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May 2023

Spring in Massachusetts!

May is a perfect month to ‘take a moment’ in Massachusetts. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and on Mother’s Day, find that perfect gift or restaurant for mom! Over Memorial Day weekend, visit landmarks and ceremonies that honor our veterans. Here for a college graduation? Venture off campus and discover some Massachusetts magic, from museum and art galleries to concert and theater venues, farmers markets, flower festivals and outdoor adventures. 

If you visit North Central Massachusetts, be sure to check out the numerous craft breweries, farms and orchards so you get a taste of Massachusetts at its finest! You can find more information at

Pictured here: Red Apple Farm, Phillipston

Featured Region: North Central Mass

Get ready to celebrate: Festival season begins in May across North Central Massachusetts! From the first blossoms of Spring till the bell-ringing of a new year, farms, orchards, and community organizations spotlight the region’s treasures. Start the season with a visit to the Apple Blossom Festival at Sholan Farms in Leominster, a community-run orchard in Johnny Appleseed’s home town. Immerse yourself in the visions of local artists at the Gardner Area League of Artists’ Spring Art & Music Festival at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston. Begin your months-long tastes of the region with the season-opening Food Truck Festival in Fitchburg or the Taste of Winchendon food fest. Meet and greet llamas and alpacas at Plainview Farm’s Spring Fling! May is jam-packed with the sights, sounds and tastes of Spring!

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Photo: Peter Simon

Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard’s May flora awakens, beaches beckon! Take Felix Neck’s moonrise kayak tour (5/5), bring mother to Mother’s Day dinner (5/12) or attend the 9th annual Environmental Film Festival; shop boutique bargains. Birders alert 40th Annual Birdathon (5/12-5/13), then 100+ hiking trails will inspire and rejuvenate. Run the MV Marathon & Half Marathon (5/20) or cycle 44 miles of cycling paths (cycling-map). Vineyard Artisans Memorial Day Festival (5/27-28) not to be missed!

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Mohawk Trail Region

Summer at MASS MoCA (Art, Music, Comedy & More):

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Maifest (Mayfest) is a traditional German festival to celebrate the beginning of spring and the counterpart to the legendary Oktoberfest celebration. The festival includes traditional music, dancing, attire, and of course, German food and beer. A Maifest king and queen are selected from the festival attendees. Join us for our version of Maifest this year to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather! For more information, including a schedule of events, check out

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May is merrier on Nantucket! As Nantucket greens, water and skies blue up! Visitors revel in spring’s beauty, and happy faces are illuminated at beaches island wide. Night skies (8:15-9:15 pm) are ‘stellar’ at Maria Mitchell’s Look Up at Loines (5/4,11,18, 25). Nantucket Wine & Food Festival (5/17-21) is a wonderful gala celebrating great cuisine and wines. LUNAFEST women’s film festival (5/27) and the exciting return of the Figawi Race Weekend (5/27-29). It’s all here and near on Nantucket!

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North of Boston

Welcome in spring at Cider Hill Farm’s Tulip Fest May 6-7 & May 13-14. The festival features live music, self-guided blooming orchard walks, outdoor hard cider bars, food trucks, fitness n’ family activities and pick-your-tulips! Cape Ann Museum presents 100 voices, Our Collective Story, beginning May 12-21. The sound installation immerses exhibition visitors in local stories while lasers visualize the web of connectivity between stories. Find more events and information on

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Plymouth County

If April showers bring May flowers what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims!

Mayflower II is holding court in Plymouth Harbor and Spring is in full swing in the Town of Plymouth and throughout Plymouth County. First Fridays Plymouth kicks off May 5th with a great evening of arts & culture. And don’t miss the 2023 Concert Series at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. Download the See Plymouth app for events, shopping, lodging and more!

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Southeastern Mass

Do you like the freshest seafood possible? With the most lucrative fishing port in the U.S. for 20 years consecutively, you won’t be bored, because you’ll be having dinner by the ocean, with the freshest seafood and farm fresh dinners possible and memorable views. Whether a family getaway, or a romantic outing, it’s all right here waiting for you. Take a lot of photos to remember your Great Escape to Southeastern Massachusetts.

