Annual Festivals/Fairs in Boston, MA
Get your geek on! The Cambridge Science Festival is nine springtime days of interactive exhibits and events for kids and adults alike designed to showcase the city of Cambridge’s biggest industry: science. The events and activities are so fun, you won’t realize you’re learning about science, technology, engineering and math! There are lectures, debates, concerts, plays, workshop, science on the street -- and so much more -- at locations all over Cambridge. Initially sponsored by the MIT Museum in 2007, the festival has quickly become the premier science festival in the United States, collaborating with and engaging the whole community.
Brush up on your old English! The largest and longest running Renaissance Fair in New England, King Richard’s Faire in Carver is held on weekends through September and October. Step into the faire and you’ll feel like you are stepping into another world: there are dancers, singers, musicians, food, games, craft, animals (tigers!), and acrobats, just to name a few. Jousting? Yes. Realistic role-playing? To be sure. Fun for the whole family? Definitely. While not inexpensive, King Richard’s Faire is great way to get away from the modern world and enjoy a day outside. Remember, knights didn’t have iPhones -- leave yours in the car.
South of Boston is a late summer fair that has taken place every year since 1867: the Marshfield Fair in coastal Marshfield. In addition to agricultural exhibits, the Marshfield Fair boasts a midway with rides and games, tractor pulls, motorcycle racing and a demolitions derby. You’ll also find concerts -- including a roots and blues festival and a battle of the bands -- food, and fun around every corner. It’s a lot to do for not a lot of money -- and the fair supports scholarships for local students as well. A visit to the Marshfield Fair is sure to round out your summer of fun.
The Topsfield Fair north of Boston each fall is one of the oldest fairs in North America -- almost 200 years old! While it retains its agricultural roots with livestock displays and awards, it also boasts rides, concerts, games and presentations for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re an adept jam maker, enter the food competition; if you like traditional carnival rides, head to the midway. Like to eat? The Topsfield fair has that covered, too. And if you like to grow big pumpkins, you might want to see how your squash weighs up against the big boys at the giant pumpkin weigh-off.
A ferry ride and a world away from the mainland is the historic island of Nantucket -- and in May one of the best wine festivals around. You’ll see and be seen at the many festival events -- not to mention taste some delicious and complex wines and fabulous gourmet food. There are auctions to buy wine and symposia to learn more about wine, all on stunning, scenic Nantucket. Most local businesses participate in some way, and regional food producers come to showcase their delicious products: we suggest seeking out the Island Creek Oyster guys for some oysters on the half shell to go with your chardonnay sampling.