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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.


27th Annual Summer Options Camp FairActon, Free
Thu, January 23, 2020  -  Thu, January 23, 2020   
Over 80 summer programs represented. Explore the best summer programs for your child age 4-18, day, half-day and overnight programs, local/abroad and teen only camps represented.
Parent Talk's 8th Annual Summer Camp FairNeedham, $
Thu, January 23, 2020  -  Thu, January 23, 2020   
Representatives from over 30 leading camps– located in Needham and surrounding towns – will be available to provide information. Attendees will leave with a directory of the participating camps that offers a detailed description of each program.
Boston RV & Camping ExpoBoston, $$
Fri, January 24, 2020  -  Sun, January 26, 2020   
The Largest RV & Camping Expo in New England with all the latest models of Recreational Vehicles at special, one-time show pricing, and all local campground and outdoor accessory vendors.
Fo Guang Buddhist Temple Boston: Chinese New YearCambridge
Fri, January 24, 2020  -  Sun, January 26, 2020   
Fo Guang Buddhist Temple Boston will be celebrating the Chinese New year on January 24, 2020 8:30pm(Chinese New Year Eve), January 25,10:00am 1st Day of CNY and January 26, 10:00am 2nd day of CNY.
Boston Parent 2020 Camp and Summer Program ExpoDedham, Free
Sat, January 25, 2020  -  Sat, January 25, 2020   
The Largest Camp Fair in Boston, Eastern Mass & New England The 2020 Camp Expo is going to be bigger and better than ever. More than 65 camp organizations.
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Lunar New Year Celebration: Peabody Essex MuseumSalem, $
Sat, January 25, 2020  -  Sat, January 25, 2020   
Come join in the exciting Chinese Lunar New Year in a fun-filled weekend celebration at the Peabody Essex Museum. Celebrate the Year of the Pig with music, art making and other traditions, including colorful lion...
18th Annual Sudbury Summer Camp FairSudbury, Free
Sun, January 26, 2020  -  Sun, January 26, 2020   
Please join us for our 18th Annual Summer Camp Fair at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School from 11-2PM. Admission is FREE. Bring the family!
Chelmsford WinterfestChelmsford, $$
Fri, January 31, 2020  -  Sun, February 2, 2020   
Enjoy a weekend of winter activities at the Chelmsford Winterfest. Enjoy outdoor activities like ice skating, cross country skiing, sledding and a snowman building contest, along with hot refreshments and lots more.
Commerford Kid's Fun Fair & Traveling Zoo3 Locations, $$
Sat, February 1, 2020  -  Sun, February 2, 2020   
Commerford Zoo' kids fun fairs are a fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family. Enjoy rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with exotic animals.
MFA Lunar New Year CelebrationBoston, Free
Sat, February 1, 2020  -  Sat, February 1, 2020   
Ring in the Year of the Rat with free admission to celebrate Lunar New Year! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying a variety of activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day.
Orchid Show at Tower HillBoylston, $
Sat, February 1, 2020  -  Tue, March 31, 2020   
The public is invited to the first ever Orchid Show, inspired by street art, this February and March at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass.
VINYL BOWL 2020Burlington, $
Sat, February 1, 2020  -  Sat, February 1, 2020   
Vinyl Bowl 2020 Saturday, Feb 1 the Vinyl Record Show It's the Day Before the Super Bowl & All Styles of Music is Available Fun for all ages - Easy on and off I-95 by the mall
Clinton Path Preschool's Annual Winter Carnival Dance PartyBrookline, $
Sat, February 1, 2020  -  Sat, February 1, 2020   
Come enjoy music, dancing, treats, silent auction, crafts. Featuring Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys and a Dance Demo with Tom Krusinski. 59 Irving Street, Brookline, MA
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2020 Quincy Lunar New Year FestivalQuincy, Free
Sun, February 2, 2020  -  Sun, February 2, 2020   
Please come to join us this year at the 31st Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, February 2nd 2020 at North Quincy High School. The festival is free to the public. Come one, come all!
New England Boston Boat Show 2020Boston, $
Sat, February 8, 2020  -  Sun, February 16, 2020   
When the Annual New England Boat Show docks Feb 8-16 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, boating and sailing enthusiasts will enjoy more boats, more activities, more discounts and specials, and more reasons to celebrate life on the water.
I Heart Science: A Museum Festival for All AgesCambridge, $
Sat, February 8, 2020  -  Sat, February 8, 2020   
Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers at this science festival just outside of Harvard Square
3rd Annual Chocolate FestivalWilmington, $
Sat, February 8, 2020   
Do not miss the chocolate goodness at the 3rd Annual Chocolate Festival at Wilmington United Methodist Church. Join us Saturday, February 8th from 2-4pm at WUMC (87 Church St, Wilmington) 
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Harvard Lions Club WinterfestHarvard, Free
Sat, February 29, 2020   
The Harvard Lions in cooperation with other community organizations are running a free family -friendly community event to throw out the winter blues and awaken the orchards.
