October 6,7, 8, 9
5, Thursday – Cannoli Festival in Downtown Leominster, 5-9 p.m., If you love cannolis (and who doesn't?!), join the crowd on the common for an evening music, fun, and cannoli from variety of local bakeries.
5-9, Thursday to Monday, Columbus Day Ski and Snowboard Swap and Sale at Wachusett Mountain - Our annual equipment extravaganza! Bring in your used equipment to sell for cash or Wachusett Credit, then buy new equipment with the cash or credit you just earned! This is the perfect chance to upgrade your gear for the coming winter. No equipment to sell? That's OK too, we bring in local retailers equipment and gear as well so there are great deals for everyone whether you're looking for new or used items! Want a little more than just a shopping trip? Join us for a Scenic Summit SkyRide and grab lunch at our Mountainside BBQ! For more information visit www.wachusett.com.
5, 6, 7, 8, – The Bull Run Restaurant presents: The Garcia Project on October 5; Maria Muldaur and her Bluesiana Band on October 6; Words Change Everything poetry night on October 7; and Blue Coupe on October 8. For tickets and more information visit bullrunrestaurant.com
6, Friday - Full Moon Canoeing at Nashoba Paddler, Set out by canoe at dusk and as darkness approaches, watch the moon rise, being on the lookout for owls, beaver, bats, and other night life. After some delicious refreshments, we'll return following the moon's ribbon of light. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Trip difficulty: Easy, flat-water, 5 miles roundtrip. Cost: $40 pp-canoes only. Refreshments included. REGISTRATION REQUIRED Visit www.nashobapadder.com
6, 7, Theatre at the Mount presents, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - In this hilarious comedy, Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy-toy Spike in tow. And so begins this unforgettable family reunion filled with rivalry, regret, and racket. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play! Performances: October 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8PM; October 15 at 2PM for tickets and more information visit the firstname.lastname@example.org.
7, 8 Saturday and Sunday – Pumpkin Festival and weigh-in at Red Apple Farm - The Phillipston Congregational Church presents this popular regional event featuring the state’s oldest pumpkin-weighing contest. See huge vegetables tip the scales, with awards and bragging rights to local farmers and gardeners for their pumpkin-growing prowess.
Also enjoy food, book sale, hayrides, and more. 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston MA, www.redapplefarm.com
7, 8, 9, Columbus Day Apple Festival at Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Rd., Lunenburg MA www.lanniorchrds.com
7, Saturday, Sholan Farms Harvest Celebration Weekend, 10:00-4:00, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster MA - Enjoy live entertainment, wagon rides, food trucks, interactive children's events, and much more at this family fun festival. www.sholanfarms.org.
7, Saturday - National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Fitchburg Art Museum, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 185 Elm St., Fitchburg MA -Join us to celebrate Latino cultures with food, music, art, and a keynote address about the relationship between Columbus Day and Latinos in the Americas today. Enjoy the acoustic music of Lucelia DeJesus of Worcester. Children and adults can make a portrait of a Latino hero with artist Nayda Cuevas. Organized by the Latino Heritage Month Coalition. Free and open to everyone! www.fitchburgartmuseum.org.
7, Saturday – The Stratton Players present, The Curious Savage, 2:00 p.m. at Applewild’s Center for Performing Arts, 98 Prospect St., Fitchburg MA - Comedy about an elderly, rich woman who wants to donate money and whose stepchildren want to keep it. For reservations please email: email@example.com or call 978-345-6066.
7, Saturday – Beavers by Canoe Family Program – Wachusett Meadown Wildlife Sanctuary, 3:00-5:00 p.m. 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton MA - Beavers are busy this time of year, as they prep lodges and dams for the winter and begin to cache food. Look for evidence of their handiwork, learn some beaver ecology, and see if you can spot them on the pond! Register at massaudubon.org/wachusettmeadow or by calling 978-464-2712.
7, 8, 9, - Saturday, Sunday, Monday – Annual Open Studio Art Tour- Monadnock Art presents the Art Tour each October during the peak of the colorful foliage season in southwestern New Hampshire. The Tour is self-directed, and it's free for the interested public. Art lovers from all over New England, and beyond, enjoy touring the beautiful countryside, following the distinctive Art Tour signs, and discovering the often tucked-away places where artists work. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The Tour travels through the towns surrounding the beloved Mount Monadnock: Chesham, Dublin, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Peterborough, and Sharon. A remarkable range and diversity of the visual arts is represented through the work of the artists. Visitors tour the workplaces of painters and printmakers, potters and jewelers, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers, woodworkers, glass shapers, and more. Many artists offer work for sale, often specially priced for the Tour. For a look at a sampling of their work, please visit the Artists pages of this site. www.monadnockart.org
7, 8, 9, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – 23rd Annual Paradise City Art Show - Join us during the peak of Fall Foliage as almost 250 carefully curated artists and makers from every corner of America travel to Northampton for 3 days of astounding visual arts, eye popping design, scrumptious food, lively music and special events. For more information visit www.festivals.paradisecityarts.com.
8. Sunday, - Harvest Fest at Fruitlands Museum, 10:00-4:00 p.m., 102 Prospect Hill Rd. Harvard MA - Enjoy the abundance of the New England landscape at this celebration of the autumn harvest! Visit the farm animals, enjoy live music, get your face painted, create your very own farmer hat or shaker bonnet. All in the spirit of the season! Free with museum admission. For more information visit, www.fruitlands.thetrustees.org/events.
8, Sunday – Frederick Historic Piano Collection presents IgnacyGaydamovich on cello and Jiayan Sun on Piano. Program includes George Onslow - Sonata No. 3 for Cello and Piano in A Major and Franz Schubert - Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in a Minor D. 821. Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham MA, 4:00 p.m., Admission is $10.00. Students and children are free. For more information visit www.frederickcollection.org.
7, 8, 9 – Fall Festival Weekend at Tower Hill Botanic Garden - There’s nothing like autumn in New England, and there’s no better place than Tower Hill Botanic Garden to take in all the season has to offer. In addition to the panoramic view of Mt. Wachusett and the reservoir, the Garden displays hundreds of trees and shrubs known for their spectacular fall color. For more information visit towerhillbg.org
8, Saturday – 15th Annual Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm, 9:00-5:00, 707 Kipling Rd., Dummerston VT - A celebration of heirloom apples - fresh, baked and squeezed! Visit the Apple Barn at 10, 12 or 2 for a free tasting of some of our 125 varieties of apples and listen to the enlightening history of these unique fruits as told by Orchardist, Zeke Goodband. Heirloom apples and heirloom cider with be on sale after the tastings. Whetstone Ciderwords of Marlboro VT offers samples of their hard ciders made primarily with Scott Farm apples, and Rigani Wood-fired Pizza of Brattleboro VT vends season sensations from their mobil oven. The Farm Markt and Pick Your Own will be open daily through Nov. 22. 707 Kipling Rd., Dummerston VT. For more information visit www.scottfarmvermont.com.
8, Sunday - Dummerston Apple Pie Festival, 9:30-12:30, Dummerston Congregational Church, Middle Rd., Dummerston, VT. Southern Vermont’s Premier Apple Pie Festival! Handmade Apple Pies baked with local apples by the members of the Dummerston Congregational Church and all of their friends in the community. Slices of pie will be for sale as well as whole pies, hot cider, Vermont cheese and hand-cranked ice cream. Rain or shine under our festival tent.