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May 2021

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Spring in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts continues to reopen its businesses and visitor destinations in May, with up-to-date health and safety protocols in place. We invite visitors and residents alike to enjoy our open spaces and natural beauty, arts and culture, history and heritage and our food and culinary delights. And please, continue to #MaskupMA whenever appropriate.


Our state initiative, My Local MA, encourages all of us to support local businesses, Main Street retailers, and family-owned shops. Enjoy Massachusetts! 


You can find more information at lovemylocalma.com/ or visitma.com/.

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Photo Credit: Emma K. Rothenberg, Berkshire Theatre Group, Godspell

Featured Region: The Berkshires

The Berkshires is alive with world-class theatre once again, many of which will be performed beneath outdoor tents and altered theatres.


Barrington Stage Company opens June 10 with "Who Could Ask for Anything More, The Songs of George Gershwin" outdoors at the BSC Production Center. Berkshire Theatre Group offers "The Importance of Being Earnest" June 18–July 10 under the Fitzpatrick Main Stage Tent in Stockbridge, and in July "The Wizard of Oz" at The Colonial Theatre Big Tent. Chester Theatre Company takes its shows on the road with Chester@ Hancock, opening with "Title and Deed" on June 16 at Hancock Shaker Village. Shakespeare & Company's "King Lear" will run July 2–August 28 at their new 500-seat Spruce Theatre. Williamstown Theatre Festival's season is completely outdoors, opening with "Nine Solo Plays by Black Playwrights" on July 6, followed by "Row" July 13-August 8 at The Clark and "Alien/Nation" July 20–August 8 at various locations in Williamstown. Summer theatre in the Berkshires never disappoints and this year, perhaps more than ever before is ripe for savoring.


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Greater Merrimack Valley

Join Fresh Beets for the Kerouac Park Concert Series, a series of casual, fun, and free concert performances that will be held every 2nd Saturday and 4th Sunday in May through July at Kerouac Park in Lowell! Talented and diverse musicians from the Lowell area will be featured on the park's innovative container stage. Food will available for sale, and folks are also encouraged to bring their own picnic and blanket! Free, family friendly, accessible, socially distant, inclusive. Find more info here!


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Central Massachusetts

All is blooming in Central MA this May—from tulips at Tower Hill to opening day of Worcester Red Sox games at Polar Park, plus outdoor dining and entertainment. For the musically inclined, concert venue Indian

Ranch has fresh shows this month, while Farm at SummitWynds offers a Mother’s Day Farm to Table Tea. Save the date for ArtsWorcester’s Biennial Block Party on June 12, a free event boasting live music, food trucks, prizes and gallery tours.


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Franklin County

The Greenfield Bee Fest will be held May 19-22 in downtown Greenfield! Each spring, Greenfield Bee Fest celebrates Lorenzo Langstroth, the “Father of American Beekeeping,” with fun and learning for all ages as they highlight the vital role of the honeybee in sustaining the environment. This year will feature the unveiling of 6 large fiberglass bees throughout the downtown. Other events include crosswalk painting, Dreamworks Animations' Bee Movie, and more. Check the Facebook page for event additions.


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Photo Credit: Kyle Klein

Greater Boston

 Spring has sprung in Boston! Visit America's Walking city as it blooms with breathtaking plant life. Check out our Spring Blooms Blog to explore and experience spring in Boston.  We will take you from the Public Garden to Copley Square, along the Greenway, out to the Fens, and of course through the Emerald Necklace and the Arnold Arboretum. Come see for yourself beautiful Boston as it blossoms with spring blooms! 


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Cape Cod

Find awesome, inspiring vacation

ideas in our 2021 digital edition of the Cape Cod Travel Guide. This year’s magazine takes you on a virtual road trip through Cape Cod’s 15 towns! Explore our beautiful coastline, scenic byways and charming village centers through stunning photography and interactive content. Also, get insider tips on where to stay, play and dine. Download it today!


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Western Mass

Western Mass is where fun comes to play! And we have plenty of options for families visiting us this spring. The Springfield Museums are home to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission. The Basketball Hall of Fame is the world’s one and only shrine to the sport which was discovered right here in Springfield and just recently completed a $20 million renovation. Plenty of other ideas for playing in Western Mass are available here. 


