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August 2023

Plenty of Summer Left!

Relax...there’s plenty of summer left for you in Massachusetts! August brings long sunny days and beautiful, breezy nights! You’ll find food, fun and festivals all around the Commonwealth and plenty of adventure too. Enjoy more than 1,500 miles of coastline along our shore and islands where you can play in, on or above the water. Like lakes? We have more than 3,000 lakes and ponds offering lots of recreation too!


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Pictured here: Lake Chaubunagungamaug (Webster Lake!), Webster, MA

Featured Region: MetroWest

MetroWest’s Farmer's Markets and Summer Concerts continue all throughout August! Plus, mark your calendars for two exceptional events below you won't want to miss.


"Centuries of the Soldier" August 12-13: The American Heritage Museum presents this unique opportunity to experience live re-enactments and some of the world’s most rare aircraft, extraordinary American classic automobiles, historic tanks, armored vehicles, military artifacts and much more. Picnics welcome!


A Play, A Pint & A Pie Festival, August 26: Hopkinton Center for the Arts’ outdoor amphitheater presents the most entertaining one-act play festival of the year. Seven outstanding plays from around the world will have you laughing, crying, and thoroughly entertained. Ticket includes admission to the plays, a delicious meat pie or vegetarian alternative, and a drink of your choice.


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Photo: Bill Hoenk

Nantucket

Nantucket’s August is perfection. Dazzling beaches juxtaposed against azure waters; fully-bloomed gardens offer just-picked island corn, tomatoes, flowers, more. Summertime stargazing, world-class dining and shopping. Enjoy NHA’s Nantucket by Design (August 2-5); Nantucket Race Week (August 12-20); Nantucket Boston Pops (August 12]; Opera House Cup (August 20). Sail, surf, fish, cycle, stroll, tour, hike, beachcomb carefree in surrounding beauty. Photographers feast on architecture, gardens, Coskata Coatue, Brant Point; en plein air painters, boats, farmers markets, morning fogs, steeples and ‘Sconset. Enjoy nature, yoga, cycle, golf, hike, immerse in the good life.


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North of Boston

Yankee Homecoming’s Waterfront Concert Series is taking place nightly from 7:30 to 9 pm, July 30–August 5. Bring a blanket, chairs, picnic dinner, patronize local vendors, and enjoy entertainment at Waterfront Park in Newburyport. Culture Splash Event Series takes place in Gloucester every Thursday night in August from 4 to 7 pm. Cultural organizations open their doors for immersive experiences, each of which are free and open to the public. Cape Ann Harbor Tours Water Shuttle will also be free so you can easily travel between Harbor Loop and Rocky Neck!


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Plymouth County

Don’t let the summer end without taking a trip to historic Plymouth County! Check out the FREE Project Arts Summer Concerts each Wednesday evening at Pilgrim Memorial State Park. Enjoy the Scituate Chamber of Commerce Heritage Days Festival August 5-6. And don’t miss the annual Plymouth Waterfront Festival on August 26th, presented by the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. Download the See Plymouth app for a full calendar of events, lodging, dining and shopping info!


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Southeastern Mass

Isn’t it about time you escaped? Southeastern Massachusetts is an easy travel destination. Less than an hour from Boston and minutes away from Providence! We have some stunning views, and plenty of things to do when you want to get away. Maybe you just want to sit on the beach, under the sun, and do NOTHING. You got it! It’s all right here waiting for you.


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The Berkshires

The magic that is Jacob’s Pillow comes alive during July and August in the Berkshires! Ticketed performances include the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Dutch National Ballet, the Ananya Dance Theatre and many more cultural and classical dance offerings. Did you know that you can also observe classes and rehearsals of The School at Jacob’s Pillow? Find a family-friendly class, walk the grounds and gardens, and enjoy the curated exhibits and archives of the Pillow’s rich history. Check out the Jacob’s Pillow website and make plans today for a one-of-a-kind Berkshires dance adventure.


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Greater Merrimack Valley

Matt Nathanson takes the stage as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park in Lowell on Saturday, August 12th! Over his almost 30 year career, Nathanson has evolved into one of the most applauded songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. His sixth studio album, Some Mad Hope, yielded his breakthrough multi-platinum hit “Come on Get Higher.” He followed up with Modern Love, a critically acclaimed album that garnered Nathanson two RIAA Gold Certified singles, “Faster” & “Run (featuring Sugarland)”. Buy tickets now!


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Central Massachusetts

Gather your people to experience a diverse feast of culture: Multiple concert series include a “Broadway Mix” from Greater Worcester Opera, Crocodile River music on the Common, and Odaiko New England on Hanover Theatre’s new plaza. Sports enthusiasts will love Punch-Out at Polar Park (8/4). Don’t miss the African Festival (8/5) and the Latin American Festival (8/19) on the Worcester Common. Plus, Pride Worcester Pageant (8/19) at Mechanics Hall will be a night to remember!


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Franklin County

The 9th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival will be held August 5th and 6th at Unity Park Riverfront on First Street in Turners Falls! The Nolumbeka Project presents this annual celebration of Native American art, music and cultures on the Unity Park Riverfront. Indigenous music, drums, dancing, crafts, children’s activities, history talks, storytelling, Eastern Woodlands skills demonstrations and more. The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook. Family-friendly, free and fun! Hours are Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.


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Greater Boston

Dine Out Boston® returns for its summer edition, August 6th through August 19th. Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston) gives locals and visitors an opportunity to sample an array of restaurants at special prices. This highly anticipated two-week program is the perfect way to take advantage of delicious deals at participating restaurants across the Greater Boston area!


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Cape Cod

This summer, discover each of the family-friendly sand sculptures along the spectacular Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail, available for viewing until early October! Find a trail map here so you can spot all 30+ of the whimsical sculptures, which range from mermaids and ice cream cones to majestic whales. On Saturday, August 5th, the wildly popular Cape Cod Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival barrels into the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth. More than 30 food trucks from all over New England are on hand to serve up their best bites. There’s also a beer tent, live music, kids' activities, and a craft market to keep the festivities going!


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Western Mass

One of the most elite nights on the basketball calendar each year, the Hall of Fame Class of 2023 will be formally enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in a nationally televised ceremony. This world-class event is held at Symphony Hall in downtown Springfield – the birthplace of basketball and the heart of Western Mass. This year’s inductees include Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich, Dwayne Wade, Dirk Nowitzki and more! 


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Photo: Lynne Graves

Hampshire County

August is heating up in Hampshire County! On Friday the 11th, Jazzy Arts Night Out paves the way for the upcoming Northampton Jazz Festival, while Naomi Nye & Kimaya Diggs bring music to the Amherst Town Common. The Instagram-favorite outdoor sculpture gallery Art In the Orchard opens August 12th. Get moving on Sunday afternoons with free Salsa classes at Masonic Street Live’s outdoor stage. When it’s time to wind down, catch the Hampshire County sunset from the rooftop patio at Inn on Boltwood!


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North Central Mass

August is the height of harvest season for local farms and gardens, and colorful piles of fresh fruits and veggies are in the spotlight at farmers’ markets this month. Yellow summer squash, bright red tomatoes, purple cabbages — and the ubiquitous green zucchinis! — provide a colorful backdrop for local musicians who bolster the festive atmosphere in parks and town commons nearly every day of the week.


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Photo: Ocean Park Realty

Martha's Vineyard

Dreamy Martha’s Vineyard’s August—the ultimate getaway. Pristine beaches beckon for sunning, surfing or swimming. Hiking/cycling trails provide peace, exercise and breaks from hot sun. Sunny days and pleasant evenings offer maximum time to immerse in Vineyard magic. Film Center Documentary Week (7/31-8/4); Chilmark Flea Market (Wednesdays and Saturdays); West Tisbury Farmers Market (Wednesdays and Saturdays); Vineyard Artisans SummerFest (Sundays and Thursdays); MV African American Film Festival (8/4-12); MV Book Festival (8/4-6); Gingerbread Cottage Tour (8/9), Oak-Bluffs-Open -Market (Sundays-Aug-6-13-20-27); Grand Illumination (8/16); 160th MV Agricultural-Fair (8/17-20); Black Fashion Weekend (8/17-20); Beach Road Weekend (8/25-27); Discovery tours, Kayak/SUP, endless fun and experiences!


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Mohawk Trail Region

The 11th Annual Motorama event in North Adams welcomes all things motorized on Sunday, August 27th from 9 am to 3 pm! Join us as cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, snowmobiles, and more line the streets of downtown transforming it into a metal wonderland of bright colors, chrome, and machinery. This event includes raffles, door prizes, music, food & shopping. All proceeds benefit local charities. Cruise in concert on the 26th at Joe Wolfe Field complex (2 to 6pm). Click here for more information.


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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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