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October 2020
Fall Fun in Massachusetts
Fall foliage, farmers markets, Halloween and new museum exhibits - October 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 new 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

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Featured Region: Martha's Vineyard 
October on Martha's Vineyard is as vivid as its autumnal cloak of reds, golds and ochres under cerulean skies. The annual Fall for the Arts initiative offers safe, distanced (or online) art experiences across the island, where a panoply of artists and crafters offer distinctively Vineyard-inspired art, photography, weathervanes, jewelers, alpaca/cashmere sweaters and more from safe open studios. Enjoy concerts, gallery tours, both indoor and drive-in movies. Art-y spots are listed on this art map! There's more...dazzling Martha's Vineyard Museum, Mytoi, farm markets, golf, whimsical Gingerbread Cottages beckoning beneath leafy-rainbow canopies. Visit Aquinnah Cliffs, hike island trails, go cycling, kayaking and SUP-ing, golf. Island restaurants tickle palates, shops encourage early holiday shopping, Menemsha sunsets, beaches and Chappaquiddick always enchant. Don't resist, be here!

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Mohawk Trail Region
Opening October 6, The Clark's first outdoor exhibition Ground/work consists of site-responsive installations by six contemporary artists presented in locations across the pastoral setting of its 140-acre campus. International artists Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang were invited to conceive of a response to the Clark's landscape and to be in active dialogue with the natural environment and setting. The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. 

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Halloween Costumes, Cash Prizes, Ghoulish Good Fun. The spell has been cast. This Halloween is going to be a blast for the whole family! It's a Halloween Scavenger Hunt from your car on Saturday, October 24 in the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce ten town area. Join us for this wickedly safe, socially-distanced alternative where costumes are required. There may be some TRICKS but if you're one of the winning teams, cash prizes will be your TREAT! Find more info.

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Nantucket Island

Credit Emily Elisabeth
Nantucket is resplendent sporting October's colors. From crimson cranberry harvests to 200+ trails awash in wide-spectrum color, outdoors dazzle! Walk, hike, cycle, jog, or drive to private leafy castles island-wide. Downtown's 800+ pre-Civil War structures evoke a glorious history. Distanced and al fresco dining's a new reason to patronize old (or new) favorites. See whale bones and cobblestones; shop, plein air, photograph, journal, visit lighthouses, picturesque beaches, savor Sconset Bluff Walk. Need a little Nantucket?

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North of Boston
Firehouse Ignites: Vintage Auction takes place on October 3 starting at noon! Help the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport as they work to reopen their doors. Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios Tour takes place October 10 & 11. Come explore the artisans exquisite natural surrounding and see the fine art and craft inspired by the scenic North Shore. Enjoy Haunted Happenings, a festive celebration of Halloween and fall in Salem, October 1-31. Things might look a little different this October so be sure to download the FREE Salem App for the most up to date information! 
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Plymouth County

Plymouth Center for the Arts presents Art in Bloom 2020, an exhibition in conjunction with the Plymouth Center for the Arts' 53rd Annual Juried Art Show, matching artwork with floral designs. Held Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25 from noon to 4 pm. The exhibition also features Drawing & Pastel, Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Color Photography, B&W Photography and Fine Crafts. In support of healthy community initiatives, a face covering is required. Free admission. Find out more!

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Southeastern Mass

Fall River's Battleship Cove boasts the world's largest collection of US Naval vessels! It is home to five National Historic Landmarks: Battleship USS Massachusetts, Destroyer USS Joseph P Kennedy, Jr, the World War II Attack Submarine USS Lionfish, and PT Boats 617 and 796. The centerpiece of the museum is the USS Massachusetts, which arrived in Fall River in June of 1965 after a successful campaign by the wartime crew of "Big Mamie" to save the ship from the scrap yard. Battleship Cove is open to visitors daily from 9 am to 5 pm; social distancing, face masks, and other guidelines are required.   
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The Berkshires

Pack up the car and head to the Berkshires for the Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show! This year aside from our social distancing precautions and advanced reservation requirement, you will find even more pumpkins, more fun and an expanded schedule! Explore the famous gardens at Naumkeag as they are transformed into a celebration of autumn with over 1,500 jack-o-lanterns, hundreds of mums, pumpkins and countless gourds - most of which were grown right here. Be sure to take time to enjoy some hot cider and other fall treats as you explore.

