Outdoor fall fun is closer than you think.

Updated: 6 days ago


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"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!

HONK!

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

Pick your own peaches, apples, and pumpkins, then sample their home-brewed cider. Or, make a reservation and dine at their outdoor restaurant and sample their honey butter fried chicken sandwich, or their Mexican corn with spicy aioli. This is not your run-of-the-mill farm stand!

Verrill Farm in Concord

Daily through October

Verrill Farm’s stand is brimming with fresh produce (I speak from experience when I say that their tomatoes are out of this world) and there are weekly special events. The first is Family Fun Day on September 18, which includes pick-your-own veggies, a corn husking contest, and hayrides. Check their site for other special offerings.


Further away but worth the trip:

The Topsfield Fair

October 1-11, check website for hours

This fair has it all: huge pumpkins, sheep shearing, chick hatching, exciting rides, and fried dough. Plan now and get your tickets online at a discount before the fair starts and you’ll save a bunch of money. Pro tip: get there when it opens so you can find an easy parking space!

Russell Orchards in Ipswich

Tue-Sun through end of October

If you want to avoid all the extras during your farm experience and stick to apple picking, this is the place for you. Walk out into the orchard and enjoy the quiet as you pick a peck of apples. Grab a cider donut on your way out, head over to the Clambox and enjoy a seafood lunch, and you’ve had a lovely New England fall day.


Davis Farmland and Mega Maze

Weekends through the end of October

This place has everything but apples and pumpkins! This year their world-famous corn maze’s theme is “Where’s Waldo.” If you haven’t been to Davis before, they don’t mess around. There are tons of physical and mental challenges inside the maze, and it’s so much fun! Their animal discovery center includes goats and...alligators. There’s also a zip line, a massive playground, and dozens more activities, for a fee.

Did we miss something? Contact us and share your favorite fall festivities!


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