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Lillian Montalto Explains Why Fall Is the Season for Festivals and Fairs
Here are just a few upcoming events to get excited about this fall:
From apples to pumpkins to cranberries, fall is the season to celebrate nature’s bounty. If it’s cranberries you crave, Wareham plays home to the Cranberry Harvest Celebration in mid-October or you can pay a visit to the Nantucket Cranberry Festival around the same time. September sees Harwich celebrate its Cranberry Arts and Music Festival. From Applefest at Wachusett Mountain to The Great Pumpkin Fest at Worcester’s EcoTarium, towns all over Massachusetts stage festivals dedicated to the season’s produce. And don’t forget to pick your own apples and pumpkins at a local pick-your-own farm.
Our state also loves its seafood! Bourne hosts a scallop festival in Buzzards Bay in September. Indulge yourself in oysters at Wellfleet’s OysterFest in October or visit the Essex Clamfest later in the month.
And then there are the big-time fairs, like The Big E in Springfield during the second half of September. North America’s fifth-largest fair presents concerts, parades, a circus, agricultural exhibitions and competitions, children’s games, food and drinks, and an old-fashioned midway. Indulge yourself in cotton candy and fried dough or try your luck with a cooking competition.
Boston hosts two Oktoberfests – the Samuel Adams Oktoberfest in early September, and Harpoon Oktoberfest in early October. Both feature beer, bands, dancing, and German delicacies. Brush up on your chicken dance and head out for one of these big parties. And Boston isn’t the only city in Massachusetts to hold Oktoberfest festivities – for a smaller version of this German-themed event, visit Douglas, Walpole or Marion.
Of course there are music and film festivals, renaissance fairs, antiques exhibitions, and craft shows to check out all over the state this fall. And don’t forget the haunted houses and ghost tours that crop up in October. If you plan early, you can explore the dark history of Salem’s witch hunts or prowl a haunted corn maze in the days leading up to Halloween.
Fall in New England isn’t just about leaf peeping. It’s a varied season with celebrations galore of food, culture, heritage, and fun. A quick online search is all it takes to point you in the direction of some of the year’s best fairs and festivals.