Summer Festivals

The unusually warm weather this week, after our long chilly spell, makes me believe summer — and the festivals, fairs and other outdoor events that go with it — are truly around the corner.

Here’s‘s list of upcoming festivals and events. There are *so many* that we might have missed one! If so, feel free to let us know in the comments section!

Salem Arts Festival  June 2-4

Salem, MA. Free family-friendly festival transforms downtown Salem into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase their talents. Celebrates all the arts: painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theatre, poetry, culinary, and more. Free!

Coolidge Corner Arts Festival  June 3

Coolidge Corner, MA. 11-7pm. Shop the work of 100 artists and makers. Enjoy delicious food truck fare, wine/beer and listen to great music at the 39th Annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. The festival will be held along Babcock Street in the heart of Brookline’s Coolidge Corner. Free!

Irish Fest Boston  June 3-4

Canton, MA. Head to the Irish Cultural Centre for 2 days of family and music entertainment. Children 12 and under are free. $15/adult for advance tickets and $20/adult at the door. $10 for kids ages 13-18. VIP tickets also available for purchase. Free parking. 

Nonantum Village Day  June 4

Coletti-Magni Park, Newton, MA. This is Nonantum’s 6th Annual Village Day…. Where all the FUN is FREE!  This year’s Village Day is dedicated to our Newton Firefighters. This is also the Winner’s Circle for LIVE LIKE LAURA 5K road race which starts earlier at Pellegrini Park. Enjoy face painting, a rock wall, mechanical bull, trackless train, bounce house and the fabulous “Beatles” band, just to name a few. Food will also be available for purchase. Rain or shine. Sponsored by The Village Bank. Free Parking is available in the back lot located at the corner of Bridge St. and Linwood Ave.

Newton Highlands Village Day  June 11

Newton Highlands, MA. 11am-4pm. Oldest village day in the US and includes live music, beer garden, kid amusements, silent auction, a 5K road race/fun run, cartoon characters, face painting, caricature artist, local craft and food vendors, delicious food, dancers, jugglers, magicians and game tables.

Boston Jerkfest  June 23-24

Boston, MA. Family-friendly Caribbean style food festival that features Jamaican jerk spiced food and all things jerk hot. All restaurant and food truck vendors will offer at least one jerk item on the menu for sale and specialty food vendors will offer a variety of local hot sauces, spicy nuts, spicy jams, and spicy sweets. The event also features live entertainment and performances for the whole family: face painting and arts & crafts for kids and chef demos, cocktail throw down and reggae lounge for adults. Ticket prices vary.

Boston Pizza Festival  July 8-9

City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA. 11am-10pm. Boston Pizza Festival is a 2-day outdoor festival featuring live music, food and giveaways. Local and international vendors in the food industry will be there. Each pizza vendor will be selling their own product. Giving attendee’s the unique opportunity to try pizza from all over. Vendors will have a chance to enter and win “Boston Pizza Festival Pizza Champion” contest.

WGBH FunFest  July 15

Brighton, MA. 10am-4pm. Community event featuring all-you-can-eat ice cream from some of your favorite scoop shops. The day will also feature kid-friendly musical entertainment on the main stage each hour and interactive games. Stick around for lots of fun activities, including face painting, inflatable rides and the opportunity to interact with many all-time favorite PBS characters. Cost: $10/ticket or $35/4-pack of tickets.

WGBH Craft Beer Festival  July 15

Brighton, MA. 7-10pm. Each summer, craft beer aficionados can sample dozens of brews from twenty of the best breweries in the region while live bands perform on the main stage. Guests enjoy some of Boston’s best eats from local food truck vendors and learn more about the brewing process. Must be 21+ to attend. $40 Members/$50 Non-Members

Crush Wine Festival  July 16

The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA. 11am. Sample over 75 award-winning Massachusetts wines, meads, and hard ciders from across the state. Meet the winemakers, learn about their vineyards, and taste local artisanal cheeses and delicious small bites. All wines will be available for purchase, so you can take home your favorites. Located just 30 minutes outside of Boston, The Gardens at Elm Bank feature more than 30 acres of fields, forests, and formal gardens, as well as a collection of architectural masterpieces. On site parking is included with admission. Tickets: $35/pp.

Cambridge Jazz Festival  July 30

Danehy Park, Cambridge, MA. 12noon-6pm. Annual free Cambridge Jazz Festival. Headliners Pieces of a Dream along with other amazing live Jazz performances. Free!

Maine Lobster Festival  August 2-6

Rockland, ME. Five days of fun and feasting on the coast of Maine. This annual event takes place during the first weekend of August, from Wednesday through Sunday. Live music and carnival rides. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased online starting June 6th.

Rhode Island Seafood Festival  September 9-10

Providence, RI. Annual two-day event since 2011 that brings together the best local purveyors of seafood and other fine fare as well as beer, wine and spirits from Ocean State producers. Includes full schedule of live music as well as activities that all the family can enjoy. The ticket price includes entry for one day of the festival, with several hours of live music and entertainment for all ages. Tickets: $5 for adults, free to kids under 12.

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