Date Idea, Festivals & Fairs, Kid Friendly
From giant pumpkin weigh-offs to demolition derbies, here is every major fair within a 2-hour drive from Boston happening throughout the fall of 2021. Fairs are listed chronologically.
Spencer Fair (Spencer, MA)
Date: September 3–6, 2021
Distance: 57.3 miles from Boston
Details: The Spencer Fair is an old-time, traditional country fair including ox and horse pulls, cattle, rabbit and poultry shows, hall exhibits, midway, and outdoor entertainment.
3 County Fair (Northampton, MA)
Date: September 3–6, 2021
Distance: 101 miles from Boston
Details: Activities featuring livestock and agricultural contests & exhibits, top musical entertainment, farm museum, delicious food vendors, demolition derbies, exciting midway with rides & games for all ages.
King Richard's Faire (Carver, MA)
Date: September 4 – October 24, 2021 | Weekends only
Distance: 44.1 miles from Boston
Details: Go back to medieval times with New England’s Rennaisance Festival, featuring battling knights and fire eaters to beggars mud wrestling and faeries flitting through the forest.
The 172nd Franklin County Fair (Greenfield, MA)
Date: September 9–12, 2021
Distance: 93.8 miles from Boston
Details: The fair was named by Globe Magazine as one of the "10 Great New England Fairs" in 2015.
Hillsborough Country Fair (New Boston, NH)
Date: September 10–12, 2021
Distance: 50.9 miles from Boston
Details: A family-friendly atmosphere with food, rides, tractor pulls, horse pulls, oxen pulls, truck pulls, live bands, 4H animals, vendors, displays, baking contests, and games without the hustle and bustle.
Granite State Fair (Rochester, NH)
Date: September 16–19 & September 23–26, 2021
Distance: 75.1 miles from Boston
Details: The self-proclaimed largest carnival midway in New Hampshire features 40 rides. Unlimited rides and a full circus show are included in the admission.
The Big E (Springfield, MA)
Date: September 17 – October 3, 2021
Distance: 93.3 miles from Boston
Details: One of the most well known and biggest fairs in New England featuring delicious food, a huge variety of rides, the famous Avenue of the States, great shopping, and top-notch music and entertainment.
Belchertown Fair (Belchertown, MA)
Date: September 24–26, 2021
Distance: 92.5 miles from Boston
Details: The theme for this year's fair is “Flock to the Fair” with a wide variety of family-friendly activities throughout the weekend.
The Deerfield Fair (Deerfield, NH)
Date: September 30 – October 3, 2021
Distance: 63.2 miles from Boston
Details: The oldest fair in New England features livestock shows, tractor and cattle pulls, magic shows, music, midway rides, the Miss Deerfield Fair Pageant, a pumpkin weighing contest, and more.
Topsfield Fair (Topsfield, MA)
Date: October 1–11, 2021
Distance: 22 miles from Boston
Details: Take it to Topsfield for a fun variety of rides, kids activities, pig races, monster trucks, and even a rodeo.
Photo: Topsfield Fair by @derrickphotos_: