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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.

Find the dates you plan to travel or simply search the full events list below.

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Arts & Crafts Shows

Quilt Exhibition at Billings Farm - Onsite and Online Woodstock VT

Jul 18, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020 Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT

Juried contemporary quilts and historical quilts from the museum’s collection will be on display. Onsite guests will view the colorful array of exquisite quilts and meet the quilters. Take a quilt-themed Story Walk and the Quilt Exhibition Scavenger Hunt. Explore various quilting genres. Challenge quilts will be exhibited. Bring a picnic and spend the day. Admission to the Quilt Exhibition includes the Heifer Barn, the Vermont Farm Life Exhibit, the Ottauquechee River Walk and the heirloom, pollinator, and victory gardens. The 1890 Farm Manager’s House is closed to the public, but interpretive displays can be viewed from the porch. The Dairy Bar is open. Face coverings must be worn by all guests over the age of 2 everywhere on the site, including the outdoors.

Children & Families

Fruitlands Fairy Forest -- Harvard MA

Aug 7, 2020 - Aug 16, 2020 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA

Don your wings, grab your crowns, and come play in the Fruitlands woods. Visitors are welcome to build fairy houses around the Willard Archeological site at Fruitlands Museum. Collect natural materials and build a house for the Fruitlands fairies. Register online to receive a downloadable DIY Fruitlands Fairy Forest Activity Kit before your visit. Registration includes admission for the day, Dates: August 7-9 and 14-16

Pirate Day at the Hempsted Houses --New London CT

Aug 8, 2020 - Aug 8, 2020 Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempstead Street, New London, CT

Enjoy a day of all things pirate, and learn about the Hempsted family connections to pirates and privateers that once sailed the Sound and strolled the streets of New London. Meet members of The Crew of the Raven; put your pirate skills to the test with a scavenger hunt around the Hempsted grounds, and purchase some plundered Colonial items from Big Bear Trading Company. Registration for timed entry is required at https://hempsted-pirate-day-2020.eventbrite.com. All visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Heavy rain postpones the event to August 16.

Fairy Tea Party on the Lawn at Highfield Hall -- Falmouth MA

Aug 12, 2020 - Aug 12, 2020 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA

Children, dolls, and parents are invited to an English garden tea party to celebrate the opening of “Lessons from the Fairies.” The tea party will also include doll-related activities so make sure to bring your doll with you. This event is sure to sell out so register only early. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cruises

Revels Harbor Cruise – Boston MA

Aug 11, 2020 - Aug 11, 2020 World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd #50, Boston, MA

Escape the heat on a two-hour sunset cruise around Boston Harbor with Revels Artist-in-Residence David Coffin and guests from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Enjoy Coffin’s historical (and punny) narration of Boston Harbor as the boat motors past the USS Constitution, The Zakim Bridge, Old North Church, and Boston Harbor Islands. Learn about the harbor’s marine life and ecosystem from experts from Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Guests must wear masks onboard and exercise social distancing. Tickets.

Festivals

Revere Beach Art Festival -- Revere MA

Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 12, 2020 Revere Beach. Ocean Avenue. Revere, MA

The day will be filled with fun activities, artists selling their incredible pieces, live music, and a Live Art Competition where artists compete for a cash prize. With over 20 artists in attendance, we promise, you won’t go home empty handed! See Less

Films

International Films at Pop-up Drive-Ins – Lenox MA

Jul 23, 2020 - Sep 13, 2020 Shakespeare & Co. campus, 70 Kemble Street Lenox, MA

The Berkshire International Film Festival and Shakespeare & Co. co-present a summer film series. See 40 films including documentaries, narrative features, Sundance hits, Shakespeare-themed films, family films and award-winning animated films. Tickets.
Please print out your ticket at home or have them available on your phone. Parking at the drive-in is first come, first served. Guests must stay in the cars at all times but an emergency bathroom will be available. Cars will be parked 10 feet apart and the engine must be shut off once parked. When not in your car you MUST wear a face mask. Rain dates will be decided by 4 p.m. the day of the screening and will be scheduled for the following Monday.
July 31 – Richard III
Aug 1 – Ai Wei Wei: Yours Truly
Aug 2 – Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
Aug 6 – Beethoven in Beijing
Aug 7 – TBA
Aug 8 – Monsters and Men
Aug 9 – Animated Short Collection
Aug 13 – The Hoy Boys
Aug 14 – Olympia
Aug 15 – The Prison Within
Aug 16 – Pick of the Litter
Aug 20 – Orchestrating Change
Aug 21 – Don’t Be Nice
Aug 22 – Radium Girls
Aug 23 – Tesla
Aug 27 – The Donut Dollies
Aug 28 – Shakespeare Behind Bars
Aug 29 – Premature
Aug 30 – Field of Dreams
Sept 3 – Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President
Sept 4 – Women in Blue
Sept 5 – Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President
Sept 6 – Playing with Fire
Sept 10 – Made in Italy
Sept 11 – Echo in The Canyon
Sept 12 – The Black Power MixTape
Sept 13 –Animated Short Collection

