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 features an exciting artistic and cultural scene. Running from early afternoon to midnight on New Year's Eve, First Night celebrates Boston's artists and culture with 250 exhibits and performances, featuring local and international artists. First Night is America's largest New Year's celebration.
Take a drive through Forest Park in Springfield, during their Bright Nights to view one of the best winter holiday lights festivals. Pay close attention to the themed lights such as Seuss Land, Toy Land, and Winter Woods. Stop at the Bright Nights' Gift Shop for a photograph with Santa.
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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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.