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The Berkshires

Shakespeare & Company opens its 2023 season on May 26th with Ken Ludwig’s "Dear Jack, Dear Louise," directed by Ariel Bock! Presented in the outdoor Roman Garden Theatre through June 30th, this comedic look at life in 1942 was inspired by the WWII courtship of Ludwig’s parents and earned the Charles MacArthur Award and Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play. For more information and tickets, visit

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Greater Merrimack Valley

The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust partners every year with the professional guiding company Zoar Outdoor to provide one of the only urban whitewater rafting experiences in the country that includes rafting through a state and national park! Concord River Whitewater Rafting trips will be held May 6-7, 13-15, and 20-21 from 9 am to 12 pm. Find out more! On May 16, The Temptations & The Four Tops take the stage at 8 pm at the Lowell Auditorium. Buy tickets now for this unforgettable show featuring two legendary Motown acts!

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Central Massachusetts

Bask in warmer months with local blooms, plus specialty floral shows by Seven States Daffodil Society and American Rhododendron Society. Swing into the season with Mini Golf After Dark and a spring sports revival, while earning perks for game-goers. Peruse goods at Spencer’s Food Truck Showdown & Craft Fair and Brimfield’s renowned Antique Show. Groove through Madagascar the Musical and performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem, then wrap with a Summer Kickoff on The Common

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Franklin County

Millwork Makers and Art Market will be held May 12-13 at The Mill at Shelburne Falls! Mill at Shelburne Falls campus opens for a makers market as part of Spring Weekend in Shelburne Falls. The market features over 40 makers working in textiles, musical instruments, visual arts, pottery, jewelry, and more. There will be a special preview event on Friday eve with music, beverages and a “first look” at work by select Mill makers. On Saturday, the Mill will feature both indoor exhibitors and an outdoor market of regional makers and artists.

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Greater Boston

Discover why Boston is a can't-miss destination for music lovers! Along with dozens of annual live music festivals and concerts, the city hosts the Boston Calling Music Festival every Memorial Day Weekend. This three-day event returns on May 26 with an impressive lineup featuring the Foo Fighters, The Lumineers, Alanis Morissette, Paramore, and more. As recognized by Esquire Magazine and USA Today readers, this year’s event ranks among the best in the country.

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Cape Cod

Find inspiring vacation ideas in the 2023 Cape Cod Travel Guide - available now for online viewing and for purchase! Leaf through the latest edition of our magazine and start dreaming of your next visit. Engaging feature stories include "19 Kid-Approved Activities," "Creative Dining Options" and "Navigating to and around Cape Cod Without a Car." Discover why you should visit the Cape in the alluring shoulder seasons of fall, winter and spring. Get the lowdown on the best places for ice cream, cocktails by the sea and the perfect Cape Cod keepsakes! And find insider tips on where to stay, play and dine. This handy travel-planning tool will be your best friend as you plan your trip to Cape Cod. 

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Western Mass

Nothing says “spring” like a day at Six Flags New England! The park is open weekends in May and Memorial Day weekend marks the long-awaited grand opening of the Dino Off-Road Adventure, which promises endless fun “for the park’s tiniest thrill seekers.” Come face-to-face with high-tech, life-size animatronic dinos while driving a safari-style vehicle on a track. And pack your swimsuits for the Hurricane Harbor water park, which opens May 27. For more spring fun in Western Mass, click here.

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Photo: Lynne Graves

Hampshire County

Get outside this May! Visit the “living museum” that is The Botanic Garden of Smith College, or stroll through the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge. Find gorgeous contemporary crafts, jewelry, and art at the Paradise City Arts Festival during Memorial Day weekend. When you’re ready to cool off, catch a performance at Amherst’s The Drake (after dinner at local hotspot Protocol!). Beginning May 31st, Summer on Strong transforms a downtown avenue into a pedestrian-only oasis with outdoor music and dining. Fun is in the air in Hampshire County!

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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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