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Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2011

Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2011
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by in May 2011

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; berkshirebotanical.org

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. brimfieldshow.com

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; revels.org

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. beeradvocate.com/acbf

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; rockportmusic.org

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. worcesteririshmusicfestival.com

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; deerfield-craft.org

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; jacobspillow.org

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; bso.org

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