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Events Calendar - 2020

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
Be sure to check out the listings of year-round Fairs & Festivals throughout New England. See also, Great Things to Do.

COVID-19 and social distancing have required the temporary shut-down of many of our favorite entertainment venues and live events and festivals in New England. We are watching all calendars closely, and as soon a live, public events return, we will post the information on this page.

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Art Show

River Valley Artisans Wine & Art Tour -- Westmoreland NH

Sep 11, 2021 - Sep 12, 2021 Summit Winery, 719 Hwy 12, and Poocham Hill Winery, 226 Poocham Road, Westmoreland, NH

Twenty to 25 juried artisans will gather at one of two wineries in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. Guests may sample and purchase wines, eat lunch, and purchase that special gift(s) from a variety of artisans. Each of the wineries has its own selection of wines on offer and there will be some artisans inside and others outside in tents at each location with social distancing observed.

Art Shows

2021 Keene Art Walk

Jun 4, 2021 - Jun 13, 2021 Downtown, Main Keene, NH

Art Walk Keene is a week-long annual celebration of local artists. Each year, Main Street in downtown Keene, New Hampshire comes alive with art in a wide range of mediums. Residents and visitors take a self-guided tour through charming downtown Keene and view the personal art galleries each artist displays in local shops and storefronts.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Caravan Artist Market -- BrunswickME

May 16, 2021 - May 16, 2021 Behind Vessel and Vine, between 4 Pleasant Street and town hall, Brunswick, ME

At this outdoor, curated artist market you can safely shop a unique quality selection of handmade and original artwork and goods: paintings, prints, skincare, teas, jewelry, textiles, candles, sheep skins, woodworking, chocolates, flowers, pottery and more. Social distancing and masks required. To find CARAVAN: Look for signs in Downtown Brunswick. The market is nestled in the lot behind Vessel & Vine - between 4 Pleasant street & Town Hall Place.

Father’s Day Weekend Arts & Craft Festival -- Deerfield, NH

Jun 19, 2021 - Jun 20, 2021 34 Stage Road Deerfield, NH

The historic Deerfield Fairgrounds, in Deerfield, NH will come alive with color, flavor and music for the Father’s Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival. enjoy 100 bBooths of arts, crafts, specialty foods and live music. Adult Admission is $7.00 (good for both days) Under age 14 Free. Rain or Shine. Free Parking.

Children & Families

Asian Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence RI

Apr 15, 2021 - Jul 4, 2021 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

 asian lantern spectacular Journey through a wonderland of illuminated larger-than-life lanterns evoked by image from the natural world. From dazzling displays to Asian food, this enchanting experience presents 51 glowing lantern displays, a kids interactive lantern area, Asian-inspired cuisine and drinks, and keepsakes. Tickets are sold online only.The Asian Lantern Spectacular is held rain or shine and all tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable (unless there is a Zoo closure).

Mother's Day Tours at Strawbery Banke Museum -- Portsmouth NH

May 9, 2021 - May 9, 2021 Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH

Join Strawbery Banke for a Mother’s Day tour celebrating Puddle Dock families and their matriarchs. During these one-hour guided tours you will visit three historic houses and costumed role players. Meet Mary Rider, a savvy 19th-century business woman; enjoy the Victorian house of Sarah Goodwin, and explore the home of Sarah Shapiro, an early 20th-century Ukrainian immigrant.
One-hour, guided tours departing every 30-minutes. The last self-guided tour departs at 3 PM. Limited tickets are available for each guided tour. Advanced ticket purchase strongly encouraged. ;

Comedy

Dave Chappelle at Foxwoods – Mashantucket CT

Jun 25, 2021 - Jun 26, 2021 Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT

Dave Chappelle is a stand-up comedian and actor known for his trademark wit and sharp, irreverent social commentary. In 2019, he joined the coveted class of recipients of the Mark Twain Prize for “American Humor,”

Juston McKinney & Carolyn Plummer with Great Waters – Moultonborough NH

Aug 6, 2021 - Aug 6, 2021 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road / Route 171, Moultonborough, NH

Juston and Carolyn are probably the funniest people in New Hampshire. McKinney was born in Portsmouth and Plummer is a Wolfeboro native. NH Magazine wrote that no one really ‘gets’ New England humor like Juston McKinney.” Plummer pulls material from the monotony of the life of every man; and she does it well. To Plummer the big moments are easy; it’s existence that’s so hard and so ridiculous. Tickets.

