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October 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!
Autumn is Upon Us
As the season transitions, we relish in the beauty and delights that come with it. Foliage replaces vibrant greens with fiery reds, a scenic backdrop to the intoxicating scents and flavors that reinvigorate our taste buds. Cider is on our mind this month! Warm and sweet is always a win, but why not give hard cider a try? Massachusetts-made ciders are tough to beat, and the ultimate tasting ground is Franklin County CiderDays. While this annual event takes place each November, we want to ensure all calendars are marked for this can't-miss festival of tastings, cider making, tours, workshops, and then some! Meanwhile, this is also the ideal time to reconnect with nature on leaf peeping adventures by car or foot. Then get arty on the Cape, try a few spooks on for size in Salem, and cheer on your favorite crew in Boston. Kick off the fall season with mix new experiences and favorite traditions! For more on what's happening this month in MA, visit

For more on what to see +  do in Massachusetts this month, and into the fall season, visit
Featured Region: Greater Springfield
Fright Fest at Six Flags New England is back for select days September 23-October 29. It's a super-spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park! Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back for some truly frightening fun after the sun goes down with several haunted houses and scare zones throughout the park. 

Granville Harvest Fair will be held October 7-9. This classic small-town fall fair features food, crafts, music, a book fair and historic drum factory demonstrations. Tour the orchards, enjoy local ice cream, cheese, maple syrup and other goodies, purchase unique hand crafted items from local artists and crafters, and enjoy a quintessential New England town during its loveliest season. has more information on fall happenings. Find more events and information for Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
Come on over to the colorful side of western Massachusetts! Northampton's Paradise City Arts Festival (Columbus Day weekend) and Easthampton's Art in the Orchard (weekends through Thanksgiving) are "must go" weekend events in October, staged against the bright colors of the Holyoke Range. Locals hike Hadley's Skinner Mountain State Park to view hawks, eagles and other raptors soaring on the migration highway to their winter homes. For tastes from the valley's farms, dairies and breweries, take a walking food tour of downtown Northampton. Click here for more to see and do in Hampshire County's "other side" of Massachusetts. Find more events and information for Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
Paint it, carve it, or drop it on a scale to win a ribbon - the lowly pumpkin is king this month! The gourds are gigantic at the Pumpkin Festival & Weigh-In at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston and the 34th Annual AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, where growers compete for pumpkin bragging rights. Feeling hungry? Plan your pie-making with a trip to the Pumpkin Festival at Lanni Orchards in Lunenburg, Fall Fest at Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg, or the Global Harvest Festival at Heifer Farm in Rutland. Find more events and information for Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
The Martha's Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is back October 19-22! The flagship food, wine and drink event of Martha's Vineyard, the festival stays rooted in the Island's rich tradition of farming and fishing, inviting you to meet local culinary talent, and the farmers, fishermen, oyster producers, and artisans they work with. Guest chefs and vintners from around the world are added for a unique celebration. For festival info, visit, and for all Martha's Vineyard info visit Find more events and information for Martha's Vineyard .
Mohawk Trail Region
How better to spend an autumn weekend than in the beautiful Massachusetts town of Colrain. Forget online, buy direct! Experience work made by hand, meet the artists and artisans: 14th Annual Crafts of Colrain Studio Tour November 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  The tour showcases 23 artists and craftspeople (one returning, two new to the tour) living and working in Colrain, welcoming you into their workplaces. Find a brochure, map, restaurants, B&Bs and other businesses at Find more events and information for The Mohawk Trail Region

MetroWest, is brewing up fun and flavor this autumn! Hop on down to Skybokx 109 in Natick on Thursday, October 12 for Craftacular, a lively evening of food, music, and over thirty craft beer offerings. Thirsty for more? The Ashland VFW's first annual MetroWest Beerfest will be held on Saturday, October 14. The festivities begin at six o'clock, and will include fare from local food trucks, music, corn-hole tournament, and most importantly...great beer!  Find more events and information for MetroWest.
Nantucket Island

Join the Conservation Foundation and learn about the long history of cranberry farming on Nantucket during the Cranberry Festival (October 7). The Milestone Cranberry Bog will be harvested for viewers who can also enjoy music and activities. Then on October 13-15, support local farmers at the NantucketGrown Food Festival. Tastings, oyster boat tours and culinary lessons will all be provided through Sustainable Nantucket.  Find more events and information for Nantucket Island.
North of Boston
Enjoy eleven days of agriculture, entertainment and great food at the Topsfield Fair September 29-October 9! Cape Ann Artisans open studios tour takes place on October 7-9; come explore the artisans exquisite natural surrounding and see the fine art and craft inspired by the scenic North Shore.  Then, experience Haunted Happenings in Salem October 1-31. There is something for everyone, from family fun events to haunted history and much more. Find more events and information for North of Boston.
Plymouth County

