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Our Visitor Center
Route 2 Westbound
Lancaster, MA
Between Exits 35-34
(978) 534-2302

Be sure to visit our Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center when you’re in our neck of the woods. Located on Route 2 West in Lancaster, Mass., between exits 35 and 34, it’s chock-full of helpful brochures and locally made crafts, books, jams and jellies, giftware and souvenirs of all kinds. Our trained staff and volunteers will enjoy welcoming you to the Center, and providing you with customized travel advice and “insider information." 

We are open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Welcome to Johnny Appleseed Country Tourist Center

News & Upcoming Events

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We ALL scream for ice cream in July in Appleseed Country! So where to find that yummy goodness? Well, we have some great places in the area!
Bolton Orchards 125 Still River Road Bolton
(978) 779-2733
Cold Stone Creamery 80 Orchard Hill Park Drive Leominster
(978) 537-9000
Kimball Farm in Lancaster 1543 Lunenburg Road Lancaster
King Phillip Restaurant & Motor Inn 35 State Road Phillipston
(978) 249-6300 or (978) 249-6263
Lancaster Golf Center 438 Old Union Turnpike Lancaster
Orange Leaf 866 Merriam Ave. Leominster
(978) 401-2906
Red Apple Farm 455 Highland Avenue Phillipston
(800) 628-4851

Click here for even more ice cream!


What could be better than a bringing a blanket and a drink on a warm summer day or evening with live music outside? Johnny Appleseed Country is full of places to go listen to live outdoor music all summer long! Below is our list by town:


     Band Concerts on the Common (Rt. 119 and New Ipswich Rd). Wednesdays July 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug 6, 13 & maybe the 20th. Music starts at 7:30. Food and beverages including hot dogs, hambugers, sodas sold by different local non-profit orgs each week. Popcorn, sundaes and other goodies also available. All concerts are weather permitting.


     Tool Town Live is a free concert series which started in Athol in 2004 and has become one of the most popular and well-attended outdoor summer concert series in the region. Tool Town Live is indeed live - and lively! - a series of August and September concerts held from 7-9pm in various outdoor venues in good weather and at Athol Town Hall in case of rain. Check their website (link above) for updated dates.


     Beautiful Coggshall Park has concerts on Sunday afternoons at 2pm.


     Spotlighting a variety of musical groups, Monument Park hosts Saturday evening concerts at 6pm during July and August. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a variety of band performances on park stage. 


     The Main Street Cafe in conjunction with the Groton Parks Commission presents free music al fresco at the town gazebo! All concerts, weather permitting, are Saturday evenings from 6-8pm at the town gazebo behind the Library. Refreshments are available from Main Street Cafe. 


     Summer Concerts on the hillside at Fruitlands Thursdays at 7:15pm. Gates open at 5:30 for picnics, concerts begin at 7:15. This is an outdoor venue so please bring a blanket or chairs (chairs are for sale at the Museum Store) and dress appropriately. Handicapped seating is available under the tent. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the concerts. Please keep your dog with you at all times and pick up after him/her.Season discount passes are available: $50/car Members, $75/car Nonmembers–pick any 6 concerts to attend.


     The Leominster Colonial Band plays at Carter Park usually on Tuesday nights. 
     Summer Concert Series at Carter Park in downtown Leominster. Enjoy the music of local artists every Thursday evening from 6-8pm. This FREE event will begin June 6, 2013 and continue until Thursday, August 29. Bring a blanket, bring a chair, and bring your dancing shoes. Click here for directions to Carter Park. 


     Petersham Brass Band Concert on Petersham Common. Baked goods, hotdogs, popcorn. All welcome. Free. Playing June 23rd and July 7th.


     Sterling Summer Concert Series at Memorial Park on Cross St. Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8pm. 


     Thursday evening concerts at 7pm from June until August by the Townsend Military Band are preceded by a lawn party, complete with food and activities for the kids, sponsored by local community organizations.


     Band Concerts at Academy Hill on Academy Hill Road on Wednesdays 7pm-9pm. 
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Are you interested in learning more about Johnny Appleseed Country while serving your community at the same time? Then volunteer some time at the Visitor Center on Rt 2 between Exits 35-34 Westbound. For more information, click here for our flyer or please contact Diane Burnette at (978) 534-2829 or email

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