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Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2011

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Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2011
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MAY 6-7: STOCKBRIDGE, Annual Plant Sale. Thousands of annuals, perennials, herbs, rare and unusual plants, and trees and shrubs go on sale at Berkshire Botanical Gardens. Vendors offer potted herbs and vegetable starts, tropical plants, garden ornaments, furniture, compost, and more. 413-298-3926;

MAY 10-15, JULY 12-17, SEPT. 6-11: BRIMFIELD, Brimfield Antique Show. Running more than a half-mile along Route 20, set up in some 20 fields, it’s the biggest outdoor flea market in the country. Wares range from furnishings to precious jewelry and everything in between, and in all price ranges. Check dealer specialties and locations at the Web site before you go and plan your treasure-hunt strategy.

MAY 11: JAMAICA PLAIN, Revels Pub Sing. Share a pint at Doyle’s Cafe and let Revels music director George Emlen lead you in an evening of sea chanteys, drinking songs, gospel melodies, and more. Reservations recommended. 617-972-8300;

JUNE 3-4: BOSTON, American Craft Beer Fest. Held at the Seaport World Trade Center, it’s the East Coast’s largest celebration of its kind, featuring more than 100 American brewers and 400 craft brews ready for tasting.

JUNE 9-JULY 17: ROCKPORT, Rockport Chamber Music Festival. The 30th anniversary lineup at Shalin Liu Performance Center includes Lincoln Center’s cello/piano duo David Finckel and Wu Han, British early-music ensemble Red Priest, and the Borromeo, St. Petersburg, and Jupiter string quartets. 978-546-7391;

JUNE 10-12: WORCESTER, Worcester Irish Music Festival. Traditional music from the world’s Celtic regions, step dancing, storytelling, a soda-bread contest, the “Boiled Cabbage O’Lympics,” and plenty of Guinness, all at the Hibernian Cultural Centre and Fiddler’s Green.

JUNE 18-19: DEERFIELD, Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair. One in a series of the town’s nationally renowned shows, held at Memorial Hall Museum, featuring paintings and sculpture, furnishings, clothing and accessories, jewelry, stained glass, and more. Live music and fresh treats, too. 413-774-7476;

JUNE 18-AUG. 28: BECKET, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The Ted Shawn Theatre presents more than 50 dance companies from around the world: ballet and tango to jazz and modern dance. 413-243-9919;

JUNE 25-SEPT. 4: LENOX, Tanglewood. Set in the picturesque Berkshires, this renowned summer series kicks off with Earth, Wind & Fire’s 40th Anniversary World Tour, followed by the Mark Morris Dance Group, James Taylor, the Boston Pops, and Garrison Keillor. The Boston Symphony Orchestra takes the stage on July 8 with an all-Italian program of opera and symphonic music and continues with chamber music and other classical works throughout the season. Guest artists include the Emerson String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, and John Williams; a performance of Porgy and Bess is slated for August 26. The season wraps up with the annual “Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic” September 1-4 and the Jazz Festival September 2-4. 888-266-1200, 617-266-1492;

JUNE 29-JULY 4: BOSTON, Boston Harborfest. Highlights of the 30th anniversary extravaganza at City Hall Plaza, Fan Pier, and the waterfront include “Extreme Sailing” races, cruises and Tall Ship adventures, whale watches, traditional Fourth of July festivities and fireworks, Freedom Trail and State House tours, historical re-enactments, a chowderfest, and more. 617-227-1528;

JUNE 29-JULY 10: BROCKTON, Brockton Fair. A traditional country event at Brockton Fairgrounds, with magic shows, petting farm, pig racing, demolition derby, fireworks, amateur boxing, live wrestling, flat-track motorcycle races, mud bogging, live entertainment, and much more. 508-586-8000;

JULY 1-3, 29-31, SEPT. 2-4: BREWSTER, By the Bay Fine Arts & Craft Show. Watercolors, fine-art photography, oils, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, furniture, clothing–there’s something for every eye and every taste at this show on scenic Cape Cod Bay. 508-896-2670;

JULY 29-31: LOWELL, Lowell Folk Festival. Lots of music in a variety of traditions, plus plenty of ethnic foods and crafts throughout downtown. Performers include Dervish, Le Vent du Nord, the Birmingham Sunlights, Stanky and the Coalminers, and more. 978-970-5000;

JULY 30-AUG. 6: WOODS HOLE, Woods Hole Film Festival. With daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, readings, and parties, this nonprofit showcase of more than 100 independent films is a must-attend for any cinema aficionado. 508-495-3456;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Monday, April 18th, 2011

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