X Share This Email

View as Webpage

May 2024

The merry month of May

Why would you want to be anywhere other than Massachusetts in May? As we recognize May as Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re simply blooming with events, concerts, art walks, open studios and Mother’s Day activities.

It’s that magical time of year when whale watching cruises commence, hidden gardens emerge, Swan Boats take to the Lagoon, Ducklings prepare for their annual parade and we, of course,

welcome Memorial Day, the ‘unofficial’ start of summer! Don’t miss one Massachusetts May minute!

Find more information at visitma.com.

Photo: Swan Boats, Public Garden, Boston

Featured Region: Greater Boston

Since the opening of Grace by Nia in Boston’s trendy new Seaport neighborhood, the Supper Club has taken the world by storm. Roxbury native and community leader Nia Grace has truly made her mark on Boston’s culinary and nightlife scene. Coming off her success as owner of Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, she recently launched Grace by Nia in the Seaport, bringing a whole new meaning to dining and live music in the city.

Nia’s Sunday Jazz Brunch blends chic 1940s charm and the decadent aesthetic of supper clubs from a bygone era. Flaunting whimsically chic decor, a soul-infused menu, and intimate stage for live entertainment – it’s no wonder Boston Magazine named Grace by Nia "Best Restaurant with Live Music" in 2023.


Find more information on Greater Boston.

Cape Cod

Find inspiring vacation ideas in the 2024 Cape Cod Travel Guide - available now for online viewing and for purchase! Leaf through the latest edition of our magazine and start dreaming of your next visit. Engaging feature stories included content on adventure travel, family-friendly festivals, must-visit beaches, locally made products for the home, the best places to enjoy brunch, unique wedding venues, romantic escape ideas, and a bucket list travel itinerary.And find insider tips on where to stay, play and dine. This handy travel-planning tool will be your best friend as you plan your trip to Cape Cod.

Find more information on Cape Cod.

Western Mass

Explore Western Mass for great arts and culture! The Springfield Museums present an audio and visual exploration of women’s history in Look Again: Portraits of Daring Women by Julie Lapping Rivera, on view in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from now through February 23, 2025. Look Again is an homage to exceptional, pioneering women working across centuries. Leverett-based artist Julie Rivera highlights the lives and achievements of women who defied the status quo.

Find more information on Western Mass.

Hampshire County

Enjoy life outdoors! Visit The Botanic Garden of Smith College, or stroll through the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge. Ready to cool off? Enjoy a show at The Drake or pop by the shops at The Mill District! See a downtown avenue transform into Summer on Strong, a pedestrian-only oasis with outdoor dining and concerts. And contemporary crafts, jewelry, and more abound at the Paradise City Arts Festival all Memorial Day weekend. Fun is in the air in Hampshire County!


Find more information on Hampshire County.

North Central Mass

Festival season begins in May across North Central Massachusetts! From the first blossoms of Spring till the bell-ringing of a new year, farms, orchards, and community organizations spotlight the region’s treasures. Start the season with a visit to the Apple Blossom Festival at Sholan Farms in Leominster, a community-run orchard in Johnny Appleseed’s home town. Revel in the merriment at the Enchanted Orchard Renaissance Faire at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston. Begin your months-long tastes of the region with the season-opening Food Truck Festival in Fitchburg or the Taste of Winchendon food fest.

Find more information on North Central Mass.

Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard’s May brings everything to life — flowers and trees juxtapose against ocean, sand and deep sky blues as their canvases. Lodging, restaurants, shops, attractions, and recreation — mainstays of a Vineyard summer — are all welcoming visitors. Take the kids to the 47th annual Kids Trout Derby on May 4. Don't miss Edgartown’s Porchfest or 30th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Memorial 5K Road Race (May 26) or the Memorial Day Vineyard Artisans Weekend Show.

Find more information on Martha's Vineyard.

Mohawk Trail Region

The MASS MoCA summer schedule is featuring a robust program of six exhibitions opening and other events and performing arts activities. Starting with the opening of Chris Doyle: The Coast of Industry on June 8, Carly Glovinski: Almanac on June 15, Steve Locke: The Fire Next Time on August 3, Amy Podmore: Audience on August 3, Osman Khan: Road To Hybridabad on August 24 and Jeffery Gibson: Power Full Because We’re Different on November 2.

Find more information on the Mohawk Trail Region.


Get outside this May in MetroWest! Happy 300th to Holliston! Attend their anniversary parade May 11. Run the Franklin & Bellingham Fives Road Race on the SNETT Trail May 6, go to ArtsFest Hudson May 6 and Holi Festival in Natick May 18. Check out great concerts at The Center for Arts Natick including The Verve Pipe on 5/18! Enjoy delicious food at the Southborough Food Truck Festival May 24–30. See website for details!

