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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.


SoWa Open MarketSouth End, Free
Mon, May 3, 2021  -  Mon, October 25, 2021   
Now in its 18th season, the award-winning SoWa Open Market is Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Every Sunday, May to October.
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North End Italian Feasts & Processions Guide 2021Boston, Free
Wed, June 2, 2021  -  Wed, September 15, 2021   
Here is a handy guide of the North End Italian Feasts & Processions for Summer 2021. Processions are short parades followed by a mass. Feasts are weekend-long festive events that combine a procession, entertainment,...
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Yankee Homecoming Days at Newburyport 2021Newburyport, Free
Fri, July 30, 2021  -  Sun, August 8, 2021   
Yankee Homecoming Days in Newburyport features music, house tours, a parade, lobsterfest and fireworks throughout the town.
Beverly Homecoming Days 2021Beverly, $
Wed, August 4, 2021  -  Sun, August 8, 2021   
The annual Beverly Homecoming offers concerts, a carnival, contests, picnics, a lobster festival, flea markets, barbecues, arts shows, and fireworks!
Lynn CarnivalLynn, $$
Thu, August 5, 2021  -  Sun, August 8, 2021   
The Carnival is coming to Lynn! Rides, games, food and fun for the whole family! Come see Fiesta Shows put on a great carnival bring your friends and family!
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Revere Beach Sand Castle Sculpting Festival 2021Revere, Free
Fri, August 6, 2021  -  Sun, August 8, 2021   
The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the world. This year’s event is on - in a modified format - so we can look forward to lots of live entertainment,...
Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill's Crane EstateIpswich, $$
Sat, August 7, 2021  -  Sun, August 8, 2021   
The Trustees in association with Boston Swing Central will host the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate for two glittering days on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6.
88th Annual Craftsmen's FairNewbury, $$
Sat, August 7, 2021  -  Sun, August 15, 2021   
Join us for the 88th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair August 7-15 at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH! Open 10 AM – 5 PM rain or shine.
The Deerfield Antique ShowBoston, $$
Mon, August 9, 2021  -  Mon, August 9, 2021   
The Deerfield Antiques Show 75 Selected Exhibitors of Fine Antiques, Americana, Sterling, furniture, primitives, and Decorative Accessories. Monday~ August 9 9am to 3pm Admission $15. or $8. after 11am. at the Deerfield Fairgrounds.
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Fisherman's Feast 2021Boston, Free
Thu, August 12, 2021  -  Sun, August 15, 2021   
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.
Lawrence Semana Hispana CarnivalLawrence, $$
Fri, August 13, 2021  -  Sun, August 15, 2021   
The Carnival is coming to Lawrence! Rides, games, food and fun for the whole family! Come see Fiesta Shows at the Lawrence Semana Hispana Carnival in August!
138th Bolton FairCentral Mass, $
Fri, August 13, 2021  -  Sun, August 15, 2021   
The quintessential New England Fair with old fashion fun for the entire family. Great entertainment, animals, midway and live music. Experience a demolition derby included in the price of admission.
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The Bolton Fair 2021Bolton, $
Fri, August 13, 2021  -  Sun, August 15, 2021   
The quintessential New England Fair with fun for the whole family. Great entertainment, animals, midway, live music, craft village, tractor pull, demo derby and monster trucks.The Bolton Fair will be open three full,...
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Smolak Farms Peach FestivalNorth Andover, $$
Sat, August 14, 2021  -  Sun, August 15, 2021   
Join us for our annual Peach Festival! Each day, we'll have carnival games, cow train rides, hop-on hayrides, concessions, a beer & wine tent, and live music! Oh, and of course, everything PEACH!
Thunder in the Valley Festival Music & Fireworks Celebration 2021Western Mass, $$
Sat, August 14, 2021   
Join Fort Hill Brewery for a day of Local & International Bands, gourmet Food Trucks, The Beer Guy, Games, Special Guests and FIREWORKS.
Sunflower Festival at Verrill FarmConcord
Sat, August 14, 2021  -  Wed, August 25, 2021   
Enjoy 15 different varieties and over 250,000 sunflower blooms! Wander through the paths cut between the flowers while enjoying nature, the sunflowers and some great photo spots.
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2021 Quincy August Moon FestivalQuincy, Free
Sun, August 15, 2021   
The Quincy August Moon Festival is a momentous holiday that celebrates the harvest and the moon as symbols of prosperity, happiness and unity in Asian culture.
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Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl 2021 (Ice Cream Kits TO-GO)Boston, $$
Thu, August 19, 2021  -  Sun, August 22, 2021   
For the 2021 festival, purchase a Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl in a box ice cream kit to pick up from one of several locations around Greater Boston to enjoy with your family or pod, safely from your home. Each kit will...
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Marshfield Fair 2021Marshfield, $
Fri, August 20, 2021  -  Sun, August 29, 2021   
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.
Boston GreenFest 2021 HybridBoston, Free
Fri, August 20, 2021  -  Sun, August 22, 2021   
Boston GreenFest is an award-winning multicultural environmental music festival in its 14th year with 3 days LIVE on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and more programs online.
