Free Family Events in September in Massachusetts


1 THURSDAY

 

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights, 7pm, Draper Playground, West Roxbury. Catch an outdoor viewing of The Lego Movie. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

2 FRIDAY

 

Astronomy After Hours, 8:30-10pm, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. On clear nights, view stars, planets, the moon and more from the observatory atop the parking garage. FREE. Fridays through November. 617-723-2500; mos.org.

 

NORTH

Gloucester Schooner Festival, varying times, Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester. Artisans, entertainment, food and more await at this major maritime and sailing event. Sunday morning’s Parade of Sail is a highlight. FREE. Through Sept. 4. gloucesterschoonerfestival.net.

 

SOUTH
Patriot Place Outdoor Movie Series,
6pm, Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. Catch the pre-show entertainment on the plaza, followed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens at sunset. FREE. 508-203-2100; patriot-place.com.

 

 

4 SUNDAY

 

Whatforward Circus, 3pm, Cambridge Common, Cambridge. Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater presents their politically charged, all ages performance of puppets and percussionists. FREE. 617-286-6694; breadandpuppet.org.

 

 

5 MONDAY

Labor Day

 

NORTH

Bread & Roses Heritage Festival, 11:30am – 6pm, Campagnone Common, Lawrence. A multicultural labor and social justice arts and music festival. Family events include trolley tours, pony rides, face painting and more. FREE. breadandrosesheritage.org.

 

 

7 WEDNESDAY

 

Boston Charter Day, 9:30am – 5pm, Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. It’s Boston’s 386th Birthday! Celebrate with free admission to the Old South Meeting House (MA residents only). 617-482-6439; osmh.org.

 

 

9 FRIDAY

 

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights, 7pm, Frog Pond, Boston Common. Catch an outdoor viewing of Minions. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

 

10 SATURDAY

 

Riverfest, noon to 8pm, Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. A culmination of a summer of activity, with live music, art, a sidewalk sale, food, children’s activities and a fireworks show. FREE. 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.com.

 

WEST

Community Day, 9am – 5pm, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. Free admission today. Get a final look at N. C. Wyeth’s Men of Concord exhibit. FREE. 978-369-9763; concordmuseum.org.

 

 

11 SUNDAY

 

Cambridge Carnival International, noon to 7pm, various locations, Cambridge. A colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions with a costume parade, international foods, crafts, kids’ activities and more. FREE. 617-863-0476; cambridgecarnival.org.

 

NORTH

Reading Fall Street Faire, Washington Park, 100 Washington St., Reading. A community festival with a children’s area, performances and classic car show. FREE. readingfallstreetfaire.com.

 

Melrose Victorian Fair, 11:30am – 4:30pm, Main Street, Melrose. A hometown festival with vendors, performances, games, food and more. FREE. melrosechamber.org.

 

WEST

Farm Day, BBQ & Apple Pie Contest, 11am – 3pm, Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. Chow on some BBQ as you listen to bluegrass, then take a hayride or enter the apple pie contest. FREE. 978-369-4494; verrillfarm.com.

 

13 TUESDAY

 

SOUTH

Peek a Blue Hike, 11am, Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for their bi-weekly baby and toddler hiking series. Snacks and drinks provided. FREE. 781-828-1805; friendsofthebluehills.org/peekablue.

 

 

16 FRIDAY

 

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights, 7pm, Frog Pond, Boston Common. Catch an outdoor viewing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

SOUTH

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, 6pm, Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence, R.I. Take part in activities as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, a Rhode Island celebration of Latino art and culture. FREE. 401-273-5437; childrenmuseum.org.

 

 

17 SATURDAY

 

New England Pet Expo, 10am – 6pm, Aleppo Shriner’s Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Boston. Learn about pet care and activism as you visit exhibitors and rescues. Bring your pet! FREE. 800-977-3609; newenglandpetexpo.com.

 

Family Walk, 11am, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston. Learn to observe and identify plants on a guided walk especially for families. FREE. 617-524-1718; arboretum.harvard.edu.

 

 

SOUTH

Endless Summer Waterfront Festival, noon to 5pm, Hull Waterfront, Hull. Enjoy food, music, eating contests, bounce houses, an art show, kid’s art creation area, touch a truck and more. FREE. endlesssummerhull.com.

 

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18 SUNDAY

 

Boston Local Food Festival, 11am – 5pm, The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. Learn about sustainable and local food as you snack your way around the festival. Music, chef demos and a family fun zone round out the event. FREE. bostonlocalfoodfestival.com.

 

Revels RiverSing, 5-7:30pm, Winthrop Park, Cambridge. A magical night of music, song and celebration as you bid farewell to summer. Join the puppet-filled parade to the Charles River, followed by communal singing and more. FREE. 617-972-8300; revels.org.

 

 

23 FRIDAY

 

Play Me, I’m Yours: Street Pianos Installation, various locations, Boston & Cambridge. The pianos are back! Sixty pianos decorated by local artists are spread across the city, just waiting to be played. Through Oct. 10. FREE. streetpianosboston.org.

 

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights, 7pm, Frog Pond, Boston Common. Catch an outdoor viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

SOUTH

Star Gazing Nights, 8:30-10:30pm, Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill St., Sharon. Join local astronomers for a look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. FREE. 781-784-5691; massaudubon.org.

 

 

24 SATURDAY

 

Museum Day Live!, Participating museums open their doors for free as part of this Smithsonian magazine event. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday to see a list of museums and print your ticket.

 

Fee Free Day, Entrance fees are waived today at National Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges nationwide in honor of National Public Lands Day. FREE. nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

 

Boston Kids Really Rock, 11am – 6pm, The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. An all-day family music and arts festival with nationally-acclaimed bands (Mister G and Josh & the Jamtones!), hands-on art and dancing. FREE. kidsreallyrock.com.

 

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, noon to 6pm, South End, Boston. A block party of jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances, along with an array of food vendors and activities for kids. FREE. 617-747-2218; beantownjazz.org.

 

Fluff Festival, 3-7pm, Union Square, Union Square, Somerville. This annual celebration of Somerville’s homegrown marshmallow spread includes performances, shenanigans, midway games, a Fluff cooking contest and more. FREE. flufffestival.com.

 

NORTH

 

Plum Island CoastSweep, 9am – 5pm, Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Thousands of volunteers statewide will help clean trash from the shoreline and riverbanks. You can lend a hand, too. FREE. 978-462-9998; massaudubon.org.

 

25 SUNDAY

 

Allston Village Street Fair, noon to 6pm, Harvard Avenue, Allston. A family friendly day of multicultural street performances, international foods, artists, vendors and more. FREE. 617-254-0632; allstonvillagestreetfair.com.

 

 

28 WEDNESDAY

 

Tots @ 10, 10am, Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. A free monthly program to get kids moving, thinking and creating. Today: Animal Day. FREE. 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.com.

 

 

30 FRIDAY

 

ArtWeek Boston, various locations, Boston. A 10-day collection of creative experiences and behind-the-scenes looks at art around the city. Pricing varies, many activities free. Through Oct. 9. artweekboston.org.
 

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22 Aug 2016


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