Summer 2019 Events for the Design Minded

July 2, 2019

Text by Erika Ayn Finch

summer 2019 design eventsWilliam Wegman: Outside In
Through October 20
Delve into more than four decades of William Wegman’s ongoing fascination with the natural world. The exhibit includes pieces from the artist’s collection and showcases more than 60 works of art including Polaroids of Wegman’s beloved Weimaraner dogs. Free with museum admission. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt., 802-985-3346,

Beacon Hill Treasures Walking Tour
July 4
Explore one of the country’s best-preserved neighborhoods and find out more about the Massachusetts State House, Louisburg Square, Acorn Street, the oldest black church in America, and the memorial to the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Regiment. Tickets are $17. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Otis House, Boston, 617-994-5920,

Walk with Washington
July 6
Walk in the footsteps of our first president and see the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, locations he visited in 1789. Tickets are $12. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Governor John Langdon House, Portsmouth, N.H., 603-436-3205,

Brimfield Flea Market
July 9–14
Considered one of the best and biggest antique and flea markets in the country, this show features more than 6,000 dealers selling everything from vintage bric-a-brac to fine antiques. Show hours and admission vary depending on field and venue location.

Hydrangea Festival
July 12–21
Celebrate the iconic plant that makes Cape Cod so stunning from July through September. Enjoy a display garden from the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, participate in workshops, and tour heritage gardens. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich, Mass., 508-888-3300,

Garden Conservancy Open Days, Seekonk, Mass.
July 14
Join landscape designer Andrew Grossman for a walk through his award-winning garden to explore the ways color, massing, and repetition can be used to define and enhance your landscape during Digging Deeper: Color and Repetition in the Garden. Tickets are $30 for Garden Conservancy members, $40 for nonmembers. 10 a.m. Seekonk, Mass., 888-842-2442,

Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Secret Garden Tour
July 14
Explore some of the most beautiful gardens in P’town. Tour tickets include museum admission. Tickets are $40. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Mass., 508-487-1750,

Dwelling in Stone
July 14–November 1
This unique collaboration showcases the work of sculptor Miles Chapin in picturesque Hayward Gardens, which was featured in Martha Stewart Living last year. There will be an opening reception July 13, 4 p.m.–6 p.m. The exhibit is open by appointment beginning July 14. Hayward Gardens, Putney, Vt., 802-387-0534,

The Nantucket Art & Artisan Show
July 19–21
Back for the 28th year, this show attracts more than 3,000 visitors and features more than 40 local and nationally recognized artisans who highlight both traditional and modern techniques in a variety of mediums. All proceeds benefit Small Friends on Nantucket. Three-day show passes are $15. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Bartlett’s Farm, Nantucket, Mass.,

Rock River Artists 25th Annual Open Studio Tour
July 20–21
Get up close and personal with 14 of southern Vermont’s most renowned artists. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Old Schoolhouse, South Newfane Village, Vt.,

Maine Crafts Show
July 27
Shop for Maine-made crafts at this third annual juried show, held in a historic barn and garden. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset, Maine, 207-882-7169,

Summer with the Quincys
July 27
Take a walking tour of the Wollaston neighborhood surrounding Quincy House. The tour reconstructs the historic landscape of the period when four generations of Quincys occupied hundreds of acres. 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Quincy House, Quincy, Mass., 617-994-5930,

The Newport Show
July 27–28
Celebrating 13 years, this show features more than 40 of the country’s top fine-art and antique dealers, offering an array of modern and contemporary art, home furnishings, and fashion. The show opens with a gala preview party on July 26. Tickets are $15 for one day or $20 for a weekend pass. Gala tickets are $100–$500. Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. St. George’s School Ice Rink, Middletown, R.I., 401-846-2669,

The Architecture of Thomas Jefferson: Why it Matters Today
July 30
Architect Thomas Jefferson is the only American with two buildings on the World Heritage List. This lecture explores the magic of Jefferson’s architecture and his skill in organizing a building in a rational, humane, and beautiful way. Tickets are $50 and include dinner. 6 p.m. Coolidge Point, Manchester, Mass., 978-526-7452,

Nantucket by Design
August 1–3
Discover Nantucket’s unique influence on American design with lectures, an antique-show preview, panel discussions, and intimate and grand gatherings. The event ends with the Night at the Museum gala at the Whaling Museum on August 3. Ticket prices vary. Various locations around Nantucket, Mass., 508-228-1894,

38th Annual Maine Antiques Festival
August 2–4
Join dealers from 20 states for the largest antiques show in Maine. The show specializes in antiques and vintage collectibles from the early-18th through mid-20th centuries. There will also be a Maine Craft Beverage Beer & Wine Garden. Tickets are $25 on Friday and $10 on Saturday and Sunday. Friday 12 p.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Union, Maine, 207-221-3108,

2019 Craftsmen’s Fair
August 3–11
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen presents its annual fair celebrating traditional and contemporary craft during this nine-day event. The fair includes more than 300 juried craftsmen. Tickets are $13–$15. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, N.H., 603-224-3375,

Annual August Fete
August 8
A festive night featuring tours of historic homes, a reception, and live music. 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. ‘Sconset Casino, Siasconset, Nantucket, Mass., 508-228-1387,

Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show
August 8–10
For the venerable show’s 62nd year, 67 exhibitors from across the country will display antique jewelry, folk art, furniture, fine and decorative arts, and more. Tickets are $15 on Thursday and $10 on Friday and Saturday. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton, Manchester, N.H.,

Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea
August 11
Help raise funds for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod during this outdoor concert featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra lead by conductor Keith Lockhart. 1 p.m.–7 p.m. Tickets are $25–$200. Hyannis Village Green, Hyannis, Mass., 508-362-0066,

2019 Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn
August 15–17
Gather under a tent on the grounds of the museum for America’s longest-running summer antiques show. The show features 27 dealers from across Maine, the U.S., and England. There will be an opening night party and dinner on August 14. Tickets are $12–$15. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park, Ellsworth, Maine, 207-667-8671,

Garden Conservancy Open Days, Washington County, R.I.
August 24
Tour the garden of landscape designer Louis Raymond, which features unique “hortitecture” rising from beds crowded with perennials, annuals, and tender woodies. Tickets are $10. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Hopkinton, R.I., 888-842-2442,

Editor’s note: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.

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