Free Family Events in September in Massachusetts



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




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;



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.


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;





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;




Labor Day



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.





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;





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





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;



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;





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;



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


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



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;





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;





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



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;





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;


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;




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.





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.


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;





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.


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



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;





Museum Day Live!, Participating museums open their doors for free as part of this Smithsonian magazine event. Visit 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.


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.


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;


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.




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;




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;





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;





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.

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22 Aug 2016

By Boston Parents Paper