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May 2022

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The Merry Month of May!

May is magnificent in Massachusetts, as spring blossoms across the Commonwealth and we welcome bright sunny days and beautiful evenings.  

Whether you are here for Mother’s Day or Memorial Day Weekend, for a college graduation or a convention, we invite you to sample the rich cultural, culinary, historical and outdoor activities that await you here in the Bay State.

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Featured Region: Nantucket

As Nantucket’s spring lures visitors, there are island-wide openings, museums, restaurants and other near-summer harbingers bring excitement! As summer nears, cyclers meander gleefully, flowers blossom, and verdant grass and foliage return to Nantucket’s magnificent hiking trails. Enjoy Nantucket Food & Wine Festival, attend new comedy Meteor Shower, the MET Live Turandot opera or National Theater Live’s HEX at Nantucket Dreamland. Newly-stocked shops will welcome visitors with great prices and selections! Take island or other tours, lounge on the beach, have a dip, or shop, ‘Sconset Bluff Walk and indulge all your senses. The 24th annual Nantucket Food & Wine Festival returns May18-22 with tastings, events, seminars and galas. There is live entertainment, endless beaches, Cisco Brewers, Bartlett’s Farm and far more. Time to return to Nantucket!

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North of Boston

Celebrate Mother's Day weekend at Cider Hill Farm May 6–8. There is a little something for everyone in the family, from tulip picking, blossoming orchard hikes and blooming greenhouses to fitness events, free live music, hard cider bars plus cold brew, BBQ, and ice cream pop-ups. Discover Marblehead and the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce are hosting the Second Annual Spring Celebration on Saturday, May 14 (rain date May 15). It will be a day of fun-filled community events, activities, shopping, and more, all-around Marblehead!

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Plymouth County

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims of course! Mayflower II is back in Plymouth Harbor from her winter rest just in time for Plimoth Patuxet Museums to celebrate it’s 75th anniversary! Moonrise Cinemas is open for the season with live music, drive-in movies, and special events in this fun and spacious outdoor venue. Celebrate Mother’s Day with The Company Theatre in Norwell with Mommie Dearest. Download the #SeePlymouth app for full calendar of events, shopping, lodging and more!

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Southeastern Mass

It’s time to get away. Summer’s coming and you can get away to Southeastern Massachusetts! From a relaxing day at the beach to dinner and a show we have a lot to show you. Scenic views and so much to do. There’s something for everyone in this culturally diverse part of New England. Your escape is here waiting for you. Less than an hour from Boston and minutes away from Providence.       

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The Berkshires

Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will mark the centennial anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial on May 26 with the premiere of a documentary film exploring the life and work of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), sculptor of the iconic Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. The screening will be held at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, followed by a scholarly panel discussion. Chesterwood will also host a Lincoln Memorial Centennial Celebration on May 30 from 12-3. Check out all the events here.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

On May 1, 10,000 Maniacs takes the stage at 7 pm at Cary Hall in Lexington. Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, 10,000 Maniacs has covered plenty of ground, from cult-stardom to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band. Next up,Chris Botti will perform at 7 pm May 8 at Lowell Auditorium. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD "When I Fall In Love," Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums.

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Central Massachusetts

With SummitWynds’ Kentucky Derby Tea and Beechwood Hotel’s Mother’s Day Brunch, May is off to the races. Discover free Jane Week events in Worcester, followed by entertainment opportunities like complimentary lunchtime concerts at Mechanics Hall and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! at The Hanover Theatre. As the month wraps, the Bravehearts reveal a new stadium art mural to their fans, while the community looks ahead to June’s Tercentennial events, featuring a free Boston Pops/Brian McKnight concert

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Franklin County

Greenfield Bee Fest: Celebrating Lorenzo Langstroth will be held May 21 from 9 am to 3 pm in downtown Greenfield! Children's events will happen on the lawn of Second Congregational Church from 9 am to noon. Greenfield Bee Fest was launched in 2010 to celebrate the invention of the beehive by local hero Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth, “Father of Modern Beekeeping." Bee Fest offers fun and learning for all ages, highlighting the essential role of honeybees in our environment! The festival has grown to include children and adult activities, crafts, costume parade, art installation, honey wine tastings & more. Three new bee sculptures will be unveiled to join 6 others in the town hive!

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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

Spring is in full bloom, and here are some great ways to make the most of the season on Cape Cod! You can also find awesome, inspiring vacation ideas in our 2022 digital Cape Cod Travel Guide. Discover valuable insider tips on where to stay, play and dine, along with engaging articles and stunning photography. Find an Ultimate Vacation Guide for traveling here as a family, couple or with friends, along with Authentic Cape & Islands Experiences and 7 Cool Things to Do on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Also, get the lowdown on the best places to satisfy your seafood fix, hear live music and pick up the perfect Cape Cod keepsake! Read the digital 2022 Cape Cod Travel Guide today.

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Western Mass

The Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show is considered the largest outdoor antique show in the country with 5,000 dealers! The May show runs May 10-15 and offers a diversified range of antiques and collectibles, with many items rarely seen anywhere else in the world. Dealers are knowledgeable about their specialties and eager to share their expertise. Stay a few days to truly experience all Western Mass has to offer!

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Hampshire County

Get outside in Hampshire County! In bustling Northampton, Summer on Strong transforms a downtown avenue into a pedestrian-only oasis with outdoor dining and live music. Nature lover? Visit the “living museum” that is The Botanic Garden of Smith College, or get deep into the woods to climb the Observation Tower at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Collectors will find unique contemporary craft at the famous Paradise City Arts Festival during Memorial Day weekend. Need a break from the sun? Catch a show at Amherst’s newly opened performance venue The Drake. Fun is in the air in Hampshire County!

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North Central Mass

Spring is here, and the concert series featuring the Frederick Collection of Historical Grand Pianos again turns Ashburnham into a music-lover’s mecca. This month, music by Schubert, Debussy, Schumann, Brahms and a host of Polish pianists-composers will fill the air at the New Dawn Arts Center/Ashburnham Community Church each Sunday afternoon. Launched in 1985, the spring and fall concerts attract noted pianists to perform music as the composers themselves would have heard it — a unique experience for today’s audiences!

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Martha's Vineyard

May is the perfect month to visit Martha's Vineyard, just off the coast of Cape Cod but a world away from the stresses of daily life. It's fabulous weather for biking and hiking, golfing, beachcombing, taking a tour, visiting our five picturesque lighthouses, taking advantage of our artsy shops and delectable restaurants, and more. Plan your trip now and flip through our Travel Guide for tips. Special events this month: Pink & Green Festival, three film festivals, the Vineyard Artisans Festival & Oak Bluffs Open Market.


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Mohawk Trail Region

Memorial Hall is one of New England’s oldest museums. When Deerfield Academy’s original 1798 school building became available, antiquarian George Sheldon organized the collection of artifacts he was assembling, and in 1880 Memorial Hall opened. The museum’s extraordinary collection of furnishings, paintings, textiles, and Indian artifacts is “the finest collection of local antiquities in New England” and is one of America’s oldest museums. Come explore 19 rooms of art, culture and history! find out about this year’s Special Exhibits and Events.         

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Broadway comes to MetroWest as May kicks off with the Broadway Weekend Showcase May 1 starring Mamie Parris and Alfie Parker Jr. at THE BLACK BOX in Franklin, followed up on May 6 by the viral a cappella sensation T.3. The Center for the Arts Natick hosts Michael Glabicki Duo (Rusted Root) and lots more, full calendar here. Then Rock the Bokx with The Missy Maxfield Project at Skybokx 109 Sports Bar & Grill.

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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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Funded by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism