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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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2021 McAuliffe Center Science Festival: Planet Earth EditionVirtual/Online, Free
Mon, April 12, 2021  -  Sat, April 24, 2021   
Events and activities for learners of all ages during the McAuliffe Center's annual science festival: April 12-24! Join events on dinosaurs, gardening, composting, climate change, and more!
Dover Antiques Show and Vintage MarketDover, $
Sat, April 24, 2021  -  Sat, April 24, 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
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Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival 2021 (Virtual Webinar)Waltham, $$
Sat, April 24, 2021  -  Sat, April 24, 2021   
Sheep-shearing, herding dogs, spinning, weaving, and more. Large crafts fair, live entertainment, wagon rides, historic demonstrators, games and farm animals. Food vendors, no dogs allowed, children must be accompanied...
CANCELLED: Nantucket Annual Daffodil Festival 2021Nantucket
Mon, April 26, 2021  -  Wed, April 28, 2021   
Millions of blooming daffodils will transform Nantucket during the Annual Daffodil Festival. Lots of fun activities amidst the beautiful spring landscape.
SoWa Open MarketSouth End, Free
Mon, May 3, 2021  -  Mon, October 25, 2021   
Now in its 18th season, the award-winning SoWa Open Market is Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Every Sunday, May to October.
2nd Annual Newport Food Truck & Craft Beer FestivalNewport
Sat, May 22, 2021  -  Sun, May 23, 2021   
2nd Annual Newport Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will be back for two days. Buy discounted tickets from our website https://www.foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com/newport
Dover Antiques Show and Vintage MarketDover, $
Sat, May 22, 2021  -  Sat, May 22, 2021   
All New! Once a Month on Saturday! A Fabulous, Fun, & Funky Flea at the Dover Elks Hall. Featuring 50 eclectic dealers outside under the sun with Antiques, Vintage, & Collectibles You never know what you'll find! Catered & Comfortable
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North End Italian Feasts & Processions Guide 2020 (CANCELLED)Boston, Free
Wed, June 2, 2021  -  Wed, September 15, 2021   
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 season of North End Italian Feasts & Processions has been CANCELLED. Here is a handy guide of the North End Italian Feasts & Processions for Summer 2019. Processions are short parades...
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Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl 2021 (Dates TBD)Boston, $$
Fri, June 4, 2021  -  Sun, June 6, 2021   
Join the fun at the Scooper Bowl, the nation's largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival and the unofficial kick-off of summer in Boston at City Hall Plaza.
The Vintage BazaarNew Hampshire
Sat, June 19, 2021  -  Sun, June 20, 2021   
Est. 2011 — A curated event series featuring vintage, makers, farmers, music & food. Join us as we celebrate our 10 year Anniversary on June 19 + 20 at Wolfsburg Farm in Holderness, NH.
Dover Antiques Show and Vintage MarketDover, $
Sat, June 19, 2021  -  Sat, June 19, 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
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Boston Harborfest 2021Boston, Free
Thu, July 1, 2021  -  Sun, July 4, 2021   
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,...
Bridgewater Arts & Music FestivalBridgewater, $
Sun, July 4, 2021  -  Sun, July 4, 2021   
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.
Black Picnic Day formerly Negro Election Day 279Salem, Free
Sat, July 17, 2021  -  Sat, July 17, 2021   
This is a cultural historical event which has been ongoing for 279 years. We bring together families, community, businesses and organizations for a day of family fun
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Lowell Folk Festival 2021Lowell, Free
Fri, July 23, 2021  -  Sun, July 25, 2021   
Today the Lowell Folk Festival and its producing partners announced plans for Keeping the Tradition: A Virtual Celebration of the Lowell Folk Festival.
Dover Antiques Show and Vintage MarketDover, $
Sat, July 24, 2021  -  Sat, July 24, 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
Salem Heritage DaysSalem
Sun, August 1, 2021  -  Mon, August 9, 2021   
This perennial favorite features food, fun, and activities for all ages, highlights include the Essex Street Fair, the Ice Cream Bowl, and the Car Show on Chestnut Street.
Salem Maritime FestivalSalem, Free
Sun, August 1, 2021  -  Mon, August 2, 2021   
Salem Maritime Festival will host an exciting array of free family fun, harbor cruises, kayak trips, face-painting, wagon rides, muck walks, kite-flying, model boat races and more!
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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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.
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
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King Richard's Faire 2021Carver, $$$$
Sat, September 4, 2021  -  Sun, October 24, 2021   
Escape YOUR reality at New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance festival nestled in the enchanted woods of Carvershire... one day, one thousand memories running weekends and Monday holidays from August 31st...
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The Big E 2021Western Mass, $$$
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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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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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
Mon, October 11, 2021  -  Wed, October 13, 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.
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!
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