Find more information on MetroWest.

Photo: Emily Elisabeth Photography


Nantucket’s perfect May — stunning blues and greens — Siasconset’s beach-rose-festooned cottages; Sankaty Head Light, Nantucket Conservation Lands (218 parcels, 9,000+ acres). Expanding businesses beyond Main Street are boosted with (April-September) free Wave bus-ridership; visitors and locals can shop, dine, exploring Nantucket’s growing business footprint! With distinguished lodging, world-class dining, food and chefs, incomparable Cisco Brewers, stunningly-preserved architecture spanning four centuries, and endless recreational pursuits, Nantucket is the ultimate destination. Stay, dine, explore, visit attractions and shop. Do not miss Nantucket Food & Wine Festival on May 15-19!

Find more information on Nantucket Island.

North of Boston

Welcome in spring at Cider Hill Farm’s Tulip Fest, May 4-5 & May 11 & 12, featuring free live music, self-guided blooming orchard walks, outdoor hard cider bars, family activities and pick-your-tulips (event dates are subject to change per weather and crop availability). Join the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for the return of Motif No. 1 Day. A celebration of Rockport’s iconic fishing shack on May 18 (rain date May 19) is an all-day family -friendly event in coastal Rockport.

Find more information on North of Boston.

Plymouth County

Treat your mom to a Mother’s Day Flower Arranging Workshop at Uva Wine Bar in Plymouth on May 13, a day of floral elegance and wine indulgence offering 48 different wines. Doors open at 6 pm. Experience “Wednesday Walks” at Plymouoth's Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary to hear about the sanctuary’s successful wetlands restoration, as well as view the sanctuary’s native plant and animal species. Click here for more to see and do!

Find more information on Plymouth County.

Southeastern Mass

May is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the spring weather!

Some ideas for getting outside in Southeastern Mass are dining on the Fall River Waterfront, where you can also visit by boat. Pier 52 opens on May 17. Stop by the 4th Annual We HeART Fall River | Viva Fall River on Saturday, May 11 as Fall River celebrates arts, culture, and community! Walk the cobblestone streets of New Bedford during the New Bedford Food Tours - Narrated Local History, Art & More. Visit the New Bedford Art Museum Chihuly Reveal; the Art Museum has been gifted a magnificent sculpture created by master of glass Dale Chihuly.

Find more information on Southeastern Mass.

The Berkshires

ArtWeek Berkshires is an annual celebration of local creativity. This year, ArtWeek has moved to the spring and will run from May 17-27! Come enjoy 100+ hands-on or behind-the-scenes events and open studios across the region, from gallery shows to live performances, poetry readings to painting demos, and so much more. Local actors, cartoonists, crafters, dancers, designers, filmmakers, illustrators, mimes, multimedia artists, musicians, performance artists, poets, puppeteers, theater artists, visual artists, writers are excited to share their talents. You can find all the events on Berkshires.org. ArtWeek is presented by the five Cultural Districts of Berkshire County and promoted by 1Berkshire.

Find more information on The Berkshires.

Greater Merrimack Valley

Doors Open Lowell offers an insider's look into many of Lowell’s magnificent historic buildings! Being presented for the 19th time, Doors Open Lowell is the community’s signature preservation, architecture, and design event, the first of its kind in the United States when it debuted in 2002.

This free annual event held during National Preservation Month celebrates Lowell’s architectural heritage, urban living, and culture that makes the community a creative and exciting place to live, work, and visit.

So put on your good walking shoes, grab a camera, and invite some family and friends along as you discover a different side of Lowell…the inside!

Find more information on Greater Merrimack Valley.

Central Massachusetts

Spring swings in with a Tee Off for WPL! as well as Bravehearts games aplenty. The Farm at SummitWynds is tickled purple with a Mother’s Day Lavender Tea. There‘s more for the mamas with The Beechwood’s Delightful Brunch and Afternoon Tea at OSV. Local spots bloom with fresh events, like Garden Ideas for 2024 and The Flower Catalog at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, an evening of piano.

Find more information on Central Massachusetts.

Franklin County

Experience the buzz at the 14th Annual Greenfield Bee Fest, honoring Lorenzo Langstroth, the "Father of Modern Beekeeping," on May 18! Dive into a hive of activities from 9 am to 12:15 pm, celebrating the vital role of honeybees in our ecosystem. Paint hives, join the Pollinator's Parade, and indulge in bee games. Kids can dress as favorite pollinators or flowers for a day of fun! Discover the legacy of Bee Fest, born in 2010, now a community-wide celebration. Explore crafts, lectures, and music that highlight the importance of bees. Plus, don't miss the Bee Space garden awards and beekeeping insights. Learn, play, and preserve our precious pollinators. Get more information here!

Find more information on Franklin County.

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.