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MAY 14–19, JULY 9–14, SEPTEMBER 3–8: BRIMFIELD, Brimfield Antique Show. Running more than half a mile along Route 20, with wares on display in more than 20 fields, it’s the largest outdoor antiques fest around, attracting more than 6,000 dealers selling just about everything, including furnishings, accessories, precious jewelry, and so much more.

MAY 18: ROCKPORT, Motif #1 Day. Downtown Rockport comes alive with music, dance, art, and poetry. Enjoy interactive activities, including the “Sidewalk Chalk Art” contest, a scavenger hunt, a chowder stand in Dock Square, live music, historical presentations, poetry readings, and more.

MAY 25–27: NORTHAMPTON, Paradise City Arts Festival. In addition to showcasing the works of some 260 prominent artists and crafters at Three County Fairgrounds, you’ll also discover sensational cuisine prepared by Northampton’s best chefs and live performances by nationally and regionally acclaimed musicians.

MAY 30–JUNE 2: GREAT BARRINGTON & PITTSFIELD, Berkshire International Film Festival. Featuring more than 70 flicks at Triplex Cinema, Beacon Cinema, historic Mahaiwe Theatre, and other area venues, the festival provides entertainment, education, and inspiration for filmmakers and movie lovers alike.

JUNE 4–6: BOSTON, Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl.  A sweet fundraiser: Enjoy more than 35 flavors of popular ice creams and other frozen treats at this all-you-can-eat festival at City Hall Plaza. Proceeds support care and research at Dana–Farber Cancer Institute. 800-525-4669;

JUNE 13: WESTFIELD, 150th Strawberry Festival. Summer’s sweet berry is still reason to celebrate, even after 150 years. Stop by the Boys & Girls Club as the Episcopal Church of the Atonement breaks out the shortcake for its annual fundraiser. 413-562-5461;

JUNE 14–16: COHASSET, South Shore Art Center Arts Festival. A quintessential New England festival held outdoors on Cohasset Common, with 90-plus juried crafters, a fine-art tent, live music, children’s activities, and local churches selling lobster rolls and strawberry shortcake. 781-383-2787;

JUNE 15–16: STURBRIDGE, Music & Art Weekend. Old Sturbridge Village comes alive with the lost sights and sounds of 19th-century popular art and music. More than 50 singers, dancers, musicians, and artists will entertain, including a performance on an antique pipe organ. See demonstrations of sketching and silhouette cutting, and more. 800-733-1830;

JULY 2–JULY 7: BOSTON, Boston HarborFest.  Featuring hundreds of events highlighting Boston’s role in our country’s founding, this is America’s biggest birthday bash. Events are held around the waterfront and downtown areas and include a Children’s Day, a concert series, and Chowderfest, plus walking tours of historic sites, lectures, reenactments, and of course, a fantastic fireworks show. 617-227-1528;

JULY 5–7: YARMOUTH, Bass River Arts & Craft Festival. Over 150 juried craftsmen display their beautiful American-made works at John Simpkins Field. Enjoy sampling specialty food items, watching craft demonstrations, and listening to live musical entertainment. 603-332-2616;

JULY 13: LENOX, Tanglewood Presents “West Side Story.” Experience a thrilling new version of this iconic film as the Boston Symphony plays Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score live, while the newly remastered film is shown on large screens in high definition with the original vocals and dialogue intact. 888-266-1200;  

JULY 20–21: OAK BLUFFS, Portuguese Holy Ghost Feast. Follow the parade from Oak Bluffs Wharf to the Portuguese American Club, where you’ll enjoy traditional kale-and-sausage soup as well as great live music, dancing, food (including BBQ), and games of chance. 508-693-9875;

JULY 20–27: BARNSTABLE, County Fair. A Cape Cod tradition now in its 169th year, the fair is great for families: animal shows and a petting zoo, 4-H demonstrations, horticulture displays, live music, arts and crafts, a whirlwind of fun foods, and the thrill of midway amusement rides.

JULY 21: LINCOLN, Antique Auto Show. Enjoy viewing more than 300 classic and antique vehicles while listening to the music of a live jazz band; sample fine food offerings, check out the family activities, and tour the historic Codman Estate.

JULY 26–AUGUST 25: LENOX, “Mother Courage and Her Children.” At Tina Packer Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company presents a much-anticipated performance, with Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis in the lead role. Set during the Thirty Years’ War, the play follows the fate of an artful woman within the Swedish army, intent on keeping her business and family alive amid the destruction of war. 413-637-3353;

Heather Atwell


Heather Atwell


Communications manager Heather Atwell manages the magazine’s public relations efforts. She also writes the blog Outdoor Adventures for
Updated Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

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