Ultimate Guide to Fall: Fall Festivals and Fairs
One of the quintessential fall activities in New England is a fall festival. Get your apple cider, your fall crafts, and just enjoy the fun.
We have a full list of places hosting a fall festival or fair that the whole family can enjoy.
August 31-October 20: King Richard’s Faire, Carver, MA. One of our area's claims to fame is King Richard’s Faire, a fall tradition like no other. From acrobats, aerialists, jousters, and jugglers to minstrels, dancers and puppeteers, you’ll be sent back to a time where magic exists. Game of Thrones fans will appreciate this event for sure. Each weekend is something new so check the link above to see what's going on before you go.
September 6-7: Dartmouth Grange Fair 2019, South Dartmouth, MA. This old country-time fair includes a pie-eating contest, a penny sale, live animals, a quilt show, live music and more. Friday starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m., and Saturday runs from noon-9 p.m. This event is free to attend.
September 7-8: Apple-Peach Festival, Acushnet, MA. Celebrating 40 years, the Apple Peach Festival returns on September 7 and September 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is being held at the Long Plain Museum on 1203 Main Street in Acushnet. Yard sales, farm stands, freshly-picked produce, homemade peach and apple custard, pies and pastries to purchase, and more. Free admission and is parking available (with shuttle) at Acushnet Middle School.
September 8: Lakeville Lions' Fall Family Festival, Lakeville, MA. Enjoy food, games, music and more from 2p-7p at 170 Main Street, Lakeville. Admission is free and you can bring your own lawn chair.
September 14: Pardon Gray Day, Tiverton, RI. This event is hosted by the Tiverton Land Trust and happens at Pardon Gray Reserve from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This old country fair is free for attendees and features tractor pulls, crafters, pony and hayrides, live entertainment, kid games, a petting zoo, great grilled food, and lots more.
September 21: 7th Annual Harvest Fun Day, Fairhaven, MA. The Fairhaven Visitors Center, located at 141 Main Street in Fairhaven, invites your family to join the fall-themed fun on their lawn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll find booths selling arts, crafts, home decor, handmade clothing and accessories, and more. There will be face painting, children’s games, a bounce house, and other fun things to do and see, including walk-around characters such as Abby Black the Pirate and a stilt-walking scarecrow.
September 21: Garlic & Art Festival at Round the Bend Farm, Dartmouth MA. It's RTB's monthly Open Farm Day and your chance to visit the farm, see the farm animals and purchase local products from local farms like burgers, honey, syrups, teas and more. Take a family-friendly tour from 11a-2p and try your hand at a workshop.
September 21: Southcoast Open Air Market (SOAM), New Bedford, MA. Visit Custome House Square between 10a-3p for this free, family-friendly open-air market with local vendors, farm fresh food, alpacas, local food vendors, food trucks and more.
September 21: Spirit of Somerset, Somerset, MA. Head down tot he village waterfront for a day full of family fun, food, games, boat rides, and even a night-time glow party for the kids. Fireworks are at 9p and the event shuts down at 10pm. Village Waterfront Park is at 274 Main St, Somerset,
September 22: St. Julie's Septemberfest, Dartmouth, MA. St. Julie's Parish hosts their annual Septembefest on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 9a-4pm. It includes a book sale, bake sale, yard, sale kids games & activities, a live DJ, Oxford Creamery food truck and more.
September 27 - 29: St Bernard's 21st Annual Harvest Festival, Assonet. Food, games, entertainment including pony rides and Toe Jam Puppet Band, raffles, pumpkins, vendors and much more. 30 South Main Street, Assonet, MA.
September 28–October 29: Silverbrook Farm Harvest Festival, Acushnet, MA. Every weekend from the end of September until October 29, Silverbrook opens its doors to the public and provides events for the entire family. Activities include horse and tractor wagon rides, face painting, tractor train rides, a kids corn maze, a barrel ride, and friendly farm characters. New this year, you can visit the animals and there's also an activity area for the kids.
September 28: Taps, Tails, and Tastings at Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA. Stroll through the zoo on a crisp autumn evening and enjoy the best of both worlds while sampling food and drinks from all over the SouthCoast. This event will highlight regional breweries, wineries and cider houses that will accompany tasty bites from some of the best local restaurants. General Admission tickets are $40. This is a 21+ event.
September 28: Cranberry Harvest Bog Tours, Wareham, MA. Saturday's event will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guided tours are open to the public and include a discussion of each growing season, the history of the cranberry industry, interaction with farmers, and features the viewing of the wet harvest cranberry operation.
September 28-29: National Alpaca Farm Days
- Sippican River Farm, Rochester, MA. Event to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Meet the alpacas, learn about what makes them so unique, and how products are made from their fleece. Great activity for children. No charge for admission.
- Hill Crest Alpacas, Dartmouth, MA. Event to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Meet the alpacas, feel their fleece, tour the farm, live demonstrations, learn about raising and breeding alpacas, shop alpaca products, fudge and face painting.
October 5: Zootoberfest at Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro, MA. This wild after-hours event includes beer tasting, food trucks, live music, and a cash bar for beer and wine. You can even ride a mechanical bull. Follow the link above for tickets to this 21+ event.
October 5: Annual NB Oktoberfest, New Bedford, MA. The 14th Annual NB Oktoberfest is coming to Pier 3 (the Black Whale Parking Lot) and includes a variety of local breweries, food trucks, live music, ax throwing and more. Proceeds support at-risk youth & educational based charities along the Southcoast.
October 5: CrantoberFest, Middleboro, MA This event is just $2 per carload of people at the KOA campground site. it includes a cranberry bakeoff, kids costume parade, cabin decorating contest, cranberry games, food and beer garden. Follow the link above for all the details on the berry-fun event from 12:00n - 5:00 pm.
October 5: First Annual Anawan Farm Sunflower Festival, Rehoboth, MA. The Anawan Farm is throwing its first-ever fall festival, including kids' activities like face painting, hayrides, pick-your-own sunflowers, and professional photo sessions.
October 5: Fall Food Truck Festival, Wareham, MA. From 11-4 in downtown Wareham, you can celebrate Fall with food trucks, beer, wine, live music and more at the Wareham Village Train Depot.
October 5-6: Fall Plympton Historical Society Vintage Fair, Plympton, MA. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Townhouse building located at 189 Main Street each day. Local antiques, vintage style goods, and artisans will be on hand. Food trucks and baked goods will be on-site also. All this goes to support the local historic society. Over 20 local vendors, featuring vintage clothing, antique furniture, art, jewelry, plants, and other fun local crafters will be there. Tickets are $10 for non-members of PHS and $8 for members, and good for both days.
October 6: The Great Pumpkin Festival, Westport, MA. Visit the Macomber School on Gifford Road in Westport for their annual Great Pumpkin Festival, 10-3p on Sunday, Oct. 6th. This even had free parking, kids activities, live entertainment, food vendors, a pie bake-off, games, The Great Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast and more.
October 12: Octoberfest Fall Festival 2019, Dartmouth, MA. Tucked away in South Dartmouth, St. Mary's Church will host its annual Octoberfest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their location on Dartmouth Street in South Dartmouth. Crafts, raffles, food, kids activities and more.
October 12: Fall Festival at Partners Village Store and Kitchen, Westport, MA. Loads of fall fun from 10 am to 4 pm. Stop by for the farmer's market, alpacas, music, book signings by local authors, fun activities, free hot cider, and soup sampling, and a raffle.
October 12 - October 13: Edaville Cranberry Festival, Carver, MA. Edaville Family Theme Park will host a cranberry festival on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Stop by for vendors, crafters, food trucks, entertainment and more. Edaville Family Theme Park is located at 5 Pine Street in Carver. The entrance price to the festival only is $10 for ages four to 59, $5 for ages two to three and 60 plus. Under two is free. Festival admission is free with the purchase of Edaville Family Theme Park ticket that weekend.
October 18: Annual Pumpkin Stroll, Dighton, MA. Araujo Farms invites families to participate in their 2019 Pumpkin Stroll at 1522 Williams Street, Dighton. Bring your costumed kids to the farm to stroll among the jack-o-lanterns. This event is free but cash donations or non-perishable food items will be collected for the Dighton Food Bank.
October 18-20: Bristol Aggie Fall Show, Dighton, MA. The Fall Show is always an impressive showcase of Bristol Aggie student work, shows, and demonstrations – but it's so much more than that. Bristol Aggie will also offer an Open House and tour for prospective seventh and eighth-grade students. The tour will run on Saturday. It will feature animals, vendors, food, and exhibitors.
October 19: 4th Annual Fall Free Family Fun Festival, Mattapoisett, MA. This event will include hayrides, a pumpkin patch, pin-the-nose-on-the-pumpkin, a coloring station, pumpkin bowling, refreshments, goody bags (while they last after hayrides), corn hole toss, music and more. You can wear your Halloween costumes for added fall fun.
October 19: Cranberry Harvest Bog Tours, Wareham, MA. Saturday's event will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guided tours are open to the public and include a discussion of each growing season, the history of the cranberry industry, interaction with farmers, and features the viewing of the wet harvest cranberry operation.
October 20: Harbor Brew Fest, Mattapoisett, MA. Enjoy a tasting of local brews and live music while overlooking the beautiful Mattapoisett Harbor, all in support of the Mattapoisett YMCA location. Ticket includes admission, tasting, light hors d'oeuvres and games like corn hole or giant jenga on the front field. Add a cozy touch down by the bonfire and enjoy the view.
October 23: Cranberry Harvest Bog Tours, Wareham, MA. Wednesday's event will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guided tours are open to the public and include a discussion of each growing season, the history of the cranberry industry, interaction with farmers, and features the viewing of the wet harvest cranberry operation.
November 3: Dighton Lions Art Festival, Dighton, MA. Visit Araujo Farms on Sunday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the annual Dighton Lions Art Festival. This event includes music, art, food, beer and wine tastings, children's crafts, more than 70 craft vendors, antique tractors and more. This event is free.