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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.

The Original New England Vinyl Record & CD ShowDedham, $
Sun, March 19, 2023  -  Sun, November 5, 2023   
Thousands of vinyl records both 45s & lps, cds, dvds, books, posters & music memorabilia for sale. Browse through 50 vendor tables. Check out all your favorite music.
5th Annual Spring Fling Vendor and Craft FairMassachusetts
Sat, April 1, 2023  -  Sat, April 1, 2023   
Spring Vendor and Craft Fair, Join us for our 5th Annual Spring Fling Vendor and Craft. at Knights of Columbus on Saturday April 01, 2023
Most Special Carnival of All for Children with Special NeedsNewton, Free
Sat, April 1, 2023  -  Sat, April 1, 2023   
Join us on April 1 to enjoy all of the activites you've come to love and expect like our quiet room, pictures with the Easter bunny, egg hunt, new booths of carnival fun!
Linden Square - Fair in the Square - Easter Bunny & MoreWellesley, Free
Sat, April 1, 2023  -  Sat, April 1, 2023   
Fair in the Square is Back Sat, Apr 1-11:30am - 1:30pm in Courtyard Meet the Easter bunny, temp tattoos, and ice cream for 200 kids.
Rotary Club of Needham Pancake Breakfast FestivalNeedham, $
Sat, April 1, 2023  -  Sat, April 1, 2023   
After a COVID break, the Rotary CLub of Needham Pancake Breakfast Festival is back. All you can eat pancakes and sausages plus lots of kids games.
Summer Camp & Kids Activities FairWestford, Free
Sun, April 2, 2023  -  Sun, April 2, 2023   
It's time to start planning summer camp and activities! Visit Summer Camp & Kids Activities Fair at the Westford Regency April 2nd ! Free admission!
Curated Cuisine: Radio Boston presents “Brewed in Mass” beer festBoston, $
Thu, April 6, 2023  -  Thu, April 6, 2023   
Curated Cuisine is a monthly series examining all things edible, from the chefs cooking the food to the writers reviewing the recipes. Meet different people and enjoy a post-show bite inspired by the conversation.
F A E R I E T I M E – Salem Spring Faerie FestivalSalem, $$
Sat, April 8, 2023  -  Sat, April 8, 2023   
Join us celebrate the magic of Spring with F A E R I E T I M E - a spring faerie festival with ChagallPAC and Moonrise Fae.
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Patriots Day at Concord MuseumConcord, Free
Mon, April 17, 2023  -  Mon, April 17, 2023   
Concord Museum commemorates Patriots' Day with hourly demonstrations, live Minutemen reenactments,walking tours, colonial crafts, and gallery talks. Watch Captain Brown's Company on the Museum lawn doing musket...
Woodland Worlds Storytelling WorkshopPlymouth, $$
Mon, April 17, 2023  -  Mon, April 17, 2023   
Craft a unique and strange forest collage and bring your strange forest world to life in this craft and creative writing workshop. See you there!
Sheepshearing Festival at Gore PlaceWaltham, $$
Sat, April 22, 2023  -  Sat, April 22, 2023   
Experience Gore Place’s celebrated spring event(RAIN OR SHINE). This unique event takes place on one of the last farms in Greater Boston, just nine miles west of the city!
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Gore Place Sheepshearing FestivalWaltham, $$
Sat, April 22, 2023  -  Sat, April 22, 2023   
SSince 1987, this annual event has entertained guests with music, 100+ craft and fiber artists, demonstrations of traditional shearing and herding dogs, and historic re-enactors on the beautiful grounds of this...
Science on State Street - FREE Science FestivalFramingham, Free
Sat, April 22, 2023  -  Sat, April 22, 2023   
Science on State Street is Framingham State University’s annual science festival with themes relating to planet Earth. Explore STEM and the ways they support environmental justice and sustainability! Exhibitors and Climate Hope Concert to conclude!
Drink New England FestivalBoston, Free
Sun, April 23, 2023  -  Sun, April 23, 2023   
Join us at the first ever Drink New England Festival - a celebration of local breweries at the Boston Public Market with The Pine Bar!
Newburyport Literary FestivalNewburyport, Free
Fri, April 28, 2023  -  Sun, April 30, 2023   
The 18th annual Newburyport Literary Festival will take place April 28-30, 2023. Events taking place on Friday evening and Saturday will be held live in various venues throughout downtown Newburyport. Sunday’s events will be virtual.
Sound On Global: Palaver Strings presents “Elements”Boston, $
Sat, April 29, 2023  -  Sat, April 29, 2023   
Join us for a new spinoff to our popular series which will feature instrumental artists across all genres from classical to jazz to everything between.
First Responders Kick-Off Event at the LaunchBridgewater, Free
Sat, April 29, 2023  -  Sat, April 29, 2023   
Join the Fire for Effect Foundation as we celebrate our brave local first responders. Don’t miss this awesome event that marks the beginning of season as we kick off our Saturday events schedule in Bridgewater.
2023 Annual Boston Hot Sauce FestivalBrighton, $
Sat, April 29, 2023  -  Sun, April 30, 2023   
The 2nd Annual Boston Hot Sauce Festival will take place at the incredible Garage B at The Speedway in Brighton, and will have four amazing sessions.
Jewelry City Steampunk FestivalAttleboro, Free
Sat, April 29, 2023  -  Sat, April 29, 2023   
The Jewelry City Steampunk Festival returns to Downtown Attleboro on April 29th. This free event celebrates turn of the century industrial history of Southeastern Massachusetts through a lens of fantasy and whimsy.
2023 NH Maker FestNew Hampshire, $
Sat, June 3, 2023  -  Sat, June 3, 2023   
NH Maker Fest is a family friendly event hosted by the Children's Museum of NH in Dover, NH and features hands-on discovery, experiments, bubbles, robots, and fun.
Cape Cod Pirate FestivalYarmouth, $
Sat, June 3, 2023  -  Sun, June 11, 2023   
Pirates return to kick off the Summer in Yarmouth at the Third Annual Cape Cod Pirate Festival! The event offers two swashbuckling weekends, four stages, entertainment, and all-around piratical fun!
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Glow in the Park on the Greenway (21+)Boston, $
Fri, June 9, 2023  -  Fri, June 9, 2023   
Quickly becoming a favorite annual event in Boston, Glow in the Park is back for a third year! Hosted by The Greenway with proceeds benefitting the non-profit Greenway Conservancy.
Boston Music Project Block PartyBoston, Free
Sat, June 10, 2023  -  Sat, June 10, 2023   
On Saturday June 10th, 2023, the Boston Music Project will be throwing their annual BMP Block Party at the Rowes Wharf Plaza on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
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Topsfield Strawberry FestivalTopsfield, Free
Sat, June 10, 2023  -  Sat, June 10, 2023   
The annual Strawberry Festival sponsored by the Topsfield Historical Society. Crafts, games, music and food. Demonstration of stone wall building. Juried craft show and tours of 17th century Parson Capen House.
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Boston Dragon Boat Festival 2023Cambridge, Free
Sun, June 11, 2023  -  Sun, June 11, 2023   
Celebrate the sport, history and culture of Chinese Dragon Boat Racing at the Weeks Footbridge on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. Enjoy races on Saturday & a festival on Sunday with arts, crafts, food, martial arts...
Arts Fest Beverly 2023Beverly, Free
Sat, June 17, 2023  -  Sat, June 17, 2023   
Arts Fest is a free outdoor festival in downtown Beverly that’s fun for the whole family! Join us outside on Cabot St for art vendors, live music, and local food.
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Boston Pizza FestivalBoston, $$
Fri, June 23, 2023  -  Sat, June 24, 2023   
Boston Pizza Festival is a 2-day outdoor festival featuring live music, food and giveaways. Local and international vendors in the food industry will be there.
10th Annual Boston JerkFest Rum & Brew TastingBoston, $$
Fri, July 7, 2023  -  Fri, July 7, 2023   
This outdoor/indoor, family-friendly, festival is a Caribbean foodie event that features Jamaican jerk hot spiced BBQ food. Boston JerkFest recognized as the Best Food Festival in 2022 by Boston Magazine.
10th Boston JerkFest Caribbean Foodie FestivalBoston, $$
Sat, July 8, 2023  -  Sat, July 8, 2023   
Vendors selling a variety of jerk hot spiced food, hot sauces and Caribbean specialty products; craft vendors, live music, kids activities, a Jerk Cook-off, a Seafood Throwdown, other Chef Demos, and a Reggae Bar.
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Barnstable County Fair 2023Falmouth, $$
Mon, July 17, 2023  -  Sun, July 23, 2023   
The Barnstable County Fair offers lots of summer fun for families. Enjoy crafts, midway, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.
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Marshfield Fair 2023Marshfield, $
Fri, August 18, 2023  -  Sun, August 27, 2023   
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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St. Anthony's Feast 2023Boston, Free
Thu, August 24, 2023  -  Sun, August 27, 2023   
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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(ähts) The Boston Arts Festival 2023Boston, Free
Sat, September 9, 2023  -  Sun, September 10, 2023   
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 2023Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 15, 2023  -  Sun, October 1, 2023   
The Big E is a New England autumn tradition and the ninth largest fair in North America. There's no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds and taste tempting aromas of the fall season than at The Big E.
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Topsfield Fair 2023Topsfield, $$
Fri, September 29, 2023  -  Mon, October 9, 2023   
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...
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Head of The Charles Regatta 2023Cambridge, Free
Thu, October 19, 2023  -  Sat, October 21, 2023   
Watch rowing teams compete from all over the country and take in the sights of autumn along the banks of the Charles River.
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