Events INSIDER: May 12-21

Giveaways & Features
Win: Coppelia
Copplia is a classical comic ballet performance that returns to stage by popular demand. More than 20 children are the stars of the show. I have two pairs of tickets to give away for the show Thursday, May 16! Email to win. Win: CoppeliaThe Boston Opera House Boston, MA, .
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Johnny’s Picks
Audubon Society Birdathon
Your mission, if you choose to accept it: Put a team together and find as many birds as possible in 24 hours. Help the Audubon Society with this fundraiser. Audubon Society BirdathonVarious Locations All Over, , .
Samurai Saturdays
Samurai Saturdays feature Japanese Taiko Drumming, Japanese calligraphy demos, samurai related films and delicious bento boxes. Samurai SaturdaysMuseum of Fine Arts Boston Boston, MA, .
Literary Death Match
Literary Death Match is back! The best emerging writers of different kinds of media/publications show their best work is a mix of performance, reading and (probabally involuntary) stand-up comedy in front of judges. But of course you’re the best judge of their work. doors open at 7:30, show starts 8:30pm. Literary Death MatchClub Oberon Cambridge, MA, .
Cambridge Open Studios – East and Central
Open Studios take middlemen off the equation and allow you to purchase art directly from the creators. Take a walk around and meet great people who happen to be great artists too. This event is so big, that was splitted in two. This one’s for the East/Central area. Cambridge Open Studios - East and CentralVarious Locations Cambridge, MA, .
African American Military Heritage Day
The 54th Regiment will set up a small ‘Mock’ campsite and participate in various Civil War camp activities. 2013 11am-4pm, with a parade at 2pm! African American Military Heritage DayEdward O. Gourdin Veterans Park, Washington St. at Martin Luther King Blvd Roxbury, MA, .
Astronomy Day (with kites)
Kites that need no wind? You’re joking, right? This event includes outdoor/indoor kite flying, rockets and solar telescopes. Do I have to say more? 4pm. Astronomy Day (with kites)Clay Center Brookline, MA, .
Somerville PorchFest
Garage bands are great, but how about porch bands? This is kind of an open studios event but for musicians. Check the website for a map of locations. Your new favorite band might be just across the street. 12-6pm. Somerville PorchFestVarious Locations Somerville, MA, .
Radio 92.9 EarthFest
A pro-nature outdoor concert with great bands cannot be overlooked. This year, EarthFest features popular bands such as Vertical Horizon and Fast Ball. A secondary stage will host a concert for kids. Food crafts available. 10am. Radio 92.9 EarthFestDCR Hatch Memorial Shell Boston, MA, .
Fresh Pond Day
Cambridge is so cool that multiple events and festivals are celebrated at the same time. This one is located in West Cambridge (Fresh Pond). Expect musical performances, bike rides, food vendors, storytelling and much more. 10am-2pm. Fresh Pond DayKingsley Park Cambridge, MA, .
Cadillac Day at Larz Anderson Museum
There’s something magical about Cadillacs. That’s probably why Cadillac Day is always the kick-off event for car show season at The Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation 10am-3pm. Cadillac Day at Larz Anderson MuseumLarz Anderson Auto Museum Brookline, MA, .
East Boston Open Studios
East side represent! More than 50 artists will be showing their work, directly from their workshops or houses. Come meet talented people that do what they love, and love what they do. 11-5pm each day. East Boston Open StudiosVarious locations Boston, MA, .
Japan Festival In Boston
This Japanese festival is huge! There are about 80 non-food vendors, live music, activities for kids, and more than 10,000 attendees. Don’t miss out! 10am. Japan Festival In BostonBoston City Hall Plaza Boston, MA, .
Haitian-American Unity Parade
Everyone is invited to the Haitian-American Unity Parade. A reverend will be leading it, so be ready to hear some prayers here and there. It starts from Mattapan Square. 1pm. Haitian-American Unity ParadeMattapan Square Boston, MA, .
