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August 2022

The Heat is On in Massachusetts!

There’s still plenty of summer left here in Massachusetts this August, so take a plane, train, ferry, bus or just jump in the car and head to the Bay State! We just can’t wait to host you and we wouldn’t want you to miss all of the August fun and sights and sounds of summer that awaits. Like New Bedford’s Working Waterfront --- did you know that they are America’s largest commercial fishing port? Plus you can visit the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center to learn about year-round programs, exhibits, events and history celebrating commercial fishing culture. If you’re looking for culinary adventures, you’re in luck with amazing restaurants throughout Southeastern Massachusetts offering ethic favorites and the freshest seafood. In fact, Open Table just named The Black Whale, New Bedford to their top 100 restaurants for outdoor dining and it’s right on the water – what could be better?

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Photo: New Bedford's Working Waterfront

Featured Region: Southeastern Mass

ESCAPE is something we all need. With our amazing views, great restaurants and entertainment, this is your chance to get away. Go exploring on your bicycle, or go hiking at Massasoit National Park. Have an amazing seaside lunch in Westport. With so many options, you can enjoy the cuisine of our diverse cultures. Check out the historic locations, or see a full whale skeleton and artifacts at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in a cool historic building. That long deep breath you keep’s finally time to exhale and relax. Do it all, or don’t do a thing. Less than an hour from Boston and minutes away from Providence. Your escape is here waiting for you in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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The Berkshires

Jacob’s Pillow is celebrating its 90th anniversary season, hosting in-person events through August 28. Experience U.S.-based and international dance companies performing 10 weeks of dance in the newly renovated Ted Shawn Theatre, and 4 week-long performances, plus 20 one-night-only events, on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage. Come discover community and movement in a workshop, or join us for a free tour of the garden beds in August. Come see the best of the Berkshires!

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Greater Merrimack Valley

The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival will be held Saturday, August 20 on Pawtucket Blvd in Lowell! The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and sharing of cultural heritages of Southeast Asian Americans in the Greater Lowell area of Massachusetts. Every third Saturday in August, thousands of people from around the country and the world come to Lowell to celebrate water as it is celebrated in Southeast Asia. They come for the blessings, food, crafts, performances, and the races!

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Photo caption: Worcester Wine Festival at Polar Park

Central Massachusetts

Kids will love the Butterfly Festival, Feather Fest, Sunflower Farm Fest and a night at Old Sturbridge Village. Adults will love the Harvest Wine Dinner and Worcester Wine Festival. Free live music highlights include an Austrian organist at Mechanics Hall, Hip Swayers at Asa Waters Mansion, and Jazz at Sunset in Downtown Worcester. Other free August events include burlesque classes at JMAC, August 19th entry at Museum of Russian Icons, and India Day at DCU Center.

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Franklin County

The 9th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival will be held Saturday, August 6 from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday, August 7 from 10 am to 5 pm at Unity Park Riverfront, First Street in Turners Falls. The Nolumbeka Project presents this annual celebration of Native American art, music and cultures on the Unity Park Riverfront. Indigenous music, drums, dancing, crafts, children’s activities, history talks, storytelling, Eastern Woodlands skills demonstrations and more! The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook. Family friendly. Free. Fun.

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Greater Boston

Dine Out Boston® is back for its summer edition August 7 through 20, 2022, with over 100 participating restaurants. Presented by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB), this two-week culinary celebration provides diners an opportunity to enjoy delicious deals at restaurants across Greater Boston and its suburbs, while restaurateurs get the chance to bring in new patrons to their establishments.  

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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 around Cape lakes, rivers and ponds, or go on an epic whalewatch adventure. 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. Check out our travel blog for more ways to soak up summer on Cape Cod!

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Western Mass

Western Mass welcomes the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival in Stearns Square August 12-13 with a full slate of FREE entertainment! The festival was inspired by Charles Neville’s life of using music to overcome systemic racism and bring diverse people together. The festival includes craft vendors, restaurants, food trucks and plenty of cold beverages for adults and children. Click here for this year’s line-up. Capacity is limited so register here.

