Things To Do In Massachusetts


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
Mansfield

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.

 

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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
Charlemont

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!

May Events

We Love Fort Point!

We can’t get enough of the amazing restaurants here in the Fort Point Section of Boston! From Mexican, to French, to Vietnamese, Fort Point has something for everyone. Our fabulous customer service rep Chrissy is here to share with us a few of her favorite restaurants in the area.

Bon Me

Chrissy’s favorite spot for lunch has to be Bon Me for its delicious food and great atmosphere. Starting with just one food truck a few years, Bon Me now has one of its own brick and mortar locations in Fort Point just a few blocks from our office. This unique Vietnamese restaurant offers sandwiches served on crusty baguettes, rice and noodle bowls, salads and much more. It can be hard to choose from the amazingly delicious and creative fillings ranging from spice rubbed chicken to roasted soy and paprika tofu, to Justin’s Jamaican jerk chicken!

Papagayo

This delicious Mexican restaurant is Chrissy’s favorite happy hour spot. She says the margaritas are “to die for” and food is so authentic. Her favorite items on the menu are the street tacos which she loves to pair with the one of the unique guacamoles. Papagayo also offers Karaoke brunch! Although Chrissy hasn’t tried out this brunching experience yet, she is definitely planning on it!

Mrs. B’s

Chrissy, as our fabulous customer service rep, is always helping our customers out and doesn’t always have a lot of time to grab lunch. When’s she’s in a pinch, she heads to Mrs. B’s café. Right around the corner from our office, this cute café has amazing premade breakfast and lunch options as well as a variety of made-to-order options including daily specials, soups, and a ton of snacks. Chrissy knows she can always depend on Mrs. B’s Cafe for fast service and delicious food.

Bastille Kitchen

This upscale gourmet French restaurant provides a gorgeous rustic atmosphere, amazing cocktails, and an outstanding menu. With local sustainable ingredients and seafood, Chrissy knows she’s always in for a treat when she heads to this modern interpretation of a classic Parisian bistro. From classic favorites with a twist, to completely unique one-of-a-kind dishes, this beautiful restaurant is a favorite for its fabulous food and amazing atmosphere.

Freshii-

Chrissy loves Freshii for its commitment to healthy and environmentally friendly food. With such a large variety of food, the options span from a fiesta style salad, to a spicy Thai burrito, to a Mediterranean inspired bowl. Chrissy says she gets really creative when customizing her lunch with all the awesome toppings such as mango, goat cheese, sesame seeds and so much more. With great coffee and breakfast options such as hot oatmeal, pocket sized breakfast burritos and fresh smoothies, it’s the perfect place to for a healthy meal any time of day.

 

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April Events in Massachusetts

Enjoy the start of spring with these awesome activities!  From fantastic festivals to stunning shows, Massachusetts is full of exciting events.  Check out MassDrive’s top 5 must-see events happening this month!

Big Apple Circus
Various dates throughout April: Boston, MA

The Big Apple Circus’s new show Metamorphosis will transform you into a realm of of enchantment and illusion! In the dreamlike tent where no one sits more than 50 feet from the ring, the entire show will enthrall you.  Come see the Flying Trapeze, the razzle-dazzle of the Rolla-Bolla, the dynamo of the Diablo, the risky rhythms of the Risley team, the cunning conjurors of the Quick-Change, and the incredible flexible limbs of the Contortionists!

Festival of Flowers
April 9 – April 12: Springfield, MA

For art and floral enthusiasts alike, this show features over 50 works of art, science, or history reinterpreted by floral designers. From landscapes to a motorcycles to Native American objects, the florists took inspiration from every aspect of life.  Be sure to go watch the Floral Design challenge as floral designers compete to make the most original pieces using surprise materials.  Complete with a Floral Fashion show and Cultural Cocktail event, this is truly a unique event.

