BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has issued its 2020 annual spring issue of Travel & Culture magazine, a compendium of Irish concerts, culinary, cultural and literary activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England this spring, as well as travel tips for visiting Ireland this year.
The magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts and is available in digital format online on BITA’s home page.
This issue has feature stories on St. Patrick’s Day activities, including parades, concerts, dance shows, literary and theatrical productions, culinary and other cultural celebrations. Among the top Irish shows profiled this season: Riverdance, A Celtic Sojourn, Celtic Woman, the High Kings, Cherish the Ladies, Lunasa and Cherish the Ladies.
Stories on local organizations include the 20th Annual Irish Film Festival Boston which focuses on women in films this year. Other profiles include the Irish Cultural Centre of New England and two Rhode Island destinations, Newport and the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland.
Travel & Culture’s Ireland section has feature stories on Galway, the 2020 European Union Cultural Capital, and details on the growing popularity of Irish Whiskey among North Americans visiting Ireland. In addition, a schedule of popular group tours to Ireland is included.
A map of the Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which celebrates its 26th season in 2020, includes descriptions of the 20 downtown and Back Bay sites along the trail.
BITA is celebrating its 20th anniversary 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 annual issues of Travel & Culture each March, June and November.
For further details on festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities, hotel packages, gift shops and more, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.