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August 2018
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 Feels
It's a special treat when award-winning talent and the natural beauty of Massachusetts come together - and that's exactly what's in store this August! Dance takes center stage with some of the world's best performers at competitions, workshops, and celebrations. A highlight is the festival at Jacob's Pillow, showcasing a wide range of styles and dancers throughout the month with ticketed events and the free Inside/Out program series. Other notables include the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, Jazz festivals in Springfield and Provincetown (plus the famous P-town Carnival celebration!), the August Moon Festival in Quincy, Heritage Days in Plymouth, and Gloucester's Waterfront Festival... and that's just the beginning.

Check out the MOTT summer inspiration board for more on festivals, treasured attractions, and family-friendly ways to make the most of the season in Massachusetts.

For more on what to see + do in Massachusetts, visit
Featured Region: The Berkshires

Photo credit: BTG's 2018 production of Hair. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware
The performing arts come alive in the Berkshires. Summer is the perfect time to take in a show at one of our many theaters. So check out the line ups at Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company, Shakespeare & Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival and reserve yourself a seat. For you music and dance lovers, don't forget to save time for a performance at Jacob's Pillow Dance or a Boston Symphony Orchestra show at Tanglewood. Whatever your pleasure, you will find it on stage here! Find more  events and information for The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley

Through October, Made In Lowell turns Lowell's premier event location into a foodie's dream with some of the areas finest Food Trucks accompanied by live music, art and artisan vendors and a mini Craft Beer Garden. The 2018 Friday Nights! occur at Kerouac Park, located at 87 Bridge Street in Lowell, just before the big green bridge. What to expect: 4 to 7 Food Trucks, local artists, live music and entertainment, kids fun, Mini Beer Garden, community! Friday Nights! are free to attend. Food and Beverages for sale. Friday Nights! start at 5 pm and end around 9 pm. Find more events and information for Greater Merrimack Valley. 
Central Massachusetts

Jam out to some Gin Blossoms at Indian Ranch on August 5. Watch butterflies during the 11th Annual Barbara Walker Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook on August 11. Dip your feet into the world of geocaching with the C-Mass Geofest in Sturbridge from August 15-19. Reserve a tee time and play some disc golf at Maple Hill during the Disc Golf Pro Tour - MVP Open from August 24-26. Find more events and information for Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County
The Pocumtuck Homelands Festival will be held Saturday, August 4 at Unity Park, along the Connecticut River in Turners Falls. This all-day celebration of Native American culture and history features Native American artists, musicians, vendors, food, and educators! Indigenous vendors will display and sell jewelry, baskets, drums and more. Live performances include traditional and original music and primitive skills demonstrations (flint knapping, birch bark biting, ash log pounding), as well as lectures and tours will also take place. Rain or shine. Free, family friendly, educational, wheelchair accessible, and of interest to all ages. 10 am to 7 pm. Find more events and information for Franklin County.
Greater Boston
August in Boston should be twice as long - there's simply so much going on! You have a few days left to take a magic carpet ride with Aladdin or reverse direction with Shakespeare's most evil character, Richard III, spend the night at the world-famous cabaret The Moulin Rouge, or travel to Uganda with The Book of Mormon. Pack a picnic and settle in for a musical performance on the Esplanade, City Hall Plaza, the Courtyards at the MFA or BPL, Brewers Fountain on Boston Common, Franklin Park, Pinebank in JP, the Greenway or the Harbor Islands. Jimmy Buffet, Billy Joel and Journey & Def Leppard score at Fenway, while Gillette plays host to JAY-Z & Beyoncè and Kenny Chesney. Jazz melodies from innovative artists fill the night air on August 25 at the Boston Jazz Fest at Maritime Park. For many, food is art. Trust the plates are full when Dine Out Boston returns for two tasty weeks, August 5-17, with 140+ Greater Boston restaurants serving prix fixe meals at delicious prices!   Find more events and information for Greater Boston
Cape Cod
Music is in the air this August on Cape Cod! The annual Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea outdoor concert will be held on the Hyannis Village Green on Sunday, August 12. Enjoy one of the nation's finest and best-loved musical ensembles - the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra! Order tickets today. Music lovers will also enjoy the beats of the 14th Annual Provincetown Jazz Fest on August 9 at The Crown & Anchor in Provincetown and August 13 at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The acclaimed festival features renowned jazz musicians from around the world, and award-winning saxophonist Myanna will make her Provincetown Jazz Festival debut! Find more events and information for Cape Cod.
Greater Springfield
MGM Springfield celebrates its Grand Opening August 24! The Northeast's newest, most exciting luxury resort and entertainment destination will feature an astonishing array of attractions and amenities, including a massive gaming floor (over 2500 slots, tables and VIP areas), the MGM Springfield Hotel, seven Luxury Regal Cinemas, Topgolf swing suites, TAP Sports Bar, Arcade and Bowling, The Plaza outdoor dining and entertainment, Commonwealth Bar & lounge and much more. For more information about Western Mass, visit Find more events and information for Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
When the weather gets warm in Western Massachusetts, we're all in on roadside eats - the places that pop up with soft-serve ice cream and some seriously special food trucks. If want to satisfy you annual cotton candy fix, August kicks off our season of agricultural fairs, and the oldest fair in the country, Northampton's 3-County Fair, is on Labor Day weekend. Horse pulls, Jersey cows and Grannies Racing Pigs are headliners. The Hilltown's Cummington Fair in late-August and the Belchertown Fair in late-September continue the traditions of sheep obstacle courses, lumberjack championships and ox pulls.  Sign up to get the scoop on all the goings-on in Hampshire County. Find more events and information for Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
August is a tasty time to visit Johnny Appleseed Country! Farm stands overflow with fresh veggies, and local orchards celebrate peaches and grapes with weekend festivals. But there's more than produce to tempt your tastebuds here. Start at the Massachusetts Chili Cook-Off on August 4 in Winchendon, then head to the Johnny Appleseed Craft Beer Festival in Leominster to wet your whistle. Expand your horizons with golumbki and kapusta at the Polish Picnic in Otter River on August 5 (and stay to dance a polka). It's a great time to savor the flavor of the region! Find more events and information for Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
The 157th Annual Agricultural Fair takes place on Martha's Vineyard August 16-19! A fair, a carnival, an artisan show, a food truck palooza, an agricultural fair like no other! Fun for everyone, including judging of the rabbits, llamas, alpacas & sheep, carnival games and rides, sack races, corn husking contest, vegetable car racing and an All-Island Dance Party with the Jelly Roll Horns - and that's just day 1! Open 10 am to 11 pm;  $10 Adults, $5 Kids & Adults 62+. Held on the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society fairgrounds in West Tisbury. More info here! Find more events and information for Martha's Vineyard .
Mohawk Trail Region
The 7th Annual North Adams Motorama event welcomes all things motorized to downtown North Adams on Sunday August 26. 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 (3 bands) on the 25th at Noel Field complex. Rain date is September 1. For more information, visit or call 413-664-6180. Find more events and information for The Mohawk Trail Region

