Fall is here and we know it’s the best time of year for festivals galore. From Oktoberfests, to pumpkin fests, the Big E, King Richard’s Faire, the Fluff Festival and everything in betwen, check out these 30 great festivals happening this fall that you don’t want to miss!
The Eastern States Exposition returns for more than two weeks of fun for the entire family. New England’s grandest fair draws close to 1.5 million people annually for this can’t-miss event featuring: rides, live performances, games, food, concerts, car shows and so much more. West Springfield.
New England's largest and longest running Renaissance Festival is back for another season filled with entertainment, rides, games and more. Open weekends through Oct. 20. 235 Main St., Carver.
Grab the family and head to Smolak Farm for its Annual Fall Children’s Festivals every weekend through Oct. 28. Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover.
The 10th Annual Boston Food Truck Festival brings a day of lively, free family fun to the city. Showcasing farmers, local restaurants, food trucks and more, the festival also features chef and DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, family fun zone and more. Boston.
Since the 1960s, the Boxford Historical Society has been transforming the East Village for it’s annual Apple festival. Enjoy artisan vendors, local musicians, apple pie and more. Boxford.
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Night Shift Brewing’s fourth annual celebration. Featuring NSB’s German inspired beers, the event includes a beer garden, brass bands, food vendors, lawn games and more. Night Shift Brewing, 87 Santilli Highway, Everett.
Celebrate the invention of Fluff at the 14th annual Fluff Festival celebrating the102nd anniversary of the invention of Fluff on Saturday, Sept. 21 (rain date is Sept. 22). 3-7 p.m., Union Square, Somerville.
The Lowell Irish Festival is one not to be missed featuring live Irish music from national and local acts, as well as food trucks, craft tents, family activities, Irish heritage events and more. Lowell.
New England’s oldest family fair returns for its 143nd year of agricultural family fun. Deerfield.
Food Truck Festivals of America is coming to the Salem Common and is expected to feature some of the area’s most popular food truck along with dozens of regional and national craft breweries. Salem.
The Second Annual Arcadia Folk Festival, sponsored by Signature Sounds and Mass Audubon will end the year-long celebration of 75 years of the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary with dozens of performances you don’t want to miss. Easthampton.
Join DCR and the Friends of Breakheart for pumpkin decorating, big trucks, the DCR mounted unit and fire patrol, stuff-your-own-scarecrow, take-home crafts, and more at Breakheart Reservation's annual festival. Saugus.
Enjoy children's activities, lawn games and more at the Meadow Walk Fall Festival. Sudbury.
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Ipswich Ale Brewery and its We're shutting down the street in front of our brewery and building an Oktoberfest-style beer garden complete with beer, food, live Oompah music, stein-hoisting and more. Ipswich.
If you’re a BBQ fan, you don’t want to miss the 10th Annual Wachusett Mountain Great New England BBQFest featuring some of the finest he finest area vendors, along with live music, a craft fair and farmers' market, contests, cooking demos and more. Princeton.
There is something for everyone at this family-friendly fall event celebrating North Quabbin residents whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts. With an emphasis on homegrown and high quality, the festival promises to be engaging, fun and educational. Orange.
Enjoy live music and entertainment, food and more than 150 vendors at Groton’s yearly celebration. Groton.
Featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks, this year’s event also features dozens of regional and national craft breweries all on Salem Common. Salem.
Enjoy Boston’s this annual festival complete with live music, food court, amusement area and more. Harvard Avenue, Allston.
This great family event returns for its 40th year featuring crafters, music, children’s games, animal presentations, trail walks, the fourth annual duck derby and more. Norfolk.
Don’t miss this annual tradition as the Topsfield Fair is celebrating its 201st anniversary this year when it opens its gates from in October. 207 Boston St., Topsfield.
Head to the Harpoon Brewery for its biggest festival of the year for their two-day Oktoberfest featuring beer, food, live music and more. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.
More than 30 of the areas top food trucks are coming to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a festival you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy a beer garden, a local artisan market, live music, kids activities and more.
Celebrate Octoberfest with your dog at the Harpoon Dogtoberfest presented by Wellness Natural Food for Pets! Enjoy a fun-run/walk, costume contests, dog-friendly samples, Harpoon beers for you and a special Harpoon Bow Wow Brew for your four legged friends, and a whole lot more. Proceeds benefit the Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Boston.
Discover some of the world's best chocolate and confections at this event sure to delight every chocolate lover. The whole family is sure to enjoy this all-day marketplace event. Boston.
The Nantucket Cranberry Festival transforms Milestone Cranberry Bog into festival grounds for an event you don’t want to miss. Learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket and enjoy family activities, food, music and more. Nantucket
The Harvard Square Oktoberfest returns for its 41st year along with the 14th Annual HONK! Parade where musicians and spectators “reclaim the streets for horns, bikes and feet.” The event features crafts, vintage goods, five beer gardens, live music and more. Harvard Square, Cambridge.
Newburyport’s Fall Harvest Festival takes place the Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day weekend with food, live music and family fun,a long with its 18th Annual Scarecrow Contest, craft vendor booths and more. Newburyport.
Join the annual celebration of Wellfleet’s famous oysters, clams and deep-rooted shellfishing traditions at the Wellfleet Oysterfest. Oct. 19 and 20, Wellfleet Town Center, Main Street, Wellfleet.
The 7th Annual Duxbury Oktoberfest, part of the Duxbury Food & Wine Festival, has a new location this year a, Crossroads‘ Camp Wing in West Duxbury. Enjoy beers from favorite, local craft brewers, plus German red and white wines and a dinner of hearty, traditional, Bavarian fare, followed by dancing and more. Duxbury.