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September Events!

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Summer’s coming to an end, kids are going back to school, and the weather is cooling down, but there’s still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy these fun events taking place this month in Massachusetts!

Hilltown Brewfest – Can you think of a better way to close out summer than by enjoying an ice cold brew on a beautiful day? No? Then you won’t want to miss the Hilltown Brewfest on Saturday, September 6th in New Salem!  Not only is it sure to be a great time, it’s for a great cause as all proceeds will benefit local fire departments.  Relax under the big tents while you sip on different brews of beer, wine, and cider from local brewers and listen to live music from three different bands!  There will also be food available for purchase, free popcorn and the commemorative tasting glass given to guests is yours to keep!  The Brewfest will be from 12 noon until 5 PM and is a 21+ and pet-free event.

The Big E – The largest fair in the northeast is back!  The Big E will be returning to West Springfield from September 12th – 28th, and is guaranteed to be fun for all ages.  Get your fried Oreo and Craz-E burger fix while enjoying live music, circus performers, a daily parade, museums, animals, competitive exhibits, crafts, rides, shopping, and much more!  There will be top performers in attendance including Emblem3, Darius Rucker, ZZ Top, Eddie Money, Little Big Town, and many more!  Concert tickets are not included with admission to the fair so those tickets will need to be purchased separately, but if you purchase concert tickets in advance, it will include your admission to the fair.  This New England tradition only happens once a year and you won’t want to miss it!

iFest Boston – The newest festival to come to Boston is celebrating everything Irish!  From food, sports, culture, and entertainment, this lively event is sure to be fun for all ages!  You can even join a workshop to trace your Irish roots!  There will be tons of live music, delicious food, literary exhibits, enchanting performances, an Irish sports bar, and or course plenty of drinks to go around!  This family-friendly  festival will be from September 26th – 28th at the Seaport World Trade Center on South Boston’s Waterfront.  Whether you’re Irish or not, you’re sure to enjoy the exciting atmosphere and merriment brought on by this new festival!

King Richard’s Faire – How often do you get the chance to step back in time?  That’s exactly what you can do at King Richard’s Faire!  Chow down on a turkey leg while you watch knights joust on horseback, jugglers, acrobats, fire eaters, puppeteers, and many other talented performers!  There will also be games, rides, artisans from around the world, exotic animals, and much more to captivate guests of the faire.  Don’t forget to grab a beer from your local bar wench while you’re there!  The faire is located on an 80 acre wooded site in Carver and will be going on from August 30th – October 19th so there’s plenty of time to visit.

So many events, so little time!  Make sure you get your tickets to these exciting happenings and enjoy what’s left of the warm weather before the chill of fall returns!

Photo By: Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

September Events In Massachusetts

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Can you believe September is almost here?  We know you’re sad to see summer coming to an end, but we’ve found a ton of fun events going on to cheer you up!

Musicfest at Wachusett Mountain – Head to Wachusett Mountain in Princeton on Sunday, September 8th for their 16th annual Musicfest!  There will be 5-6 local bands playing on the main and side stages from 12 noon – 6 PM, a Mountainside BBQ  and multiple food stations, their traditional “BEER-FEST-OF-ALE”, craft vendors, a scenic summit ride, and a classic car show presented by the Pike FM.  Performers include Ashley Jordan, Air Traffic Controller, Andy Cummings, Strange Machines, Michael Bernier & Freevolt, and Badfish, a tribute to Sublime.  This event is rain or shine and the gates open at 11:30 AM, make sure you bring your lawn chairs and blankets!  Adult tickets are $25 at the door, and children ages 6-12 are $7 at the door, although discounts are available if you purchase online in advance.

The Big E – You don’t want to miss out on the biggest fair in the Northeast!  The Big E comes to West Springfield, MA every September and will be there this year from the 13th – 29th!  When we say this is a big event, we mean BIG!  Luckily there is plenty of parking in a nearby lot and only costs $10 per vehicle, but make sure you have cash on hand.  One day tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12, plus an additional $1 service charge per ticket.  So what does this ticket buy you?  Once you enter the fair you may not know where to start first, not only are their rides, farm animals, plenty of food, and tons of exhibits, but there are also awesome concerts with big name headliners every weekend!  This year’s performers include Don Felder of the Eagles, Hunter Hayes, Randy Houser, the Beach Boys, and Austin Mahone for all of the “Mahomies” out there.  There will be many more events than the ones listed here so be sure to check out their site for all of the entertainment info!

Bourne Scallop Festival – Get a final seafood fix at this annual event in Buzzards Bay.  Taking place from September 20th – 22nd, this event draws over 55,000 patrons over the three days.  Their scallop and herb roasted chicken dinners are not to be missed, and there will also be beer, wine, a raw bar, chowder, lobster rolls, hot dogs, burgers, desserts, and more to eat at this family friendly event.  There will also be a craft show, rides, games, and non-stop entertainment throughout the weekend.  The event will be held rain or shine, and the dinner hours are from 10 AM – 9 PM Friday and Saturday, and from 10 AM – 6 PM on Sunday.  General admission tickets are $6 each, and children ages 6-12 cost $2 and children 5 and under are free!  Their scallop dinner ticket costs $22 and the chicken dinner ticket costs $20, however discount are available if you purchase online in advance!

