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Events In Massachusetts This August

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Can you believe how quickly the summer is going by?  Don’t worry though, there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having at some fun events!  We’ve listed a few of our favorites going on this month, and we’re sure they’ll be fun for friends and the whole family!

Water Street Wing Fling! – If you’re on the Cape, you won’t want to miss this event that celebrates Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod!  It will take place August 2nd and 3rd at the Henry T. Wing School from 11 AM – 10:30 PM each day.  Some of the exciting events include an arts and crafts fair on Saturday, a judged car show, kayak tours, live music, food trucks, a craft table for kids, face painting, games, drumming circle, fire truck hayrides, roaming railroad, light show, and one of the most exciting things is the tethered air balloon rides at night!  If you’re in the area we highly recommend stopping by this family friendly event that’s sure to be fun for all ages!

Feast In The Wild – Head to the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford for a wild night of food and fun with the animals.  Feast on specials from local restaurants and sample brews while strolling through the zoo, enjoying animal encounters and additional entertainment.  Tickets to this event are $65 for zoo members and $75 for non-members.  This event is 21+ and will take place on Thursday, August 14th from 6PM – 10 PM.  Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the zoo’s mission, so you’ll be supporting a great cause as well as enjoying an exciting night out!

34th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival – Summer is a time to enjoy the sea, sunshine, delicious food, and the great outdoors with friends and family, and this is the perfect place to do it!  This festival will take place on August 16th and 17th at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester.  There will be live entertainment including Celtic, country, folk, and ragtime music, artisans and craftsmen displaying their work, and many different kinds of ethnic foods to try!  Other highlights include a pancake breakfast, lobster bake, and on Sunday there will be 75 antique autos on display courtesy of the North Shore Old Car Club!  This event is pet friendly and entry is free, although there is a fee for parking and of course for food.  Festival hours are from 9AM – 6PM each day so grab your family, friends, and enjoy!

Sails and Ales – Like beer? Like being on a boat taking a tour of beautiful Boston Harbor?  The real question is who wouldn’t like that?  This event brings both together, so join Classic Harbor Lines and Harpoon Brewery for a sunset cruise Thursdays in August.  This two hour tour still has tickets available for August 14th, 21st, and 28th and they cost $52 each.  Tickets do not include the beer tasting, to participate you must purchase “A Tasting” in the extras of the purchase page, but we’re sure it will be worth it.  Guests will be able to sample 5 of Harpoon’s Flagship and/or seasonal brews while being guided by a Harpoon Brewery Representative who will explain the brewing process and how Harpoon Brewery began.  There will be light food available on board but guests are more than welcome to bring their own picnics!  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the beautiful summer weather while taking a cruise of historic Boston Harbor and sampling some brews made right here in the city!

These events are the perfect excuse to try something new while enjoying what’s left of the summer!  So, grab your  friends and family and have some fun in the sun!

Christmas Performances In Boston!

Who doesn’t enjoy a great play or concert right before the holidays?  They get you in the spirit, are entertaining, and are the perfect excuse to venture into Boston for a day in the city!  Broadway may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of plays, and although the Boston theater district has fewer theaters and performances, it is by no means lacking in talent.  This Christmas get in the holiday spirit with some of these festive performances, they won’t be here much longer!

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Get your tickets while you still can!  This holiday favorite will be at the Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theatre until December 9th!  Perfect for children and entertaining for adults, the play is narrated by the Grinch’s dog, Max.  Watch the Grinch plot to steal Christmas from the yuletide loving Whos, all while listening to holiday classics such as “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas”.  The play runs for about 84 minutes, so it is not too long for rambunctious little ones to sit through.  This classic tale will warm your heart, even if it is two sizes too small, right in time for the holidays!  Tickets range from $35-$125 and are available here.

The Nutcracker – The Boston Ballet continues this holiday tradition once again!  Performances have already begun but the ballet will be at the Boston Opera House until December 30th!  Choreographed by Mikko Nissinen and composed by Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky, this long running ballet is something you won’t soon forget!  See it like never before, it returns this year with new sets and costumes and is sure to impress family members of all ages.  The performance runs for two hours with one intermission.  Watch Clara save her Nutcracker Prince from the Mouse King and travel to the Land of Sweets, all before waking up and wondering if her Christmas adventure was all a dream!  Tickets are going fast so get yours while you can!

