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August 2020
Massachusetts Loves You!
The beauty of Massachusetts reaches an apex in August, a perfect month to savor our outdoors, swim in the ocean, eat fresh seafood and explore our storied culture and history. When you visit Massachusetts, please make sure to follow the state's health and safety guidelines to ensure that you and everyone around you has an enjoyable experience.  You can check for COVID-19 traveler updates at, and visit for a daily update of health indicators, phased opening schedules and policy guidelines. Enjoy Massachusetts!

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Featured Region: Hampshire County
Photo: A workshop student's working hands at Snow Farm-The New England Craft Program, credit Lynne Graves
August brings Art into focus on the other side of Massachusetts, where inspiration brews right alongside the craft beverages and adventure is closer than you think!

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art reopens its doors this month, with colorful collections on view and safety protocols in place for both visitors and staff. Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program will debut smaller classes this month, with an opening weekend of offerings that are filling up quickly-see what's happening! Some (good) things never change, and a visit to Emily Dickinson's garden is always in order; thankfully, the museum's landscape tour is just a click away. Complete your visit with a farm-fresh dinner al fresco at one of our restaurants or beer-gardens!

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Johnny Appleseed 
It's time to celebrate! On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, and women won the right to vote. On August 15, 2020, the Narragansett Historical Societyy will celebrate the centennial of that event with a tea in the Society's garden in Templeton, featuring an appearance by "Lucy Stone", an early proponent of women's voting rights. Want more to enjoy outdoors? Check out the weekly concerts in Leominster, Clinton and Westminster, or outdoor movies in Fitchburg! Summer in is full swing in Johnny Appleseed Country.

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Martha's Vineyard 
Credit Peter Simon
Savor Vineyard August - the heart of summer! Explore cycling trails, kayaking, SUP-ing, jumping from JAWS bridge; sunning at Moshup or Lucy Vincent Beach, wave-jumping South Beach or savoring reads at Inkwell. Hop off the beaten path with a stroll on Long Pond or Menemsha Hills, or download the TrailsMV app and discover hidden gems. Savor island produce and seafood at open air restaurants and the Wednesday and Saturday farmers markets, enjoy socially-distanced-movies at Vineyard Film Center or its Featherstone outdoors-Summer-Series! Shop distinctive stores, galleries, boutiques across all six Island towns. Just grab your mask and go!

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Mohawk Trail Region
Martin Puryear's Big Bling
The art doesn't stop at the gallery doors. The Northern Berkshire Art Outside self-guided tour includes some 30 works stretching across 10 miles of country roads! An initiative of The Clark, Mass MoCA and Williams College Museum of Art, this online walking & biking tour showcases outdoor art in Williamstown and North Adams. Explore the route on Google Maps! In addition to Martin Puryear's Big Bling, the trail includes Walter Fahndrich's Music for a Quarry and Klass Hubner & Andrew Schrock's Corrugarou in North Adams, Louise Bourgeois' Eyes and Thomas Schutte's Crystal in Williamstown, and more. 

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The Framingham History Center continues their Summertime on the Centre Common Series: Free Family Thursday Programs! On August 6 at 10:30 am, children over the age of 3 can enjoy the Pumpernickel Puppets, a classic fairytale puppet show, and make your own puppet at home! August evenings can be enjoyed at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, they have a great lineup of musicians for their Summer Concert Series and outdoor socially distanced seating.

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Nantucket Island

A Nantucket August like no other. Cycle to Siasconset for the Bluff Walk; experience a Madaket or Cisco Beach sunset; take a photo safari; kayak/SUP Salt Marsh Creeks; explore a secluded conservation trail; surfcast or fish; visit Brant Point Light; hit Miacomet Golf Course; explore the Cultural District; plein air paint anywhere (it's all beautiful!). View 800+ pre-Civil War houses, including Three Bricks; take a drive to Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Sanctuary and be blissfully alone!

