Massachusetts Fairs & Festivals create festive fun in all seasons

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Massachusetts folks celebrate their history and heritage all year round. Make a cozy inn your lodging headquarters and head out for fun, inspiration, and adventure. You’ll find fairs and festivals with competitions, animal encounters, reenactments, fireworks and parades, barbecue dinners and pancake breakfasts. There are religious and ethnic events, hot air balloon rides, great music and dance; on the Fourth of July join the Boston Pops to celebrate Independence Day. Then keep on celebrating through the cranberry harvest and the winter holidays.

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Greater Merrimack Valley Fairs Lowell MA
Greater Merrimack Valley

61 Market Street, Unit 1C Lowell, MA, 01852 Phone: 978-459-6150

Festivals celebrate Merrimack’s legendary history and characters

Greater Merrimack Valley is a deeply historic part of New England with a delightful variety of ethnicities. Probably its best-known celebration is Patriots’ Day in mid-April, when Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord hosts re-enactments of the opening battle of the Revolutionary War. The city of Lowell turns out some marvelous annual events, like the Lowell Folk Fest, serving up outdoor music all around the city, and the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival, honoring the city’s famous writer. The Southeast Asian Water Festival is among several fests that celebrate the city’s ethnic heritage. The Yankee Doodle Homecoming Festival honors patriot Thomas Ditson of Billerica, the inspiration of the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Harvest, Christmas, October fests are all in the seasonal lineup.
Topsfield Strawberry Festival 2018

Topsfield Common Topsfield, MA Phone: 978-500-0711

June 9, 2018

The  Strawberry Festival attractions include: a juried craft show, art, glass, pottery, clothing and jewelry made by fine artisans, food, music, children's games and strawberry shortcake. Also, enjoy the Youth Artisan Fair and tours of the 17th-century Parson Capen House. Plenty of free parking Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Paradise City Northampton Spring Arts Festival 2018

3-County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road, off Route 9 Northampton, MA Phone:

May 26-28, 2018

Two hundred artists and makers from all part of the United State come to Northampton for three days of visual arts, unique design, food, live music and great fun.
Admission: Adults, $14; seniors over age 64, $12; students, $8; three-day pass, $16; children 12 and younger, free.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair 2018

Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road Cummington, MA Phone:

May 26-27, 2018

All Massachusetts sheep producers and woolcraft enthusiasts are invited to participate in this event. Chosen by Yankee Magazine as one of the top 20 things to do in Massachusetts. Camping is available on the grounds for vendors and exhibitors. There is a $20 charge for campers and a $10 charge for tents. Hook-ups are first come first serve.
Admission to fair: Parking is $10 per car; $15 for a two-day pass
StrangeCreek Campout Festival 2018

Camp Kee-wanee, 1 Health Camp Road Greenfield, MA Phone:

May 25 - 27, 2018

Three days of music in the woods. Also: Vernville Earth Stage, River Worm Stage, cabin jams, fmily camping, kids entertainment and teen scene, fire wormz fire show holistic village, yoga, food drive, community bonfire, puppets, food & craft vendors. No dogs, no open fires, no glass bottles. Youth under age 18 must be accompanies by a parent or guardian. Line-up Includes: Melvin Seals & JGB, The Machine, Max Creek, Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau Band, Pink Talking Fish, Donna The Buffalo, Particle, Consider The Source, and more.
Admission: One-day pass, $75; weekend pass, $150; kids 15 and younger admitted free
Time: Opens at 9 a.m.
Asparagus Festival 2018

Hadley Town Common, Russell Street (Route 9) Hadley, MA Phone:

June 2, 2018

Enjoy local agriculture by visiting booths of local farmers; see work of crafts makers; live music by Heather Maloney, Jig Jam, and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters; and be prepared to dance. Craft beer will be curated by State Street Wines & Spirits. Taste asparagus ice cream, fried potatoes, Spoletos, asparagus pizza, and barbecue. Cost: Admission is free. Suggested donation is $5. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Brimfield Antique Flea Markets 2018

Route 20 Brimfield, MA Phone:

May 8-13; July 10-15; September 4-9, 2018

Antique dealers and collectors travel from throughout the United States and abroad to attend the gigantic Brimfield Antique Flea Markets, which occupy a long swath of Route 20 in Brimfield. It’s one of the oldest and biggest outdoor antiques events in the country. The event is comprised of about 20 individually owned show fields that have specific opening times, contact information and admissions. Many of the events are free to attend. Several ATMs are available. Many dealers accept checks with proper ID and some also take credit cards.
Lenox Rhubarb Festival 2018

18 Main Street Lenox, MA Phone:

June 9, 2018

The Festival features a rhubarb chili contest among Lenox restaurant chefs; visitors taste, judge and vote for their favorite. Sweet and savory rhubarb creations from local bakers will be for sale, including: strawberry rhubarb pies, cupcakes, turnovers, whoopee pies, pinwheels and rhubarb mini pies. Pick up a recipe booklet and some fresh local rhubarb or learn how to grow your own. Time: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Held rain or shine under tents. Free admission and parking.
Newburyport Spring Fest 2018

Downtown Newburyport Newburyport, MA Phone: 978-462-6680

May 27-28, 2018

Thousands attend to enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport's best restaurants and Kid's Korner featuring entertainment for children and families. Live entertainment both days.  Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost: Free. http://www.massachusettsfairsandfestivals.com/519266-newburyport-spring-fest-2018-newburyport-massachusetts-may-2018.html#.Wvr1r3lG21s