Strawberry Festivals Around Boston This Summer

6/1/17 - By Tara D

Strawberry picking is a nice, low-key summer activity to enjoy with the kids, but sometimes you want to kick it up a notch. These Boston-area farms, markets and restaurants are doing exactly that with June festivals featuring hayrides, bouncy houses, live entertainment and fun for kids. There's also plenty of strawberry shortcake to try, plus other delightful treats, too.

So bring your kids and your appetite: It's time to celebrate strawberry season!


Topsfield Strawberry Festival - Topsfield Common
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Free admission
Topsfield Historical Society’s Annual Strawberry Festival features bowls and bowls of fresh strawberries, whipped cream and piles of shortcakes, prepared and served by volunteer members. The event also features over 60 fine artisans, plenty of games for the kids, and live music.

Gloucester Strawberry Festival - Mile Marker Restaurant, Gloucester
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Free admission
Enjoy a local farmer's market, Cape Ann vendor displays, face painting, live animals, a bouncy house, plus live music and performers at the Strawberry Festival.

Braintree Farmers' Market Strawberry Festival - Braintree
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Many of the market vendors will be creating products that use local, in-season strawberries, and fresh strawberry shortcake will be made to order. Tables & chairs are provided under the Events Tent. Buy some fresh picked, local strawberries to take home.

Strawberry Picking Day - Drumlin Farm, Lincoln
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Drop in any time from 10am-12pm for pick-your-own strawberries. (Strawberries are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.) Fields will be closed when they are picked out, but there will be other special activities for families throughout the day. You pay separately for the strawberries you pick.

Marini Farms Strawberry Festival - Ipswich
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Marini Farm Strawberry Festival provides a full day of family fun: visits to the fields for strawberry picking, inflatable park, indoor activities, and juicy strawberry shortcake.

Smolak Farms Strawberry Festival - North Andover
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Celebrate the strawberry picking season at Smolak Farms.

Russell Orchards Strawberry Festival - Ipswich
Saturday, June 24-Sunday, June 25, 2017
Free admission
The Strawberry Festival features strawberry picking, hayrides, balloon entertainment, and face painting on Saturday and Sunday.

Lanni Orchards Strawberry Festival - Lunenburg
Saturdays and Sundays, June 17-18 and June 24-25, 2017
Free admission
Strawberry picking on over eight acres, hayrides, games, crafts, and strawberry shortcake. Also stop by the farm stand for a great selection of locally made products like pies, sausage, cheese, honey, cooking oils, and more.

Verrill Farm Strawberry Festival - Concord
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Free admission
Enjoy pick-your-own strawberries in fields near the farm stand (weather & crop conditions permitting); Strawberry Shortcake prepared in the farm stand kitchen; food available a la carte; pony rides by Giddy Up Ponies & Hayrides; and entertainment by John Fitzsimmons and Kevin Driscoll.

Once the strawberry fun is done, check out our blueberry picking post.

Photo by Sarah Jordan Photography

Originally published June 2014; updated 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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