Festivals

Daffodil and Tulip Festival 2021 at Naumkeag – Stockbridge MA

Apr 22, 2021 - May 16, 2021 Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA

 naumkeag daffodil fest 2021 Stroll through eight acres of gardens covered with over 130,000 daffodils and tulips to celebrate spring in the Berkshires. The festival will bring we will have a variety of programs including horticultural tours and workshops, art classes, and fun activities for kids. Food and refreshments will be for sale on-site at our outdoor snack shack. Restrooms will be available. The festival will sell out quickly! Buy tickets online and in advance for one-hour times slots. Parking on site.

Old Orchard Beach Scottish Festival 3031 -- Old Orchard Beach ME

Jun 5, 2021 - Jun 5, 2021 Veteran's Memorial Park , Old Orchard Beach Old Orchard beach, ME

Pipers, highland dancing, traditional Scottish entertainment, food and more!

Food trucks

Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park 2021 -- Providence RI

Apr 16, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021 Roger Williams Park Zooand Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Enjoy over 15 locally owned food trucks and beer from Trinity Brewhouse, while listening to live music. Take a carousel ride, hop aboard the train, or explore Hasbro’s Boundless Playgrounds. Attractions are separate pricing. Bring a chair or blanket, and sit on the lawn. Food trucks accept cash, credit, and debit. Live music each week by Bob Tomassone aka Fatfreebob, SidyMaigaMusic, Grow Your Own Band, The Beardogz, Third Wheel, Rob Davis, Charlie Marie and more. See the full list of food trucks.

Food, Wine, Beer

Art on Tap: TroopTop Deck at the WaterFire Arts Center -- Providence RI

Apr 1, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021 WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI

Each Thursday night the WaterFire Arts Center is open until 9 p.m. Experience the current exhibit and enjoy the rooftop deck. Beer and wine served by Troop PVD. We'll move inside if it rains. Please make a reservation for each member of your party. Reserved seating is for one hour beginning at the time indicated on the ticket. WaterFire Providence is an independent, non-profit arts organization

Gardens

Art in Bloom at Linden Place -- Bristol RI

May 8, 2021 - May 8, 2021 Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

The historic 1810 mansion, its collections and gardens will serve as an inspirational backdrop to dozens of original artwork and floral arrangements. Buy timed tickets in advance online. An opening reception will take place on May 7. Email: info@lindenplace.org

Festival of Gardens Tour -- Providence RI

Jun 12, 2021 - Jun 12, 2021 to be announced to ticket holders Providence, RI

 providence garden tour Located in four neighborhoods from the East Side to Elmwood, the eight featured gardens on this self-guided will exhibit a variety of plantings and contemporary interpretations of historic garden design. Six properties are at historic houses. Check-in locations and a map of all participating gardens will be emailed to attendees before the tour. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Guided private garden tours hosted by The Garden Conservancy will take place on Sunday, June 13. Sunday event tickets may be purchased on the Garden Conservancy website.

Historic District Garden Tour – Bath ME

Jun 19, 2021 - Jun 19, 2021 TBA Bath, ME

Ten Bath gardens will be open to the public. Tickets are available with advance purchase on-line for $30 per person or at the door on June 19 for $35 per person.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden Open Garden Days – Seal Harbor ME

Jul 14, 2021 - Sep 12, 2021 Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, Route 3 near Steam Boat Wharf Road, Seal Harbor, ME

The artistry and imagination of garden designer Beatrix Farrand and Abby and John D. Rockefeller Jr., gave life to one of the most impressive gardens in the United States. Self-guided tours of the Walled Garden and The Eyrie Terrace, the former Rockefeller home, are offered by advance reservations. Reservations open May 14.

