sample our delicious homegrown foods and beverages. There’s plenty of mountain trails and outdoor activities, from swimming and boating to biking and hiking. If you visit any of our 78 cities and towns along the coast, be sure to sample our fresh seafood, buy some scrimshaw or watch whales frolicking in the deep blue sea. A summer trip to Martha’s Vineyard in June is an adventure that will stay in your memories forever!


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Pictured here: East Chop Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard

Photo: Peter Simon

Featured Region: Martha's Vineyard

When June paints Martha’s Vineyard with its palette of seasonal delights, there are few earthly places more stunning. June Happenings: Oak Bluffs Pride (6/10); HarborFest (Oak Bluffs 6/17); Juneteenth (6/19);) First Friday free community outdoor event in Vineyard Haven featuring art, live music and food. A Vineyard summer is filled with magic —stunning beaches, al fresco dining, cycling verdant bike paths, hiking trails like Menemsha Hills, Long Pond, Cape Poge and others; Island Spirit kayaking/SUP; farm visits; and MV Flavors Symposium (6/2-4) and JAWS: Creating Amity Island (6/1-4) at MV Museum. Don’t miss excellent shopping at boutiques, shops, and galleries; live music at The Ritz; Back Door Donuts’ fare; and a wide variety of spectacular restaurants offering diverse culinary experiences. Summer is fleeting, visit Martha’s Vineyard soon!


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Mohawk Trail Region

The Clark Art’s is the only United States venue for this new consideration of Edward Much’s landscapes. "Trembling Earth" features more than seventy-five paintings, drawings, and prints, including major loans from the Munch Museum, and a wide selection of works from private collections that are rarely exhibited. Through these works of art, the exhibition studies Munch’s use of nature to express human emotions and examine relationships, celebrate farming practices and garden cultivation, and questions the mysteries of the forest even as his Norwegian homeland faced industrialization. On display June 1-October 15, 2023.


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MetroWest

June is festival month in MetroWest Boston! Visit one of our great multicultural festivals like Northborough CultureFest or CultureFest Ashland, both on 6/10, Framingham’s JuneteenthFest on 6/17, or Natick’s Juneteenth: Celebrate Freedom on 6/19; show your support for our LGTBQ+ community at Ashland Rainbow: Celebration of Pride on 6/4, the Hopkinton Pride Parade on 6/11, or Celebrate with Pride, Franklin on 6/25. Trying to entertain our littlest friends? Consider Franklin’s Strawberry Stroll on 6/9 or Hopedale’s Fairy Walk on 6/10.


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Photo: Nantucket Sustainable & Farmers Market

Nantucket

June on Nantucket is verdant, blossom-filled and joyous. Nantucket Book Festival (6/15-18), Nantucket Film Festival (6/21-26) draw in enthusiastic attendees. Island beaches are filled with happy beachcombers, bathers and surfers. Island skies are clear for stargazing; Farmers & Artisans Markets (Saturdays 8:30AM-12:30PM), Nantucket OysterFest (6/4). Plein Air Nantucket (6/13-18), Nantucket Walkabouts, island trail hiking, Coskata-Coatue excursions, island-wide and walking tours, kayaking, harbor and sunset sails. Enjoy island inns and B&Bs, al fresco dining and even harbor tours.


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North of Boston

Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios is a free & self-guided tour taking place on June 3-4! Come explore the artisans exquisite natural surrounding and see the fine art and craft inspired by the scenic North Shore. St. Peter’s Fiesta, a celebration of Gloucester’s fishing and faith, is June 22–26. The festival has grown to become a city-wide party including parades, boat races, evenings of prayer, a carnival, and the greasy pole contest. Find more events and information on northofboston.org.


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Plymouth County

There are so many reasons to visit historic Plymouth County this month, and free transportation in Downtown Plymouth is topping many lists once again this year! The hugely popular Ride Circuit electric cars are back with expanded routes including direct service to Plimoth Patuxet Museums and the bus station! Let See Plymouth help you plan your trip south of Boston. Simply download the See Plymouth app for countless fun ways to dine, play, explore and stay throughout this beautiful coastal destination!