Pirate Festival
ARGH ARGH, this pirate event is aimed at kids, but you can still come dressing like Blackbeard. After all, someone’s gotta keep an eye on the younger buccaneers. Food and crafts vendors. There will be live music as well. 11am-3pm. Pirate FestivalAptucxet Trading Post Museum Bourne, MA, .
Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend
More than 20 events will take place during this festival. Fireworks, dog shows, encampments and reenactments are some of the most attractive. To make things better, there will be a pancake breakfast! Wellesley's Wonderful WeekendWashington Street Wellesley, MA, .
New Hampshire Renaissance Faire
Get on your shiny armor and come to this renaissance faire. There’s comedy, magic and musical shows, sword fighting and more. The best thing, it’s just 1 hour drive form Boston. New Hampshire Renaissance Faire Kingston, NH, .
Hog Wild
I’ll make this simple for you: This event features a lawnmower race and a monster truck show. Nuff’ said. 11am. Hog WildAmesbury Sports Park Amesbury, MA, .
Scrimshaw Weekend
This is a weekend dedicated to scrimshandering. Collectors will show their most valuable pieces, so you can expect some trading, selling and buying. There will be readings of Moby-Dick too! Scrimshaw WeekendNew Bedford Whaling Museum New Bedford, MA, .
Southcoast Toy and Comic Festival
Action figures are not dolls. Action figures are not dolls. I keep telling myself that. This should be an interesting convention full of comics and ‘not dolls’. 10am. Southcoast Toy and Comic FestivalSeaport Inn Fairhaven, MA, .
Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk
The Emily Dickinson Museum celebrates the anniversary of the famous poet’s death. There are poetry readings and a guided walk. It’s free. 1pm. Emily Dickinson Poetry WalkEmily Dickinson Museum Amherst, MA, .
BattleCry at WPI
We make them fight each other now, but someday robots will rule us all, I’m telling you! But what the heck, let’s enjoy the show while we can, it’s free! BattleCry at WPIWorcester Campus Worcester, MA, .
Star Wars Day!
Learn how to use the force and take light-saber classes. You don’t have to bring your own, by the way. 10am. Star Wars Day!Higgins Armory Worcester, MA, .
NERO Roleplaying
Looking for an event that allows your imagination go for a ride? Look no more: This Live Role-playing Club offers adventure and fun. Don’t forget to bring your costume! 2013:. NERO RoleplayingCamp Harrington Boylston, MA, .
Also Fun
Downtown Pittsfield Third Thursdays
This street festival is filled with music, fun and art. Most establishments stay open after hours, so you won’t be lacking food. 5-8pm. Downtown Pittsfield Third ThursdaysDowntown Pittsfield Pittsfield, MA, .
Bay State Bike Week
All through Massachusetts you will find more than 100 events that are bike related: Guided tours, races, pancake breakfasts, films, parades, and even classes about human powered 2-wheelers. Bay State Bike WeekVarious Locations All Over, , .
Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, a talk by author and historian Henry Wiencek
WHAT? Did Thomas Jefferson have slaves working at his plantation? Henry Wiencek, the famous historian, will tell you everything about it. 7:30pm. Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, a talk by author and historian Henry WiencekThe Royall House and Slave Quarters Medford, MA, .
A Taste of Spring
What does spring taste like? 25 of the best food purveyors will share the secret with you. Prizes and raffles add a bonus to this event. 5:30pm. A Taste of SpringCrowne Plaza Woburn, MA, .
Small Plates: Culinary Culture and Social Change in Japan
Japanese cuisine offers much more than just sushi and raw fish. Come learn a bit more about this wonderful country. There’s an optional film screening. 1pm. Small Plates: Culinary Culture and Social Change in JapanMuseum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, .
