Things to do in Massachusetts this Summer!
Summertime is here which means summer vacations! When planning your summer vacation, Massachusetts is a great place to look at! Massachusetts not only has a lot of history, it’s also a beautiful state. From the beauty that is Western Massachusetts to the history in cities like Boston to the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod, you’re sure to find something to do in Massachusetts whether it’s just you, a romantic vacation for two, or a family vacation. There is plenty to do here whether you’re looking for a simple day trip or a regular vacation. And since other states like New Hampshire still have relatively harsh cannabis penalties, why put yourself through the unnecessary drama of potentially dealing with getting arrested when you can peacefully go about your business here in Massachusetts! Well, while we’re writing about a few things here, there is so much more to do in Massachusetts so come on down and see what fun, excitement, and adventure you can find here!
Some events are free while others may have an entry fee but there are plenty of activities to do here in Massachusetts this summer. And also keep in mind that some of these activities are open year round 🙂
- Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, July 4 – What would the 4th in Massachusetts be without the Boston Pops and the Boston Fireworks? Joining the Pops this year will be Melissa Etheridge and pop singer-songwriter, Andy Grammer. When the concert wraps up, a stunning half-hour fireworks display gets underway. Learn more about the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular show here.
- And if you can’t make it into the city or don’t want to deal with the traffic, check out this list of Massachusetts town fireworks and where to watch. And while the other list does mention events outside of Route 128, we thought this would be a good list of ideas for events throughout Western Massachusetts.
- Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, Aug. 3–6– The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament isn’t only the largest Portuguese Feast in the state but in the world. Among the performers will be the Spin Doctors. There is non-stop entertainment, food & alcohol, a carnival midway, many street vendors, the Feast parade on Sunday, and much more!
- Boston Harborfest – June 30th through July 4th
- Boat Cruise Summer Series (Starting July 8th)
- Cape Cod – Cape Cod is full of beautiful beaches, great hiking spots, the best New England seafood, and the gorgeous Massachusetts coast. In addition to the beauty and great food on the Cape, there is always something to do! From the Summertime Wildlife Hike in Cummaquid on June 26th to the Barnstable County Fair at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth July 17th – 23rd. From Falmouth to the tip of the Cape, Provincetown, there is a lot to do on the Cape, especially during the summer.
- The Berkshires and Western Massachusetts is a beautiful area to go for a relaxing Sunday hike. From the Appalachian National Scenic Trail which is 2,184 miles long and intersects the Mohawk Trail, Mount Greylock and Jacob’s Ladder Trail Scenic Byways to the 2,308 acre Chester-Blandford State Forest you have plenty of places to choose from to spend a beautiful day in nature.
- If you’re looking for a little more excitement, head on over to Six Flags in Agawam, MA. From great carnival foods to their many amusement rides, you’re bound to have a blast! The best part, not only will you enjoy it, your kids will too. So it will be a great way to have a day of family fun!
- Other amusement parks, water resorts and relevant locations include Launch Trampoline Park in Watertown, CoCo Key Water Resort in Danvers, Salem Willows Park, Edaville Family Theme Park in Carver, Water Wizz of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Inflatable Park in West Yarmouth, Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides in Douglas, Great Golf Wolf Lodge New England in Fitchburg, Skull Island in South Yarmouth, Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Everett, Cedarland in Haverhill, and Family Funway Foxboro.
- Have some summer fun indoor or outdoor with some Paintball action! There are a few locations throughout Massachusettes to pick from including Boston Paintball which is in Ashland, Chelsea, and Maynard. Action Games Paintball in Tewksbury, Xtreme Paintball in Agawam, and P&L Paintball in Bridgewater.
- Frisbee golf baby! What more needs to be said. Check out Simonds Park in Burlington, Borderland Disc Golf Course in North Easton, Pye Brook Park in Topsfield, Crane Hill Disc Golf Course in Wilbraham, Burgess Park in Marstons Mills, and Dacey Community Field among others.
- Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival 2017 is on September 2nd from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Newburyport is a beautiful part of Massachusetts! They’ll be live music and food vendors. Since you’re going to be in Newburyport for the music festival, how about doing some shopping? The best part? Admission is free!
- Pups and Pints – July 1st
- Do you like antiques? July 11th – 16th and September 5th – 10th there is the Brimfield Antiques Show. There are over 5,000 dealers for you to find treasures to buy. The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antique show in the country and has been around since the 1950’s. Brimfield is a quaint, picturesque rural New England town.
- Night Shift Brewing Beach Party – July 3rd
- Are movies more your style? Well, the Woods Hole Film Festival may be just what you’re looking for! The festival is from July 29th – August 5th. There will be a lot of films shown at the festival. As an added bonus, you’ll be on Cape Cod, so they’ll be plenty of other things to check out if you choose. Beautiful beaches, great New England seafood, lots of shopping, all kind of great things to do!
- Jaws on D, the showing of the movie Jaws to celebrate the 42 year anniversary since its original summer blockbuster – June 30th
- Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre, Leicester Triple Drive-In Theatre, and Mendon Twin Drive-In.
We also have lots of great places where you can stay, since you’ll have to sleep someplace after having fun in the sun all day! From great camp sites where you can sleep under the stars to comfy bed and breakfasts and inns to 5-star hotels, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay. Now would be the perfect time to start planning your vacation, so get to it! No matter where you decide to spend your time off this summer enjoy some summer fun!
Cannabis is Welcomed Establishments
Pot-friendly accommodations in Massachusetts:
Bud And Breakfast (AirBNB for pot smokers) –
A Site With A Couple Of Cannabis Friendly Hotels –
This is a sub-Reddit with places in MA for people to smoke outside –
The Red Sox will be playing a bunch of home games starting today, Friday, June 30th through July 7th against the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, and Tampa Bay Rays.
The Red Sox will be playing more home games at Fenway Park on July 14th through July 20th against the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.
The Red Sox will be playing home against the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, and Chicago White Sox starting on July 28th through August 6th.
The Boston Red Sox will be playing against the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees starting on August 15th through the 20th.
The Boston Red Sox will play against the Baltimore Orioles starting on August 25th through the 27th.
Boston will play against Toronto at Fenway Park starting on September 4th through the 6th.
Boston will play against Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway on September 8th through the 10th.
Boston will play Oakland Athletics at Fenway starting on September 12th through the 14th.
Boston will finish up the summer schedule (last day of summer is technically September 21st) playing against the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros starting on September 25th through October 1st.
Additional Summer Activities:
Upcoming Music Shows and Events in Massachusetts
So whether you need fun summer ideas for the family, maybe you’re a college student that decided to stick around here in Massachusetts instead of going home to Kansas or Indiana, a visitor from out of state, or you’re a regular cannabis consumer simply looking for some summer fun throughout the Bay State, this list should keep you pretty busy since there are tons of things to do here in Massachusetts this summer. So no need to head up north to New Hampshire when you can roam around your own backyard and enjoy the local summer activities.