Fall is in full swing! Take a hayride at historic Waters Farm, check out dozens of scarecrows at the Sturbridge Harvest Festival, dress up your pup for a Howl-o-Ween celebration in Salem, or make a jack-o-lantern at the Revere Beach Pumpkin Festival.

Friday, October 12 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Come outside and do a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in the Discovery Woods our out on the conservation land adjacent to the Museum. Designed for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Saturday, October 13 

2nd Annual Run/Walk for Rise Above. Dudley Town Beach, Mason Rd., Dudley. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Enjoy children’s activities, music, refreshments, and our annual run and walk for Rise Above benefiting kids in foster care. Free. crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/runwalkriseabove. weriseabove.org.

Pee-Yew: The Smell Detectives. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Use that wonderful sniffer in the middle of your face as you smell your way through this class teaching you about the structure and function of the nose, identify pleasant aromas, match scents, and make your own perfume. Recommended for ages 7 to 10. Register ahead. Members $24, nonmembers $28. springfieldmuseums.org.

Book Party with Mo Willems. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate Mo Willems’ beginning-reader series, with films, crafts, and book readings. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

Waters Farm Fall Festival. Historic Waters Farm, 53 Waters Rd., Sutton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Past and present combine come together at this family-friendly weekend festival. A children’s area with animals, petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses, games & more. Also featuring a cow show, amateur lumberjack contest, Irish step dancing, & hand crafts. watersfarm.com. 

Sturbridge Harvest Festival. Town Common, Sturbridge. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The 29th annual Harvest Festival in Sturbridge will host over 80 local crafters, artisans, harvests fresh from the farm, live music and entertainment, and even a mini food truck festival. A juried scarecrow contest will feature cash prizes for first place. Free. cmschamber.ning.com/

AppleFest. Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy over 100 craft exhibitors, a farmers’ market, kids entertainment, fall foliage along the SkyRide, live music, apple pie baking and eating contests, and family entertainment. Through Sunday. Advance adults $11, ages 6 to 12 $6; day-of adults $14, ages 6 to 12 $9; ages under 6 free. wachusett.com.

Ed Popielarczyk’s Magical Moments. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy this morning performance that will send you off on a magical adventure. Free. mywpl.org.

Beyond the Spectrum: Memory Vessels. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn about the uses and importance of pottery vessels throughout history and in modern life, before making your own vessels to hold an important memory during this adventure in art on the autism spectrum. For ages 8 to 12. $9. mfa.org.

Wright Tavern History Festival. Wright Tavern, 2 Lexington Rd., Concord. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn all about the role this historic building played in the events of the American Revolution from the election of John Hancock as president of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress to visits from the King’s arm, through history, crafts, and activities. Free. concordmuseum.org.

Howl-O-Ween Parade. Salem Maritime Historic Site, Derby Wharf, Salem. 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The 4th annual Howl-o-ween Parade featuring fun and our favorite doggy and pet costume parade. Free. salemmainstreets.org.

How to Train Your Dragon. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Follow a young Viking as he takes his place amongst the legends by becoming friends with a surprisingly friendly dragon. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Night at the Museum. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 4-8 p.m. Come and discover the museum at night with hands-on activities and special exhibits from our collections. Members $5, nonmembers $8. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.

Especially for Me: Evening for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA Families. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. Tinker, learn, and explore, as we provide an open space, ASL interpreters, and fun for families with deaf, hard of hearing, or KODA children, with dinner provided. Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

Sunday, October 14 

Harvest Fair. Newton Center Green, Langley Rd. & Centre St., Newton. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy amusement rides, free pumpkin decorating, 100 craft vendors and informational booths, food, live entertainment, and more. Free newtoncommunitypride.org.

Waters Farm Fall Festival. Historic Waters Farm, 53 Waters Rd., Sutton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Past and present combine come together at this family-friendly weekend festival. A children’s area with animals, petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses, games & more. Also featuring a cow show, amateur lumberjack contest, Irish step dancing, & hand crafts. watersfarm.com. 

Revere Beach Pumpkin Festival. Revere Beach, 350 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy face-painting, cookie decorating, children’s activities, and pumpkins during this fun fall festival. Free. reverebeachpartnership.com.

Earth Stories: A Museum Mini-Festival. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 1-4 p.m. Celebrate Earth Science Week as we explore how minerals can be clues to Earth processes, learn about the planet’s atmosphere, and discover what earthquakes can teach us about the planet. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $12, youth 3 and up $8, ages under 3 free. hmnh.harvard.edu.

Autumnal Sculptures. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. Enjoy a special Sunday in the art studio and make sculptures inspired by the fall season. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.