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Boston GreenFest 2021Boston, Free
Fri, August 20, 2021  -  Sun, August 22, 2021   
Boston GreenFest is an award-winning multicultural environmental music festival in its with 3 days of LIVE performances and activities on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
7th Annual Cars In The ParkWorcester, $
Sat, August 21, 2021  -  Sat, August 21, 2021   
The Whitin Community Center's 7th Annual Cars In The Park will encompass a car, truck & motorcycle show, with vendors, food trucks, kids activities, 50/50 & raffles, music, entertainment & more!
Arts Fest BeverlyBeverly, Free
Sat, August 21, 2021  -  Sat, August 21, 2021   
Arts Fest Beverly is a free outdoor festival that's fun for the whole family! Enjoy juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, food and more! The event is free and open to the public.
Carolyn's Garden Summer Flower FestivalGrafton, $
Sat, August 21, 2021  -  Sat, August 21, 2021   
This year’s festival will feature a pick-your-own flower field, professional photography sessions by Carolyn Tay of Sparkz Photography, flower arranging workshops, informative farm tours for all ages, kids crafts, live music, and good food!
Dover Antiques Show and Vintage MarketDover, $
Sat, August 21, 2021  -  Sat, August 21, 2021   
All New! Once a Month on Saturday! A Fabulous, Fun, & Funky Flea at the Dover Elks Hall. Featuring 50 eclectic dealers outside under the sun with Antiques, Vintage, & Collectibles You never know what you'll find! Catered & Comfortable
Connors Farm Peach FestivalDanvers
Sat, August 21, 2021  -  Sat, August 21, 2021   
Jumping Pillow, Farm Animals, train ride on our custom built Putnamville Railroad, Ropes Course, Singing Chickens, Cow Train, Grain Train, Duck Races, Pedal Carts, FREE pony rides (from 1pm to 4pm), & more!
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Verrill Farm Corn & Tomato FestivalConcord, $
Sat, August 21, 2021  -  Sat, August 21, 2021   
Celebrate Summer's favorite crops at Verrill Farm's annual Corn & Tomato Festival. Taste many varieties of corn & tomatoes, listen to live music, plus hay & pony rides.
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St. Anthony's Feast 2021Boston, Free
Thu, August 26, 2021  -  Sun, August 29, 2021   
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.
Green River FestivalWestern Mass, $$
Fri, August 27, 2021  -  Sat, August 21, 2021   
The Green River Festival is jam packed with music and activities for the entire family including Curious George, a family drum circle, instrument petting zoo, and more!
Family Fest & Home ShowMilford, Free
Sat, August 28, 2021  -  Sat, August 28, 2021   
Bring the whole family, there's tons to see and do and bargains to grab! Activities for the kids, hundreds of vendors with a wide array of products and services, so many choices for delicious treats.
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Annual Gloucester Schooner FestivalGloucester, Free
Fri, September 3, 2021  -  Mon, September 6, 2021   
Enjoy the Mayor's Race for schooners, parade of sail, deck tours, public sails, and other maritime activities. For three days, Gloucester Harbor hosts a mix of old and new, as modern-day fishermen share their home port...
Fan Expo BostonBoston, $
Fri, September 3, 2021  -  Sun, September 5, 2021   
FAN EXPO Boston is returning to the Seaport with a spectacular three-day show at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) on September 3 – 5, 2021. An exciting lineup of celebrity guests!
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King Richard's Faire 2021Carver, $$$$
Sat, September 4, 2021  -  Sun, October 24, 2021   
Escape YOUR reality at New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance festival nestled in the enchanted woods of Carvershire... one day, one thousand memories running weekends and Monday holidays from August 31st...
Sts. Anargyroi Greek Festival 2021Marlborough, Free
Sat, September 4, 2021  -  Mon, September 6, 2021   
LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2021 - Greek Food, Greek Pastries, Beer & Wine, Greek Dance Groups, Greek Souvenirs, Live Greek Music and Dancing. Face Painting & Kids' Games, Fun for All! Free Admission/Rain or Shine!
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Franklin County FairWestern Mass, $$
Thu, September 9, 2021  -  Sun, September 12, 2021   
Enjoy four days of great family fun, including Midway, agricultural shows, displays and events, crafts, racing pigs, lumberjack show, frisbee dogs, demolition derby and more.
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The Sterling FairSterling, Free
Fri, September 10, 2021  -  Sun, September 12, 2021   
A family oriented, community, agricultural fair with the emphasis on agriculture and education. Last year's attendance was over 40,000 people.
Cambridge Carnival 2021Cambridge, Free
Sun, September 12, 2021  -  Sun, September 12, 2021   
An outdoor festival celebrating the African diaspora with food, music, costumes, festivities and fun! The Carnival features an iconic costume parade rooted in African and Caribbean culture, showcasing inspired dance performances and dazzling handmade costumes.
