Gas Up the Van! 62 Fall Fairs and Festivals on Tap

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

By Justine O’Brien

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to! Fall brings pretty leaves and cozy sweaters, as well as some of the most festive outdoor activities the season has to offer. Be sure to check out the websites of the events that interest you so your family can get in on the action!


Downtown Gloucester Block Party. Sept. 1, Main St., Gloucester. Artisans, kids activities, music. Free.

Gloucester Schooner Festival. Sept. 1-3, Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester. Annual maritime and sailing event.

Spencer Fair. Sept. 1-4, 48 Smithville Rd., Spencer. Traditional agricultural exhibits, derbies, rides, games, food, and more. General admission $10; Children ages 7-12, Senior Citizens (62 and over), & Military, $7; Weekend Pass, $25.

Saint Anargyoi Greican Festival. Sept. 2-4, 9 Central St., Marlborough. Greek food, drinks, entertainment, music, children’s activities, auctions, vendors, and marketplace.

King Richard’s Faire. Sept. 2- Oct. 22, 235 S Main St., Carver. New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance Festival. Adults $31; Children (4-11), $16; Children 3 and under free.

Wachusett Mountain Musicfest. Sept. 2-4, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton. Country Day Saturday. Rock/Blues Day Sunday. Classic Car Show, Sunday. Adults $30 at the door; Children 6-12; $9 at the door.

Appleseed Country Fair. Sept. 3-5, Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston.

Old Home Day. Sept. 4, Charlton. Entertainment, craft fair, art show, flower show, contests, food, soap box derby, road race, parade. Free.

Boston Brazilian Independence Day Festival. Sept. 5-10, DCR Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston. Children’s activities, crafts, food, music. Free.

Bread and Roses Heritage Festival. Sept. 5, Campagnone Common, Lawrence. Trolley and walking tours, portrait drawing, exhibits, children’s activities at the Kidz Zone, pony rides, arts and crafts fair, and more. Free.

Sterling Fair. Sept. 8-10, Sterling Airport, Sterling. Livestock, crafters, farmers market, midway, fireworks, exhibit hall, arts and crafts, food.

BSV Oktober Fest. Sept. 9, 8 County St., Walpole. Music, dance, games, pony rides, food, drink. $10 per person, children under 12 free.

Jamaica Plain Music Festival. Sept. 9, Pineback Baseball Field, Jamaica Plain, Boston. Music, food, kids’ activities.

Codman Estate Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. Sept. 9, 34 Codman Rd., Northeast Lincoln. Artisans, live entertainment, food court. Admission $5, free for kids under 12.

7th Annual Swampscott Arts & Craft Festival. Sept. 9-10, Linscott Park, Monument Ave., Swampscott. Opening at 10 a.m. Free.

Boston Arts Festival. Sept. 9-10, Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Boston. Covered artists’ village, two stages of performing arts, and family activities. Free.

Salem Spice Festival. Sept. 9-10, Forest River Park, 98 West Ave., Salem. Exhibits, storytelling, talks, colonial recipes, music, open hearth cooking, demonstrations, vendors, and crafts. Free, but donations accepted for Pioneer Village.

Vegetarian & Vegan Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival. Sept. 10, Arsenal Project, Watertown. Twenty food trucks serve up a variety of vegetarian favorites, including Asian-fusion, soft serve treats, warm hand pies, and much more. Advance tickets $5; onsite tickets $10; children under 12 free.

Cambridge Carnival International. Sept. 10, Cambridge. Festival rooted in African and Caribbean traditions, the event includes a grand costume parade. Free.

Somerville Dog Festival. Sept. 10, Trum Field, Somerville. Dog sports demonstrations, silent auction, and more. Free, but donations appreciated.

Longfellow’s Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival. Sept. 13, Wayside Inn, Wayside Inn Rd., Sudbury. Exhibitors, music, food.

Applefest. Sept. 14-17, Algonquin Regional High School Athletic Fields. 5K road race, BBQ, music, street fair, parade, craft fair, fireworks, bake-off, book sale, and more. Free.

22nd Annual Marlborough Heritage Festival. Sept. 15-17, Downtown Marlborough, Marlborough. Music, Oktoberfest, chili & chowder challenges, and farmer’s market. General admission and parking are free.

Fresh Grass Music Festival. Sept. 15-17, 87 Marshall St., North Adams. Three-day music festival featuring dozens of top-notch acts, plus workshops, food and family music-making, and art-making events. Adult 3-day pass, $99; Student 3-day pass, $89; Children 7-16 3-day pass, $46. Single-day passes may be released closer to the festival date.

The Big E. Sept. 15- Oct.1, 875 Memorial Ave., Springfield. Adults $15; children (6-12) $10; children 5 and under free. Massachusetts’s state fair features a midway, crafts, entertainment, exhibition halls, and more.

Volksfest by Harvard Lions. Sept. 16, Harvard Library Field, 4 Pond Rd., Harvard. A “Festival for all People” featuring traditional German food, beer and wine, live music and dancing. Bed races, kid’s activities, and craft vendors. Admission and parking are free.

South Boston Street Festival. Sept. 16, East Broadway, South Boston. Live entertainment on two stages, over 100 local merchants, artists and organizations, food, dance performances, children’s activities, pooch-friendly. Free.

13thAnnual Endless Summer Waterfront Festival. Sept. 16, Nantasket Beach, Hull. Food, art, games, contests, music, sand castle competition.

2017 Boxford Apple Festival. Sept. 16, Topsfield Rd. & Elm St., Boxford. Artisans, food, activities.

edbrook Harvestfest. Sept. 16, Redbrook, Greenside Way South, Plymouth. Scenic wagon rides to the cranberry bogs, demonstrations of the water harvest, kayak rentals, cranberry products, nature walks, vendors, face painting, jugglers, and live music. Free.

41st Annual Corn Festival. Sept. 16-17, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell. Corn-themed food, games, crafts, hayrides, animals, activities.

36th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Sept. 17, Town Common, Routes 119 and 113, Townsend. Juried arts show. Rain or shine.

Marion Oktober Fest. Sept. 17, 465 Mill St., Marion. German food, music, dancers, and more. Adults $10; Children under 12 free.

Boston Local Food Festival. Sept. 17, The Greenway, Boston. Nation’s largest local and sustainable food hub features farmers, restaurants, food trucks, demonstrations. Free.

14th Annual Revels RiverSing. Sept. 17, Harvard Sq., Cambridge. Join thousands of voices in song as Revels waves goodbye to summer and welcomes in the fall, during this puppet-filled and song-filled parade. Free.

24th Annual Soule Homestead Harvest Fair & Joe Davies Folk Festival. Sept. 19, Soule Homestead, 46 Soule St., Middleborough. Animals, children’s games and crafts, hay rides, family activities, food, drink.

Cape Cod Scallop Festival. Sept. 22-24, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth. Arts and crafts show, live music, inflatable ride park, food court, and more. Adults $7; Children 6-12 $2. Combo admission and meal ticket costs vary.

Boston Teen Author Festival. Sept. 23, Cambridge Public Library & Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 449 Broadway, Cambridge. Boston celebrates young adult literature with speakers and readers. Free.

River Ruckus 2017 and the Annual Rubber Duck Regatta. Sept. 23, Riverfront Park, Riverfront Cultural District and Washington Street, Haverhill. Family activities, entertainment, “duck drop,” children’s activities, live music, craft fair, classic car show, and fireworks over the Merrimack.

What The Fluff? Marshmallow Festival. Sept. 23, Union Sq., Somerville. Three stages of entertainment, with events including Sticky Musical Chairs and Fluff Jousting, cooking and eating competitions, a kids’ area, and live music.

27th Annual KidFest. Sept. 23-24, 499 Mountain Rd., Wachusett Mountain, Princeton. Music, food, games, performances, characters, entertainment, and the baystateparent Cover Model Talent Search. Adults $14; Children 3-12 $10 at door.

Spirit of Shrewsbury. Sept. 23-24, Oak Middle, School, Shrewsbury. Over 100 exhibitors, crafts, parade. Other events, including pancake breakfast, fishing derby, historic walking tour, and 5K, are at other locations around town. Free.

The Craft Festival at Fruitlands. Sept. 23-24, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. Handmade ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, and more, live music and food. Admission $5 for members; $10 non members; Children under 12 free. Admission includes admission to the museum.

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Sept. 23-24, Foster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd., Orange. Hundreds of booths featuring farmers, artists, and community organizations. Raw garlic eating contest and chef demos, art and adventure activities for kids and families. Adults $5, weekend pass $8; children 12 and under free. free shuttle and parking.

Grotonfest. Sept. 24, Groton Town Common, Groton. Featuring Fiddlin’ Quinn and His Big Folks Band, with crafts, food, entertainment, animals, dancers. Free.

Amherst Apple Harvest Festival. Sept. 24, Amherst Town Common, Amherst. Rain or shine. Arts & crafts, local food, children’s games, and silent auction. 413-545-0865.

Allston Village Street Fair. Sept. 24, Harvard Ave., Allston. A family-friendly event with two outdoor stages, live bands, street performances, international food court, artists, and an amusements area.

New England Blues Festival. Sept. 24, Middleboro Lodge, 24 High St., Middleboro. General admission $20; Children under 12 free.

The Topsfield Fair. Sept. 29-Oct.9, 207 Boston St., Topsfield. Agriculture exhibits, entertainment, rides, games, shopping, food. Tickets start at $9, free for children under 8 with an adult.

29th Annual Autumn-Fest. Sept. 30, Bridgewater State University, 45 School St., Boyden Hall Quad, Bridgewater. Raffle, food, drink, music, family activities, kids’ events.

New England Indonesian Festival. Sept. 30, Copley Square, Boston. Indonesian cultural, arts, performances, and food.

8th Annual New England BBQ Fest. Sept. 30-Oct.1, 499 Mountain Rd., Wachusett Mountain, Princeton. Crafters, farmers market, entertainment, Oysterfest. $9 adult, $6 children 6 to 12.

Berklee Downtown Jazz Festival. Sept. 30, Columbus Ave, Boston. Music, arts, crafts, instrument petting zoo. Free.


Douglas Octoberfest. Oct. 7, Main St., Douglas. Street fair includes vendors, crafts, food, games, entertainment, rides.

Cranberry Harvest Celebration. Oct. 7, 158 Thionet Rd., Wareham. Juried crafters, activities for children, animal shows, cooking demonstrations, food, pony and wagon rides. Admission $10; $5 for Seniors and Military; Children under 7 free.

9th Annual Oktoberfest and 12th Annual HONK! Parade. Oct. 8, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Beer garden, food, live entertainment, vendors, family activities.

12th Annual New Bedford SeaportChowder Festival. Oct. 8, City Pier 3, New Bedford. Chowder and soup from more than 20 area restaurants, live music. Adults $18, Children 6 to 12 $5; free for ages 5 and under.

34th Annual AppleFest. Oct. 14-15, 499 Mountain Rd., Wachusett Mountain, Princeton. Over 75 craft fair & farmers’ market booths, family entertainment, pony rides, jugglers and magicians, and more. Adults $11; Children 6 to 12 $6.

Rockport Harvest Festival. Oct. 14, T-Wharf & Downtown Rockport. Food, music, family activities. Free.

37th Annual Mass Audubon Farm Day. Oct. 21, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Winslow Cemetery Road, Marshfield. Tractor drawn hay rides, live bluegrass music, educational presentations, games, crafts, artisans, delicious food.

Westminster Cracker Festival. Oct. 21, 10 Village Sq., Westminster. Live music, arts and crafts, beer garden, kids activities, and more. Free.

Chatham Oktoberfest. Oct. 21, Gould Park, Chatham. Featuring beers, kids’ crafts and games, entertainment, and food trucks.