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January Events In Massachusetts

As the New Year begins, the weather starts has started to drop into brutal cold winter territory- but that doesn’t mean you should start hibernating! The month of January has a ton of events going on that are worth going out for! Here are a few of MassDrive’s favorite events happening this month.

Boston Celtic Music Festival:
January 8th- 9th
Cambridge

This cultural festival brings together over 100 musicians, a parade, and a ton of dancing! To start off the event, a parade will take place in Harvard Square, followed by a concert at Club Passim friday night.  The fun continues all day Saturday with various artists playing Irish fiddle music, Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois, and more throughout various venues in Cambridge.  Finish Saturday night off right with a final concert and dancing. Tickets are required for certain events, or you may purchase a weekend pass.

Yoga at the Boston Public Library:
January 12th- February 16th (12-1 p.m.)
Back Bay Boston

For the first time ever, you are allowed, even encouraged to exercise in the Boston Public Library! The ever so popular instructor Rebecca Pacheco will host a Yoga class every Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. in the historic Abbey Room of the McKim Building. Work on your downward dog and sun salutation in this beautiful and tranquil room.  The class will cater to all levels of fitness designed to help you unplug and recharge. While the program plans to end in February, if it proves popular the BPL might extend it.  Be sure to grab your yoga matt and head there early as the event will run on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations:
January 18th
Throughout Boston

While there are numerous events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and his role in civil rights, peace and equality in America, one of the largest celebrations is at Fanuiel Hall on Boston’s Freedom trail.  Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Intensive Community Program will pay tribute to distinguished guests through a special musical performance.  The Harlem Gospel Choir will continue it’s tradition to fill Harvard’s Sanders Theatre for this annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. with soulful music and dancing.  The Museum of Fine Arts will also offer free admission throughout the day as well as showcase films, performances and art activities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. For more information on other celebrations commemorating Dr. King’s life, click here.

Taste of East Boston:
January 28th (6 to 9 p.m.)
East Boston

Do not miss out on this tasty event! Featuring over 30 local restaurants, life entertainment, cash bar, raffles and more, this annual festival has a ton to offer. Restaurants will include cuisines from South America, the Mediterranean, China, Italy, and the Middle East with PLENTY of samples of their most popular dishes. Parking for the event is available at the Hilton, and it’s free! Also, all proceeds from charity event will benefit East Boston Main Streets.

Winter Jubilee Beer Festival:
January 29th- 30th
Castle at Park Plaza

Time to taste the best of the best winter beers! This annual festival hosts 50 brewers with over 200 winter beers to sample! While this event has been going on since 2002, each year continues to improve.  This year they’ve added more brewers and beers ranging from international brewers with popular winter brews, to local hid gems breweries with less well known winter brews. For anyone who loves a good beer, you do not want to miss this spectacular craft beer event!

 

JANUARY EVENTS

November Events in Massachusetts

With the holiday season starting, there are a ton of festive activities happening around Massachusetts this month.  From festivals to parades to tree lighting ceremonies, check out MassDrive’s favorite activities and events happening in November!

For the Love of Beer Festival
November 7th
Boston

Boston’s very own Sam Adams Brewery will host For the Love of Beer Festival at the Greenway in Boston. Featuring over 50 different beers, food trucks, and a slew of tasty snacks to munch on, it will definitely be a delicious event! Admission to the event includes all your samples, and souvenir sampling cup. For the inner child in you, enjoy the inflatable hop slide, interactive games and giveaways!

Boston Comedy Festival
November 6th – 14th
Boston locations

Need a good laugh?? You’re in luck. The Boston Comedy Festival will take place for one week throughout Boston! With around 100 comedians from around the world, there will a lot to laugh about. With big names such as Andy Kindler from Tosh.0 and America’s Got Talent Wendy Liebman, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Also, there are plenty of chances to catch a show with events happening every night all week long. Click here to find a show and watch the competition unfold!

Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza- Holiday lights
November 21st – January 3rd, 2016
Boston

This ultimate tree light lighting ceremony will be back in Fanuiel Hall for the 4th year in a row. With over 350,000 LED lights, you don’t want to miss this illuminating event! Highlighting the Boston skyline, this beautiful event will warm your hearts as the lights dance along to holiday music. Opening night will be the first tree lighting ceremony of the season, with a Christmas tree even larger than the one at Rockefeller Center! If you can’t make the opening night, don’t worry you can watch every inch of Faniel Hall lit up by this event every night throughout the holiday season.

