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Events Calendar 2018

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All Ages

Windjammer Days 2018

Jun 24, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Waterfront Boothbay Harbor, ME

june 24 through june 30, 2018 Windjammer Days Honors Boothbay’s maritime history. For details, see Schedule. Major events include:
Sunday, June 24 -- Arts & Crafts Show on the Boothbay Common, Blessing of The Fleet (1:30 p.m.), and Reggae Cruise featuring Dani Tribesmen
Monday, June 25 -- Open House at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center; Windjammers Got Talent (7 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 26 -- Pirates of the Dark Rose Puppet Show (10 a.m.); tours of the United States Coast Guard Station; Antique Boat Parade (3 p.m.); Red Cloak Haunted History Tours.
Wednesday, June 27 -- British Invasion Attack on Boothbay Harbor (noon); Gathering of the Fleet (1-3 p.m.); Lobster Eating Contest (2 p.m.); Windjammer Days Street Parade (4 p.m.); Fireworks over the Harbor (9:15 p.m.)
Thursday, June 28 -- Windjammer Fleet Leaves the Harbor (7-11 a.m.)
Saturday, June 30 -- Tug of War Across The Harbor (2:30 p.m.); Lighted Boat Parade (9 p.m.)

Boston's Harborfest 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - Jul 4, 2018 Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Avenue near Long Wharf Boston, MA

A week of celebration in Boston led up to the Fourth of July. Below are some of the highlights. See full schedule.
June 30-- Live music on Columbus Park preceeds Harbor Fireworks at 9 p.m. The show will take place in the inner Harbor and can be seen from any shoreline from Charlestown to the Seaport and East Boston.
July 1 -- Arts at Harborfest. Local artists will display and sell their work, curated by Artists Crossing, under the trellis in Christopher Columbus Park. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July 1 – Chowderfest. Taste clam chowder samples from some of the best local restaurants in Christopher Columbus Park.
June 28-July 4 -- Harborfest special tours and attractions. Both indoor and outdoor family events will take place at Boston’s best historical landmarks. Throughout the weekend there will be 100 activities, attractions and specials!

Sail Portsmouth 2018 with Parade of Sail and Tall Ships

Jul 25, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018 See description below Portsmouth and New Castle, NH

This four-day event includes a Parade of Sail, deck tours, day sails, exhibits, food, music, and souvenirs. Two Tall Ships, the Roseway and the Oliver Hazard Perry, will attend. Parade of Sail is July 25, time to be announced. After the parade, the Oliver Hazard Perry will dock at the Portsmouth Fish Pier on Pierce Island in Portsmouth and the Roseway will dock at the UNH Pier in New Castle. The Oliver Hazard Perry will be open for deck tours July 26-29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Roseway will offer day sails Thursday through Sunday. Exact times will be announced.
Boat owners are encouraged to join the Parade of Sail up the Piscataqua and escort the Tall Ships to their berths. When the weather permits, the Hampton High Flyers provide aerial cover. Good viewing spots are on Four Tree Island, the Kittery Point Yacht Club and the Memorial Bridge sidewalk in Portsmouth; the Portsmouth Yacht Club and Great Island Common on New Castle Island; and Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine.

Art Shows

Art After Dark at Mystic Art Museum

May 15, 2018 - Aug 14, 2018 Mystic Art Museum, 9 Water Street Mystic, CT

Art After Dark presents fine art, music, and children’s activities on the MMoA patio.
July 17 -- Music by the Carleans; live art Lief Nilsson
August 14 -- Music by Green Tea; live art by Russ Kramer

Bethel Art Fair 2018

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 8 Station Place Bethel, ME

Fifty-one artists and artisans come together on Bethel's town common to show and sell their artwork/fine crafts and celebrate a vibrant arts scene in Western Maine. Food, entertainment, gallery open houses, and fireworks. Schedule of events.

Arts in the Park 2018

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 8, 2018 Main Street Belfast, ME

The variety of artwork and crafts is outstanding, and continuous live music and the smells of freshly grilled food add to the festival atmosphere. The venue is on the water’s edge, downtown, with sailboats and dinghies moored a few feet away.

Westport Fine Arts Festival 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018 Main Street Westport, CT

The Westport Fine Arts Festival presents top-caliber national and international fine artists across 10 categories and includes 170 juried artists. The festival will feature artist demonstrations, and a Create area for all-age art activities. Respite areas offer places to relax and enjoy edibles and drinks. Live entertainment will brighten the day, The Westport Library's Book Sale happens adjacent to the festival.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Art on Park Thursday Evening Summer Series 2018

Jun 28, 2018 - Sep 6, 2018 Park Street Stowe, VT

Art on Park, held every Thursday evening June through August, features a variety of handcrafted products: paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, birchbark art, soy candles, furniture, handbags, hats, jewelry, children's items, specialty foods & teas, live music and more! Park Street is closed off. Live music, too!

Arts and Crafts Show 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 1, 2018 Niantic Town Hall, 108 Pennsylvania Avenue Niantic, CT

A juried arts and crafts show on the town green is packed with paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and other creations. Food for sale; music by 98.7 WNLC and K100.9 K-Hits. Limited parking at Town Hall parking lot; lots of free parking at the Niantic municipal parking lot, about a 5-minute walk from the festival.

On the Green Arts & Crafts Festival 2018

Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 8, 2018 Brewster Academy, 80 Academy Drive (Route 28) Wolfeboro, NH

One hundred exhibitors present cedar wood furniture, fine jewelry, decorative glass garden art, hand-painted furniture, chain saw wood art, gourmet foods, feather art, quilts, watercolors, wildlife photography, American girl, books, fabric creations, and lots of unique and creative products.

Guilford Craft Expo 2018

Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018 Guilford Green, Guilford, CT

Guilford Art Center's annual Craft Expo will bring more than 180 nationally-recognized craft artists to the scenic and historic Guilford Green. The latest in handmade crafts will be represented, in a variety of media. Special features include a family art tent, silent auction of exhibitor-donated crafts, craft demos, beer and wine sales, food trucks and live music.

Bike Tours

Deerfield Bicycle Tour: A River Rolls Through It

Jun 24, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Depart from Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main Street Deerfield, MA

Tour the Connecticut River Valley by bicycle this summer. Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Inn offer a week of adventures travelling the scenic byways by bike. Overnight lodging and most meals are included. Price also includes marked routes, maps, GPS files and cue sheets, and learning and social programs each day. A second tour will be offered in August. Email: jorvis@historic-deerfield.org

Car Racing

Independence Day Thrill Show at Seekonk Speedway

Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 1, 2018 Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA

The show starts at 5 p.m. and will feature drag racing, car and truck enduros, powder puff and crazy 8 races. Fireworks start about 9 pm. We have not heard back about the actual timing for the show this year.

Car Shows

Color Works Classic Car Show

Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 1, 2018 Gorham Common Gorham, NH

The event starts with a Car Parade at 11:30 a.m. The Car Show will be noon to 2 p.m. This is part of the town's July 4th festivities

Children & Families

Mutinous Expedition: A Quest for Kids at the USS Constitution Museum

Apr 13, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 USS Constitution Museum Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22 Charlestown, MA

Take your place inside the fictional story of Jack Tarr, a sailor aboard Constitution who had to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to the ship’s captain. Explore the galleries to find clues to help inform your decision. Quest kits are available for the adventure.

Exhibit: How People Make Things

May 19, 2018 - Sep 3, 2018 ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, One College Street Burlington, VT

ECHO's newest exhibit, "How People Make Things," inspired by Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours, the exhibit brings manufacturing experiences to life, taking visitors onto the factory floor through hands-on activities in cutting, molding, deforming and assembly where they create objects to take home. On Exhibit through September 3.

Destination Dino

May 26, 2018 - Sep 3, 2018 Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA

Take a prehistoric journey to stroll among the giants that used to rule the planet. With more than a dozen moving, roaring, life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex, this is an exciting experience for the entire family. In addition to Destination Dino, guests will have the opportunity to engage in other dinosaur-themed events at Franklin Park Zoo throughout the summer including Uncorked: Winos and Dinos, June 21, 5 p.m.; Dine with the Dinos, June 16, July 15, August 18; and Dinos After Dark Sleepover program

“Anne of Green Gables”

Jun 13, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, 705 Main Street Weston, VT

Anne Shirley, a spunky, red-headed orphan, is sent to live with a farmer and his sister on Prince Edward Island. The only problem? They thought they were adopting a boy. Follow Anne’s adventures (and misadventures!) as she discovers the meaning of home in this adaptation of the beloved novel by L.M Montgomery, with music and lyrics by Broadway’s Cryer and Ford.

Marsh Mucking with the Nature Conservancy

Jun 25, 2018 - Aug 27, 2018 The Nature Conservancy, Andy’s Way Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

Kids love splashing and squishing and mucking about at the Marsh Mucking walks, with the Nature Conservancy. A Nature Conservancy staffer meets the group on the beach and takes you on a scavenger hunt through the salt marsh. It’s all about the thrill of discovery. Monday mornings at 9 a.m.

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour 2018 in Vermont

Jun 29, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018 various towns; see details above many towns, VT

Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, musicians and crew, Smirkos perform Circus Smirkus’s own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show.
June 29 -- Circus Barn, Greensboro, VT. Two shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
July 2-3 -- Kenyon’s Field, Waitsfield, VT. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
July 6-7 -- Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, VT. Four shows, at noon and 6 p.m.
July 12-13 -- Manchester Parks & Recreation, Manchester, VT. Four show, at 1 and 6 p.m.
July 18-19 -- Green Mountain Mall, Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury, VT. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
August 15-17 -- Montpelier High School, Montpelier, VT. Six shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
Aug 19 -- Circus Barn, Greensboro, VT. Two shows, 1 and 6 p.m.

Star Wars Themed Day at Battleship Cove

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street Fall River, MA

The Galactic Empire is one of the most feared military forces in the galaxy! Did you know the uniforms, spacecraft and battles were based on imagery from World War II? Come see a a special visitor from a “Galaxy Far, Far Away”; enlist in Star Wars craft; play at a Gamin station; do a special scavenger hunt. Wear your favorite Star Wars costume. Light sabers allowed, but no masks or weapons.

“Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids”

Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 1, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St. (Route 1) Ogunquit, ME

It’s the classic Disney fairytale film brought to life, featuring Princess Aurora, who pricks her finger and comes under the spell of the malevolent Maleficent. Can her fairy godmothers save her? The show includes beloved songs like “Once Upon a Dream” as well as some new numbers like “A Little Magic Now.”

Charlotte's Web Experience at Old Sturbridge Village

Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA

Old Sturbridge Village brings the story of Charlotte’s Web to life at the Freeman Farm with a live musical production based on the classic story. This production sets the story in a New England era that honors the 1830s but with a modern touch. Before or after the one-hour performance, tour the Village and visit piglets, see costumed historians re-constructing the Allen Piggery. Plan to arrive 40 before show time to check in and walk to the farm.

“Sleeping Beauty”

Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 6, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

Family fun for all ages, this Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre production has it all, from a roaring dragon to a prince and princess destined (or are they?) for each other.

“Peter Pan”

Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

Every child (including the one inside you) will adore this soaring musical about the boy who did not want to grow up, the Darling children who went along for the ride one magical night, the Lost Boys and the evil Captain Hook. The enchanting fairy tale (clap if you want Tinkerbell to live!) includes the songs “I Gotta Crow” and “I Won’t Grow Up.”

“Heidi”

Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 13, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Beverly, MA

For generations, children have loved this story of the little Swiss girl, her beloved grandfather in the mountains and the trials and tribulations she suffers under a very mean governess until she is rescued at last.

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour 2018 in New Hampshire

Jul 15, 2018 - Aug 13, 2018 various towns; see details above Keene, Hanover, and Wolfeboro, NH

Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, musicians and crew, Smirkos perform Circus Smirkus’s own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show.
July 15-16 -- Cheshire Fairgrounds, Keene, NH. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
July 21-22 -- Fullington Farm Field, Hanover, NH. Four shows: Saturday ast 1 and 6 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
August 12-13 -- at The Nick, Wolfeboro, NH. Four shows: Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.; Monday at 1 and 6 p.m.

“Hansel and Gretel”

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Beverly, MA

Presented by Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre, this version of the fairy tale is far less Grimm than the original. The two children go for a walk in the woods, come across a house made of candy and an extremely silly witch.

“Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.”

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

It’s the circle of life on stage with your favorite characters from the much-loved Disney film about young Simba’s coming of age in Africa. Songs include “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait to be King.”

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour 2018 in Massachusetts

Jul 24, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 See description above Marshfield, Waltham, Northampton, Newbury, MA

Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, musicians and crew, Smirkos perform Circus Smirkus’s own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show.
July 24-25 -- Marshfield Fairgrounds, Marshfield, MA. Fur shows, at 1 and 7 p.m.
July 27-29 -- Gore Place, Waltham, MA. Six shows: Friday and Saturday at 1 nd 6 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
July 31-Aug 1 -- Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, MA. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
August 3-4 -- Spencer Peirce Little Farm Theater in the Open, Newbury, MA. Four shows: Friday at 1 and 6 p.m.; Saturday at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.

“Tom Sawyer, The Musical”

Jul 28, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

That mischievous Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn get into plenty of trouble but emerge victorious in this musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic story about coming of age in the Mississippi Delta.

“Willy Wonka Jr.”

Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 3, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

Roald Dahl’s magical story of that enigmatic candyman, Willie Wonka, and those elusive golden tickets to his factory, features songs from the Gene Wilder movie and some brand new ones as well. This is perfect family fare, presented by Camp Theatre By The Sea students.

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour 2018 in Maine

Aug 6, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 various towns; see details above Freeport, Kennebunkport, ME

Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, musicians and crew, Smirkos perform Circus Smirkus’s own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show.
August 6-7 -- Maine Coast Waldorf School, Freeport, ME. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
August 9-10 -- Rockin’ Horse Stables, Kennebunkport, ME. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.

“Pinocchio”

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

The wooden puppet Pinocchio just wants to be a real boy. What could possibly go wrong? This charming adventure story is brought to life by the Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre.

“Disney’s High School Musical, Jr.”

Aug 18, 2018 - Aug 18, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

All the songs and characters you loved in the movie are on stage in this action- and song-packed stage adaptation. Will basketball team captain Troy and shy transfer student Gabriella get the lead roles in their high school musical without creating a big split in the school? Will you leave the theater humming these tunes? (The answer to that second question: Yes!)

“Willy Wonka Jr.”

Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

This musical version of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s story is all about five coveted golden tickets that get Charle Bucket and four less-lovable kids a tour of that very mysterious chocolate factory. Featuring songs from the 1971 Gene Wilder film and a few original tunes.

Comedy

Comedy, America! With ImprovBoston

Jun 15, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA

Comedy, America! returns to celebrate 'Murica as only ImprovBoston can. From superheroes to talking rodents, video rental stores to court rooms, jousting to Justin Timberlake, Comedy, America! has one goal: to create a show as awesome, absurd, smart, and idiotic as the actual good old US of A. Fridays, only.

Andy Borowitz's Making America Not Embarrassing AgainTour.

Jun 29, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

Join author and satirist Andy Borowicz for an evening of laughs, conversation and acute observations. He has been called a "Swiftian satirist" (the Wall Street Journal), "America's satire king" (the Daily Beast), "the funniest human on Twitter" (the Times).

Barrel of Laughs Comedy Show: Ray Harrington

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road (Route 138) Middletown, RI

Comedian Ray Harrington Join Newport Vineyards for an evening of wine and laughs with headliner Ray Harrington! Harrington is an infectiously charming comedian who performs across the globe with irreverent material and marvelous improvisational riffing that embraces the uncomfortable and the absurd with a smile. His documentary “Be a Man” won the LA Comedy Festival and was featured as New and Noteworthy Internationally on iTunes. Wine, beer, sangria and light bites will be available for purchase. Email email@newportvineyards.com

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

Jul 15, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

Alan Cumming has been described by Time Magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by the New York Times as a "bawdy, countercultural sprite." Cumming is many things to many people – Renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur - but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire.

Dan and Phil World Tour -- Interactive Introverts

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

Two internet dwelling, character give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories ..and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, and cringe.

Festivals

StreetFests 2018

Jun 15, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 Main Street Manchester, VT

The June 15 StreetFest will feature the music of Get Up Jack, and the July 20 StreetFest will feature local rock and roll favorite The Don’t Leave Band.

Films

Rhode Island International Film Festival 2018

Aug 7, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Various locations Providence and Newport, RI

This popular film festival regularly showcases more than 250 films — many of which are world or North American premieres — at various venues around the state. Highlights in recent years have included a film scavenger hunt, dinner-and-a-movie screenings, outdoor screenings, the Rhode Island Film Forum, workshops, and a celebration of kids’ films. See website for specific events of the festival.

Gardens

Plant Sale & Flower Show with the Gesneriad Convention

Jul 3, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Road Framingham, MA

This event will feature lectures by some of the world’s top growers, hybridizers and researchers; a judged flower show, and sales of a wide array of plants, from the well-known African violet to much rarer varieties. The plant sales room and show are open free to the public' registration is required for lectures, meals, field trips, and early entry to plant sales.

