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September 2016
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!
Fall for Massachusetts!
September marks a seasonal change as fall comes to Massachusetts, bringing a rich palette of colorful activity for visitors to enjoy.

Outdoors, savor cultural festivals, culinary fairs, farmers markets and adventure in our parks and open space. Check out the Big E in W. Springfield, celebrating its centennial.  And don't miss the splendid Massachusetts foliage, which leaves visitors and residents breathless.   

Indoors, we anticipate a grand season of exquisite performing arts at concert halls, cultural venues and college campuses.   There are new art shows, museum exhibits, dance recitals and literary events across the state.  All good reasons to fall for Massachusetts!

Plan your next getaway to Massachusetts.  
Featured Region: Martha's Vineyard 
THE FESTIVAL: Imagine combining fabulous films with the ambience of beautiful Martha's Vineyard and you'll see why the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival is an amazing experience not to be missed! THE FILMS are drawn from top-notch festivals like Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes, with a few surprises thrown in.

CONVERSATIONS: We bring guests from film, media, politics, and art worlds to celebrate, discuss and debate the films' issues.

WALKING FESTIVAL DISTRICT: Meet the filmmakers, attend special events, cocktail parties, artist showcases, and live music at the festival. Check out the great local shops, restaurants, and the Island's natural beauty for an experience like no other!

For more info on our Film Festival visit For lodging, dining and playing on Martha's Vineyard visit Find more information on Martha's Vineyard.
Mohawk Trail Region
On September 16-18, legendary bluegrass pickers and up-and-coming rockers gather at MASS MoCA - a massive factory-turned-art museum in North Adams - for the annual FreshGrass Festival! Headlined by Old Crow Medicine Show, Glen Hansard, and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, more than 50 bands hit three stages over three days, pop up in the galleries for spontaneous jams, score silent films with live music, and conduct music workshops, all at one of the coolest and most hospitable venues on the festival circuit.  Find more information on The Mohawk Trail Region

MetroWest celebrates its communities with individual town festivals featuring live music, entertainment, kids activities, food, arts, vendors, and often special features such as parades and horse shows.  Natick Days: Sept. 10; Northborough Applefest: Sept. 15-18; Celebrate Holliston: Sept. 17, 9am-3pm; Ashland Day: Sept. 17; Marlborough Heritage Festival: Sept. 30-Oct. 2.  Find more information on MetroWest.
Nantucket Island

Join us for Nantucket Restaurant Week, a celebration of the superlative culinary tradition found on Nantucket.  Experience exceptional food, wine and local hospitality in many of the islands acclaimed and eclectic culinary establishments.
Each autumn and spring, participating restaurants offer three-5 course dinners from $35 to $ 45.  It's the ideal opportunity to taste something new or dine with an old favorite.  Autumn is the perfect time to visit Nantucket!  Visit to plan your getaway.  Find more information on Nantucket Island.
North of Boston
Salem is known for its rich, colorful history of art, literature, maritime endeavors, and witch trials...but did you know that the city was also involved in the spice trade? Celebrate Salem's "spicy" history during the Salem Spice Festival, September 10-11!  Explore the use of spices, herbs, and teas in food, drink and medicine and enjoy a myriad of arts and crafts, live music, storytelling, workshops, and, of course, delicious food samples and demonstrations. For more information, please click here!  Find more information on North of Boston.
Plymouth County

King Richards's Faire returns to Carver on Labor Day weekend and runs on Saturdays and Sundays through October 23!  Minstrels, knights, fire-eating entertainers, wacky wenches, frolicking faeries, dancers, artisans, and exotic tigers are just a sampling of what you will experience at King Richard's Faire, a place where visitors can travel back in time and escape reality on 80 acres of enchanted woods.  Villagers engage visitors in His Majesty's forest while performers offer non-stop entertainment. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.  Find more information on Plymouth County.
Southeastern Mass

Did you know New Bedford was named the seventh most Artistic City in America in 2011 by the Atlantic CityLab?  Stroll along this gorgeous city's cobblestone streets and you'll stumble upon galleries, museums and restaurant against a backdrop of exquisite period architecture.  In fact, the Downtown Area has been designated a Cultural District because of the close proximity and large number of galleries and exhibits within walking distance to each other.  Hop in a car or trolley and you can visit more galleries, artist studios and antique shops in converted textile mills in both the South End and North End of the City.  Find more information on Southeastern Massachusetts
The Berkshires