27th Annual Cambridge CarnivalCambridge, Free
Sun, September 12, 2021  -  Sun, September 12, 2021   
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 2021Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 17, 2021  -  Sun, October 3, 2021   
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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South Boston Street Festival 2021Boston, Free
Sat, September 18, 2021   
The Annual South Boston Street Festival features two stages with live musical acts, over 100 neighborhood merchants, restaurants, artists and non-profit organizations. Free children’s activities. A fun filled day for...
Billerica Yankee Doodle HomecomingBillerica, Free
Sat, September 18, 2021  -  Sat, September 18, 2021   
A bevy of activities celebrate Billerica's patriotic history. A town-wide celebration honoring Billerica's Revolutionary past, including a parade and Colonial encampment.
11th Annual Boston Local Food FestivalBoston, Free
Sun, September 19, 2021  -  Sun, September 19, 2021   
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is thrilled to announce the 11th Annual Boston Local Food Festival. Bring your family and friends to eat, shop and discover local food from across New England.
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Winchester Block Party & Town DayWinchester, Free
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sat, September 25, 2021   
Thousands of individuals and families attend each year to enjoy a day of browsing exhibits, playing games, competing in athletics, eating (!), listening to different types of music, attending the health fair, and...
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50th Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum MusterSudbury, $
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sat, September 25, 2021   
Join us for the 50th Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Muster! The 1700s come alive with an encampment, period music, crafts, vendors, demonstrations, and contra dancing.
2021 Annual Dance for World Community FestivalCambridge, Free
Sat, September 25, 2021   
FREE-to-the-Public, the Indoor/Outdoor Event takes place on Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard/Bow Street and Putnam Avenue. Enjoy diverse dance performances, intro dance-classes, arts & crafts, and more.
Blacksmith Art & Renaissance FestivalFitchburg
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sat, September 25, 2021   
We love promoting the craft of blacksmithing and the arts for everyone to enjoy! Apply to compete or just come for the show! We can't wait to see you there.
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Pumpkin Chuckin' Fest 2021Vermont, $
Sun, September 26, 2021  -  Sun, September 26, 2021   
Pumpkin Chucking fest is a fundraiser for Coastal Connections (a group that works to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County) and a fall family day of fun with music, pumpkin catapult, food, games, raffles,...
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Topsfield Fair 2021Topsfield, $$
Fri, October 1, 2021  -  Mon, October 11, 2021   
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...
Maynard FestMaynard, Free
Sat, October 2, 2021   
Dozens of sidewalk sales, over 100 vendors and free family entertainment. It is sure to please both young and old, including free children's events such as the trackless train ride.
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42nd Yarmouth Seaside FestivalYarmouth, Free
Sat, October 9, 2021  -  Sun, October 10, 2021   
Enjoy a craft fair of more than 125 crafters from all over the country, food vendors with a fabulous selection of foods to sample, continual musical entertainment, high-quality children’s events, kayak and canoe race,...
Snowbound FestivalBoston
Fri, November 19, 2021  -  Sun, November 21, 2021   
The Snowbound Festival serves as the official kick off for winter that brings the community together to celebrate our collective excitement about the coming season.
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America's Hometown Thanksgiving Parade CelebrationPlymouth, Free
Sat, November 20, 2021  -  Sat, November 20, 2021   
The Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration will be held this year as it is each year at the birthplace of Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Massachusetts on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival 2022Brookline, $
Wed, May 18, 2022  -  Wed, May 18, 2022   
Join us for spring festival celebrating Japanese culture! This is a family-friendly community event with taiko drums, music, dance, story-telling, crafts, Japanese food, games and more!
Newton PorchFest 2022Newton, Free
Sat, June 4, 2022  -  Sat, June 4, 2022   
Newton PorchFest is a free community music festival performed outside of people's homes through several neighborhoods in Newton. Stroll the neighborhood and enjoy the music!
Arts Fest Beverly 2022Beverly, Free
Sat, June 18, 2022  -  Wed, June 15, 2022   
Arts Fest Beverly is a free outdoor festival that's fun for the whole family- including over 100 juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids' activities, art-on-the-spot creations and food trucks.
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Brockton Fair 2021 - CANCELLEDBrockton, $
Fri, June 24, 2022  -  Mon, July 4, 2022   
One of America's oldest and finest country fairs! Rides, Midway, Live Entertainment, Demolition Derby, Fireworks & more! There is something for everyone in the family to see and enjoy.
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Lowell Folk Festival 2022Lowell, Free
Fri, July 29, 2022  -  Sun, July 31, 2022   
Today the Lowell Folk Festival and its producing partners announced plans for Keeping the Tradition: A Virtual Celebration of the Lowell Folk Festival.
Arts Fest Beverly 2022Beverly, Free
Sat, August 13, 2022  -  Sat, August 13, 2022   
Arts Fest Beverly is a free outdoor festival that's fun for the whole family! The event is free and open to the public. Artist application for 2020 – please click here https://www.beverlymainstreets.org/arts-fest-landing-page/
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Antique & Classic Boat Festival 2022Salem, $
Mon, August 29, 2022  -  Tue, August 30, 2022   
The historic port of Salem hosts the Annual Boston Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Classic sailboats, powerboats, and hand-powered craft on display.
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