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16 THINGS TO DO IN MASSACHUSETTS (AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 04)

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

Lobster

Lobster

mid-May–mid-November • food

During the lobster season, seafood is particularly succulent

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

April–September • nature

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

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

unconfirmedmid-July 2022 • 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

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!​

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

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

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangeNovember–December  • event

Festive entertainment and plenty of gift ideas for the holidays

Provincetown Carnival Week

Provincetown Carnival Week

out of rangeAugust 15–21, 2021 • event

A vibrant celebration of Cape Cod

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Spectacular light tunnels, Christmas trees, and holiday installations

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

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

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

The Green River Festival

The Green River Festival

out of rangeJuly 9–11, 2021 • event

The celebration of music and ballooning in Western Massachusetts

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

Massachusetts Fall Foliage

out of rangeOctober • nature

The most popular season to visit New England

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

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

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

Oysters

Oysters

out of rangemid-October–April • food

Oysters never taste better than during harvest season

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

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

canceledMarch 14, 2021 • event

A huge celebration of everything green

Brimfield Antique Show

Brimfield Antique Show

out of rangecanceled in 2020 • 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

SoWa Winter Festival

SoWa Winter Festival

on holdDecember 6–8, 2019 • event

The biggest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston

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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