Fall Massachusetts Festivals

Find a Massachusetts fall festival to attend in 2018. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 has things to do across Massachusetts including activities in Boston, Worcester, and Springfield. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

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2018 Festivals

Gloucester Waterfront Festival - Glouceser, MA - Aug 18 to Aug 19, 2018
Arts and crafts show with over 200 juried artisans, food vendors, authors and musicians from across the US bring a variety of arts and crafts (across all media) and literature. Includes family style entertainment including live music and performance arts. Free admission, goes on rain or shine, friendly leashed pets welcome.

Kill Tide Arts & Crafts Festival - Brewster, MA - Aug 25, 2018
Annual arts & crafts show – free admission! Goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome.

Gloucester Schooner Festival - Gloucester, MA - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2018
34th annual maritime and sailing event. Don’t miss the Sunday morning Parade of Sail!

Bass River Arts & Crafts Festival - South Yarmouth, MA - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
Annual arts & crafts show – free admission! Goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome.

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival - Vineyard Haven, MA - Sep 4 to Sep 9, 2018
Explore the local area, live music and enjoy 40+ films from around the globe by international film makers, plus conversations with filmmakers and others, live musical events, and more

Boston Comedy Arts Festival - Cambridge, MA - Sep 5 to Sep 9, 2018
Lots of entertainment and workshops at this annual event. Over 300 artists perform in a wide variety of musical and comedy acts. Features sketch, standup, and improv comedy for 5 days of non-stop fun. Held at ImprovBoston near Central Square T station.

BSV Oktoberfest - Walpole, MA - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Several thousand attend this two day Oktoberfest with German food, beer, games and even a full-contact medieval fighting exhibition. Location: 8 County St, Walpole, MA 02081

Canal Diggers 5K - Worcester, MA - Sep 8, 2018
Run a 5k through the town of Worcester, then party at the end with food, a concert, kids race and activities, and some pints of cold Harpoon! (Check the event website for some parking suggestions)

Swampscott Arts & Craft Festival - Swampsott, MA - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
8th annual arts & crafts show – free admission! Goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome.

Boston Harbor Islands Regatta - Boston, MA - Sep 8, 2018
Annual race will attract more than 100 boats and raise money for the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. After party follows conclusion.

Somerville Dog Festival - Somerville, MA - Sep 9, 2018
Annual event with dog sports demonstrations, silent auction, vendors and other activities for the whole family (including your pup!). Free admission but donations are appreciated.

Boston Comedy Festival - Somerville, MA - Sep 12 to Sep 15, 2018
This four day festival features hundreds of comedians from around the world for comedy shows, workshops, and special events.

Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour - Sunderland, MA - Sep 12 to Sep 16, 2018
Not a race or fund raiser, this event will feature over 165 riders from around the world who tour over 240 miles of Massachusetts countryside. Once riders make it to Boston, they can join in with over 5000 others for TD Bank Hub on Wheels, Boston’s annual bicycling festival.

The Big E - West Springfield, MA - Sep 14 to Sep 30, 2018
The biggest fair in the Northeast, with nearly 1.5 million people attending in 2014. Circus spectacular, mardi gras parade, agricultural competitions, arts & crafts, food contests, live music and midway.

Wormtown Music Festival - Greenfield, MA - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Three days of music and two days of camping at Camp Kee-Wanee.

FreshGrass - North Adams, MA - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Plenty of live entertainment, workshops, and more in North Adams.

Boxford Apple Festival - Boxford, MA - Sep 15, 2018
Held annually on the third Saturday in September by the Boxford Historical Society. Enjoy crafters, tours of a 1760 Holyoke-French House, food including apple favorites, and music

Festival at the Farm - Canton, MA - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Come on down to Prowse Farm for great music, local food, activities and beer! The dance floor will be unlimited, the lawn will have games and room for picnics, and there are fun activities for the kids as well!

TD Bank Hub on Wheels - Boston, MA - Sep 16, 2018
Boston’s annual bicycling and a great way to end the Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour. There are two routes, including a short downtown route, and both of which start and finish on City Hall Plaza. A portion of registration fees benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.

German American Business Council of Boston Oktoberfest! - Boston, MA - Sep 19, 2018
Held at The Point

Trails and Sails - Essex County, MA - Sep 21 to Sep 30, 2018
Two weekends of walks and water await you throughout Essex County, with over 150 free events at cultural, historic, and natural sites where you can walk, hike, sail, tour, and embark on other adventures

South Shore Irish Festival - Marshfield, MA - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2018
Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, corn hole tournament, tug of war competion, Irish magic show, Irish storytelling and more

Fluff Festival - Somerville, MA - Sep 22, 2018
Fluff, the marshmallow confectionary in a jar, was invented in 1917 in Union Square. This festival celebrates that invention with over 15,000 people, and features musical performances, a cooking contest, Fluff-themed games and activites, and of course, treats made with Fluff!