Food trucks

Food Trucks, Music and Arts at Rocky Point – Warwick RI

Jun 20, 2020 - Aug 15, 2020 Rocky Point Park, Priscilla Avenue off of Palmer Avenue, Warwick, RI

Come to the former Rocky Point Park, now an open public park overlooking Narragansett Bay, for food trucks, more than 50 artisan vendors with Field of Artisans, and live music. The lineup of food truck and artisans will be different on each date. Field of Artisans is a pop-up community for creativity. Dates: Saturdays, June 20, July 18, and August 15.

Food, Wine, Beer

Corn Roast at Gore Place -- MA

Aug 9, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020 Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

Celebrate the sweet corn season during the Corn Roast at Gore Place. Buy croasted corn freshly picked from local farms. Live music is planned. Masks and social distancing required. Bring your own picnic blanket or other lawn seating or take away. Come and enjoy a summer evening at Gore Place. Dates: August 9, 16, 23.

Sizzlin’ Summer Fare at Highfield Hall -- Falmouth MA

Aug 12, 2020 - Aug 12, 2020 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA

Enjoy the view from Highfield Hall and a cooking lesson from culinary instructor Kay Benaroch. This week brings marinated lamb, a chickpea curry and deviled eggs. Recipes and tastes are provided. Register online. Highfield will adhere to social distancing protocols and space classmates out accordingly.

Historic

Interpretive Tour of the Historic Neighborhood of Strawbery Banke -- Portsmouth NH

Jul 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020 Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH

This tour presents four outdoor sites that demonstrate the resiliency of the historic waterfront neighborhood. Tour groups of 10 or fewer people meet costumed role players across the museum grounds and learn about the history of the site from the 1600s through historic preservation efforts in 1958 that created the museum. Buildings will be close and the tour will focus on exteriors and the landscapes and gardens.
Tours examine The Sherburne House Garden (1695); the Rider-Wood House (1830); the Shapiro House (1919); Abbott Store & Victory Garden (1943).

Home & Studio Tours

Cape Ann Artisans Studio Mini-Tours -- Gloucester and Rockport, MA

Jul 18, 2020 - Aug 15, 2020 studios (see map on website) Gloucester and Rockport, MA

Members of Cape Ann Artisans will open their studios for two Saturdays, on July 18 and August 15. Participating artists include ceramicists David Archibald, Cynthia Curtis, and Erin O’Sullivan & Scott Place of Twin Lights Studios; painter Jillian Demeri; sea glass jeweler Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco; glass artist Beth Williams; and Pamela Stratton a maker of mosaics.
Visitors can easily group the tour into geographic proximity by visiting the Gloucester artists and Rockport artists in sequence by neighborhood from East Gloucester, to downtown, to Riverdale, Lanesville, and Rockport (or reverse) according to the digital postcard which will be circulated online or can be downloaded from CapeAnnArtisans.com

Music

Hyannis Harbor Friday Concerts -- Hyannis MA

Jul 3, 2020 - Aug 21, 2020 Aselton Park, corner of South and Ocean streets, Hyannis, MA

Come enjoy free concerts every Friday in the summer. See Calendar of events.

Dueling Pianos at Jonathan's Ogunquit -- Ogunquit ME

Aug 1, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020 Jonathan's Ogunquit, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, MA

This is a sing-along with all your friends in the company of good beverages, Two grand pianos are center-stage with a team of outrageously talented pianists that seem to know every song ever written. Dates: August 1, 8, 15, and 22.

Music At Sunset Concerts at Blithewold -- Bristol RI

Aug 5, 2020 - Aug 12, 2020 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinners and chairs or blankets. We have 33 acres of gardens and grounds, including a 10-acre lawn, to spread out on and enjoy the music and gorgeous views over the bay, perfect for social distancing! Masks are required. Please print your ticket and place it in the windshield of your car. Preregistration is required. Tickets will be sold by car only. No exceptions. E-mail: info@blithewold.org
August 12: Colby James & the Ramblers. Preregister here.
August 19: Panoramic View steel drum band. Preregister here.
August 26: Jazz Night with Greg Abate. Preregister here.

