Best Summer Festivals and Fairs for Boston Kids and Families

The streets of Boston host family-friendly festivals this summer. St. Antony's Feast photo by Matt Conti Photography / MattConti.com
The streets of Boston host family-friendly festivals this summer. St. Antony's Feast photo by Matt Conti Photography / MattConti.com

Games, treats, and entertainment, all in the fresh air ... even grown-ups get giddy at the prospect of a summertime festival or fair. Whether you get excited about parades or sand sculptures, delicious food or art activities for your little ones, the festive events here are all super family-friendly and make for a memorable summer outing. Read on for our picks for the best summer festivals and fairs for Boston kids and families.

Looking for even more seasonal fun? Check out our Summer Fun Guide for all the best ways to have a blast, stay cool, and rock school vacation! And check our events calendar often—we're always adding more activities in and around Boston. If you're in the mood for something a little more laid-back, see our guide to Drive-In Movie Theaters In and Around Boston for Outdoor Movie Night With Kids.

The Big E
The Big E Fairgrounds - 8:00 AM Pick
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Roger Williams Park Zoo - 6:00 PM Pick
Topsfield Fair
Topsfield Fairgrounds - various times Pick
Festival of Illumination: World of Lights
Southwick Zoo - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides