These are just some of the great things to do around Massachusetts this Labor Day weekend. And free admission for the military and their families at these museums.
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Highland Street’s Free Fun Fridays – Free admission on August 30 to Plimoth Plantation, The Discovery Museums, New Repertory Theatre, Ecotarium, Norman Rockwell Museum and The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home.
Deutsche Bank Golf Championship – August 28-September 2.
Beacon Hill Walking Tour: Magnificent and Modern – Saturdays through October 26 go beyond the brick sidewalks and charming gardens and learn about Beacon Hill’s development in the Federal Era. The fortunes, ambitions, and struggles of Beacon Hill’s early residents, both wealthy and working class, shaped the streets, architecture, and character of the hill. The program starts with a tour of the Otis House Museum, the earliest intact mansion in the neighborhood, and continues on Beacon Hill’s historic streets. Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St., Boston
Festival of St. Lucia – (617) 547-6392, The Festival of Saint Lucia celebrates the patron saint of the eyes. Food, entertainment and lots of fun! Cambridge
Marlborough Labor Day Parade – September 2. Marlborough has a proud tradition of hosting the largest and most prestigious Labor Day Parade in New England!
NORTH OF BOSTON & GREATER MERRIMACK VALLEY
Gloucester Schooner Festival – August 31-September 2. Annual festival featuring numerous schooners and fun for the whole family. Gloucester
New England Arts and Craft Festival - August 31-September 2. The Topsfield Fairgrounds will come alive with color, flavor and music for the 32nd Annual New England Arts & Crafts Festival, featuring over 150 booths of American-made arts, crafts, specialty foods, live music and craft demonstrations. 207 Boston Rd., Topsfield
Bread and Roses Festival – September 2 . Celebrating Lawrence’s diversity and its labor history named for the “Bread and Roses” textile strike of 1912. Numerous family events. Campagnone Common, Lawrence
Andover Farmers Market – Saturdays through October 5 . The market provides fresh, local produce, backed and prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted goods. Demonstrators and musicians will entertain customers adding to the rich spirit of the market. Family friendly activities will take place in the barn including crafts, games, and facepainting. Join us for another season of fun and food! 97 Main St., Andover
Feast of the Three Saints – August 30-September 1. Each year the Feast offers Italian food, a Torchlight Parade, Procession of the Saints, live musical entertainment, amusements, kids carnival rides, games and raffles. Festivities begin Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. with the opening ceremony at Lawrence City Hall on Common Street and a procession to Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church, after which there are two free concerts featuring celebrity entertainers and popular local bands. The fun continues on Saturday with entertainment throughout the afternoon.
SOUTH OF BOSTON
Plymouth Rock Swim – September 1. Swim starts at The State Boat Ramp. Pilgrim Memorial Park, Plymouth
Pilgrim Hall 189th Birthday – September 1. Join the staff as they celebrate 189th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Pilgrim Hall Museum. Enjoy birthday cake and see the Pilgrim possessions that really did come over on the Mayflower! Free admission all day. 75 Court Street, Plymouth
Pilgrim Belle Cruises – Through October 31. Cruise Plymouth Harbor in style and comfort aboard the Pilgrim Belle, a Mississippi-style paddlewheeler. Get a narrated account of this historic town and seaport and a mariner’s view of Plymouth Rock, Mayflower II, Plymouth Beach, Clarks Island and Gurnet Lighthouse. Pilgrim history and maritime lore await you on this 1-hour-and-15-minute cruise. Mayflower II State Pier, Plymouth
Feast of Our Lady of Angels – August – September 2. A traditional Portuguese “festa” with live music, game booths, Portuguese & American foods, auctions, kids’ activities. Our Lady of Angels Feast Grounds, Fairhaven
Plymouth Cruises – Pirate Cruise! – Through Labor Day. Climb aboard for a swashbuckling adventure! Man the water cannons and battle the enemy pirate ship to recapture the treasure. See what other surprises lie ahead! Town Wharf, Plymouth
Plymouth Farmers Market – Thursdays through October. Shop for local and seasonal food and more each Saturday at Downtown Courthouse Green located at 11 Russell Street in Plymouth Center. Held rain or shine.
King Richard’s Faire
– Weekends: August 31-October 20.
Transport yourself back in time and revel in the magic of New England’s largest and longest running Renaissance Festival. King Richard’s Faire kicks off its 30th season on August 31. Tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest in Carver, MA, King Richard’s Faire is a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages.
235 Main St., Carver
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CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS
The Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest – August 30-31.
18th Annual Labor Day Festival – August 30-September 1. The largest art show on Martha’s Vineyard featuring Island Artists with hand-made work, many demonstrations, food, music, pony rides, $2.00 fee for Scholarship fund benefits students of M.V.R.H.S.
5K Road Race – September 1. The Dennis Chamber of Commerce presents the 6th Annual 5K Road Race. The race starts at Johnny Kelly Park, Bob Crowell R., South Dennis and finishes at the Carlton Hall, Old Bass River Rd, Dennis Village. Race starts at 10:00 am.
Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta – September 2-6. This year’s race will include the revival of the historic Fisherman’s Cup from Gloucester to Provincetown extending the regatta’s schedule of events into five full days of nautical competition in Provincetown Harbor and lively entertainment on shore.
By the Bay’s 7th Annual Labor Day Weekend Fine Arts and Craft Show – August 30-Septmeber 1. Something for every taste and every style at the By the Bay Fine Art & Craft Show in Brewster, Massachusetts. You’ll find everything from a delicate watercolor that accents a room to a piece of sturdy handcrafted furniture. Other items on hand include Jewelry, pottery, stained glass. photography,oils, hand made weaving,shells and folkart of many kinds Go shopping at this unique event during your Cape Cod vacation and find some great souvenirs to remember your trip . 733 Main St., Brewster
Hyannis Harbor Artist Shanties – Through September 2. The shanties are open seven days a week, 11:00AM – 8:00PM through Labor Day, September 5, 2012. Over 45 Cape Cod artists will occupy the 7 artist shanties this year. Two will showcase rotating artists. 250 South St., Hyannis
West Tisbury Farmers Market – Saturdays through October 5. You won’t want to miss the sights, sounds and tastes at the Farmer’s Market at the West Tisbury Grange Hall . Just picked local produce, fragrant flowers, delicious prepared foods from Island kitchens and more. 9 am -noon, Saturdays June 12 through October 9th Grange Hall, West Tisbury
The Vineyard Artisan Festival – August 31-September 2 The 17th Annual Vineyard Artisan Labor Day Festival. Great food and music, $2 parking fee helps support our scholarship fund for the arts. Free admission, hay rides. Don’t miss this very special event! Grange Hall, West Tisbury
Truro Agriculture Fair September 1. Celebrate agriculture, aquaculture, fishing and farming on Cape Cod!
Wachusett Mountain MTNside Labor Day Sale – August 30-September 2. A full weekend of fantastic sales on ski and snowboard equipment and winter apparel. Special “Family Fun Days” on Sunday and Monday from 12-4pm.
Family Fun Days at Old Sturbridge Village – August 31-September 2. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge Lots of fun for whole family. Multiple events planned throughout the weekend.
Spencer Fair - August 29-September 2. Monster truck shows, tractor pulls, reptile show, variety shows, music, craft competition, baking shows, exhibits and demonstrations; children”s play area and petting zoo. Rt. 31, Spencer
Labor Day Sidewalk Sale - August 30-September 2. Lee Premium Outlets Experience abundant savings of 25-65% at the annual Lee Premium Outlets Labor Day Sidewalk Sale. Great savings on fall clearance at your favorite brand name designer outlet stores. 17 Premium Outlets Boulevard, Lee
Amherst Farmers Market – Through November 23. Voted the best farmers market in the Pioneer Valley, AND the best “small” farmers market in the country! Spring St. Parking Lot, Amherst
Three County Fair – August 30-September 2 Polish festival, thoroughbred horse racing, agricultural & livestock exhibits, demo derbies, good healthful food, musical entertainment; rides and games as well. Northampton Fairgrounds, Bridge St., Northampton
Blandford Fair – August 30-September 2. Antique car show, Fiddle contest, art show, stage show, midway, horse, oxen and truck pulls, agricultural displays and horse show. North St., Blandford