Opera Under The Stars With Barn Opera – Williston and Brandon, VT

Sep 10, 2020 - Sep 12, 2020 Two locations on separate dates; see below Williston and Brandon, VT

Brandon’s opera company, Barn Opera, will offer an evening of arias, duets, and scenes from opera and musical theatre, as a love letter from Barn Opera artists to the Vermonter audience. The repertoire will span centuries from Mozart to Gounod, Rossini to Puccini, with recognizable tunes, and virtuosic vocalism.
Facial coverings will be required. Seating is set up to maintain social distancing. There will be no concessions or distribution of wine. Tickets to attend the performance will be delivered electronically by visiting Barn Opera’s ticket site. There will be assigned seating. Tickets.
Locations:
September 10 at Isham Family Farm, 3515 Oak Hill Road, Williston
September 12 at Estabrook Park, 760 Grove Street, Brandon

Music Outdoors

Summer Outdoor Concerts – Narragansett RI

Jul 10, 2020 - Sep 4, 2020 Gazebo Park, Beach Street and Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI

Outdoor summer concerts are presented in Gazebo Park. Bring your blanket or chair, picnic dinner, and masks. July 31 – Take It to the Bridge. Funk and rock cover band
August 7 – Black Tie Band. Feel-good classics.
August 14 – Reckless Blues. Swing, jazz, blues from Ella to Bonnie Raitt
August 21 – Providence County Bail Jumpers . Southern rock, classic rock from the 1970s and 1980s,
August 28 – CBD. Vocals by locals.
September 4 – Jesse Liam Band. Everly Brothers, Beatles, Rod Stewart, Grateful Dead.

Patio Musical: An Improvised Musical -- Wakefield RI

Jul 15, 2020 - Aug 28, 2020 Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI

Each night the audience comes up with a title and chooses from our improvisers' pitches for the show, then a full musical comes to life before your eyes. Every night is completely new and will never been seen again. Parties will be set up at least 6' apart to accommodate social distancing, and masks must be worn by all audience members, staff, and performers at all times. Seating is limited, so you must get tickets in advance.

Concerts on the Green – Canterbury NH

Jul 19, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020 Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, NH

Concerts will be held outdoors on the lawn near the Meeting House. Masks are expected and social distancing will be insured. All performances will be amplified. Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Parking is behind the barn.
August 9 -- Nick’s Other Band playing high-energy rock and roll
August 16 – Kathy Lowe on acoustic guitar and dulcimer
August 23 – The Six Feet Away Band playing jazz

Sunset Sounds Concert Series -- CT - Hartford, CT

Aug 6, 2020 - Aug 20, 2020 Butler-McCook Garden, 59 South Prospect Street, Hartford, CT

Bring a picnic and your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy music. Concert attendance requires masks and social distancing.
August 6 -- Orice Jenkins: Millennial Soul. Jazz, folk, and R&B.
August 13 -- Jocelyn Pleasant & The Lost Tribe. World music jazz afro-funk instrumental collective.
August 20 -- Ed Fast & Congabop. Jazz, dance and drumming in Afro-Cuban jazz.
While visiting the property, stroll through the garden and enjoy a variety of annuals and perennials. Entrance to the Butler-McCook House & Garden is also available across the block at the Amos Bull House entrance at 59 South Prospect Street.

The Dance Hall Outdoors -- Kittery ME

Aug 6, 2020 - Aug 27, 2020 Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road Kittery, ME

Outdoor concerts will be held at the Kittery Community Center, Tickets need to be purchased in advance and seating is limited. Bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on.
August 6. Effen Peif-tet. Organ quartet. Avant-soul-jazz, 6-8 p.m.
August 13. Soggy Po Boys. Music of New Orleans, 6-8 p.m.
August 20. Django By The Sea Gypsy Jazz. 6-8 p.m.
August 27. Celia Woodsmith & Jason Anick, Singer Celia Woodsmith and violin virtuoso Jason Anick perform originals, country classics, Western swing, and bluegrass music

Live Under the Arch Concerts – Portsmouth NH

Aug 8, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020 Outdoors next to the Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH

These shows are presented in the short block outside the Music Hall. Seating is a widely spaced tables. See Music Hall website for details.
August 8 -- Ryan Montbleau. Raw acoustic music with gorgeous vocals and elegant instrumental arrangements. Shows at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. $28
August 13 – Zero Gravity. Comprised of members of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, Zero Gravity has been playing events throughout the Seacoast area for years. Expect hot tangos and jazz favorites. $60 for a regular table (3 person limit); $120 for a large table (6 person limit)
August 15 – Dreadnought. This funky house band for Writers on a New England performs blues, prog-rock, and funk. $60 for a regular table (3 person limit); $120 for a large table (6 person limit)
August 22 – The Big Note Trio. Soulful music influenced by Chuck Berry, Johnny Mercer, Sam Cooke, the Clovers, and Ned Claflin. $60 for a regular table (3 person limit); $120 for a large table (6 person limit)

Sunday Concerts on the Lawn at Norman Rockwell Museum -- Stockbridge MA

Aug 9, 2020 - Aug 16, 2020 Lawn of Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road / Route 183, Stockbridge, MA

