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16 THINGS TO DO IN MASSACHUSETTS (AUGUST 25 - SEPTEMBER 03)

St Anthony Feast

St Anthony Feast

August 26–29, 2021 • event

This feast showcases Italian culture in America's melting pot

Boston Harbor Islands

Boston Harbor Islands

May–mid-October • activity

The islands of Boston Harbour conceal abandoned forts, ancient lighthouses, and many other surprises

Spring and Autumn Surf Season

Spring and Autumn Surf Season

March–May | September–November • activity

Spring season in Hawaii is a good time to enjoy waves and master your surfing skills

Lobster

Lobster

mid-May–mid-November • food

During lobster season seafood is particularly succulent

Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Cruises

March–December • activity

Boston Harbor has all kinds of cruises on offer

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

April–October • nature

The Bay State is one of the top-ten whale-watching spots in the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund

Baseball and the Red Sox

Baseball and the Red Sox

April–October • event

Visiting Boston without seeing the Red Sox is just unforgivable

Plimoth Patuxet (Plimoth Plantation)

Plimoth Patuxet (Plimoth Plantation)

mid-March–late November • activity

The 17th-century settlement reenacted in this living history museum

Bash Bish Falls

Bash Bish Falls

April–November | best April –May • nature

One of the most beautiful New England waterfalls

Bocce

Bocce

April–September • activity

This ancient bowling game which comes from the Roman Empire is nowadays quite popular in Boston

Clams

Clams

June–September • food

Clams come fresh, steamed, baked, fried, breaded, and in clam chowder—one has no excuse to abstain from this divine delight

Charles River Kayaking

Charles River Kayaking

April–October • activity

Boston is one of those lucky cities that can be observed by boat

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

April–September • nature

Attracted by fruits and nectar, these birds are often spotted in the gardens

Boston’s Historic Trails

Boston’s Historic Trails

April–October • activity

The glorious history of freedom-loving Bostonians lives on the city's numerous heritage trails

Beach Season

Beach Season

mid-May–mid-September • activity

If you don't mind frigid waters, you can enjoy a nice beach weekend

Singing Beach

Singing Beach

late May–early September (all year round) • activity

Shuffle the sand and listen to the magic sounds of this beach at Manchester-by-the-Sea near Boston

33 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Boston Pride Parade

Boston Pride Parade

out of rangeJune 12, 2021 • event

The most important event for LGBT community

Northeast Balloon Festival

Northeast Balloon Festival

on holdmid-July 2021 • event

One of the best ballooning events in New England

Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting

out of rangelate November–December • event

The official start of the holiday season in Boston

The Big E

The Big E

out of rangeSeptember 17–October 3, 2021 • event

The sixth-largest fair in the United States, the biggest on East Coast

Fall Foliage in & around Boston

Fall Foliage in & around Boston

out of rangeOctober • nature

A leisurely stroll in Boston's parks is a delightful autumn experience

Boston Harborfest

Boston Harborfest

out of rangeJuly 1–4, 2021 • event

Naval ship cruising, historical reenactments, walking tours, and concerts—tonnes of fun and all for free!​

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangeNovember–December  • event

Festive entertainment and plenty of gift ideas for the holidays

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Spectacular light tunnels, Christmas trees, and holiday installations

Restaurant Week Boston (Dine Out Boston)

Restaurant Week Boston (Dine Out Boston)

out of rangeMarch 14–19, 2021 • event

Choose the place that fits your budget and your appetite

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

out of rangeJune 13, 2021 (virtual) • event

Charles River gets crowded with elegant dragon boats as well as live music and entertainment

Charles Canoe and Kayak Races

Charles Canoe and Kayak Races

canceledOctober 17–18, 2020 • event

Check out the action on the Charles River in spring and autumn when Boston hosts two famous water races

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

out of rangeApril 18, 2022 • event

Runners from all over the world come to Boston to partake in its most famous athletic competition

Provincetown Carnival Week

Provincetown Carnival Week

out of rangeAugust 15–21, 2021 • event

A vibrant celebration of Cape Cod

Fiddleheads

Fiddleheads

out of rangeMarch • food

Have you ever tried eating ferns? In Boston, this green delicacy is quite a popular ingredient

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

out of rangeMay 27–31, 2021 • event

Lots of special events, concerts, and activities all over the city

Spring Blooms

Spring Blooms

out of rangemid-April–late May • nature

Boston is particularly charming and colourful during the spring flower blooming period

Harvard Primal Scream

Harvard Primal Scream

out of rangeearly May | early December • event

A peculiar biannual tradition when students run naked around the Harvard Yard before finals begin

Frozen Waves

Frozen Waves

out of rangeJanuary–February • nature

This unusual phenomenon is a great reason to visit an island of Nantucket when temperature drops

New Year's Eve in Boston

New Year's Eve in Boston

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Join the famous First Night celebrations in Boston

Boston Calling Music Festival

Boston Calling Music Festival

out of rangeMay 27–29, 2022 • event

Dance, laugh and enjoy a great music festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex

Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield Antique Show

out of rangecanceled in 2020 • event

The largest show of its kind in the United States

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 4 (most events are canceled in 2021) • event

You won’t run out of things to do in Massachusetts on America's Independence Day

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

out of rangeOctober • nature

The most popular season to visit New England

Skiing

Skiing

out of rangeDecember–March (best in February) • activity

Beat the winter gloom with cross-country or alpine skiing in the Berkshire region

Oysters

Oysters

out of rangemid-October–April • food

Oysters never taste better than during harvest season

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

canceledMarch 14, 2021 • event

A huge celebration of everything green

SoWa Winter Festival

SoWa Winter Festival

on holdDecember 6–8, 2019 • event

The biggest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston

The Green River Festival

The Green River Festival

out of rangeJuly 9–11, 2021 • event

The celebration of music and ballooning in Western Massachusetts

Lowell Winterfest

Lowell Winterfest

out of rangeFebruary 21–22, 2021  • event

The weekend full of fun competitions and outdoor activities

Greenfield Winter Carnival

Greenfield Winter Carnival

out of rangeFebruary 5–7, 2021 • event

Join a century-long winter tradition!

Christmas Lights and Events in Cape Cod

Christmas Lights and Events in Cape Cod

out of rangelate November–late December • event

Cape Cod is a perfect destination to visit during the winter holidays

Falmouth Road Race

Falmouth Road Race

out of rangeAugust 15, 2021 • event

The most massive and famous race on Cape Cod

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate September–early November • event

From Witch City to Beantown—hear all of New England's dark stories

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