Kite Day at Cogswell’s Grant
April 11: Essex, MA (Rain date April 12)

Come see the amazing professional kite flyers from Kites Over New England! Watch this stunning event as hundreds of beautiful kites take to the sky.  Grab your own kite and join in, or learn how to make your own at Kite Education’s workshop.  The workshop includes all materials necessary, and teaches kids and adults how to make their own kite, and how to fly them.  Registration is recommended for the workshop.

Brit Floyd: Space & Time- World Tour
April 11: Lynn, MA
April 12: Worcester, MA

The world’s greatest Pink Floyd show returns in 2015 to launch its most ambitious tour to date!  The Space & Time Tour presents an impressive new light show, an even bigger stage production, and decades of Pink Floyd.  With songs from their start in 1965, all the way through their brand new album ‘The Endless River’, this show comes with everyone’s favorites and more.  From The ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, to ‘Animals’, come experience this amazing world tour while you can!

Boston Marathon
April 20: Greater Boston Area, MA

This Patriot’s Day come show your support the amazing Boston Marathon runners.  Going back to 1897, the Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world.  Starting on Main Street in the rural town of Hopkinton, the racers make their way to Hancock Tower in Copley Square, Boston.   With miles and miles for spectators to watch, come cheer for these amazing athletes, and then stay in Boston to continue the celebrations!

Nantucket Daffodil Festival
April 24- April 26: Nantucket Island, MA

The charming tradition occurs at the end of every winter.  Nantucket says goodbye to the cold winter, and welcomes the warm spring with the Daffodil Festival.  April’s gentle sea breezes and warming sunshine foster an amazing variety of daffodils across the island.  Come check out antique cars beautifully decorated with daffodils, enjoy live music, and then relax at the tailgate picnic featuring an assortment of food from gourmet cuisine to delicious burgers.

 

MASSACHUSETTS EVENTS APRIL 2015

Easter Events Around Massachusetts!

Happy Easter weekend!   As Easter Sunday approaches, so do all the fun Easter Egg events. Bring your kids to one of the many amazing events going on around Massachusetts! Here are the details for a few of the fun filled events this weekend.

Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt 2015
400 Heath St, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467
(562) 217-2510
April 4, 2015 (11 am – 3 pm)
Free- Registration required

Story Heights is hosting their 2nd annual special needs Easter egg hunt! Your kids will love taking photos with the Easter Bunny, getting their face painted, searching for eggs and much more. There are even some special events for the Adults as well. While the event is free and open to the public, registration is required online at storyheights.com.

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Quincy Market Colonnade, Boston, MA
(617) 523-1300
April 4, 2015 (10 am – 12 pm)
Free- Registration ahead of time is available

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is hosting an Easter eggs Scavenger Hunt! Start the scavenger hunt at the Upper Rotunda in Quincy Market to get the clue sheet and Easter basket. Then use your detective skills to solve the clues and see what businesses are hiding the candy and chocolate filled eggs! A few lucky winners will even get eggs with coupons for prizes!

Easter Party with the Easter Bunny at Jam Time Natick
251 West Central Street, Natick, MA, 01760
(508) 651-2917
April 4, 2015 (10 am – 12 pm), April 5, 2015 (10 am – 12 pm)
Free with price of playground admission

Join the festivities at Jam Time for some Easter filled fun! The party will include arts and crafts tables, events for prizes, tons of sweet snacks and gifts from the Easter Bunny. Come get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny Saturday or Sunday at this awesome event. No reservations are necessary to join in, everything is free with the cost of playground admission.

The 5th Annual Easter EggStravaganza
820 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, 02139
(617) 858-1614
April 4, 2015 (1 pm – 3 pm), April 5, 2015 (1 pm – 3 pm)
Free with Online registration

The Cambridge Y is hosting their best Easter celebration yet! Due to the snowy winter, the event will be held inside this year. – But don’t worry, with more games, music and events than ever before, this will surely be the best Easter party they’ve hosted yet. Come join the fun at the 5th annual Easter EggStravaganza this Saturday afternoon!

The Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt
300 North Main Street, Florence, MA.
413-584-5457
April 4, 2015 (Times vary based on child’s age group)
Free Easter Egg Hunt. Vehicle entry cost $7

Presented by the Northampton Recreation Department, Look Memorial Park and the Florence VFW, this event is the ultimate Easter Egg hunt. Scattered across Look Memorial Park , over 10,000 eggs hide away that contain either candy or a toy! (Children under 2 will receive a snack rather than candy after the hunt.) Before you start the hunt, make sure you grab a map to navigate, and be sure to bring a sturdy basket to hold all the prize filled eggs!

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Best Place to See Spring Bloom in Massachusetts

Spring has finally arrived! As the weather starts warms up, Massachusetts begins to bloom with flowers. Enjoy the beautiful start of spring at these amazing gardens and parks!

1. Boston Public Garden

Located in the heart of Boston, the Public Garden offers rotational plantings throughout the spring and summer months.  One visit wont be enough to see the blooming trees and fresh flowers. As the first public botanical garden in America, this green and flowering oasis in the heart of a great metropolis has become a Boston icon. After you stroll through the garden, be sure to ride a swan boat to get the full affect of this beautiful park!

2. Mount Auburn Cemetery

This National Historic Landmark provides wonderful flowers, and amazing blooming cherry trees. Well known both for its architectural elements and the fame of some of its interred residents, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes, the cemetery brings in more than 200,000 visitors a year.  With so much to uncover, Mount Auburn hosts walking tours, bird walks, special lectures, and even early morning excursions.  Plan ahead for a group tour, or enjoy this beautiful, serene place on your own leisure.

3. Bridge of Flowers

Opening back up this April, this gorgeous bridge stands alone as one of a kind.  Thousands of bulbs, perennials, annuals and flowering shrubs come into bloom on it over the course of the year. The flowers and plants have been around since the early 1900s when a group on women transformed the old trolley bridge into a bridge of beauty. Start on the Buckland side surrounded by bright plantings, and slowly make your way across the river enjoying all the plants and flowers. Once you’re on the Shelburne side, enjoy the Stone Spring and River Bench.

4. The Berkshires

Enjoy mountain air, rare mountain wild flowers and beautiful open fields this spring at the Berkshires.  Known for its mountains and beauty, this part of Massachusetts has so much to offer!  One great place to hike and see spring in bloom is Bartholomew’s Cobble.  It offers a rugged and exotic landscape that supports 800 species of plants while offering terrific mountain vistas. Looking to mix things up from hiking? Travel through one of the many beautiful scenic bike trails to see wild flowers, and amazing river views.

5.  Keller Rose Garden Of The Emerald Necklace

The Emerald necklace Conservatory offers six parks spanning 5 miles designed over 100 years ago.  Part of the National Register of Historic Places, it’s well worth a visit this spring for strolls and bloom gazing.  The Kelleher Rose Garden, part of the Back Bay Fens, offers great views of spring plantings.  Located by the World War II, Vietnam and Korean War Memorial, the garden is a popular picnic site for many.  Recently restored, this beautiful garden will definitely surely impress!

 

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We Love Fort Point!

We can’t stop raving about our neighbors here in the Fort Point section of Boston, there are so many great bakeries, restaurants, shops, and more, all in the same neighborhood as our office!  Our awesome sales agent, Jeff is here to tell us about a few of his favorite spots in the area:

The Club by George Forman III

Jeff loves this addition to the Fort Point Chanel. This new gym features over 130 classes, great trainers and fun workouts. The Club is located just a quick minute away from our office making it a popular place to work out for our team at MassDrive. This boxing gym created by George Forman offers unique training packages that are sure energize and excite you. If boxing isn’t your thing, The Club offers a variety of work outs from yoga, to spinning to circuit training.

Sweet Green

Located on Congress Street, this awesome lunch spot is worth the walk from our office.  They offer delicious, healthy, and filling meals.  From creative salads to bowls, Sweet Green offers only high quality, nutrient filled, organic ingredients.  If you’re feeling a little creative, make your own concoction choosing from a variety of ingredients including wild rice, spicy sunflower seeds to and baked felafel. Next time you’re there, try Jeff’s favorite signature dish, the Avocobbo salad.

