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April 2019
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!
ArtWeek is Back April 26-May 5!
Award-winning festival ArtWeek is back April 26 through May 5! This year's celebration features nearly 600 events statewide (70 percent of which are free) in over 125 communities! Many of these events are interactive and and "behind-the-scenes," offering visitors and locals alike a unique opportunity to experience art, culture and creativity. From folk art to food art, mural painting to modern dance, and so much more, ArtWeek events are wide ranging, engaging and open to all. Discover experiences and learn more about this signature Massachusetts festival at artweekma.org.

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Featured Region: Johnny Appleseed Country
You'll feel a little spring in your step as you tour great events this month in Johnny Appleseed Country!  Enjoy a performance by Skylark Ensemble at Fitchburg State University. Create unique Easter eggs at a Ukrainian Pysanky Workshop at the Museum of Russian Icons. Learn about sheep shearing and fleece at Wachusett Meadow's Sheep and Wool Festival. Or celebrate Earth Day in Townsend. And don't forget to see what local artists are creating at the Fitchburg Art Museum's Art in Bloom exhibition or GALA's Annual Spring Show in Winchendon at the end of the month! 

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Martha's Vineyard 
Get into the spirit of Spring at Shearing Day at Island Alpaca on Saturday, April 27! This family-friendly event gets you up close to these gentle, curious creatures. Check out all the information at Island Alpaca. Next, the Martha's Vineyard Film Society presents the Spectrum Film Festival April 25-28. Spectrum is a 4-day film festival that presents a world perspective on LGBTQ+ stories, people and issues through films, guest speakers, discussions and a special event for LGBTQ+ youth.  

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Mohawk Trail Region
Photo credit: Brooks Ashmanskas and Matthew Broderick in The Closet, 2018; photo by Carolyn Brown
Since 1955, the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America's finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires each summer.  Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events, including COMMUNITY WORKS, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. The 2019 Season runs June 25-August 18. For more information, visit wtfestival.org or call 413-458-3253.

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MetroWest

Spring is finally here, and that means Boston Marathon excitement is right around the corner! On Patriots Day, April 15, MetroWest will be home to two of the best marathon parties around. First, just a mile from the starting line, Hopkinton will host its annual Marathon Spectacular at Weston Nurseries. Just down the road, Downtown Framingham's annual Celebrate 6 party will also be in full swing. Both parties will feature race views, food and drink, live music, and tons of children's activities.

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Nantucket Island

Island Cabaret (April 5, 7-9 pm) brings comedians and local singer-songwriters together to benefit Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. The Skate Me A Rainbow figure ice skating show (April 6, 1 pm & 4:30 pm) will dazzle. Maria Mitchell Owl Prowl (April 20, 7-9 pm) is a unique night-birding experience! Don't miss Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (April 24-28, various times). Last but not least, Nantucket Daffodil Festival (April 26-28) is April's major event! See Nantucket come alive with three million daffodils. Parades (car, children, dog), contests, picnics, hat pageant, Nanpuppets, more!

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North of Boston
The Amesbury Home & Garden Show will take place April 6-7.  Visit the show to discover local services and products.  Get a head start on your home and garden improvements for 2019!  The annual Newburyport Literary Festival: A Celebration of Literature, Readers and Writers will take place April 26-27 in Newburyport. The 2019 honoree is award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss. Her writing has been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's, New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Christian Science Monitor.

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Plymouth County

A Back Roads of the South Shore symposium on Saturday, April 13 will focus on "The South Shore Meets the World: Cultural Exchange at Home & Abroad."  Explore local history during this half-day symposium featuring speakers from area museums and historical societies highlighting recent scholarship and collections work. Topics include: The Legacy of Robert Bennet Forbes; Irish, Italian & Cape Verdeans in Scituate;  Duxbury's Women at Sea;  Briton Hammon - Slavery & the Sea; WWI diary and photos of Margaret Hall. Admission is $15 and includes refreshments. 9 am to 2:30 pm at Spire Center for the Performing Arts in Plymouth. To reserve tickets, contact the Plymouth Antiquarian Society at 508-746-0012 or pasm@verizon.net.

