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Fall is upon us and it’s the season of lots of wonderful things: pumpkins, apple picking, foliage, Patriots Season, and county fairs. There’s nothing quite like roaming the fairgrounds with friends (or your sweetie), snacking on fried dough, playing games, and riding the ferris wheel. Fairs are listed chronologically.
by Celina Colby
Date: August 11-13
Distance: 47.6 miles from Boston
Details: This family-friendly fair prioritizes education, community, agriculture, and creativity. Visit a historic blacksmith’s shop, try your hand at a Human Rooster Crowing Contest, watch a hypnotist show, and more.
Date: August 16-20
Distance: 82.4 miles from Boston
Details: Love roller coasters? The Washington County fair has you covered with the largest traveling roller coaster in New England.
Hardwick Community Fair (Hardwick, MA)
Date: August 18–19
Distance: 70 miles from Boston
Details: The "Oldest Fair in the United States", established in 1762, features agricultural and creative exhibits, demonstrations, food, live music, children’s games, wagon rides, an antique tractor parade, and more.
Date: August 18-27
Distance: 29.7 miles from Boston
Details: Explore beekeeping, woodcarving, and glassblowing at the Marshfield Fair, plus visit zoo animals, attend a quilting bee, and watch a puppet show. Keep an eye on the special events calendar for live concerts and a demolition derby.
Date: September 1–4
Distance: 57.3 miles from Boston
Details: The Spencer Fair is a great example of the traditional, old-time county fair experience. You can watch ox and horse pulls, cattle, rabbit and poultry shows, visit hall exhibits, and experience midway and outdoor entertainment.
Date: September 1–4
Distance: 101 miles from Boston
Details: The 3 County Fair is jam-packed with cool experiences, from tethered hot air balloon rides, demolition derbies, and live music to a King Arthur baking competition, horse wagon rides, and a cornhole tournament.
Date: September 2 – October 22 | Weekends only
Distance: 44.1 miles from Boston
Details: Travel back in time to the age of ale and jousting at King Richard’s Faire. A crew of performers puts on a show to create a Renaissance themed world where you can eat period appropriate food, shop handcrafted goods, and watch spellbinding performances.
Date: September 7–10
Distance: 93.8 miles from Boston
Details: Family fun reigns at the Franklin County Fair, where you can watch pig races, an illusionist, high-jumping puppies, a cowboy circus, and demolition derbies all in one place.
Date: September 8–10
Distance: 55.1 miles from Boston
Details: Kick off your visit to The Sterling Fair with a pancake breakfast, build legos at the lego tent, watch tractor pulls, experience fireworks, and see a law sawing contest all in the action-packed fairgrounds.
Date: September 8–10
Distance: 50.9 miles from Boston
Details: Livestock is at the heart of this classic county fair. Visit rabbit and sheep shows, watch oxen pulling, learn about wildlife encounters, and spectate an animal olympics. In addition you can see a battle of the bands and experience breathtaking fireworks.
Date: September 14–7 & September 21–24
Distance: 75.1 miles from Boston
Details: The Granite State Fair has upped the ante of state fairs by offering more than 40 carnival and fair rides to the public. The bold can ride roller coasters all day long while more grounded visitors can snack on foods from local vendors. We just don’t recommend mixing the two.
Date: September 15 – October 1
Distance: 93.3 miles from Boston
Details: The Big E is one of the biggest and most exciting fairs in New England featuring musical acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd and G-Eazy. Shop the farmer’s market, go on rides, sip a brew at the Sam Adams Beer Garden, and watch the big parade that kicks off the fair.
Date: September 22–24
Distance: 92.5 miles from Boston
Details: Belchertown Fair is a community celebration of the region’s agricultural roots. In addition to showcasing their livestock and produce, the fair creates fun for all ages with adult and kid-friendly entertainment, a parade, and an exhibit hall of crafters and local organizations.
Date: September 28–October 1
Distance: 63.2 miles from Boston
Details: This is the oldest fair in New England and it hasn’t lost a bit of charm over the years. Experience livestock shows, tractor and cattle pulls, magic shows, music, midway rides, the Miss Deerfield Fair Pageant, a pumpkin weighing contest, and more.
Date: September 29–October 9
Distance: 22 miles from Boston
Details: You’ll never run out of fun at the Topsfield Fair where you can experience a series of dog-in-the-water events called “Dock Dogs,” a hot dog eating contest, a parade, live music, and more. They even have a sensory-friendly day for visitors with sensory sensitivities.
Photo: Topsfield Fair by @derrickphotos_