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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.


Boxborough Antiques ShowBoxborough, $
Sun, March 10, 2019  -  Sun, March 8, 2020   
The Boxborough Antique Show Series Antiques, Folk Art, Quilts, Furniture, Ceramics, Textiles, Jewelry, Art, Sterling Silver, and Primitives. March 10, 2019 September 22, 2019 October 27, 2019 January 5, 2020 March 8, 2020 Admission $8 per person
SoWa Open MarketBoston, Free
Sat, May 4, 2019  -  Tue, October 29, 2019   
Now in its 16th season, the award-winning SoWa Open Market is Boston's largest celebration of local artists, farmers, chefs, brewers and musicians. Every Saturday and Sundayfrom May - October, 10 am – 4 pm.
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St. Peter's Fiesta 2019Gloucester, Free
Wed, June 26, 2019  -  Sun, June 30, 2019   
A festival honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. See concerts, parades, amusement rides, and the famous 'Greasy Pole Contest'.
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Amesbury Days & FireworksAmesbury, Free
Thu, June 27, 2019  -  Thu, July 4, 2019   
A week of fun in Amesbury leading up to fireworks at Woodsom Farm. Some of this year's events include the Annual Brew Fest, Sadie Hawkins Road Race, Farmer’s Market and the Old Fashioned Car Show just to name a few.
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Brockton Fair 2019Brockton, $
Fri, June 28, 2019  -  Sun, July 7, 2019   
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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Wilson Farm's Annual Strawberry FestivalLexington, Free
Sat, June 29, 2019  -  Sun, June 30, 2019   
The Wilson Farm Annual Strawberry Festival is great fun for the whole family. Held at the height of strawberry season, you’ll find kids activities, a chocolate covered strawberry dipping station, a strawberry shortcake...
Braintree's 4th of July CelebrationBraintree
Sat, June 29, 2019   
Come celebrate July 4th (a few days early on June 29th) at Braintree's Annual Independence Day Celebration at Braintree High School with rides, games, food, music and fun.
Xsection Film FestivalSomerville, Free
Sun, June 30, 2019  -  Sun, June 30, 2019   
Xsection: A Dance and Science Film Festival sparking interdisciplinary collaboration between dance - science - film. A night highlighting performances, prose, and different lense of perspectives!
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Boston Harborfest 2019Boston, Free
Mon, July 1, 2019  -  Thu, July 4, 2019   
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,...
Independence Day CelebrationWorcester, Free
Mon, July 1, 2019  -  Mon, July 1, 2019   
Please join us for a celebration with a live band, carnival games and rides, craft vendors, food trucks, train rides and fireworks! We have shuttle parking from the Auburn Mall for easy access.
Marblehead Festival of the ArtsMarblehead, Free
Wed, July 3, 2019  -  Sun, July 7, 2019   
The Marblehead Festival of Arts hosts a wide range of art exhibits (including painting, sculpture, photography and drawing), outdoor music concerts overlooking Marblehead Harbor, the Film Festival, the Street Festival, the Children's Festival, Artisans' Marketplace and many...
Acton's July 4th CelebrationActon, Free
Thu, July 4, 2019  -  Thu, July 4, 2019   
July 4th at NARA Park: Family Fun Time from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Unlimited bounce house and games wristband $15. There will be a free concert featuring The Blushing Brides & Fireworks.
4th of July in Newton: Afternoon/Evening EventsNewton, Free
Thu, July 4, 2019  -  Thu, July 4, 2019   
Come enjoy amusement rides, local business vendor booths, handmade craft fair and food trucks. From 6-9 pm, come dance to the Bo & Bill Winiker Band. Bring lawn chairs to watch the fireworks at 9 pm!
7th Annual Boston JerkFest @ Haley HouseRoxbury, $$
Fri, July 5, 2019  -  Sat, July 6, 2019   
Boston JerkFest is a family-friendly Caribbean style food festival that features Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things spicy and jerk hot! Bring your friends and family and join us for a unique & memorable experience
Wine & Beer Tasting @ Boston JerkFest (Adults 21+)Roxbury, $$
Fri, July 5, 2019  -  Fri, July 5, 2019   
Come out to the 'Irie' Wine & Brew Tasting for Boston JerkFest! This 21+ event boasts unlimited samplings of craft beer, hard cider, and artisan beverages, wine & beer cocktails.
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New Bedford Folk Festival 2019New Bedford, $
Sat, July 6, 2019  -  Sun, July 7, 2019   
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.
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Chinatown Main Street Festival 2019Boston, Free
Sat, July 6, 2019  -  Sat, July 6, 2019   
Enjoy martial arts, Asian dance and crafts, and health booths are among the attractions at this celebration of Boston’s Chinatown. Plus, look for the festival’s lion dance exhibition.
