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Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2012

Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2012
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by in May 2012

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;

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.


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