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3 Spring Fairs & Festivals in Massachusetts

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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

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.

Foxborough Spring Fair

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.

Foxborough Fair

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.

Paradise City Northampton

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.

Paradise City

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.

While you’re in town, lodging options range from the Starlight Llama Solar B&B (a truly unique, green option) to the grand Hotel Northampton to many other choices that are comfy and accommodating.    

Newburyport Spring Festival

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.

Newburyport Festival

Photo: Newburyport Spring Fest from years past

Of course, these events are just a slice of what you can experience throughout the next few months in Massachusetts; you can find the full event listing here, as well as much more on Arts as well.

Which fair or festival in your neck of the woods do you always look forward to? Let us know below in the comments!


  • Well we’ve got Nantucket Wine Festival- which starts tonight and runs through May 18. Then Nantucket Book Festival June 20-22, and Nantucket Film Festival June 25-30…it’s just the beginning of Festival season!!

    • MassVacation

      Two more good ones, Alyssa! We have a tweet going out today about the Wine Festival. We’ll definitely work in a few mentions for the other ones as well 🙂

  • Beverly Scollins

    Spring Craft & Vendor Fair in Lakeville on Saturday, May 17 at Ted Williams Park on Route 18. Charity raffles benefit Lakeville Recreation for football fields maintenance. Rain or Shine!

    • MassVacation

      Thanks for adding that, Beverly!

  • Foxboro Jaycees

    Hello! The Foxboro Jaycees Spring Fair was moved to the rain date of Sun 5/18 (all other details remain the same). Thanks! http://www.foxborojaycees.org

    • MassVacation

      Thanks for the update on that!

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