Garden Tour

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018 J.P. Licks Patio, 659 Centre Steet Jamaica Plain, MA

Come visit 20 private gardens in the Sumner Hill and Central neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, an area of historical homes and lush perennial gardens. Sites along the route range from creative urban spaces to formal gardens to rambling woodland landscapes. The tour start point, J.P. Licks, is a 10-minute walk from the Green Street T stop (Orange Line)

Learning retreat

The River, Drifting Continents, Dinosaurs, and a Glacial Lake:

Jul 16, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018 Historic Deerfield Deerfield, MA

As one of the best places to study geology in the world, the Connecticut River Valley displays dramatic and unusual geologic phenomenon. This Historic Deerfield Outdoors program is four days of tours and lectures by experts. More informationL Julie Orvis at 413-775-7179 or send email to jorvis@historic-deerfield.org

Museums

Exhibition: From the Kennebunks to the Argonne Forest: The Great War that Changed America

May 5, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street Kennebunk, ME

Visitors will see evidence of the societal changes in America before and after World War I, regarding race, immigration, women’s roles, and growth of the military and federal government. Objects in the exhibition include military uniforms, propaganda posters, household items, and more. Come hear music of the era. Exhibit will run through the end of 2018.

Exhibit: Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

May 17, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum Street Rockland, ME

The Farnsworth Art Museum is best known for its Wyeths (Andrew as well as N.C. and Jamie). But the museum recently rolled out an exhibition of enormous zodiac animal heads by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. On exhibit through December 30.

"Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage"

Jun 2, 2018 - Aug 1, 2018 Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street Hartford, CT

See 50 of this celebrated Hudson River School painter's compositions of sacred terrain in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. A leading painter of 19th-century America, Frederic Church was the most popular painter in the United States during his lifetime. The exhibition is on view through August 26.

National Geographic Photo Ark Traveling Exhibit

Jun 2, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT

The National Geographic Photo Ark documents every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. The Photo Ark includes portraits of more than 12,000 species representing several animal classes. Exhibit is open through September 2, 2018.

The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles

Jun 9, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018 Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown, MA

This exhibition presents 36 historic objects celebrating the craft and beauty of wrought iron. Salvaged in the 19th century, when wrought iron was being rapidly discarded, these pieces tell stories of preindustrial times. See signs, locks and lockboxes, household objects, and architectural grilles, gates, and balcony railings. On view through September 16.

Exhibit: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition

Jun 9, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018 Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

The exhibit "Keepers of the Flame: Parrish, Wyeth, Rockwell and the Narrative Tradition" sheds light on the thread connecting American illustration and legendary artists Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell to the roots of European painting through the long line of teachers.

Music

Sunset Sounds Concert Series 2018

Jun 6, 2018 - Jul 6, 2018 Butler-McCook, 396 Main Street Hartford, CT

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy music in the lovely setting of this historic home and garden.
June 14 -- Dezron Douglas Trio. Dezron Douglas is one of the most in-demand young bassists in jazz today.
July 12 -- The Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music. From Johnny Cash to Weezer, and a collection originals in reggae and rock. http://thepossm.com.
August 9 – Band TBA

June at Blue Ocean Music Hall

Jun 8, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Blue Ocean Music Hall 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, MA

Blue Ocean Music Hall is an intimate concert venue. New shows added every week, with exclusive presales for Blue Ocean Insiders. Doors opne 6:30 p.m.
June 21 – The Outlaws. For more than 40 years, the Southern rock legends have celebrated triumphs and endured tragedies to remain one of the best-loved bands of the genre. $30-$40
June 22 – The Stompers. The Legendary Stompers have long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for four decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans. $38
June 23 – The Babys. With a string of classic rock radio hits, The Babys created some of the most memorable arena anthems of their era. $20-$30
June 24 – Quinn Sullivan. Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. He’s shared the stage with many of his heroes like Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, and Joe Bonamassa. $20-$25
June 28 – Sara Evans. She’s won the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist Award and claimed a Country Music Association trophy for her signature song, “Born To Fly.” $70-$200
June 29 – The Marshall Tucker Band. The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel. $50

Summer In The City Series 2018 at Boston Harbor Hotel - Boston, MA

Jun 8, 2018 - Aug 28, 2018 Courtyard of Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s popular Summer in the City series is back with free live music and outdoor movies in the courtyard. Free events include live music Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Weekly music themes are Themed nights include Pop Soul Tuesdays, Rat Pack Wednesdays, and Blues Barge Thursdays. Movies are screened on Fridays at dusk.
Pop-Soul Tuesdays
June 12 -- Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies; June 19 -- Young Love and the Thrills; June 26 -- World Premier Band; July 3 -- Sweetbeats Band; July 10 -- Soul City; July 17 -- Ray Greene; July 24 -- Pulse of Boston; July 31 -- Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies; August 7 – Mystique; August 14 -- Young Love & the Thrills; August 21 -- World Premier Band; August 28 -- Ray Greene.

Movies by Moonlight
June 23 -- “Moonstruck”; June 30 -- “Notting Hill”; July 7 -- “Captain America”; July 14 -- “The Notebook”; July 21 -- “Cheaper by the Dozen”; July 28 -- “The Little Mermaid”; August 4 -- “Tootsie”; August 11 -- “Casablanca”; August 18 -- “The Jungle Book”; August 25 -- “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”; September 1 -- “Fever Pitch”; September 8 -- “Pirates of the Caribbean -- The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Live music in City Hall Park

Jun 8, 2018 - Aug 29, 2018 City Hall Park, College, Main, and St. Paul streets Burlington, VT

Enjoy lunchtime tunes all summer long with free concerts. Bring your lunch, meet up with friends or coworkers, and enjoy free music.
June Performances: June 8 -- The Jazz Thieves; June 13 -- USAF American Clarinet Quartet; June 15 -- Pappy; June 20--Jacob Green; June 22--Haze & Dacey; June 27--Danza Del Fuego; June 27--5:30 p.m.--The Band Binger; June 29--About Time
July Performances: July 6—Birdcode; July 11--John Dunlop and Laura Markowitz; July 13--Moose Crossing; July 18--Marty Morrissey and Robert Resnik; July 18--5:30 p.m.--Low Lily; July 20--Marc Berger; July 25--Hana Zara; July 27--Andric Severance Xtet
August Performances: August 1--Violet and Bell; August 3--Just for Kicks; August 8--Dana & Sue Robinson; August 10--Derek Burkins Band; August 10--3 p.m.--Vermont Youth Orchestra; August 15--The Dupont Brothers; August 15--5:30 p.m.--Francesca Blanchard; August 17--Hokum Brothers; August 22--Phil Henry Trio; August 24--Chaque Fois; August 29--Daddy Long Legs

Riverfront Summer Pops 2018

Jun 9, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 Great River Park, 301 East River Drive East Hartford, CT

Summer pops concerts are performed by the Middletown Symphonic Band.
June 9 -- Salute America. Enjoy famous marches, military salutes, classics like Yankee Doodle, and the Stars and Stripes Forever march.
July 21 -- The Best of Broadway. If you've never heard a 50 piece symphonic band perform famous musical arrangements from the stage of Broadway, you're in for a treat.
August 25 -- Symphonic Soundtrack. Hear music from pop stars, shows, and movies including highlights from "La La Land," "Star Wars," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and more. Music from composers Gilbert & Sullivan, Henry Mancini, John Lennon, and John Williams will fill out the evening.

Monadnock Music Festival 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 See description below Many towns in Monadnock, NH

Monadnock Music is presents world-class live classical music performances in intimate and informal settings around the Monadnock region. See schedule.
June 23 at Peterborough Town House, featuring the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn
June 24 at Walpole Unitarian Church, 14 Union Street. Monadnock Music Piano Trio performs the music of Schubert
June 28 at Ahavas Achim, Keene Synagogue, 84 Hastings Avenue. Monadnock Music Piano Trio performs the music of Dvorak
July 1 at Deering Community Church, 63 Deering Center Road. Monadnock Music Piano Trio performs the music of Chopin
July 12 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 94 Dublin Road, Dublin.
July 15 at Congregational Church of Hollis, 3 Monument Square. Featuring the music of Tobias Picker
July 21 at First Congregational Church, 47 Main Street, Hancock. Vocal performance
July 22 at Temple Congregational Church, 17 Main Street, Temple. Monadnock Music String Quartet performs the music of Schumann
August 5 at Peterborough Town House, Harvard Summer Chorus performs the music of John Adams, Lukas Foss, and Carl Orff.
August 9 at the Marlborough House, 9 Ling Street. Monadnock Music String Quartet performs the second string quartet of Benjamin Britten
August 11 at Peterborough Town House featuring Beethoven's 6th and 8th Symphonies
August 12 at Harrisville Community Church, 13 Canal Street. Monadnock Music String Quartet performs the music of Beethoven. The annual picnic will follow the concert

Summer Sounds Concert Series 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - Aug 7, 2018 Mystic River Park, Cottrell Street Mystic, CT

The concerts, which feature a local community music group each week, will be held Tuesday evenings. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics
June 12 -- As Time Goes By (swing band)
June 19 -- Noank-Mystic Community Band
June 26 -- Old Lyme Town Band
July 3 -- Thames River Big Band
July 10 -- Waterford Community Band
July 17 -- Middletown Symphonic Band
July 24 -- Westerly Band
July 31 -- Noank-Mystic Community Band
August 7 -- Andy Sherwood Dixieland Jazz Quartet

Lowell Summer Music Series 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Boarding House Park, 40 French Street Lowell, MA

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and dinner picnics to this beloved outdoor music series.
June 14 -- David Crosby & Friends with Guest Chris Hillman. $54-$60
June 15 -- Rhiannon Giddens with Guest Amythyst Kiah. $44-$50
June 17 -- Fitz & The Tantrums. $41-$45
June 23 – Lettuce. $35-$40
June 24 -- Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot with Guest Miss Mary Ann & The Ragtime Wranglers. $49-$55
June 30 -- Boz Scaggs. $59-$65
July 13 -- Big Head Todd & The Monsters. $37-$40
July 14 -- Rebirth Brass Band. $32-$35
July 20 -- Alan Doyle. $35-$40
August 3 -- The Revivalists. $45-$50
August 4 -- Peter Cetera. $69-$75
August 11 -- Ladysmith Black Mambazo. $38-$45
August 17 -- Postmodern Jukebox. $49-$55
August 18 -- Blues Traveler. $36-$40
August 24 -- Classic Albums Live: Dark Side Of The Moon. $31-$35
September 1 -- Natalie Macmaster & Donnell Leahy Visions From Cape Breton and Beyond. $42-$45

Jackson Gore Summer Music Series 2018

Jun 15, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Okemo Mountain Resort, 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Courtyard, Jackson Gore Village Ludlow, VT

Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets and bring the family to enjoy live music and an outdoor barbecue every Friday night, all summer.
June 15 -- Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Juneketeers
June 22 -- Cold Chocolate
June 29 – Copilot
July 6 -- Big Fez & The Surfmatics
July 20 -- Deadgrass
July 27 – Dojo
August 10 – CK3
August 17 -- Studio Two
August 24 -- 2Adam12
August 31 -- The Grift

Burlington Concert Band Summer Series 2018 - Burlington, VT

Jun 17, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Battery Park, Battery Street Burlington, VT

Bring a picnic and a comfy lawn chair to enjoy free performances by the Burlington Concert Band this summer. Dates: June 17 through August 12. The July 8 concert will include the Middlesex Concert Band from Wakefield, MA, and will happen 3-4:30 p.m.

Parkapalooza 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018 Hubbard Park Hubbard Park, VT

In addition to great music, there will be a giant slip ‘n slide and a community barbecue trailer fired up for you to grill your own picnic.
June 17 -- Steady Betty (3-6 p.m.)
July 21 and 22 -- Montpelier BioBlitz 2018 Performances by Sabouyouma, Funk Shui, Modern Times Theater, and more! (2 p.m. Saturday, 2-10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. )
August 19 -- Band TBD (3-6 p.m.)
September 16 -- Patti Casey and the Wicked Fine Players

Concerts Under the Elms 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 John Brown House Museum lawn, 52 Power Street Providence, RI

This outdoor music series happens under the lofting elms trees on the side yard of a historic house. A food truck is available at every concert, or you may bring your own picnic dinner. In case of inclement weather, check www.rihs.org or call 401-331-8575 ext. 133 after 1:30 p.m. the day of the concert.
June 21 -- The Cajun Hobos (food truck -- Baby’s Bonetown BBQ)
June 28 -- The American Band (Incred-A-Bowl)
July 5 -- The Duke Robillard Band (Bugg’d Out BBQ)*
July 12 -- Steve Smith & the Nakeds (Fugo)
July 19 -- The Becky Chace Band (Baby’s Bonetown BBQ)
July 26 -- The Nickel Jukebox Band (Fugo)
August 2 -- The Driftwoods (Incred-A-Bowl)*
August 9 -- Rain date
August 16 -- Rain date

Bands on the Beach 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Salisbury Beach Stage, Salisbury Beach, North End Boulevard Salisbury, MA

June 23 -- Flying Horses Country Beach Jam Featuring the Ultimate Aldean Experience. 3 p.m.
June 30 - The Eagles Experience: The Premier Eagles Tribute Show. 7:30 p.m.
July 4 -- Fourth of July Celebration with Joppa Flats, 4 p.m.
July 7 -- Joshua Tree Band: Premier U2 Music Tribute, 7:30 p.m.
July 14 -- James Montgomery Band. 7:30 p.m.
July 27 -- The Buffett Beach Blast, Noon
July 28 – Beatlejuice. 7:30 p.m.
August 4 -- The B Street Bombers. 7:30 p.m.
August 11 – Entrain. 7:30 p.m.
August 18 – FreeVolt. 7:30 p.m.
August 25 – Adam Ezra Ramble. 11 a.m.
September 1 – Aerochix. 7:30 p.m.

Concerts, Movies and Ballet 2018 at Elizabeth Park

Jun 27, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 Elizabeth Park, 1561 Asylum Avenue West Hartford, CT

Wednesday Night Concerts on the Rose Garden Lawn Rain date is the following night. Picnics are welcome. 6:30 to 8 p.m.
June 27 -- Goza Salsa
July 11 -- Latanya Farrell
July 18 -- Simply Swing
July 25 -- Professors of Sweet Sweet Music
August 1 -- Mass-Conn-Fusion
August 8 -- Maxxtone

Thursday Night Movies on the East Lawn. 8 p.m.
June 21 -- “What About Bob?”
July 19 -- “Sound of Music”
August 16 -- “A League of Their Own”

Ballet Under the Stars on Rose Garden Lawn on July 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The performance will include classical and contemporary ballets danced by Connecticut Ballet's soloists. Free admission.

Summer of Love Concert Series 2018 - Onset, MA

Jun 27, 2018 - Aug 29, 2018 Onset Bandshell, 1 Union Avenue Onset, MA

These shows are all free and family friendly. Coolers allowed, but no alcohol is allowed. Bring food or grab something from one of the eateries nearby. Parking is at the Temple Lot on Union Avenue (free after 6 p.m.). Parking is free at Hynes Field, 10th Street and Onset Avenue. Handicapped parking available onsite and at the Onset Pier. In case of rain, the party moves to the Onset VFW Post #2846 Pavilion, 4 Gibbs Ball Park Road in East Wareham.
June 27 -- Tattoo Cowboy -- modern country
July 4 -- San Dimas -- 80s rock
July 11 -- Red Handed – dance rock
July 18 -- Wheels of Fire - Clapton/Cream
July 25 – Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
August 1 -- Jody Moore Band -- rockin’ dance hits
August 8 -- Uncle John's Banjo -- Grateful Dead, bluegrass style
August 15 -- Way Up South -- Allman Brothers
August 22 -- Just Like That -- dance party rock
August 29 -- Studio Two -- early Beatles

2018 Summer Concert Series

Jun 27, 2018 - Aug 29, 2018 Calf Pasture Beach, Calf Pasture Beach Road Norwalk Norwalk, CT

Weather cancellations: 203-854-7938 June 27 -- Tim Curries Motown Revue Band
July 11 -- Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band
July 18 --Bennie & The Jets (Elton John tribute band)
July 25 – Beginnings (Chicago tribute band)
August 1 – Beagles & Mac
August 8 – Penny Lane (Beatles tribute band)
August 15 – 45 RPM (70s music) August 22 -- The Neil Diamond Tribute featuring Tommy Lynn
August 29 -- The 60’s Experience

10,000 Maniacs

Jun 28, 2018 - Jun 28, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

10,000 Maniacs has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult hero status to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band.

Alive@Five Outdoor Concert Series

Jun 28, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018 Columbus Park, Atlantic and Main streets Stamford, CT

Live music from national and regional headliners, for the after-work crowds on Thursday nights in Columbus Park. For guests age 21 and older, only.
June 28 -- Gavin DeGraw
July 12 -- Sean Kingston and Sammy Adams
July 19 -- Gin Blossoms, Tonic and Vertical Horizon
July 26 – Lifehouse
August 2 -- Neon Trees

Robert Cray Band

Jun 29, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Cabot 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Robert Cray has been bridging the definitions of blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums.

Talcott Mountain Music Festival 2018

Jun 29, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018 Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Blvd. Simsbury, CT

June 29 -- Celebrate America! Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, , the Newington Church of Christ Congregational Choir, and soprano Sonja Dutoit Tengblad. Fireworks follow the concert.
July 6. Brass Transit - The Musical Legacy of Chicago. This dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute pays spectacular attention to every detail of the Chicago songbook!
July 13 – Here’s Doc! Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business. The one and only Doc Severinsen pays homage to the American songbook and highlights some of his favorite tunes of the Big Band era and beyond.
July 20 -- Magical Movie Music. Enjoy music from all of your favorite Academy Award-nominated films, including Chicago, The Godfather, Forrest Gump, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Amadeus and more.
July 27 – Rewind : Celebrating the Music of the 80s. Celebrating the Music of the 80s takes audiences back in time on a fun-filled musical journey of hits from the decade when parachute pants were cool and big hair was in style.

Village Harmony concert - Hillsboro, NH

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Hillsborough Center Congregational Church, 27 East Washington Road Hillsboro, NH

South African dance songs, Balkan, Corsican and American folk songs and songs of social justice, Occitan ballads and shapenote songs, Renaissance and contemporary compositions presented with some band accompaniment by the teen singers of Village Harmony summer camps.

Robert Cray Band

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA

Robert Cray has been straddling blues, soul and R&B for decades, now with a Best Contemporary Blues Album award for the 2018 Grammys.

Ry Cooder

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street Burlington, VT

For over half a century, guitarist Ry Cooder has adjusted his style from ‘30s topical songs to Hawaiian slack key, Tex-Mex twang to Cuban jazz, Indian classical music to pop, bop, and rock. Cooder comes to the Flynn with his seven-piece band for an evening of career highlights.

Kashmir: The Live Led Zeppelin Show!

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 The Cabot 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Kashmir is the most authentic representation of Led Zeppelin on the modern national touring scene. Go back to the days when Led Zeppelin dominated the musical landscape and hear all the classic sounds.

Killington Music Festival Classical Concert Series 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Ramshead Base Lodge, 3880 Killington Road Killington, VT

Accomplished chamber musicians perform with the beautiful Green Mountains as a backdrop.
June 30: Grand Piano Season Opener with artist Simon Ghraichy
July 7: Thank You Dvorak. Symphonic-like compositions morph into chamber music, including the beloved “Dumky” piano trio by artist Simon Ghraichy
July 14: Cellos Galore. Schubert’s grand string quintet featuring two cellos takes center stage, with artist Gayane Manasjan Fulford
July 21: Dancing into the Quiet Night is an evening of dances with works by Bach, Shostakovich and Vaughn Williams' beautiful Piano Quintet
July 28: Potpourri on Killington Peak is a variety of gems

Summer in the Park Concerts 2018

Jul 4, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 L.L. Bean’s Discovery Park, Morse Street Freeport, ME

July 7 -- Chase Rice. Having earned a reputation as a country music maverick, Chase Rice has gained attention with an edgy, eclectic sound and energetic live shows. 7:30 p.m.
July 14 -- Big Head Todd and the Monsters. This quartet from Colorado is currently creating the brashest rock and roll of their career. 7:30 p.m.
July 21 -- Old Crow Medicine Show. This group has become one of the world’s most preeminent folk and Americana acts. Their classic single “Wagon Wheel” has sold a million copies. 7:30 p.m.
July 28 – Passenger. This English-born singer infuses his infectious indie pop with a bewitching folk flavor. His single, “Let Her Go,” won over the world. 7:30 p.m.
August 4 -- The Revivalists. This New Orleans-based septet fills the stage with dynamic percussion, punchy horns and a gritty Southern roots vibe. 7:30 p.m.
August 11 -- Camp Sunshine Watermelon Festival. Celebrate in the summer heat with a lineup of watermelon carving, seed-spitting contests, lawn games, music and surprises. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 12 -- Amazing Place Adventure Race. Contestants will navigate their way through Freeport to discover clues and complete challenges, including physical competitions and brain-teasers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 18 -- Teens to Trails Life Happens Outside Festival. A day of workshops, competitions, demonstrations and even yoga for people of all ages and abilities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 25-26 -- Dog Days of August, featuring DockDogs. Catch the show put on by DockDogs, with dogs competing in long jump, high jump and timed retrieval events. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September 1 -- The Fray. This Denver-based group achieved national success with its 2005 debut, featuring hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life.” 7:30 p.m.

Hunger Mountain Co-op Brown Bag Summer Concert Series 2018

Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 Christ Church Courtyard, 64 State Street Montpelier, VT

Bring your lunch to the Christ Church Courtyard and enjoy live music and friends every Thursday at noon in July and August.
July 5 -- Pitz Quattrone
July 12 -- Twangtown Paramours (from Nashville)
July 19 -- Dana & Sue Robinson
July 26 -- Allison Mann
August 2 -- Patti Casey and Colin McCaffrey
August 2 -- Starline Rhythm Boys at 6 p.m.
August 9 -- Alex Smith/Mountain Folk
August 16 -- Big Hat No Cattle
August 23 -- Gerry Grimo/East Bay Jazz
August 30 -- Dave Keller

Recycled Percussion

Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 6, 2018 Cabot Theater, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Junk rock music has become a national phenomenon. Watch talented people make music with garbage can lids, Zippo Lighters, brooms, and... who knows?

I’m With Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz And Aoife O'Donovan

Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 16, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center North Truro, \\, MA

Get ready for a unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with their indelible harmonies. Their debut album, See You Around, was recorded in Box, England, with Ethan Johns at Real World Studios. You don't want to miss this dynamic trio who have something to play, something to sing... and something to say! Performance repeats on July 16.

Cochecho Arts Festival Headliner Series 2018

Jul 6, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018 Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park Dover, NH

Music lovers of all ages flock to Henry Law Park with picnic blankets, lawn chairs, friends and family to enjoy music on the banks of the winding Cochecho River.
July 6. Harsh Armidillo. Harsh Armadillo combines funk, jazz, and hip-hop roots to make original music
July 13. Timmy Brown. The 2017 and 2018 New England Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year’s infectious energy has made him a local favorite.
July 20. Juke Joint Five. Juke Joint 5 is a tight-knit Boston R&B band that wows audiences with its dedication to American R&B.
July 27. Grupo Fantasia. Grupo Fantasia from the Dominican Republic brings the best in Latin music to New England
August 3. Mello Yello. Mellow Yellow pays tribute to the 60’s and 70’s with truly authentic renditions of some of the genre’s greatest songs.
August 10. Boston Baked Beans. Led by harmonica player Vinny Serino, the band plays Chicago and Texas Blues.
August 17. A2VT. A2VT synthesizes its native African musical and dance roots with Western pop and hip hop sensibilities.

Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Cabot 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

Mystic Bowie, aka the “Head Dread,” takes the stage to infusing life into the Talking Heads’ classic catalog with his high octane mix of roots reggae and ska.

John Pizzarelli Trio

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Pizzarelli has expanded his with music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, and others.

The Southern Uprising Tour – Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad Street Bangor, ME

The Charlie Daniels Band is best known for the number one crossover country hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” as well as 1980s hits like “In America.” They last played in Bangor in 2010, with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Southern rockers the Marshall Tucker Band had a major hit in 1973 with the song “Can’t You See.” Tickets go on sale on February 9 via Ticketmaster.

Max Weinberg's Jukebox

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Knickerbocker Cafe 35 Railroad Avenue Westerly, RI

Max Weinberg invites the audience to create in real time the set list he and his crack four piece group will play that night. Guests may choose from a video menu of over 200 songs the glory days of rock and roll -- everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits.

John Pizzarelli Trio

Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, John Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and The Beatles.

Boston Celtic Music Festival 2018

Jul 8, 2018 - Jul 8, 2018 Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street Cambridge, MA

The all ages festival features nearly 12 hours of Celtic performances by Boston area musicians, including a free outdoor concert and a ticketed finale in Club Passim featuring Matt and Shannon Heaton with Ari and Mia. The day includes:
The Celtic Brunch featuring fiddle-piano duo Chris Overholser and Utsav Lal. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Outdoor concert by Caroline Dressler, Giulia Haible and Maggie MacPhail of Scottish Fish) and the Pumpkin Bread. On Palmer Street, next to Club Passim. 2:30-5 p.m.
Evening performance in Club Passim by Matt and Shannon Heaton and Ari & Mia. 7 p.m. $18

Music in the Meadow 2018

Jul 8, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Road Stowe, VT

The concert meadow provides a beautiful backdrop for evening concerts, acting as a natural amphitheater and allowing performances to project over the Green.
July 8 -- Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 Summer Festival Tour. Enjoy pyrotechnics not just during the concert finale, but also courtesy of 22-year-old violin virtuoso Rubén Rengel. $10 - $35
July 15 -- Marcia Ball. Marcia Ball has won worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. $10 - $30
July 29 -- Dustbowl Revival. This Americana and soul band of eight full-time members mashes the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music, into a dance party. $10 - $30
August 5 -- Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers. No tickets required for this concert.

Tunes on the Dunes 2018

Jul 9, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018 Westerly Town Beach, 365 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI

These concerts on the beach are held rain or shine. Rain location is the nearby Windjammer Lounge. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. and is limited. Paid parking is available close by.
2018 Blues on the Beach lineup: July 11 -- Poppa Chubby; July 18 -- Professor Harp; July 25 -- Joe Louis Walker; August 1 -- Roomful of Blues; August 8 -- Johnny Press Mess; August 15 -- JP Soars
2018 Monday Night Jamz lineup: July 9 -- Steve Daggett with guest Wildee; July 16 - Masters of Cool; July 23 -- John Ford Coley and Terry Sylvester (The Hollies) with the Cryers; July 30 -- John Batdorf with guest Alyson Fowler; August 6 -- THE BAND band tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band; August 13 -- Gil Parris with guest Phil Adams

Barry Manilow at Mohegan Sun

Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 10, 2018 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Barry Manilow's unparalleled career encompasses virtually every area of music. Manilow will perform his greatest hits such as “Copacabana,” “Weekend In New England” and “Mandy” plus many more. Tickets go on sale May 11.

Evening With Yes

Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 10, 2018 Wilbur Theater, 246 Tremont Street Boston, MA

During this summer’s “Evening with YES” shows, YES—Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards),Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/)—will perform a special classic hits concert to commemorate the landmark occasion.

Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series 2018 on the Greenway

Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018 The Greenway, on Hanover Street and Cross Street Boston, MA

The series will take place on Tuesday evenings. Rain location is the Boston Public Market. Stay tuned to the food truck schedule. A nice outdoor event for families, friends, and neighbors in and around the North End neighborhood.
July 10 – Scanzonati
July 17 – Marco Pignataro Jazz Quartet
July 24 – Receita De Samba
July 31 – Dirty Water Brass Band

Concerts on the Green 2018

Jul 11, 2018 - Aug 15, 2018 Factory Point Town Green on Depot Street (Route 11/30) Manchester, VT

Outdoor concerts are Wednesday nights, beginning at 6 p.m.

Kirschner Concerts presents: Joe Jackson

Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 12, 2018 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH

Performing songs from across his impressive catalog, songwriter Joe Jackson, with collaborator and bassist Graham Maby, guitarist Teddy Kumpel and drummer Doug Yowell, is a welcome presence back on the Music Hall stage. The songwriting legend will offer his own songs, including those from 2015’s “Fast Forward,” as well as covers and some brand new music.

All Come Home Music Festival 2018

Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018 Okemo Mountain Resort, 77 Okemo Ridge Road Ludlow, VT

Okemo’s All Come Home Music Festival presents music that pays tribute to some of the best bands of our time, along with food, drink, and family fun. The Labatt Blue Stage, outside the Jackson Gore inn and adjacent to Okemo’s Adventure Zone, will present free music on Friday and Saturday afternoon. At 5 p.m., ticketed shows begin nightly on the Main Stage. Music lineup.

10,000 Maniacs

Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 13, 2018 Cabot 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

The band has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult-herodom to international stardom. Live shows embrace their entire catalogue, and the lineup is still anchored by four of the six original members.

Tanglewood in the City

Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 13, 2018 Boston Common Charles Street Boston, MA

Watch a live video transmission on a 15-by-27-foot screen of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's performance from Lenox. Audience members are invited to arrive early to participate in ticket giveaways, enter the Creative Picnic contest, and dine from local food trucks on site. Program: Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll"; Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat; Schumann's Symphony No. 3, Rhenish.

Pickin' n ' Fiddlin' Contest 2018 - Roxbury, CT

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018 Hurlburt Town Park, Apple Lane, Roxbury, CT

The Roxbury Pickin’ ‘n Fiddlin’ Contest is a country and bluegrass music celebration, with musicians from all over the country competing. Guests can enjoy live music performances, picnicking, food from local vendors and an array of CDs, instruments and crafts for purchase. The musical categories are old time fiddle; old time banjo; mandolin; trick and fancy fiddle; finger picking and flat picking guitar; bluegrass banjo and band playoff. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic and beverages. Food, refreshments and crafts will be available for purchase. No dogs. Rain date is Sunday, July 15, at noon.

North Atlantic Blues Festival 2018

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018 Public Landing, 275 Main Street Rockland, ME

This two-day blues music festival, among the most prestigious on the East Coast, presents top-drawer blues performers. In addition to all-day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling food, drinks and crafts. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the Club Crawl. Bands will be performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge. See festival website for performer line-up.

An Evening with Gillian Welch

Jul 18, 2018 - Jul 18, 2018 State Theatre, 142 High Street Portland, ME

After moving to Nashville in the early 1990s, Gillian Welch was launched into the public when Emmylou Harris recorded a cover of Welch’s “Orphan Girl.” Her career continued to flourish as her 1996 debut Revival, produced by T Bone Burnett, was released to critical acclaim.

Straight No Chaser

Jul 18, 2018 - Jul 18, 2018 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH

You have never really heard modern a cappella until you have heard Straight No Chaser, nine guys whose pitch-perfect harmonies are amazing, moving – and sometimes really, really funny. Once you see them live, you will be a fan forever, joining a huge base of admirers from all corners of the music-loving globe.

Mary Chapin Carpenter with guest Caitlin Canty

Jul 19, 2018 - Jul 19, 2018 Spruce Peak Peforming Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

In celebration of her 30 year recording career, Mary Chapin Carpenter released "Sometimes Just The Sky" earlier this year. The landmark record features new versions of 12 of her most beloved songs and the title track. Vermont native Caitlin Canty will open the evening with folk, blues, and country ballads.

Arts Jubilee Summer Concert Series 2018

Jul 19, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 Cranmore Mountain Resort, 239 Skimobile Road North Conway, NH

Arts Jubilee presents outdoor concerts on five Thursday evenings, with live performances on the festival stage at Cranmore Mountain Resort. Bring friends and family, picnic blanket or lawn chairs.
July 19 — Roomful of Blues with opening act: The Kelly Karuzis Band
July 26 — Carbon Leaf wiih opening act JUNCO
August 2 — Seacoast Wind Ensemble and fireworks with opening act MWV Band
August 9 — Live at the Fillmore - Allman Brothers Band Tribute with opening act Dennis & Davey
August 16 — Steve Kelly & The Cherry Cherry Band - A Neil Diamond Tribute with opening act Bennett & Perkins

Aston Magna Music Festival Presents - J.S. Bach: Art of the Fugue

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

In an orchestration by Daniel Stepner for baroque instruments.

The Artimus Pyle Band

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Infinity Music Hall and Bistro, 32 Front St Hartford, CT

The original Lynyrd Skynyrd’s beloved drummer Artimus Pyle has put together a monster group that resurrects the music, energy and emotion of days and brothers gone by. This group offers the best of Skynyrd by one of men who was there.

Thompson Square: This Is Us Tour

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH

Hello, Portsmouth? Nashville calling. Thompson Square, a husband-and-wife duo, brings their contemporary country sound, featuring the hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” to New England with plenty of edge and emotion.

Tab Benoit

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Plymouth, MA

His guitar wails and cries and his voice is as warm and inviting as a front porch swing on a muggy Southern night. Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No.1 roots export. He is a gifted guitarist, a passionate singer and a songwriter with a conscience.

Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar, K-1 Base Area, 3880 Killington Road Killington, VT

Grab a lawn chair, a beach blanket, the whole family and head to the K-1 Base Area for this all ages event.
July 21 - TBD
July 28 - Hailey Jane and the Primates
August 4 - Rustic Overtones
August 11 - The Funky Dawgz Brass Band
August 18 - Super Doppler
August 25 - TBD
September 1 - Donovan Frankenreiter

Taylor Swift Reputation Tour

Jul 26, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018 Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place Foxborough, MA

Due to heavy demand, a third date has been added to the Taylor Swift show at Gillette Stadium. The new show July 26 at 7 p.m. and tickets for the added show will go on sale to the general public on January 31 at 10 a.m.

Busking at Bowen's Wharf

Jul 30, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018 Bowen's Wharf, off America’s Cup Avenue Newport, RI

Street festival? Kind of! Enjoy free music and entertainment on Bowen’s Wharf during Newport Bridgefest – a series of concerts that bridges the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Busking at Bowen’s presents established and emerging musicians. Lineup TBD.

Ranky Tanky 2018

Jul 31, 2018 - Jul 31, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center North Truro, MA

“Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky.” This Charleston, SC based quintet performs the exhilarating music of Gullah culture born in the Sea Island region of the United States, from playful game songs to ecstatic shouts.

Gina Chavez 2018

Aug 2, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center North Truro, MA

Gina Chavez is a bilingual, Latin-folk singer/songwriter who expertly blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. She has received national recognition from NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “Alt.Latino."

Jerry Douglas and The Earls of Leicester

Aug 2, 2018 - Aug 2, 2018 Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road RIdgefield, CT

With their second album Rattle & Roar (Rounder Records), the Earls have conjured up a fresh batch of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs songs, delivered with the Earls’ now-signature blend of homage, virtuosity, and perspective. 

Newport Jazz Festival 2018

Aug 3, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 Fort Adams, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI

This ;legendary festival has been going strong for decades at Fort Adams on the Newport waterfront. 2018 Lineup

Yanni: 25th Anniversary of Live at the Acropolis

Aug 4, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

Performer and composer Yanni will celebrate “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour. Yanni's iconic performances at the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, the Forbidden City, the Royal Albert Hall, The Pyramids and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and has resonated with billions of people across the globe.

The Bacon Brothers

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

Fiercely devoted to making music, even from an early age, the two siblings share a singular body of work that’s found them spending more than 20 years of working the road and paying their dues, resulting in seven albums.

Maceo Parker

Aug 12, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center North Truro, MA

Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth. Maceo has played with each and every leader of funk - from his start with James Brown, to jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton, to his Prince's tours.

Block Island Reggae Fest 2018

Aug 13, 2018 - Aug 13, 2018 Ballard’s, 42 Water Street Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

Block Island Reggae Fest lineup features Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Roots of Creation and Spiritual Rez Co-Headling! An After Party will present music by Mighty Mystic.

Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Show

Aug 17, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018 Infinity Norfolk, 20 Greenwoods Road West Norfolk, CT

Who doesn’t love the music of Van Morrison? This group plays all Morrison’s hits, some great album tracks and their lead singer is not only spot on when it comes to the vocals but he’s as entertaining as the original himself.

Black Violin

Aug 22, 2018 - Aug 22, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA

To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they are simply ingredients. Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world-one string at a time.

Running on Empty: the Music of Jackson Browne

Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 Infinity Norfolk, 20 Greenwoods Road West Norfolk, CT

Celebrating the music of Jackson Browne and the Laurel Canyon sound! Hear the hits like “Doctor my Eyes” and many more.

Taj Mahal Trio

Aug 31, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road North Truro, MA

Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal's resume includes working with such renowned artists as Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones during his 50+ year career. A bonafide blues and rock legend, the inimitable Taj Mahal has been instrumental in preserving and shaping American roots music.

The Temptations

Sep 22, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA

The Temptations! The Temptations released their first Motown album, 1964’s Meet The Temptations. For nearly 60 years, The Temptations have reigned as one of popular music’s most beloved and successful groups worldwide, lauded by Billboard in 2017 as the Number One R&B Artist of All Time.

Christina Aguilera’s Liberation Tour

Oct 6, 2018 - Oct 6, 2018 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Aguilera has achieved five # 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the fourth female artist to top the chart over three consecutive decades. She holds the honor of being the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.

Josh Groban and Idina Menzel

Nov 10, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Singer, songwriter, superstar Josh Groban tours form the first time since his sold-out Stages Tour on 2015/2016. Joining him is recording artist and actress Idina Menzel. Tickets on sale starting March 16 through Ticketmaster and starting March 17 at the Mohegan Sun box Office.

Outdoor Activities

June Full Moon Canoe Tour

Jun 28, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Scarborough Marsh, 92 Pine Point Road Scarborough, ME

Experience the sights and sounds of marsh creatures under the full moon. Watch for Black-crowned Night Heron along the bank or Snowy Egret flying back to a nearby island for the evening. We may even see a harbor seal or a muskrat playing in the water. Arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. Advance registration necessary. Call 207-883-5100

Parades

Fife and Drum Ancient Muster and Parade 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 parade starts at Main and Kirtland Streets and proceeds down Main Street to Devitt’s Field Deep River, CT

The Deep River Ancient Muster is the oldest and largest gathering of fife and drum participants and enthusiasts in the world. Up to 80 fife and drum corp groups dressed in historical attire converge at Deep River and parade along Main Street, passing historic buildings while performing the music that provided the cadence for troops marching into battle during the Revolutionary War.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Brew at the Zoo 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI

Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only evening party at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Sample more than 170 beers from 80 local, regional and national brewers. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island's largest outdoor beer festival. For guests age 21 and older.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

WaterFire 2018

May 24, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018 Memorial Blvd and Exchange Street Providence, RI

WaterFire centers around a series of nearly 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence. The string of fires illuminates nearly two-thirds of a mile of urban public spaces and parks, as residents and visitors gather to stroll along the river, listening to music and watching performances.
June 30 -- Full lighting starts at 8:45 p.m.
July 14 -- Full lighting starts at 8:20 p.m.
July 28 -- Full lighting starts at 8:08 p.m.
September 8 -- Full lighting starts at 7:27 p.m.
September 22 -- Full lighting starts at at 6:43 p.m.
September 29 -- Full lighting starts at 6:31 p.m.
October 6 -- Basin lighting starts at 6:31 p.m.
November 10 -- Full lighting starts at 4:30 p.m.

Wakefield River Fire 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018 327 Main Street Wakefield, RI

Every Thursday evening in the summer, enjoy RiverFire on the Saugatucket River, beautiful views, live music, special themed nights, local vendors, family activities, and more. Restaurants and shops, all in close walking distance, will be open later.

Luzia with Cirque du Soleil

Jun 27, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Suffolk Downs Boston, MA MA

Luzia takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light and rain mingle, to magical effect. With breathtaking acrobatic performances, Luzia cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Location

The Australian Bee Gees Show

Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018 Cabot Theater, 286 Cabot Street Beverly, MA

This 75-minute, multi-media tribute to the Bee Gees relicates the original group's clothes, style and moves.

“The Airborne Comedians”

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

Aug. 10 This duo has delighted audiences young and old all over the globe with their juggling feats. They throw and catch everything from baseball bats to birdbaths, sometimes as they keep their balance on 7-foot-high unicycles.

Science & Nature

Twilight Walk & Night Sky Viewing at Hodge Preserve

Jun 30, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018 Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Road Block Island (New Shoreham), RI

The Hodge Preserve is a 25-acre field that slopes to Middle Pond and West Beach. Naturalist Kim Gaffett will lead walks through the meadow and teach guests about Block Island’s environment and eco-systems, followed by a break for stargazing at the night sky. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and blanket or beach chair and meet in the Preserve’s small parking lot along Corn Neck Road. Night sky viewing dates: June 30, August 3, and August 24.

Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival

Aug 11, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018 Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road Milton Mills, NH

This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities. Take a hayride to the river; use dip nets to find water creatures; learn about rescued wild animals from Squam Lakes Science Center; borrow a pole and go fishing in the pond; get up close to animals in a petting zoo; help your kids saw a log and do crafts; watch traditional rural skills; take a woods walks. Held rain or shine; no pets please.

Shopping & Sales

Brimfield Antique Flea Markets 2018

May 8, 2018 - Sep 9, 2018 Route 20, Brimfield, MA

Antique dealers from everywhere attend the gigantic annual Brimfield Antique Flea Markets. Visit 20 distinct show fields spread on both sides of a mile of Route 20. Several ATMs are available. Many dealers accept checks and credit cards. Show dates: May 8-13; July 10-15; September 4-9

Shows & Exhibits

Antique & Classic Boat Festival

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina , 10 White Street Salem, MA

See a many rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats from the early 20th century. Meet captains and crews. Children get to make a toy boat. Boat rides, crafts market, artists, old-time band music, the Blessing of the Fleet and more.

Tastings

Traveling Biergartens at Historic Estates and Gardens

May 17, 2018 - Oct 3, 2018 See description below Many towns, MA

Notch Brewing and the Trustees of Reservations conservation group are partnering to take Notch beer on the road to parks, farms and other gorgeous settings managed by the Turstees from May into autumn. Each traveling biergarten will present communal outdoor seating, games, special programs like fun runs, and beer served in half-liter steinkrugs. Also, each Trustees site has its own admission fees.
July 8 -- Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich
July 13-14 -- Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich, MA
July 21-22 -- The Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, Route 138, Canton, MA
July 27-29 -- Rocky Woods, off Hartford Street, Medfield, MA
August 19 -- Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich
August 24-25 -- Francis William Bird Park, Polley Lane, East Walpole, MA featuring Dog Day on August 25
September 6-9 -- Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset Street, Dover
September 13-16 -- Stevens Coolidge Place, 137 Andover Street, North Andover, featuring an Oktoberfest
September 22-23 -- Fruitlands Musuem, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, part of its Craft Festival
October 5-7 -- Chestnut Hill Farm. 9-99 Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, featuring Sunday's Harvest Fest
November 3-4 -- Castle Hill at Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, during the annual Art Show and Sale

Theater

“A Doll’s House, Part 2”

May 29, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Weston Playhouse, Walker Farm, 705 Main Street Weston, VT

Almost a century and a half after Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” debuted in Copenhagen, this fascinating play by Lucas Hnath picks up Nora’s story, 15 years after she walked out on her domestic life. Now she’s back – with a request. This funny new play puts that idea of domestic life – marriage, family, gender – under a microscope.

“The Royal Family of Broadway”

Jun 7, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Barrington Stage Company, 30 Union Street Pittsfield, MA

“The Royal Family of Broadway” is a masterful love letter to the Great White Way. Set in the 1920s and loosely based on the legendary Barrymores, it centers around the Cavendish family of actors: an aging grande dame, a Broadway star looking for love, a boozy leading man, and a promising ingénue – each having to make pivotal choices in their lives. Tickets.

“An American in Paris”

Jun 11, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

Paris in all its glory is the backdrop for this magnificent musical. Former GI Jerry Mulligan has moved to the City of Lights to become an artist. Then he meets Lise, a young store clerk who has aspirations (and secrets) of her own. The choreography and the music of the Gershwin brothers soars in this most romantic of love stories.

“Oklahoma”

Jun 13, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main St. (Route 1) Ogunquit, ME

They say the American musical was changed forever with the debut of this Rodgers and Hammerstein masterwork about the range war between farmers and cowboys in the brand new state of Oklahoma. And in the middle of it all: a love story between cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey. Songs include “People Will Say We’re In Love” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.”

"Shrek The Musical"

Jun 15, 2018 - Jul 1, 2018 Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square Newburyport, MA

"Shrek The Musical" is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. Dates: June 15-17; 21-24. 28-July 1.

“Mamma Mia!”

Jun 20, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

After reading her mother’s diary, bride-to-be Sophie decides to invite all three father possibilities to her wedding, which stirs up the town, her mother, her mother’s friends – and a lot of great ABBA songs. Twenty-two of them are featured in this lively musical, including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Super Trouper.”

“Our Town” at Weston Playhouse

Jun 21, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018 Main Stage at Weston Playhouse, 12 Park Street Weston, VT

This simple story of a community, Grover’s Corners, allows us to contemplate life, death and the meaning of it all. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“The Cake”

Jun 21, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018 Barrington Stage Compnay, St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden Street Pittsfield, MA

Della makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when her best friend’s daughter comes home to North Carolina to get married, Della’s life gets turned upside down when she realizes there’s not just one bride, but two. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? *Contains adult content.

"Compagnia de’ Colombari" or Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice"

Jun 26, 2018 - Jun 28, 2018 Bema Outdoor Amphitheater on the Dartmouth Universitye campus Hanover, NH

This site-specific production uses inventive staging and casting—including five actors taking turns playing Shylock—to raise questions about outsiders and how we treat them. With live music composed by the Klezmatics’ Frank London. Rain location is Spaulding Auditorium

“Moulin Rouge: The Musical!”

Jun 27, 2018 - Jul 12, 2018 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Aaron Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine. Dates: June 27, 29, 30; July 5, 7, 8, 11, and 12

“Beauty and the Beast”

Jun 27, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018 Maine State Music Theatre at Pickard Theater, 1 Bath Road Brunswick, ME

This revered fairy tale tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under a spell. Cme enjoy beloved songs like “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” and of course “Beauty and the Beast.”

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)”

Jun 29, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018 Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA

The altogether charming relationships between hapless Charlie Brown, domineering Lucy, laid-back Linus, and, of course, the indomitable Snoopy, as well as other Charles Schulz characters from his “Peanuts” comic strip, take center stage in this sweet musical with vignettes that feature songs including “My Blanket and Me” and “Happiness.”

“Oliver”

Jun 29, 2018 - Sep 8, 2018 The Goodspeed, 6 Main Street East Haddam, CT

Bounced from workhouse to forced labor, Oliver Twist escapes to the streets where he meets Fagin, the Artful Dodger and a band of child pickpockets. Performance schedule and tickets/

“Coming Back Like a Song!”

Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 83 E. Main Street Stockbridge, MA

It will be almost impossible for you not to sing along as this musical rolls jauntily along. The plot? Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen get together on Christmas Eve in 1956 to muse over the rise of rock and the possible demise of their illustrious songwriting careers. Songs include “Cheek to Cheek,” “Swingin’ on a Star” and “Over the Rainbow.”

“Fun Home”

Jul 5, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018 Weston Playhouse, Walker Farm, 705 Main Street Weston, VT

July 5 - 28 Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, this funny, poignant play, the winner of five Tony Awards, shows the author’s challenges, discoveries (about her own sexuality and about a secret her father holds) and triumphs at three stages in her life.

"Grease"

Jul 5, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018 Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street Ivoryton, CT

"Grease" features all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie. Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding Burger Palace Boys and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.

“Aladdin”

Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 Boston Opera House 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.

“Aladdin”

Jul 5, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

Indulge yourself in a seat at this thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

“Hair”

Jul 7, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018 The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA

Get your tie-dye shirt and your granny glasses ready, because “Hair,” the musical that celebrates the ‘60s counterculture in all its occasionally madcap glory, is back. The score from the Tony-winning musical, which is marking its 50-year anniversary, includes “Let the Sun Shine In” and “Good Morning Starshine.”

“West Side Story”

Jul 12, 2018 - Aug 4, 2018 Weston Playhouse, 12 Park Street Weston, VT

This modern retelling of star-crossed lovers, a la “Romeo and Juliet,” set in the warring and sometimes unforgiving streets of New York, is blessed with a heart-breaking score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and groundbreaking choreography by Jerome Robbins. It is one of the classic American musicals.

“Harvey”

Jul 19, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018 Saybrook Stage Company, 38 Watrous Point Road Old Saybrook, CT

The play centers around mild-mannered man Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit. Trouble starts when Elwood begins to introduce his imaginary friend at a tea for the high-society ladies which his social climbing sister, Veda, has organized. Knowing that she can no longer tolerate his eccentric behavior, Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium to avoid any further embarrassment to their family.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Jul 25, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

The biblical story of Joseph, Jacob’s youngest, favored son, his betrayal by his brothers and his ultimate survival as dream-interpreter to Egypt’s pharaoh is given the full Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice treatment in this 1973 musical. A great family show, it features colorful sets, costumes and a memorable score.

“Tarzan”

Jul 26, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA

This magical musical brings Disney’s animated story to life with songs from Phil Collins like “You’ll Be in My Heart.” You know the tale: Orphaned boy raised in jungle by gorillas then must reconcile his jungle and human families – and instincts – when he is discovered and “rescued.” But you’ve never seen it told like this.

“Cyrano”

Aug 3, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 Terris Theatre, 33 North Main Street Chester, CT

The legendary romance about a proud and impassioned poet who ghostwrites love letters is rekindled in a timeless and unconventional new musical featuring music by members of the Grammy Award-winning indie alternative band The National. Performance schedule and tickets.

“Mamma Mia!”

Aug 7, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road Beverly, MA

Dig it: “The Dancing Queen” and other ABBA hits are the score and story line to this rocking musical about a young woman who invites all three of her potential fathers to her wedding, unbeknownst to her former-girl-group-member mother. Twenty-two of the Swedish quartet’s huge hits have made this musical mega-popular with audiences for years.

“Book of Mormon”

Aug 8, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Contains explicit language.

“Grumpy Old Men: The Musical”

Aug 8, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

You might remember the film with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau about two old guys, who, for five decades, have been engaged in a feud. But things only heat up in this stage version when the lovely Ariel moves into the neighborhood and gives a new meaning to the notion of rivalry.

“Million Dollar Quartet”

Aug 9, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 Weston Playhouse, 12 Park Street Weston, VT

Imagine this: a meeting at a Memphis record company that includes Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins – and Elvis Presley. In Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escot’s Tony-nominated musical, the hits range from “Great Balls of Fire” to “Blue Suede Shoes.” Just try to keep your toes from tapping.

“Chicago”

Aug 15, 2018 - Sep 12, 2018 Theatre By The Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road Wakefield, RI

This sexy musical with all that jazz celebrates the wild time that was 1920s Chicago – and the women who went along for the ride, including not-so-innocent Roxie Hart and the woman she aspires to be, the very vampy Velma Kelly. Dance numbers in the style of Bob Fosse and a hot, hot score make this show one that will razzle-dazzle theater-goers.

“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare”

Aug 16, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA

The occasionally unbelievable world of belief is given the comedy treatment by Obie Award-winning Christopher Durang in this pair of witting – dare we say sometimes biting – satires. Starring is Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris as Sister Mary Ignatius, who will set you straight. On everything.

“Rigoletto”

Aug 25, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018 Berkshire Opera Festival, Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA

A father is driven to murder when his daughter is seduced and abducted in Giuseppe Verdi’s gritty masterwork of love, betrayal and revenge. The dramatic story (which challenged the 19th century censors) includes some of opera’s most well-known and much-loved music, including “La donna e mobile.”

“Jersey Boys”

Sep 5, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018 Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street Ogunquit, ME

The behind-the-scenes story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and how they made their New Jersey streets dreams come true, swings onto the stage with hits that just keep coming, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “My Eyes Adored You” and “Sherry.”

“Hamilton”

Sep 18, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA

“Hamilton” is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, “Hamilton” is the story of America then, as told by America now.

“Two Trains Running”

Sep 27, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018 Weston Playhouse, Walker Farm, 705 Main Street Weston, VT

In Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Memphis, the owner of a popular lunch spot, has to decide if he should sell the place, in the face of probable demise from urban-planning efforts. What will it mean to Memphis and to his community? This August Wilson drama is Weston’s fourth annual American Masters play.

Train Excursions

Champlain Valley Dinner Train Excursion

May 11, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018 Departing from Green Mountain Railroad Station, 1 Main Street Burlington, VT

Enjoy a 3-course dinner on board restored historic dining cars while taking in the beautiful scenery from your window on the trip from Burlington to Middlebury and back. Tickets include your round-trip train ride, three-course dinner on board and all soft beverages. Full bar available for additional price. Gratuity not included. Offered Friday and Saturday evenings.