The Annual Arts By the Bog Festival will be held Sunday, October 1 at Flax Pond Farms in Carver. What better time of year to combine cranberries & culture! Come join Flax Pond Farms owners, Jack & Dot Angley, and visit local arts & crafts vendors, see crafts demos, hear live country music, and enjoy kids games. Lunch will be available homemade by the Berry Guys, and Harvest Tours will be available too! This annual event is proving to be a Plymouth County favorite and an experience that puts the fun in fall. 10 am to 4 pm. Find more events and information for Plymouth County.
Southeastern Mass

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will partner with the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
on Tuesday, October 17 to present a special free concert featuring Roberto Plano! The internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso will perform classics of the solo piano repertoire by Liszt, Villa Lobos, Ginastera, and Gershwin, including the incomparable American masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue. Free, but tickets are required (limit four tickets). Click here to request tickets now! Show will be at 8 pm. Find more events and information for Southeastern Massachusetts
The Berkshires

Credit Ogden Gigli
With so much to do and see in the Berkshires this Fall, you're going to want to make sure you have an extended stay. If it's festivals you are looking for, we have them. Or what about a scenic train ride? We have those too! Feeling spooky? Be sure to go on one of our ghost tours. All of this is set against the stunning backdrop of our fall foliage, so start planning. F
ind more  events and information for The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley

The Morgan Library & Museum, MA 6069. Photo by Graham S. Haber, 2010.
This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal, a new exhibition at the Concord Museum, runs September 29, 2017-January 21, 2018. This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the life of one of America's most influential authors and thinkers. It brings together remarkable holdings from the world's two most significant Thoreau collections: journals, manuscripts, letters, books, and field notes from The Morgan Library & Museum; and, from the Concord Museum, unique personal items that have never before left Thoreau's hometown, including the very desk on which he wrote much of his journal. Find more events and information for Greater Merrimack Valley. 
Central Massachusetts

Fall in love with Central Mass this month as apples, pumpkins, and jewel-toned leaves steal the scene! The Global Harvest Festival at Heifer Farm in Rutland September 30-October 1 features international crafts, live music, apple cider, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch! The ever-popular Annual Sturbridge Harvest Festival returns to the Sturbridge Town Common on October 14-15 and will include the annual scarecrow contest and craft fair. On October 19-22 & 26-29, Great Pumpkin Nights at the EcoTarium will showcase 3000+ carved and lit pumpkins in stunning displays of dinosaurs, safari animals, and beautifully carved Jack O'Lanterns! Find more events and information for Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County
Great Greenfield DinoFest, presented by Piti Theatre Company and PVMA on Saturday, October 7, is a celebratory day of performance, food, activities for children, a panel discussion, chalk art, dino films with live music and more. Highlights of the DinoFest include the premiere of Piti's musical "Dexter and the Dinosaurs" about the life of Greenfield's Dexter Marsh, a self-taught fossil collector and citizen scientist of the 1800's. Also enjoy an evening pickle brine reception followed by a Great DinoFilm montage with live music. 2nd Congregrational Church, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm; 170 Main Street, 6 to 9 pm. For more information, visit Find more events and information for Franklin County.
Greater Boston
October in Boston is a work of art in and of itself.  Treat yourself to Puccini's Tosca, Bruno Mars, the 21st annual A Cappella Competition or Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Theatre buffs can select from the throwback musical Souvenir, Tony-Award winning Fun Home and the heartbreaking musical A Guide for the Homesick. New exhibitions include, Mark Rothko at the MFA, Mark Dion at the ICA or for a different perspective check out Thoreau & His Journal at the Concord Museum. Having trouble deciding what to do? Then HUBWEEK, where art, science and technology intersect, is a wise choice. And don't forget to bookmark the annual Boston Book Festival in Copley Square. There's also plenty of Halloween, Harvest and Oktoberfests to choose from! Find more events and information for Greater Boston
Cape Cod
Dig in to fresh seafood, New England cuisine, and local brews at these upcoming Fall food fests, which usher in a season of eating on Cape Cod! Beer aficionados, mark your calendar for the Cape Cod Brew Fest, back for its sixth year on October 14 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds. The pearl of Cape Cod's seafood is undoubtedly the Wellfleet oyster, and on October 14-15 fans from the Cape and beyond flock to Wellfleet Oyster Festival to feast on the celebrated shellfish. Then, tour Yarmouth by trolley, and taste the best of the town, on the Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth on November 11. Find more events and information for Cape Cod.
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