‘The Tender Heart & Brave’
This event explores the friendship between Charles Sumner and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow through dramatic reading of letters, official documents and whatnot. Kind of an old school gossip TV show, if you ask me. 6pm. 'The Tender Heart & Brave'Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site Cambridge, MA, .
Annual Green Space Blues Jam
Italian food will be served at this fundraiser dancing event, featuring big jazz figures who will be playing for you. 7:30pm. Annual Green Space Blues JamCharles River Museum of Industry and Innovation Waltham, MA, .
Winchester En Ka Fair
This fair boasts rides for children and grown-ups, food vendors, crafts on sale and much more. Oh, there’s also a chance to win a quilt. 10am. Winchester En Ka FairThe fairgrounds at the corner of Mt. Vernon Street and Skillings Road Winchester, MA, .
24 Hour Film Race
Amateur directors deliver films that are written, shot and edited in under 24 hours. Then we all get to vote for our favorites. Fun fun fun. 24 Hour Film RaceBrattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Rose & the Nightingale Performance
4 beautiful women are offering a wonderful musical performance at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Don’t worry, only the living are invited. 5pm. Rose & the Nightingale PerformanceMount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge, MA, .
Discover Mount Auburn: The Civil War
Cemetery tours are not creepy, but full of history and culture. Come listen to stories related to Civil War and their heroes. 1pm. Discover Mount Auburn: The Civil WarMount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge, MA, .
Endangered Species Day at Stone Zoo
This is more of an event for kids, but adults can learn a couple things to help protect endangered species. Encounters with zookeepers and a drawing/writing contest for children make this event stand out. All day. Endangered Species Day at Stone ZooStone Zoo Stoneham, MA, .
Open House at the Crimson Sailing Academy
Ha ha! Harvard Sailing Center is lending you the keys to some of their boats, and that means lots of fun. Well, they will let you sail for a bit, under supervision. But it’s free and better than nothing! 10am. Open House at the Crimson Sailing AcademyHarvard Sailing Center Cambridge, MA, .
Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari
Lots of restaurants get together and offer insane amounts of food samples. All this food comes at a premium, but proceedings go to charity. 12-4pm. Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog SafariLandsdowne St Boston, MA, .
Art Museum Day
The old ‘Museum tickets cost too much’ excuse is not valid anymore. Free admission for all visitors, all day. 10am. Art Museum DayHarvard Art Museums Cambridge, MA, .
Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle
Herring don’t run! Or do they? Come to this 5K paddling and run/walk race. There will be kayaking classes for newbies and more activities for both adults and kids. 8am. Mystic River Herring Run and PaddleBlessing of the Bay Boathouse Somerville, MA, .
Cultivating Creativity
Can creativity be cultivated? This symposium will try to unleash everyone’s true creative potential. Not especially fun, but interesting. 12:30pm. Cultivating CreativityMuseum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, .
Bicycle Parade
Bikes will take over Beacon Street during this 5K parade. They say basically anyone from 10-100 years old can participate. The road will be closed, so you don’t have to worry about cars. registration at noon, 1pm race. Bicycle ParadeAmory Park Brookline, MA, .
Science on Screen: Terminator 2
Watch Terminator 2 and then talk about real life technology that’s being used today and resembles what’s see on screen. This should be a fun evening. 7pm. Science on Screen: Terminator 2Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA, .
A Night of Music Celebrating Stevie Wonder
This night will be celebrating Stevie Wonder’s birthday. Lots of music (of course), food and live entertainment will be available. 5:30pm. A Night of Music Celebrating Stevie WonderThe Beehive Boston, MA, .
Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
This is a film festival that only displays films from all the world about adventurers on bikes. This year there will be a social hours right before the opening 6-10pm. Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film FestivalRegent Theatre Arlington, MA, .
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
This fundraising walk will take you through some of Boston’s most interesting spots. The route has been marked for you but a team of awesome people will be there to help, should you need any assistance. Avon Walk for Breast CancerUMass Boston Circle Lawn Boston, MA, .
