Find a Massachusetts fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 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.
At this point we are still checking for 2021 dates on events, but have checked all events held before early October 2019 and 2020. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Boston Lights at Franklin Park Zoo - Boston, MA - Jul 23 to Oct 11, 2021
Experience the wonder of over 60 magnificent displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo’s 72 acres. Walk through glowing corridors of lotus and sunflowers, cranes and cherry blossoms, and a towering 87-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex tunnel!
Gloucester Waterfront Festival - Glouceser, MA - Aug 21 to Aug 22, 2021
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 28 to Aug 29, 2021
Arts and crafts vendors. Free Admission, rain or shine event. Friendly pets on a leash are welcome.
Beer Fest of Ale - Princeton, MA - Aug 29, 2021
Annual Beer Fest of Ale will feature over 40 local and national breweries! Come enjoy a day of sampling, food, live music, and entertainment. You will receive a free Beer Fest of Ale sampling glass with purchase as well as 25 sampling tickets! This is a 21+ Event.
Labor Day Sale, Music and Craft Beer Party - Princeton, MA - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2021
A full weekend of fantastic sales on equipment at their annual MTNside Labor Day Sale, plus Saturday-Monday is the Music and Craft Beer Festival.
Gloucester Schooner Festival - Gloucester, MA - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2021
Annual maritime and sailing event. Don’t miss the Sunday morning Parade of Sail!
Labor Day Hyannis Craft Festival - Hyannis, MA - Sep 4 to Sep 5, 2021
Over 100 juried artisans will display and sell their American made works, plus sample specialty foods
Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival - Vineyard Haven, MA - Sep 7 to Sep 12, 2021
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
Challenge Walk MS: Cape Cod - Hyannis, MA - Sep 10, 2021
For 2021, a one-day walk. Come together for an endurance walking event fueled by your passion and your steps. 1 day and 20 miles towards a world without MS
BSV Oktoberfest - Walpole, MA - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
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
Swampscott Arts & Craft Festival - Swampsott, MA - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
Annual arts & crafts show – free admission! Goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome.
Trails and Sails - Essex County, MA - Sep 17 to Sep 26, 2021
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
The Big E - West Springfield, MA - Sep 17 to Oct 3, 2021
The biggest fair in the Northeast, with nearly 1.5 million people attending in recent years. Circus spectacular, mardi gras parade, agricultural competitions, arts & crafts, food contests, live music and midway.
Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Rhode Island - Wesport, MA - Sep 18, 2021
CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with different route options. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, ride marshals to cheer you along the way and plenty of support vehicles to help you complete the ride. This unique event empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis in a tangible, emotional and powerful way.
BBQ Fest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
10th annual. Head up to Wachusett Mountain for some of the finest vendors in the area for this tasty event which also features live music, craft fair and farmers’ market, contests and cooking demos.
Boxford Apple Festival - Boxford, MA - Sep 18, 2021
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
Bike MS: Ride the Vineyard - Concord, MA - Sep 18, 2021
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Soulful Bliss Arts and Music Fest - Boston, MA - Sep 18, 2021
Inaugural arts and music festival on Spectacle Island. “Soulful Bliss” is an artistic movement expressed in various mediums by local artists, bringing a soulful experience to advocate for the arts and music. Ticket includes roundtrip ferry from Long Wharf North, live music and arts, smores on the beach, cardio dance class, snacks and a swag bag, and more. Food available for purchase including Night Shift beer
Oktoberfest at DBco - Dorchester, MA - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Kick off Oktoberfest with fresh Oktoberfest beers in traditional German liter steins, traditional food, live German band and more!
Fluff Festival - Somerville, MA - Sep 22 to Sep 26, 2021
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!
Oktoberfest Weekend at Cape Cod Beer - Hyannis, MA - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
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.
Boston Latino International Film Festival - Boston, MA - Sep 24 to Oct 3, 2021
Annual event featuring films made by Latinos, about various themes and in different genres
FreshGrass - North Adams, MA - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Plenty of live entertainment, workshops, and more in North Adams.