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Southeastern Mass

It’s time to get away and enjoy all the summer fun SEMass has to offer! Find your own secret place, or enjoy some live music and dinner. Explore the public art, or go find that perfect piece of art for your home from one of our local artists. One of the 10 most artistic towns in America. Your escape is here waiting for you. Less than an hour from Boston and minutes away from Providence. Take a lot of photos to remember your great escape to Southeastern Massachusetts!


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The Berkshires

Get outside with Berkshire Camino this summer in the Berkshires. They lead mindfully guided walks,day hikes, and transformational multi-day hiking excursions that integrate the natural environment, history, culture and spirit of the region. This makes for easy, safe, and engaging experiences for casual hikers to explore the region on foot. Visit their website for hike details and calendar along with pricing and booking information.


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Greater Merrimack Valley

The Greater Lowell PRIDE Festival will be held Saturday, June 3 at Kerouac Park in Lowell! Performers at this free event include Mizery’s Divas of Mischief, a DJ, Moises B, and the Party Band. Connect with resources, enjoy great food, and experience a sense of community! The day's events just prior to the festival include a flag raising at Lowell City Hall and a Pride Parade.


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Central Massachusetts

June weekends are for festivals, first at Elm Park’s Water Lantern Festival, with a triple lineup to follow: Worcester’s Middle Eastern Festival, Brimfield’s Pioneer Valley Wine Festival and New Braintree’s Strawberry Festival. The Farm at SummitWynds is covered in all things lavender, while music fills the air at Music in Bloom, Jazz on a Summer’s Day and the Summer Concert Series Kick-Off. The month wraps with the Independence Day Fireworks, an experience to spark summertime!


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Franklin County

Get ready for FUN on the river at the waterfront in downtown Orange! The 8th Annual Orange River Fest will be held Saturday, June 24 from 5 to 10 pm at Orange Riverfront Park. The festive event includes vendors, live music, food trucks, lighted boat parade, floating fire pits, fire spinners, face painting and kids games & activities.


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Greater Boston

On June 10, New England’s largest LGBTQ+ Pride parade and festival returns for the first time since 2019 under the leadership of Boston Pride For The People! This weekend will be part of a month-long celebration taking place in Boston over the month of June. Events and activities planned include performances by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Portraits of Pride large-scale photography exhibit, drag brunches, neighborhood block parties, and more.


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Cape Cod

Kick off summer in true Cape Cod style at the 15th Annual Quahog Day! Come witness Doug the Quahog make his annual prediction for how many beach days lie ahead for Summer 2023 on Wednesday, June 21 at the waterfront Tree House Brewing Company in Sandwich. A Cape Cod tradition! Also in June: Pride Celebration (June 2-4); Opening Day of the Cape Cod Baseball League (June 10); the Father's Day Car Show in downtown Hyannis (June 18); and the Provincetown International Film Festival (June 14-18).


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Western Mass

Western Mass is getting sporty in June! IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts kicks off on June 11th with thousands of athletes competing in a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run! Then on June 23rd - 25th, Hooplandia kicks off at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The northeast’s ultimate 3x3 basketball tourney and festival features teams of 3 and all ages. For more info, click here.


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Hampshire County

Enjoy all that summer offers with Summer on Strong in Northampton! This season-long party transforms a downtown street into a pedestrian-only oasis filled with outdoor dining and live music. At The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, meet artists and draw live horses during Family Fun Day! Hear harpist Mikaela Davis bridge tradition and innovation during her concert at The Drake, or experience the jazz legacy of Django Reinhardt at the Academy of Music! Top it off with locally made ice cream during the month-long Dairy Crawl!


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North Central Mass

The grand opening of Winchendon’s Performing Arts Amphitheater on June 10 will provide a great kick-off for a season of outdoor concerts throughout North Central Massachusetts. From Gardner to Templeton, Westminster, Leominster, and Townsend, music will fill the air just about every day of the week! Whether your tastes run to Country, Classic Rock, Swing or military band sounds, you’re sure to find a concert to enjoy here.


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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


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