Harpoon Oktoberfest in Boston - September 29-30, 2023 at Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA! Click here for more info & tickets

Fairs & Festivals in Central Massachusetts

Santa! - Southwick's Zoo - Mendon, MA
Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA, 01756 Phone: 800-258-9182

Zoo lights up with magic when it comes to celebrating special holidays, events

The holiday season offers a unique experience at Southwick’s Zoo as guests can experience the illumination spectacular of Winter Wonderland! Take an enchanted journey through the zoo to see over a million spectacular holiday lights and handcrafted displays. There are live shows and entertainment, meet-and-greets with Santa, and gift shops galore, including the Christmas Cupboard with decorations, ornaments, and custom pieces. Warm up by the fire pits with a cup of cocoa or a hot toddy and enjoy freshly baked gingerbread cookies at the Kringle Café. You can also experience some of that exciting holiday magic in the summer during the zoo’s Christmas in July! Check our website for other special weekends including the Sounds of Africa, Harvest Fest, and more!
Douglas Oktoberfest - East Douglas, MA
Douglas Oktoberfest 2023

Main Street Douglas, MA, 01516 Phone:

October 7, 2023

Vendors offer crafts, food, games, and unique displays. Entertainment throughout the day includes singers, bands, choral groups, dance routines, cheerleaders, and more. Rides and games on the church lawn are great for small children, along with the Huge Slide, moonwalk, train, and obstacle course.
Time: 9am - 4pm.
The Big E 2023 - West Springfield, MA
The Big E 2023 – Eastern States Exposition

1305 Memorial Avenue West Springfield, MA, 01089 Phone:

September 15 - October 1, 2023

The Big E is a gigantic two-week-plus agriculture fair representing all six states of New England. Activities, entertainment, and exhibits cover the entire range of everything you will see at any great country fair.
  • Avenue of the States has permanent buildings where Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont display information about their communities, products, and foods.
  • Entertainment throughout the fair includes a daily parade, a circus, car shows and live performances.
  • Storrowtown Village is a window into an earlier New England.
  • Agricultural exhibits, demos and competitions run the full gamut of the work that farm families do, from raising horses to canning berries.
  • Fair food is everywhere, and repeat visitors often pre-order the famous Big E cream puff.