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June 2024

Celebrate Pride Month!

We’re always proud of Massachusetts! Our history, (we practically invented America), our independence (ask Old Ironsides) and our many ‘firsts’ in America. Like the first university, the first lighthouse and of course the first state to sanction same-sex marriage in 2004. That’s why we are especially proud of Massachusetts during the month of June when spring peaks and we get ready for summer. You’ll find an amazing array of events, parades and celebrations this month all across the Commonwealth, the hardest part is deciding how many to attend. Get your pride on this month in Massachusetts!

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Photo: Pride flags, Commercial St., Provincetown

Featured Region: Cape Cod

Kick off summer in true Cape Cod style at the 16th Annual Quahog Day! Come witness Doug the Quahog make his annual prediction for how many beach days lie ahead for Summer 2024 on Thursday, June 20 at the waterfront Chart Room in Bourne. A Cape Cod tradition! Provincetown's 7th Annual Pride Celebration returns May 31-June 2; celebrate the full spectrum of our community with a Pride festival and rally at Town Hall, the annual Feet Over Front Street Pride 5K and so much more. Also save the date for Opening Day of the Cape Cod Baseball League on Saturday, June 15, the annual Father's Day Car Show in downtown Hyannis on Sunday, June 16; and the Provincetown International Film Festival June 12-16.

To help plan your trip to Cape Cod, order our Cape Cod Travel Guide today! Leaf through the latest edition and start dreaming of your next visit.

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Western Mass

There’s no better time to enjoy the outdoors in Western Mass than springtime! Hop aboard The Lady Bea for a narrated river cruise, check out the live music on the MGM Springfield Plaza on Free Music Fridays or take a hike at Forest Park or kayak at the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club. There’s plenty of other ideas for springtime fun at ExploreWesternMass.com.

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Photo: Lynne Graves

Hampshire County

Enjoy a tasty tradition this June when you visit the NEPM Asparagus Festival in Hadley, where you can indulge in the region’s most beloved crop while enjoying local beer, cider, and music! Go Birdwatching with Eric Carle through an exhibition of original art at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Explore shopping and dining at the outdoor oasis of Summer on Strong, and then visit the newly reopened Iron Horse Music Hall to catch The Suitcase Junket’s one-of-a-kind live show. It’s Happening in Hampshire County!


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North Central Mass

From classical to country, rock and Dixieland jazz, music fills the air as June ushers in the summer concert season throughout Johnny Appleseed Country. Town commons, city parks and historic churches provide welcoming settings for relaxing musical afternoons and evenings. Enjoy the sounds of Winchendon Winds, the Townsend Military Band, Leominster Colonial Band, or an array of performers nearly any day of the week here. Ready to tap your toes to some summertime tunes? Check out the visitnorthcentral.com calendar this season!

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Photo: The Trustees of Reservations

Martha's Vineyard

June is a dreaming, blooming time on Martha’s Vineyard! Dazzling gardens, verdant landscapes — summer is nigh! Beaches fill; busy shops and hiking/biking trails; hotels and inns swell with happy guests; restaurants welcome patrons! Many events: Land Bank Cross-Island Hike (June 1); Polly Hill Arboretum Botanical Spotlight Tours designed to offer an in-depth Arboretum experience; Vineyard Conservation Society's The Art of Conservation exhibit (through June 9); Sunday Oak Bluffs Open Market and West Tisbury Farmers Market (Saturdays June 8- October 26; Wednesdays June 12-August 28). LGBTQIA+ Pride Weekend in Oak Bluffs (June 7-9); Pride Parade (June 8); and Vineyard Artisans Summer Festivals!

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Mohawk Trail Region

Williamstown Theatre Festival is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this summer! The tour-de-force solo show DRAGON MAMA July 2-14; the musical comedy special DEATH, LET ME DO MY SHOW July 5-14; the world premiere play PAMELA PALMER July 23-August 10; three weekends of the inimitable WTF CABARET July 25-27, August 1-3, August 8-10; Four FRIDAYS@3 readings at the Clark Art Institute July 12, July 19, July 26, August 4; WTF IS NEXT August 1-4.

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Songs, Strawberries and Summertime in MetroWest! Get out and enjoy the Franklin Porchfest on June 1 or the Northboro Porchfest on June 22. Eric Hutchinson will be at TCAN on June 1 and 2. See Kendo at Hopkinton Center for the Arts on June 7, and attend HCA’s summer concert series starting June 14. Celebrate berries at the Franklin Strawberry Stroll on June 7, or Holliston’s Strawberry Festival June 23. Enjoy Natick Nights every other Thursday all summer long!  See website for details.

