As May moves towards June, it doesn’t just mean that summer is approaching. In Massachusetts, it means that festival and fair season is on the way, too!
This weekend and beyond, there will be all kind of great events going on across the Commonwealth, which you can explore in full here. In the mean time, here are three fairs and festivals that are well worth exploring before June arrives.
This Sunday, May 18, join the Foxboro Jaycees on Foxboro’s Town Common for this year’s annual Foxborough Spring Fair! Last year, the Town Common hosted more than 50 different local artists and vendors. At this year’s show, you can expect some of the best in handmade quilts, clothing, woodworking, soaps, and even handmade toys.
A major fundraiser for the Foxboro Jaycees, this event also does real good, helping the organization to sponsor various community events throughout the year. For more information on the festival, click here or visit the event on Facebook.
Photo: 2013 Spring Foxborough Fair via the Foxboro Jaycees on Facebook.
If you’ll be traveling through the area, Patriot Place is a great place to stay the night. Renaissance Boston is located within walking distance of some of the region’s best shopping, bistro fare, and nightlife, and it’s just a short ride from the Foxborough Town Common, too.
Just a weekend later, Paradise City will present its showcase Northampton exhibition. From May 24 through May 26, 250+ juried artists will present their finest examples of handcrafted work on Old Ferry Road (directions here). With notable ceramics, furniture, glasswork, jewelry and much, much more, there aren’t many places where you can find a wider variety of pieces than the Paradise City Fair in Northampton.
Photo: One of many items you can admire at the Northampton Paradise City exhibition
If you aren’t much of an art connoisseur, there’s still plenty to enjoy during the weekend, with live music, international food, a silent auction and even a 200-foot flower Sculpture.
If Memorial Day weekend brings you to the North Shore, consider a visit to the Newburyport Spring Festival on May 25 and 26. Located in Newburyport’s classic coastal downtown, you’ll find art exhibits and pieces curated by a number of local craftsmen, as well as festive live entertainment. On Sunday, there’s a puppet show for the kids, while adults can immerse themselves in street blues performances shortly thereafter.
Of course, there’s always the smell of some of the best local dishes around to lure in the folks who aren’t as interested in the arts; many of Newburyport’s finest restaurants will be preparing the food, so be sure to bring your appetite! And if you’d like to stay over and experience both days, some of the nearby lodgings, such as the Garrison Inn, still have rooms available for the big weekend.
Photo: Newburyport Spring Fest from years past
Which fair or festival in your neck of the woods do you always look forward to? Let us know below in the comments!