NSB Oktoberfest - Everett, MA - Sep 22, 2018
Held at Night Shift Brewing.

Cape Cod Beer - Hyannis, MA - Sep 22, 2018
German food, Cape Cod Beer and Oktoberfest Challenges at this family friendly event. Competitions include the CornHole Toss, Growler holding, hop counting and others. Free admission.

Oktoberfest at DBco - Dorchester, MA - Sep 22, 2018
Kick off Oktoberfest with fresh Oktoberfest beers in traditional German liter steins, traditional food, live German band and more!

Oktoberfest at Olde Magoun’s Saloon - Somerville, MA - Sep 22, 2018
An all-day Oktoberfest starting with the Bayern Munich match at 9:30am, German food served from noon, ceremonial keg tapping of Paulaner Weisn tapped at 12:30, and music from noon to 8.

Notch & Karl’s Oktoberfest - Salem, MA - Sep 23, 2018
Hosted by Notch Brewing and Karl’s Sausage Kitchen. Liter pours, German food, Bavarian music, and more!

Boston Latino International Film Festival - Boston, MA - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
16th Annual event featuring films made by Latinos, about various themes and in different genres

Topsfield Fair - Topsville, MA - Sep 28 to Oct 8, 2018
Held annually since the first cattle show in 1820. Giant pumpkin weigh-off, Essex County pageant, sheep show, goat show, racing pigs, farmyard, petting zoo, kiddie korral and more.

Duxbury Oktoberfest - Duxbury, MA - Sep 28, 2018

Harpoon Oktoberfest - Boston, MA - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Oktoberfest has been going strong in fall at Harpoon in Boston for more than two decades. It includes Harpoon beer, German food, Oompah bands, chicken dancing, keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake-eating contest. Location: 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Spirit of Shrewsbury - Shrewsbury, MA - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
A community festival, first held in 1996, celebrating the culture and history of the area. Parade, 5K, fishing derby, craft fair, children’s talent show, car show, scarecrow contest and more.

Beantown Jazz Festival - Boston, MA - Sep 29, 2018
Annual event on the last Saturday in September. The 2015 theme is Jazz: Peace Supreme. 70,000 attend the block party to enjoy food, live music and family entertainment.

North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival - Orange, MA - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
20th annual event. 100 booths of farmers, artists and community organizations. Raw garlic eating contest and chef demos. $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free, free shuttle and parking too.

Mashpee Oktoberfest - Mashpee, MA - Sep 29, 2018
Annual Oktoberfest held at Mashpee Commons and hosted by the city’s recreation department.

Valley Kids Festival and Craft Fair - Amherst, MA - Sep 29, 2018
A yearly fall celebration with fun for the whole family, including outdoor games, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more

Grotonfest - Gronton, MA - Sep 29, 2018
Enjoy food, arts & crafts, and displays from local businesses and non-profits at Legion Common.

Allston Village Street Fair - Boston, MA - Sep 30, 2018
A family friendly event celebrating the rich diversity of neighborhood residents, with two outdoor stages, live bands, street performances, international food court, artists and an amusements area. Free parking and free shuttle bus service from the Guest Street Parking Garage.

Festival of the Hills - Conway, MA - Sep 30, 2018
Pre-festival events on Saturday include pancake breakfast, art show, used book sale, community turkey dinner and more. Sunday includes 10K road race, live music, food vendors, fresh pressed cider, crafts fair, skillet-toss contest and other activities.

Textile River Regatta - Lowell, MA - Sep 30, 2018
39th annual event on the Merrimack River.

Honk! Festival - Somerville, MA - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
13th annual. A festival of activist street bands. You’ll hear honking horns, beating drums and see flags waved by people of all ages, classes, ethnicities and backgrounds.

Nantucket Cranberry Festival - Nantucket, MA - Oct 6, 2018
Watch the cranberry harvest, enjoy live music, petting zoo, hay rides, antique tractor displays and children’s activities. Free admission. Parking is $20 per car.

Ashfield Fall Festival - Ashfield, MA - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Arts & crafts, local foods, live music, dancing, children’s activities including face painting, giant pumpkin and tallest sunflower contests. Admission is free. Donations encouraged for parking.

Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival - Greenfield, MA - Oct 6, 2018
BBQ contest, blues and beer. Admission is $20 ($10 for DD’s) and includes a souvenir pint glass, free pint from Lefty’s Brewing, and voucher for the food vendors – additional charges for food or additional pints

Douglas Octoberfest - Douglas, MA - Oct 6, 2018
Douglas’ most popular local event is its Octoberfest street fair. There’s lots of entertainment, rides and games. Proceeds from many food booths, games, and childrens’ activities go to support local community groups. Location: Main St, Douglas, Massachusetts

Berkshire Botanical Harvest Festival - Stockbridge, MA - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Up to 10,000 show up to this family friendly event with arts & crafts, entertainment, food trucks, and silent auction to support educational programs at the Garden.

Cambridge 5k Oktoberfest - Cambridge, MA - Oct 7, 2018
German themed 5K road race that starts at 9:30 AM followed by an Oktoberfest sponsored by Cambridge Brewing. Registration includes race shirt plus food and beverages at the after-party. The event benefits the Cambridge Family & Children’s Services. Location:1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Oktoberfest in Harvard Square - Cambridge, MA - Oct 7, 2018
Annual Oktoberfest attended by 200,000 includes legendary HONK parade, Sam Adams Beer Garden, 50+ international food vendors, multiple stages of live entertainment and sidewalk vendors along with family friendly

HUBweek - Boston, MA - Oct 9 to Oct 14, 2018
Founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek showcases, celebrates, and convenes the most inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world. A giant petri dish welcoming academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, executives, artisans, professionals and more, HUBweek features both large-scale open gatherings and smaller curated experiences designed to help you explore, experiment, and connect with others to share ideas and spark solutions. The Boston Globe describes it as “Part TED talk, part lab idea, part world’s fair of arts and sciences…it feels makeshift, friendly, sudden, as though a fairground from the future had appeared through a time-space rigt for a limited time only.”

The Taste of WGBH Food Wine Festival - Boston, MA - Oct 11 to Oct 14, 2018
A three day festival with events and activities across the city, featuring the best culinary talents of the area, including Chef’s Gala, wine and craft beer paired dinners, tasting event and Food Fight chef competition. Educational seminars, live music, and more! All-inclusive tickets get you into all events for one price, plus a wine glass to use for sampling.

Great Pumpkin Fest - Worcester, MA - Oct 12 to Oct 28, 2018
Held at Ecotarium. This Halloween event features over 1000 carved pumpkins, live entertainment, family fun with trick-or-treating, displays and more.

Ipswich Ale Oktoberfest - Ipswich, MA - Oct 12, 2018
Held at the Brewer’s Table at Ipswich Ale, with a pay-as-you-go Oktoberfest, with their Chucktoberfest and more on tap, German food, live music, and stein-hoisting competition.

Wellfleet OysterFest - Wellfleet, MA - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
Annual event celebrating oysters, clams and shellfishing. Oyster shuck-off competition, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music, road race and children’s activities. Proceeds fund a local scholarship, community grants and other local initiatives.

Oktoberfest Amherst - Hadley, MA - Oct 13, 2018
The second Octoberfest is scheduled to take place on Saturday October 15, 2016 & Sunday October 16th in case of rain. The event will take place 12 – 6 PM at the nonprofit Young Men’s Club in Hadley, MA. Proceeds will create two college funds for low income families in the area. We have upped our capacity to 2,000 people and we are also upgrading our marketing, media coverage, staging, and sound ten fold.

Newburyport Oktoberfest - Newburyport, MA - Oct 13, 2018

NB Oktoberfest - New Bedford, MA - Oct 13, 2018
It’s a local fundraiser sponsored by the South Coast Business Alliance. It features local, seasonal craft brews and live music at the 10th annual event. It runs from 3:00 pm to 12:00 am. Almost 50 total brews including 35 regional beers, sangria, cider & gluten free beer as well. Location: State Pier Ferry Terminal of New Bedford

Octopurr Fest - Rochester, MA - Oct 14, 2018
An annual fundraiser for It’s All About the Animals, Inc, with vendors, raffle, silent auction, face painting, music, and tours of the shelter.

Head of the Charles Regatta - Boston, MA - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
Hundreds of thousands come to the banks of the Charles River to row or watch the Regatta since it was started in 1965.

Boston Vegetarian Food Festival - Boston, MA - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
Hosted by the Boston Vegetarian Society and held at Reggie Lewis Athletic Center with free admission, free food sampling, free speaker presentations, free parking, kids activities and more.

Applefest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
This event also has an Oktoberfest celebration with German cuisine, beer garden and live music.

Chatham Oktoberfest - Chatham, MA - Oct 20, 2018
Held at Kate Gould Park is this Oktoberfest with great beers, bratwurst, cupcake contests, kid’s games, and Pumpkin People in the Park. Event takes place between 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The huge pumpkin people will remain on display through Halloween.

