My prayers have been answered and I can finally get excited about summer events on the SouthCoast. This one, however, has me extra excited, as the New Bedford Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival makes its return to Fort Taber this September.

When I heard about the updated regulations announced by Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday that involved an ease an restrictions and the “new normal” scheduled to start in August, I cried a sigh of relief knowing that 2021 has much more potential than the year prior.

The announcement opened the door for upcoming events to begin preparing. Food Truck Festivals of America will park their trucks at Fort Taber on Saturday, September 11 for the fourth year, and the food and drink lineup sounds out of this world. Gotta Q, South Shore Taco Guy, Fancheezical, and Cape Cod Cannoli are just four of 32 trucks listed on the event page, with sixteen different brews to quench your thirst.

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This year, the event introduces ticket packages like the “Beer Lovers” package, which includes three tickets for three craft beers of your choice, one dollar off additional craft beers, early access to the festival, FTFA Koozie, and unlimited bottled water. As always, kids, first responders, and the military will have free entry.

Events like this get me so excited. Good food, great beer, and fun activities all in one place. What more could you ask for on a Saturday afternoon in September?

After August 1, virtually all restrictions are gone. That means that this event will be one of the first big events post-pandemic. Fun with friends, dancing, playing yard games, and enjoying quality time with the community is on the horizon. Parts of me felt like this would never happen again and this morbid pandemic would loom over us like a black cloud forever. But the clouds are parting on a dreary moment in history and more exciting times are ahead.

Grab your festival tickets here.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.