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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.


SoWa Open MarketSouth End, Free
Sun, May 3, 2020  -  Sun, October 25, 2020   
Now in its 17th 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 2020 (CANCELLED)Boston, Free
Tue, June 2, 2020  -  Tue, September 15, 2020   
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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Revere Beach Sand Castle Sculpting Festival - CANCELLEDRevere, Free
Fri, July 17, 2020  -  Sun, July 19, 2020   
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 17th-19th, 2020 and will feature live entertainment, fireworks,...
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Barnstable County Fair 2020 - CANCELLEDFalmouth, $$
Wed, July 22, 2020  -  Tue, July 28, 2020   
The Barnstable County Fair offers lots of summer fun for families. Enjoy crafts, midway, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.
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Yankee Homecoming Days at Newburyport (CANCELLED 2020)Newburyport, Free
Sun, July 26, 2020  -  Mon, August 3, 2020   
Yankee Homecoming Days in Newburyport features music, house tours, a parade, lobsterfest and fireworks throughout the town.
Tanglewood Family Fun Fest - CANCELLEDWestern Mass, Free
Fri, July 31, 2020   
Families are invited to enjoy an afternoon of live musical performances and fun interactive activities presented in collaboration with some of the most popular cultural institutions in the Berkshires!
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!
8th Annual Cape Cod Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival (POSTPONED - TBD)Falmouth, $
Sat, August 8, 2020  -  Sat, August 8, 2020   
Food Truck Festivals of America is bringing the 8th Annual Cape Cod Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival back to Falmouth, held on Saturday, August 8th from Noon to 5 PM
Arts Fest Beverly 2020 - NEW DATE PENDINGBeverly, Free
Sat, August 15, 2020  -  Sat, August 15, 2020   
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 https://www.beverlymainstreets.org/arts-fest-landing-page/
WCC's 7th Annual Cars In The ParkWorcester, $
Sat, August 15, 2020  -  Sat, August 15, 2020   
WCC's 7th Annual Cars In The Park is a car, truck & motorcycle show that benefits the Whitin Community Center a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Held in our private 7.5 acre Whitin Park.
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2020 Quincy August Moon Festival - VIRTUALQuincy, Free
Sun, August 16, 2020   
The Quincy August Moon Festival will take place virtually in 2020 due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
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St. Anthony's Feast 2020 - CANCELLEDBoston, 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 Festival - CANCELLEDSalem, $
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.
Brew at the Zoo ( Adults 21+)Rhode Island
Sat, August 29, 2020  -  Sat, August 29, 2020   
Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only event, and sample more than 170 beers from 80+ brewers. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island's largest outdoor beer festival.
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Marshmallow Fluff Festival: Union Square 2020 (PENDING)Somerville, Free
Sat, September 12, 2020  -  Mon, September 21, 2020   
Celebrate the invention of Marshmallow Fluff right here in its birthplace, Union Square! Enjoy live music, learn the story behind one of the event's most beloved characters, Fluff Boy and take part in a cooking...
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!
What the Fluff? FestivalSomerville, Free
Sat, September 12, 2020  -  Sat, September 12, 2020   
What the Fluff? is a madcap festival honoring the invention of Marshmallow Fluff in Union Square. It celebrates Somerville’s innovation tradition with live music, games, a community-wide cooking contest, zany happenings, and much more.
27th Cambridge Carnival (PENDING)Cambridge, Free
Sun, September 13, 2020  -  Sun, September 13, 2020   
The 27th Cambridge Festival is free and includes a KidsFest with free and interactive activities for families, a food truck zone, ethnic foods, global crafts, local specialty foods, and steel pan performances.
11th Boston Local Food Festival - CANCELLEDBoston, 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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Winchester Block Party & Town DayWinchester, Free
Sat, September 26, 2020  -  Sat, September 26, 2020   
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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Topsfield Fair 2020Topsfield, $$
Fri, October 2, 2020  -  Mon, October 12, 2020   
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...
POSTPONED: 9th Annual Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer FestivalWorcester
Sat, October 3, 2020  -  Sat, October 3, 2020   
Food Truck Festivals of America is bringing the 9th Annual Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival back to Worcester City Hall Common on Saturday, June 6th
Beacon Hill Art Walk 2020 (NEW DATE)Boston, Free
Sun, October 4, 2020  -  Sun, October 4, 2020   
Local fine artists exhibit original artwork in the private gardens and courtyards of Beacon Hill's North Slope. Classical musicians performing free concerts through the day.
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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.
POSTPONED: 2nd Annual Newport Food Truck & Craft Beer FestivalNewport
Sat, October 24, 2020  -  Sun, October 25, 2020   
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
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Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl 2020 (CANCELLED)Boston, $$
Fri, June 4, 2021  -  Sun, June 6, 2021   
Join the fun at the Scooper Bowl, the nation's largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival and the unofficial kick-off of summer in Boston at City Hall Plaza.
Bridgewater Arts & Music FestivalBridgewater, $
Sun, July 4, 2021  -  Sun, July 4, 2021   
Annual Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival, free admission, events, displays, crafters selling, artists showing, fun for everyone & yummy food! Live music and other performances. Local authors, artists. Kid friendly. Come and stay a while.
Black Picnic Day formerly Negro Election Day 279Salem, Free
Sat, July 17, 2021  -  Sat, July 17, 2021   
This is a cultural historical event which has been ongoing for 279 years. We bring together families, community, businesses and organizations for a day of family fun
Salem Heritage DaysSalem
Sun, August 1, 2021  -  Mon, August 9, 2021   
This perennial favorite features food, fun, and activities for all ages, highlights include the Essex Street Fair, the Ice Cream Bowl, and the Car Show on Chestnut Street.
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The Bolton Fair 2021Bolton, $
Fri, August 13, 2021  -  Sun, August 15, 2021   
The quintessential New England Fair with fun for the whole family. Great entertainment, animals, midway, live music, craft village, tractor pull, demo derby and monster trucks.The Bolton Fair will be open three full,...
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The Big E 2020 - CANCELLED for 2020Western Mass, $$$
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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If festivals are your thing, find out more about some of the most popular Boston Festivals that take place throughout the year in our handy guide.