Plymouth Thanksgiving
November 20th – 22nd
Plymouth

Plymouth Massachusetts will host their 20th annual Thanksgiving celebrations! With a parade, a food festival, craft village and so much more, this event has so much to offer. Happening along the waterfront, Pilgrims tour guides will begin the event with stories from the founders of America’s Hometown. Then enjoy a free Veterans Memorial Concert in honor of all those who have served in our Armed Forces. The event will also feature Native American’s, soldiers, and pioneers bringing to life the history of Thanksgiving.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk
November 22nd
Newton

This festive 5K is great way to get into the holiday spirit by helping others! Raising money for Arthritis, the Jingle Bell Walk/ Run is a spirited way to help those in need. Everyone dresses up in holiday themed costumes with jingle bells tied to their shoelaces to kick of the holiday season together. Pre-event registration is $35 and $15 for children 12 and under, and event-day registration is $40. Get your Santa hat, reindeer antlers, and running shoes ready and sign up today!

October Events in Massachusetts!

With the start of fall comes tons of fun fall festivities! From corn mazes, to apple festivals, to Oktoberfest, there are so many ways to get into the autumn spirit! Check out MassDrive’s favorite activities and events happening around Massachusetts this month!

Corn maze
October 5th – November 1st
Danvers, MA

Connors Farm is hosting their annual and epic corn maze. This year’s corn maze will feature a massive 7 acre “Wild, Wild, West” themed maze and so much more! Connors Farm has all the classic fall favorites such as hayrides, apple picking, and pumpkin picking. While on the other side, they offer some crazy fun activities such as pumpkin blasters, paint ball, and corn cannon in what they call the “destruction zone.” At night, wind down by the campfire with some delicious BBQ, classic New England clam chowder or some hot apple cider donuts!

Haunted house in Fall River
October 9th – November 7th
Fall River, MA

Get into your Halloween spirit with the Factory of Terror’s Haunted House! Due to a mysterious mass murder in 1856, this factory, now named Bloodworth Dungeon, has laid idol since. Only those who dare, enter at their own risk! The haunted house begins on an underground 4D blackout zone where you have to crawl your way though the “tunnel of corpses.” After escaping the 4D blackout, you will enter the phobia mayhem where you will face the fear haunting the 113 factory murder victims’ souls! This haunted house is not for those faint at heart!

Oktoberfest and Street Band
October 11th
Harvard Square, Boston

If you haven’t been yet, this year’s the year to attend the 37th Annual Oktoberfest and legendary HONK! Parade! This popular event brings in over 200,000 people all weekend long. Featuring foods from all over the world throughout 50 food vendors, vintage goods and one-of-a-kind gifts from 150 craft vendors, and lets not forget the five beer gardens! The entire event will take place on and around Harvard Square with 6 stages hosting a slew of musicians. The highlight of the event will be the HONK! Parade with bands from all over the country marching from Davis to Harvard as spectators dance along!

Oyster festival
October 17th – October 18th
Wellfleet, Cape Code

While the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the cape, make your way to the 15th annual Wellfleet OysterFest! Besides eating delicious fresh oysters- which there will be plenty of!- there are a ton of activities all weekend long. From cooking demonstrations, to walking tours, to live music, and much more there are so many ways to enjoy this beautiful beach town festival. Tickets are a very reasonable $5 dollars for a one-day pass, or $8 for a two-day pass and the proceeds go to the non-profit Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc., organization’s education scholarship fund.

Apple festival
October 17th – October 18th
Wachusett Mountain

No food represents fall in New England better than apples! Wachusett Mountain will house their 32nd annual AppleFest featuring 75 craft Fair & Farmers market booths, delicious barbecue, a climbing wall and more. There will be a ton of entertainment for the kids and Oktoberfest celebration for the adults featuring real German cuisine, live bands, and of course lots of tasty beers in the Beer Garden. Be sure to check out the scenic sky rides up the mountain to take in the beautiful fall foliage. Lastly, lets not forget with every great Apple Festival comes an epic apple pie contest!

 

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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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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!

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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!

 

Best Places to see Spring bloom

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!

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.

 

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