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Hampshire County

When the 1st of May hits Hampshire County, we can’t wait to celebrate the return of warmer weather. Sunny days mean farmer’s markets, paddling on the CT River, people-watching from café patios – we could go on and on, but here’s our short list: 1. Take the kids to visit the Eric Carle Museum, 2. On Memorial Day weekend, pack your paddle and head out with Adventure East for the Pocumtuck Range Paddle 3. Click here for a guide to spring and all seasons in our corner of western Massachusetts.


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North Central Mass

Art, live music, and bursts of floral beauty — visitors to North Central Massachusetts will find activity blossoming in May. The Fitchburg Art Museum will again host its popular Art in Bloom exhibition in mid-month. Then a lively weekend is on tap when the Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA) holds its Spring Art Show at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, complete with live performances — and the sounds of music continue through the end of the month at Red Apple’s Brew Barn and at Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg!


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Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard’s in May, when beach roses’ heady fragrance announce summer’s nigh. Come and stay safe in a welcoming Vineyard hotel, inn, rental or B&B. Imagine … the island can be your oyster tomorrow — kayak, SUP, sail, swim, cycle, stroll, hike, golf, shop, write, read, paint, photograph, explore, museums, lighthouses, Cliffs, learn, fish, Alpaca-walk, farms, beaches, dine, Chappy, get engaged or married! Come visit your new happy place!

 

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Mohawk Trail Region

It has been more than forty years since an American art museum has shown the work of sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, and The Clark’s exhibition this summer (May 8-October 31) provides a fresh perspective on these innovative artists. Their imaginative and powerful sculptures have long delighted international audiences and collectors. During their remarkable careers, the married artists worked and exhibited together, often under the joint name “Les Lalanne,” although they seldom collaborated on objects.


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MetroWest

Spring Arts Awakening is in full swing at THE BLACK BOX Under the Tent in Franklin. May’s lineup of events includes the 9th annual Culinary Cabaret, spotlighting MetroWest’s outstanding culinary talent, fine wines, craft beer, flavorful dishes and mouth-watering desserts; THE BLACK BOX Sings...Newsies, bringing back to Franklin Broadway's Christopher Rice singing Jack Kelly, and THE BLACK BOX Sings...WICKED, starring Broadway Elphaba Emily Koch with Jim Hogan singing Fiyero. Live-stream and in-person.


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Nantucket

Nantucket is pure magic in May —redolent of flowers, luminous in late spring sunshine, its beauty unrelenting! Beaches’ summertime light lures surfers, sunbathers, beachcombers. Safe alfresco dining’s more delicious under a star-filled canopy, and shops overflow with new merchandise. Cycle, kayak, visit lighthouses, take an art class, golf, walking or island tours, hike more than 214 conservation trails, fishing charters, birdwatch, shop, visit galleries and museums, paint. Safe and dreamy - hotels, inns, resorts will pamper! 


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North of Boston

Shake off the winter blues and help celebrate the start of market season with shopping, workshops, and more at the shops in Salem on Artists’ Row Market Day Launch Party on May 1. Attend Yoga in the Galleries at Peabody Essex Museum on May 2 at 9 am. Deepen your breath and take in the serenity of Anila Quayyum Agha’s All the Flowers Are For Me during this in person or virtual class. Relax on the farm, take in live music, hard cider (21+), and enjoy farm snacks at Cider Hill Farm each Saturday & Sunday, noon to 3 pm, through May 16. Find more events at NorthofBoston.org.


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Plymouth County

The Hingham Heritage Museum at Old Derby Visitor Center is the place to be this spring, with six weeks of free live music by popular local performers outside our front door! Join our Saturday festivals with food trucks, a raffle, a chance to meet our civic partners and, of course, see the treasures at Hingham Heritage Museum. Saturdays in May with the exception of the Friday, May 7 performance. Located at 34 Main Street in Hingham.


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Southeastern Mass

With a crazy year leaving us feeling trapped, we could all use an escape. Southeastern Massachusetts is so close to home you’ll be here by noon! What you won’t be is looking at the same four walls, because you’ll be too busy taking a stroll by the ocean, finding that art you’ve been needing & having the freshest seafood possible… most importantly making memories that will help you escape. Go to visitsemass.com for more information.


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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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