Enjoy scenic Berkshire vistas of Norman Rockwell’s studio, Peter Rockwell’s sculptures, gardens and orchard, and nearby walking trails. Bring a picnic, blanket, small lawn umbrella, and chairs and enjoy a concert starting at 3 p.m. each week. The Runaway Cafe will have their menu available; including ice cream, and cold drinks.
August 9 -- The Richard Stanmeyer Quintet performs original compositions, notable jazz standards, plus pieces by Billy Strayhorn and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
August 16 -- Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and regional musicians perform Vivaldi Concerto for clarinets, oboes and strings, Mozart Flute Quartet, Arthur Foote Flute Quintet, and Benny Goodman Suite for clarinet and bass.

The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein

Aug 21, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020 Outdoors at the Polish Community Club, Linden and Center streets Pittsfield, MA

Singers from the Barrington Stage Co. perform some of the greatest musical theater songs ever written—from "South Pacific," "Carousel," "The King and I," "Oklahoma!" and more. The show is presented in a tent outdoors at the parking lot of the Polish Community Club. Selling out fast! Tickets. Performance dates and times: August 20, 21, and 22 at 6 p.m.; August 23 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Outdoor Activities

Night and Moonlight: a Transcendental Night Hike -- Harvard MA

Sep 2, 2020 - Sep 2, 2020 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA

Join us under the Full Moon at the Fruitlands Museum for this Transcendental Night Hike. We will take to the trails to discover nature by night and explore the elements, sites, and sounds that awaken when the sun sets, pausing along the way to hear and contemplate passages from Thoreau’s 1863 essay “Night and Moonlight.” Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is required. Recommended for ages 14 and older.

Sunset Kayak in the Crane Wildlife Refuge

Sep 13, 2020 - Sep 13, 2020 starting location will be emailed to registrants Ipswich, MA

This kayaking trip into Essex Bay starts at the Crane Wildlife Refuge, New England’s largest contiguous salt marsh. We’ll either paddle around Choate Island or down the Castle Neck River. Come see marsh wildlife , including egrets, herons, and other shore birds.

Beach Bash Series at Norman Bird Sanctuary -- RI

Sep 17, 2020 - Sep 17, 2020 Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI

The fire pits will be ready with fixings for s'mores, Greg Ferreira will be playing a variety of fun music, and Ben & Jerry's will be donating ice cream. Bring your own beach gear, picnic, and drinks. Must register in advance; no walk-ins will be admitted.

Outdoor Movies

Movies on the Beach – Narragansett RI

Jul 1, 2020 - Aug 26, 2020 Cabana Horseshoe of Narragansett Town Beach, 79 Boston Neck Road Narragansett, RI

Bring the family to movies on the beach. Food trucks available in the North Lot. Rain dates are always the Thursday evening after the cancelled movie.
August 5 – “The Mighty Ducks”
August 12 – “Brave”
August 19 – “Frozen II”
August 26 – “Wizard of Oz”

Movies at Topsfield Drive-In -- Topsfield MA

Jul 30, 2020 - Aug 30, 2020 Topsfield Fairground, 207 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA

Drive-In movies are being shown nightly at Topsfield Fairgrounds. Food and drink available for sale. Movies will begin at 8:45 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. You can listen to the sound through any FM radio. See link for movie listings. Tickets.

Theater

"Harry Clarke" -- MA

Aug 5, 2020 - Aug 16, 2020 under a tent at the Polish Community Club, opposite the Blatt Performing Arts Center, 55 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA

A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, "Harry Clarke" is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life as the seductive and precocious Harry. Curtain times and tickets.

Decameron, Providence: New Stories for a New Era – Providence RI

Aug 9, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020 WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI

Now, two of the most inventive performing arts groups in contemporary America have joined to create a collection of live performances on 10 outdoor stages on the grounds of the WaterFire Arts Center and the American Locomotive Company in Providence. In the original “Decameron,” published in 1352 but set in 1348, 10 young storytellers quarantine themselves Bubonic plague, reserving two days for prayers, two days for their chores, and ten days for telling tales of love, passion, obsession, vice, and folly. Similarly, “Decameron, Providence” happens over a span of 14 days. Performance spaces are divided into East and West zones. Each zone includes five artists in five outdoor spaces or “story gardens.”
Presenting groups are the Providence-based arts organizations Wilbury Theatre Group and WaterFire Providence. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays, August 9-22. The audience is divided into ten isolated Brigades of 10 to 20 people who will remain distanced from each other and the performers. Each Brigade will have a heroine or hero from the novel who will guide the group, starting from each Brigade’s private reserved parking lot. Audience members will see 5 performances. People are permitted to visit one zone per night and are encouraged to return on another night to see a different set of five performances.