Fall Fairy Tale Festival, Sept. 12 - Oct. 19, Brookline
It’s almost fall and you know what that means—fair and festival season! Whether you love rides or agriculture, animals or food, New England has something for everyone.
Watch tall tales come to life at Brookline’s Puppet Showplace Theater, which is currently celebrating four decades of fun. The tradition kicks off with Puppetkabob’s rendition of “What the Moon Saw” and will feature four more performances before the end of October.
PEI International Shellfish Festival, Sept. 18-21, Prince Edward Island
Shellfish lovers, rejoice: PEI’s International Shellfish Festival is back and better than ever. Dubbed the must-eat event of the season, this year’s lineup includes contests, live entertainment, seafood tasting, and more. Even better, celeb chef Michael Smith and other favorities from the Food Network will be there to join you for an awesome four days of fun. Find out more in the blog post “PEI International Shellfish Festival Sept. 18-21.“
45th Annual Scallop Festival, Sept. 19-21, East Falmouth
Do you love scallops? Then head to the 45th Annual Scallop Festival, coming to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds Sept. 19-21. Each year, more than three tons of scallops are deep fried and served to more than 50,000 visitors. There will also be live music and other vendors. Find out more in the blog post “Much New Coming to Old Scallop Festival.”
iFest Contemporary Irish Festival, Sept. 26-28, Boston
Be Irish for a day at Boston’s iFest Contemporary Irish Festival, which runs from Sept. 26 to 28. A first of its kind, the event features live entertainment, refreshments, and plenty of Irish “craic.” Top Irish athletes will be present for meet and greet sessions, panel discussions, and more.
iFest Contemporary Irish Festival, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd. Sept. 26-28. See website for schedule. $60 general admission, $30 for kids under 18, family packages available. www.ifestboston.com Next
Topsfield Fair, Oct. 3-13, Topsfield
The Topsfield Fair is the oldest agricultural fair in the country. It features food, performances, contests, rides, animals, and more. Musical guests this year include Kellie Pickler, North Sea Gas, and Confederate Railroad. Check out a Monster Truck Show, the Axe Women Loggers of Maine, and Nerveless Nocks. And don’t miss the much-anticipated Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off! (pictured).
Cranberry Harvest Celebration, Oct. 11-12, Wareham
Come get your cranberry fix at Wareham’s Cranberry Harvest Celebration, where you can choose from a wide array of cranberry-themed events. Visitors catch a firsthand glimpse of the wet cranberry harvest and enjoy cooking demonstrations, paddleboating, and other exciting options. There will be food and live music on scene.
Cranberry Harvest Celebration, A.D. Makepeace Company Headquarters at Tihonet Village, 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham. Oct. 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 for military and seniors, kids under 7 with an adult are free. www.cranberries.org./festival/festival.html Next
Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival, Oct. 16-19, Edgartown
Vino lovers unite for four days wine tasting, cooking demonstration,s and culinary dinners from a world-class array of chefs. A “Grand Tasting” on Oct. 18 makes this an experience you won’t forget.
Keene Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 18, Keene, NH
Celebrate the season at Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival, a daylong pumpkin-carving extravaganza that culminates with a “lighting” in downton Keene. The festival holds a world record for the largest display of jack-o-lanterns with more than 30,000 in 2013.
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