New Bedford Folk FestivalNew Bedford, $$
Sat, July 6, 2019  -  Sun, July 7, 2019   
The 24th annual New Bedford Folk Festival presents an impressive lineup of the best in Contemporary, Americana, Traditional, Blues and Celtic Folk Music including Susan Werner, Chris Smither and Bruce Molsky.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra “Season Tune Up” PartyBoston, Free
Wed, July 10, 2019  -  Wed, July 10, 2019   
The “Season Tune Up” Party, sponsored by the Free for All Concert Fund, will take place on July 10, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm at the DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell.
Annual Gathering of the Thoreau SocietyConcord, $$
Wed, July 10, 2019  -  Sun, July 14, 2019   
Engineering Thoreau: Nature, Technology, and the Connected Life: The Annual Gathering of the Thoreau Society in Concord, Massachusetts, celebrates the life, works, and legacy of New England Transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau.
Needham CarnivalNeedham
Thu, July 11, 2019  -  Sun, July 14, 2019   
Thrill rides, kiddie rides, midway games, and priceless family memories. Go to www.NeedhamCarnival.com and click 'going' and you could win a free day for your family.
Needham CarnivalNeedham, $$$
Thu, July 11, 2019  -  Sun, July 14, 2019   
Good old fashion carnival with rides and games. Fun for the whole family. Wrist bands for unlimited rides Thu 6-10pm and Sun 12-5pm.
HeritageFest 2019Boston, $
Fri, July 12, 2019  -  Sun, July 14, 2019   
HeritageFest 2019 is a family friendly event with free admission for all children 12 and under (must be accompanied by a parent). Plenty of kid-friendly activities too!
Green River FestivalFranklin, $$
Fri, July 12, 2019  -  Sun, July 14, 2019   
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!
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Boston Pizza Festival 2019Boston, $$
Sat, July 13, 2019  -  Sun, July 14, 2019   
Boston Pizza Festival is a 2-day outdoor festival featuring live music, food and giveaways. Local and international vendors in the food industry will be there.
WFBH FunfestBoston, $
Sat, July 13, 2019  -  Sat, July 13, 2019   
WGBH Funfest is a fun-filled community event featuring all you can eat ice cream, inflatable childhood favorite activities, face painting, carnival games and even your favorite PBS characters. There will be live entertainment all day!
Cultural Survival BazaarNewburyport
Sat, July 20, 2019  -  Sun, July 21, 2019   
This free admission, family-friendly festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from dozens of countries around the world.
BeanStock Music FestivalBraintree, $
Sat, July 20, 2019  -  Sat, July 20, 2019   
This is a sober music festival! Tons of fantastic bands including The Amy Incident, The Spins, Lily Black, Houston Bernard Band and Carrisa Johnson & the Cure-Alls!!!!!
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Barnstable County Fair 2019Falmouth, $$
Mon, July 22, 2019  -  Sun, July 28, 2019   
The Barnstable County Fair offers lots of summer fun for families. Enjoy crafts, midway, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.
Fête de la MusiqueBoston, Free
Mon, July 22, 2019  -  Mon, July 22, 2019   
On June 22 from 3:00-6:00 pm, musicians will be filling the streets and the parks of the South End with live music, activities, food, dancing and more!
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Revere Beach Sand Castle Sculpting Festival 2019Revere, Free
Fri, July 26, 2019  -  Sun, July 28, 2019   
The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the world. This year’s event will run from July 26th-28th, 2019 and will feature live entertainment, fireworks,...
FIGMENT Boston 2019Boston, Free
Sat, July 27, 2019  -  Sun, July 28, 2019   
FIGMENT Boston is a free, family-friendly annual celebration of interactive public art and a culture where everything is possible. One weekend each summer, The Rose Kennedy Greenway is transformed into a large-scale collaborative artwork.
“THE BLOCK” Downtown Street PartyBeverly, Free
Sat, July 27, 2019  -  Sat, August 24, 2019   
Join Beverly Main Streets at THE BLOCK, their downtown street party. One block of downtown will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends and listen to live music.
Water Lantern Festival BostonBoston, $
Sat, July 27, 2019  -  Sat, July 27, 2019   
Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. It's a night that you'll never forget.
HOLD FOR MORE INFO: Boston Donut FestBoston, $$
Sun, July 28, 2019   
The first ever Boston Donut Fest is Sunday, July 28th, at Underground InkBlock!
Beverly Homecoming Days 2019Beverly, $
Fri, August 2, 2019  -  Sun, August 11, 2019   
The annual Beverly Homecoming offers concerts, a carnival, contests, picnics, a lobster festival, flea markets, barbecues, arts shows, and fireworks!