Papagayo

This delicious Mexican restaurant really knows how to mix things up.  Jeff loves that they take great classics up a notch with dishes like Maine lobster guacamole and chili dusted calamari. Their extensive creative menu also includes a variety of street tacos, fajitas, and burritos. And lets not forget they mix up an awesome after work Margarita!

Lucky’s Lounge Bar

Winner of 2014 Boston Magazine’s Best Neighborhood Bar South Boston Award, Lucky’s Lounge Bar’s unique style makes its one of a kind. From the live music, to the Sinatra tribute band, this place provides an awesome old school atmosphere. With a menu full of great comfort food, and a fun 50s vibe, its no surprise Jeff loves this place.

Flour Bakery

When your sweet tooth needs it’s fix, nothing beats Flour Bakery. From brioche, to cookies, to amazing sticky buns, to gourmet cakes, and much more, this place has it all. Jeff say’s when he stops by at lunch for their gourmet sandwiches and salads, it’s too hard not to leave with at least one delectable dessert. Our office here at MassDrive loved our catered experience with Flour Bakery. They also have plenty of gluten free options too!

10 Best Road Trips in America

Have you planned a summer vacation yet? If not, it’s the perfect time of year to hop in your car and take a road trip! Make the most of your summer vacation by driving your way through America’s beautiful beach towns, rugged cliffs, stunning mountains, and breathtaking scenery. America has such a wide variety of landscapes and cultures that you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience with any of these amazing adventures.

Pacific Coast Highway, California: About 300 Miles 

The Pacific Coast Highway spans the entire length of the West Coast with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Heading south to north will guarantee amazing sites the entire way for the driver, but either way you will not be disappointed. Starting in Southern California, you’ll wind your way though a skinny road with ocean views on the left, and mountains on the right. The rest of the world will seize to exist. Once you make your way up to the Big Sur, the soaring redwoods and magnificent mountains will become more stunningly beautiful. Eventually you will cut through San Fransisco’s historic town of Fisherman’s Wharf. With even more to see, this is a trip you want to take your time with.

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana: About 50 Miles

Middle American can be often forgotten about with the coasts getting most of the attention. But, Going-to-the-Sun Road will make you forget about oceans and the beach. This amazing road cuts through a famously beautiful forest, with lakes, glacial-covered mountain peaks and deep ravines. This tiny two-lane, east-west drive winds through Glacier National Park and promises amazing views from every seat in the car. There’s also a good chance you’ll come across wildlife!

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina: About 450 Miles

This long scenic drive is noted for its beauty. The National Park Service owns the land on either side of the skinny parkway. Cutting through a major mountain chain, part of the Appalachian Mountains, there is plenty to pull over and explore on this long journey. From waterfalls, to hiking trails to peaks over 6,000 ft, to various national parks, Blue Ridge Parkway has so much to take in. For those who can wait, the best time to take this journey is during the Fall- where all the leaves change to beautiful autumn colors.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts: About 160 Miles

You may be a seasoned vet of Cape Cod, having spent your summers there growing up. But “the Cape” stretches across a 160-mile circuit, and there might still be plenty for you to discover. Taking route 6A will take you past the quaint towns of Sandwich, Yarnmouth, Orleans and more. Start in Sagamore, and then head towards to oldest town in the Cape, Sandwich. Continue through the cape and stop at Nickerson State park to hike, swim and bike ride. As you make your way to the end in Provincetown, be sure to enjoy the wonderful restaurants and night life.

Red Rock Country Arizona: About 128 miles

Hit the road on interstate 17 north in Phoenix to see impressively preserved ancient cliff dwellings. One of the cliff dwellings, the Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling, was declared one of the first four national monuments in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt.  The great trip is an easy way to experience and see a real desert.  After you’ve taken in the sites, cool yourself down from Arizona’s hot sun be heading to Slide Rock State park. Hop on 179 North and soon you’ll be sliding down natural water slides carved into the rock!