What's buzzing in MetroWest on August 11?  First, it's Ashland's annual Dragonfly Festival, a celebration of food, music, and community at Mill Pond Park, 2 to 7:30 pm. Later in the day, at the 6th annual Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest, you can experience more than 200 crafted beers, ciders, and malt beverages from 79 breweries. There will be food from 24 area restaurants, 4-7 pm, at 99 Park Street in Hudson. Tickets range from $15 to $60. Find more events and information for MetroWest.  
Nantucket Island

Nantucket's August means endless beyond-the-beach events. Footloose, Private Lives, Daddy Long Legs, Midsummer Night's Dream and Tulgey Wood Musical take the stage; dozens of musical and operatic recitals and live performances at the Atheneum and Dreamland. August 11's Boston Pops at Jetties Beach thrills! Learn painting, sculpting and Gyotaku; attend an Osona auction, author talks or art glass exhibit; learn cooking, kids art and sculpture classes - all between Race Week events! Find more events and information for Nantucket Island.
North of Boston
The sound of summer is smooth Jazz this August! Rockport Jazz Festival takes place August 4-12. Featuring an exciting array of artists, including Harold López-Nussa, Grace Kelly, Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling, and Monty Alexander. Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is August 18-19. The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is recreating and renewing the vibrant jazz scene that began at the Salem Willows in the 1920's. The festival builds on this rich jazz history, adding soul, blues and funk to the mix. Find more events and information for North of Boston.
Plymouth County

Pilgrim Progress will depart from the Mayflower Society House in Plymouth on four Fridays in August: August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 6 to 7 pm. This unique cultural tradition began in 1921 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower and 102 passengers. The sexes and ages of those 51 survivors of that first winter are matched and represented by citizens and guests who dress as Pilgrims and re-create their procession to church. Begin at the Mayflower Society House off North Street, to Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street to Burial Hill where an abbreviated worship service takes place. Find more events and information for Plymouth County.
Southeastern Mass

See America's longest painting - New Bedford Whaling Museum's A Spectacle in Motion is open to the public until October 8! This FREE exhibit of a 1,275-foot long (longer than the Empire State Building is tall) Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 'Round the World was painted by New Bedford artists Caleb Purrington and Benjamin Russell, who traveled it around the country as a commercial enterprise in 1848! Located at the Kilburn Mill, 127 West Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford. For more information go to Find more events and information for Southeastern Massachusetts
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