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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.
Boston's Harborfest 2018

Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Avenue near Long Wharf Boston, MA Phone:

June 28-July 4, 2018

A week of celebration in Boston led up to the Fourth of July. Below are some of the highlights. See full schedule.
June 30-- Live music on Columbus Park preceeds Harbor Fireworks at 9 p.m. The show will take place in the inner Harbor and can be seen from any shoreline from Charlestown to the Seaport and East Boston.
July 1 -- Arts at Harborfest. Local artists will display and sell their work, curated by Artists Crossing, under the trellis in Christopher Columbus Park. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July 1 – Chowderfest. Taste clam chowder samples from some of the best local restaurants in Christopher Columbus Park.
June 28-July 4 -- Harborfest special tours and attractions. Both indoor and outdoor family events will take place at Boston’s best historical landmarks. Throughout the weekend there will be 100 activities, attractions and specials!
Provincetown Portuguese Festival 2018

MacMillan Wharf and other locations Provincetown, MA Phone:

June 21-24, 2018

This weekend celebration is filled with traditional Portuguese dancing, music, and cuisine. This family-friendly festival features incredible food and entertainment and fun activities for adults and kids. Favorite events include the Fishermen’s Dinner, the Blessing of the Fleet, and the parade on Commercial Street. Highlights are Highlights are the Portuguese Festival Parade on Saturday, 3-5 p.m. and the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday at 1 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.
Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival 2018

various locations Cape Cod, MA Phone:

July 6-15, 2018

The main feature of this 10-day festival is daily tours of private gardens across the Cape. Also, come enjoy workshops and lectures by leading horticulturalists; promotions at nurseries and home centers; class on hydrangea pruning; and painting demonstrationsin the gardens themselves. Garden tours are $5 per person per garden. You can pay cash at each garden on the day of the garden tour. Each garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and only on the days specified. Gardens' addresses will be announced a week before the festival. All garden tours are rain or shine and nonrefundable.
Event schedule
Brockton Fair 2018

Brockton Fairgrounds, 433 Forest Avenue Brockton, MA Phone:

June 29-July 9, 2018

The Brockton Fair boasts over 135 years of providing family fun. This day of traditional American entertainment includes a classic midway with rides for all ages; a magician; a demolition derby and monster truck rides; horse races; a bear show; livestock shows, and much more. 
Green River Festival 2018

Greenfield Community College (I-91, Exit 26) Greenfield, MA Phone: 413-341-3317

July 13-15, 2018

The Green River Festival combines a spectacular lineup of nearly 40 acts on three stages, the best in local food, beer and wine, handmade crafts, a dance tent, a wide array of kid's activities and entertainment, and hot air balloon rides and a balloon glow, for Western Massachusetts's largest outdoor event of the summer. Performance lineup.
New Bedford Folk Festival 2018

various locations New Bedford, MA Phone: 508-991-3122

July 7-8, 2018

New Bedford Folk Festival brings together over 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford’s historic district. The two day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on seven sound stages in and around the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ranging from the seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the National Park Garden Stage. Lineup includes Tom rush, Cherly Wheeler, John Gorka, The Mammals, Hubby Jenkinds of the Carolina Chocolate Dropos, J.P. Cormier and many more.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Yankee Homecoming 2018

Various locations throughout Newburyport Newburyport, MA Phone:

July 28-August 5, 2018

Join the coastal city of Newburyport for a week of music, food, art, family activities, and more — all capped off by fireworks on the waterfront on Saturday, and a parade on Sunday. Featured homecoming events include:
Brewfest Fundraiser on July 28; Art On The Bartlet Mall July 28-29; Inn Street Artisans Revival Daily; Heritage Tours all week; Yankee Homecoming Market Place daily; Olde Fashioned Sunday July 29; Downtown Entertainment all week; Waterfront Concert Series all week; Golf Tournament on July 30; Market Square Day Craft Show on July 31; Sidewalk Sales on August 2-4; U.S. Coast Guard Open House on August 2; Family Day at Maudslay State Park on August 4; Parade on August 5 at noon; Fireworks on August 4 at 9:15 p.m.