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April 2022

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Spring greetings from Massachusetts!

With the arrival of spring, Massachusetts offers an array of exciting activities in April, from the Boston Marathon and Patriots Day commemorations to Easter celebrations and Earth Day! Now is a perfect time to enjoy our museums and history sites, restaurants and farms, and our beaches, biking trails, mountains and rural byways. 

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Photo: Spring Woodland Garden Garden in the Woods - Framingham


Featured Region: MetroWest

On Friday, April 8 at 7 pm, join us at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, when the culinary and performing arts unite for an inspired evening of fabulous food, libations, and entertainment! The 10th annual Culinary Cabaret spotlights this region's outstanding culinary talent, showcasing fine wines, craft beer, delectable spirits, flavorful dishes and mouth-watering desserts. Then, on Saturday April 9 at 7 pm, visit Hopkinton Center for the Arts Bluesfest, featuring the Chris Fitz Band with special guest Ken Clark, the Racky Thomas Band, and Sonya Rae and Ryan Taylor! Get ready for a night of extraordinary music and talent. Wine and beer will be available for purchase including food by Larry Joes New England Fire Pit —voted "Best Hot Dog" in Massachusetts by People Magazine.

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April’s “Grey Lady’” fog lifts aloft — views are verdant; espy flowers, wildlife along hiking trails, cycling-paths, beachy sand trails, endless beaches! Spring’s awakening brings visitors, re-openings. Rent bicycles, visit Whaling, Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum exhibits. Try plein air paint, savor al fresco lunches. ‘Sconset Bluff Walk dazzles. Maria-Mitchell’s birdingart galleries, new merchandise at shops, restaurants openings. And, at last, long-awaited Nantucket Daffodil Festival (April 22-24). All this bookends the season’s start on this magic and timeless, heady sea-tossed Brigadoon!

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North of Boston

Celebrate Spring! The Peabody Essex Museum presents two exhibitions: Climate Action: Inspiring Change (opening 4/16/2022) and Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees (begins 4/20/2022), and special April School Vacation Week programming that explore the climate crisis and our role in it. Voices of Hope returns to the Stage for A Grand Night for Singing! There will be two performances at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly on Saturday 4/23 at 8 pm and Sunday 4/24 at 2 pm. Proceeds from the night benefit cancer research being conducted at the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

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Plymouth County

Springtime in Plymouth County is truly lovely as seasonal businesses and attractions reopen, but visitors can enjoy a bit more wiggle room before the summer crowds arrive. Fuller Craft Museum kicks off the month with a Spring Opening Reception! Whale watching and deep-sea fishing return with Captain John Boats. And Plimoth Patuxet Museums hosts the annual Herring Run Celebration at Plimoth Grist Mill and Jenney Pond Park. Download the #SeePlymouth app for full calendar of events, shopping, lodging and more!

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Southeastern Mass

Plan your ESCAPE and experience some history. Take a drive by the ocean to visit Battleship Cove, or The New Bedford Whaling Museum...and climb aboard unique interactive historic displays. Interactive, one of a kind displays are waiting for you and the family. Catch some sun on the beach and play with the family in historic SEMass. Your escape is here waiting for you! Less than an hour from Boston and minutes away from Providence.

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The Berkshires

Get your tickets to Mamadou Diabate and Percussion Mania at MASS MoCA in the

Berkshires on April 9 at 8 pm. The internationally acclaimed balafon virtuoso

Mamadou Diabate hails from the Sambla people of Burkina Faso, where music and

language are one and the same. A griot by birth and bandleader by trade, Diabate’s

Percussion Mania mixes traditional West African storytelling rhythms and Western rock for a truly explosive stage show and a night to remember.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Restaurant Week is back by popular demand in Greater Merrimack Valley from April 25 through May 1! Greater Merrimack Valley is a great place to dine year round. This year, each city and town will have the opportunity to highlight everything that makes local dining unique during the Greater Merrimack Valley Food Festival. Enjoy many favorite cuisines and experience new and unexpected cultures during this one delicious week!

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Central Massachusetts

Two months out from Worcester’s Tercentennial Weekend, April brings plenty of action. A Railers Fan Appreciation Night graces the DCU Center, while Polar Park hosts the Harvey Ball followed by WooSox Opening Day. Youth programs are in full swing, with a Bravehearts Baseball Clinic, WPI’s science and technology festival, Touch Tomorrow, and a Night in the Museum at Old Sturbridge Village. There’s no shortage of entertainment, either, courtesy of Ballet Hispánico and WAAF’s Big Gig.

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Franklin County

The 18th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail will be held in several locations in Western Mass from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1! Studio tour both online and an in-person of the creative spaces of the area’s close-knit community of potters. Pottery will be available for sale in a wide range of wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics for tabletop, home, and garden. Talk with the artists about their work, technique and inspiration. Find 23 potters at eight studio locations and while you’re at it, take in the rich cultural life, scenic drives, and culinary delights that western Massachusetts has to offer.

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Greater Boston

Boston’s beautiful Swan Boats reopen for the season on April 16, 2022! Take a leisurely lagoon ride aboard these iconic vessels while immersing in the blooming botany of Boston’s famous Public Garden. The Swan Boats run daily starting at 10 am and tickets can be purchased for a nominal price at the Swan Boat dock.  

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Cape Cod

If you’re looking to add an extra level of depth to your Cape Cod experience, carve out plenty of time to explore the Cape Cod National Seashore. This stretch of coastline—made up of windswept beaches, sand dunes, and marshland— extends 40 miles from the “elbow” to the “hook” of the Cape. In all, there’s over 40,000 acres of woods and waterfront views where nature lovers can go hiking, surfing, wildlife spotting, bike riding, canoeing, and so much more. This season, get off the beaten path and explore the wild side of the Cape with these 7 cool things to see and do at the Cape Cod National Seashore!

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Western Mass

The Symphony of Horses takes place April 22 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield. This event pairs an esteemed lineup of world class equine talent with the 35-piece Best of Boston Orchestra and guest performer Broadway & Disney Star, Josh Strickland. Tickets are available here. Make it a weekend in Western Mass and stay in town for the latest exhibit featured at the Springfield Museums, ‘Front Row Center: Icons of Rock, Blues, and Soul’ - iconic photographs of Larry Hulst capture the freewheeling energy of live music and the enduring visual spectacle of rock’s greatest performers. 

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Hampshire County

April is for art in Hampshire County! Catch a free daily film during KidsBestFest in Northampton. See iconic work from Maya Lin at the Smith College Museum of Art, or take a virtual tour at Amherst College's Mead Art Museum. At The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, watch the magical world of Ed Emberley's picture books come to life, then dive into some original Dr. Seuss drawings at the R.Michelson Galleries in Northampton. Art abounds in Hampshire County!

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North Central Mass

At last! Spring has arrived, bringing a bounty of outdoor activities — from the wet and wild River Rat Race in Athol and Orange, to Yoga in the field with alpacas and llamas in Hubbardston and Lunenburg. Enjoy a walk through a forest or along a rail trail. Show your love for the outdoors by celebrating Earth Day in Lunenburg, Townsend or Gardner. Fun and fresh air await you every day in North Central Massachusetts!

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Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard’s April means flowers, subtle greens and birdsong. Whether a day, weekend or week-long visit, visitors leave refreshed and renewed after hearty beach strolls, trail hikes and some fresh seafood on the dock, beach or restaurant. Don’t forget the Vineyard Confections Spring Egg Event (April 2-3), live music at Cardboard Box, Offshore Ale, or Sweet Life Café; MV Museum’s fascinating Wampum exhibit (4/8-5/8/22), or observe Polly Hill Arboretum come alive! Felix Neck’s vacation week (4/18-22) Spring into Nature, Cape Pogue’s Bird Bingo Safari (4/23). It’s all here!


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Mohawk Trail Region

Spend a day in Old New England! Take a walk back in time, to the heart of an 18th-century colonial village at Historic Deerfield. Explore 11 museum houses with trained guides, world-class antiques and special exhibitions in the heart of a 330-year old village. Enjoy family programs, hands-on learning events distinctive shopping, and tavern lunch at the Deerfield Inn. Plan your visit to Historic Deerfield today! Summer season hours beginning April 16. Open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday, and Monday holidays.

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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

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Funded by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism