See the creations of 200 juried artists at Gloucester Waterfront Festival, with family entertainment, food vendors, a lobster bake Saturday, and a car show Sunday at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Free.
August 18, 2019
11 miles SE
Quincy August Moon Festival begins with a traditional lion dance. It includes performances (hip hop, rap, and beatbox), vendors, food trucks, rides, and a petting zoo on Coddington Street in Quincy. Free.
Saint Anthony’s Feast
August 22 - 25, 2019
0.5 miles north
St. Anthony’s Feast is an Italian street festival with food vendors, a music stage, religious ceremonies, and processions on Endicott Street. Free.
August 23 - 25, 2019
0.7 miles south
Films at the Gate screens subtitled classic and kung fu Chinese-language films outdoors near Chinatown Gate. Free.
See and board elegant antique & classic yachts at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival, with kids’ activities, a crafts market, boat rides, and afternoon music in Salem. Donation.
Jazz in the park
August 30 - 31, 2019
1.3 miles SE
Hear a diverse array of jazz artists at Boston Jazz Fest at South Boston Maritime Park, 600 D Street. Free.
August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
64 miles west
The Spencer Fair is a traditional country fair with horse and tractor pulls, farm exhibits, farm animals (cattle, chickens, rabbits), giant pumpkins, a carnival midway, live music, and a demolition derby at Spencer Fairgrounds.
Campfire music festival
August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
3.6 miles NW
Hear new performers and watch songwriters interact and swap tunes as they sing in the round Labor Day weekend at Campfire Festival at Club Passim. Repeats in May.
August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
35 miles NE
Gloucester Schooner Festival has a block party Friday evening. Saturday includes a lobster bake, a concert, a boat parade of lights, and fireworks. The Parade of Sail is Sunday morning before the Mayor’s Race.
August 31 - Oct. 20, 2019
49 miles south
King Richard’s Faire offers medieval food, games, and artisan shops, plus costumed acrobats, battling knights, fire-eaters, jugglers, dancers, and puppeteers in a forest near Carver. Open weekends plus Sept. 2 and Oct. 14 in 2019.
Get a special fixed price for lunch or dinner during Dine out Boston, which is held in March and August. No registration is required. Saturday is not included.
Music and beer party
0.1 miles east
Tour de Fat offers a “touring band of ensemble comedians and world-class headlining musical talent” with music by The Voidz and Fat Tire beer in City Hall Plaza for age 21+.
Music at Hatch Shell
1.2 miles west
Hear concerts by Boston Landmarks Orchestra (and others) at DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. If it rains, see the instructions for each event. Free.
Free harbor cruise
1.3 miles SE
Sign up for a Free Share the Harbor Cruise to Spectacle Island or Georges Island aboard Provincetown II, departing from the dock at the World Trade Center in Seaport.
Free kids’ race
1.4 miles NW
Run & Ride is a running race for ages 5 to 13 (or a run plus a bike ride for ages 7 to 13) with free iPads for the winners at CambridgeSide. Register free online.
Free classical music
1.5 miles SW
One-hour Concerts in the Courtyard are free on Wednesdays (6 p.m.) and Fridays (12:30 p.m.) in the courtyard of the Central Library on Boylston Street, or in Rabb Hall if it rains.
Movies in the garden
1.8 miles SW
Family Film Festival begins with games and prizes at 6 p.m. followed by a film at sundown in the Prudential Center’s south garden. (Tuesday if it rains.) Free.
Barbecue & cocktails party
1.9 miles SE
Boston Magazine promises you “drinks and BBQ from Boston’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants” at The Cue at 1 Black Falcon Avenue for age 21+.
6 miles SW
Kids can do science activities, learn about plants, make art, and do experiments at Children’s Summer Festival at Franklin Park in Dorchester. Free.
Free movies at Wellesley
18.2 miles west
Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.
Beer tasting in North Easton
27 miles south
Taste local craft beer and cider with a live string band and food for sale during A Night at the Brewseum at the Children’s Museum in Easton for age 21+.
30 miles SE
Marshfield Fair has animals, arts and crafts, music, agricultural demonstrations, 4H competitions, carnival rides, a farmers’ market, and concessions in Marshfield.
30.8 miles north
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding New England at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield.
Plymouth beer festival
37.4 miles south
A ticket to Hopfest includes unlimited samples of 100 craft beers and food samples from local restaurants at Cordage Park Marina.
50 miles SW
AS220 Foo Fest is a block party bash with music, art, performances, a flea market, kids’ crafts, and food trucks on Empire Street in Providence, RI.
0.3 miles east
Kick off Labor Day weekend watching Boston Harbor Fireworks launched from barges anchored between Long Wharf and Seaport. Public viewing locations include Christopher Columbus Park (North End), Piers Park (East Boston), Fan Pier (Seaport District). Free.