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Boston Festivals for Kids and Families

Find out about the top family-friendly Fairs and Festivals in Boston, including the Boston Pizza Festival, Boston Music Festivals, Boston Book Festival, Boston Christmas Festival and more.


Boxborough Antiques ShowBoxborough, $
Sun, March 10, 2019  -  Sun, March 8, 2020   
The Boxborough Antique Show Series Antiques, Folk Art, Quilts, Furniture, Ceramics, Textiles, Jewelry, Art, Sterling Silver, and Primitives. March 10, 2019 September 22, 2019 October 27, 2019 January 5, 2020 March 8, 2020 Admission $8 per person
SoWa Open MarketBoston, Free
Sat, May 4, 2019  -  Tue, October 29, 2019   
Now in its 16th season, the award-winning SoWa Open Market is Boston's largest celebration of local artists, farmers, chefs, brewers and musicians. Every Saturday and Sundayfrom May - October, 10 am – 4 pm.
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North End Italian Feasts & Processions Guide 2019Boston, Free
Sun, June 2, 2019  -  Sun, September 15, 2019   
Here is a handy guide of the North End Italian Feasts & Processions for Summer 2019. Processions are short parades followed by a mass. Feasts are weekend-long festive events that combine a procession, entertainment,...
“THE BLOCK” Downtown Street PartyBeverly, Free
Sat, July 27, 2019  -  Sat, August 24, 2019   
Join Beverly Main Streets at THE BLOCK, their downtown street party. One block of downtown will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends and listen to live music.
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Fisherman’s FeastBoston, Free
Thu, August 15, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
The Fisherman’s Feast, Boston’s oldest continuous Italian Festival, offers food, live music, traditional processions and more.
Fisherman's Feast 2019Boston, Free
Thu, August 15, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
The oldest continuous Italian festival in the North End. This year the Feast takes place on North, Lewis, and Fleet Streets with its usual enticing selection of entertainment, food and traditional processions.
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Marshfield FairMarshfield, $
Fri, August 16, 2019  -  Sun, August 25, 2019   
This year's fair offers great family entertainment with hundreds of farm animals, daily free shows, free grandstand attractions, arts & crafts, 4 H & Agricultural exhibits, horticultural displays & much more.
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Boston GreenFest & Tech Expo 2019Boston, Free
Fri, August 16, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
The region's largest multicultural environmental music festival, Boston GreenFest is a celebration of life and possibility. FREE event with three days of fun, exploring and live entertainment.
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Gloucester Waterfront FestivalGloucester, Free
Sat, August 17, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor hosts this colorful festival, with live music and children's activities, delicious ethnic & New England foods, and more.
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2019 Quincy August Moon FestivalQuincy, Free
Today   
The Quincy August Moon Festival will take place on Hancock Street in Quincy Center. Festival attractions include: a sampling of traditional moon cakes; food vendors; exhibitors representing various countries; cultural...
Sunday Funday- Rock the BoatQuincy, Free
Today  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
Make your Sunday a FUNday at Marina Bay in Quincy between 12 and 4PM. Rock the Boat with a DJ and karaoke while enjoying nautical themed activities!
Park Science Children's Summer Festival at Franklin ParkBoston
Tue, August 20, 2019   
The Children's Festival features performing arts, science-related activities like cool experiments using household ingredients, take-home art projects, face paintings, a visit from the Zoo New England, and much more.
Children's Summer Festival at The PlaysteadJamaica Plain, Free
Tue, August 20, 2019  -  Tue, August 20, 2019   
This Children’s Festival is packed full of performing arts, science-related activities like cool experiments using household ingredients, take-home art projects, face painting, arts and crafts, a magic show, games , a puppet show and more!
Boston Organics: ELM Event 2019Boston, Free
Tue, August 20, 2019  -  Tue, August 20, 2019   
Attend a tour of the Boston Organics facility and warehouse to learn more about 'eating local' and building a healthy local food system. Join us!
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St. Anthony's Feast 2019Boston, Free
Thu, August 22, 2019  -  Sun, August 25, 2019   
The St. Anthony's Feast in the North End of Boston is celebrated each year on the last weekend in August. Enjoy parades, live music, delicious food and a festive decorated atmosphere.
2019 Middlesex County 4-H FairWestford, $$
Fri, August 23, 2019  -  Sun, August 25, 2019   
The Fair is an agricultural, non-commercial, youth fair, and all of our exhibitors are members of 4-H Clubs in Middlesex County. Animals include horses, cows, sheep, goats, etc.