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Southeastern Mass

Grab your Easter baskets for Siypnow's Free Easter Egg Hunt! Siypnow, which stands for "Step Into Your Potential NOW" will have family entertainment, food, music, giveaways, games, face painting and an Easter egg hunt! The event is FREE to attend. All of this Easter fun will be Sunday, April 7 from noon to 5 pm at 294 Winthrop Street in Taunton. More details can be found at siypnow.com.

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The Berkshires

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 (celebrating their 25th season), 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 to take in a concert at Tanglewood. Whatever your pleasure, you will find it on stage here! Check our events calendar often so you don't miss a thing!

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Linger in Lexington this spring! Ride the Liberty Ride , browse for unique gifts at the Lexington Visitors Center and step back in time by visiting the three Historic Houses . Attend a comedy show at Cary Hall or catch a movie at Lexington Center's charming theater . Check out the Minuteman Bike Way by renting a bike from the Minuteman Bike Share  . Attend parades, reenactments, and excitement during the Patriots Day Weekend activities !

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Greater Merrimack Valley.  
Central Massachusetts

Discover great experiences in Central Mass. Get the inside scoop on Beekeeping, Explore Space at the EcoTarium or witness the most famous living cellist, Yo-Yo Ma in a spectacular historical venue. Embrace spring while hiking between 70' granite walls at Purgatory Chasm or navigate the Central Mass Craft Beer Trail with a helpful trip-planning tool. Whatever adventure you crave, you're sure to find it in Central Mass. For inspiration and fun itineraries visit discovercentralma.org.

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Franklin County
The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 is a driving tour through several western Massachusetts towns! Nine western potters will open their studios to the public for this 15th annual tour. The free event features the work and workspaces of nationally known host potters and 13 guest potters from throughout New England . New guest potters and new work make for a tour that changes every year and reflects the vibrancy and diversity of handmade ceramics.

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Greater Boston
Spring kicks off with the running of the 123rd Marathon and Patriots' Day festivities. Swan Boats are sailing, the duck boats are swimming and walking tours catering to a wide variety of interests are in abundance. While Boston is an old city, it loves big & little kids, especially during School Vacation Week. American cultural treasure the Alvin Ailey Dance Company mesmerizes audiences, London's spectacular musical Bat Out of Hell combines the magic of a musical with the energy of rock 'n' roll, A Bronx Tale takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s. Frida Kahlo's Arte Popular is on display at the MFA, as is the annual Art in Bloom. The legendary Botticelli's revolutionary narratives Heroines & Heroes can be viewed at the ISG Museum. Then ArtWeek returns, featuring unexpected and creative experiences for all.

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Cape Cod
Celebrate the opening day of Heritage Museum & Gardens' 50th season at the Spring Fling Event from 2 to 7 pm Saturday, April 27! Experience the mobile food and craft beer movements, while spending time outdoors with friends and family. Listen to live music from The Oysters Duo while dining al fresco on some of the area's best-known food trucks in the lush gardens of Heritage. In addition, get an up-close view of one of Heritage's vintage automobiles on display outside (weather permitting), and enjoy all the exhibits and exquisite gardens after normal operating hours. Adults can sample beers from local breweries while the kids play outdoor games.

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Greater Springfield
Springfield Restaurant Week happens April 5-14, with 40 eateries offering great meals at special discounts, with something delicious for everyone! The seventh annual Springfield Museums Festival of Flowers on April 4-7 presents galleries bursting with color, when museum objects are creatively interpreted by florists and garden club members. The Springfield Symphony's April offerings includes "Mozart & Mahler" on April 27.

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Hampshire County
As the temperatures warm, our Artsy Side starts to bloom here in Hampshire County! Stroll upon sunny sidewalk-poetry to the nearest gallery event during ArtWeek MA, April 26-May 5. Why not make it a weekend? Take the scenic route through the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, April 27 & 28, and meet the makers who create in our little slice of paradise. Or, grab your pals and hop on A Taste of the Arts Food Tour to see how the locals bring arts and eats together. Learn more at Visit Hampshire County.

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