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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.


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, $$
Mon, April 20, 2020  -  Fri, April 24, 2020   
Teachers free at Edaville Family Theme park, a purchase of 4 & over ticket required with proper teacher identification! One ticket grants access to all of Edaville including Thomas Land and Dino Land!
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POSTPONED: Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival 2020Waltham, $$
Sat, April 25, 2020  -  Mon, April 20, 2020   
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...
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!
Musketaquid Earth DayConcord, Free
Sat, April 25, 2020  -  Sat, April 25, 2020   
Celebrate our first and forever home: the Earth! The Umbrella Arts and Environment Program is hosting the annual Earth Day Celebration, and this year our theme is Water.
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Mexican Street Food FestivalCambridge, Free
Sun, May 3, 2020   
Over 25 local restaurants & food trucks will be cooking up authentic Mexican street food including tacos, flautas, enchiladas, tortas, tamales, street corn, gorditas and much 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.
Brew at the Zoo (Adults 21+)Rhode Island
Sat, May 30, 2020  -  Sat, May 30, 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.
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.
CarnavalSomerville, Free
Sun, June 7, 2020  -  Sun, June 7, 2020   
For the 11th year in a row East Somerville Main Streets will partner with the City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council to present Carnaval @ SomerStreets on June 7th 2020.
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...
Nantucket Book FstivalNantucket, Free
Thu, June 18, 2020  -  Sun, June 21, 2020   
Nantucket Book Festival celebrates its ninth annual event June 18-21 with an outstanding line-up of award-winning authors as well as local and regional talent. Late spring Nantucket is charming usually with delightful weather!
Arts Fest Beverly 2020Beverly, Free
Sat, June 20, 2020  -  Sat, June 20, 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/
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.
Bridgewater Arts & Music FestivalBridgewater, $
Sat, July 4, 2020  -  Sat, July 4, 2020   
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 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!
8th Annual Cape Cod Food Truck & Craft Beer FestivalFalmouth, $
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
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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,...
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 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.
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 2020Somerville, 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 CarnivalCambridge, 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.
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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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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...
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
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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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