Credit Quinn Gladu
Join us for a memorable fall event in the Berkshires! The North Adams Fall Foliage Parade is in its 61st year and each year it gets better, largely through the support of the community. This year the theme will salute national parks and monuments as a way to join in the nationwide celebration of our National Park Service turning 100. So pack up the family and come on out for a day a fun!  Find more information on The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley

3 days and 3 nights of culinary experiences that are Made In Lowell! We invite you to experience the beauty and friendliness of Lowell and its unique culinary culture through Lowell's signature celebration of food and libations. At TLFWF 2016 you will meet local culinary talent, vintners, brewers and artisans, as well as guest chefs from the Merrimack Valley for fantastic culinary celebration. Tickets available now!  Find more information on
Greater Merrimack Valley.
Central Massachusetts

Fall festivals are in full swing in Central Mass! Take part in a whole week of family-friendly fun Sept. 4-11 as Worcester celebrates Pride Week all over the City with a parade, festivals, block parties, and more!  The Spencer Fair kicks off its 128th year Sept. 2-5 and will feature an agricultural show and demonstrations, a demolition derby, entertainment, rides, vendors, and other activities. And don't miss the largest art, music, and performance festival in the region at stART on the Street on Sept. 18! Find more information on Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County
Come West in September!
Current exhibits at Historic Deerfield: Fiber Arts, Crafting Early American Furniture and Flora and the Arts.  September 8-11, Franklin County Fair: Agricultural events, midway, rides, music and food.  September 11, Kringle Cars & Coffee, Bernardston: Car
Greater Boston
Photo credit:
Robert Torres
Musical performances, concerts and plays fill September's calendar. Take your pick from Jason Aldean (9 &10), Adele (14 & 15) or Bruce Springsteen (14). Baby boomers might want to catch Yusuf/ Cat Stevens (17) or Sunshine Superman, Donovan (17). Sondheim's acclaimed musical Sunday In The Park With George is at the Huntington (9/9-10/6) while his Tony Award-winning Company plays at the Lyric Stage (9/2-10/9) and the ultimate femme fatale Carmen sweeps audiences into this tale of love, lust and murder at the Opera House (9/23-10/2). Revels RiverSing serenades good bye to summer (9/18) while pARTy on the Greenway (9/29) ushers in ArtWeek. Play Me, I'm Yours- Street Pianos return (9/23-10/10) for public playing and everyone's listening pleasure.  The Beantown Jazz Festival makes music all day, Saturday, September 24 and season opens for the Boston Symphony Orchestra that evening. Find more information on Greater Boston
Cape Cod
The Truro Agricultural Fair on September 4th celebrates agriculture, aquaculture, fishing and farming!  Offering a delicious variety of locally harvested foods from land and sea, the fair also includes live music, pony rides, craft tables, a bake sale, fun contests and more.  Eastham Windmill Weekend is set for September 9-11, followed by the annual Scallop Fest at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth September 23-25.  And enjoy the sounds of the Jazz Fest Falmouth & Stroll from September 30-October 1!  Find more information on Cape Cod.
Greater Springfield
Springfield's annual Stone Soul Festival September 2-4 is New England's largest African American Festival!  The happening encompasses the Stone Soul Festival itself (art, food, music, games and more, all at the City's Blunt Park on 9/2,) plus the Stone Soul Parade (9/3 in Mason Square,) and finally the Stone Soul Picnic and Gospel Program on 0/2, again at Blunt Park. From September 6-11, the final Brimfield Flea Market of 2016 offers collectibles and antiques galore.  For more information, visit Find more information on Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
Are you a fan of all things retro? Northampton's RETROFAIRE returns on Saturday, September 10, featuring a bounty of vintage fashion, unique reclaimed and re-purposed jewelry & clothing, as well as hard-to find music gear and vinyl records. There'll be live jazz bands and DJ's spinning vinyl, sidewalk chalk art, Northampton's renowned yo-yo champs, and ConVino's wine cafĂ© and oyster bar. Retrofaire takes place between the Northampton Parking Garage and Thornes and admission is free.  Find more information on Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
You'll be in great company when you visit the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton this fall.  "In Company of Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows" features life-size stained glass images of the angels to whom letters are addressed in the Book of Revelation.  The exhibition, running through October 16, is not to be missed!  And while you're touring Johnny Appleseed Country, be sure to visit the Fitchburg Art Museum, where one of the region's industrial mainstays - plastics - is being celebrated by contemporary artists.  Find more information on Johnny Appleseed Country.
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