Route 66. Chicago to Southern California: About 2,400 miles

Route 66 takes the spot for our longest trip on the list. It would take days to complete it but would be an incredible adventure. One of the original highways, it starts from Chicago, cuts through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California. This iconic route gives us a look into bygone America, mom-and-pop diners and a simple way of life that has not changed in decades. From the long list on unique places to visit on this route, the Cadillac Ranch tops as one the craziest to see with painted Cadillacs sticking straight of the ground!

Overseas Highway, Miami to Key West, Florida: About 120 miles

Want to feel like you’re flying just feet above the ocean?? Drive the overseas highway. Starting in Miami, this above ocean highway connects the Florida Keys to the rest of the land. Half the time, it’s just you and the water. Although this trip can be driven in 2 hours, take your time to stop by the seafood dives and tourist traps along the way. For an experience you’ll never forget, take time to stop and swim with the dolphins at the Theater of the Sea in Islamorada.

Black River Scenic Byway, Michigan: About 12 miles

Often overlooked by ocean lovers, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula provides an amazing road trip with thick forests, waterfalls and the wonderfully beautiful Lake Superior. The lake views and waterfalls can’t be beat. While the byway is the official scenic route, road-trippers should venture off the route to really experience all the beauty this area has to offer. Following the old roads deep into the woods is the only way to see how beautiful this area really is.

Hill Country Hideaways, Texas: About 200 miles

A road trip to Hill Country Hideaways will wake you back to the wild wild west. From deep canyons, swift rivers and undulating sagebrush plains, you’re sure to feel like you belong in an old western movie. Starting in San Antonia, which considers itself the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” you’ll eventually get your way around some of the coolest, and sparsest, places around Texas. Be sure to visit Utopia. As the name describes, it’s a beautiful paradise with lakes, and rivers. At the end of your journey when you make it to Guadalupe Rivers, ride an inner tube down the river enjoying the warm sunshine.

Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania and Delaware: About 12 miles

The Brandywine Valley might be a short trip, but that doesn’t make it any less worth taking. This scenic countryside was home to the uber-rich American aristocracy of the 20th century. The narrow twisted roads loops through the scenic château countryside where wild flowers grow all around. These amazing summer estates belonged to families such as the Du Pont Family- who may have the most impressive estate on over 900 acres of gorgeous land. To complete this floral filled trip, make sure to visit Longwood Gardens, which includes 20 indoor gardens, an outdoor topiary and spring-fed lakes all on over 1000 acres of land.

 

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March 2015 Events in Massachusetts

Ride out rest of winter with these awesome activities happening this month!  From parades to film festivals, Massachusetts is full of exciting events.  Bundle up and head out to MassDrive’s top 5 must-see events!

WinterFest Weekends at Fruitlands
March 1st- March 28th: Harvard, MA

Grab your sleds, snowshoes, and cross-country skis and discover the beautiful snow-covered hills and woodland trails at Fruitlands. After you’re done exploring, come inside the museum to enjoy a toasty fire, hot chocolate and see the Fruritlands’ amazing exhibits. From the culturally unique “100 Objects, 100 Stories” temporary exhibit, to the wonderful art gallery, there is as much to explore inside the museum as there is outside.

The Salem Film Festival
March 5th- March 12th: Salem, MA

Entering its eighth year, Salem Film Fest is one of New England’s largest documentary film festivals and presents a rich and diverse collection of the year’s best work from all over the world. Because Salem Film Fest focuses on well-told stories with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches, each film screened over the week-long schedule represents an immersive aesthetic experience, an opportunity to glimpse the world with fresh eyes, and leave changed as a result. Individual tickets can be purchased as well as All Access passes, weekend passes, and all film passes. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