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival – Also known as Boston’s biggest block party, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is a party you definitely don’t want to miss!  Taking place in the South End, not only will there be tons of live performances by talented musicians, but there will also be great food and plenty of activities for the kids including face painting, inflatables, photos, and an instrument petting zoo.  This free event is perfect for all ages, and takes place on Saturday, September 28th, from noon – 6 PM on Columbus Ave between Massachusetts Ave and Burke Street.

There are still tons of fun events going on even though summer is coming to a close, and all of these events are outdoors so soak up the sun for as long as you can and enjoy a day out and about with friends and family!

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Fall Fun In Massachusetts!

This Saturday, September 22 marks the first day of fall!  We know you’re excited, what’s not to love about the cooler weather, beautiful foliage, and pumpkin flavored coffee?  That’s not all we’re celebrating this season, there are events taking place all across Massachusetts during the fall season that are celebrating everything from pumpkins to beer to life in general, all of them are tons of fun and most of them have food and entertainment, what’s not to love?

The Big E – The biggest fair in New England is back!  It began on September 14th and goes until September 30th in West Springfield, MA.  The gates open at 8AM every day but most buildings open at 10AM.  You name it, they have it at the Big E.  Animals, parades, crafts, concerts, butter sculptures, rides, shopping, entertainment (Billy Currington and Alan Jackson are upcoming performers), and fried food that can clog the healthiest of arteries, you won’t want to leave.  With over 141 options for food, you definitely won’t go hungry, especially if you sample the Craz-E Burger, which is a bacon cheeseburger between two halves of a glazed donut!  Tickets are $10 for children between ages 6-12, and $15 for adults, children under 5 are free, unfortunately there is no free parking but they have lots on site that cost $10 and there are additional private facilities in the area where prices vary.

Life Is Good Festival – Not only does this festival sound like so much fun, it benefits a worthy cause as well.  This two day festival (September 22nd and 23rd) features three stages where nationally known musical talents such as Dave Matthews, Michael Franti, Eric Hutchinson, and Sara Bareilles will be performing.  The goal of the festival is to celebrate music and optimism while also raising money for the Life Is Good Playmakers, an organization that helps kids overcome violence, poverty, and illness.  The event has many activities in addition to the musical performances, there will be a petting zoo, face painting, an obstacle course, many different races, and much much more.  It takes place at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA and each day the gates open at 11 AM and the festival ends at 9 PM.  Tickets for the Sunday show are sold out but you can still get tickets for Saturday!  Adult tickets are $65 and children’s tickets cost $20, this event is for a great cause and ALL proceeds benefit the Life Is Good Playmakers.

Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Festival – We mentioned this event in our last blog on the Best Fall Foliage Drives in New England, but it sounds like such a great time we had to give it some more attention.  Beginning this Saturday, September 22nd, the event kicks off with a leaf hunt, farmer’s market, arts and crafts festival, and a bluegrass festival.  On Sunday, September 23rd there is a children’s road race and fair which is the last event until the Festival begins again on Thursday, September 27th.  From there, events include a ziti supper, children’s parade, farmer’s market, free family concerts, a Fall Foliage Dance, and even a parade for your four legged friend, followed by a free pet psychic reading on the common!  Don’t miss the all you can eat breakfast on Sunday, September 30th which only costs $6 for adults and $5 for children!  The event closes out with a Fall Foliage parade celebrating the beautiful season that is upon us.  This is the perfect family friendly event that will entertain everyone in your group, even your pet!  Prices vary for different activities but most are budget friendly.

23rd Annual Harpoon Octoberfest – This is Boston’s biggest German style Octoberfest and it is taking place during the last weekend in September, Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th.  Happening rain or shine, the doors open at 5:30 PM on Friday and close at 9:30 PM although the event goes until 11 PM.    On Saturday they open at 2 PM and close at 7:30 PM, and the event goes until 9PM that night.  Stop by for some traditional German food, listen to the German Oompa bands, and of course have a beer!  There are multiple ways to get to the brewery; there’s a shuttle leaving from the South Station area and this is FREE, you can also take the Silver line, SL2 or SL3 and get off at Harbor street, and finally there is public parking across from the Brewery for a fee.  The cover charge is $20 and guests receive a souvenir Pint Cup and a drink ticket, however food and additional beer is not included in this price.  This event is 21+ and CASH ONLY, the bar has a wide selection of Harpoon and UFO beers for $5 a pint.

These events all sound like a great time and the perfect way to celebrate fall!  What could be more festive than a candy apple at the Big E or a celebratory drink from the Harpoon Octoberfest?  Take advantage of these events, all are outdoors and give you the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather and season before a cold front moves in!

Photo By: Dinner Series

 

 

 

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