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Antique & Classic Boat FestivalSalem, $
Sat, August 24, 2019  -  Sun, August 25, 2019   
The historic port of Salem hosts the Annual Boston Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Classic sailboats, powerboats, and hand-powered craft on display.
Newburyport Riverfront Music FestivalNewburyport, Free
Sat, August 24, 2019  -  Sat, August 24, 2019   
Spend the day on the waterfront in Newburyport! This year Barenaked Ladies will headline the festival, an joined by Phillip Phillips, Anderson East and The Aldous Collins Band for the free concert.
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Downtown Plymouth Waterfront FestivalPlymouth, Free
Sat, August 24, 2019   
Join us at the annual Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival. Returning Festival favorites will be the Arts & Craft Show featuring over 100 local artisans and crafters, Duck Races in Brewster Gardens, the 6th annual...
96th Feast of the Three Saints 2019Lawrence, Free
Fri, August 30, 2019  -  Sun, September 1, 2019   
The annual Feast of the Three Saints in Lawrence offers music, food and community. At the Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino Society and Lawrence Common.
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Annual Gloucester Schooner FestivalGloucester, Free
Fri, August 30, 2019  -  Mon, September 2, 2019   
Enjoy the Mayor's Race for schooners, parade of sail, deck tours, public sails, and other maritime activities. For three days, Gloucester Harbor hosts a mix of old and new, as modern-day fishermen share their home port...
Labor Day Weekend - Lebanese FestivalLawrence, Free
Fri, August 30, 2019  -  Sun, September 1, 2019   
St.Anthony’s Church invites EVERYONE to attend. Come and enjoy live Lebanese bands, Lebanese and American food and pastries,raffles, games, and more!
Appleseed Country FairCentral Mass, Free
Sat, August 31, 2019  -  Mon, September 2, 2019   
The Appleseed Country Fair is a three day family friendly fair. Come down and enjoy live music, great food, local brewers, kids games, and many surprises to come!
St. Anargyroi Greek FestivalMarlborough, Free
Sat, August 31, 2019  -  Mon, September 2, 2019   
Greek Food Greek Pastries Beer & Wine Greek Dance Groups Greek Souvenirs Greek Music by DJ George Regan Live Music Live Dancers Free Admission - Rain or Shine!
King Richard's Faire 2019 Season - Saturdays and SundaysCarver, $
Sat, August 31, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
Escape YOUR reality at King Richard’s Faire, New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance festival! Open Labor Day Weekend Visit the Faire weekends and Monday holidays from August 31-October 20, 2019
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King Richard's FaireCarver, $$$$
Mon, September 2, 2019  -  Mon, October 14, 2019   
King Richard’s Faire is New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance Festival. Captivate your senses by seeing exotic animals and watching the King’s daring knights joust on horseback; hear live musical acts...
Bread and Roses Heritage FestivalLawrence, Free
Mon, September 2, 2019  -  Mon, September 2, 2019   
The 35th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival takes place on Labor Day on the Common in Lawrence, MA. It is a free, one-day 'open air' celebration for the whole family.
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(ähts) The Boston Arts Festival 2019Boston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
Affectionately dubbed ähts, The Boston Arts Festival features more than three dozen juried visual artists showing and selling original paintings, sculpture, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, photography, and mixed...
The Boston Arts FestivalBoston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
Free art and music festival featuring more than 70 juried local visual artists, craftspeople, and local musicians performing on the Waterfront Stage throughout the day. including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, and much more.
The Boston Arts FestivalBoston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
Free art and music festival featuring more than 70 juried local visual artists, craftspeople, and local musicians performing on the Waterfront Stage throughout the day. including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, and much more.
The Boston Arts FestivalBoston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
Free art and music festival featuring more than 70 juried local visual artists, craftspeople, and local musicians performing on the Waterfront Stage throughout the day. including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, and much more.
27th Annual Cambridge CarnivalCambridge, Free
Sun, September 8, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
Cambridge Carnival International is a colorful and festive celebration that is rooted in African traditions. The festival, now a Cambridge institution, attracts thousands of people and is the largest festival in Cambridge.
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The Big E 2019Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
The Big E is a New England autumn tradition and the ninth largest fair in North America. There's no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds and taste tempting aromas of the fall season than at The Big E.
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Arlington Town Day 2019Arlington, Free
Sat, September 14, 2019  -  Sat, September 14, 2019   
Enjoy the annual Arlington Town Day - a family & community festival celebrating Arlington. Music, entertainment, pony rides, crafts, food & more!
Harvard Fall FestHarvard, Free
Sat, September 14, 2019  -  Sat, September 14, 2019   
Join us for live music, dancing, food, beer, wine, human foosball, cornhole tourament, bed races, kids games. Free admission. Woodstock 50th anniversary theme. Prizes for best hippie costume and best tie dye shirt.
Trailside's 60th Anniversary CelebrationMilton, Free
Sat, September 14, 2019  -  Sat, September 14, 2109   
Bring the whole family to Trailside Museum for a celebration of everything the sanctuary has accomplished in the past 60 years! Enjoy free admission all day.
10th Annual Boston Local Food FestivalBoston, Free
Sun, September 15, 2019  -  Sun, September 15, 2019   
For one spectacular day each year, SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation's largest local & sustainable food hub!
The 35th Boston Film FestivalBoston, $
Thu, September 19, 2019  -  Sun, September 22, 2019   
Thought provoking film premieres and first look of TV series fall premieres, panels with directors and actors, parties, celebrations, red carpet press events all create an exciting cinema experience.
2019 NH Highland Games & FestivalNew Hampshire, $$
Fri, September 20, 2019  -  Sun, September 22, 2019   
The 44th New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival is one weekend party that you don't want to miss. September 20 – 22, 8am – 5pm with additional ticketed evening events
Chinatown Main Street Lantern Festival 2019Boston, Free
Sat, September 21, 2019   
Join us in Chinatown Park from 10am - 6pm for a day of festivities, games, and mooncake sampling to kick-off the celebrations for the traditional mid-Autumn Festival.
Water Lantern Festival SpringfieldBoston, $$
Sat, September 21, 2019  -  Sat, September 21, 2019   
Water Lantern Festival was Voted No. 1 Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY. Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections.
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Topsfield Fair 2019Topsfield, $$
Fri, October 4, 2019  -  Mon, October 14, 2019   
Enjoy America's oldest and finest agricultural fair w/ New England‘s largest carnival midway, cool demos, (ranging from beekeeping to miniature trains), a Grange Museum, pumpkin weigh-offs, live entertainment and the...
Nashua Valley Model Railroad Assn “Railfair 2019” Model Train ShowBoxborough, $
Sat, October 5, 2019  -  Sun, October 6, 2019   
The Nashua Valley Model Railroad Assn is announcing its 55th annual “Railfair 2019” model train show on October 5-6, 2018. Attractions include: model railroad displays, layouts, exhibits, dealers, children’s depot, & train rides.
The Gore Place Century PartyWaltham, $
Sat, October 5, 2019  -  Sat, October 5, 2019   
games, music and activities for all ages including wagon rides, live music by the Riverboat Stompers, archery, lawn games, a self-guided, ground-floor mansion tour and an exhibit by the Waltham Telephone Museum.
3rd Annual Fall Food FestivalWorcester, $
Sat, October 12, 2019  -  Sat, October 12, 2019   
The Fall Food Festival will encompass a wide variety of Food Truck Vendors and Event Vendors from all around New England, Beer Garden, Fall Activities, Pumpkin Patch, FREE Bouncy House, Corn Hole, Entertainment & more!
4th Annual Local Craft Spirit FestivalCambridge, $$
Sat, October 12, 2019  -  Sat, October 12, 2019   
SBN’s Local Craft Spirits Festival will gather hundreds of local spirits fans to celebrate together with dozens of local vendors and hundreds of products.
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Head of The Charles Regatta 2019Cambridge, Free
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
Watch rowing teams compete from all over the country and take in the sights of autumn along the banks of the Charles River.
Boston Book Festival 2019Back Bay, Free
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
Join us for a day of: Fascinating Authors, Dynamic Presentations, Cool Programs & Activities for Kids, Workshops and Contests, Historic Copley Square, Live Music, booksellers and signings, Technology and Reading, Good Food and more.
Roslindale Open StudiosRoslindale, Free
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
15th annual Roslindale Open Studios featuring arts and crafts from local artisans. Mediums include painting, photography, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, fiber arts and so much more.
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Boston Christmas Festival & Gingerbread Competition 2018Boston, $$
Fri, November 8, 2019  -  Sun, November 10, 2019   
Over 300 of America’s Finest Artists, and Craftsmen offering great Holiday Shopping!! Gourmet Foods to sample and buy. Don't miss the spectacular Gingerbread House Competition.


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