Party in the Park
This party in the park involves food and promises a lot of fun. Not sure what kind of fun, but food war is surely not included. 11am. Party in the ParkEmerald Necklace Conservancy Boston, MA, .
Hope Arab Springs Eternal
Not particularly fun, but full of interesting info. This discussion will deal with the impact of the new constitutional governments in Arab countries. 6:30pm. Hope Arab Springs EternalC. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple Street, Suffolk University Boston, MA, .
Kite & Bike Festival
Kites are fun, and enthusiasts are usually friendly. Come join the fun in company of thousands of people. Also, bike rentals, face painting and lots of food vendors. 11am. Kite & Bike FestivalFranklin Park Boston, MA, .
Beacon Hill Hidden Gardens Tour
Some things must not remain unseen, which is why on the 3rd Thursday of May multiple Beacon Hill Garden Club members open their gardens to the public. They’re hidden the other 364 days, so this is a one-in-a-year chance. 9am. Beacon Hill Hidden Gardens TourBeacon Hill Garden Club Boston, MA, .
Sandwich Artisans Show and Sale
The best artisans from the area will be showing their products. Take advantage of the on site sales, which include clothing, jewelry and much more. Saturdays, 10-4pm. Sandwich Artisans Show and SaleSandwich Public Library Sandwich, MA, .
Cape Cod Restaurant Week
Taste the best of Cape Cod’s food during Restaurant Week. Your pockets won’t suffer, since most dishes are discounted. Not my fault if later on you have to add an extra hole to your belt. Cape Cod Restaurant WeekAll over All Over, , .
Rhododendron Festival Photography Workshop
Flowers are not as hard to photograph as supermodels. But anyways, Michael Dallaire (a real pro) will show you how to get the best out of your floral photo shoots. 9am. Rhododendron Festival Photography WorkshopHeritage Museums & Gardens Sandwich, MA, .
Single Women’s Weekend
Ladies only: Come meet awesome people, dance, drink and share great food with the attendees. The best part is that there will be spin-the-bottle games and speed meetings. Single Women's WeekendVarious Locations Provincetown, MA, .
Restaurant Week & Gallery Stroll
You’ll have a full week to taste top notch dishes from more than 20 of the greatest Provincetown restaurants. Your pocket won’t suffer, since everything will be offered at at discount. Restaurant Week & Gallery StrollVarious Locations Provincetown, MA, .
Annual Herb Festival
You can come to this event to buy or eat herbs and plants. Most stuff will be on sale, so it’s a good opportunity to bring a green pal home. 10am. Annual Herb FestivalGreen Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen East Sandwich, MA, .
Rhododendron Festival
This festival is basically about looking at flowers and plants, buying some and gearing up with gardening tools.There will be a Rhododendron scavenger hunt, but I don’t think they will be hard to find. Rhododendron FestivalHeritage Museums & Gardens Sandwich, MA, .
All In the Family: Learning From Master Musicians
Come learn how to master percussion with the help of two professionals. You will find marimbas, balafons and other cool instruments. 2:30pm. All In the Family: Learning From Master MusiciansLowell National Historical Park Lowell, MA, .
Kiwanis Club Apple Blossom Festival
Fireworks, carnival rides, Italian food and a battle of the bands await for you at Kiwanis Club Apple Blossom Festival. The best part? The parade and the jumbo lobster raffle. Kiwanis Club Apple Blossom FestivalVarious Locations Westford, MA, .
Lowell Cemetery’s Annual Memorial Day Remembrance
Celebrate Memorial Day at Lowell Cemetery. There will be a chopper landing on site. This is a solemn event but equally entertaining. 12:30pm. Lowell Cemetery's Annual Memorial Day RemembranceLowell Cemetery Lowell, MA, .
Quilter’s Guild: End of Year Wrap-Up
There are not many big quilt shows in New England. This is one of the 2 biggest ones I’ve found. More than 100 quilts are on exhibit. I’ve been to quilt shows before and they’re actually interesting! 7pm. Quilter's Guild: End of Year Wrap-UpSt. John the Evangelist Church Chelmsford, MA, .
Stow Spring Fest
Come to the exhibition of police cars, a fire truck and cranes. Inflatables for kids and workshops available. If this is not enough, there’s free cotton candy for all. Stow Spring FestStow Community Park Stow, MA, .
Medway Pride Day
This festival boasts musical and dance performances. Food and crafts vendors will be there. Rides for children and the special bonus: It’s free! 10am. Medway Pride DayMedway Middle School Medway, MA, .
Relay for Life
The battle against cancer is far from being over. But we can walk and get closer to the goal. This is a fundraiser event, for money and awareness against cancer. 3pm. Relay for LifeNARA Park Acton, MA, .
Powisset Farm Spring Festival
This festival takes place at a farm, so everyone will have the chance of feeding some animals. There will be food and crafts for sale too, and guided tours around the place. 10am. Powisset Farm Spring FestivalPowisset Farm Dover, MA, .
PUPPET-PALOOZA Children and the Arts Festival
A giant puppet parade is this event’s main attraction. There will be food, live music and activities for kids. Oh, and they will let you decorate the sidewalks with chalk, . 9am. PUPPET-PALOOZA Children and the Arts FestivalDowntown Peterborough Peterborough, NH, .
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is not so secret anymore, but its story is always entertaining. This one is presented in the form of a musical play. The Secret GardenFirehouse Center for the Arts Newburyport, MA, .
Experience a variety of one act plays that deal with adult themes in a touching and outrageous fashion. Performed by 17 experienced actors, this is a good excuse to hire a nanny and go out for a night! Attraction/DistractionThe Actors Studio of Newburyport Newburyport, MA, .
Paranormal Salem
This lecture will be about ghost hunting theory and the paranormal side of Salem. Not particularly fun but hey, if you like ghosts… 7pm. Paranormal SalemThe House of the Seven Gables Salem, MA, .
Motif #1 Day 5K Road Race
This 5K race precedes the full Motif #1 Festival. run run run and then stay for the fun. 9am. Motif #1 Day 5K Road RaceDowntown Rockport Rockport, MA, .
Newburyport River Run 1/2 Marathon and Relay
When running long distances, at least you expect some visual candy to bear with the exhausting effort. Luckily for you, this flat course is eye catching. 9am. Newburyport River Run 1/2 Marathon and Relay Newburyport, MA, .
Hoppin’ Mad Mud Run
This is a race that ends with an obstacle course. It comes in 10K and 20K flavors. Mud will be involved, so come prepared. A 1 mile track will be ready to let kids race too! 10am. Hoppin' Mad Mud RunWoodsom Farms Amesbury, MA, .
John Quincy Adams: A Spirit Unconquerable!
Come laugh with John Quincy Adams as he tells you a bit about his last ten years of life. A funny impersonation of the sixth President of the United States, indeed. 7pm. John Quincy Adams: A Spirit Unconquerable!Congregational Church Men’s Group Hingham, MA, .
Bluegrass On The Bogs
Some of the most talented musicians in the are will perform at this acoustic musical fest. You can come and camp here, be part of the workshops or just enjoy a fun day at the swimming ponds. Bluegrass On The BogsJellystone Cape Cod East Wareham, MA, .
Light Up The Night
Come chat with a couple TV personalities and enjoy the wine before dancing and having a fine dinner. 6pm. Light Up The NightSouth Shore Natural Science Center Norwell, MA, .
Skyline Hike
Looking for a physical challenge? How about the Skyline Hike? Targeted at experienced hikers. They recommend bringing water and food, but I guess you already knew that. 9am. Skyline HikeBlue Hills Reservation Milton, MA, .
