June Events in Massachusetts- Festivals

What a wonderful month to live in Massachusetts! Throughout June, Massachusetts hosts some incredible festivals. From food to the arts, these diverse and fun festivals are the perfect way to spend time with your friends and family. Here are a few of MassDrive’s favorite ones.

Cambridge Arts River Festival
Central Square Cultural District
June 6th

The wonder celebration of the arts features local music, theater, dance, story telling and poetry tents, and even sculpture racing! The free event showcases folk, indie, rock, and world music performances all festival long. Your kids will love the family art-making activities, crafts, and art demonstrations. And of course like all good festivals, there will be plenty specialty food purveyors!

4th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest
Armory in Somerville
June 12th – June 13th

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts presents this “hyper-local” craft Brewfest showcasing local brewers of beer, newly established breweries, cider & mead, artisan beverage makers, and local food vendors. Local New England brewers and chefs produce everything from local New England ingredients such as brews made with apples, cranberries and even oysters! With your purchase of a ticket, you get unlimited tastings from the fabulous vendors, live music and entertainment, and the chance to try cask- conditioned beer! Come check out these truly exceptional beers while supporting you local businesses!

36th Annual Dragon Boat Festival
June 13th – June 14th
Charles River in Boston and Cambridge.

Starting in 1979, this historic festival draws more than 20,000 participants and spectators each year. Started as a small neighborhood event 35 years ago, this festival has become one of the largest Asian-American cultural events in New England. Around 40 teams from the US and Canada compete by paddling down the Charles River in sleek colorful 39-foot-Hong Kong-style dragon boats! The festival also presents Asian food, arts and crafts, and performances from a variety of Asian cultures. Be sure to check out this exciting and colorful event!

4th annual Worcester Food Truck Festival
Elm Park in Worcester
June 20th

Come hungry to this festival to enjoy the best food trucks from all across New England! Start off with a delicious stuffed sopapilla pocket from Papi’s. Then try a gourmet grilled cheese from Roxy’s, or a unique fusion taco from the Happy Taco, and enjoy it all with a refreshing Sam Adams beer. For dessert, try some brown sugar bourbon & pecan ice cream from Batch, or a balsamic strawberry cupcake form Hardcore Sweet cupcakes! Is your stomach growling yet?? With so many awesome options, attend this mouth-watering event with a very hungry belly!

Strawberry Festival
Conner Farm, Danvers
June 20 (June 21st rain date)

Connors Farm, as historic farm that has been around for over 100 years, will host a Strawberry Festival this month. There will be live music, a jumping pillow, farm animals, hayrides, duck races, pedal carts and more! You will be able to pick your own strawberries, eat their famous strawberry shortcake, and even dip fresh strawberries into chocolate. This delectable event will also have mouth watering BBQ, face painting and pony rides. A portion of the tiny $7.95 admission cost will also go to Benefit Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber.
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Massachusetts Outdoor Concert Venues

Now that warm, beautiful weather has arrived, it’s time to spend every moment possible outside. Massachusetts has some amazing outdoor venues for music lovers. Here’s a list of our top must-see venues this summer!

Blues Hills Bank Pavilion
Boston Harbor

Located on the Boston Harbor side, this amazing outdoor amphitheater continues to host incredible musicians and bands. This year’s line up includes incredible classics like Steely Dan, to indie rock band Florence and the Machine, to new comer Lindsey Stirling and much more. Seating over 5,000 people, it’s one of the largest venues in the area. Enjoy 35 concession stands, and beer, wine and champagne available throughout the pavilion. With the top of the line sound system, spectacular lighting capabilities and cool harbor breezes, this venue has everything you need for a perfect concert experience.

Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell
Charles River Esplanade

This charming and historic outdoor venue located in the Back Bay hosts some wonderful free concerts all summer long. Build in 1941 on the Charles River Esplanade, this epicenter for outdoor performances has held some awesome concerts throughout the years including Jazz, Blues, Rock and Roll and incredible orchestras with this year’s line up including Landmarks Orchestra Classical Concert, Rhapsody in Green and Longwood Symphony Orchestra, A Night at the Ballet. Be sure to grab a blanket and stop by July 4th for their annual Boston Pops Orchestra and fireworks Independence Day celebration!

Xfinity Center

One of the largest venues in Massachusetts, the Xfinity center can fit over 19,900 music lovers. This big venue has some big names this summer including Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffet, Florida Georgia Line, Mumford and Sons, and so much more. Xfinity also host some popular major events this summer such as Country Fest and Warp Tour. Get up close to the stage with reserved seats, or sprawl out under the sky in the huge lawn area. Don’t forget to arrive early so you can park and tailgate with fellow concertgoers!

The Boatonian
Docks at Rowe’s Wharf

If you’re looking to dance under the stars, on a boat, the Boatonian is what you’re looking for. With different theme nights complete with DJs, live bands, drinks and food, you are sure to have a great time. Starting Thursday nights, this boat sails off to the throwbacks from the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s. Enjoy the end of your workweek to Hip-Hop Fridays. Saturday night put on your best cowboy hat, daisy-dukes and check out the best live country bands. End your weekend by showing your support for the LGBT community Sunday afternoons on Pride Sundays.



May Events in Massachusetts

With the weather absolutely wonderful right now, it’s time to go outside and enjoy all that Massachusetts has to offer! From the beautiful beaches to the stunning Berkshires, there are so many ways to explore this amazing state! Here are a few of our favorite activities happening this month.

Cape Cod Restaurant Week
May 11th – May 17th
Across Cape Cod

What could be better way to start off the warm weather than Cape Cod restaurant week?! For 7 days, the best restaurants from Falmouth to Provincetown will offer three- and four-course exhibition menus for $25, $30 or $35. Enjoy the beautiful beaches during the day, then prepare for spectacular meals at night from everything from the freshest raw bars, to perfectly cooked steaks, to unique one of a kind dishes! As culinary artists debut their fabulous new dishes, you will be some of the first to try them! Make the most out of your Cape Cod trip and stay overnight at one of the beautiful Inns across the Cape.

Fort Point Spring Open Studios
May 15th- May 17th
Various locations around Fort Point Channel

Explore the historic waterfront warehouses that are home to painters, sculptures, photographers, jewelers and so much more! These amazing artists will showcase their work at 14 buildings around the Fort Point neighborhood. From established artists to emerging talents, you’ll be able to buy beautiful art from the people who make it. Walk from gallery to gallery, explore the pop-up venues and enjoy wonderful performance events all weekend long!

Revere Beach Kite Festival
May 17th
Revere Beach

Celebrate spring and the beautiful weather at America’s oldest public beach! Revere Beach will host their annual Kite Festival across their two-mile long stretch of sun, sand and ocean. The first 300 kids under 12 years old will receive their very own kite to fly. Everyone else is encouraged to bring his or her own kite and join in the festivities! After some fun in the sun, enjoy fabulous fried clams, delicious lobster rolls and other Massachusetts’ favorites at all the local restaurants!

Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting
All Month long

Explore the gorgeous Berkshires of western Mass in an exciting and adventurous way. Grab your friends and family and whitewater raft your way down the Deerfield River! All sections of the river are dam controlled to guaranteed a great ride every time. For those who have experienced the awesome fun of whitewater rafting, try one of their intermediate or advanced trips. For those of you new to fun, the amazing staff will guide you down the easy path. No matter how you do it, this will surely be an adventure to remember!

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