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Fairs & Festivals In Eastern Massachusetts


GODDESSES IN THE GARDENS — The Gardens at Elm Bank/Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 900 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, on Aug. 17, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Free. Join for an evening of music, harvest tastings, kid’s activities and garden tours. Bring a picnic and friends. Kids can discover the newly renovated Weezie’s Garden for Children, and everyone can try something fresh from the Seed to Table vegetable garden. Wine, beer and other beverages will be sold. Live music by What’s Goin’ On, featuring vocalist Nicole Webster. The U.S. Postal Service will pay tribute to pollinators with the dedication of its new stamps, The Protect Pollinators Forever stamps, at a special dedication ceremony at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please e-mail, visit or call: amyrodrigues2@aol.comhere, 781-408-9174.

FISHERMAN’S FEAST OF THE MADONNA SOCCORSO DI SCIACCA — Aug. 17, 18, 19 and 20, Lewis and North streets, Boston. Thursday at 6:00 p.m., Blessing of the Fishing Waters at Christopher Columbus Park; Feast opens at 6:00 p.m. on Friday; noon – 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (grand procession Sunday at 1:00 p.m., Flight of the Angel at 8:00 p.m.) For more information, please visit here.

HARDWICK FAIR — The 255th Hardwick Fair will take place Aug. 18 (5:30 – 10:00 p.m.) and Aug. 19 (7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Exhibits, hay rides, chicken barbecue, demonstrations and much more. For more information, please visit here.

MARSHFIELD FAIR — Aug. 18-27, noon – 10:00 p.m. every day, 140 Main St., Marshfield. Come have fun at the 150th fair. Admission: $10, free for children under 6 years. Music, crafts, demonstrations, exhibits and more. For more information, please visit here.

SALEM SOUL & JAZZ FESTIVAL — Aug. 19, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Aug. 20, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., various locations in Salem. The festival recreates and renews the vibrant jazz scene that began at the Salem Willows in the 1920s, when Duke Ellington and other musicians from the Big Band era played at the seaside park in Massachusetts. The festival builds on this rich jazz history — adding soul, blues and funk to the mix – and shining the spotlight on talented musicians from Boston’s North Shore and beyond. For more information, please visit here.

BLUES N’ BREWS FESTIVAL — Nashoba Valley Ski Resort, 79 Powers Road, Westford, on Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. – 7:15 p.m., and Aug. 20, 11:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. The 16th annual Blues N’ Brews Festival offers two days of blues from all over the country and 40-50 micro-breweries with more than 100 beers to sample on site. Advance ticket purchase includes 10 beer tasting tickets, tickets purchased at the gate include 5 beer tasting tickets. Ticket purchases and details available here.

GLOUCESTER WATERFRONT FESTIVAL— Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester, on Aug. 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Aug. 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free. More than 200 booths featuring juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations. Live music and delicious food including a lobster bake. Family-style entertainment free through the day. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome. Free admission; there is a free to park. For more information, please e-mail, visit or call: info@capeannchamber.comhere, 978-283-1607.

MILL FEST 2017 VINTAGE FESTIVAL — Mill 77 Trading Company, 49 Macy Street, Amesbury, on Aug. 19 and 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Our indoor and outdoor event will feature purveyors of vintage and vintage-inspired goods, creators of incredible food and players of awesome music. Free admission. This is a rain or shine event. For more information, please visit here.

CORN & TOMATO FESTIVAL — Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, Aug. 19, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The farm’s signature summer event features samples of its farm-grown tomatoes and corn. Tastings and samples: $9 for adults. $5 for kids under 10. Taste 30-plus varieties of tomatoes and six-plus varieties of corn. Sample dishes made in the farm stand kitchen using these two popular crops. Additional food and beverages served a la carte. Music by the Sky Blue Boys; there will also be hayrides and pony rides. For more information, please call 978-369-4494 or visit here.

Weekend of Aug. 24-27

ST. LUCY’S FEAST — Aug. 24, Thatcher and Endicott streets, Boston. Feast and procession at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit here.

MIDDLESEX 4H FAIR — Aug. 25, 26, 27, 4H Fairgrounds, 55 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. All exhibitors are members of 4H clubs in Middlesex County. For more information, please visit here.

ST. ANTHONY’S FEAST — Aug. 25, 26 and 27, Endicott, Thatcher and North Margin Streets, Boston. Feast opens at 7 p.m. on Friday; noon – 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (grand procession on Sunday starts at noon). For more information, please visit here.

