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Massachusetts Fairs & Festivals create festive fun in all seasons

For more fun activities, see Massachusetts Events page

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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Salem Antique & Classic Boat Festival 2018

Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White Street Salem, MA Phone:

August 25-26, 2018

A rare chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats of all kinds from elegant 1920s to '50s era mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers to sloops, sharpies, yawls and schooners. Tour the vessels. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boat! A crafts market, artists, old time band music and a Blessing of the Fleet at 3 p.m Sunday all add to this colorful event. Hours: Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sterling Fair 2018

Sterling Airport, 121 Greenland Road Sterling, MA Phone: 978-422-6741

September 7-9, 2018

Livestock, crafters, farmers market, horse and oxen pulls, Gillette Midway, tractor pulls, pony rides, antique and tractor show, fireworks, exhibit hall, arts and crafts, helicopter rides, Belgian Horse show, live entertainment, food and fun…and great speakers. Schedule of events.
Hours: Friday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Trails and Sails Weekends 2018

Many towns in Essex County Essex, MA Phone: 978-740-0444

September 21-23 and 28-30, 2018

These two weekends feature events at 60 local sites. Visitors can tour lighthouses, watch for whales, sail on the Schooner Lannon, and explore Essex's rich and scenic history. Enjoy walks, paddles, historical tours and adventures for all ages and interests. Events are in the towns of Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Lawrence, Saugus and more. All free.
Spencer Fair 2018

Smithville Road Spencer, MA Phone: 508-885-5814

August 31 -September 3, 2018

Animal, vegetable, and horticultural competitions and exhibits, stage shows, demolition derbies, truck pull, and children's entertainment area. Music by Mark Wills, September 3 at 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, military, and ages 7-12, $7; children under age 7 and parking, free; weekend pass, $25.
Lee Founders Weekend 2018

Main Street and other locations Lee, MA Phone:

September 14-16, 2018

Lee celebrates the town’s birthday with three days of fabulous food, music, and fun in the Berkshires. Highlights includes the hometown parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. on Main Street; balloon rides at the athletic field on Friday evening; a fireworks show on Friday at sunset at Lee Bank, a craft fair; lots of live music; clowns and magicians for children; and more. See website for full list of events.
Marshfield Fair 2018

Marshfield Fair Grounds, 140 Main Street (Route 3A) Marshfield, MA Phone: 781-834-6629

August 17-26, 2018

This is a large agricultural fair with events for all ages, like ox and tractor pulls, a demo derby and motocross events, livestock shows and much more. This farm festival features live music, flower displays, rides, games for kids, and plenty of food for everybody's taste. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts stations, meet the farm animals, and see some giant pumpkins.
Time: Noon-10 p.m.
Admission: $10; children age 6 and younger admitted free; 10 ride tickets, $24; parking, $5
Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair 2018

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-443-0188

September 29-30, 2018

Celebrate the harvest season with food trucks, a farmer’s market and crafts — all for sale! Listen to live music, watch farming demos, and even dive into a pile of hay. Harvest of Quilts opens on Friday with exquisite quilt exhibits and sales. Watch the raising of a timber framed building built using 18th and 19th century tools and techniques.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $18; youths ages 13-17, $8
North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival 2018

Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road Orange, MA Phone:

September 29-30, 2018

Still Stinkin’ After All These Years: this family event is bursting with art, farm products, food, endless entertainment, and inspiration. Find all the possibilities for garlic in the chef demo tent, and dine of savory cuisine in four food courts. Held on a historic farm. No pets allowed. No ATM on site, bring a water bottle for free water, and a bag to carry great goods. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $5 per day for adults; $8 for a weekend pass; kids 12 and under free.
The Big E (Eastern States Exposition) 2018

1305 Memorial Avenue West Springfield, MA Phone: 413-737-2443

September 14-30, 2018

Fair-goers will enjoy free top name entertainment, The Big E Super Circus, Mardi Gras Parade, the Avenue of States, Storrowton Village, rides, crafts, shopping, foods from around the world and more. Enjoy farm and animal exhibits and farming culture and history. Avenue of the States' buildings exhibit foods and crafts and information about the New England states. The Big E is ... BIG!
Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Cost: Adults, $15; children ages 6-12, $10; children under age 5, free. Many discounts offered.
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.
Three County Fair 2018

