SpringFest will include the Beer, BBQ and Bands tent with entertainment throughout the week — a “Pondfire” will be the centerpiece, with fire pits in and around the pond, as well as games and prizes — a ferris wheel and major rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Fireworks on Friday night.
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This beloved annual event on Mother’s Day celebrates the classic children’s story “Make Way for Ducklings,” about a pair of mallard ducks who decide to raise their family on the island of the Boston Public Garden lagoon and the family’s adventures getting there. Each year, more than a thousand children dressed as their favorite characters from the story gather on the Common to enjoy face painting, music making, clowns and other entertainment before marching through Beacon Hill behind the Harvard Band to the Public Garden. Boston dignitaries will greet families at the end of the parade, and actors from the Wheelock Family Theater will read the beloved book by Robert McCloskey. Registration and entertainment on the Common begin at 10:30 a.m. at the base of the Shaw Memorial, across Beacon Street from the State House, and the parade begins at noon. There is a $35 donation per family ($40 the day of the event).
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants. Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one — the lilac — is singled out each year for a daylong celebration. Come to Lilac Sunday for tours of the lilacs, dance performances, picnicking (allowed on this special day only), and family activities that make for a memorable day. Be a part of this beloved Boston tradition! Street parking along the Arboretum perimeter is limited, and visitors are advised to take public transportation.
What better reason to visit one of America’s most famous vacation islands? Come enjoy this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food. Over the past 18 years, the Nantucket Wine Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country. You must be 21 or older to purchase tickets to events that include wine or spirits. Valid ID required for entry. The Opening Reception, Harbor Gala, La Fête and Grand Tastings are the heart and soul of the five day experience.
Taste your way around Rhode Island with oysters from 12 different growers and four restaurants featuring flavors unique to the Ocean State. Tickets are $27 in advance for each day. Two time slots are available daily, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and advance purchase tickets include four fresh, Rhode Island oysters and a beverage, live music, event program & tasting notes, contests and more.
Hildene is a beautiful Georgian Revival mansion built by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. With its beautiful gardens, the hillside estate offers breathtaking views of southern Vermont. Weather permitting, the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June signal the beginning of the season when the Formal Garden comes to life with thousands of peony blooms; many of them from the original 1907 plants. Nearby, shop at premier brand outlet stores at Manchester Designer Outlets.