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Calendar of seasonal family fun and kids events happening in Boston and nearby suburbs - lots of fun things to do.

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Swan Boat RidesBack Bay, $
Sat, April 16, 2022  -  Mon, September 5, 2022   
Enjoy a peaceful 15 minute paddleboat cruise around the Boston Garden lagoon. The only boats of their kind in the world, inspired by the opera Lohengrin.
Ice Cream, Farm Animals and Country Fun at Beech Hill FarmNew Hampshire, Free
Sun, May 1, 2022  -  Mon, October 31, 2022   
Visit our farm animals, Ice Cream Barn, Gardener's Barn & country store at family favorite Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton NH. Only an hour from the Boston area makes it a perfect day trip.
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ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Wed, May 25, 2022  -  Fri, October 7, 2022   
Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, the ICA Watershed transforms a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a new civic and cultural asset. This exciting new cross-harbor...
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MA Fireworks: 4th of July Fireworks Displays (by town) 2022Massachusetts, Free
Thu, June 2, 2022  -  Sun, July 24, 2022   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in 2022. Different Boston area towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy fourth!
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Boston Fireworks 2022 (Where to Watch, Start Times, By Date)Massachusetts, Free
Thu, June 2, 2022  -  Tue, August 23, 2022   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in 2022 (by date). Different towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy fourth!
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Movies by Moonlight: Boston Harbor HotelBoston, Free
Fri, June 10, 2022  -  Fri, August 26, 2022   
Enjoy free Movies by Moonlight projected on the Harbor this summer at Boston Harbor Hotel. The cool evening breeze and view from Intrigue Café set the stage for the perfect opportunity to view these classic films under...
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Summer Pop & Soul: Boston Harbor HotelBoston, Free
Tue, June 14, 2022  -  Tue, August 23, 2022   
Summer Soul will take place every Tuesday night at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Sway to soulful sounds as the hotel hosts 11 different R&B and soul bands this summer. Enjoy songs from legends such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green,...
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Boston Summer Movies Guide 2022Massachusetts, Free
Tue, June 14, 2022  -  Mon, August 22, 2022   
Summer is here and warm weather calls for outdoor fun. Here's a great list of Summer Movies under the stars in and around Boston. Enjoy!...
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Boston Calling Block Parties at Dewey Square (21+)Boston, Free
Thu, June 16, 2022  -  Thu, August 25, 2022   
BLOCK PARTIES ARE BACK! Join us on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for our weekly Thursday Block Parties! Open to the public. Bands, beers, seltzers, wine spritzers, lawn games, and more. Admission is free for 21+.
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Ferry Service to Peddocks Island from HinghamHingham, $$
Thu, June 16, 2022  -  Fri, September 16, 2022   
Public ferry service to Peddocks Island is NOW available from Hingham Thursday - Sunday, weekly. Explore our second largest island in the park, hike miles of backcountry trails, and learn about its many cultural &...
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Summer Staycation Events at Patriot PlaceFoxboro, Free
Thu, June 23, 2022  -  Fri, August 26, 2022   
Summer Staycation at Patriot Place will feature recurring weekly events, special activities including a summer music series, musical bingo, summer movie nights, chess lessons, guided hikes and more.
Franklin July 4th CelebrationFranklin
Thu, June 30, 2022  -  Mon, July 4, 2022   
A fun and festive event for people of all ages. There will be rides, games, food, music, lots of children's activities and more.
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Find 4th of July Fireworks Near You in MA 2022 (by date)Massachusetts
Fri, July 1, 2022  -  Thu, July 7, 2022   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in MA for 2022 by date. Different Boston area towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy...
Walpole 3rd of July Parade & FireworksWalpole, Free
Today  -  Sun, July 3, 2022   
On the Third of July, Walpole celebrates the independence of our Nation by holding it's popular parade and fireworks display. A staple in Walpole, this celebration has been going strong for over 50 years, and has grown into quit a spectacle.
Needham July 4th CelebrationNeedham, Free
Today  -  Mon, July 4, 2022   
This event, beginning many years ago as a parade in celebration of our Country’s independence, has evolved into a two day event featuring food, music and fireworks on the evening of the third and a Grand Parade on the morning of the fourth.
Harvard Fireworks Celebration at FruitlandsHarvard
The Town of Harvard fireworks display will take place at Fruitlands Museum on Monday, July 3rd. Gates open at 5:00pm. Bands start at 5:30pm and fireworks will start at dark (approx. 9:15pm).
Newton 4th of July CelebrationNewton, Free
Mon, July 4, 2022   
The city's annual 4th of July celebrations begin with the free Kids Morning from 10:00am - Noon at the Newton Centre Playground and follows with a day of fun activities, parades & fireworks.
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Boston Fireworks | 4th of July Spectacular & Pops Concert: Hatch Shell EsplanadeBoston, Free
Mon, July 4, 2022   
Enjoy the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and a spectacular display of fireworks over the Charles River. This year maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra are set to entertain at Boston’s annual...
Plymouth's 4th of July Festivities & FireworksPlymouth, Free
Mon, July 4, 2022   
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade in Plymouth, and delightful waterfront concert followed by spectacular fireworks.
Free Summer Sports Centers for Ages 7-143 Locations, Free
Tue, July 5, 2022  -  Mon, August 22, 2022   
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department announces the return of free youth Sports Centers at White Stadium in Franklin Park, M Street Park in South Boston, and East Boston Stadium featuring professional instruction in a number of popular sports from July 9 to August 17.
Summer of Imagination at Boston Children's MuseumBoston, $$
Tue, July 5, 2022  -  Mon, September 5, 2022   
Every day this summer children and families will see how far their imagination can take them. The Museum welcomes all to celebrate pretend play, make believe, and fantasy, all of which inspire joy and wonder while also fostering creativity and problem solving.