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Photo credit: Lynne Graves

Hampshire County

Outdoor fun is heating up in Hampshire County! Art in the Orchard brings fantastical sculpture to the lush vistas of Park Hill Orchard (grab a Cider Slushie for your stroll!). A Jazzy Arts Night Out preps the town for the upcoming Northampton Jazz Fest. At Look Park, musicians pay tribute to the ‘90s during the Performance 32 extravaganza. And Friday nights bring Grammy-winning children’s music and upbeat soul to Amherst’s Music on the Common Concert Series. Find your hot spot in Hampshire County!

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North Central Mass

The heat is on — and the final month of summer provides a perfect time for visitors and residents to gather on town commons, farms and fields to soak up the sun! Where’s the action? In Bolton, for the annual Bolton Fair; in downtown Leominster, for the Johnny Appleseed Beer Festival; at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, for a Sunflower Festival; in Templeton, for a Kite Festival; at Academy Hill for a Peak of the Harvest Festival. Grab some summer fun today!

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Photo credit: Ocean Park Realty

Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard’s August is quintessential summer. Visitors tune in to its magic, on beaches, cycling paths, hiking trails, while kayaking, dining out or shopping. Cool your heels: Vineyard Museum, Film- Center Documentary Week, Poucha Pond Kayak-Tour, Kayak-Quest at Felix Neck. All Island Art Show ( August 1), tour Edgartown Lighthouse and MV African American Film Fest. Tuck into Artisans FestivalsIsland Alpaca Farm, Grand Illumination (August 17), Chilmark Flea Market, Beehive Tours, more! Check out Vineyard Blogs for endless fabulous activities to experience the most the Vineyard has to offer!


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Mohawk Trail Region

The Annual Motorama event welcomes all things motorized to downtown North Adams, MA, on Sunday August 28 (9 am to 3 pm). Join us as cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, snowmobiles, and more line the streets of downtown transforming it into a metal wonderland of bright colors, chrome, and machinery. This event includes raffles, door prizes, music, food & shopping. All proceeds benefit local charities. Cruise in concert (2 bands) on the 27th at Joe Wolfe Field complex (4 to 8 pm). For more information, call 413-664-6180 or visit

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Summer is in full swing in MetroWest Massachusetts, and August is filled with great events! Enjoy live music the evening of August 5 in Franklin. More information here. On August 11 at The Center for Arts in Natick, catch Taimane perform everything from Bach to rock. Get tickets here. In Northborough on August 21 from 8-10, start the day with Cars & Coffee. Learn more here!

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Photo credit: Emily Elisabeth


Nantucket’s August — lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! Events, socials, parties, al fresco dinners. Beaches, Cisco, ‘Sconset Bluff Walk, NHA’s Nantucket-by-Design, Boston POPS, Nantucket Race Week August 13-21, Opera House Cup. A warm dip on the beach, sunset/cocktail cruises, Coskata Coatue magic, Nantucket Conservation walkabouts. Shop, cycle, stroll, lunch, sail, dance Chicken Box and Rose & Crown, Farmers & Artisans Markets, Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum activities; Nathaniel Philbrick lecture. It does not get better than AUGUST on Nantucket!

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North of Boston

Yankee Homecoming’s Waterfront Concert Series takes place nightly, 7 to 9 pm, July 31–August 6. Bring a blanket, chairs, picnic dinner, patronize local vendors, and enjoy entertainment at Waterfront Park in Newburyport! Enjoy Cape Ann Artisan’s Summer Mini Tour, August 13 from 10 am to 5 pm. A special private visit with a small group of Cape Ann Artisans. Rockport Music presents A Symphony of the Sea, celebrating music from Sea Shanties to reels, jigs, and more, August 21 from 5 to 7pm at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.

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Plymouth County

Don’t let the Summer end without taking a trip to historic Plymouth County! The Project Arts 26th Annual FREE Summer Concert Series continues through the end of the month on the Plymouth Waterfront. Enjoy the Scituate Chamber of Commerce Heritage Days Festival August 6-7. And don’t miss the annual Plymouth Waterfront Festival on August 27, presented by the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. Download the #SeePlymouth app for a full calendar of events, lodging, dining and shopping info.

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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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