September 2018 Events for the Design Minded

September 1, 2018

Text by Lynda Simonton

Kick-off fall with these design-centric events throughout New England.

Instagrammable Beacon Hill
September 1
Enjoy a day exploring picturesque Beacon Hill through the camera lens with a guided tour by artist Matthew Dickey. 3 p.m.–4 p.m. $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers,

Brimfield Antique Show
September 6–11
Find out what all the buzz is about and enjoy a day of treasure hunting at one of the best and biggest antique and flea markets in the country. The show has been a source for everything from everyday treasures to fine antiques for more than 50 years. Show hours and admission vary depending on field and venue location. Brimfield, Mass.,

Codman Estate Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
September 8
The historic Codman Estate welcomes guests to tour the property and shop at an extensive fine-crafts fair. Now in its 36th year, the annual event features more than 100 artisans working in pottery, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber art, metalworking, and folk art. There will also be music, food, and tours of the estate. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free to Historic New England members, $5 for nonmembers. Lincoln, Mass., 617-994-5914,

You Can’t Spell Martha’s Vineyard Without A-R-T Party
September 9
Mix and mingle with Martha’s Vineyard artists at
this annual fundraising event. A private home will be the setting for enjoying appetizers, cocktails, and great art on display and for sale. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. 5:30 p.m. $150, reservations required. Edgartown, 508-627-4441, ext. 117,

New England Home’s 5 Under 40 Awards
September 13
This event celebrates the 20185 Under 40 honorees who have been selected as tomorrow’s design stars. Savor small bites and cocktails, catch up with friends and colleagues in the design industry, and bid on spectacular custom rugs designed by the honorees. Proceeds from the rug auction will benefit Barakat, a charity working to strengthen education and literacy in Central and South Asia. 6 p.m. Tickets $75 in advance, $100 (cash only) at the door. Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting’s Boston showroom, Click here for tickets 

New England Now
September 15–January 13
The Shelburne Museum’s New England Now exhibit explores New England’s evolving landscape, from crumbling buildings to the changing environment. This is the first of a biennial series featuring contemporary artists organized around thematic subject matters. Shelburne, Vt., 802-985-3346,

Digging Deeper: Garden Bounty with Chef Seen Lippert
September 16
Learn how to make the most of fall’s bounty with Seen Lippert, a chef at Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, and co-owner of Sleepy Cat Farm. 4 p.m. $70 Garden Conservancy members, $80 nonmembers. Greenwich, Conn.,

Old-Fashioned Flea Market
September 16
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will hold its annual Old-Fashioned Flea Market on the museum grounds. There will be music, mini-tours of the mansion, a popular collectibles sale, and food trucks. All proceeds will benefit the museum. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is free, $5 mansion tours. Norwalk, Conn., 203-838-9799,

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
September 20–23
Enjoy fabulous food and wines from around the world at The Elms, Rosecliff, and Marble House
mansions. The annual event features some of the region’s preeminent chefs, extensive wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and more. This year, Zac Posen will be a special guest. Several ticket packages are available. Newport, R.I., 401-847-1000,

Evening at Gropius House
September 21
Walter Gropius’s innovative lighting plan can be seen during this evening event at his architecturally influential home. Guests will enjoy a slideshow, tour, and light refreshments. 7 p.m.–9 p.m. $35 Historic New England members,$45 nonmembers. Lincoln, Mass., 781-259-8098,

Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Consignment Auction
September 22
The museum’s annual consignment auction includes contemporary and vintage works of art. The pieces will be available for preview September 7–22. Bidding will be live, and the museum will also accommodate absentee and phone bids. Proceeds benefit the museum’s cultural and educational initiatives. 7 p.m. Free. Provincetown, 508-487-1750,

Curator’s Tour of Quincy House
September 27 and 29
Join Nancy Carlisle, senior curator of collections for Historic New England, on a tour of Quincy House, a National Historic Landmark built as an estate for the Quincy family in 1770. $10 Historic New England members and Quincy residents, $15 nonmembers, advance registration is required,

Golden Ball Tavern Museum Barn Sale
September 29
The museum is no longer hosting their annual Antique Show, but the popular Barn Sale remains! This is your chance to donate treasures that have overstayed their welcome in your home, or pick up some new ones. Funds raised at the sale support the ongoing restoration of the Golden Ball Tavern Museum. Wellesley, Mass. Free, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

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