Nantucket Wine Festival
So this event offers food tasting and socializing with other people, but it all comes down to drinking wine. Not what I would call a creative fun event but hey, if you’re looking for an excuse to drink, this is one that works well. Nantucket Wine Festival Nantucket, MA, .
Tauton Creates
This is an art expo on the streets of Tauton. There are a few art workshops and multiple exhibitions. Live music will add a funky ambiance to the event.12pm. Tauton CreatesTauton Green Taunton, MA, .
Long Meddowe Days
Campfires, cemetery tours, a 5K race and a pancake breakfast are some of the activities prepared for you at this festival. A lot more activities are waiting for you to discover them. Long Meddowe DaysTown Green Longmeadow, MA, .
The Arbors Goes Pink! Races
Running is good for the body and the mind. This race aims to fund-raise for a good cause. The downside: They encourage you to wear pink. 8am. The Arbors Goes Pink! RacesLook Memorial Park Northampton, MA, .
Brimfield Antiques Show (Spring)
Old does not mean boring. Come visit the largest outdoor antique show in New England. It features more than 5K dealers from all over America, so there’s got to be something interesting you might want to buy. Brimfield Antiques Show (Spring)BrimField Town Hall Brimfield, MA, .
Angiosarcoma Awareness Inc. 5K Race & Walk
This race not only benefits your health, but other people’s as well. Run 5k and help people battling Angiosarcoma. 9am. Angiosarcoma Awareness Inc. 5K Race & WalkOxford High School Oxford, MA, .
Knight Blades LARP
There’s a kingdom that needs your help, and is paying in gold. Be ready to face a weekend full of dangerous LARPing challenges. Knight Blades LARPYe Olde Commons Charlton, MA, .
West Brookfield Asparagus and Flower Heritage Festival
This event used to focus on asparagus only, but I think they realized flowers are somewhat more popular. Food vendors, craft artisans and music complete this colorful festival. 10am. West Brookfield Asparagus and Flower Heritage FestivalTown Common West Brookfield, MA, .
A Night At The Museum
People say amazing stuff happens at night inside of museums. This is your chance to find out! Meet costumed figures or take a ride on the train. This is an event for adults, and includes complimentary food and live music. 7pm. A Night At The MuseumEcoTarium Worcester, MA, .
Classic Car Cruise Night
DJ JJ MacDade will spin some old vinyls for the cars rollin’ at the Classic Car Cruise Nights. An automatic time machine right there, ladies and gentlemen. 5:30pm. Classic Car Cruise NightWindjammer Lounge Westerly, RI, .
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
A dance show performed by some of the best dancers and choreographers in the world. I’ll be convinced when they do the robot dance. Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterCiti Performing Arts Center Boston, MA, .
Krystle Campbell Memorial Variety Show
The benefit to one who died in the Boston bombings includes juggling, magic, comedy, and song. We’ve had enough somber events — here’s a chance to celebrate life while raising money for her family’s fund. 7pm. Krystle Campbell Memorial Variety ShowRegent Theatre Arlington, MA, .
Fort Point Theatre Channel presents: The Land
This play tells the story of 2 dead soldiers, one from U.S. and one from Irak. It’s a tragic-comedy show that pops the question: Is peace possible? This event is free, but donations are accepted. Fort Point Theatre Channel presents: The Land Boston, MA, .
Banjo Extravaganza and Banjo Camp
How do 100 banjos sound playing together? You’ll have to come and find out by yourself. This camp will teach newbies how to play but will also let the advanced enthusiasts jam in the company of real pros. Banjo Extravaganza and Banjo CampPrindle Pond Conference Center Charlton, MA, .
That Girl and the Other One
This contemporary dance performance deals with women’s struggle for power and strength. At some point a monster shows up in stage, so it should be visually attractive, to say the least,. That Girl and the Other OneUnion Square Plaza Somerville, MA, .
