Be part of the grand costume parade and masquerade through the streets of Cambridge, dancing to an international beat. Photo courtesy of @paulsportraits
Be part of the grand costume parade and masquerade through the streets of Cambridge, dancing to an international beat. Photo courtesy of @paulsportraits

30 Fall Festivals Near Boston for Kids and Families

Crisp morning air, ripe apples, and school bells...all signs it's time for fall festivals near Boston! I've found that with so many a fall fair near me, it can be hard to know which one is best for a family activity. So, I took the guesswork out of it for you by narrowing the robust list of harvest festivals to those with good food, lots of fun activities, music, performances, and much more. These fall festivals—like so many awesome events in our Fall Fun Guide—are perfect for both parents and kids.

There is sure to be a festival you'll love with events happening from Copley Square to Stockbridge. After you pick from our list of fall festivals near Boston and plan your day, read our advice on how to hit all the highlights at fall fairs as big as the Topsfield Fair

Places featured in this article:


Gloucester Harbor

King Richard's Faire
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 4, 2021 - Sun Oct 24, 2021) King Richard's Faire

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

The Rose Kennedy Greenway

Lynch Park

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

Weir River Farm
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 25, 2021) Annual Fall Festival

Condon Shell
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 25, 2021) Mystic River Celebration

Newton Community Farm
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 25, 2021) Celebration at the Farm

Saltonstall Park
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 25, 2021) Faire on the Square

Stevens-Coolidge Place
upcoming events

Davis Square
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 8, 2021 - Sun Oct 10, 2021) HONK!

Topsfield Fairgrounds
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Mon Oct 11, 2021) Topsfield Fair

upcoming events
(Wed Oct 6, 2021 - Wed Oct 27, 2021) Wicked Wednesdays in Salem

Berkshire Botanical Garden
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 9, 2021 - Sun Oct 10, 2021) Berkshire Harvest Festival

South Shore Conservatory
upcoming events
(Sun Oct 10, 2021) Mad Love Music Festival

Frog Pond
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 15, 2021) Frog Pond Pumpkin Float

Copley Square
upcoming events

Wachusett Mountain
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 16, 2021 - Sun Oct 17, 2021) 37th Annual Apple Fest at Wachusett Mountain
The Big E
The Big E Fairgrounds - 8:00 AM Pick
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM Pick
Festival of Illumination: World of Lights
Southwick Zoo - 5:30 PM Pick
Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience
Franklin Park Zoo - 6:00 PM Pick
What the Fluff? Festival
Union Square - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides