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November 2020
Celebrate Autumn in Massachusetts
Fall foliage peaks, cranberry harvests, museum exhibits and Thanksgiving - November is a perfect time to enjoy Massachusetts.

As you travel around the Commonwealth this month, please support our small businesses in cities and towns, resort areas, rural villages and farmlands, as well as our museums, visitor attractions and historical sites. Our Main Streets businesses need our support now more than ever.
Our state initiative, My Local MA, offers a perfect way to share your experience by using #MyLocalMA on social media. And please, don't forget to #MaskupMA! You can find more information at or

For more on what to see + do in Massachusetts, visit
Featured Region: Mohawk Trail Region
Richard Nielsen: This is Not a Gag: Los Angeles-based artist Richard Nielsen reveals the fiercest and finest parts of human nature in This is Not a Gag, his series of portraits of people in their face masks, on view at Mass MoCA in North Adams beginning November 7. The subjects' faces may be covered, but variations in masks and individual expressions speak volumes about our lives today. Among the subjects are artists, writers, and friends of Nielsen and Mass MoCA; and if you look closely you might just recognize some of those fiery eyes️. Some other artists also on view: James Turrell, Gamaliel Rodriguez, Wendy Red Star, Ledelle Moe, Kissing through a Curtain, ERRE and Sol LeWitt.  

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When doing your holiday shopping this month, please support local businesses! MetroWest is home to countless unique shops such as Five Crows gallery and gift store in Natick; Serendipity, a small bright gift shop offering "jewelry, art and whimsy," located on Main Street in Hudson; uni-T, a woman-owned and eco-friendly art gallery, T-shirt and gift shop in Natick; and Fiori, a specialty goods, boutique and floral designs shop in Franklin.

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Nantucket Island

November finds Nantucket vigilant with a Island-wide mask mandate, best guidance implemented, and monitored to keep everyone safe! Holiday Red Ticket Program commences November 1; drawings on December 24! Festival of Wreaths (November 12-21), then holiday-shop downtown. Families, friends, couples stroll 200+ conservation lands, deserted beaches, Siasconset and Great Point. Feast to exquisite Thanksgiving dinners by island chefs. Post-dinner, cycle, stroll, family pictures and nap. On Friday, November 27, watch NCTV's virtual Annual Tree Lighting and see Whaling Museum's Festival of Trees. Need a little Nantucket?

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North of Boston
Amazing exhibitions are on view now! The Salem Witch Trials 1692 at the Peabody Essex Museum explores the extraordinary hysteria of the Salem witch trials. View Robert Frank: The American's at the Addison Gallery of American Art. The photography is a raw documentation of a country in transition. Celebrating its strengths while exposing the cracks in the veneer of optimism and opportunity that defined its postwar culture. Odds Were Against Me at the Cape Ann Museum was organized in recognition and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women in America the right to vote.
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Plymouth County

Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight, a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History Conference to inspire educators to learn about creation histories and traditional life; colonization and its aftermath; and the continued resilience and life of New England Natives today. The virtual event, co-sponsored by Bridgewater State University and the Wampanoag Advisory Council, is free of charge and offers weekend sessions through November 22 that feature well-known experts and testimonials. For more information, visit the conference website.

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Southeastern Mass

Discover the underwater world of whales, the dramatic story of whaling and its impact, and the maritime history of Southcoast Massachusetts at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Marvel at five massive whale skeletons, the world's largest ship model (Lagoda), and America's longest painting. Explore whale science and conservation, learn how Yankee whalers sailed the seven seas and enjoy works by internationally known maritime artists. In an effort to better manage the flow of crowds and maximize social distancing, the museum has instituted a timed admission system. Purchase tickets here!  
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The Berkshires

Join Hancock Shaker Village for some winter fun in the Berkshires. Thanksgiving on the Farm (November 27-28) offers craft demos, a Turkey Walk & Talk, and kids' activities. Their pop-up Holiday Market (Saturdays, November 28-December 19) features a curated selection of goods by regional artisans. Hancock Holidays returns December 12 with a gingerbread house contest, storytime with Santa, caroling, and more. On December 31, Hibernation Celebration rings out the year with workshops, roasting s'mores, a kids' countdown to the end of 2020, and a Tree of Hope to hang your wish for 2021. 

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ents and information for The Berkshires. 
Greater Merrimack Valley

Distance learning has us all looking for things to engage kids of all ages. Why not take advantage of History at Home, virtual experiences offered by the Concord Museum? Videos are available to watch online that show what it was like to live and work in the Colonial era. From Craftsmanship & Apprenticeship to Colonial Cooking and Colonial Clothing, from Paul Revere's ride to the Minutemen and much more, these videos filmed on location, bring this time period to life. There is also a free weekly newsletter that is filled with fun videos, activities and images for all ages. Click here to learn more!

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Greater Merrimack Valley. 
Central Massachusetts

Fall favors the explorers of Central Massachusetts, treating visitors to fantastic foliage at photo-worthy destinations. Between pumpkin-picking, geocaching & Quaboag Countryside getaways, outdoor experiences are abundant all across the region. Visit the sanctuary in the city: Worcester's Broad Meadow Brook offers one-way walking paths & free admission. Art & Culture thrive with Worcester Arts Museum exhibiting Japanese Screens plus Kimono Couture & Museum of Russian Icons showcasing impeccable polyptychs. Our events calendar is growing - let the discovery begin! 

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Franklin County
Celebrate all things cider, apples and orchards with the CiderDays Cider Trail 2020, featuring local orchards and cideries that you can drive to in the safety of your own car. Do them all at once or come back every week! Sixteen stops in Western Massachusetts through November. Safe. Socially Distanced. Delicious. Visit for more information!

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Greater Boston
@undergroundinkblock is a transformed 8-acre active urban park, cultural attraction, and parking amenity that connects South Boston and the South End. This area allows a place for the Boston community to gather and experience incredible, thought-provoking murals by local artists such as this beautiful installation created by @marka_27. Other local artists featured throughout the park include @problak, @hoxxoh, @silvialopezchavez and more.

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Cape Cod
The annual Field of Honor Display (November 6-12) at Johnny Kelly Park in Dennis is a stunning display of American flags, part of a nationwide tribute to men and women in uniform. From glimmering whimsical characters to shimmering jewel-toned orbs, the hand-blown ornaments at Sandwich Glass Museum's 11th Annual Glassblowers' Christmas (November 16-December 30) are perfect for holiday gift-giving. And see the holidays in a whole new light at the spectacular Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, which will wow you from November 27-December 27 (Friday-Sundays).

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Western Mass
There's a chill in the air, but the attractions in Western Mass are open and ready to host you while putting your safety first.  The Springfield Museums has a series of protocols in place including timed tickets, social distancing, enhanced cleaning methods and more. Check out the Gingerbread in Wonderland exhibit opening on November 27th.  At the newly renovated Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, they also offer timed tickets and provide disposable stylus pens for visitors to enjoy the new interactive exhibits while staying safe. For the ultimate social distancing event, mark your calendars for November 25th and hop in the car for Bright Nights at Forest Park's 3.5 mile holiday lighting tour!

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Hampshire County
Photo:  Credit Hope Feathers Framing; Open Online and In-Person
When it comes to holiday shopping trips this year, let your favorite brick-and-mortar boutiques bring the best right to your door! Shop these specialty shops online for the unique, hand-crafted gifts you can't find anywhere else, packed and delivered with love, from Hampshire County: Hope & Feathers Framing (custom framing, fine art printing), Downtown Sounds Workers Co-Op (musical instruments, virtual music lessons, and more), Book Moon (books, merch, and more). Find more specialty shops on!

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North Central Massachusetts 
From giant photographs to Saharan textiles, Ukranian psanky and original works by local and regional artists, a world of art awaits visitors to Johnny Appleseed Country this fall. And the good news in this Covid-restricted era is that the doors to area museums and galleries are open (some require reservations). It's a great time to tour new exhibitions at the Fitchburg Art Museum and Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg, Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, or the GALA Arts Gallery in Winchendon.  

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Martha's Vineyard 
Martha's Vineyard's achingly-beautiful fall colors, ethereal light and endless sights/activities/tours exalt the changing season! Safe & distanced across MVY, visitors will Fall for the Arts with distanced outdoor concerts, open studios, gallery tours, classes...island-wide! Visit the whimsical Island Folk Pottery/Sculpture Trail, Field Gallery, self-immerse at Featherstone Center for Arts (holiday-gift show November 14-December 16, 12 to 4 pm) and MV Film Center's great films. Take a guided tour/explore Chappaquiddick's Cape Poge (11/7+14), Trustees' guided-hikes Long Point and Cape Poge. Come Vineyard, been home long enough?

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