41 Fair Street Northampton, MA Phone: 413-584-2237

August 31-September 3, 2018

Highlights this year include the demolition derby, truck and oxen pulls, Aussie Kingdom and much more. Live music by Presley and Taylor. Schedule of events.
Time: Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Admission: Ages 12-64, $12; seniors or veterans, $10; kids below age 11, free; four-day pass, $25.
African Festival of Boston 2018

Rose Kennedy Greenway Boston, MA Phone:

August 26, 2018

Come and explore the African continent's diverse music, drum call parade, African-style face painting, health and wellness, children and family pavilion and a day of Afro-fashion show through performances by local and internationally known African artists.Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free (donation requested).
Franklin County Fair 2018

89 Wisdom Way Greenfield, MA Phone: 413-774-4282

September 6-9, 2018

Live entertainment, demolition derby, Firemen's Parade & Muster, midway, draft horse show, agricultural competitions and exhibits, fair museum, kids area, and more. Schedule of events.
Hours: Gates open Thursday, 3 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $7; youth (age 9-17) $8; children age 8 and under free. Thursday special, everyone $7.
Cummington Fair 2018

97 Fairgrounds Road Cummington, MA Phone: 413-634-5091

August 23-26, 2018

This family-oriented and farm-themed fair features live country music, horse events and rides, a demolition derby, and antique truck displays. Some of the events of the day: a comedian-magician, funnyman Matt Episcopo; Ditsy, the glamorous clown; the Marvelous Mutts; bicycle and prize raffles, a family buffet dinner, craft barn, and non-stop livestock judging events. No pets or alcohol allowed. Schedule of events.
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 4-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8 on Sunday; kids ages 10-15, $5; parking, $5; multi-day passes are available.
POW! WOW! Worcester 2018

Many locations, include Ralph’s Rock Diner, 148 Grove Street Worcester, MA Phone:

August 31 - September 9, 2018

POW! WOW! brings international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art. The 10-day event gallery shows, lectures, mural projects, concerts, and live art installations. The festival has visited cities and destinations such as Taiwan, Long Beach, Hawaii, D.C. One central event is the Plein Air Spray Paint Night on August 7 at 6 p.m. at Ralph's Rock Diner. Ghostbeard, a Detroit-based muralist, will lead you in designing a custom street art-inspired canvas. Tickets available in advance only. For people age 21 and older. Space is limited and will sell out.
Topsfield Fair 2018

207 Boston Street, Route 1 Topsfield, MA Phone: 978-887-5000

September 28-October 8, 2018

America's oldest county fair has the traditional event down to a T, and offers guests a broad menu of New England tastes, sights, sounds, and animal experiences. Animal events include a horse show, horse and oxen pulls, a petting zoo, and more. Special events in 2018: Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Johnny Rockett’s Cycle Circus & Galaxy Girl, Axe Women Loggers of Maine, Monster Truck Freestyle and Demo Derby, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, Chubby Checker, Double Figure “8” Race & Demolition Derby and much more.
Hours: Open daily at 10 a.m.
Admission: $8-$15 per day; children under age 8 admitted for free with a paying adult.
Belchertown Fair 2018

Town Common, Main Street Belchertown, MA Phone: 413-896-0883

September 21-23, 2018

Events at this family-oriented festival include rides, a pumpkin parade, horse pulls and ox draws, small animal exhibits, free entertainment in the Social Tent and a kiddie tent with plenty of fun to go around. This year's theme is "Wheels and Squeals." Schedule of events. Tickets are sold for midway rides.
Hours: Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday, parade at 10 a.m. and fair opens at 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Admission is free; tickets are sold for midway rides, one ticket is $1.25; 20 tickets are $25.
Duxbury Maritime Festival 2018

Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House, 479 Washington Street Duxbury, MA Phone:

October 13, 2018

The festival presents and celebrates Duxbury’s maritime heritage with food trucks, boat building demos, tours of the historic ship building distgrict, a petting zoo, maritime tunes with the New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus. children’s activities and games, performance of “Life Aboard a Whaling Ship” and and “How King Caesar Got His Nickname,” house tours, raffles, merchandise, and a tavern night with Irish music by The Lindsays.
Blandford Fair 2018

10 North Street Blandford, MA Phone: 413-848-0995

August 31-September 3, 2018

Horse, ox and pony draws; stage shows; art show; truck pulls; hall exhibits; horse, cattle, sheep, and goat shows; rabbit and poultry show, midway/rides; demolition derby; fiddle contest.
Hours: Friday 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $5; children age 6-12, $5; parking, $5.