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A Festive Autumn: 5 Fun Fall Festivals & Events

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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Here in Massachusetts, fall festival season is in full swing! Last week, we rounded up 10 unique fall festivals and activities that you won’t want to miss, and based on popular demand, we thought it might be fun add a few more events to the list.

So, here’s a look at five upcoming fall festivals and events to take your through October!

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange, MA

Don’t let the name give you the wrong idea. The self-billed “festival that stinks” is always a treat, bringing together some of the best local and regional talents from a variety of professions for two days of sustainable fun! There’s music, games, family entertainment and a whole host of booths and vendors. This year’s festival takes place this weekend on October 5 and 6; for a look at last year’s festival, just click here.

Garlic and Arts

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival via Facebook

Fall Harvest Festival in Newburyport, MA

Columbus Day weekend in Newburyport means two days of family fun to celebrate the harvest season, and all that comes with it. Along with lovely foliage, folks can enjoy live music from the Squeezebox Stompers and 97 North, a scarecrow contest, and some of the best food around — courtesy of Newburyport’s local fare. The Fall Harvest Festival takes place Sunday and Monday, October 13 and 14. For directions, click here.


Newburyport in Fall via MOTT

Seaport Chowder Fest in New Bedford, MA

On October 13, you’ll find the Seaport Chowder Fest, a Sunday dedicated to celebrating New Bedford’s maritime history and local chowda along New Bedford’s working waterfront! A signature soup competition will give New Bedford restaurants the chance to show off their best efforts and tastings will be available from noon until 3:15 p.m. Tickets for the festival can be purchased at the website.

Rock and Shock in Worcester, MA

Can’t wait for Halloween? Grab a ticket to Rock and Shock, three days of spook-themed entertainment at the DCU Center and The Palladium. There aren’t too many gatherings where you can find a Sharknado retrospection, members of the Walking Dead cast and Danzig in the same place, but you’ll encounter that and a lot more from October 18 through October 20 in Worcester. There will also be a videogame contest and the kickoff of Twiztid’s Fright Fest Tour, to name just a few other events. You can find schedule info, driving directions and vendor details, as well as ideas on places to stay, here.

Zoo Howl in Dorchester, MA

Before the trick-or-treating begins, families can warm up with two nights of fun at the Franklin Park Zoo. On October 26 and 27, the zoo will be full of creepy crafts, ghoulish games and costume contests, along with the opportunity for visitors to navigate a haunted maze and hop on hay rides. Zoo Howl will also feature a trick-or-Treat trail where brave souls might find a spooky critter or two! Directions to the zoo can be found here.

Zoo Howl photo

Zoo Howl via Facebook

For more Massachusetts fall fun ideas, click here or here. And for a unique window into the latest fall foliage shots from around the state, head to www.massvacation.com/fall!


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