Night Shift Oktoberfest - Everett, MA - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
Prost to lagers, pretzels, and all things fall. Night Shift Brewing is offering up new beer releases, Oktoberfest flights, German food and music, stein hoisting competition and more.
Notch Oktoberfest at Stevens-Coolidge - North Andover, MA - Sep 25, 2021
Classic German fare, desserts, and cold session beer for sale will greet you at this Oktoberfest, along with the musical talents of an authentic German band in the beautiful gardens!
Spirit of Shrewsbury - Shrewsbury, MA - Sep 25, 2021
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.
KidsFest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Sep 25 to Sep 26, 2021
Two days filled with entertainment, shows, giveaways, vendors, activities and more, all for kids and families
Grotonfest - Groton, MA - Sep 25, 2021
Enjoy food, arts & crafts, and displays from local businesses and non-profits at Legion Common. Since 1979.
Harpoon Octoberfest - Boston, MA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
Octoberfest 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
Topsfield Fair - Topsville, MA - Oct 1 to Oct 11, 2021
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.
Douglas Octoberfest - Douglas, MA - Oct 2, 2021
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. Main St, Douglas
Mashpee Oktoberfest - Mashpee, MA - Oct 2, 2021
Annual Oktoberfest held at Mashpee Commons and hosted by the city’s recreation department.
OktoberFest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
This is the season for beautiful foliage, tasty beer and camaraderie among friends! Raise your steins and toss the empty kegs as you eat, drink and celebrate with live German music, contests, shows, craft and farmers’ market vendors, and activities for the whole family.
Harpoon Dogtoberfest - Boston, MA - Oct 3, 2021
This fundraising event welcomes dog lovers and their furry friends to the Harpoon Brewery to celebrate Octoberfest! Stretch those legs with a 1-mile fun run/walk with your pup, then join our “barking lot” party with the freshest Harpoon beer, food trucks and music. We’ll even have a Harpoon Dog Beer made from a 100% malted barley mash with powdered peanut butter directly to the kettle boil! This “beer” contains no alcohol or hops (which is poisonous to dogs), and it is non-carbonated. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kenary Brain Tumor Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as the MSPCA.
Honk! Festival - Somerville, MA - Oct 9, 2021
For 2021, a more decentralized festival as well as virtual activities. Normally: 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 9 to Oct 28, 2021
For 2021, a reimagined experience all month long. Normally: Visitors can expect to learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket through educational displays and harvesting demonstrations, participate in family activities, sample delectable cranberry treats and other New England classics, or simply enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery. 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.
Canal Diggers 5K - Worcester, MA - Oct 11, 2021
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)
Boston Marathon - Boston, MA - Oct 11, 2021
The famous 125th marathon harkens back to the 1897, after the success of the first marathon competition in the preceding year’s Olympics, making Boston the world’s oldest annual marathon, and it is one of six of the World Marathon Majors. About half a million spectators take in the marathon along the course, and about 30,000 runners participate every year.
Oktoberfest Amherst - Hadley, MA - Oct 16, 2021
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.
Great Falls Festival aka Pumpkinfest - Turners Falls, MA - Oct 23, 2021
The annual festival is held on Avenue A in Turners Falls, MA.
Spooky Sips - Walpole, MA - Oct 28, 2021
For 2021, a virtual Halloween wine sampling event. Enjoy Halloween bottles, candy pairings, a costume contest, and more!
Franklin County CiderDays - Deerfield, MA - Nov 6 to Nov 7, 2021
For 2021, another cider trail instead of the traditional festival. Normally: 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.
Greater Newburyport Turkey Trot - West Newbury, MA - Nov 25, 2021
Parade of the Big Balloons - Springfield, MA - Nov 26, 2021
Main Street in downtown Springfield will be filled with people, bands, motorized contingents, huge balloon characters and more on the day after Thanksgiving, as the Spirit of Springfield launches the annual Parade of the Big Balloons. The helium-filled balloons will include the 75-foot Cat In the Hat, the MGM Lion balloon, and a balloon of the American flag. The rest of the parade will feature cold-air inflatables that rise 20 feet in the air. Don’t miss the arrival of Santa near the end!
