October 11-18, 2011: Pumpkin Catapults, Mark Twain, Viking Training, Astronomy & Full Moon Canoe, Open Studios, Fossil Day, Seth MacFarlane, and New England’s largest Halloween event list!

This week I checked out a bunch of Connecticut destinations that I will post up reviews about shortly. Make sure to scroll way down to the bottom to see the largest list of Halloween attractions and cornfield mazes in New England! Corn mazes can get muddy, so it’s best to go not the day after it rains.

I hope you are having an awesome week. Now get out there and do something fun!


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Passim presents Vance Gilbert unplugged – tix giveaway Boston Metro

Fri 10/14
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Club Passim is known for drawing the best folk music, and Vance Gilbert is doing an all-acoustic concert (no microphone) celebrating his new CD, Old White Men. I have two pairs of tickets to give away! Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com. 8pm. Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA.617-492-7679.

Davis MegaMaze Halloween Fright Nights – ticket giveaway Worcester

Thu 8/11 – Sun 11/13
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

My favorite corn field maze just gets better this week, as they add nighttime hours and live actors making the 3 miles of pathways a haunted house! Last week 100% of the people who asked won MegaMaze tickets. Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com! And they have a daytime petting zoo, hayrides, apple picking. 145 Redstone Hill, Sterling, MA.

King Richard’s Faire – ticket giveaway South Shore

Sat 9/3 – Sun 10/23
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

It’s the Renaissance era, baby! Or maybe medieval. You’ll see costumes of both types at this faire with stage acts for adults and kids, jousting, circus acts, and more! Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com to win tickets, good thru Oct 23. It’s the biggest Ren Faire close to Boston. 235 Main St, Carver, MA.508-866-5391.

Pumpkin Chucking Fest North Shore

Sun 10/16
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Oh no, the carnival’s not coming — how are we going to run this festival? All we have is this catapult… And 500 pumpkins! 1-4pm. Amesbury Sports Park, 12 South Hunt Rd., Amesbury, MA.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Cemetery Tour South Shore

Mon 10/17
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

I’ve seen this and YOU MUST GO. If you’ve enjoyed reading Poe, watch his stories read by historian Rob Velella who does a Q&A as Poe as well. His transformation and performance SO SPOOKY you’ll be breathless! I have 2 pairs of tickets to give away. Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com to win. 6pm. $15. Old Ship Meeting House, Hingham, MA.

“And Now Mark Twain!” Metro West

Sat 10/15
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

This re-enactor portrays Mark Twain. Now that’s a historical figure I’ve never “met” and would love to! 1pm. Weston Council on Aging, Weston, MA.

Full Moon Canoe, Campfire, Halloween Hike Boston Metro

Tue 10/11
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Halloween is finally here, but there are plenty of not-so-spooky alternatives. This evening paddle and campfire also combines water with burning. It sounds very peaceful. Make sure to read all the way to the bottom of this week’s issue for New England’s largest list of Halloween attractions! 6pm. Hale Reservation, 80 Carby St, Westwood, MA.

Viking Training at Higgins Armory Worcester

Sat 10/15 – Sun 10/16
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

The Higgins Armory is a museum in a castle-like building featuring medieval and renaissance armor and weaponry. They have a number of fun events all year and it’s definitely worth the trip. This weekend they have training for adults and kids about how to fight like a Viking. 100 Barber Ave, Worcester, MA.508-853-6015.

Free Star Parties Southeast Mass

Sun 10/16
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Also outdoors at night, here’s a stargazing event. Astronomer have a huge amount of passion and most will take the time to point out the newbie stuff to you, like how to find the North Star. Call ahead for a weather check if clouds are forecast. 8-10pm. Moose Hill, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA.781-784-5691 x8103.

Fort Point Open Studios Boston Metro

Fri 10/14 – Sun 10/16
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

I love open studios. Walk around visiting artist studios and private homes in Boston’s “best” arts district. I’ve walked this one. The art is good and you get to interact with real artists, not just merchants. Buy something and help fund their dream jobs. Fri 4-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm. Various, Boston, MA.


And a lot more this week at Boston Events Insider, the most popular events blog in New England, including:

Arlington Open Studios
Natick Open Studios
North Adams Open Studios Weekend
National Fossil Day & Life in the Extreme Deep
Feel the Heat at the MIT Museum
Seth MacFarlane & Community Service Trip at Harvard Humanist
Jeep & Truck Day
A Visit with E.E. Cummings
Cranberries Alive
Stone Age & Primitive Skills Celebration
Another Anime Convention
New Hampshire TechFest
Hudson PumpkinFest
Harry Potter Day at Escobar’s Corn Maze
Star Wars Party & Blood Drive
Pumpkin Festival at Coggeshall Farm Museum
Olde Colony Civil War Round Table Jubilee Dinner
Doyle’s – “Supernatural” Story Slam
Film & Game Night with Devil Music Ensemble
Witch City Cruise & Glow Costume Event
Howl-O-Ween Pet Walk and Costume Parade
Rock & Shock Horror Convention
Halloween Hike at Boo Meadow Brook
Halloween Lecture and Readings
Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night
Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-feeding Creatures
It’s my birthday!
Boston Book Festival
Don’t Know Much About Boston History Quiz Show
Bostonians Behaving Badly – Riots in Boston
Light the Night
Blue Hill Weather Observatory Open House & Kite Festival
A Capella Fest at Faneuil Hall
Comicazi Cookie Clash to Benefit Boston Partners in Education
Moody Street Circus
Bewitched in Andover
The New England Amateur Radio Festival
Weston Pumpkin Festival
Cogswell’s Grant Pumpkin Day
Sea Shanties at the Ship Stage
Children’s Day
Newton Harvest Fair
Rockport HarvestFest
Sheep Pasture’s Great Pumpkin Party
Full Moon Hike at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
Re-enactment of Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
Re-enactment of actor John Barrymore
Fall Foliage Hiking
Wachusett Mountain Apple Festival
Pumpkin Festival and Great Pumpkin Day
Falmouth Cranberry Harvest and Farm Festival
Goffstown Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Regatta
Ballard Park Pumpkin Tour
Cranberry Day
Harvard 375th Anniversary Celebration
Artists Ball at Eliot Hall at Jamaica Plain
South End House Tours
Shudderfest Film Festival
Author Talk: Mark Vonnegut
The Blacksmith House Poetry Series
Jim Lehrer, Tom Brokaw, Umberto Eco at the Harvard Book Store
New England Fringe Festival
Instrument Petting Zoo & Pumpkinfest
Mobile Food Fest at the Kennedy Greenway
Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival
Greater Boston Antiques Festival
Out of the Darkness
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Fall
The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce
Scotland Connecticut Highland Games
Lyman Orchards Corn Maze
Haunted Hay Rides at McCray’s Farm
The Trail of Terror
Rocky Horror at Club Oberon by the Gold Dust Orphans
Night Hike Along the Shetucket
Full Moon Hike at Denison Pequotsepos
Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival
Townshend Pumpkin Festival
Harvestfest / Kidsfest

And the Largest List of Cornfield Mazes and Halloween attractions in New England, tracking 130 ongoing attractions and dozens of one-shot events!

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