As one of the original colonies, Massachusetts enjoys a rich historic tradition. From the modern urban sprawl of Boston to the quaint towns of Cape Cod, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of environments and activities. Massachusetts is full of historic sites, museums, musical venues, sporting parks and more.
As a coastal city, Boston is known to have some of the best seafood in the world. As winter ends, the International Boston Seafood Show brings together people in the culinary trade. The three-day show allows people in the industry to attend conferences and learn the most up to date information of the trade.
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In the spring, Mansfield hosts its annual New England Folk Festival. There is a large selection of events to participate in or watch. Folk dancing plays a large part in this celebration with square dancing, folk dancing, contra and many more. There are foods and crafts to enjoy as well.
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The Berkshires are known for the arts in various forms. Each year over the Fourth of July weekend, the Berkshires Arts Festival hosts a variety of dance, art, theater, and music. Guests can attend workshops, children's activities, and live performances. Original artwork in various mediums from ceramics to sculpture is displayed.
In July, Lowell hosts the largest folk festival in the United States that is free. Here guests can enjoy constant live music from a diverse range of genres on six stages. While not enjoying the music, guest can enjoy a variety of ethnic foods and homemade crafts.
Established in 1867, the late summer Marshfield fair offers many traditional fair activities and some unique to this coastal area. In addition to traditional carnival rides and midway, the Marshfield fair hosts a tractor pull, demolition derby, chainsaw art, and lots of live music. The fair helps local students by supporting scholarship programs.
Begun in 1818, the Topsfield Fair is oldest agricultural fair in the United States. Guests enjoy traditional fair activities including rides and a carnival midway. There are some unusual activities like a parade, animal barnyard, and sand sculptures. Sportsmen will find many exhibits geared towards their interests.