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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

Massachusetts Events This April

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Now that spring is finally here it’s time to get out and about to celebrate!  There are many events going on this month, and the weather is starting to warm up so there’s no better time than the present.  Whether you’re looking for something to do on a day out with the family, or want an idea for a fun time with friends, we’ve got you covered.

Boston Beer Summit – Love craft beer?  Then you won’t want to miss the Boston Beer Summit, taking place from April 4-5 at the Park Plaza Castle.  This giant beer tasting will feature over 60 brewers and have more than 200 different beers to sample.  The best local, regional, national, and international brewers will all be there including Angry Orchard, Atwater, Backlash, Berkshire, Blue Hills, Blue Moon, Harpoon, Narragansett, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and many more.  Tickets are $50 and include entrance, entertainment, tasting mug, and beer samples.  Get your tickets while they last!

Patriots Day Celebrations – Head to Minute Man National Park in Lexington and Concord the weekend of April 19-21 for some historical fun.  Remember our nation’s journey to freedom at the very starting point of the Revolutionary War. These towns are extremely proud of their heritage, and in honor of Patriots Day weekend they will be celebrating with parades, re-enactments of Revolutionary battles, commemorative ceremonies, socials, a pancake breakfast, and much more! This event is perfect for families, history buffs, and anyone that wants to learn more about our country’s history.

Party For The Planet – Do you carpool, recycle, bring reusable bags to the store, or take other steps to go green?  Then you won’t want to miss out on celebrating Earth Day! Head to the Franklin Park Zoo with friends, family, and of course some furry friends for their Earth Day celebration, “Party For The Planet”!  This family friendly event takes place on Sunday, April 27th from 10AM – 3 PM and will raise awareness for the planet with fun events including animal enrichment activities, a chance to meet the zookeepers, entertainment, eco-friendly exhibitors and more.  What better way to celebrate planet Earth than  by getting up close and personal with some of it’s creatures?  Learn more about our planet and what you can do to make a difference every day at this exciting event.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival – The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding their Daffodil Festival from April 25-27.  This annual event celebrates the beginning of spring on the island of Nantucket with an antique car parade, community picnic, art shows, tours, exhibitions, contests, lectures, a Daffodil Flower Show, 5K, and much more.  All are welcome at this exciting event, even your furry friends!  What more could you ask for at a family event?  Many festival-goers dress up for this event, so break out your brightest yellow and enjoy this day of fun in the sun!

The start of spring is always exciting, the weather warms up, flowers are in bloom, and it becomes enjoyable to be outside again!  These events are a great way to kick off the start of the season, so grab your friends, family, flip flops, and enjoy!

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Massachusetts Events This October!

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Can you believe it’s already fall?  It feels like summer flew by but before you know it we’ll be preparing for Halloween!  There are tons of fun events going on this month, and we’ve found some of the best ones taking place across the Bay State!  Grab your friends and family and head to these fun events this October!

Harpoon Octoberfest – This fall tradition is taking place on Friday, October 4th from 5:30 PM – 11 PM (doors close at 9 PM) and Saturday, October 5th from 2 PM – 9 PM (doors close at 7:30 PM) at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston.  This event is 21+ and tickets are not available in advance, you must pay the $20 cover at the door which includes admission, a drink ticket, and a souvenir Pint cup, also keep in mind that this event is cash only.  There won’t be parking at the brewery but there will be a shuttle bus at South Station running to and from the event.  Come enjoy German food, live music, German chocolate cake eating contests, keg bowling, and of course tons of fresh Harpoon beer options including IPA, Octoberfest, and UFO Pumpkin.  Unwind with friends after the workweek and celebrate the start of fall at Octoberfest!

Riverside Blues and BBQ Festival – Hosted by the Franklin County Rotary Club and the Greenfield Recreation Department, this family friendly event is taking place at Beacon Field in Greenfield from Friday, October 11th – Sunday, October 13th.  There will be professional BBQ competitors from across New England competing in grilling contests, and two days of Blues music, beer sampling, crafters, vendors, and activities for the kids.  On Friday night there will be a free outdoor movie night at 7 PM with free admission and popcorn to kick off the festival.  On Saturday and Sunday, events will be from 12 noon – 6 PM, admission to the festival is $5, and children ages 10 and under are free with a paying adult.  Admission to the BBQ Samplin’ Pit is $5 and guests can sample and vote for their favorite teams.  On Saturday guests can sample chicken wings and on Sunday there will be pulled pork.  Admission to the BrewFest Beer Samplin’ Saloon is $20 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and includes as many beer samples as you can drink.

Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting and Stroll – This family friendly event is taking place on Saturday, October 19th from 6 PM – 9 PM at Market Square in Newburyport.  Families are encouraged to bring a carved pumpkin that will be lit and placed on the stage in Market Square.  Every family will be provided with a votive candle that will be lit all together at dusk, approximately 6:15 PM, and placed in the pumpkins which will be put on stage.  Families are then invited to stroll through beautiful downtown Newburyport, along the water, and to admire the pumpkins designed by local businesses.  At the end of the night, families are asked to take their pumpkins home for safe keeping.  This is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit with the whole family!

30th Annual Applefest – Head to Wachusett Mountain in Princeton on October 19th – 20th for Applefest!  This event is perfect for the whole family, and fun for all ages.  There will be live music, a mountainside barbecue, pie eating contests, Skyrides to the scenic Summit, craft & farmer’s market booths, and clowns, jugglers, magicians, pony & hay rides, and a climbing wall for the kids.  There will also be an Oktoberfest Celebration featuring authentic German cuisine, a variety of beers in the Beer Garden, and live entertainment.   This event is from 10 AM – 5 PM both days and tickets are $12 for adults at the door and $7 for children ages 6 – 12.  Discounts are available if you purchase in advance online and there are also packages available that include admission, food vouchers, play activities and more!

If you weren’t in the fall spirit before, you will be after these events!

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Free Events This May!

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Who doesn’t love getting something for free?  Well good news, because all of these events are free this month!  If you’re looking for something to do but are a little short on funds or are trying to save up while still having a social life, we’ve found a few events taking place for free.  Celebrate the start of spring at any (or all) of these fun activities!

Franklin Park Kite And Bike Festival – Franklin Park is the largest greenspace in Boston, and on Saturday, May 18th you can head over for a free festival from 11 AM – 4 PM!  Bring your own kite or buy one at the park and show off your skills, free bike “rentals” are also available for those that do not have their own bike.  Spend a day of fun in the sun, there will be food trucks for lunch or pack your own picnic!  There will also be many vendors and activities for children such as face painting.  This is a perfect event to bring the whole family to, so get ready for a beautiful spring day of kites, bikes, and fun in the sun!

Furnace Brook Winery – Located at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, Furnace Brook Winery offers free tastings of any one of their award winning wines!  Open daily from 9 AM – 5 PM, this winery has many options to choose from, and once you try one, you can try five more samples for only $5!  After your tasting session head into their general store for some cider donuts, scones, fruit pies, and much more.  If you’re still not tired, head for a stroll through the orchards or a hike along one of the many trails on the property!

Free Oyster Shucking Lesson – The North End Fish Market in Boston’s historic North End is a hidden gem if you are looking for a fun and affordable night on the town!  Every Saturday from 1 PM – 3 PM they offer free oyster shucking lessons, no reservations required!  The lesson itself is free but you do have to pay for what you shuck and eat.  This is the perfect activity to try right before summer, so take your lesson and then head for a stroll along the waterfront and take in the sea breeze!  Seafood and the ocean are the only two ingredients you need for a fun spring evening,  don’t wait to try this unique experience!

Dinosaur Footprints – Imagine walking through the wilderness among the dinosaurs?  While we can’t give you that, you can walk through Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke, a reservation that has naturally preserved actual dinosaur footprints along the Connecticut River!  What better way to spend a sunny day this spring?  Stroll along the paths and observe over 130 tracks left behind by dinosaurs over 190 million years ago!  Researchers believe that these specific tracks were left behind by small groups of two-legged, carnivorous dinosaurs that were likely ancestors of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and you can see these historic wonders right here in Massachusetts!  Open daily from sunrise  to sunset, admission is free for all but it is recommended that you allow at least a half hour to walk the trail.

Which of these events will you be attending?  Since they’re free, there’s no reason you can’t try them all!

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Free Events In March!

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We recently posted about events in Boston this March and charity events to attend, but now we’re bringing you a list of FREE events going on in Boston!  If you’re saving up for Spring Break, a new car, or just trying to be frugal, these events are perfect.  There are free fitness, music, and film events going on this month and trust us, you don’t want to miss out!

Free Music Lecture – Take a trip to Bristol Studios on Mass Ave this Wednesday, March 6th for a free seminar called The Understanding of Music with Duncan Lorien.  This seminar will help you understand such subjects as naming notes on the keyboard and guitar, playing scales and chords from memory, the basics of improvisation, reading and playing music notation, singing, and songwriting through a hands-on approach.  This is a great opportunity for any aspiring musician!  Duncan is a famous recording artist, composer, and educator who travels the globe teaching these seminars to thousands of students each year.  Don’t miss your chance to learn some tips and tricks from this world-famous artist!

Free Icelandic Film Festival – Calling all film fans!  Get over to Theatre 1 in the Revere Hotel for this free Icelandic Film Festival on Sunday, March 10th at 3 PM.  This event is part of the third annual “A Taste of Iceland” cultural celebration that is here in Boston from March 8th-12th.  The festival will show three hit films; the first film, Either Way, begins at 3 PM and is 85 minutes long.  It will be followed by a short documentary called Herd in Iceland, and the event will end with the film Grandma Lo-Fi.  This is a great event to attend if you’re a film fan or if you’re looking for a taste of something new and exotic.  There will also be a free Icelandic art exhibit in the hotel from March 8th-12th, be sure to check that out too!

Free Tai Chi Class – Did you know that the Castle Square Community Center in Boston offers free Tai Chi classes every Sunday? Tai Chi is a martial art that is practiced for defense and to reduce stress, among many other reasons.  Stop by on Sunday from  1-2 PM and learn from master-level teacher Zhou Xuan Yun.  All ages and skill levels are welcome, so whether you’re a beginner or a pro you’ll fit right in.

“ShamROCK Your Body” Free Fitness Class – Burn off those brews this St. Patty’s day at this free Boston Sports Club fitness class!  Head over to the Boston Sports Club in Wellesley or at Wellington Circle in Medford on Sunday, March 17th from 9-11 AM and get into gear!  This Celtic-themed circuit workout lasts 30 minutes in the new turf UXF zones and is free to both members and nonmembers.  Why not get your workout in early?  You’ll be ready for the day and can drink as many green beers as you want without feeling guilty!

So many things to do, so little time!  Get your fitness on, enjoy a film festival, or take a music lesson this month, all for free!

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