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Events Calendar - 2024

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.

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Art Show

New England Botanic Garden's "Orchids After Dark" – Boylston MA

Feb 16, 2024 - Mar 15, 2024 New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, 11 French Drive Boylston, MA 01505

Experience the brilliance of Patterns in Bloom: An Orchid Exhibition after-hours with special evenings of jazz and drinks. Escape the cold and see the exhibition in a whole new light with a unique ambience perfect for a Friday night. Each evening will feature live jazz performed by highly talented local musicians, a cash bar, and light bites available for purchase. Explore the beauty of the Botanic Garden's indoor conservatories, which will be filled with captivating orchid displays, sculptural works of art, and unique lighting exclusive to this after-hours experience. Must be at least 21 to attend.
Sunset Cruise & Harbor Views! - See Plymouth, MA!

Children & Families

Blithewold Home-School Days 2024 – Bristol RI

Jan 30, 2024 - May 28, 2024 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI 02809

On the last Tuesday of each month through May, there will be fun (and educational) hands-on learning at Blithewold estate. This year they will offer programs in science, history, and art. Each month, the estate will begin by collecting data for Cornell University’s Lab of Orthinology to help scientists track changes in bird populations across the globe. Indoor and outdoor learning experiences in science, history, and the arts complete the curriculum, which aligns with RI, MA, and CT state standards. Between sessions, there is plenty of time to enjoy a nice picnic or run out some energy on the Great Lawn. The programs are designed for Ages 8 – 13. Adult chaperone required. Class size is limited to 15. Reservations are required. Monthly Program Topics: January: Textiles; February: Family Tree; March: Tea Etiquette; April: Architecture;  May: Science of Kites. Dates: Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 26, April 30, and May 28.

Sesame Street Live! Say Hello – Boston MA

Apr 19, 2024 - Apr 20, 2024 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street are coming to your neighborhood to say hello! In Sesame Street Live! Say Hello, you can sing and dance with your favorite furry friends while enjoying fun surprises along the way. So put on your dancing shoes and make your way to where the air is sweet for this all-new celebration on Sesame Street!

Star Wars Character Breakfast – Saint Albans VT

May 4, 2024 - May 4, 2024 50 Kingman Street Saint Albans, VT 05478

May the 4th be with you! Join some of your favorite Star Wars characters at The Depot for a character breakfast with games, activities and prizes. Plus take your own photos with the characters! Limited reserved seats/tables available. Non-alcoholic beverages included. Alcoholic drinks not included but will be available for purchase.

Comedy

Vic DiBitetto at Glastonbury Theater – Glastonbury CT

Mar 2, 2024 - Mar 2, 2024 43 Naubuc Avenue Glastonbury, CT 06033

See Vic DiBitetto, the Italian Hurricane, for a night of live comedy. He prowls the stage like a tiger. He holds no hostages. He says what you are thinking but are afraid to say out loud. Vic is currently a cast member of the Amazon Prime TV Series Gravesend and has been co-headlining special event shows with comic legend Andrew “Dice” Clay. He has over 2 million social media followers with 1 billion digital and linear views worldwide, and his new album, Working Class Zero, is currently on sale at iTunes and Amazon, streaming on Pandora and airing on SiriusXM radio.

Dance

Grand Kyiv Ballet Presents Giselle – Boston MA

Feb 23, 2024 - Feb 23, 2024 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

"Giselle" is a timeless French masterpiece that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide for over 180 years. Recognized as one of the greatest dramatic love stories ever told, the ballet recounts the tale of Giselle and the Willis, unveiling a narrative of love, betrayal, and vengeance. The legend narrates the tragic fate of young, unmarried girls, who meet their untimely demise after being betrayed by their lovers. Overwhelmed by sorrow and anger, these vengeful spirits transform into the malevolent Willis, seeking retribution for their heartbreaking demise.

Message In A Bottle – Boston MA

Mar 26, 2024 - Mar 30, 2024 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

"Message In A Bottle" is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from five-time Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including "Every Breath You Take," "Roxanne," "Walking On The Moon" and more. 

Festivals

Rutland Winterfest 2024 – Rutland VT

Feb 17, 2024 - Feb 24, 2024 P.O. Box 267 Rutland, VT 05702

Rutland’s Winterfest is back this year with an avalanche of awesome events. Winterfest has been a Rutland staple for 20 years and this year’s event is on track to be the biggest event in years with more festivities, more folks and more fun! Crowd favorites like the Snow Sculpting competition, night sledding on Center Street, Human Foosball, the Chili Cook-Off and the Real Rutland Feud return this year, while new events have been added to the wintry mix. See website for a full list of events.

Cabin Fever Festival 2024 – Mystic CT

Feb 24, 2024 - Feb 24, 2024 Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Boulevard Mystic, CT 06355

Join the Olde Mistick Village for the return of their popular Cabin Fever Charity Cook Off. You and guests will get to sample signature chowders and vote for favorites while raising money for a good cause. Door prizes and live music will also be happening.

Winter Carnival at Wasserman Park 2024 – Merrimack NH

Feb 24, 2024 - Feb 24, 2024 Wasserman Park, 116 Naticook Road Merrimack, NH

This annual outdoor event promotes enjoying the outdoors during the winter months and features games, food vendors, crafts, raffles and other activities.

Food, Wine, Beer

Frosty Brews & Vegan Treats – Worcester MA

Mar 3, 2024 - Mar 3, 2024 333 Shrewsbury Street Worcester, MA 01604

Frosty Brews & Vegan Treats is a fundraiser for VegFest at Redemption Rock Brewing Co! Ticket-holders receive a box of goodies from Vegan Treats bakery and can enjoy vegan pop-ups including Waves Dairy Free Soft Serve, Not Ya Mama's Vegan Cafe, Chef Sil's Vegan Kitchen, and more! Redemption Rock will also offer their beer & café menu items for purchase. Enjoy some frosty brews and vegan treats along with music by Kevin Kvein, raffles, and table activities.

Cookies & Cocktails – Providence RI

Mar 7, 2024 - Mar 7, 2024 10 Sims Avenue Providence, RI 02909

This very special evening features chefs from some of your favorite local restaurants including Res American Bistro, Siena, Bettola, The Boathouse, Barnaby's Public House, Coast Guard House, Waterman Grille, and Wright's Dairy Farm. They will showcase their talents by creating special desserts using everyone’s favorite treat — Girl Scout Cookies®! Also included will be "cookie-inspired" cocktail samples and hors d'oeuvres.

Taco Tour Manchester 2024 – Manchester NH

May 2, 2024 - May 2, 2024 54 Hanover Street Manchester, NH 03101

More than 20,000 visitors are expected at this year's Taco Tour Manchester, known by many as the best day of the year in downtown Manchester, NH! Attendees consume as many $3 tacos as they desire for four hours at the “World’s Largest Taco Tour.”

Guided Tours

“On the Gold Light”: Candlelight tours of the Old Manse – Concord MA

Dec 22, 2023 - Mar 9, 2024 269 Monument Street Concord, MA

The Old Manse transforms after dark. This winter, visit the Old Manse for a special candle-lit tour. Wander the halls and explore the chambers of the Old Manse lit by candles and the setting sun. Tour groups are set with a limited capacity and booking in advance is recommended to secure your spot. Please be advised: this tour includes walking over uneven floors in very low light situations. Learn more about accessibility on the website.

Health & Fitness

Providence Marathon – Providence RI

May 5, 2024 - May 5, 2024 30 Exchange Terrace Providence, RI 02903

Make your mark at the 16th Annual Providence Marathon & Half Marathon! The event returns on May 5 for another exciting run through the heart of Rhode Island’s capital city! Save the date and choose from the full marathon or half marathon courses, which feature a run through historic downtown sites, beautiful views of the Providence River, and charming New England neighborhoods. Don’t wait to register — this race sold out well before race day in 2023. Sign up today!

Music

Harry, Haydn + Mozart – Boston MA

Feb 23, 2024 - Feb 25, 2024 30 Gainsborough Street Boston, MA 02115

Boston music lovers, mark your calendars: Harry Christopher's returns to Handel & Haydn in his first appearance as Conductor Laureate, with the music he does best. Following a smile-inducing Haydn symphony, the spotlight falls on the renowned H+H Chorus for two of Mozart’s great masterworks. Then, Harry adds a special treat: haunting, sublime a cappella choral gems from two women composers, Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) and Raphaella Aleotti (1575–1646). Join for this joyful reunion!

New Philharmonia Orchestra's Classics II – Newton MA

Feb 24, 2024 - Feb 25, 2024 76 Eldredge Street in Newton Corner Newton, MA 02458

In recognition of Black History Month, the concerts on February 24th and 25th, Equality and Triumph, will showcase Lee Hoiby’s “I Have a Dream,” a musical setting of Martin Luther King’s historic speech celebrating the 60th anniversary of that remarkable moment in history. Acclaimed baritone Philip Lima will sing Hoiby’s work as well as Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs.” The concert will finish with the orchestra performing Beethoven’s celebrated Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Tickets and information can be found at newphil.org.

Brandenburg Concertos – Cambridge MA

Mar 2, 2024 - May 4, 2024 45 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Revel in the splendor of J.S. Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos, the best of the Baroque. From the clarion call of the trumpet in No. 2 to the tour de force harpsichord solo in No. 5, there’s always something new to discover in this much-loved collection. Handel +Haydn’s endlessly dynamic concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky joins principal keyboard Ian Watson to co-pilot the ensemble from within. This is historically informed performance at its finest: masterfully performed and passionately shared. Please note: Thursday and Friday performances will be at Sanders Theatre located in Harvard’s Memorial Hall. Saturday’s performance will be held at NEC’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115).

Johnny Cash: The Official Concert Experience – Boston MA

Mar 9, 2024 - Mar 9, 2024 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

The music never stops in Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience. Produced in collaboration with the Estate of Johnny Cash, this multi-media celebration is like nothing you’ve seen before. Using state-of-the-art technology, Johnny Cash’s rich and iconic baritone has been lifted from archival concert footage and recordings, enabling the “Man in Black” to perform his biggest hits – “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire” – with a live band again! In addition to never-before-seen footage and on-screen narration by Cash’s only son, John Carter Cash, male and female vocalists will share vocal duties to perform even more Cash hits, as well as tunes by artists of the time including The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and June Carter Cash.

International Folk Festival 2024 – Boston MA

Mar 12, 2024 - Mar 12, 2024 136 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115

Berklee’s 38th International Folk Festival, directed by Christiane Karam and Vessela Stoyanova, brings together the college’s diverse community for a performance featuring various traditional musical cultures from around the world, performed by Berklee students and special guests.

Beethoven 9 – Boston MA

Mar 15, 2024 - Mar 16, 2024 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115

“Be embraced, you millions!” Let the “divine spark” of joy catch fire in this iconic celebration of life. Guest conductor Raphaël Pichon, the maestro behind last season’s blockbuster Marriage of Figaro, delivers a fervently fresh take on this magnum opus in honor of its bicentennial. And it’s no surprise that our beloved chorus and orchestra tackle this uplifting music with both compassion and conviction.

Bach + Telemann – Boston MA

Mar 22, 2024 - Mar 24, 2024 30 Gainsborough Street Boston, MA 02115

In the spirited hands of new Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen, these exquisite choral treasures from Bach and Telemann are nothing short of divine. To open the program, the “unimpeachably excellent” Handel & Haydn Chorus keeps vigil in two contemplative Bach cantatas, with charismatically commanding soprano Robin Johannsen, a favorite from last season, soaring above. Then, after a rollicking romp through Brandenburg No. 6, Telemann gets the final word, comforting even as he captivates. This is a double feature you don’t want to miss.

The Age of the Rise – East Cambridge MA

Mar 23, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024 Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second Street East Cambridge, MA 02141

A call for action on climate change. The Age of the Rise will feature music written by Eliza Brown, Catarina Domenici, Mary Montgomery Koppel, J. A. J. Sedarski, and Kyle Rivera. Their works will be performed by Ryan Shannon, violin; Thomas Barth, cello; Celine Ferro, clarinet; Thomas Schmidt, percussion; Julia Scott Carey, piano; Kelley Hollis, soprano; and Nicholas Southwick, flute. Audience members may watch this performance in person at the Multicultural Arts Center or virtually via a Youtube livestream.

Jesse Agan & The Music of Queen – Claremont NH

Mar 23, 2024 - Mar 23, 2024 Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square Claremont, NH 03743

Jesse Agan and his band honors the unique one-of-a-kind voice of Freddie Mercury, along with the artistry and complex musicality that Queen brought to life with every show. They encompass Queen's high energy Rock 'N' Roll with killer guitar solos, tight harmonies and catchy melodies, keeping audiences of all ages engaged and entertained from start to end. Join the band as they take you on a journey with iconic songs like “We Will Rock You”, “We Are The Champions”, “Another One Bites The Dust”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and many more!

Bach B Minor Mass – Boston MA

Apr 5, 2024 - Apr 7, 2024 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115

Feel your heart skip a beat as the first chords of Bach’s choral masterpiece transform Symphony Hall into a cathedral. Then, buckle up for two hours of the master’s lush harmonies and intricate orchestral writing, performed with Handel & Haydn’s trademark vigor on the period instruments Bach intended. Frequent guest conductor Masaaki Suzuki returns to the podium to illuminate the music’s magnificence anew.

Brahm's Requiem – Boston MA

Apr 19, 2024 - Apr 21, 2024 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115

Savor the richness of Brahms in this profound performance that captures the full shimmering spectrum of human emotion. It’s a perfect showcase of the chorus — almost as if this deeply spiritual music were written just for them. With celebrated period instrument conductor Bernard Labadie at the helm, you’ll take part in the rare thrill of hearing these pieces played on the instruments Brahms knew best, surrounding yourself with the healing sounds that brought him solace following his mother’s death. This majestic offering matches ferocity with tenderness, boldness with beauty, promising goosebumps from start to finish.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents "Shadows, Canons, Veils" – Boston MA

Apr 20, 2024 - Apr 20, 2024 First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street Boston, MA 02116

Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents an electrifying chamber music program at intersection of past and present. Beethoven breaks free from his classical roots with his quintet for piano and winds, while Serge Arcuri animates fantastical scenes from Medieval manuscripts in Les Furieuses enluminures. Rebecca Clarke plays hide and seek with quixotic clouds in her Midsummer Moon for violin and piano, and Thomas Adès unveils Couperin’s Les baricades mistérieuses for the 21st century with a shimmering, kaleidoscopic trompe l’oeil. Shostakovich, too, looks to the past, bringing Baroque grandeur to his striking Piano Quintet, as shadows of history give way to the future.

Berklee College of Music Singers Night 2024 – Boston MA

Apr 30, 2024 - Apr 30, 2024 Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA, MA 02115

Each semester, more than 120 voice students at the Berklee College of Music audition for the opportunity to be cast in Singers Night, one of the Voice Department’s premier shows. Don't miss this high-energy concert featuring the students who were chosen during this process, performing solo and in small groups.

