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JULY 31-AUG. 7: WOODS HOLE, Woods Hole Film Festival. With daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, staged readings, parties, and an awards ceremony, this nonprofit, eight-day showcase of more than 100 independent films is a must-attend for any cinema aficionado. 508-495-3456; woodsholefilmfestival.org

MAY 7-8: STOCKBRIDGE, Annual Plant Sale. Early buying begins Friday morning for the thousands of annuals, perennials, herbs, rare and unusual plants, and trees and shrubs for sale at Berkshire Botanical Gardens. Choose from old, new, and gently used gardening books; vendors offer potted herbs and vegetable starts, tropical plants, garden ornaments, garden furniture, compost, and more. 413-298-3926; berkshirebotanical.org

MAY 8: PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS Spring Pops. The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Irish Night: A Celtic Music Celebration” at Memorial Hall. 508-746-8008; plymouthphil.org

MAY 15: SOUTH DARTMOUTH, Garden Club of Buzzards Bay “Sharing” Plant Sale. Members offer their own garden-grown annuals, perennials, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, dahlias, boxwood cultivars, ground covers, succulents, and geraniums at St. Mary’s Church Parish Center. Club members not only share their horticultural know-how but also the proceeds with selected area nonprofit community organizations. 508-993-8701

MAY 16: WORCESTER, “Jolly Olde England.” The Master Singers of Worcester, under the direction of Malcolm Halliday, present a program celebrating a range of English music from past to present, including a mass by Tudor composer William Byrd and folk settings and part songs by later composers, at Salem Covenant Church. 508-842-1349; mswma.org

MAY 22: NEW BEDFORD, Aviation Fun Day. A variety of family entertainment on the ground and in the air at New Bedford Regional Airport. Static aircraft displays, demonstrations by the New Bedford Police Department K9 Unit, sightseeing flights for kids, antique car displays, dragsters, and more. 508-997-0620; atlanticaviators.org/funday

JUNE 1-13: BOSTON, “Grease.” Boston Opera House presents the Broadway version of this much-loved musical wonder, complete with Danny, Sandy, the Pink Ladies, and all the hit songs that are impossible not to sing along with. 800-982-2787; broadwayacrossamerica.com/boston

JUNE 4-6: NORTH DARTMOUTH, All Hands on Deck Quilt Show. Named for the 52 quilts in the “deck of cards” design on display, this quilt show at UMass Dartmouth’s Woodland Commons will offer a total of more than 100 hand- and machine-made project quilts on view. Enjoy the fine art of wall, bed, and lap quilts in a variety of styles, plus door prizes, gift baskets, and a raffle. 508-996-4449

JUNE 19-20: DEERFIELD, Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair. One in a series of the town’s nationally renowned fairs, held at Memorial Hall Museum. Live music, fresh strawberry treats, and an American Girl tea event. 413-774-7476; deerfield-craft.org

JUNE 19-AUG. 29: BECKET, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The Ted Shawn Theatre presents more than 50 dance companies from around the world, performing on three stages for thousands of audience members. Enjoy more than 200 free performances, talks, exhibits, film showings, and more dance-related events. 413-243-0745, 413-243-9919; jacobspillow.org

JUNE 26: HINGHAM, Civil War Encampment. The town hall grounds fill with military re-enactors, while bands strike up at Hingham Cemetery, and Civil War weaponry and period memorabilia go on display at Old Ship Parish House. 781-749-1312; hingham-ma.gov

JUNE 27: LENOX, Tanglewood 2010 Season Opening. The summer music series, set in the picturesque Berkshires, kicks off with the Mark Morris Dance Group and continues throughout the summer with performances that include eight programs led by Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine, plus several by guest conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, and Giancarlo Guerrero. The season wraps up with the annual Jazz Festival September 3-5. 888-266-1200, 617-266-1492; bso.org

JUNE 30-JULY 11: BROCKTON, Annual Brockton Fair. A traditional country fair at Brockton Fairgrounds, with magic shows, petting farm, pig racing, demolition derby, fireworks, amateur boxing, live wrestling, flat-track motorcycle races, mud bogging, live entertainment, and much more. 508-586-8000; brocktonfair.com

JULY 2-4, JULY 30-AUG. 1, SEPT. 3-5, OCT. 8-10: BREWSTER, By the Bay Fine Art and Crafts Show. Watercolors, fine-art photography, oils, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, furniture, clothing–there’s something for every eye and every taste at this show on scenic Cape Cod Bay. 508-896-2670; bythebayshows.com

JULY 17: YARMOUTH PORT, Historic House Tour on Captains’ Mile. Eight privately owned homes will be specially opened to the public, with knowledgeable docents present at each house to describe the historic significance of the building. Assemble at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. 508-362-3021; hsoy.org

JULY 31-AUG. 7: WOODS HOLE, Woods Hole Film Festival. With daily screenings, workshops, panel discussions, staged readings, parties, and an awards ceremony, this nonprofit, eight-day showcase of more than 100 independent films is a must-attend for any cinema aficionado. 508-495-3456; woodsholefilmfestival.org

AUG. 7-8: STURBRIDGE, Redcoats and Rebels. Old Sturbridge Village is transformed into a Colonial encampment as re-enactors in colorful period costume gather to re-create the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. 800-733-1830; 508-347-3362; osv.org

AUG. 8: WESTMINSTER, Wachusett Valley Folk Festival. Presenting an impressive line-up of folk performers, including Brooks Williams, Maeve, Mustard’s Retreat, Susan Werner, Vance Gilbert, and more at Wachusett Village Inn. 978-365-2043; wachusettmusic.com

AUG. 14: FALMOUTH, Sand Sculpture Contest. Ten teams of sand sculptors will compete on scenic Surf Drive Beach, but no team will lose. An awards ceremony later in the day will distribute medals to each team for different categories of excellence. Families and spectators can enjoy activities from the National Marine Life Center and vote for the People’s Choice award. 800-526-8532, 508-540-3304; falmouthart.org

AUG. 14-15: GLOUCESTER, Gloucester Waterfront Festival. Come to Stage Fort Park with a craving for art–more than 150 juried artists and crafters from across the country will display their wares. Listen to live jazz and maritime music, try ethnic foods, and take a seat at the pancake breakfast and lobster bake. Browse art exhibits, from jewelry, quilts, and pottery to original watercolors, clocks, and blown glass. 978-283-1601; capeannvacations.com

AUG. 28-29: SALEM, Antique & Classic Boat Festival. View vintage yachts, runabouts, cabin cruisers, and sailboats on display at Hawthorne Cove Marina. Tour the vessels and meet the crews; visit the crafts market; listen to old-time band music; and view Sunday’s parade of boats and Blessing of the Fleet. 617-666-8530; boatfestival.org

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