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April 2017
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!
Spring is in Session!
As the outdoors continue to transform, we encourage visitors to revel in the vibrant hues and sounds of the season. From the stunning blooms on display at the Daffodil Festival in Nantucket to the iconic spirit and celebration of athleticism that is the Boston Marathon, April burgeons with en plain air activities for the whole family. Arts and culture blossom this month as ArtWeek Boston brings an incredible collection of creative events to Eastern Massachusetts, and in Southeastern MA, the 73rd New England Folk Festival offers blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from near and far. Film makes an appearance in a big way, too, with international and independent festivals showcasing a range of pictures crafted by up-and-coming directors. For inspiration and seasonal highlights, visit massvacation.com/spring.
 
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Featured Region: The Berkshires

The Berkshires come alive in spring and the perfect time to explore our world class museums as well as get outsider for a hike! Here are 2 venues that you do not want to miss this season:
 
The barns at Hancock Shaker Village will be bursting at the seams with chicks, lambs, piglets, calves, and kids (young goats that is)! Bring the whole family and celebrate spring with Baby Animals on the Farm from April 15-May 7. Also, join them for Easter Sunday for an old-fashioned egg hunt and a delicious Mimosa Easter Brunch.

Another memorable place to visit is Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum in Lenox. Stop by for a Slavic egg decoration workshop on April 8th. If you can't make it for that event, each month Ventfort hosts a different Tea & Talk, where you can enjoy a Victorian tea while hearing a talk on a variety of historic subjects.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Community Music Festival & Music from the Movies will be held Saturday, May 6th at Cary Hall in Lexington. A family-friendly event presented by Lexington Symphony and Conductor Jonathan McPhee. Evening performance will sell out! Community Music Festival: 2-5pm (Free!) Local ensembles from a variety of cultures share their talents. Kids can try out various musical instruments at the instrument 'petting zoo.' Music from the Movies: 7:30pm - Evening performances of great music from the big screen. Tickets at lexingtonsymphony.org or 781-523-9009. Find more information on  Greater Merrimack Valley. 
Central Massachusetts

Spring has sprung in Central Massachusetts! Join the Master Singers of Worcester in commemorating their 40th anniversary though Around the World in 40 Years at Mechanics Hall on April 1st. Catch the   Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Final Performance at the DCU Center from April 14-16. Celebrate Earth Day with the EcoTarium, on April 21, and enjoy hands-on activities while learning about protecting the planet. Finish out the month at Rapscallion Brewery for Hophead Fest 2017 on April 29.Find more information on Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County
Patriot's Day Revolutionary Muster 2017 is set for April 22 from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine!) at Historic Deerfield. Travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriot's Day holiday and the "shot heard round the world." Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a muster. Guides and cooks will interpret open hearth cooking, chocolate's role in the military, and powder horn carving. Horse-drawn wagon rides will transport visitors through the village, and all historic houses will be available for touring. More info here! Find more information on Franklin County.
Greater Boston
April's warmer temperatures and longer days mean the Swan Boats return, the Carousels spin, flowers bloom, food trucks hit the road and the Boys of Summer are back. Theatre options include RENT, The King and I and The Illusionists. Matisse and Botticelli are at the MFA, as is the LGBT Film Festival. TD Garden hosts Chris Brown and John Meyer, while Carol Burnett and Alvin Ailey are across town at the Wang Theatre. Patriot's Day brings historical reenactments and the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Award-winning ArtWeek returns with more than 250 events (most are free) throughout Boston and beyond. Find more information on Greater Boston
Cape Cod
Courtesy of Paul Resika and Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York
Leave it to Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich to have us looking forward to Tax Day, when the grounds open for the 2017 season! Not to be missed this year: the museum's "Painted Landscapes" exhibition features the work of 49 contemporary artists, each with its own stunning perspective on "landscapes," whether an unexpected urban vista or a whimsical take on a seascape. Paired with a walk along the grounds (in April, daffodils, cherry trees, and lilacs are only the beginning), you've found the best place to start spring on a fresh note. Here are more of our Best Bets for early Spring on Cape Cod! Find more information on Cape Cod.
Greater Springfield
Jeweled Objects of Desire at the Springfield Museums - All ages will be dazzled by extraordinary gems, beautiful jewelry and fantastically embellished treasures from the collections of the esteemed Smithsonian Institution.  This special exhibition also features the work of internationally-renowned jewelry designer Sidney Mobell, celebrated for ingeniously transforming common and utilitarian items into unique artworks through the use of gold and precious gemstones. March 29-December 31, 2017.  For more information, visit VisitWesternMA.com. Find more information on Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
Discover the rich literary culture in western Massachusetts with the third annual Easthampton BookFest on Saturday, April 8th! The festival takes place in venues around the city, and features such activities as book art workshops, readings, performances, a Lit Marketplace, a Kids BookFest and Poems & Pints in Easthampton's Abandoned Building Brewery. Find more information on Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
Spring is here, and art is in bloom across Johnny Appleseed Country! Children will be creating pirate masks in Clinton, Easter crafts in Leominster, and paper gliders in Fitchburg. Visitors can learn spindle spinning in Townsend, enjoy a photography exhibit in Winchendon, or create a May basket and dance around a May pole in Templeton. Shake off the winter blues and welcome spring at last! Find more information on Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
Spectrum Film Festival will be held April 27-30 at Martha's Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven! The Martha's Vineyard Film Society's newest, four-day festival presents "a world perspective on LGBT stories, people and issues" with a variety of films, guest speakers, discussions, and a special event focused on LGBT youth. Find all the details, including a line-up of films, at mvfilmsociety.com. Get all the information you need to plan your Vineyard getaway at MVY.com. Find more information on Martha's Vineyard .
Mohawk Trail Region
Berkshire East and The Recorder are proud to partner up for the 2nd Annual Franklin County Beer Fest on Saturday, July 22! This event, which will be held at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, MA will feature beer from several local breweries, local ciders and local mead and libations. Join us for an afternoon of music, food and drink. The fun begins at noon and continues until 5 p.m. Buy your tickets today! Find more information on The Mohawk Trail Region
MetroWest

