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September 2017
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!
Summer Days make way for Fall Feels!
This month, we are soaking up the final notes of summer fun, and welcoming the sights, sounds, and smells of the fall season. Perennial favorites - Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Show, The Big E (especially Massachusetts Day, September 21st), and King Richard's Faire - are surefire wins for family fun. Foodie festivals like the Lowell Food & Wine Festival, the New England Indonesian Festival, and the 48th Annual Cape Cod Scallop Fest will make for happy and full bellies! And for the music lovers, sway-to-the-beat jazz is in full supply with the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston and JazzFest Falmouth on the Cape.

Continuing in the spirit of Thoreau's Bicentennial, Concord steps into the spotlight with these happenings: "Nature: A Walking Play" at The Old Manse tells the story of Thoreau and Emerson through their love for the natural world; "This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal" is a special exhibit at the Concord Museum, displaying Thoreau's actual journals, manuscripts, and more; and a Thoreau-centric itinerary inspires visitors to explore Concord sites touched by the life and work of the notable writer.

For more on what to see +  do in Massachusetts this month, and into the fall season, visit
Featured Region: Cape Cod
Fall is the perfect time to explore Cape Cod. Enjoy farmers' markets, New England's best golf, walking trails, beautiful ocean beaches and our many fun-filled seaside fests!

The Bass River Arts and Craft Festival in Yarmouth on September 2 & 3 features over 75 artisans, and the Truro Agricultural Fair on September 3 celebrates agriculture, aquaculture, fishing and farming. Experience the magic of a biergarten at the largest public garden in southern New England at Heritage Museum & Gardens' Hoppy Fall Festival September 23. Seafood aficionados will love the annual Cape Cod Scallop Fest September 23-25 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, featuring three days of live entertainment and fried scallop & chicken dinners. On September 30, head to the ClamBQ! Orleans Food and Music Festival for clambakes, savory bbq, delicious fare from Orleans' best restaurants, and a beer and wine garden. Or make your way that day to the Mashpee Oktoberfest for authentic German music & dancing, a beer garden, kids' activities and local crafters!

Find more events and information for Cape Cod.
Greater Springfield
The Big E begins September 15th! New this year: Grab your cowboy hat...or sombrero! The Big E is excited to present the all-new TwinE Country Fest with Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., Parmalee, The Cadillac Three, Lindsay Ell and more to be announced! The inaugural festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 30 at the xfinity arena. For more great ideas for things to do in September, visit Find more events and information for Greater Springfield.
Hampshire County
Your September Playlist for Hampshire County in western Mass.  Northampton's East Coast premier of Building the Wall, at the Academy of Music, the newest play by Pulitzer award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, September 21-24.  Easthampton's Art in the Orchard sculpture trail and pick your own apples. Hilltown Chautauqua's Earthcare Festival Food, Farms and the Future, September 15-16. A moveable feast of ideas and the arts. The Emily Dickinson Museum's Amherst Poetry Festival, September 14-16, a celebration of our poetic legacy. Click here for all the reasons to visit this fall. Find more events and information for Hampshire County.
Johnny Appleseed Country
Harvest season has arrived - and with it, a bounty of fairs and festivals celebrating this glorious time of year. Topping the list is the Appleseed Country Fair on Labor Day Weekend at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, featuring fruit, fiddles and fun! Wachusett Mountain Ski Area packs September weekends with music, BBQ and more. Visitors can pick handcrafted items along with apples at Sholan Farms, drink craft beers at Gardner's Oktoberfest, or enjoy "everything garlic" in Orange. Enjoy the taste of the season in Johnny Appleseed Country! Find more events and information for Johnny Appleseed Country.
Martha's Vineyard 
Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival will be held September 5-10, with over forty films from around the globe showing Tuesday through Sunday! Parties, Art, Danny Glover, and more. This year's line-up promises to excite and entertain with stories about the resilience and strength of the human spirit, transformative love, and the importance of roots, family, and community. Tickets at Find everything you need to plan your perfect autumn getaway and Fall for the Arts at Find more events and information for Martha's Vineyard .
Mohawk Trail Region
FreshGrass is a wonderland of traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, tucked appropriately into a 19th-century factory turned museum in the Berkshire mountains. An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is family-friendly and brimming with the brightest talent, not just on its four stages, but also in the galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy fields. This year's lineup is fresher than ever, featuring Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, The Del McCoury Band, Shovels & Rope, and 50+ bands! Find more events and information for The Mohawk Trail Region

Regional fall festivals are so popular that they stretch across an entire long weekend in mid-September!  The 22nd annual Marlborough Heritage Festival kicks off with Freedom Friday events on September 15 and continues with United Day on Saturday and Celebration Sunday. Each day offers live music, street fair, food (including a chili-chowder competition), games and cultural activities. Northborough's Applefest includes a parade, fireworks, street fair, cook-offs, historical tours, games, a road race, and BBQs, September 14-17. Find more events and information for MetroWest.
Nantucket Island

Get an insight on maritime activities at the Nantucket Maritime Festival, held on Children's Beach on September 30th. Free entertainment will include shucking contests, harpoon throwing and face painting! Wind down from the summer time hustle and bustle and enjoy the Fall Restaurant Week September 25- October 1. Participating restaurants will provide a prix fixe menu of three to five courses ranging in price from $35-$45. Find more events and information for Nantucket Island.
North of Boston
The Schooners return to Gloucester on September 1-3 to celebrate the thirty-third Gloucester Schooner Festival.  Twenty-three schooners are expected, ranging in size from 30 feet on deck to 175 feet sparred length.  Later in the month enjoy the Amesbury Harvest Fair & Country Music Festival, September 22-24, an American tradition in the heart of New England. Find more events and information for North of Boston.
Plymouth County

September is In "Spired" at Plymouth's Spire Center for the Performing Arts! The festive line-up for the month includes: Spire Irish Festival featuring Lunasa September 3; Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers September 8; Popa Chubby September 9; Spire Salute to Americana with Will Dailey and Dietrich Strause September 15; Peter Parcek and Friends: A Blues Tribute to Bob Dylan September 16; An Evening with Jonatha Brooke September 22; Melissa Ferrick September 23; and John Gorka on September 29. All shows at 8 pm expect for the September 3 Irish Festival, which begins at 7 pm. Click here for more information and tickets. Find more events and information for Plymouth County.
Southeastern Mass

The Working Waterfront Festival takes place on September 23 in New Bedford! Walk the decks of a fishing vessel, dine on fresh seafood, see fishermen's contests, and watch cooking demos. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate! Highlights include performances of music, dance and poetry; tours of workboats; documentary films and footage at sea; author readings; children's activities; tug boat muster; whaleboat races, and more! Admission is free. Find more events and information for Southeastern Massachusetts
The Berkshires

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) welcomes the fall season with a packed lineup of programs and exhibitions, from Medieval art to contemporary paintings that evoke celestial bodies by Barbara Takenaga. Also on view, Pink Art, curated from the collection by both humans and computers. In October, Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance reveals the performativity of art objects, and the objectness of human performers. At the heart of the Williams College campus in Williamstown, WCMA is free to all. F
ind more  events and information for The Berkshires
Greater Merrimack Valley

Made In Lowell connects people and places in the City through year round events! Experience the beauty and friendliness of Lowell and its unique culinary culture through Lowell's signature celebration of food and libations! The Lowell Food & Wine Festival  on September 7-9 will bring together local culinary talent, vintners, brewers and artisans, as well as guest chefs from around the region for fantastic culinary celebration. Purchase your tickets today! Find more events and information for Greater Merrimack Valley. 
Central Massachusetts

Support local artists at the 2nd Annual Art and Music Makers Festival at Alternatives' Whitin Mill in Whitinsville on September 9th. Get fresh with a local farmer at the 3rd Annual Farm Fresh Festival at Wachusett Mountain on September 9-10.  Celebrate your favorite four-legged friends at Pet Rock Fest at Wyman Gordon in Grafton on September 10th. Stuff your face at the Clustertruck Food Festival on September 23rd at the EcoTarium in Worcester. Click here for more info! Find more events and information for Central Massachusetts.
Franklin County
The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held Sunday, September 24th from the Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63 in Northfield. The Triathlon consists of a 4-mile Trail Run, a 5-mile Kayak, Canoe or SUP, and a 7-mile Mountain Bike. Challenge yourself as a solo competitor or as a 2, 3, or 4 person relay team! Takes place on the beautiful Connecticut River and nearby hills. Registration on Saturday 3-5 p.m., Sunday 7-9 a.m. Race start at 9:30 a.m. Register at! Find more events and information for Franklin County.
Greater Boston
September brings delightful weather and equally delightful end-of summer/early fall events! Outdoor festivals can still be enjoyed: Let's Dance Boston, a 5-day free dance & music party, Local Food, Boston Arts, Copenhagen Beer and Berklee's Beantown Jazz. A new theatre season opens, choose from Phantom of the Opera, cult favorite Merrily We Roll Along, Cirque du Soleil's OVO, the musical fable Gypsy and the debut of Warhol Truman. Musical performances range from Lady Gaga to the BSO and lots in between. Museums offer works by mixed media artist, Annette Lemieux, while Metallica's Kirk Hammett's classic, horror and sci-fi film memorabilia are at the PEM and the MFA presents a woodcut faceoff with Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada. Find more events and information for Greater Boston
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