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Photo: Emily Elisabeth Photography


Nantucket’s June is perfect! Dazzling gardens, fun boutique shops & restaurants (Nantucket Restaurant Week is June 2-6), and pristine beaches ring Nantucket. Saturday Farmers + Artisans Market (8:30 am to 12:30 pm) thru early October. Nantucket Book Festival (June 13-16) brings literati, book lovers; Nantucket Film Festival’s celebrities, stars and buffs convene. Let Plein Air Nantucket (AAN) (June 11-16) inspire you! On the water free day sails aboard Lynx (days vary) or kayak Folgers Marsh (12 to 2 pm on June 14). Explore all Nantucket with The Wave free bus transport all summer! Stay, play, eat, shop, hike, relax — it’s all here!

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North of Boston

Celebrate local makers while enjoying pass hors d’oeuvres, mimosas, signature cocktails, live music, and inspired conversation at Rise & Shine Market Place on June 8. The Museum of Old Newbury invites you to the 45th annual Garden Tour June 8-9. The tour includes urban pocket gardens and larger more formal landscapes. Don’t miss Arts Fest Beverly on June 15. Fun for the whole family includes 125 juried fine artists and crafters, free kids’ activities, local food and retail vendors!

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Plymouth County

Have fun with Dad in June! Trivia lovers gather at Untold Brewing for First Tuesday Trivia Night from 6-8 pm. Quizmaster Sean Fitts provides an evening of fun competition and great beer. Surprise your Dad on Father’s Day with a Rebels and Rods Car Club experience! Sundays 7 to 10am (weather permitting) at 173 Water St. Plymouth. Take Dad to Edaville for a scenic 1-hour steam train ride and DIY root beer floats. All fixings made available!

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Southeastern Mass

June is a wonderful time to tour the area with warm weather and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. Take a ride on Fall River’s new trolley tour, find all the stops at Viva Fall River, enjoy Norton City Pier for a Rock the Dock concert or Food Truck Fridays. Explore New Bedford’s first OYSTERFEST at Cisco Brewers or take a New Bedford Food Tour and walk through the hidden gems and arts and culture. Massachusetts Design, Art, and Technology institute celebrates cultural heritage with the commission of a new public artwork in downtown New Bedford.

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The Berkshires

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), is kicking off its 2024 season with its Popular Artist Series. Grab tickets now for John Fogarty (6/20), Jon Batiste (6/28), Boyz II Men (6/27), Brandi Carlile (6/30) and more! Choose seating in the shed, or bring a picnic basket, a bottle of wine, and your bestie for a night of music and magic under the stars. Later in the season enjoy the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Beck with the Boston Pops, and the BSO with Andris Nelsons. Tanglewood - only in the summer, and only in the Berkshires!

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Greater Lowell Pride on June 15 is celebrated annually in Lowell with the intention of uplifting Lowell’s LGBTQIA community. The festival begins with a flag raising at Lowell City Hall, followed by events at Kerouac Park! In 2024, Greater Lowell Pride will be celebrated at Boarding House Park on French Street. Our primary goal is to amplify and uplift the LGBTQIA residents, business owners, and organizations in the Greater Lowell area. Other June 15th events include LGBTQ+ Fund Brunch, Flag Raising, Pride Parade and Pride Festival.

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Central Massachusetts

Celebrate Pride Month! Central MA is alive with events this summer. Experience the Taste of Shrewsbury Street on June 18, with delicious bites and live music. Don't miss the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at Cristoforo Colombo Park on June 28. Join the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at Institute Park for a Patriotic Pops Concert on July 3, and celebrate July 4th with a car show and BBQ at Off The Rails. Discover more at DiscoverCentralMA.org/events!

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Franklin County

Check out the 2024 Green River Festival, Massachusetts' premier indie and alternative rock event, from June 21-23 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield! Celebrating its 38th year, the festival features over 40 acts on four stages, including headliners CAKE, Fleet Foxes, and Gregory Alan Isakov. Enjoy acclaimed newcomers and local legends in indie and Americana. Don't miss this iconic summer celebration! Get all the info here.

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Photo: Kyle Klein

Greater Boston

On June 8, New England’s largest LGBTQ+ Pride parade and festival returns for another year under the leadership of Boston Pride For The People. This weekend will be part of a month-long celebration taking place in Boston over June. Events and activities planned include performances by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Road of Rainbow, drag brunches, neighborhood block parties, and more.

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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.