The eyes of the world are on MetroWest on April 17, when 30,000 runners from around the world approach the Boston Marathon Start Line in Hopkinton. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the famed racecourse; the first half of the course goes along Route 135 through the MetroWest towns of Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley. Local recommendations for the best viewing: the Hopkinton start line, the 6-Mile Moment Community Festival in downtown Framingham, the Natick Common, and Wellesley College "scream" tunnel.  Find more information on MetroWest.
Nantucket Island

The 46th Annual Figawi Race Weekend is recognized as a top sailing event not only on the east coast but is known nationally as well as internationally. Figawi Race Weekend kicks off the Nantucket summer season. Entries include over 200 sailboats ranging from families promoting the sport of sailing to competitive sailors alike, bringing three thousand sailors & visitors hailing from all over the country including the Caribbean, as well as locals. Find more information on Nantucket Island.
North of Boston
The 12th annual Newburyport Literary Festival: A Celebration of Literature, Readers and Writers will take place April 28-29 in Newburyport and will feature honoree Jeff Kinney bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Enjoy Dinner with the Authors on Friday, and Saturday continues the festival with a full day of activities, from Coffee with the Poets to the closing ceremony. Find more information on North of Boston.
Plymouth County

Backroads of the South Shore History Symposium presents Church & State: Religion in Architecture and Politics on the South Shore on Saturday, April 8th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spire Center for the Performing Arts in Plymouth. Topics will include:
"Coming to Terms with the Pilgrim Fathers: How Plymouth's Spiritual Heirs Learned to love the Past," "The Tangled Web of Church & State,"  "Three Plymouth Meetinghouses; A Blend of Architecture, Influence and Tradition" and "Old Ship & New North Church, Hingham." To register or for more information, contact 508-747-0100 or paula.fisher@SeePlymouth.com. Find more information on Plymouth County.
Southeastern Mass

Come spend the night on living history at Battleship Cove's Family Nautical Nights!  Parents and their children 6 years of age and up can sleep in the same authentic bunks that the sailors slept in, explore every nook and cranny of the entire Battleship Cove fleet, take part in scheduled activities, and enjoy a full dinner and breakfast in the Officer's Wardroom. The next Family Nautical Night will be Friday, April 21st. For reservations, please call 508-678-1100 ext. 101 or 102. Find more information on Southeastern Massachusetts
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