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18 THINGS TO DO IN MASSACHUSETTS (MAY 26 - JUNE 04)

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

Baseball and the Red Sox

Baseball and the Red Sox

April–October • event

Visiting Boston without seeing the Red Sox is just unforgivable

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

Plimoth Patuxet (Plimoth Plantation)

Plimoth Patuxet (Plimoth Plantation)

mid-March–late November • activity

The 17th-century settlement made real in this living history museum

Boston Calling Music Festival

Boston Calling Music Festival

May 28–30, 2021 • event

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

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

May 29–31, 2021 • event

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

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

Spring Blooms

Spring Blooms

mid-April–late May • nature

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

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

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

April–September • nature

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

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

31 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

St Anthony Feast

St Anthony Feast

August 26–29, 2021 • event

This feast showcases Italian culture in America's melting pot

Boston Pride Parade

Boston Pride Parade

June 12, 2021 • event

The most important event for LGBT community

Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting

late November–December • event

The official start of the holiday season in Boston

Fall Foliage in & around Boston

Fall Foliage in & around Boston

October • nature

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

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

November–December  • event

Festive entertainment and plenty of gift ideas for the holidays

Boston Harborfest

Boston Harborfest

July 1–July 4 • event

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

The Big E

The Big E

September 17–October 3, 2021 • event

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

Charles Canoe and Kayak Races

Charles Canoe and Kayak Races

October 17–18, 2020 • event

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

Restaurant Week Boston (Dine Out Boston)

Restaurant Week Boston (Dine Out Boston)

March 7–12, 2021 | March 14–19, 2021 • event

Choose the place that fits your budget and your appetite

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

April 19, 2021 • event

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

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

June 13, 2021 • event

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

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–early January • event

Spectacular light tunnels, Christmas trees, and holiday installations

Fiddleheads

Fiddleheads

March • food

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

Harvard Primal Scream

Harvard Primal Scream

early May | early December • event

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

Frozen Waves

Frozen Waves

January–February • nature

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

Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield Antique Show

canceled in 2020 • event

The largest show of its kind in the United States

Northeast Balloon Festival

Northeast Balloon Festival

mid-July 2021 • event

One of the best ballooning events in New England

Skiing

Skiing

December–March (best in February) • activity

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

New Year's Eve in Boston

New Year's Eve in Boston

December 31 • event

Join the famous First Night celebrations in Boston

Oysters

Oysters

mid-October–April • food

Oysters never taste better than during harvest season

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 14, 2021 • event

A huge celebration of everything green

SoWa Winter Festival

SoWa Winter Festival

December 6–8, 2019 • event

The biggest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

October • nature

The most popular season to visit New England

4th of July

4th of July

most events are canceled for 2020 • event

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

Lowell Winterfest

Lowell Winterfest

February 21–22, 2021  • event

The weekend full of fun competitions and outdoor activities

Greenfield Winter Carnival

Greenfield Winter Carnival

February 5–7, 2021 • event

Join a century-long winter tradition!

Christmas Lights and Events in Cape Cod

Christmas Lights and Events in Cape Cod

late November–late December • event

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

Provincetown Carnival Week

Provincetown Carnival Week

August 2021 • event

A vibrant celebration of Cape Cod

Falmouth Road Race

Falmouth Road Race

August 15–29, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The most massive and famous race on Cape Cod

Halloween

Halloween

late September–early November • event

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

The Green River Festival

The Green River Festival

July 9–11, 2021 • event

The celebration of music and ballooning in Western Massachusetts

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