Oktoberfest at First Parish Canton - Canton, MA - Oct 20, 2018
First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Canton, will once again hold its annual Oktoberfest on October 20. Featuring Canton’s own Double Eagle Oktoberfest Band, this rollicking event will offer music, sing-alongs, dancing, the unique Stumpf Fiddle contest, and all the German food you care to eat. So come help celebrate the harvest season in traditional German style – get out your Lederhosen and Dirndls and come have a great time!

First Parish Canton’s Oktoberfest - Canton, MA - Oct 20, 2018
Unitarian Universalist congregation in Canton MA will be holding an Oktoberfest event on Saturday, 8-October.

Great Falls Festival aka Pumpkinfest - Turners Falls, MA - Oct 20, 2018

Essex Clamfest - Essex, MA - Oct 20, 2018
Food and fun with lots of vendors. The highlight is the annual Clam Chowder Tasting competition in Memorial Park.

Boston Christmas Festival - Boston, MA - Nov 2 to Nov 4, 2018
32nd annual. Shop from 300 craft vendors just in time for the holidays. Admission is $15 with kids under 14 free.  Held at the Seaport World Trace Center.

Franklin County CiderDays - Deerfield, MA - Nov 2 to Nov 4, 2018
Annual event celebrating all things apples. Orchard tours, cider-making, apple cuisine and more. Amateur Cider Competition, hard cider tasting, cidermaking workshop, apple pancake breakfast.

Paradise City Marlborough - Marlborough, MA - Nov 16 to Nov 18, 2018
The city features 175 American artists and master crafters who compete in a number of talent areas. An annual event at the Royal Plaza Trade Center.

Festival of Trees - Methuen, MA - Nov 17 to Dec 8, 2018
25th annual.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

Oktoberfest at Jacob Wirth - Boston, MA -
You’ll find various breweries with Oktoberfest beers take over the taps during September and October at Jacob Wirth, a classic European restaurant that offers a menu of German specialties throughout the year. They haven’t posted a calendar of events for 2016 yet.

Marion Oktoberfest - Marion, MA - Sep 17, 2016
Organized by Marion’s Pythagorean Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. German food including bratwurst, kanckwurst, sauerkraut and pastries served from noon to 8 PM. German music by Alpenblumen Musikanten from 12-4 pm. German dancers from 2 to 6 PM. The Bavarian Brothers play from 4-8 PM. Cost is $10. Kids under 12 are free.

John Harvard’s Brwery Oktoberfest - Framingham, MA - Sep 23, 2016

Amherst Apple Harvest Festival - Amherst, MA - Sep 24, 2016
30th annual event is held on the Amherst Town Common and runs from 10 AM to 5 PM. Arts & crafts, local food, children’s games and silent auction. Free admission. This is a fundraising event for the Amherst Family Center, a free drop-in support center for families with children up to five years of age.

Night Shift Oktoberfest - Everett, MA - Sep 24, 2016

Oktoberfest Marshfield - Marshfield, MA - Oct 1, 2016
Event features New England’s largest and most thrilling midway. This is an authentic styled Oktoberfest featuring great beers and both domestic and international beer gardens. Lots of good German styled foods, games, tastings, fiesta shows, and demonstrations. Even contest of skill such as the Beer Mug obstacle course.

Bogie’s Oktoberfest - Beverly, MA - Oct 1, 2016

Heritage Festival and Oktoberfest - Marlborough, MA - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

Oktoberfest Lowell - Lowell, MA - Oct 14, 2017

September 2015:

Working Waterfront Festival – New Bedford, MA – 2017
They are not holding this event in 2016. The next one will be in 2017! Celebrate fall at America’s largest commercial fishing port with cooking demonstrations, fishermen’s contests, live music, fresh seafood and walk the decks of a scalloper. Admission is free.

October 2015:

Cranberry Harvest Celebration – Wareham, MA – October 10-11, 2015
12th annual event over Columbus Day weekend. Celebrate the harvest of the top food crop in Massachusetts.

Williamstown Film Festival – Williamstown, MA – October 15-18, 2015

Applefest at Wachusett Mountain – Princeton, MA – October 17-18, 2015
Fall Festival with foliage skyrides, family entertainment, pony rides, clowns, climbing wall (for kids) 75 vendor booths at the craft fair.

November 2015:

Gloucestor Tree Lighting – Nov 29, 2015

Find other fun things to do in Massachusetts in October:

Oktoberfest in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Corn Mazes
Massachusetts Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Pumpkin Patches

3 thoughts on “Fall Massachusetts Festivals

  1. Doug Potoksky says:

    Ashfield Fall Festival is the one to not miss! Perfect for a little New England town festival. Bring the kids! Lot of things to do and see. And just think cell phones do not work

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