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20 THINGS TO DO IN MASSACHUSETTS (OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 19)

Fall Foliage in & around Boston

Fall Foliage in & around Boston

October • nature

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

Lobster

Lobster

mid-May–mid-November • food

During the lobster season, seafood is particularly succulent

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

October • nature

The most popular season to visit New England

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

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

Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Cruises

March–December • activity

Boston Harbor has all kinds of cruises on offer

New England Fall Foliage

New England Fall Foliage

early September–October • nature

Check out the most picturesque spots for fall foliage all over the New England region

Baseball and the Red Sox

Baseball and the Red Sox

April–October • event

Visiting Boston without seeing the Red Sox is just unforgivable

Bash Bish Falls

Bash Bish Falls

April–November | best April –May • nature

One of the most beautiful New England waterfalls

Plimoth Patuxet (Plimoth Plantation)

Plimoth Patuxet (Plimoth Plantation)

mid-March–late November • activity

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

Charles River Kayaking

Charles River Kayaking

April–October • activity

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

Oysters

Oysters

mid-October–April • food

Oysters never taste better than during harvest season

Stargazing

Stargazing

all year round (best June–October) • nature

Cape Cod and other scenic areas offer decent stargazing during the warm season

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

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

Cape Cod Fall Foliage

Cape Cod Fall Foliage

mid-September–late October  • nature

With the arrival of autumn, another unexpected vacation season begins in Cape Cod

Seekonk Flea Market

Seekonk Flea Market

April–November (every Sunday) • event

Vintage flea heaven with hundreds of vendors

Halloween

Halloween

September–October 2022 • event

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

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

July 22–October 23, 2022 • event

Nocturnal light magic at Franklin Park Zoo

40 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

St Anthony Feast

St Anthony Feast

out of rangeAugust 25–28, 2022 • event

This feast showcases Italian culture in America's melting pot

Northeast Balloon Festival

Northeast Balloon Festival

on holdJuly 10–12, 2020 • event

One of the best ballooning events in New England

The Big E

The Big E

out of rangeSeptember 16–October 2, 2022 • event

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

Boston Pride Parade

Boston Pride Parade

overJune 12, 2021 • event

The most important event for LGBT community

Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting

out of rangelate November 2022–early January 2023 • event

The official start of the holiday season in Boston

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Spectacular light tunnels, Christmas trees, and holiday installations

Provincetown Carnival Week

Provincetown Carnival Week

out of rangeAugust 13–20, 2022 • event

A vibrant celebration of Cape Cod

Boston Harborfest

Boston Harborfest

out of rangeJuly 1–4, 2022 • event

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

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

out of rangeJune 11–12, 2022 • event

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

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 1–July 4 • event

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

The Green River Festival

The Green River Festival

out of rangeJune 23–25, 2023 • event

The celebration of music in Western Massachusetts

Christmas Markets in Boston

Christmas Markets in Boston

out of rangemid-November 2022–early January 2023 • event

Festive entertainment and plenty of gift ideas for the holidays

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

out of rangeApril 17, 2023 • event

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

Restaurant Week Boston (Dine Out Boston)

Restaurant Week Boston (Dine Out Boston)

unconfirmedmid-to-late March 2023 • event

Choose the place that fits your budget and your appetite

Charles Canoe and Kayak Races

Charles Canoe and Kayak Races

out of rangeOctober 21–23, 2022 • event

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

Spencer Fair

Spencer Fair

out of rangeSeptember 2–5, 2022 • event

Spend a memorable weekend at this family-friendly fair

Spring Blooms

Spring Blooms

out of rangemid-April–late May • nature

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

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

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

unconfirmedMarch 19, 2023 • event

A huge celebration of everything green

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

Greenfield Winter Carnival

Greenfield Winter Carnival

unconfirmedFebruary 3–5, 2023 • event

Join a century-long winter tradition!

Fiddleheads

Fiddleheads

out of rangeMarch • food

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

Boston Calling Music Festival

Boston Calling Music Festival

out of rangeMay 26–28, 2023 • event

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

SoWa Winter Festival

SoWa Winter Festival

out of rangeNovember 25–December 11, 2022 (on selected dates) • event

The biggest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

out of rangeMay 26–29, 2023 • event

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

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

out of rangeApril–September • nature

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

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

Bocce

Bocce

out of rangeApril–September • activity

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

Clams

Clams

out of rangeJune–September • food

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

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangeApril • nature

Boston isn't the only place in Massachussetts where cherry-blossom culture thrives

Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield Antique Show

out of rangeJuly 12–17, 2022 | September 6–11, 2022 • event

The largest show of its kind in the United States

Skiing

Skiing

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

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

Lowell Winterfest

Lowell Winterfest

unconfirmedmid-February 2023 • event

The weekend full of fun competitions and outdoor activities

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

out of rangeMay–September • nature

Ruby-throated hummingbirds visit Massachusetts to nest and breed every summer

Fan Expo Boston (Boston Comic Con)

Fan Expo Boston (Boston Comic Con)

out of rangeAugust 12–14, 2022 • event

The major comic convention in New England

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangemid-May–mid-September • activity

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

North Adams Fall Foliage Parade

North Adams Fall Foliage Parade

out of rangeOctober 2, 2022 • event

Discover the beautiful fall foliage in the Berkshires and enjoy plenty of fun activities

Christmas Lights and Events in Cape Cod

Christmas Lights and Events in Cape Cod

out of rangelate November–late December 2022 • event

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

Falmouth Road Race

Falmouth Road Race

out of rangeAugust 21, 2022 • event

The most massive and famous race on Cape Cod

Whip City Brewfest

Whip City Brewfest

out of rangeJune 4, 2022 • event

A summer beer festival in Westfield, Massachusetts

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