We’re all sad to see summer coming to an end, but there’s still Labor Day weekend to look forward to! We have one last hurrah to relax and celebrate with family and friends before the summer closes out. Don’t have plans yet? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered because there are plenty of fun events going on all across the state!
Gloucester Schooner Festival – Head to beautiful Gloucester Harbor this weekend for their 29th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival! Beginning Friday, August 30th and going until Sunday, September 2nd, this event is perfect for the whole family, no matter what age they are! This festival honors the history of the schooner, and the important role it played in the development of the town, and the entire eastern seaboard. There will be a wide variety of both old and new schooners on display, and the highlight of the weekend will be the Parade of Sail, where participating schooners make their way out of the harbor and into open water towards the Mayor’s Race starting area off Eastern Point. There will also be walking tours, exhibits, fireworks, and even the First Annual Public Lobster bake for only $12 per person! Don’t miss out on this fun celebration, you can find a full schedule of events here.
3 County Fair – If you’re in Western Massachusetts for Labor Day weekend, don’t miss out on the annual 3 county fair in Northampton! This family friendly event is something you don’t want to miss, there will be tons of food and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Entertainment includes; demolition derby, monster trucks, pig races, renaissance jousting, rides, magic shows, blues singers, a zoo, and much more! The fair kicks off on Friday, August 30th and ends on Monday, September 2nd. The gates open at 11 AM every day and tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for veterans and seniors, and children ages 11 and under are free.
Boston Arts Festival – The Boston Art’s Festival is celebrating their 10th year and this year’s festival will be from Saturday, August 31st – Sunday, September 1st. Held in Christopher Columbus Park on Boston’s Waterfront, the event is a major attraction to both tourists and locals alike and admission is FREE! This festival launches Boston’s arts season, and features the work of over 40 artists who are exhibiting and selling their one-of a -kind paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, woodwork, photography, and much more. There will also be live and interactive performances by local groups. Past performers have included the Boston Ballet, Blue Man Group, and the Boston Lyric Opera, just to name a few. The festival is from 12 noon until 6 PM both days but be sure to stick around for the fireworks over Boston Harbor at 9 PM on Saturday!
Marlborough Labor Day Parade – Marlborough is proud to host the largest and most prestigious Labor Day Parade in New England, and they definitely want to hold on to that title so you can be sure the parade gets bigger and better every year! There will be hundreds of floats and other entertaining acts walking the streets, not to mention giving out candy and other treats for children. It begins on Monday, September 2nd at noon and the route is 1.8 miles long, there will be thousands of spectators, so try and get there early if you want a good seat! The parade begins at the corner of Pleasant Street and Lincoln Street, and you can view a map of the full parade route here.
If you didn’t have plans before, you have plenty of options to choose from now! Are there any other fun events going on that we missed? Be sure to let us know!
Photo By: Bernard Pollack