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ents and information for The Berkshires. 
Greater Merrimack Valley

Lexington Symphony's "On Stage, At Home with Lexington Symphony" is a series of monthly virtual concerts that will be hosted live, broadcast free on LexMedia and available to live stream through their website and YouTube. "On Stage, At Home" programs are a truly unique opportunity for the Symphony audience to enjoy their favorite musicians, young local talent and special guests in more intimate recorded performances, and to interact with some of them in real time by submitting questions to be answered live on air. Programs will premiere once a month through December 2020, with repeat airings on LexMedia and on demand availability at

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Greater Merrimack Valley. 
Central Massachusetts

Throughout October, discover a chronicle of pumpkin delights in Central Massachusetts! Pumpkin Passport: The Exclusive Guide to Pumpkin Patches, Events, Dishes, Drinks & Sweets showcases the best of fall favorites from across the region. From local craft beer to line-worthy artisan donuts, historic farms and mouth-watering dinner specials, everyone is falling in love with pumpkin flavors. Find a journey of seasonal favorites at and via the hashtags #PumpkinPassport or #PumpkinPassportCentralMA on Facebook and Instagram.

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Franklin County
A breath of fresh air! Ponds, lakes, rivers and streams abound in Franklin County for the serious or recreational fishing enthusiast. Many are stocked with trout and other native species. A Massachusetts fishing license is required and can be obtained from any Town Clerk or from area sporting goods stores. Here's a first-hand account of fly fishing on the Deerfield River. Get out into the great outdoors during this foliage season!

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Greater Boston
Fall is an ideal time to explore the Emerald Necklace in a 'green' way as hues of green make way for brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow.  Discover Frederick Law Olmsted's famous parks system on a bicycle tour with Urban Adventours, from the iconic boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue to the serene shores of Jamaica Pond and the Charles River Esplanade, and through the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum.

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Cape Cod
Credit Joanna Adach
Come see why everyone loves Cape Cod's Second Summer! Celebrate the seasonal contrast of vibrant blue ocean, shimmering gold foliage, and scarlet-drenched cranberry bogs. Dine al fresco while enjoying seafood favorites, creative cuisine, and refreshing cocktails. Outdoor fun is everywhere! Explore nature trails that wind through woodlands, cedar swamps and salt marshes. Kayak or paddleboard around our harbors, lakes and ocean bays. Or enjoy the Cape's natural beauty on two wheels - whether it's mountain biking through wooded forests, a ride along scenic byways, or exploring the many paved trails. Enjoy a more intimate experience and book your #CapeCodSecondSummer getaway today.

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Greater Springfield
Those fall activities you crave are still happening in Western Mass!  The Big E might be off but you can still get your favorite fair foods at The Big E Food-To-Go Drive Thru Thursdays through Sundays until October 18. Three different vendors will bring their iconic fair food to The Big E grounds each week so plan accordingly by checking the schedule. Don't forget the cream puffs!  No fall trip to Western Mass is complete without a stop at The Mighty Oktoberfest on Fort Street! Stop by any weekend in October for brats, beer and more! Check for a complete list of fall events.

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Hampshire County
Northampton Dog Park, credit Lynne Graves
In Hampshire County, we make autumn a way of life! The foliage is colorful, and the food is (always) fresh from the harvester. There's a perfect pick for everyone in this land of plenty! Ramble through Park Hill Orchard's sculpture garden as you pick a peck of apples! Sip some local libations and let live music soothe you at one of Black Birch Vineyard's upcoming events, or discover the delights of farm-to-table with outdoor dining in Amherst.

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Johnny Appleseed 
Crisp October days are perfect for apple-picking outings - and what better place to enjoy a fruit-filled orchard adventure than in Johnny Appleseed Country? Farms and orchards welcome visitors for pick-your-own forays, and so much more: Fields of pumpkins, farm stands piled high with vegetables, live music, barbecue lunches, and locally-crafted beers and ciders or maybe a wagon rides around the orchard. You can try a challenging walk through a corn maze, and you have a perfect New England autumn experience!  

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