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Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2009

JULY 18: ONSET, Illumination of Onset Bay. More than 2,500 red flares on the beach light up the water and its islands in this unique traditional event. 508-295-7072;

JULY 23-AUG. 30: BOSTON, “Jersey Boys.” The hit story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons comes to Citi Performing Arts Center’s Shubert Theatre. See and experience how a group of blue-collar guys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop-music sensations of all time. 866-348-9738;

JULY 25-AUG. 1: WOODS HOLE, Film Festival. Nonprofit eight-day showcase of independent film, offering daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, staged readings, parties, an awards ceremony, and more. 508-495-3456;

AUG. 9: WESTMINSTER, Wachusett Valley Folk Festival. Presenting John Gorka, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, The Kennedys and Trina Hamlin, MacTalla Mor, and many other performers at Wachusett Village Inn. 978-365-2043;

AUG. 15: FALMOUTH, Sand Sculpture Contest. Spend Saturday morning at Surf Drive Beach and watch 10 teams fashion works of art. Awards ceremony by category, plus People’s Choice. Enjoy family activities from the National Marine Life Center and take home a fun goodie bag. 800-526-8532, 508-540-3304;

AUG. 15: LOWELL, Southeast Asian Water Festival. Featuring traditional dances, boat races, and live music. Enjoy a fashion show, games and activities, international foods, and arts and crafts from Southeast Asia, all at Sampas Pavilion.

AUG. 15-16: WORCESTER, Latin American Festival. Immerse yourself in vibrant Hispanic culture at Worcester City Hall Plaza, with two days of music, food, dancing, vendors, and more. 800-836-5552 x229, 508-798-1900 x229;

AUG. 22-23: SALEM, Antique & Classic Boat Festival. View more than 40 vintage yachts, including elegant 1920s-40s-era mahogany runabouts, cabin cruisers, and sailboats on display at Hawthorne Cove Marina. Tour the vessels, meet the crews, and vote for your favorite vessel. Other highlights include an arts-and-crafts market, classic cars, old-time band music, parade of boats, and the Blessing of the Fleet (Sunday 3 p.m.). 617-666-8530;

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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