Looking for something to do with your family this weekend? You can check out activities throughout Massachusetts.
Blue Star Museums
– Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.
Service of Commemoration – Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, May 25, 1:30-3:00pm Words and music will help us to remember those who have gone before us during this Memorial Day Service on Bigelow Chapel Lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the Service will be held in Bigelow Chapel.
Street Performers Festival – Boston – May 24-26 – Street performers, world-class jugglers, clowns, storytellers, mimes, acrobats, dancers, storytellers, and others will perform on the cobblestone streets of the Faneuil Marketplace. Location: Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Time: all day. Cost: Free. 617- 523-1300
Memorial Day Weekend Sale – Wrentham Village Premium Outlets May 23 – May 26 – Don’t miss the annual Memorial Day Weekend Sale. Enjoy extra discounts on top of already low outlet prices. May 23 : 9am – 9pm May 24: 9am – 9pm May 25: 10am – 6pm May 26: 9am – 9pm
Museum of Fine Arts – Free Memorial Day open house
GREATER BOSTON PARADES
NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY
Newburyport Spring Fest – Newburyport
– May 25-26
– Celebrate the season in downtown Newburyport! Thousands attend to enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best restaurants and Kid’s Korner featuring entertainment for children and families and the ever popular Teddy Bear Parade.
Location: Downtown Newburyport
. Time: 10a.m.– 5 p.m.
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NORTH OF BOSTON PARADES
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SOUTH OF BOSTON
Free Admission for Veterans – May 24-26. All active duty, retired and reserve military personnel who show proof of service will be honored with free admission to Battleship Cove.
Memorial Day Ceremony May 26. Honor and commemorate the men and women who gave their lives for freedom. Experience a traditional military observance at 12:00 PM with the raising of the American flag from half-staff and a 21-gun salute. The ceremony is open to the public.
Colonial Military Arts – May 24-26 Plimoth Plantation n early Plymouth Colony, all men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to serve in the town’s militia. Meet a member of New Plimoth’s militia in the center of the Century English Village. Free with general admission.
Military Service Appreciation Day – Buttonwood Park Zoo – 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford – May 24 – 26. On Memorial Day Weekend all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their dependents who show proof of served will be honored with free admission to the Zoo.
Annual Fisherman’s Memorial Service – Starting at the Seamen’s Bethel – May 26 10:00 am – Annual walk from Seamen’s Bethel on Johnny cake Hill down Union St. to Pier 3 on the New Bedford Waterfront for a service honoring all of the many fishermen who have lost their live going to sea.
SOUTH OF BOSTON PARADES
Fall River: 1:00
New Bedford: 11:00
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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS
Massachusetts National Cemetery – May 26th Annual Memorial Day Services. Bourne (508) 563-7113
Cape Cod Scenic Railroad – May 24 Opening day, tickets on sale for scenic passenger train rides from West Barnstable, until train time 11:50 am. Visit the historical museum 9:00am to 2:00pm every Saturday, May 28 through October 15, 2011. Location: 2469 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable Information: 508-362-9287
43rd Annual Figawi Regatta
– May 24-26
Sailboat race from Hyannis to Nantucket Island and back; weekend-long festivities
Hyannis Yacht Club, Hyannis & Nantucket Boat Basin, Nantucket
. Information: 508-778-6100
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Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge – May 24-26 Wool Days means sheepshearing at Old Sturbridge Village, plus demonstrations of other parts of the seasonal processing of wool, including scouring, carding, dyeing, spinning, and weaving. Try your hand and learn about other fibers available to early New Englanders at our textile exhibit. Wool Days fall on Memorial Day weekend, when the Old Sturbridge Village stagecoach returns for the summer, along with the Quinebaug River Boat Ride.
AIS 44th Annual Memorial Powwow – May 24-25 Native American powwow 4H Camp Marshall, 92 McCormick Rd., Spencer
CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS PARADES
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Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair – May 24-25 Sheep shows, sheep dog trials, spinning contest, fiber contests & workshops, handcraft & hand spun yarn contests, fleece show & sale, shearing demo & shearing service. Location: 97 Fairgrounds Rd., Cummington Time: May 29, 9-5; May 30, 9-4 Fee: $8:00 per vehicle . Information: 413-458-0168
Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sale May 23-26 Annual Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sale featuring incredible savings on spring clearance and summer merchandise at participating stores. Lee Premium Outlets Lee
Annual Memorial Day Marathon Races – May 25 Lenox. This annual event starts and finishes at the iconic Tanglewood Music Center in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Come experience The Berkshires, a true slice of Americana featuring the quaint towns, beautiful views, and friendly people depicted in Norman Rockwell’s art and James Taylor’s music, as we celebrate running – a true American pastime – on the national holiday honoring our fallen soldiers. The weekend will feature The Memorial Day Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, The Berkshires 10K & 5K, The MDM 15K Trail Race, The MDM Trail-Road Challenge, The MDM Kids Run and The MDM Pre-Race Expo at Tanglewood.
Paradise City Arts Festival – May 24-26, County Fairgrounds, Northampton. Ranked the #3 arts fair nationwide. This is truly one of the most spectacular fairs of fine craft, painting and sculpture in the whole country, lauded for its fresh, innovative approach. Four buildings, a big tent and a lush Sculpture Garden showcase 260 of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople, featuring furniture, glass, large-scale sculpture, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, fashion and home furnishings. The Festival Dining Tent cooks up sensational cuisine by Northampton’s best chefs and a soundstage featuring live music with a New Orleans beat by the likes of Charles Neville and Samirah Evans. The theme this spring is “Wild Things!”, with an exhibit of art inspired by the animal kingdom, a silent art auction to benefit the Dakin Animal Shelter and a host of children’s activities and demonstrations centered on animals. Boston Magazine writes, ‘There’s no better place in the country to pick up original artwork than the Paradise City Arts Festival.’
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS PARADES
East Longmeadow: 10:50
South Hadley: 11:00
West Brookfield: 9:00
West Springfield: 9:00