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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.

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SoWa Open MarketSouth End, Free
Sun, May 1, 2022  -  Mon, October 24, 2022   
Now in its 19th 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 2022Boston, Free
Sun, June 5, 2022  -  Sun, September 11, 2022   
Here is a handy guide of the North End Italian Feasts & Processions for Summer 2022. Processions are short parades followed by a mass. Feasts are weekend-long festive events that combine a procession, entertainment,...
Harvard Square Open MarketCambridge, Free
Sun, June 5, 2022  -  Sun, October 30, 2022   
Enjoy a fun weekly outdoor market on Church Street between Mass Ave and Brattle Street! Featuring a curated mix of local artists, artisans, designers and vintage dealers.
Summer Henna EventTaunton, $
Wed, June 15, 2022  -  Thu, September 1, 2022   
A day spent making happy memories with your kids is never wasted. Book a day with your kiddos or just your self to unwind and relax. Book Your Summer Henna today 508 369 8797
Lexington July 4th CarnivalLexington, $$$$
Thu, June 30, 2022  -  Mon, July 4, 2022   
The carnival is coming to Lexington June 30th through July 4th. The carnival will be held at Hastings Park, Worthen and Mass Ave, Lexington, MA.
Franklin July 4th CarnivalFranklin, $$$$
Thu, June 30, 2022  -  Mon, July 4, 2022   
The carnival is coming to Franklin June 30th through July 4th. The carnival will be held at 195 Main St. (High St. Rides), Union & Church St., Franklin Town Common, Franklin, MA
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Boston Harborfest 2022Boston, Free
Today  -  Mon, July 4, 2022   
Boston Harborfest is an annual festival that celebrates Boston's maritime and colonial history. Enjoy over 200 different events that occur throughout the week around Boston's historic downtown and waterfront districts,...
9th Boston JerkFest Rum & Brew Tasting (Adults)Boston, $$
The Friday evening Rum & Brew Tasting is for 21+ festival attendees and features live music and unlimited tastings of a variety of local and international Caribbean themed libations, spirits, local craft beer, wine, and artisan beverages.
Hampton Falls Liberty Weekend Craft FestivalNew Hampshire, Free
Sat, July 2, 2022  -  Sun, July 3, 2022   
This event is a fundraiser for the Hampton Falls Recreation Commission with funds raised to maintain and improve the commons. Come and savor the culinary delights, the unique arts, crafts and music!
9th Boston JerkFest & Hot Sauce FestBoston, $$
Sat, July 2, 2022   
Boston Jerkfest will feature authentic Caribbean, international, and local spicy food for sale. Boston Hot Sauce Fest will feature the best hot sauces in New England, hot pepper value-added products, and farms featuring hot peppers.
Bridgewater Arts & Music FestivalBridgewater, $
Mon, July 4, 2022  -  Mon, July 4, 2022   
Annual Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival, free admission, events, displays, crafters selling, artists showing, fun for everyone & yummy food! Live music and other performances. Local authors, artists. Kid friendly. Come and stay a while.
Newton 4th of July CelebrationNewton, Free
Mon, July 4, 2022   
The city's annual 4th of July celebrations begin with the free Kids Morning from 10:00am - Noon at the Newton Centre Playground and follows with a day of fun activities, parades & fireworks.
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New Bedford Folk Festival 2022New Bedford, $$
Sat, July 9, 2022  -  Sun, July 10, 2022   
This two day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music on seven stages and renowned music workshops, fine vendors of arts, crafts and clothing, and a children’s activity station.
New Bedford Folk FestivalNew Bedford, $$
Sat, July 9, 2022  -  Sun, July 10, 2022   
The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center is pleased to present the 25th New Bedford Folk Festival with a special line-up in honor of its silver anniversary on Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10, 2022.
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Barnstable County Fair 2022Falmouth, $$
Mon, July 18, 2022  -  Sun, July 24, 2022   
The Barnstable County Fair offers lots of summer fun for families. Enjoy crafts, midway, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.
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Needham CarnivalNeedham
Thu, July 21, 2022  -  Sun, July 24, 2022   
Come join the Rotary Club of Needham for Kiddie rides, big kid rides, thrill rides, midway, carnival food. July 21-24 at Needham High School. Fun family event!
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Revere Beach Sand Castle Sculpting Festival 2022Revere, Free
Fri, July 22, 2022  -  Sun, July 24, 2022   
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,...
The 7th Annual Linda Plaut Festival of the Arts4 Locations, Free
Fri, July 22, 2022  -  Sun, July 24, 2022   
The 7th annual Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts will span many facets of arts and culture including several genres of music from blues to baroque, classical guitar to R&B, and opera to jazz.
The Northeast Sea Glass ExpoNew Hampshire, $
Sun, July 24, 2022  -  Sun, July 24, 2022   
We are very much looking forward to the fourth Spring Northeast Sea Glass Expo. Come see what over 50 Artists have created from items found on local beaches and beaches from all over the world.