Vineyards Artisans Festival - West Tisbury, MA - Nov 26 to Nov 27, 2021
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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.
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
Newburyport Oktoberfest - Newburyport, MA - Oct 13, 2018
Oktoberfest at First Parish Canton - Canton, MA - Oct 20, 2018
First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Canton, will once again hold its annual Oktoberfest, featuring live 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!
Oktoberfest at Olde Magoun’s Saloon - Somerville, MA - Sep 4 to Sep 28, 2019
A month of Oktoberfest specials leading up to 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.
Wormtown Music Festival - Greenfield, MA - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Three days of music and two days of camping at Camp Kee-Wanee.
TD Bank Hub on Wheels - Boston, MA - Sep 15, 2019
Boston’s annual bicycling ride. 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 25, 2019
Celebrate this year’s Oktoberfest at Democracy Brewery, a cool new brewery reminiscent of a German-style beerhall right in the heart of Downtown Boston. They’ll have their own private room, Democracy Brewing’s beer will be flowing and they’ll will have German-style food to accompany the festivities!
Ipswich Ale Oktoberfest - Ipswich, MA - Sep 28 to Aug 28, 2019
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.
Allston Village Street Fair - Boston, MA - Sep 29, 2019
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.
NB Oktoberfest - New Bedford, MA - Oct 5, 2019
It’s a local fundraiser sponsored by the South Coast Business Alliance, featuring local, seasonal craft brews and live music. 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: Pier 3, New Bedford
Fall Fest at Chatham Bars Inn Farm - Brewster, MA - Oct 5, 2019
You can stroll through the farm and fields of their 8-acre farm socializing and stopping along the way to toast and taste flavorful creations by four top chefs. Also featured will be specialty cocktails created with Chatham Bars Inns own private label Makers Mark bourbon as well as Coastal Encounter, a hoppy pale ale created specifically for Chatham Bars Inn by Mayflower Brewery. Tickets are $130 per person and all guests must be 21+.
Textile River Regatta - Lowell, MA - Oct 6, 2019
39th annual event on the Merrimack River.
Octopurr Fest - Rochester, MA - Oct 6, 2019
An annual fundraiser for It’s All About the Animals, Inc, with vendors, raffle, silent auction, face painting, music, and tours of the shelter.
Festival of the Hills - Conway, MA - Oct 6, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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.
Berkshire Botanical Harvest Festival - Stockbridge, MA - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
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.
Ashfield Fall Festival - Ashfield, MA - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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.
Oktoberfest in Harvard Square - Cambridge, MA - Oct 13, 2019
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
Duxbury Oktoberfest - Duxbury, MA - Oct 19, 2019
Participants will enjoy beers provided by local craft brewers, including special fall seasonal releases, plus German red and white wines. They’ll serve up a dinner of hearty, traditional, Bavarian fare, and celebrate the season dancing to lively music! Join in the fun and enter contests for the Best Dirndl and Lederhosen costumes, hefty stein-holding, and yodeling!
Bing Comic Con - Springfield, MA - Oct 26, 2019
One day event featuring over 50 tables of artists, writers, and other creatives, cosplay contest, music, lunch and other refreshments, and more, at Trinity United Methodist Church, from 11am-5pm. $5 admission at the door.
Boston Comedy Festival - Cambridge, MA - Nov 13 to Nov 16, 2019
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.
New Englad Super Megafest Comic Con - Framingham, MA - Nov 16 to Nov 17, 2019
Two days of fun including a costume contest, celebrity Q&A panels, artist sketches, cosplay party, car show, comic book and collectible sale, and more! Kids under 6 are free, and tickets are available for individual days or the whole weekend for both adults and children 6-12.
Festival of Trees - Methuen, MA - Nov 22 to Dec 7, 2019
Features 240 spectacular, shiny, sensational trees, mini-trees and wreaths, which you can win.
Somerville Dog Festival - Somerville, MA - Sep 13, 2020
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.
