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Charity Events This Month


We all love going out to fun events, but why not head to something where you can have fun and give back to the community?  There are tons of fun charity events going on this September where you can have some laughs, meet new people, and help those that are less fortunate than you.  What’s not to like?

25th Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk –  Presented by Hyundai, this annual walk allows participants to follow the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon route, and you can either walk the full route or there are three shorter options to choose from.  There is a $300 fundraising minimum and the money raised benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and makes a major difference in their mission to cure all types of cancer.  The walk is set to take place on Sunday, September 8th and is the Jimmy Fund’s largest one-day fundraising event.  Can’t walk on the day of the event?  Sign up to volunteer, donate, or even become a virtual walker!  Whatever way you can help out on walk day is sure to make a major difference in the fight to find a cure, which is something we all want!

Play Fore Paws – Love to golf?  Sign up for the Play Fore Paws event taking place on September 8th at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen!  The event benefits Survivor Tails Animal Rescue, an organization that rescues, rehomes, rehabilitates homeless, unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs and cats and places them in loving, responsible forever homes. Head to Methuen for a fun day of golf as well as a 4-person best ball, gift bag, and banquet award dinner.  There will be prizes for first, second, and last place as well as hole in one, longest drive, and closest to the pin prizes.  In addition to all of those awesome awards, there will also be a silent auction, raffle, and special appearance from some of the Patriots Cheerleaders!  The event begins at 12 noon and costs $150 per person, or $600 per foursome.  Not only will this be a day full of fun in the sun, but you’ll be helping out a wonderful cause and a lot of deserving animals!

Project Smile Charity Date Auction – Created by Project Smile to raise funds for traumatized children, this event is the perfect girls or guys night out and draws over 500 young professionals to Gypsy bar in Boston!  Project Smile will be auctioning off dates with 40 single police officers, fire fighters, and some of Boston’s most eligible men and women ages 21-45.  This event is Friday, September 14th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM and tickets are $17 and can either be purchased in advance or at the door.  There will be music, appetizers, a cash bar inside the event, and of course fun for all!

Life Is Good Festival – Taking place at Prowse Farm in Canton, this two day festival benefits the Life is Good Kids Foundation and will be from September 21st-22nd.  This event is a celebration of optimism and music, and there will be three stages of performances throughout the weekend along with plenty of activities, games, arts & crafts, and a “Good Kids Zone” for the little ones.  One day tickets cost $65 for adults, $20 for kids or you can purchase a two day ticket which costs $120 for adults and $35 for kids.   This year’s performers include Jack Johnson, The Roots, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Yo Gabba Gabba! for the kids, and many more.  This event is perfect for all members of the family, and supports a wonderful local cause so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!

Which one of these events do you plan on attending?  They are all fun days or nights out and a great opportunity to meet new people, have a few laughs, and do a lot of good so don’t miss out!

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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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