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Lowell Folk Festival 2022Lowell, Free
Fri, July 29, 2022  -  Sat, July 30, 2022   
Today the Lowell Folk Festival and its producing partners announced plans for Keeping the Tradition: A Virtual Celebration of the Lowell Folk Festival.
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Yankee Homecoming Days at Newburyport 2022Newburyport, Free
Sat, July 30, 2022  -  Sun, August 7, 2022   
Yankee Homecoming Days in Newburyport features music, house tours, a parade, lobsterfest and fireworks throughout the town.
Beverly Homecoming Days & Fireworks 2022Beverly, $
Wed, August 3, 2022  -  Sun, August 7, 2022   
The annual Beverly Homecoming offers concerts, a carnival, contests, picnics, a lobster festival, flea markets, barbecues, arts shows, and fireworks!
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Scituate Heritage Days 2022Scituate, Free
Fri, August 5, 2022  -  Sat, August 6, 2022   
Enjoy live music and entertainment, a carnival artisan crafts, kid’s activities and historical site visits for one of the South Shore’s biggest and most anticipated outdoor events of the summer.
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Boston Seafood FestivalBoston, $
Sun, August 7, 2022  -  Sun, August 7, 2022   
Seafood, education, music, beer, pirates, and more! The 9th edition of the Boson Seafood Festival is coming back to Boston's historic Fish Pier on August 7, 2022!
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The Bolton Fair 2022Bolton, $
Fri, August 12, 2022  -  Sun, August 14, 2022   
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,...
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
Peach & Tractor FestivalAmesbury, Free
Sat, August 13, 2022  -  Sun, August 21, 2022   
The multi-weekend event will feature free live music, outdoor hard cider bar, family-friendly activities, hayrides, touch-a-truck, food truck specials, homemade peach treats, and pick-your-own peaches.
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Fisherman's Feast 2022Boston, Free
Thu, August 18, 2022  -  Sun, August 21, 2022   
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 Fair 2022Marshfield, $
Fri, August 19, 2022  -  Sun, August 28, 2022   
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.
92.5 Seaside Music Festival at Stage Fort ParkGloucester, Free
Sat, August 20, 2022  -  Sat, August 20, 2022   
Spend the day on the waterfront in Gloucester! This year Guster will headline the festival, an joined by Noah Kahan, Mt. Joy and Tall Heights for the free concert.
41st Annual Gloucester Waterfront FestivalGloucester, Free
Sat, August 20, 2022  -  Sun, August 21, 2022   
The historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will blossom into color, flavor and music for the 401st Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival on Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21, 2022.
Annual Gloucester Waterfront FestivalGloucester, Free
Sat, August 20, 2022  -  Sun, August 21, 2022   
The historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will blossom into color, flavor and music for the 40th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival on Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21, 2022.
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Verrill Farm Corn & Tomato FestivalConcord, $
Sat, August 20, 2022  -  Sat, August 20, 2022   
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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Quincy August Moon FestivalQuincy, Free
Sun, August 21, 2022   
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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St. Anthony's Feast 2022Boston, Free
Thu, August 25, 2022  -  Sun, August 28, 2022   
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.
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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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The Sterling FairSterling, Free
Fri, September 9, 2022  -  Sun, September 11, 2022   
A family oriented, community, agricultural fair with the emphasis on agriculture and education. Last year's attendance was over 40,000 people.
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(ähts) The Boston Arts Festival 2022Boston, Free
Sat, September 10, 2022  -  Sun, September 11, 2022   
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...
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The Big E 2022Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 16, 2022  -  Sun, October 2, 2022   
The Big E is a New England autumn tradition and the ninth largest fair in North America. There's no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds and taste tempting aromas of the fall season than at The Big E.
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Arlington Town Day 2022Arlington, Free
Sat, September 17, 2022  -  Sat, September 17, 2022   
Enjoy the annual Arlington Town Day - a family & community festival celebrating Arlington. Music, entertainment, pony rides, crafts, food & more!
Bedford Day 2022Bedford, Free
Sat, September 17, 2022   
The Town of Bedford will be celebrating Bedford Day on Saturday, September 17. Come out and enjoy a fun filled day with friends and family! A Road Race, Parade, Fair & Fireworks are planned.
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Topsfield Fair 2022Topsfield, $$
Fri, September 30, 2022  -  Mon, October 10, 2022   
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...
The NRT 48th Annual Harvest Fair​Easton, $
Sun, October 2, 2022  -  Sun, October 2, 2022   
Mark your calendars! This year's NRT Harvest and Craft Fair is scheduled for more information on this year's event will be listed on the Harvest Fair page throughout the summer, so check back often.
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Yarmouth Seaside FestivalYarmouth, Free
Sat, October 8, 2022  -  Mon, October 10, 2022   
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,...
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Boston Book Festival (Dates TBD)Virtual/Online, Free
Sun, October 16, 2022  -  Sun, October 23, 2022   
Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire, Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and...
Snowbound FestivalBoston
Sat, November 19, 2022  -  Mon, November 21, 2022   
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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