Camden Garden Tour 2021 – Camden ME

Jul 15, 2021 - Jul 15, 2021 various locations Camden, ME

The 73rd annual tour is presented by the Camden Garden Club. Keep updated on times and locations and fees at the club website.

Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour 2021 -- Cape Elizabeth ME

Jul 17, 2021 - Jul 17, 2021 TBA Cape Elizabeth, ME

Self-guided tour of 8-10 Maine gardens: ocean views, backyard wildlife habitat, native plants, woodlands, raised beds, and more. Keep checking back for more details as the event gets closer.

Bar Harbor Garden Tour 2021 -- Bar Harbor ME

Jul 17, 2021 - Jul 17, 2021 TBA Bar Harbor, ME

Tour of fine gardens on Mount Desert Island.

Music

Concert Series of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra – New Haven CT

May 21, 2021 - Jul 4, 2021 Canal Dock Boathouse on Long Wharf Drive, New Haven,, CT

New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) returns to live music performances with 14 concerts on the New Haven waterfront. The concerts will include music by Antonin Vivaldi, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Felix Mendelssohn, Florence Price, Franz Schubert, Gioachino Rossini, Jennifer Higdon, Jessie Montgomery, John Philip Sousa, Jonathan Moore, Leonard Bernstein, Margaret Bonds, Philip Glass, Rafael Hernández Marín, and Scott Joplin.
Schedule:
May 21. Glass, Mendelssohn, Montgomery. 5:30 p.m.
May 23. Glass, Mendelssohn, Montgomery. 3 p.m.
May 28. The Four Seasons. 5:30 p.m.
May 30. The Four Seasons. 3 p.m.
June 4. Higdon, Saint-Georges, Schubert. 5:30 p.m.
June 6. Higdon, Saint-Georges, Schubert. 3 p.m.
June 11. Horn, Cello, 4x4. 5:30 p.m.
June 13. Horn, Cello, 4x4. 3 p.m.
June 18. Steel Pan and Strings. 5:30 p.m.
June 20. Steel Pan and Strings. 3 p.m.
June 25. Charlie Widner, My Song. 5:30 p.m.
June 27. Charlie Widner, My Song. 5:30 p.m.
July 2. July 4th on the Wharf. 5:30 p.m.
July 4. July 4th on the Wharf. 3 p.m.

Porch Sessions At Hale Farm -- Beverly MA - Beverly, MA

Jun 12, 2021 - Jun 19, 2021 Hale Farm,39 Hale Street, Beverly, MA

Livingston Taylor on June 12. Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Matt Cusson will open the performances. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. $55-$65
John McLaughlin on June 19. The artist, raised in Indiana and based in Nashville, brings all of his experiences and beliefs into each song he creates. 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $45-$55

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers -- Westport CT

Jun 14, 2021 - Jun 14, 2021 Levitt Pavilion, 40 Jesup Road, Westport, CT

Bruce Hornsby took the music world by surprise with his 2019 album Absolute Zero. Tickets will be sold in advance online and are scheduled to go on sale on April 30 at noon (ET). Event is rain or shine; tickets are non-refundable.

Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival -- Tunbridge V

Jun 22, 2021 - Jun 27, 2021 1 Fairground Lane Tunbridge, VT

The Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival is a four-day event (five days with the early bird Classic Country night) in Tunbridge, Vermont. Over 50 hours of scheduled performances across multiple specialty stages will showcase some of the best talent bluegrass has to offer.

Josh Turner at Indian Ranch -- Webster MA

Jun 28, 2021 - Jun 28, 2021 Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Building #1, Webster, MA

Recording artist Josh Turner produces country music’s most recognizable songs with his deep voice and distinctive style. Turner is one of the youngest artists to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Peter Cincotti with Great Waters – Moultonborough NH

Jul 17, 2021 - Jul 17, 2021 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road / Route 171, Moultonborough, NH

Peter Cincotti’s debut album reached #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making 18-year old Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. Since then, he has performed in some of the world’s greatest theaters from Carnegie Hall to L’Olympia in Paris, and collaborated with artists from Andrea Bocelli to David Guetta. Tickets.

Australian Bee Gees with Great Waters – Moultonborough NH

Jul 24, 2021 - Jul 24, 2021 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road / Route 171, Moultonborough, NH

It is Saturday Night Fever every night with The Australian Bee Gees Show – A Tribute to the Bee Gees. The Australian Bee Gees Show has performed to more than one million people in sold-out theaters and concert halls in more than 40 countries. Tickets.

Classic Albums Live performs: The Eagles - Hotel California with Great Waters – Moultonborough NH

Jul 31, 2021 - Jul 31, 2021 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road / Route 171, Moultonborough, NH

The Eagles Hotel California note for note, cut for cut. This hit performance will have you dancing in the aisle and begging for more. Tickets.

50 Years of Rock N Roll with Neil Berg with Great Waters – Moultonborough NH

Aug 14, 2021 - Aug 14, 2021 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road / Route 171, Moultonborough, NH

With a cast of expert rock & roll singers, Neil Berg tells the rarely heard stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever. From the 1940s through the glory years of the ’50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, up until MTV, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to important stars, groups, and genres. Tickets.

Kate Baldwin with Great Waters – Moultonborough NH

Aug 21, 2021 - Aug 21, 2021 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road / Route 171, Moultonborough, NH

Kate Baldwin was nominated for the 2017 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Irene Molloy in the 2017 Broadway revival of “Hello Dolly!” Baldwin’s new show, “How Did You Get This Number?,” features signature songs from her acclaimed career. Tickets.

Folk Festival 2021 with Great Waters – Moultonborough NH

Aug 28, 2021 - Aug 28, 2021 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road / Route 171, Moultonborough, NH

This event is a nod back to Great Waters’s three-day folk festival of the past. This one-day free music festival includes The Ballroom Thieves, Susie Burke & David Surette, Co-Pilot, and the Carolyn Ramsay Band.
The Ballroom Thieves creates a unique brand of compelling and harmonious music. The group has sold out shows and played at festivals at Boston Calling, Newport Folk, Moon River, Mountain Jam, and Calgary Folk. The Carolyn Ramsay Band is a collaboration of musical talent. The CRB style of music mimics the beautiful environment, with roots in rock and folk music. Copilot is a retro pop group from Boston. The group describes its sound as Lake Street Dive, Bahamas, & The Head & The Heart getting together for a play date.Susie Burke and David Surette have made a name for themselves as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene.
Tickets.

Outdoor Activities

Fire Pit Gatherings Historic Estates and Farms – Canton, Southborough, Ipswich MA

Mar 3, 2021 - May 30, 2021 See description below Canton, Southborough, Ipswich, MA

Get outdoors this spring at your own private fire pit at various properties operated by the Trustees of Reservations. Reserve a fire pit for groups up to six people. The fire will be lit and ready when you arrive and you can explore the grounds and trails during your visit. Price usually includes firewood, benches, s’mores makings, hot apple cider and hot chocolate. Various times and dates available through May. Fire pits are offered at these properties:
Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468B Washington Street (Route 138), Canton, MA
Chestnut Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Road,Southborough, MA
Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Hamilton & Ipswich, MA

Guided Bird Walk -- Boylston MA

May 8, 2021 - May 8, 2021 Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA

This program will be held outdoors in the gardens. This casual stroll will stop at popular birding spots on sight to see what we can find. There will be general instruction but also the opportunity to enjoy this fun activity with fellow birders.

River Birding Walk -- Bellows Falls VT

May 8, 2021 - May 8, 2021 Herricks Cove, 42 Herricks Cove Road Bellows Falls, VT

Situated along the Connecticut River flyway, this location offers some of the best opportunities for spring birding in our local area. Professional guides Nathaniel Sharp and Kevin Tolan of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies will be leading this in-person birding walk. Limited to 15 participants, sliding scale registration Please email jay@nature-museum.org to register.

Walking Tour of the Japanese and Victorian Rose Gardens at Roger Williams Park—Providence RI

Jun 5, 2021 - Jun 5, 2021 Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Stroll the Roger Williams Park with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about its origins as part of the Urban Parks Movement and the efforts required to maintain this important community resource today.

Parties, Dances, Balls

ArtsWorcester Biennial Block Party -- Worcester MA

Jun 12, 2021 - Jun 12, 2021 Portland and Myrtle Street Worcester, MA

Come to the block party and enjoy gallery tours of The Nineteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial and They Travel Together, music from Crocodile River Music & WICN Jazz+ New England, food trucks. Open and free to all; tickets will be available on Eventbrite closer to the date.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Circus in the Woods! – Walpole NH

May 23, 2021 - May 23, 2021 Hooper Institute, 165 Prospect Hill Road, Walpole, NH

 circus in the woods NH Flying Gravity Circus performs along a path through the woods. Genius! As you follow the Circus Arrows down a wooded path, you come across a space where music and young circus performers delight you with their grace and skill! Then you walk to the next station to enjoy another circus act. Jugglers among the trees! Wire walkers in the ferns! Acrobats and contortionists in the meadows! Rolling globes, hula hoops, whimsical characters, and Aerialists flying as gracefully as the birds! Get tickets soon; this event is selling out fast

Shopping & Sales

Providence Flea -- Providence RI

Mar 23, 2021 - May 23, 2021 Farm Fresh RI's Market Hall, 10 Sims Avenue, Providence, RI

Based on the pattern of a famous flea market in Booklym NY, the Providence Flea hosts vendors of all kinds of vintage goods, creative artists, artisans and makers, food trucks and carts, and live musicians. Extensive Covid protections include wide halls, high fans, filtered ventilation system. Held on Sundays.

Sandwich Glass Museum's SeaFair Exhibit and Tent Sale -- Sandwich MA

May 22, 2021 - May 22, 2021 Sandwich glass Museum, 129 Main Street Sandwich, MA 02563

At this annual SeaFair celebration of sea-inspired glass, sea creatures, waves, mermaids, beaches and the like will be specially curated for this popular tent sale. All these artistic are designed by the region's talented glass artists, just perfect for an ocean memory gift or for yourself! Masks and social distancing required. Rain date is May 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Shows & Exhibits

Newport Flower Show 2021: Back in Bloom -- Newport RI

Jun 18, 2021 - Jun 20, 2021 Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

 rosecliff Back in Bloom: A Ballroom Floral Fantasy will be an indoor, self-guided tour of floral design exhibits and garden vignettes on the first floor at Rosecliff. The Salon and Ballroom of Rosecliff will be transformed into a magical experience of botanical arts. The Terrace will be transformed into a conservatory garden. This year's show wil not include the oceanside boutiques or food concessions , but the Newport Mansions Store will be open.
Parking will be available onsite at Rosecliff. The show will take place rain or shine. Tour path will be one-way direction only. Social distancing and face coverings are required. Tickets are available by advance online purchase only and are non-refundable. Ticket availability will be limited due to social distancing regulations. Ticket purchasers must reserve a date and time for their visit. The most popular arrival times will be 9 a.m. and noon; please consider a later arrival to avoid crowds and lines. Strollers and carriages are not permitted inside. Only certified service animals are permitted.

Visual Arts

Art in Bloom -- Fitchburg MA

May 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021 Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Streete, Fitchburg, MA

Art in Bloom returns to Fitchburg Art Museum and see flower arrangements and table scapes crafted by local florists, garden clubs, and FAM staff interpreting the art in the collection.

Workshops & Classes

Everlasting Flower Crown Workshop at Highfield Hall -- Falmouth MA

May 8, 2021 - May 8, 2021 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA

 flower crown class at highfield hall Join Liana Jean Rasmussen of Climbing Vine Design to combine high-quality faux flowers with fine floral design principles o make your own flower crowns. This is a fun pre-Mother’s Day activity; bring your camera for a floral photo shoot afterwards. The workshop runs approximately 2 hours and all the materials are included. Appropriate for children ages 10 and older; children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.