Family Friendly Magic Show on the Patio!Tewksbury, $
Fri, July 8, 2022  -  Fri, July 8, 2022   
Munsey’s Magic and Moody Street Circus Live Entertainment on our Patio. Get your tickets and join us on the patio for a Family Friendly Magical Night filled with live performances.
Family Film Festival at The Pru: Summer Movies 2022Boston, Free
Sat, July 9, 2022  -  Sat, August 27, 2022   
Join the Prudential Center for free family movies this summer on South Garden at our Annual Family Film Festival, Saturdays from July 9 through August 27.
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Summer Movies on the Greenway 2022Boston, Free
Wed, July 13, 2022  -  Wed, August 10, 2022   
Experience cinema classics under the stars! The Greenway is partnering with Coolidge Corner Theatre for a free outdoor screening series this summer.
NextGen Summer Nights at The Tall Ship - Greg Hill FoundationBoston, $$
Thu, July 14, 2022  -  Thu, July 14, 2022   
All aboard The Tall Ship in East Boston for waterfront great music, great cocktails, and even fresh food all while supporting the Greg Hill Foundation.
Trolls World Tour at Moonrise: the Plymouth Drive-inPlymouth, $
Fri, July 15, 2022  -  Fri, July 15, 2022   
Enjoy a whole new drive-in movie experience in Plymouth, MA. Watch movies under the stars with a full kitchen and a beer garden. Meet & Greet w/Poppy and Glitter!
Night Sky Camping on Peddocks IslandHull, $$
Sat, July 16, 2022  -  Sat, August 13, 2022   
Grab your camping gear and join Park Ranger for an unforgettable night sky experience in Boston Harbor! Join Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park for the return of Night Sky camping on Peddocks Island!
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Barnstable County Fair 2022Falmouth, $$
Mon, July 18, 2022  -  Sun, July 24, 2022   
The Barnstable County Fair offers lots of summer fun for families. Enjoy crafts, midway, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.
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Revere Beach Sand Castle Sculpting Festival 2022Revere, Free
Fri, July 22, 2022  -  Sun, July 24, 2022   
The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the world. This year’s event is on - in a modified format - so we can look forward to lots of live entertainment,...
Tangled w/Meet & Greet and Pony Rides at Moonrise: the Plymouth Drive-inPlymouth, $
Fri, July 29, 2022  -  Fri, July 29, 2022   
Enjoy a whole new drive-in movie experience in Plymouth, MA. Meet Rapunzel with pony rides before the movie! Join us for a special meet and greet with Rapunzel and pony rides!
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Yankee Homecoming Days at Newburyport 2022Newburyport, Free
Sat, July 30, 2022  -  Sun, August 7, 2022   
Yankee Homecoming Days in Newburyport features music, house tours, a parade, lobsterfest and fireworks throughout the town.
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Free August Adventures with Highland Street FoundationBoston, Free
Mon, August 1, 2022  -  Wed, August 31, 2022   
August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation! During the month of August, we are excited to partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days.
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FREE FUN FRIDAYS Boston: Highland Street Foundation (AUGUST ADVENTURES)Massachusetts, Free
Mon, August 1, 2022  -  Wed, August 31, 2022   
The Free Fun Fridays program usually invites residents to visit about 10 museums or attraction for free over ten Fridays this summer. Now known as
Beverly Homecoming Days & Fireworks 2022Beverly, $
Wed, August 3, 2022  -  Sun, August 7, 2022   
The annual Beverly Homecoming offers concerts, a carnival, contests, picnics, a lobster festival, flea markets, barbecues, arts shows, and fireworks!
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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.
Boston Summer Movie Night on the CommonBoston, Free
Thu, September 1, 2022  -  Thu, September 1, 2022   
The Mayor's Movie Nights are part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program. Held in August and September, the shows begin at dusk. Come join us for movies under the stars in Boston parks.
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Waterfire Providence 2022Rhode Island, Free
Sat, September 3, 2022  -  Sat, December 3, 2022   
WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence.
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The Sterling FairSterling, Free
Fri, September 9, 2022  -  Sun, September 11, 2022   
A family oriented, community, agricultural fair with the emphasis on agriculture and education. Last year's attendance was over 40,000 people.
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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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Arlington Town Day 2022Arlington, Free
Sat, September 17, 2022  -  Sat, September 17, 2022   
Enjoy the annual Arlington Town Day - a family & community festival celebrating Arlington. Music, entertainment, pony rides, crafts, food & more!
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Topsfield Fair 2022Topsfield, $$
Fri, September 30, 2022  -  Mon, October 10, 2022   
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...
New Hampshire Pumpkin FestivalNew Hampshire
Sat, October 15, 2022  -  Sun, October 16, 2022   
It’s official: Coronavirus concerns have forced the cancellation of the 2021 NH Pumpkin Festival in Downtown Laconia. SAVE THE DATE FOR 2022 - October 15 & 16
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Halloween Trick or Treat In Maynard & Hudson2 Locations, Free
Thu, October 27, 2022   
Trick or Treat in downtown Hudson & Maynard from 4 to 6 pm. Streets will be closed and kids can get treats at local businesses. Look for the pumkins in the window for participants!
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Boston Blink! Holiday Lights & Sound ExtravaganzaBoston, Free
Sat, December 3, 2022  -  Sun, January 1, 2023   
There will not be a holiday tree at Faneuil Hall this year or a Blink! program. Blink! ususally features the music of the Holiday Pops, is a state-of-the-art light and sound extravaganza that transforms every...
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