Brookline Puppet Slam
Finally! A puppet show for adults, enhanced by musicians, mimes and dancers. A wide variety of stories will entertain you in a funny and different way. 8pm. Brookline Puppet SlamPuppet Showplace Theatre Brookline, MA, .
Boston Handbell Festival
Hand bell music is fun to watch because performers tend to move around the stage. This event is more of a performance and less of a full festival, but the show is still great! 8pm. Boston Handbell FestivalOld South Church Boston, MA, .
Odd Spaces
Odd Places is basically a performance art show inside a museum. Something you don’t see everyday. There will be experts talking about performance art and its relationship with museums. 4-8:30pm. Odd SpacesMuseum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, .
Jesse Cook
Jesse Cook is an amazing guitar player. He will be performing at The Wilbur Theatre, and you should come see his show. 7pm. Jesse CookThe Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA, .
The Orchestra on the Hill presents a Concerto Concert
This community orchestra will be playing some Concerto favorites. Their favorites? Our favorites? Who knows! 7:30pm. The Orchestra on the Hill presents a Concerto ConcertCastle Hill on the Crane Estate Ipswich, MA, .
This House
As civilized as they are, British and their politics were a disaster back in 1974. This theatre show deals with it in a funny fashion. 7pm. This HouseShalin Liu Performance Center Rockport, MA, .
Season Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
This is a performance of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra And Chorus, featuring pieces by Mozart and Mahler. 7:30am. Season Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra & ChorusGreenfield High School Greenfield, MA, .
GOOD NEWS! A Musical Comedy
Music, dancing, singing and laughter are perfectly mixed by this full of energy GoodSpeed musical production. GOOD NEWS! A Musical ComedyGoodspeed Opera House East Haddam, CT, .
Bella Notte: An Evening of Italian Wine and Song
This is a night of Italian Opera, presented on a cabaret-like stage so it’s not your usual Opera show. Features the performance by Amy Buckley and Abby Powell. 7pm. Bella Notte: An Evening of Italian Wine and SongVanderbilt Education Center Cos Cob, CT, .
Robin Hood Springtime Festival
I’ve been to this event, and it’s the best renaissance faire in New England, hands down. Come dressed as Robing Hood for added fun. Robin Hood Springtime FestivalGuilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane Guilford, CT, .
Hammonasset Kite Festival
Meet lots of friendly people who happen to be kite enthusiasts. There will be a kite display and food to keep you fueled for a whole day. 10am. Hammonasset Kite FestivalHammonasset State Park Madison, CT, .
Scantic Valley Antique Engine & Tractor Club
Who said humans and machines cannot get along? Join this group of people and show your appreciation for machinery, especially old tractors. Scantic Valley Antique Engine & Tractor ClubFour Town Fair Grounds Somers, CT, .
Wings, Waves and Woods
Birding might not sound like a super fun thing to do but how about doing it from a boat? Enjoy the company of great artists and attend lectures, talks, art sessions and more. Wings, Waves and WoodsVarious Locations Deer Isle, ME, .
10th Annual Home, Garden & Flower Show
This show has everything your garden needs, and it all comes from local and regional producers. Gardening pros will be giving advice to newbies. 10th Annual Home, Garden & Flower ShowFryeburg Faigrounds Fryeburg, ME, .
Bug Light Kite Festival
Flying a kite is a relaxing yet fun activity. Come enjoy a day in the company of fellow enthusiasts. Also, Bug Light will open its doors for all the public. 11am. Bug Light Kite FestivalBug Light Park Portland, ME, .
Comedian Ray Harrington
Not everyone is able to make lots of people laugh at the same time. Ray Harrington is one of the few that can pull this off and for $15 you’ll get to enjoy his show. 7:30pm. Comedian Ray HarringtonMayo Street Arts Portland, ME, .
Moose Mainea
Moose are so awesome and cool that a full month is required to celebrate them. Find lots of interesting moosy events all around Maine. Moose MaineaGreenville Village Greenville, ME, .
