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.
Boston is home to a lot of Colonial and maritime history. Running for six days in the first week of July, the Boston Harborfest celebrates this history. Visitors flock to the Boston Harbor to participate in nearly 200 mostly free events spread out over the six days.
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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.
During the summer months, Becket hosts the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, which offers a variety of theatrical arts performances. There is live music and so much more. Emerging choreographers and well-known dance companies present shows that should not be missed. There are talks, live performances and art exhibits to celebrate a rich history of past festivals.
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.