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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Josh Groban Performs at Tanglewood in Western Mass on Tuesday, July 2

Renowned singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban performs at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.   Tickets to the concert start at $32 and can be purchased online or by calling 888 266-1200. 

Read more about Josh Groban here. 

Check out the summer 2019 season at Tanglewood, which includes performances by popular artists as well as by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Boston Pops Orchestra.

Read more about Tanglewood in the summer issue of Travel & Culture magazine, available online or for free at visitor centers and cultural venues around Massachusetts. 

Find year round information on Massachusetts by visiting

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Boston Tourism Group Promotes Opportunities to Visit Northern Ireland

Dark Hedges, Game of Thrones

The Boston Irish Tourism Association's (BITA) summer issue of Travel & Culture magazine highlights some great reasons to visit Northern Ireland this year.  BITA works closely with Tourism Ireland to promote travel from North America to the island of Ireland year round.

Among BITA's recommendations for Northern Ireland:

Carnlough Harbor

- Visiting Game of Thrones film locations where the HBO series was filmed over the past eight years in Northern Ireland.  Suggestions include a 330 mile driving tour of the sites, and visits to the Ulster Museum, Carnlough Harbor and the Dark Hedges in County Antrim, the Inch Abbey and Castle Ward in County Down, and a stunning display of thematic stained glass art at the TEC exhibit hall in Belfast.

Galgorm Golf Resorts & Spa

- Golfing in Northern Ireland, which boasts 90 golf courses.  This summer, the 148th British Open takes place  in July at Royal Portrush Golf Course in Antrim. In August, Cara Group Tours of Quincy, MA is leading a group tour to the ISPS Handa World Invitational for Men & Women at the Galgorm Golf Resorts & Spa and the Massereene Golf Club in County Antrim.

City of Belfast

- Visiting Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and one of the major cultural destinations in all of Europe.   Among the recommendations is a visit to the Titanic Museum, the Botanical Gardens and Queens University. The city that spawned Van Morrison and Sir James Galway also has a vibrant music scene year round.

For more information about visiting Ireland/Northern Ireland all year long, visit and DiscoverNorthernIreland.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Summer issue of Travel & Culture Magazine highlights Cultural Events in New England + Travel to Ireland

The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its 2019 summer/fall issue of Travel & Culture magazine, a compendium of Irish festivals and concerts, culinary, cultural and literary activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England.

The front cover features former Celtic Woman star and master fiddler Mairead Nesbitt, who performs at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Friday, July 12, 2019.

The magazine's Travel to Ireland section features stories on golfingtraditional music, and group tours, as well as iconic sites from the hit series, Game of Thrones.

The 28-page color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts and is available in digital format online from our home page.

This issue includes feature local stories on Newport, RI and Rockport, MA, two cultural destinations worth visiting in New England. It has a roundup of summer music, sports and educational opportunities at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton and a description of Tanglewood's summer season with Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and musical guests.

Also included is a remembrance of AOH leader David R. Burke, and updates of Irish-American commorations at Deer Island, John Boyle O'Reilly ceremony  at his gravesite and the Irish Immigration Exhibit at the Massachusetts State House.

BITA is celebrating its 19th year as a year-round, cultural tourism organization that promotes the state’s largest ethnic community. The US Census reports that nearly 24% of all Massachusetts residents claim Irish ancestry.

BITA publishes three issues of Travel & Culture each March, June and November, and has developed the Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which highlights Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state.

For further details on festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural venues, hotels and, gift shops, plus travel stories about Ireland, visit

Chris Thile Performs "Live from Here" at Tanglewood on June 15

Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile performs a live broadcast of his show, Live from Here, at Tanglewood on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. He is being joined by special musical guests Ben Folds, I'm with Her and Tig Notaro for a unique blend of comedy and spoken word. 

Tickets are $21 - $74 and can be purchased online or at the venue. 

Here's a schedule of upcoming performances at Tanglewood this summer.

Read more about the 2019 summer season at Tanglewood, which includes performances by Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and other great performers. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Summer Solstice Festival on Saturday, June 15 Features Top Celtic & New England Music & Dance

Blackstone River Theatre' Annual Summer Solstice Festival is taking place from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, RI.

The festival has four stages of continuous Celtic and world music, plus Irish step dance, face painting and 45 craft & food vendors.  Tickets are $15 adults, $13 seniors, $5 children, under-5 free!  Buy Tickets online.

This year's visiting artists include Kevin Crawford, Cillian Vallely & Patrick Doocey from the Irish traditional ensemble  LĂșnasa;  HighTime from Connemara, Galwaly; La CroisĂ©e D’Antan from Quebec and Bonnie Milner and Dan Milner from New York.

Top New England performers include Atwater-Donnelly Trio, The Hanneke Cassel Band, the Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, Partington & Sweeney, Roscommon Soles featuring Kevin Doyle with Sheila Falls, Josh Kane, Owen Marshall, Torrin Ryan, and The Vox Hunters. 

In addition, check out the  session tent run by Bob Drouin and a dedicated stage for Irish step dance featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance.

Read about Russell Gusetti, executive director of the Blackstone River Theatre. 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

An Gorta Mor Memorial Commemoration in Lawrence MA on Saturday, June 1

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 8, is holding its annual commemoration of the Irish Famine at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The ceremony takes place at the An Gorta Mor memorial, which was unveiled in May 2006 as a tribute to the Irish refugees of the mid-19th century who came to Massachusetts and New England after fleeing starvation and disease in Ireland.

The ceremony also celebrates AOH Division 8 members who are celebrating their 50 year membership anniversary, and Veterans who served in the Armed Forces.

The ceremony is being led by Division 8 Chaplain, Reverend John W. Delaney.  AOH historian Bob Bateman is giving an address about the Famine.

Immaculate Conception Cemetery is located at 29 Barker Street in Lawrence.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Mausoleum on the grounds of the cemetery. Light refreshments follow the ceremony.

Find out more about the Massachusetts AOH here.