Maine Comic Arts Festival
This is not your ordinary Comic convention. Meet and talk directly to writers, publishers and artists. There will no be middlemen involved. 10-5pm. Maine Comic Arts FestivalOcean Gateway Portland, ME, .
Animal Tracking (Become a Wildlife Detective)
No animal will escape you after you learn how to identify tracks, scats and other signs. There will be theory and practicing lessons, so it’s not bad after all. 10am. Animal Tracking (Become a Wildlife Detective)Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Warner, NH, .
Spring into Warner
This event is kind of a huge market where you can find art, crafts and food. There are different activities and workshops, but the free horse rides make it more interesting. 9am. Spring into WarnerKearsarge North Conway, NH, .
Tow Truck Competition – Wrecker Rodeo
Tow truck drivers are your friends, except when they’re towing your car away. Anyways, this parade will let you see beautiful trucks in movement. There’s a beauty contest, but I’m not sure if it’s a human or truck competition. Tow Truck Competition - Wrecker RodeoHampton Beach State Park, Route 1A Hampton, NH, .
Dancing at the Fort
This is a dance inspired on the 18Th Century, so don’t worry if you only have ‘old moves.’ Costumes are not mandatory, but recommended. 6:30pm. Dancing at the FortThe Fort at No. 4 Charlestown, NH, .
Paddle the Border
The Connecticut River is the largest river in New England, so it can hold lots and lots of friend boat enthusiasts. Come paddle and learn more bout this wonderful area. 10am. Paddle the BorderWoodsville Community Field Woodsville, NH, .
Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruises
All on board! Come for a tour of 10 the most popular Rhode Island lighthouses while you cruise through Narragansett Bay. Rhode Island Lighthouse CruisesRhode Island Bay Cruises North Kingstown, RI, .
Gaspee Days Pawtuxet Village Proclamation & Guided Tour
Come celebrate one of America’s first blows for freedom. Guided tours will take you to important historical places withing the village. 12pm. Gaspee Days Pawtuxet Village Proclamation & Guided TourPawtuxet Memorial Park Warwick, RI, .
Rhode Island Sheep & Fiber Festival
Enjoy the hay rides and sheep shearing at Coggeshall Farm Museum. The rest of the activities are fiber workshops, probably best suited for people really into the textile world. 10am. Rhode Island Sheep & Fiber FestivalCoggeshall Farm Museum, Poppasquash Road off of Route 114 Bristol, RI, .
Wickford Regatta
Regatta racing is about speed, and fun. Even just watching a race is fun. There will be a dinner for competitors at the Wickford Yacht Club. Wickford RegattaWickford Yacht Club North Kingstown, RI, .
Nora Rabins Sail Hoisting and Windmill in Motion Day
This windmill has been sleeping for several years. Come bring it back to life and witness the hoisting of its new sails. 10am. Nora Rabins Sail Hoisting and Windmill in Motion DayPrescott Farm Middletown, RI, .
Julian Kytasty
This is a musical performance by Julian Kytasty, who plays the bandura. Just looking at the instrument itself is worth your time (it’s something in between guitars and harps). 7pm. Julian KytastyBlackstone River Theatre Cumberland, RI, .
Woofstock: A Festival of Fidos
So… Woofstock is all about dogs. There will be disc dog demos, agility shows, a costume parade and much more. The best part, you can bring your dog with you. 10am. Woofstock: A Festival of FidosBasin Harbor Club Vergennes, VT, .
Good Shepherd Jericho Medieval Country Fair
This medieval festival takes place at a church, but the medieval times weren’t exactly the high point for church authorities. Just make sure you don’t come dressed like a witch and you’ll be safe. Lots of fun activities, a second-hand market and free bagpipe and medieval musical shows. 10am-4pm. Good Shepherd Jericho Medieval Country FairChurch Jericho, VT, .