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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
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.
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Smolak Farms Fall Festival WeekendsAndover, $
Sat, September 4, 2021  -  Sun, October 31, 2021   
Each weekend through September and October 2021, we will be hosting Fun Fall Weekends at the farm. This year, we’ve altered our regular offerings to be more COVID-conscious, and are very excited to be able to offer our...
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King Richard's Faire 2021Carver, $$$$
Sat, September 4, 2021  -  Sun, October 24, 2021   
Escape YOUR reality at New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance festival nestled in the enchanted woods of Carvershire... one day, one thousand memories running weekends and Monday holidays from August 31st...
Children's Trick or Treat at Charmingfare FarmNew Hampshire, $$
Sat, October 16, 2021  -  Sun, October 31, 2021   
This event is perfect for little ghouls and boils who don’t wish to be frightened but still want the excitement of wearing their favorite costume and having a fun filled Halloween adventure.
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Boston Book Festival 2021 (Hybrid)Virtual/Online, Free
Sat, October 16, 2021  -  Sat, October 23, 2021   
Enjoy 45 livestreamed sessions (and more will be available on demand!). The best part? Not one session overlaps with any other, so you can spend the whole month immersed in great books & conversations!
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Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Family Celebration 2021Cambridge, Free
Today  -  Wed, October 20, 2021   
Remember and celebrate your departed loved ones at this year’s Día de los Muertos. The front steps of the museum will be set up as a simple outdoor altar and staff will distribute lighted candles to visitors in...
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Head of The Charles Regatta 2021Cambridge, Free
Fri, October 22, 2021  -  Sun, October 24, 2021   
Watch rowing teams compete from all over the country and take in the sights of autumn along the banks of the Charles River.
Boston Children's Museum CreatedBy FestivalBoston, $$
Sat, October 23, 2021  -  Sat, October 23, 2021   
The CreatedBy Festival brings together Boston’s technology innovators, designers, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, crafters, students, and more, and introduces them to the many adults and children that attend.
Castleberry Fall Craft Festival (Wilmington, MA)Wilmington, $$
Sat, October 23, 2021  -  Sun, October 24, 2021   
Castleberry Faire is travelling is craft festival that tours all over New England. Visit more than 300 juried booths overflowing with original art, fine jewelry, pottery, stained glass...
Maplecrest Terror TrailWest Newbury, $
Sat, October 23, 2021  -  Sat, October 23, 2021   
If you love being scared out of your wits, please join us at one of the most terrifying walk-through experiences of the year! Hosted by Pentucket Arts Foundation & Maple Crest Farm in W. Newbury.
Saco Spirit's Annual Pumpkin Harvest FestivalMaine, $
Sat, October 23, 2021  -  Sat, October 23, 2021   
Saco Spirit's Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival is family fun for the whole family. Enjoy music, crafters, shopping, children's games and old fashion fun.
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Jamaica Plain Lantern Parade & FestivalJamaica Plain, Free
Sat, October 23, 2021  -  Sun, October 24, 2021   
Each year people flock to Jamaica Pond on each of two evenings at sunset with their decorated paper lanterns; many children arriving in full Halloween costume as well.
Big Sports Card & Autograph ShowDedham, $
Sun, October 31, 2021  -  Sun, October 31, 2021   
Big Sports Card & Memorabilia Show, buy-sell-trade with over 50 vendors, lots of giveaways, $2 admission, under 12 free, reference table of price guides.
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New England Christmas Festival (aka Boston Christmas Festival)Connecticut, $$
Fri, November 5, 2021  -  Sun, November 7, 2021   
Over 300 of America’s Finest Artists, and Craftsmen offering great Holiday Shopping!! Gourmet Foods to sample and buy.
Castleberry Holiday Craft FaireWorcester, $
Sat, November 6, 2021  -  Sun, November 7, 2021   
Castleberry Faire is travelling is craft festival that tours all over New England. Visit more than 300 juried booths overflowing with original art, fine jewelry, pottery, stained glass...
New England Camp FairNewton, Free
Sat, November 13, 2021  -  Sat, November 13, 2021   
The New England Camp Fair is FREE for kids and their grown-ups, open to the public and brings together over 30 camps in New England serving kids ages 5–14.
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.
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America's Hometown Thanksgiving Parade CelebrationPlymouth, Free
Sat, November 20, 2021  -  Sat, November 20, 2021   
The Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration will be held this year as it is each year at the birthplace of Thanksgiving, Plymouth, Massachusetts on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival 2022Brookline, $
Wed, May 18, 2022  -  Wed, May 18, 2022   
Join us for spring festival celebrating Japanese culture! This is a family-friendly community event with taiko drums, music, dance, story-telling, crafts, Japanese food, games and more!
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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Brockton Fair 2022Brockton, $
Fri, June 24, 2022  -  Mon, July 4, 2022   
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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Lowell Folk Festival 2022Lowell, Free
Fri, July 29, 2022  -  Sun, July 31, 2022   
Today the Lowell Folk Festival and its producing partners announced plans for Keeping the Tradition: A Virtual Celebration of the Lowell Folk Festival.
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The Bolton Fair 2022Bolton, $
Fri, August 12, 2022  -  Sun, August 14, 2022   
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,...
Arts Fest Beverly 2022Beverly, Free
Sat, August 13, 2022  -  Sat, August 13, 2022   
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/
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Marshfield Fair 2022Marshfield, $
Fri, August 19, 2022  -  Sun, August 28, 2022   
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.
92.5 Seaside Music Festival at Stage Fort ParkGloucester, Free
Sat, August 20, 2022  -  Sat, August 20, 2022   
Spend the day on the waterfront in Gloucester! This year Guster will headline the festival, an joined by Noah Kahan, Mt. Joy and Tall Heights for the free concert.
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Antique & Classic Boat Festival 2022Salem, $
Mon, August 29, 2022  -  Tue, August 30, 2022   
The historic port of Salem hosts the Annual Boston Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Classic sailboats, powerboats, and hand-powered craft on display.
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The Big E 2022Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 16, 2022  -  Sun, October 2, 2022   
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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