MULTICULTURAL DAY — Aug. 26, noon – 3:00 p.m., Natick Common. This event will celebrate the various food, music and cultures found within the different ethnicities in our community. For more information, please visit here.

CHALK-FULL-O-FUN ONSET STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL — Lillian Gregerman Bandshell, 188 Onset Avenue, Wareham, on Aug. 27, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Express yourself with chalk art at this hugely popular annual family event. $5 registration fee includes supplies. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Come early for the best spots. Live music from noon-4 p.m. Juried craft fair. For more information, please visit here.

TOMATO FESTIVAL — Ashland Farmers’ Market, 125 Front Street, Ashland, on Aug. 26, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Let’s celebrate the delicious tomato today. They are fully in season and ready to be sampled. Sample some special tomatoes at the heirloom tasting, also learn about creative tomato pairings. Do not miss the food demo from Chef Christopher Ryan of Residence at Valley Farm as he makes gazpacho. The Cardinal, Joe Stillitano, Len Rabinowitz will be on the Ashland Arts Alliance Music Stage from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Ashland Garden Club will be hosting a garden activity at the Kid’s Corner from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. For more information, please visit here.

SOUTHBOROUGH SUMMER NIGHTS — Margaret a Neary School, 53 Parkerville Road, Southborough, on Aug. 26, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Join in an evening of fun, food, music and fireworks. Kids of all ages will enjoy our rock-climbing wall, 65-foot inflatable obstacle course, inflatable moon bounces and slide, rolling video cart, pony rides, face-painting, hands-on robotics activity, games galore, food vendors and live music provided by The Boston Naturals all topped off with a fireworks display.

Weekend of Sept. 1-4

THREE COUNTY FAIR — Sept. 1-4, 54 Fair Street, Northampton. The fair celebrates its 200th anniversary with special events, including Veterans Night on Sept. 1 and the Kent Family Magic Circus on Sept. 4. There will also be a tractor parade on Sept. 2, along with a midway, classic car show, much and much more. For more information, please visit here.

KING RICHARD’S FAIRE — Weekends, Sept. 2-Oct. 22, including Labor Day and Columbus Day. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. New England’s greatest Renaissance fair returns to the grounds at 235 Main Street, Carver. For more information, please visit here.

GREEK FESTIVAL — at St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 9 Central St., Marlborough, on Sept. 2, noon – 11:00 p.m.; Sept. 3, noon – 11:00 p.m.; Sept. 4, noon – 5:00 p.m. Greek food, beer and wine, pastries, dance groups and more. Free admission; rain or shine. For more information, please e-mail, visit or call: webmaster@stsanargyroi.orghere, 508-485-2575.

LABOR DAY PARADE — Sept. 4, noon, Marlborough. Parade begins at Pleasant and Lincoln Streets and proceeds west onto Lincoln Street, south onto Broad Street, east onto West main Street and continues onto Main Street, turns south on Maple Street and ends at the intersection of Route 85 – Bolton Street. For more information, please visit here.

Weekend of Sept. 8-10

AUTUMN ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL— Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, Sept. 9 and 10, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Come enjoy this wonderful opportunity to support, and admire, local artists and the amazing dedication their skillset entails. This creativity packed event is the perfect outing for the family, with food and music on site. Some of the arts and crafts that will showcased are alpaca clothing items, crystalline pottery solar lights, books personalized by author, unique recycled milk carton lights, handpainted neckties and scarves, fine jewelry, folk art and other paintings and caligraphy, embroidery, stained glass, handpoured soy candles, quilts, kettle corn, ornaments, seasonal decor, ceramic tiles and more. Rain or shine; admission — $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, free for children under 14. Free parking; friendly, leashed pets welcome. For more information, please visit here.

CAMBRIDGE CARNIVAL INTERNATIONAL — Sept. 10, Kendall Square and Central Square. The festival, including a grand costume parade and festivities, will begin at noon. The Cambridge Carnival is one of the largest outdoor multicultural festivals in New England. For more information, please visit here.

Weekend of Sept. 15-17

APPLEFEST — Sept. 14-17, Algonquin Regional High School athletic fields. Fireworks on Sept. 16 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. For more information, please visit here.

THE BIG E — Sept. 15-Oct. 1, 1305 Memorial Avenue, Springfield. The best from the six New England states and New York will be on display. Music, demonstrations, car shows, midway and much more. For more information, please visit here.