South Shore Irish Festival - Marshfield, MA - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, corn hole tournament, tug of war competion, Irish magic show, Irish storytelling and more
HUBweek - Boston, MA - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2020
Bringing together individuals and organizations in pursuit of their mission – convening and celebrating the change makers doing impactful work at the intersection of art, science, and technology in Boston and beyond
North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival - Orange, MA - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 100 booths of farmers, artists and community organizations. Raw garlic eating contest and chef demos. $10.00 per day for adults, free shuttle and parking too.
The Taste of WGBH Food Wine Festival - Boston, MA - Oct 8 to Oct 11, 2020
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.
Chatham’s Pumpkin People in the Park - Chatham, MA - Oct 16 to Oct 31, 2020
A fabulous event where Chatham local businesses, and others create unique and fascinating display with Pumpkins. Every year the creativity gets better and better. Thousands of visitors pose for photo opps with the “People.”
Another Anime Convention - Westford, MA - Oct 16 to Oct 18, 2020
Another Anime Convention is a run by people who love Japanese culture especially Japanese animation. It is a place for fans to gather for a three day convention to enjoy events, special guests and other media that celebrate aspects of Japanese culture.
Head of the Charles Regatta - Boston, MA - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
Hundreds of thousands come to the banks of the Charles River to row or watch the Regatta since it was started in 1965.
Applefest at Wachusett Mountain - Princeton, MA - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
Wachusett Mountains’ most popular fall festival celebration including over 100 craft exhibitors, a farmers’ market, kids entertainment and peak fall foliage viewing from the SkyRide. Also enjoy live music, Apple Pie Baking and Eating Contests, along with additional family entertainment. Tickets available for $11 a day for adults, plus a festival package and a festival season pass to all four of their festivals.
Applefest - Princeton, MA - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
Enjoy this fall festival with over 100 craft vendors, a farmers’ market, kids activities, a view of amazing fall foliage on SkyRide, live music, a Giant Pumpkin contest, apple pie baking and eating contests and more!
Wellfleet OysterFest - Wellfleet, MA - Oct 17 to Oct 18, 2020
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.
Boston Vegetarian Food Festival - Boston, MA - Oct 24 to Oct 25, 2020
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.
Chatham Oktoberfest - Chatham, MA - Oct 24, 2020
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 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. The huge pumpkin people will remain on display through Halloween.
Castleberry Fall Craft Festival - Wilmington, MA - Oct 24 to Oct 25, 2020
Over 150 of the region’s finest artisans will display and sell their American made arts and crafts plus a “food sampling” extravaganza will be presented with such gourmet specialty food delights. Indoor, rain or shine with plenty of free parking.
Essex Clamfest - Essex, MA - Oct 24, 2020
Food and fun with lots of vendors, entertainers, and arts and crafts. The highlight is the annual Clam Chowder Tasting competition in Memorial Park. Chowder tasting admission is $10
Fall Food Truck Festival - Princeton, MA - Nov 1, 2020
New England Craft and Specialty Food Festival - Topsfield, MA - Nov 13 to Nov 15, 2020
Over 200 of the region’s finest artisans will display and sell their American made arts and crafts plus a “food sampling” extravaganza will be presented with such gourmet specialty food delights. Indoor, rain or shine with plenty of free parking. There is a discount coupon for admission on the linked event website
Paradise City Marlborough - Marlborough, MA - Nov 20 to Nov 22, 2020
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.
Boston Christmas Festival - Boston, MA - Nov 27 to Nov 29, 2020
Shop from 300 craft vendors just in time for the holidays. Admission is $14 with kids under 14 free. Held at the Seaport World Trace Center.
Castleberry Faire - Wilmington, MA - Nov 27 to Nov 29, 2020
Over 250 of the region’s finest artisans will display and sell their American made arts and crafts plus a “food sampling” extravaganza will be presented with such gourmet specialty food delights. Indoor, rain or shine with plenty of free parking. There is a discount coupon for admission on the linked event website
New England Holiday Craft Spectacular - Hanover, MA - Dec 5 to Dec 6, 2020
Over 150 of the region’s finest artisans will display and sell their American made arts and crafts plus a “food sampling” extravaganza will be presented with such gourmet specialty food delights. Indoor, rain or shine with plenty of free parking. There is a discount coupon for admission on the linked event website
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