The Chieftains and Special Guests
March 8th: Amherst, MA

Six-time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are back in Amherst due to popular demand! Having uncovered the wealth of Irish music, The Chieftains make the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied résumé. Their most recent album, “Voice of Ages,” found the band collaborating with some of modern music’s fastest-rising artists (Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Punch Brothers and the Pistol Annies among them) to reinterpret traditional songs for old and new generations alike, proving what the music means today while hinting where it might lead tomorrow.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 15th: Boston, MA
(Additional parade dates throughout Massachusetts)

There is no place better to celebrate St. Patricks day in United States than south Boston. With its strong Irish heritage dating back to colonial times, Boston has been nick named the Capital of Irish America. Dating back to 1901, the annual parade has a rich history shown through colorful flouts, marching bands and pipe bands from across North America. Starting at the Broadway T station, and making their way to Andrew Square, you’re best bet to catch the festivities is along Broadway. Grab your green shirt and head into Boston to be part of this long tradition! And if one parade just isn’t enough for you, check out this list of St. Patricks day parades around Massachusetts this month.

Craft Boston Spring
March 20th- March 22nd: Boston, MA

CraftBoston Spring is a selective display of 90 artists presented at The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts. A charming 19th-century brick building, the Cyclorama provides an intimate showing and shopping experience. Small in size, CraftBoston Spring ensures craft of the highest caliber. Spend the day looking at and learning about contemporary craft, meet the artists, and take home something fabulous.

 

Top 5 Skiing Mountains in New England

It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend to go skiing! New England is luckily enough to have some of the best ski resorts in the country.  We choose our favorites based on a variety of different criteria including largest resort, to most family friendly.  Here are our top 5 mountains within a 3 hours drive from Massachusetts!

Best Family Friendly Mountain
Loon Mountain in New Hampshire

Located in the scenic White Mountain National Forest, this mountain offers beautiful scenery and ample snowfall. Loon offers wide groomed trails, tree glades and steep moguls. At night take advantage of the variety of shops and restaurants. For those of you who need a break from skiing, the resort includes an ice castle, a winter zip-line, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, snow tubing and an adventure center.

Runs: 61

Most Terrain Parks
Okemo Mountain Resort in Southern Vermont

Okemo’s accommodates skiers of all levels. With an almost equal balance between beginner, intermediate and advanced trails, everyone is sure to find the perfect run. For boarders and freestylers, the park offers 8 terrains parks, including a Superpipe. Okemo’s trail network spans over five distinct alpine areas, and let’s not forget it has one of the highest vertical drops in southern Vermont of 2,200 feet.

Runs: 120

Biggest Mountain/ Resort
Killington Resort in Southern Vermont

The biggest resort on our list spanning 6 mountains providing 155 runs, with the longest run 6 miles. Killington’s terrain is extremely diverse, ranging from gentle groomers, learning areas to steep mogul runs and gladed trails, as well as some of the best terrain parks in the northeast. With 5 base lodges around the resort, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Killington’s fine dining options.  By the end of the day, if you aren’t wiped out from the amazing skiing, take advantage of Killington’s awesome nightlife.

Runs: 155

Most Environmental Resort
Jiminy Peak in Western Massachusetts

Jiminy is the only one on our list in Massachusetts, and the only resort in America that generates their own energy by using alternative wind power from their Wind Turbine. A great mountain for beginners and for those who want relaxing runs with over half the runs on beginner trails. Don’t let that deter those of you advanced skiers. Jiminy peak offers advanced and expert runs on challenging terrain that you can easily get to from a ride on the six-passenger express ski lift to the summit. And if you can’t get enough skiing in during the day, stay for a night ski!

Runs: 45

Best Pricing Offers
Stratton Mountain Resort in Southern Vermont

Stratton is offering a great deal of 2 one-day lift tickets for discounted rates. Recently revamped, guests can now enjoy new snowmaking, grooming, new trails, and newly remodeled lodging and dining. With 100 acres of glades, and 95% snow making coverage, skiers and boarders are sure to be pleased. But, for some reason if you are not happy with the mountain, Stratton offers a “Great Snow Guarantee.” Ride the trails for an hour, and if you aren’t satisfied, Stratton will give you credit towards another day.

Runs: 97

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