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Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2009

Top 20 Massachusetts Events for 2009
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JUNE 20-21: DEERFIELD, Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair. One of the top 25 events of its kind in America, with live music, strawberry treats, and an American Girl tea event, all at Memorial Hall Museum. 413-774-7476;

JUNE 26: LENOX, Tanglewood 2009 Season Opening. The summer music series, set in the picturesque Berkshires, kicks off with the Emerson String Quartet and Paul Neubauer on the viola, performing selections by Ives, Dvorak, and Barber at Seiji Ozawa Hall. Tanglewood’s 2009 season runs through September 6. 888-266-1200, 617-266-1492,

JUNE 27: GREENFIELD, Western Massachusetts Highland Games & Celtic Festival. Franklin County Fairgrounds opens to athletic, dancing, and bagpipe competitions to celebrate Scottish heritage. Featuring food, demonstrations, a clan village, and the New England Scottish hammer throw championship. 413-584-9182;

JULY 1-12: BROCKTON, Annual Brockton Fair. A traditional country event, with magic shows, petting farm, pig races, demolition derby, fireworks, amateur boxing, live wrestling, flat-track motorcycle races, mud bogging, live entertainment, and much more. 508-586-8000;

JULY 3-5, SEPT. 4-6, OCT. 10-12: BREWSTER, By the Bay Fine Art and Crafts Show. Featuring the best watercolors, fine-art photography, oils, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, furniture, and clothing. Located on scenic Cape Cod Bay. 508-896-2670;

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;

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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