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Top 20 Massachusetts Events

Top 20 Massachusetts Events
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by in May 2010

JUNE 19-20: DEERFIELD, Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair. One in a series of the town’s nationally renowned fairs, held at Memorial Hall Museum. Live music, fresh strawberry treats, and an American Girl tea event. 413-774-7476; deerfield-craft.org

JUNE 19-AUG. 29: BECKET, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The Ted Shawn Theatre presents more than 50 dance companies from around the world, performing on three stages for thousands of audience members. Enjoy more than 200 free performances, talks, exhibits, film showings, and more dance-related events. 413-243-0745, 413-243-9919; jacobspillow.org

JUNE 26: HINGHAM, Civil War Encampment. The town hall grounds fill with military re-enactors, while bands strike up at Hingham Cemetery, and Civil War weaponry and period memorabilia go on display at Old Ship Parish House. 781-749-1312; hingham-ma.gov

JUNE 27: LENOX, Tanglewood 2010 Season Opening. The summer music series, set in the picturesque Berkshires, kicks off with the Mark Morris Dance Group and continues throughout the summer with performances that include eight programs led by Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine, plus several by guest conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, and Giancarlo Guerrero. The season wraps up with the annual Jazz Festival September 3-5. 888-266-1200, 617-266-1492; bso.org

JUNE 30-JULY 11: BROCKTON, Annual Brockton Fair. A traditional country fair 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; brocktonfair.com

JULY 2-4, JULY 30-AUG. 1, SEPT. 3-5, OCT. 8-10: BREWSTER, By the Bay Fine Art and Crafts 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; bythebayshows.com

JULY 17: YARMOUTH PORT, Historic House Tour on Captains’ Mile. Eight privately owned homes will be specially opened to the public, with knowledgeable docents present at each house to describe the historic significance of the building. Assemble at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. 508-362-3021; hsoy.org

JULY 31-AUG. 7: WOODS HOLE, Woods Hole Film Festival. With daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, staged readings, parties, and an awards ceremony, this nonprofit, eight-day showcase of more than 100 independent films is a must-attend for any cinema aficionado. 508-495-3456; woodsholefilmfestival.org

AUG. 7-8: STURBRIDGE, Redcoats and Rebels. Old Sturbridge Village is transformed into a Colonial encampment as re-enactors in colorful period costume gather to re-create the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. 800-733-1830; 508-347-3362; osv.org

AUG. 8: WESTMINSTER, Wachusett Valley Folk Festival. Presenting an impressive line-up of folk performers, including Brooks Williams, Maeve, Mustard’s Retreat, Susan Werner, Vance Gilbert, and more at Wachusett Village Inn. 978-365-2043; wachusettmusic.com

Please Note: This article 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.

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