Massachusetts Fairs & Festivals create festive fun in all seasons

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.

To find more events, visit the MA Events Calendar.

The Big E in west springfield MA
Trails and Sails 2021

Many towns in Essex County Essex, MA Phone:

September 17-26, 2021

Visitors can tour lighthouses, watch for whales, and explore Essex's rich and scenic history. Enjoy walks, paddles, historical tours and adventures for all ages and interests. One hundred free events are in the towns of Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Lawrence, Saugus and more. Visit unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in cultural experiences of all kinds.
Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Festival 2021

various locations Martha's Vineyard, MA Phone:

October 1-2, 2021

“Let’s get crackin’!” say the organizers of this festival, also adding, “Fact: People who attend oyster festivals are fun :).” Events of this festival include a pop-up lunch, a pop-up dinner, conversations with oyster experts, tastings, a family disco night, a main tasting event on Saturday and more. Make your reservations early. Ferry information. See festival website for time and locations of various events.
The Big E 2021 – Eastern States Exposition

1305 Memorial Avenue West Springfield, MA Phone:

September 17-October 3, 2021

The Big E is a gigantic, 17-day 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. There is a giant midway . 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 and 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.
Topsfield Fair 2021

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

October 1-11, 2021

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.
Hours: Open daily at 10 a.m.
Admission: Tickets and prices.
North Easton Harvest and Craft Fair 2021

Route 138 and Main Street North Easton, MA Phone:

October 3, 2021

Come meet and enjoy alpacas from Kave Rock Alpacas; fair food; juried crafters and artisans; music by American Beauties; a silent auction; vehicle exploration station; food from local restaurants, including Rosemary Fresh; family fun, including arts and crafts and pumpkin decorating
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Westport Fair 2021

200 Pine Hill Road Westport, MA Phone: 508-636-8949

October 15-17, 2021

Slab and Farm Tractor Pulls, Horseshoe Tournament, our beloved annual Chicken BBQ and a Sunday Family Fun Day!
Hours: Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $5.

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