Boston events for September 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Enjoy the best Boston events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

Sailing festival

September 1 - 3, 2017

35 miles NE

Gloucester Schooner Festival has a concert, fireworks, lobster bake, walking tour, and spectacular Parade of Sail Sunday morning before the Mayor’s Race.

Jazz & blues festival

September 1 - 3, 2017

83 miles SE

Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest [sound] is a family friendly event Labor Day weekend.

Campfire music festival

September 1 - 4, 2017

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.

Country fair

September 1 - 4, 2017

64 miles west

The Spencer Fair is a traditional country fair with horse and tractor pulls, rabbit and poultry shows, pig races, hall exhibits, a carnival midway, live music and a demolition derby at Spencer Fairgrounds.

Newburyport music festival

September 2, 2017 (noon to dusk)

37 miles NE

Newburyport’s Riverfront Music Festival has music, food vendors, and a beer tent at Waterfront Park in Newburyport. Free.

Medieval fair

September 2 - Oct. 22, 2017

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. Weekends plus Sept. 4 (Labor Day) and Oct. 9 (Columbus Day).

Discount tickets 2 for $45 at Groupon.

Yacht party

September 3, 2017

1.1 miles SE

Wear white for the Pier Pressure cruise Labor Day weekend, featuring DJ Big O and DJ Sensation playing open format and house music, plus 3 hours of views from the four-story Spirit of Boston, leaving Seaport World Trade Center.

Discount tickets $10 at Goldstar.

Labor Day festival

September 4, 2017

28 miles north

The Bread & Roses Heritage Festival presents music, theatre, dance, and storytelling on three stages, and it has vendors of food, arts & crafts, and merchandise in downtown Lawrence. Free.

Comedy festival

September 6 - 10, 2017

Cambridge locations

Boston Comedy Arts Festival fills three stages with improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy in Cambridge.

Cirque show

September 6 - 24, 2017

0.8 miles SW

Reversible features awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, avant-garde dance, comedy, and an inspiring story by the innovative performers of “7 Fingers” from Montreal at Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Discount tickets $10 to $80 at Goldstar.

Scrapbook Expo

September 8 - 9, 2017

37 miles west

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough.

Discount tickets $7 at Goldstar.

Free movies

September 8 & 15, 2017 at dusk (begins Aug. 7)

Boston area

Watch family films outdoors on Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights in Boston Common, parks, and playgrounds. The list of movies is on page 5. Free.

Free music concerts

September 9, 2017 (begins Aug. 17)

multiple locations

ALT Rocks includes three free concerts.
  • Aug. 17 - The Revivalists (Copley Square)
  • Aug. 31 - American Authors (Copley Square)
  • Sept. 9 - New Politics (SoWa Open Market)

Jamaica Plain music festival

September 9, 2017 (12 to 7 p.m.)

4.6 miles SW

JP Music Festival has two stages of music by 20 local artists and bands, plus food trucks and children’s activities northeast of Jamaica Pond. Free.

Arts festival

September 9 - 10, 2017

0.3 miles east

Boston’s Arts Festival includes an artists’ village, two stages of performing arts, and family activities at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Free.


September 9 - 10, 2017

25 miles SW

Celebrate Oktoberfest with live music and dancing, kids’ games, German food, beer, wine, and crafts in a covered pavilion at the German club in Walpole.

Irish festival

September 9 - 10, 2017

31 miles SW

South Shore Irish Festival features Irish and Irish-American performers onstage, plus family entertainment and vendors in Marshfield. Children 12 and younger are free.

Discount tickets $10 at Groupon.

Corn maze

September 9 - Oct. 31, 2017

22 miles north

A ticket to Connors Farm Corn Maze also includes hayrides, pedal carts, and activities in Danvers.

Cambridge carnival

September 10, 2017 (12 to 7 p.m.)

1.8 miles west

Cambridge Carnival International features a 12:30 p.m. parade of revelers in colorful handmade costumes dancing to a steel band, a stage for world music and local bands, a kids’ fest, international foods, and craft vendors. Free.

Taste of Jamaica Plain

September 14, 2017

3.5 miles SW

Taste of Jamaica Plain features food from neighborhood restaurants, live music, and a silent auction at Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest exhibit.

Dicount tickets $50 at Groupon.

Ice skating show

September 15 - 16, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

4 miles west

An Evening with Champions features world-class skaters at the Bright Hockey Center in Allston.

Cannabis rally

September 15 - 17, 2017

1 mile SW

Boston Freedom Rally educates the public about marijuana, promotes cultural and political change, showcases new bands, and creates a marketplace for food and crafts at Boston Common. Free.

Greek festival

September 15 - 17, 2017

6.5 miles SW

Taste Greek food and pastries, dance to live music, and watch folk dancing at the GreekFest Boston in Brookline. Free.

College student festival

September 16, 2017 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Boston & Worcester

CollegeFest is a back-to-school event with live music, student entertainment, prizes, and giveaways at Fenway Park. Free.

Street festival

September 16, 2017

2.2 miles SE

South Boston Street Festival features live music and dance on two stages, 100 artists and local merchants, fair food, and children’s activities on East Broadway between I and L Streets. Free.

Beer at the zoo

September 16, 2017 (5 to 7:30 p.m.)

8.2 miles north

Taste 20 local brewery beers with wine and sangria, and stroll among animal exhibits during Ales & Tails at Stone Zoo for age 21+.

Beer festival

September 16, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

46.8 miles west

Kick off Labor Day weekend with 100 beers from state brewers guild members at the indoor-and-outdoor Mass Brewers Fest in the plaza at Worcester City Hall.

Visit art studios

September 16 - 17, 2017

1.6 miles SW

Follow the map to visit studios of 200 local artists plus local galleries during South End Open Studios. Free.

Buy American

September 16 - 17, 2017

1.8 miles SE

Shop from 80 vendors selling American-made goods at the American Field market at The Innovation and Design Building in the Seaport area. Free.

Pet expo

September 16 - 17, 2017

16 miles north

Bring your pet (see rules) to New England Pet Expo, which offers vendors, vaccinations, entertainment, and adoptions at Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington. Free.

Bike ride

September 17, 2017

0.1 miles west

Ride through historic neighborhoods and see views of Boston Harbor when Storrow Drive is car-free during Hub on Wheels bike ride, which is 10 or 40 miles.

Food festival

September 17, 2017

0.4 miles NW

Boston Local Food Festival has $6 servings of locally grown and sustainably produced food, local music, chef demos, exhibitions and workshops, and food-inspired arts and crafts at Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free.

Welcome autumn

September 17, 2017

3.5 miles west

Wave goodbye to summer and celebrate the first day of fall with pre-show entertainment, a procession to the Charles River, and a sing along at RiverSing. Free.

Comedy festival

September 20 - 23, 2017

Boston locations

Boston Comedy Festival features nearly 100 innovative comedians from around the world competing for prizes.

Film festival

September 21 - 24, 2017

1 mile SW

Boston Film Festival (BFF) is dedicated to supporting evolving filmmakers by screening their films, holding post-screening Q & A sessions with directors, and presenting awards at Stuart Street Playhouse.

Wine & food festival

September 21 - 24, 2017

74 miles south

Taste wine on the lawn of Marble House, see seminars and celebrity chef demos, and dine at Rosecliff during Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival in Newport, RI.

Scallop festival

September 22 - 24, 2017

69 miles SE

The Scallop Fest offers scallop or herb-roasted chicken dinners, food vendors, music, arts & crafts, and a carnival at Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth.

Free museum day

September 23, 2017


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 46 Massachusetts museums on Museum Day Live.

Run on Spectacle Island

September 23, 2017

Seaport is 1.5 miles SE

The Island Run is a 5K or 5 mile run on the trails of Spectacle Island for age 21+, followed by a lunch and awards as you cruise back through Boston Harbor.

Game festival

September 23, 2017

2.2 miles west

Play video games, tabletop games, and role-playing games at Boston Festival of Indie Games, which also hosts films and lectures for game developers and game jams for making your own games at MIT. Free.

Street food

September 23, 2017 (12 to 4 p.m.)

2.5 miles SW

A ticket to Phantom Gourmet Food Festival gets you samples of 100 kinds of food near Fenway Park. Must be age 21+. Expect lines.

Marshmallow festival

September 23, 2017

2.8 miles NW

What the Fluff? is all about marshmallow cream, with games like Sticky Musical Chairs and Fluff Jousting, plus cooking and eating competitions, a kids’ area, and live music at Union Square in Somerville. It all honors the invention of Fluff at the square in 1917. Free.

Scandinavian food festival

September 23, 2017

10 miles west

Enjoy authentic food, music, and crafts from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, and see a Viking battle reenactment, at Nordic Bites [formerly Smörgåsbord Nordic Food Festival] in West Newton.

Waltham fall festival

September 23, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)

11 miles west

Fall Festival features local food and craft beer, live music on three stages, kids’ entertainment, and a pumpkin drop at Gore Place in Waltham. Children age 12 and younger are free. No pets.

Waterfront festival

September 23, 2017

59 miles south

Walk onboard a scalloper, eat seafood, watch cooking demos, see fishermen’s contests, shop from artisans, and hear folk music at the Working Waterfront Festival at Fisherman’s Wharf in New Bedford. Free.

Street festival

September 24, 2017

4.1 miles west

Allston Village Street Fair offers activities for families, two stages of live bands, street performers, an artist and vendor market, international food, and an amusement area on Harvard Avenue in Allston. Free.

Small-town blues festival

September 24, 2017

41 miles south

Bring a lawn chair to the $20 New England Blues Festival [sound] at Middleboro Lodge of Elks to support charity. Food and beverage vendors.

Oktoberfest - Boston

September 29 - 30, 2017

1.5 miles SE

Harpoon Octoberfest features beer, bratwurst, waltzing musicians in lederhosen, and contests at Harpoon Brewery. Cash cover charge and age 21 ID.

Haunted ski area

September 29 - Oct. 31, 2017

29 miles NW

Witch’s Woods has seven attractions, including a haunted hayride and nightmare mansion, at Nashoba Valley Ski Area.

Berklee jazz festival

September 30, 2017

2 miles SW

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival offers three stages of live music, arts, crafts, a family park, and even an instrument petting zoo on Columbus Avenue (from Massachusetts Avenue to Burke Street). Free.

BBQ on the mountain

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

50 miles west

BBQFest at Wachusett Mountain features roasted pig, oysters, chili, pulled pork, live music, beer, and craft vendors. See schedule of what is served each day.

Beer & music festival

September 2017 (undated)

0.1 miles west

The Copenhagen Beer Celebration comes to Boston this year, with 50 brewers, 9 bands, and food vendors in City Hall Plaza for age 21+.

Outdoor concert

September 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles west

MixFest is a popular concert with an all-star line-up of artists at Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River. Free.

Environmental films

September 2017 (undated)

2.4 miles NW

See four films on topics ranging from the science and impact of climate change, to water scarcity, and the dark side of technology at the Environmental Film Festival at Landmark Kendall Square in Cambridge.

Taste of Winthrop

September 2017 (undated)

6.7 miles NE

Taste food from 30 local restaurants, caterers, cafes, and bakeries at Taste of Winthrop, with views and entertainment at the Winthrop Yacht Club.

Vegan food trucks

September 2017 (undated)

7.6 miles west

The Vegetarian Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival features 15 food vendors and a dozen breweries at The Arsenal Project in Watertown.

Comedy night

September 2017 (undated)

37 miles south

Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival features nationally known comedians at Xfinity Center in Mansfield.

Blacksmith festival

September 2017 (undated)

47 miles NW

ArtSmith Festival celebrates the art of blacksmithing with family art activities, music, arts and crafts, and food vendors in Fitchburg.


September 2017 (undated)

0.3 miles east

Watch the Labor Day Weekend Fireworks launched from a barge anchored between the North End and Seaport. “Best viewing locations are East Boston’s Piers Park, downtown’s Christopher Columbus Park and Long Wharf, and the Seaport’s Fan Pier.” Free.
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