by Jennifer Sammons and Cheryl Crosby
• Pick-Your-Own Apples. Nothing beats the taste of an apple picked right from the tree. Massachusetts is home to numerous pick-your-own farms, many with additional activities for kids, such as hayrides and corn mazes. Visit pickyourown.org to find a nearby orchard.
• BeanTown Jazz Festival, Sept. 27. Boston’s South End swells with world-class music on three stages. Children can participate in an “instrument petting zoo,” face painting and other hands-on activities. Columbus Avenue between Burke Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Boston; beantownjazz.org.