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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 Shows

American Tapestry Biennial at Highfield Hall – Falmouth MA

Jan 27, 2021 - Mar 27, 2021 Highfield Hall & Gardens, 56 Highfield Drive Falmouth, MA

 tapestry exhibit at highfield hall The American Tapestry Biennial 13 showcases 35 example of contemporary tapestry weaving from around the world. Tapestry reaches back to antiquity and for centuries as the only weaving technique that could produce pictorial and figurative imagery. The exhibition will take place in galleries on both floors of this lavish historic house. An accompanying exhibition catalog will be available for purchase.
Plan to stay an hour or a full day to view art exhibitions, stroll through beautifully restored gardens or take a trail walk in Beebe Woods.

Art Exhibit: What It's Like to Be a Bird -- Canton MA

Feb 4, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021 Museum of American Bird Art, 963 Washington Street, Canton, MA

David Sibley is America's pre-eminent field guide artist and author. His newest book, "What It's Like to Be a Bird," is about the amazing science of birds' lives. It features more than 330 beautiful new illustrations in a large format. This exhibition displays Sibley's original art from the book, accompanied by captions with new scientific research about birds. Visitors will see more than 40 of Sibley's paintings. On display through March 31, 2021. Reservations are required to visit the gallery. Email maba@massaudubon.org.

Children & Families

Story Walk at Thewlis Woods --South Kingstown RI

Feb 18, 2021 - Feb 28, 2021 Thewlis Woods Trail, Pine Hill Road, South Kingstown, RI

StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity where pages from a children’s book are installed on signs along a path. As you walk the path, you read the story. Get outside and enjoy “The Snowy Day” by author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats on

Maple Syrup Demonstrations -- Woodbury, CT

Feb 27, 2021 - Mar 14, 2021 Flanders Nature Center, 5 Church Hill Road, Woodbury, CT

Flanders welcomes small groups to visit the Sugar House and watch as staff members demonstrate turning sap into syrup with an entertaining mix of science, stories and humor. The entire family will be fascinated by the maple sugar-making process. REGISTER in advance. Dates: Saturdays, February 27, March 6 & 13; Sundays, February 28 and March 7 & 14.

Tot Time at the Nature Playscape

Mar 9, 2021 - Mar 9, 2021 Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

Explore nature with rocks, sticks, water, and more. Guidance leads kids to explore different elements of nature are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. For children ages 2-6 years, with an adult. Reservations are required. Maximum 10 children. No older siblings please. Please dress children in pants and closed-toe shoes. Masks are required to participate.

Fitness

BoldrDash WinterDash Kids and Family Run

Mar 28, 2021 - Mar 28, 2021 54 Exeter Road Exeter, RI

Get outside and enjoy the day out on the BoldrDash Kids and Family course with the whole family (ages 3 and up). WinterDash has a full Covid safety protocol to keep runners, staff and volunteers safe, while giving you the BoldrDash experience you've been waiting for! The Kids and Family Course is approximately 2 miles. This run is held on a portion of the 3 Mile (5K) Adult Course and has 15 great obstacles for the family to enjoy

Food, Wine, Beer

Boston Wine Festival 2021 – Boston MA

Jan 15, 2021 - Mar 27, 2021 Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA

The Boston Wine Festival hosts a lineup of winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars and receptions from January through March. The festival, now in its 32nd year, is the creation of Executive Chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Chef Daniel Bruce. Festival events calendar. Festival this year is weekends only. First two dinners are sold out. Overnight packages available with special room rates that include parking.

Historic

Guided Winter Tours of Concord – Concord MA

Jan 15, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021 Concord Visitor Center, 58 Main Street, Concord, MA

Winter walking tours of Concord are available for groups of 4 or more, by reservation only. The 75-minute experience will introduce guests to the Downtown Concord area and will touch on Concord’s rich Revolutionary and literary history. Tours sites includes The Milldam, Monument Square, The Old Hill Burial Ground and more. Tours topics include Emerson-Thoreau Amble, Winter Little Women Tour, Tours of Concord for Families, African-American History of Concord Bike Tour, Indigenous People of Concord Tour. Tour schedule.
Group tours will be held with no more than 9 people. Masks are required and reservations must be made with a minimum of 48 hours notice. To make a reservation for a winter tour call 978-318-3061 or email visitors@concordma.gov. Reserved tours will run rain or shine, with the exception of extreme weather. Proper winter outwear is recommended.

Home & Studio Tours

Gropius Glows Evening Tour of Gropius House -- Lincoln MA

Mar 13, 2021 - Mar 13, 2021 Gropius House, 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, MA

During this late afternoon house tour, see how Walter Gropius’s innovative lighting scheme comes to life at sunset. Gropius, founder of the German design school the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. His 1938 home showcases the clean lines of Modernist design.

Museums

“The Salem Witch Trials 1692” at Peabody Essex Museum – Salem MA

Sep 26, 2020 - Apr 4, 2021 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA

salem witch trials at pem The Salem witch trials created a community hysteria and led to the deaths of 25 people between June 1692 and March 1693. At this exhibition, “The Salem Witch Trials 1692,” visitors may see original witch trial documents from the Peabody Essex Museum collection and learn the story of the real event told through the voices of people who drove the hysteria and suffered from it.
A sister exhibit, “Salem Stories,” presents 26 vignettes about 100 works, from natural history specimens to cultural ephemera, to tell the history of Salem. Included in the exhibition is the death warrant for the execution of Bridget Bishop.

Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression Exhibit at MFA -- Boston, MA

Dec 3, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021 Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 435 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

The Museum of Fine Arts brings together its unparalleled collection of Claude Monet paintings for the first time in a generation. Boston's MFA has been collecting and appreciation of Monet’s paintings since the late 19th century. In honor of the museum's 150th anniversary, it is presenting all 35 of the museum’s oil paintings by Monet.
All visitors must reserve advance tickets online. No ticket sales at the museum. Admission is limited to allow social distancing. Masks required.

Music

Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie -- New London CT

Mar 13, 2021 - Mar 13, 2021 Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London, CT

These two masterly performers join for a '60s-inspired musical evening.

Outdoor Activities

Winter Tree Walk at Wells Reserve at Laudholm – Wells ME

Jan 14, 2021 - Feb 27, 2021 Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road Wells, ME

Join this walk to learn about common Maine trees in the winter, and how to identify species when you can’t use leaves. The walk will be led by naturalist Eileen Willard. Dress for the outdoors. For guests age 12 and older. Bring face mask and hand sanitizer. Meet at Mather Auditorium. Pre-registration is required. Please call 207-646-1555 ext.116 to reserve your space. Program repeats February 27. Map.

Winter Walks at Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge MA

Jan 15, 2021 - Feb 28, 2021 Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA

winter walks at osv Bundle up and enjoy a peaceful walk around this 19th-century village while you explore select exhibits and learn about what kinds of winter activities kept early 19th-century families busy. All guests will need to make a reservation in advance for 90-minute blocks of time. Admission will be half-price through February 7. Dates: January 15-18, 22-24, 29-31 and February 5-7, 12-21, 26-28.

Stargazing at Gore Place -- Waltham MA

Feb 5, 2021 - Mar 19, 2021 Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

See the night sky in new ways during this hour-long stargazing program led by an expert astronomy educator. You’ll learn how to identify stars, planets and constellations. Please no younger children. Dress for the weather and for walking outdoors. This session takes place outdoors if the weather is good, or online if the weather does not cooperate. . This session will not be cancelled due to weather and there will be no weather-related ticket refunds. Participants will be notified in advance if the program will take place online. Repeats February 19, March 5 and 19.

Staff-Led Winter Walks at Polly Hill Arboretum -- West Tisbury MA

Feb 13, 2021 - Mar 13, 2021 Polly Hill Arboretum, 809 State Road West Tisbury, MA

In every season Polly Hill Arboretum offers something of beauty and interest to visitors. Horticulturist Oliver Osnoss leads walks on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Pre-registration required. Attendance is limited to 12 people, so sign up soon. Masks and social distancing will be practiced. Dates: February 13 and March 13.

Vittles and Views at Stratton Brook – ME

Feb 13, 2021 - Mar 21, 2021 Stratton Brook Hut, 496 Main Street Kingfield, ME

Maine Huts & Trails hosts a weekend fun and food series for guests who cross country ski, snowshoe, or fat-bike up to Stratton Brook Hut for an alpine inspired menu, outdoors, at Stratton Brook Hut. Fridays through Sundays, February 13-March 21.
Maine Huts & Trails is partnering with local Maine brands to offer for purchase soups, chilis, sweets, coffee, hot chocolate, and even Athletic Brewing’s non-alcoholic beer. Service will be outside with limited, managed access inside. February food partner is Orange Cat Café. March food partner is Chef Will from the Shipyard Brew Haus at Sugarloaf. See website for more details and some special food features. Events will be weather dependent. Updates will be provided via FaceBook, Instagram, and MH&T's website.

Weekend Winter Wonders at Blithewold -- RI

Feb 13, 2021 - Mar 29, 2021 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Join a weekend escape in Blithewold’s majestic winter landscape. Each week try a new themed scavenger hunts. After completing each scavenger hunt, enter the raffle to win a concert-and-picnic package with private porch seating, boxed lunches, plus tickets to one of our Music at Sunset Concerts. Scavenher hunt themes are Snowflakes and Statues, Winter Wildlife, Winter Tree ID, and Winter Sky.
Weekend Winter Wonders is held February and March on Saturdays and Sundays. Buy tickets online and in advance.

Winter Riding Camp for Kids -- West Burke VT

Feb 27, 2021 - Feb 28, 2021 1949 Gaskell Hill Rd, West Burke, VT

Hosted by Smashin Blues Performance Horses. Provide packed lunch and drink. Provide your child with a mask. Social distancing will be expected. Dress warm with proper boots/gloves/riding helmet. Activities include Learning to ride, both English and Western styles, horse games, horse arts and rafts; snow trail rie, weather permitting.

Annual Moose Dash Snowshoe Race -- Rangeley NH

Mar 14, 2021 - Mar 14, 2021 Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn. Road Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, 524 Saddleback Mtn. Road, NH

The course winds through woodlands north of Saddleback Mountain and includes single track and Nordic groomed trails. Views and possible wildlife sightings are included! Classes include 5K junior, 5K adult, 1K Kids Fun Run, and a 5K untimed tour. For more information call 207-864-4309, or email rlxcski@gmail.com.

Guided Hiking Tours to the Shaker Sugar Camp -- Canterbury NH

Mar 20, 2021 - Mar 27, 2021 Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, NH

Canterbury Shaker Village hosts a four-mile, round trip, guided hiking tour to the Shakers' remote sugar camp, where they produced maple syrup each spring. The tour is led by historian Mark Stevens. Each tour is limited to 12 people to ensure social distancing. . To learn more about this tour or to reserve tickets, visit the website. All participants will receive a bottle of Shakers' Pure Maple Syrup.

Workshops & Classes

Maple Sugar Workshops at the Institute for American Indian Studies -- Washington, CT

Feb 20, 2021 - Feb 27, 2021 Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT

At the first workshop, The Sweet Taste of Success on February 20, participants will learn the basics of modern maple syrup production. This workshop is designed for backyard hobbists. Limit of 20 people per session.
The second Workshop, The History of a Sweet Tradition, on February 27, focuses on the fascinating history of maple syrup as it was produced and enjoyed through the centuries. The workshop begins with a demonstration of the traditional techniques. Limit of 20 people per session.
Sign up through the institute’s website.