A young princess shows off her finery in the Costume Contest. COURTESY PHOTO
by Mabel Sterritt
How will you spend Labor Day weekend? Between cookouts, parades, fireworks and parties, there’s a lot to see and do around Massachusetts. If you’re looking for something fun, inexpensive and unique to do, these Labor Day events and activities are sure to bring excitement and adventure for everyone!
1. St. Lucia’s Feast
Hanover Street, Boston
Celebrate the rich history of Boston’s Italian neighborhood by honoring the life of a famous saint. Saint Lucia, the protectress of eyesight. Beginning with a church service in the afternoon, the festival continues with a parade, a feast, a concert, a charity raffle and a candlelight procession. Chow down on Italian food and enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere of one of Boston’s most famous neighborhoods!
2. The Three County Fair
Aug. 29 – Sept. 1
41 Fair Street, Northampton
The Three County Fair offers tons of Labor Day events and activities for families. This is the oldest agricultural fair still running in the United States, and with age comes wisdom and great exhibits and events to participate in! Featuring craft shows, livestock shows and carnival games, you and your family will be able to entertain yourselves this Labor Day weekend! Don't miss the Fair’s Battle of the Bands contest, featuring a youth and adult category.
3. Labor Day Weekend Arts and Craft Festival
John Simpkins Field, Yarmouth
Unleash your inner artist at this Labor Day craft fair! Browse handmade goods, including American made arts, crafts and specialty foods. Sample a variety of foods, including jams, jellies, dips and baked goods, or wander through the artistic journeys of more than 75 local artists that will be featured at the event. The festival will also feature craft demonstrations and live entertainment. Admission is FREE for the weekend.
4. Truro Agricultural Fair
7 Truro Center Road, Truro
Looking to celebrate all things agricultural this Labor Day weekend in Massachusetts? The Truro Agricultural Fair works to promote a broader appreciation of agriculture, fishing and hunting that takes place all over Cape Cod. The Fair offers a variety of activities for families to participate in throughout the day, including pony rides, crafts, burlap sack races, face painting and even a pie-eating contest! A harvest market is also featured at the fair, where local farmers, fishermen, gardeners and bakers will sell everything from eggs to lobsters!
5. Spencer Fair
Aug. 29 – Sept.1
48 Smithville Road, Spencer
With free tickets and admission prices ranging from $6.00-$10.00 for one-day admission, what’s stopping you from checking out the Spencer Fair on Labor Day weekend? Featuring ox and horse pulls, cattle, rabbit and poultry shows, exhibits and outdoor entertainment, this old fashioned country fair has something for everyone. There’s even a demolition derby for those looking for a real adrenaline rush!
6. Amherst Farmers’ Market
Until Nov. 22
Why not spend Labor Day weekend checking out one of New England’s most diverse farmers’ markets? Voted the best farmers’ market in the Valley, the Amherst Farmers’ Market has been offering some of the best of New England’s unique tastes for decades! With more than 30 vendors in attendance, you can sample some of the freshest and tastiest vegetables, baked goods and specialty foods there are to offer.
7. King Richard’s Faire
Weekends, Aug. 30 – Oct.19
235 Main Street
Travel back to medieval times this Labor Day weekend with a visit to New England’s largest and longest running Renaissance festival. Have lunch with a princess or watch knights practice their swordsmanship as your stroll through the 80 acres of fun and activities. Be dazzled by acrobats, jugglers, fire eaters and lion tamers, or indulge in the famous giant turkey legs! End your day at the Faire’s famous joust, where knights battle it out for glory and fame. King Richard’s Faire also offers an artisan marketplace, where more than 70 artists sell their trinkets and wares.