Outdoor Activities

Berkshire East Free Ski Day 2024 – Charlemont MA

Feb 23, 2024 - Feb 23, 2024 Berkshire East Mountain Resort, 66 Thunder Mountain Road Charlemont, MA

Berkshire East Mountain Resort is partnering with L.L. Bean to offer a free ski day on Friday, Feb. 23. Passes must be loaded to an RFID Lift Pass ($5 one-time purchase) and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Performing Arts and Theater

The Simon & Garfunkel Story – Boston MA

Feb 24, 2024 - Feb 25, 2024 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is an immersive concert-style theater show chronicling the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups of the ‘60’s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park” reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance. Using state of the art video projection, incredible lighting, and a full live band, this show is a moving and powerful concert featuring all the hits such as “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Boxer,” “The Sound Of Silence,” and many more.

Pretty Woman: The Musical – Boston MA

Feb 27, 2024 - Mar 3, 2024 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

Based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. The show features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News). Are you ready to fall in love all over again?

Dick & Angel Dare to Do It – Boston MA

Mar 8, 2024 - Mar 8, 2024 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

Dick and Angel Strawbridge, the stars of the hit television series, "Escape To The Chateau," are heading to Boston with their hugely successful Dare to Do It tour. Millions of viewers across the world have been enthralled over the past 10 years by the family’s adventures bringing their French fairytale castle back to life and turning it into the flourishing and continually evolving business it is today. However, Dick and Angel have many untold tales to tell. During this highly entertaining evening filled with stories, games, and laughs, the duo explains who they are, where they came from, how they met and fell in love in 2010, and why they dared to do it.

Anthony Rapp's "Without You" – Boston MA

Apr 2, 2024 - Apr 14, 2024 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116

A new musical based on the New York Times best-selling memoir of love, loss, and the musical "Rent."  In 1994, Anthony Rapp was 22, out of money and working at a Starbucks, about to audition for a new musical by a young writer named Jonathan Larson. The musical? The global phenomenon "Rent." This is where "Without You" begins. Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name and backed by a five-piece rock band, Anthony shares his unimaginable real-life story during the early years of "Rent" in this intimate evening of unsurpassed joy and unspeakable loss. Featuring beloved songs from "Rent" alongside Anthony’s original music, "Without You" asks us the universal question of how to crack our hearts open and allow us to heal.

The Great Gatsby – North Dartmouth MA

Apr 25, 2024 - Apr 25, 2024 UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road North Dartmouth, MA 02747

Literature to Life takes on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic work as their newest title in their Signature Performance series! Set in the Jazz Age of the roaring 20s, this story about dreams, love, and American idealism follows Nick Carraway and his interactions with mysterious millionaire neighbor Jay Gatsby and his former lover, Daisy Buchanan. “He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced, or seemed to face, the whole external world for an instant and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor.” Adapted and directed by Kelvin Grullon. We're on the road while the Zeiterion undergoes a major renovation and restoration! This performance will be at UMass Dartmouth, Main Auditorium, 285 Westport Road, North Dartmouth.

Shows & Exhibits

New Hampshire Old House & Barn Expo – Manchester NH

Mar 16, 2024 - Mar 17, 2024 Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive Manchester, NH 03120

Join the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance for the 2024 Old House & Barn Expo. See engaging demonstrations, meet businesses and contractors skilled in the preservation trades, and interact with Old House & Barn enthusiasts from New Hampshire and beyond. Create your own show “itinerary” and explore preservation strategies, architecture, craft, and history through hourly lectures, visits with high-quality exhibitors, demonstrations, and “Old House and Barn Doctor” sessions. There’s also an Expo scavenger hunt for children (and adults) as well as opportunities to observe and try building crafts.

Sports

360 All Stars – New Bedford MA

Mar 17, 2024 - Mar 17, 2024 230 Hathaway Blvd. New Bedford, MA 02740

A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 All Stars connects the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. Boasting a stellar cast of World Champion- and World Record-holding artists and athletes, 360 All Stars is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture. Add to this a stunning live soundtrack delivered by award winning musicians, coupled with spectacular video projections, 360 All Stars is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding.