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Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2012

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Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2012
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MAY 8-13, JULY 10-15, SEPT. 4-9: BRIMFIELD, Brimfield Antique Show. If you can’t find it here, it probably doesn’t exist. The largest outdoor antiques show around attracts more than 6,000 dealers along a one-mile stretch of Route 20.

MAY 16-20: NANTUCKET, Wine Festival. It’s a weekend sure to delight wine aficionados. Attend the grand tasting at the Nantucket Yacht Club and the gala at the White Elephant Hotel, plus wine and food seminars and a celebrity-chef auction dinner. 508-228-1128;

MAY 19: NEW BEDFORD, General Aviation Fun Day. At New Bedford Regional Airport, you can experience the joy of flight with a brief plane ride, view demonstrations and entertainment, and take a chance on a raffle.

MAY 23-25: BOSTON, Boston Pops Presents “City of Champions.” Symphony Hall sets the stage for a magnificent musical performance celebrating the glorious victories of Boston’s sports teams, including a special tribute honoring Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary and a salute to the region’s Olympics winners. 888-266-1200;

MAY 26-28: STURBRIDGE, Wool Days. It’s the kick-off weekend for Old Sturbridge Village’s 1830s-style summer games–and haircut time for the sheep. Historians will demonstrate how wool is processed, from shearing, scouring, and carding, to dyeing, spinning, and weaving. 800-733-1830;

JUNE 2: BROOKLINE, Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. National and emerging artists convene at Devotion School to display works in an array of media: jewelry, fiber, glass, ceramics, photography, watercolor, and mixed media. Sample bites from local restaurants at the adjacent food festival in support of the local food bank.

JUNE 7-JULY 16: ROCKPORT, Rockport Chamber Music Festival. The magnificent Shalin Liu Performance Center provides the magical setting for the rich and lively performances of this 31st season. 978-546-7391;

JUNE 9: SHELBURNE FALLS, RiverFest. Just go with the flow as this scenic village celebrates the Deerfield, the beautiful river that runs through it. Activities across town include quiet-water raft rides, the “Frog and Flower” parade, kids’ activities, book and tag sales, music, poetry readings, and more. 413-625-2526;

JUNE 9-10: NEWBURYPORT, Annual Garden Tour. Take a stroll through some of the finest gardens in the area, all unique in their own ways: English- or French-influenced, water features, butterfly gardens, and more. A fundraiser for the Newburyport Historical Society and Cushing House Museum. 978-462-2681;

JUNE 9-OCT. 8: SALEM, Ansel Adams: “At the Water’s Edge.” The Peabody Essex Museum unveils an exhibition shedding new light on one of history’s most iconic and beloved photographers, featuring some 100 works focusing on his treatment and exploration of water. 866-745-1876;

JUNE 16-17: DEERFIELD, Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair. Held outdoors at various location in this historic Pioneer Valley village, with unique items from a variety of vendors, fine food offerings, and demonstrations–a splendid way to spend the day. 413-774-7476;

JUNE 16-AUGUST 26: BECKET, 80th Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. An impressive blend of premiere events, live music, company debuts, legendary dance companies, emerging choreographers, talks, performances, exhibits, and more comes together to celebrate eight decades of the performing arts at this landmark historic site. 413-243-9919;

JUNE 28-JULY 4: BOSTON, Boston HarborFest. With more than 200 events highlighting Boston’s role in our country’s founding, this is America’s biggest birthday party. Events are held along the waterfront and in downtown areas and include walking tours of historic sites, lectures, reenactments, outdoor concerts, fireworks, and even a Chowderfest. 617-227-1528;

JULY 6-8: GREAT BARRINGTON, Berkshires Arts Festival. Held at Ski Butternut, this celebration offers ongoing workshops, demonstrations, kids’ activities, live musical performances, and outstanding original works in all media–ceramics to wood–plus a delicious array of foods. 845-355-2400;

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, May 14th, 2012

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