Outdoor fall fun is closer than you think.

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Photo Credit: liza31337

"It's not fall yet!" you cry, but I went on a bike ride today and saw quite a few red and orange leaves. And that fall smell—you know the one I'm talking about—is truly in the air. Since Covid is (still) a thing, we should be breathing in the fresh outdoors, not huddling gloomily inside with our germs. The good news is that many of our beloved fall festivals in the Greater Boston area are back after last year's pause (with some Covid-related guidelines, no doubt), and we couldn't be happier to share them with you!

Local things to check out:

Riverfest at Assembly Row

September 18, 4-9 PM

This annual local music festival is back after being cancelled last year. It's a family-friendly event with live, local bands and fun activities like pickle ball and shuffleboard. Stay until the end for their gorgeous fireworks display over the Mystic River.

Fluff Festival in Union Square

September 22-26

Union Square, Somerville claims to be the site of the invention of the glorious and sticky Marshmallow Fluff. Visit a variety of local businesses and celebrate this unique "food" and indulge your silly side!


October 8-10

Dance and cheer for over a dozen street bands as they parade through the streets of Somerville. and these talented people don't just play instruments, they seek justice while elevating the voices of marginalized groups. This year, all the bands (15 of them!) are local, and they're collaborated with community groups in their neighborhoods to bring this year's HONK! to a new level.

Near Boston:

Lookout Farm in Natick

Daily through October