Boston Holiday Pops Tour – The Boston Symphony Orchestra invites you and your family to visit Symphony Hall from December 5th-24th for their Holiday Pops concerts!  There will be traditional sing-alongs and even a visit from Saint Nick!  There are even kids matinees where children can enjoy post-concert photos with Santa!  If you are seated at floor tables there are even kid-friendly menu options and holiday snacks available!  Children under the age of 2 are admitted for free to the children’s matinee, however children under the age of 4 are not permitted at evening Holiday Pops performances.  Ticket prices vary based on date, time, and seating location but on average range from $29-$129.

Get your tickets for these festive holiday performances while they last!  These family friendly events are perfect for all ages, and there is something for everyone! Whether you’re a fan of the classic Christmas tale of the Whos and the Grinch in Whoville, the dramatic Nutcracker ballet, or love listening and singing along to holiday favorites with the Boston Pops, all of these performances are sure to impress!

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Helpful Massachusetts Websites

Whether you are a visitor of Massachusetts, or a local looking for something new and exciting, we’ve found the best online resources when to comes to places to see and things to do in Massachusetts!

Planning a Vacation to MA

One of the best sites to look at if you are planning a Massachusetts getaway is .  Not only does it list great vacation spots in the Bay State, but it also features daily deals all over Massachusetts and a listing of 50 things to do in MA under $50.  They are also currently offering site visitors the chance to enter to win a prize package to Plymouth county which includes a two night stay and multiple gift cards to local restaurants and museums!  This site is the ultimate guide to planning a vacation or even a day trip to Massachusetts and we highly recommend you check it out!

Getting Around MA

If you’re not familiar with the area, navigating the roads in Massachusetts can be an intimidating task, especially if you are visiting popular tourist destinations like Boston.  The Mass Gov website has a large selection of different maps for different cities and towns, Mass. State Highway Maps, and even maps for people who will be commuting via MBTA.  This site also has a great feature called “SmartTraveler” which has detailed info on local weather, traffic conditions, alerts, and location-specific traveler warnings.  For those of you that want a taste of the outdoors, this site also has maps of ponds and national parks available.

Local Events in MA

If you have an idea of what you want to do in Massachusetts but aren’t sure where to start, there are two great websites that have great info on local events.  For those of you that are looking for family friendly events, Boston Central has hundreds of listings that are broken down by date and categories such as arts and crafts, animals, food fun, and music. This makes it a lot easier to break down your search process if you have an idea of what you want to do.  If you’re looking to get out with friends or for a romantic getaway, Visit-Massachusetts is a better site to search.  You are also able to search by date and category on this site, and although there is an option to search for children’s events it is definitely geared more towards adults.  Event categories on this site include food, wine and beer, historic events, parties, dances, balls, visual arts, and antiques.

National Parks and Landmarks

Massachusetts certainly has the best of both worlds when it comes to cities and the countryside.  Boston is a hub of activity, tourism and excitement but there are also beautiful mountains and landscapes across the state.  These rural landscapes also have a lot of history associated with them. Whether you want to visit Lowell and check out the National Park and Boot Cotton Mills where the industrial revolution began, or take a hike and go for a swim at Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau was inspired to write his famous book “Walden”, the National Park Service has listings of parks in every area of the state as well as listing of other historic landmarks.  According to their website, there are 15 National Parks in Massachusetts, 11 National Natural Landmarks, and 185 National Historic Landmarks along with over 4,000 National Register of Historic Places Listings.  This website is a great resource that focuses on the natural beauty of Massachusetts as well as the history.

Staying Up-to-Date

For the most up to date news in Massachusetts, is definitely the website to visit.  Not only do they feature breaking news stories, they also have stories from the Boston Globe and daily updates on local, national, world, business, health, and many other categories of news.  You can browse by town or category and their site also has great stories on sports, things to do, and have info on cars and real estate for sale.  This website features hundreds of stories each day but also has information on events and information that is helpful to know in Massachusetts, especially if you are traveling through.

Massachusetts Auto Insurance

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Whatever information you are looking for when it comes to Massachusetts, these websites are a great starting point, and of course if you think of a helpful resource that we should add, leave a comment and let us know!

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