Water Lantern Festival PortlandMaine, $
Sun, August 4, 2019  -  Sun, August 4, 2019   
As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water as we Light The Water together.
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The Bolton Fair 2019Bolton, $
Fri, August 9, 2019  -  Sun, August 11, 2019   
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,...
137th Bolton FairCentral Mass, $
Fri, August 9, 2019  -  Sun, August 11, 2019   
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.
Fisherman's FeastBoston, Free
Thu, August 15, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
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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Gloucester Waterfront FestivalGloucester, Free
Sat, August 17, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor hosts this colorful festival, with live music and children's activities, delicious ethnic & New England foods, and more.
Water Lantern Festival WorcesterWorcester, $
Sat, August 17, 2019  -  Sat, August 17, 2019   
Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. It's a night that you'll never forget.
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2019 Quincy August Moon FestivalQuincy, Free
Sun, August 18, 2019   
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...
2019 Quincy August Moon FestivalQuincy, Free
Sun, August 18, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the festival in Quincy, one of the largest August Moon Festivals in the Northeast. Please join us for a great time!
Children's Summer Festival at The PlaysteadJamaica Plain, Free
Tue, August 20, 2019  -  Tue, August 20, 2019   
This Children’s Festival is packed full of performing arts, science-related activities like cool experiments using household ingredients, take-home art projects, face painting, arts and crafts, a magic show, games , a puppet show and more!
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Saint Anthony's Feast 2019Boston, Free
Thu, August 22, 2019  -  Sun, August 25, 2019   
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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Annual Gloucester Schooner FestivalGloucester, Free
Fri, August 30, 2019  -  Mon, September 2, 2019   
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...
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(ähts) The Boston Arts Festival 2019Boston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
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...
The Boston Arts FestivalBoston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
Free art and music festival featuring more than 70 juried local visual artists, craftspeople, and local musicians performing on the Waterfront Stage throughout the day. including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, and much more.
The Boston Arts FestivalBoston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
Free art and music festival featuring more than 70 juried local visual artists, craftspeople, and local musicians performing on the Waterfront Stage throughout the day. including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, and much more.
The Boston Arts FestivalBoston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
Free art and music festival featuring more than 70 juried local visual artists, craftspeople, and local musicians performing on the Waterfront Stage throughout the day. including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, and much more.
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The Big E 2019Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
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 2019Arlington, Free
Sat, September 14, 2019  -  Sat, September 14, 2019   
Enjoy the annual Arlington Town Day - a family & community festival celebrating Arlington. Music, entertainment, pony rides, crafts, food & more!
10th Annual Boston Local Food FestivalBoston, Free
Sun, September 15, 2019  -  Sun, September 15, 2019   
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!
The 35th Boston Film FestivalBoston, $
Thu, September 19, 2019  -  Sun, September 22, 2019   
Thought provoking film premieres and first look of TV series fall premieres, panels with directors and actors, parties, celebrations, red carpet press events all create an exciting cinema experience.
2019 NH Highland Games & FestivalNew Hampshire, $$
Fri, September 20, 2019  -  Sun, September 22, 2019   
The 44th New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival is one weekend party that you don't want to miss. September 20 – 22, 8am – 5pm with additional ticketed evening events
Chinatown Main Street Lantern Festival 2019Boston, Free
Sat, September 21, 2019   
Join us in Chinatown Park from 10am - 6pm for a day of festivities, games, and mooncake sampling to kick-off the celebrations for the traditional mid-Autumn Festival.
Water Lantern Festival SpringfieldBoston, $$
Sat, September 21, 2019  -  Sat, September 21, 2019   
Water Lantern Festival was Voted No. 1 Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY. Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections.
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Topsfield Fair 2019Topsfield, $$
Fri, October 4, 2019  -  Mon, October 14, 2019   
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...
3rd Annual Fall Food FestivalWorcester, $
Sat, October 12, 2019  -  Sat, October 12, 2019   
The Fall Food Festival will encompass a wide variety of Food Truck Vendors and Event Vendors from all around New England, Beer Garden, Fall Activities, Pumpkin Patch, FREE Bouncy House, Corn Hole, Entertainment & more!
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Head of The Charles Regatta 2019Cambridge, Free
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
Watch rowing teams compete from all over the country and take in the sights of autumn along the banks of the Charles River.
Boston Book Festival 2019Back Bay, Free
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
Join us for a day of: Fascinating Authors, Dynamic Presentations, Cool Programs & Activities for Kids, Workshops and Contests, Historic Copley Square, Live Music, booksellers and signings, Technology and Reading, Good Food and more.


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