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North of Boston
Drive-in Movies is great family fun at the Topsfield Fairgrounds this summer. Open 7 days per week with movies beginning at approximately 8:45 pm. Gates open at 6 pm. You can listen to the sound through any FM radio. There is a variety of food and drink options too! Enjoy Cape Ann Artisan's Summer Mini Tour. This special, private visit with a small group of Cape Ann Artisans will take place on August 15 from 10 am to 5 pm. The artisans will open their studios following Covid-19 best practices.

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Plymouth County

The Mayflower Society House presents Pilgrim Progress on Fridays in August at 6 pm. Fifty one "Pilgrims" - in appropriate supplied attire - represent 51 survivors of winter 1620/21 and reenact the Pilgrims' procession to church. The procession begins at the Mayflower Society House at 4 Winslow Street in Plymouth, passes by Plymouth Rock, up Leyden Street to Town Square and Burial Hill, where a short worship service takes place at the site of the original Fort/Meetinghouse. If severe weather, the ceremony is held on the Mayflower Society House porch.

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Southeastern Mass

Did you know New Bedford has been named the seventh most Artistic City in America? 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 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!
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The Berkshires

MASS MoCA, credit Jasper Nash
The Berkshires is slowly reopening and we are happy to be able to invite you back into many of our museums - from The Clark, MASS MoCA and the Norman Rockwell Museum to the Berkshire Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, and so many more. Be sure to make a reservation before you go to ensure your spot. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Berkshires when you are ready to travel!

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Discovery Museum in Acton reopened to the public on July 28, with free admission for all visitors through August 23! With Free To Play, families can visit and explore the Museum at their own pace, in whatever ways they feel most comfortable, without concern for cost. In addition to the museum's indoor exhibits, outdoor experiences available to visitors will include the Discovery Treehouse and Discovery Woods nature playscape, Adventure Hill, a trike track, a new da Vinci moveable bridge, lawn games, orienteering and trail route information for the Great Hill Conservation Land, and several new outdoor experiences for all ages. Find out more!

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Central Massachusetts

Show us how you are spending your summer in Worcester and supporting small businesses during COVID-19! Take your most creative photo with a face covering while enjoying your favorite restaurant or local shop and submit it in the #WeLoveWorcester online contest through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win $25 now through the end of summer! One lucky winner will receive the grand prize give-away of $1,000 on Labor Day! 

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Franklin County
The Aerial Adventure Park
at the Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont offers a series of self-guided challenges in the trees! With two courses to choose from, each one is similarly conceived with platforms suspended from a gorgeous pine grove connected by Indiana Jones bridges, Tarzan swings, rolling zip-lines, TrueBlue free falls, and other challenging obstacles to navigate. Training and instruction included. Also check out the Mountain Coaster, Thunder Mountain Bike Park, white water rafting and more at BerkshireEast.

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Greater Boston
What's new in Cambridge? The Museum of Science reopened! MOS is debuting The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive exhibit unveils how art and science make magic on the big screen. It delves into the process that brings fun characters to life. Like many MOS exhibits, The Science Behind Pixar runs both at the Museum and virtually. When visiting MOS, expect to see safety ambassadors, hand sanitizer stations, and signage on social distancing plus directional flow.

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Cape Cod
Cape Cod was made for summer! Beach pails and boat sails, hiking trails and parasails. Bike, photograph, beachcomb, surf, golf, explore sights, go fishing or clamming, or simply hammock to ocean rhythms. Explore Main Street shops, and Old King's Highway's 60-mile-end-to-end magic! Kayak or SUP Cape lakes, rivers and ponds. Grab a beach blanket and experience a perfect Cape Cod sunset. End the day with a lobster bake or al fresco seafood dinner, and a movie under the stars at the Wellfleet Drive-In. Start planning your Cape Cod vacation!

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Greater Springfield
The Eastern States Exposition presents Big E Summer Weekends at Storrowton Village - a place to dine, shop and satisfy your sweet tooth on the grounds of The Big E. The Big E Bakery, Storrowton Tavern, Sam Adams Brew Garden and Storrowton Village Museum & Gift Shop have come together to create a safe, social distancing "downtown" to enjoy an afternoon or evening out and support local businesses. Parking is free! For more things to do in Western Mass, visit

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