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.
Known for its rich Irish heritage, it is only fitting that Boston was host to the very first St. Patrick's Day celebration in 1737. Today, it has one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parade. The parade is filled with colorful floats, local groups, and marching bands. Once the parade goes by, there are plenty of food vendors and much merriment.
An annual celebration each spring is the running of the Boston Marathon. For more than 112 years, runners have flocked to this premiere road race. Runners race a staggering 26 miles through the streets of Boston. In order to be eligible to run, racers must meet a qualifying time at another certified marathon.
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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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Each spring, the island of Nantucket finds itself awash in daffodils. In celebration of the beauty of the daffodil, Nantucket holds a three day Daffodil Festival. A parade of antique cars decked out in daffodils leads the way to a tailgate picnic. Over the weekend, there are many other daffodil centered events including a dog parade and 5k run.
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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.