Taste of CarnivalCambridge, $
Sat, February 29, 2020  -  Sat, February 29, 2020   
Cambridge Carnival International presents Taste of Carnival! Cambridge Carnival International Inc. is presenting its 2nd Taste of Carnival, an in-door community festival celebrating the Caribbean and African Diaspora.
Discover Summer! Camps & Activities Fair 2020Dedham, Free
Sat, March 7, 2020  -  Sat, March 7, 2020   
Looking for a summer camp for your child or teen this summer? Come to Discover Summer! Camps & Activities Fair We've got something for every interest!
Patriots' Day Weekend at Concord MuseumConcord, Free
Sat, April 18, 2020  -  Mon, April 20, 2020   
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 demonstrations as they prepare for battle.
Teachers Free at Edaville Family Theme ParkCarver, $$
Mon, April 20, 2020  -  Fri, April 24, 2020   
Teachers free at Edaville Family Theme park, a purchase of 4 & over ticket required with proper teacher identification! One ticket grants access to all of Edaville including Thomas Land and Dino Land!
Sensory Awareness Day at Edaville Family Theme ParkCarver, $$
Sat, April 25, 2020  -  Sat, April 25, 2020   
Join us for our annual Sensory Friendly Awareness Day, everyone is welcome! Guests can participate in sensory activities, meet our sensory friendly partners, and learn all about our Sensory Friendly features in the park!
Duckling DayBoston, $$
Sun, May 10, 2020  -  Sun, May 10, 2020   
Duckling Day is Boston's most adorable Mother's Day event - come celebrate springtime in Boston's iconic parks! This family event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Friends of the Public Garden.
Salem Arts Festival 2020Salem, Free
Fri, June 5, 2020  -  Sun, June 7, 2020   
For three days each June, this free, fun family-friendly festival transforms downtown Salem, MA, into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase their talents.
World Oceans Day Celebration 2020Boston, Free
Mon, June 8, 2020  -  Mon, June 8, 2020   
Join the New England Aquarium as we celebrate World Oceans Day with a fun, family-friendly festival right here on Central Wharf! Event is totally free and open to the public.
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Topsfield Strawberry Festival 2020Topsfield, Free
Sat, June 13, 2020  -  Sat, June 13, 2020   
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 Pride Festival & Parade 2020Boston, Free
Sat, June 13, 2020   
The Boston Pride Festival is a family-friendly event that welcomes families of all types. The festival also features live entertainment, food, vendors, and more.
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Boston Dragon Boat Festival 2020Cambridge, Free
Sun, June 14, 2020  -  Sun, June 14, 2020   
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...
North Shore Pride Parade & FestivalSalem, Free
Sat, June 27, 2020  -  Sat, June 27, 2020   
Celebrate Pride with local businesses, faith groups, and community organizations at the fifth annual North Shore Pride Parade and Festival. All are welcome to attend this day-long event celebrating unity in the community.
Black Picnic Day formerly Negro Election Day 279Salem, Free
Sat, July 18, 2020  -  Sat, July 18, 2020   
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
Salem Heritage DaysSalem
Sat, August 1, 2020  -  Sun, August 9, 2020   
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
Sat, August 1, 2020  -  Sun, August 2, 2020   
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!
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The Bolton Fair 2020Bolton, $
Fri, August 14, 2020  -  Sun, August 16, 2020   
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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2020 Quincy August Moon FestivalQuincy, Free
Sun, August 16, 2020   
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...
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St. Anthony's Feast 2020Boston, Free
Thu, August 27, 2020  -  Sun, August 30, 2020   
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 FestivalSalem, $
Sat, August 29, 2020  -  Sun, August 30, 2020   
The historic port of Salem hosts the Annual Boston Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Classic sailboats, powerboats, and hand-powered craft on display.
Salem Spice FestivalSalem, Free
Sat, September 12, 2020   
Celebrate Salem's four centuries of history with herbs, tea and spices. There will be vendors, exhibits, colonial music and song, open hearth cooking, herbal remedies demonstrations, games, storytelling, spiced cider and other autumnal treats!
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The Big E 2020Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 18, 2020  -  Sun, October 4, 2020   
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.
11th Boston Local Food FestivalBoston, Free
Sun, September 20, 2020  -  Sun, September 20, 2020   
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!
Salem Food Truck and Craft Beer FestivalSalem
Sat, September 26, 2020  -  Sun, September 27, 2020   
Food Truck Festivals of America is bringing the ultimate food truck experience to Salem for a two-day festival that will feature some of the area's most popular food trucks dishing out fan favorites as well as dozens of regional and national craft breweries.
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Head of The Charles Regatta 2020Cambridge, Free
Sat, October 17, 2020  -  Sun, October 18, 2020   
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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