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.

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, all with unique stories. 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 annual 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 take their places in the seasonal lineup.

Downtown Lowell Lowell, MA Phone: 978-459-6150

February 24-25, 2017

During the City’s Winterfest celebration, enjoy live entertainment and many children’s activities. There is something for everyone—from local cuisine, to the famous Soup Bowl Competition. Come on out and celebrate the season. For more info visit the www.lowellma.gov website as the dates get closer!

Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA Phone:

January 13-March 31, 2017

The Boston Wine Festival, hosted by Daniel Bruce, executive chef of the Boston Harbor Hotel, features a series of intimate winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars and receptions. After 28 seasons, the festival has evolved into a world renowned series. Major events of the 2-month festival include the Grand Opening Reception on January 13, and the Valentine’s Dinner Dance on February 11 and the Valentine’s Jazz Brunch on February 12. Schedule of events.