Fireworks are back on the Boston waterfront. Courtesy of Summer on the Waterfront - Boston, Photo by Christian Merfeld
Fireworks are back on the Boston waterfront. Courtesy of Summer on the Waterfront - Boston, Photo by Christian Merfeld

Best Things To Do in Boston in September with Kids

September begins with a bang, lighting up the sky with fireworks at the Boston waterfront, and ends with an equally bright display of carved pumpkins to stroll through at a zoo. In between, there's festivals celebrating everything from marshmallow fluff to lederhosen, a chance for your kids to climb onto trucks and planes at an airport touch-a-truck event, or a unique opportunity to immerse the family into a larger-than-life Van Gogh masterpiece at a top-secret location.

We're bursting with the best things to do in Boston in September with kids. Find the best places to go apple picking, visit farm animals, and where to take memorable fall day trips. Back-to-school is also the perfect time to add some classes to your schedule. Explore our Classes and Activities Guide for Boston kids to locate everything from dance to swim lessons. 

Read on to see what Boston in September has in store for your family!


Places featured in this article:

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

Gloucester Harbor

Pingree School
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 4, 2021 - Sun Nov 28, 2021) Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

The Farm at SummitWynds

Southwick Zoo
upcoming events
(Wed Sep 8, 2021 - Wed Nov 24, 2021) Festival of Illumination: World of Lights

Kendall Square

East Broadway, between I and L Streets

Various Museum locations

The Rose Kennedy Greenway
upcoming events
(Sun Sep 19, 2021) Boston Local Food Festival

Lynch Park
upcoming events
(Sun Sep 19, 2021) Beverly Harbor Fest

Union Square
upcoming events
(Wed Sep 22, 2021 - Sun Sep 26, 2021) What the Fluff? Festival

Strand Theatre
upcoming events
(Fri Sep 24, 2021 - Sun Jan 2, 2022) Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Nashua Airport
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 25, 2021) Wheels & Wings

US Bunting Cricket AA
upcoming events

Salem Common
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 25, 2021 - Sun Sep 26, 2021) Salem Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Stevens-Coolidge Place
upcoming events

deCordova Sculpture Garden
upcoming events
(Tue Jul 27, 2021 - Tue Sep 28, 2021) Stroller Tours in deCordova Sculpture Park

Roger Williams Park Zoo
upcoming events
(Thu Sep 30, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
The Big E
The Big E Fairgrounds - 8:00 AM Pick
Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience
Franklin Park Zoo - 6:00 PM Pick
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM
Virtual Fairytale Story-Book Art Class for Kids
Creatively Wild Art Studio - 3:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides