Beacon Hill Walking Tour – Saturdays through October 25 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
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
Gloucester Schooner Festival – August 30 – September 2. Annual festival featuring numerous schooners and fun for the whole family.
Gloucester Block Party – August 30 – 6-9 pm – Main Street – Returning to Main Street for the 9th year running, the Downtown Gloucester block party series offers free entertainment and fun for all ages. Each of the block paties has a unique theme with live music, street performers, a talent competition, children’s activities, dog shows, and more.
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
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
Miles Standish Monument – The 116 foot Myles Standish Monument will be open. Join us and climb the 125-step granite monument that overlooks Plymouth Harbor. At the top of the monument, enjoy a panoramic view of Southeastern Massachusetts, from the Blue Hills to Cape Cod.
Burial Hill Tours: The Earliest Stones on Burial Hill – There are approximately 40 gravestones standing on Burial Hill dated 1720 or earlier. This tour by Stephen O’Neill, Associate Director & Curator of Pilgrims Hall Museum, will look at the location, materials, images, condition, and names found on Burial Hill’s earliest carved gravestones. Tours begin at the top of the Hill.
Plymouth Farmers Market – Thursdays through November. 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 35th 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
Battleship Cove– September 2, Fall River. World War II Weekend-History comes alive when over 50 World War II Allied and Axis living historians arrive at Battleship Cove. See an exciting display of equipment, artillery and vehicles as you talk with veterans and relive the history of this important moment in history. All activities are included with general admission. Rain or shine.
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CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS
Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta – September 2-5. This educational and sailing event honors our maritime history and the great natural resources of our region. We promote public awareness of the important role that Schooners and other historic vessels played in our economic and cultural history. The Regatta takes place each year in September beginning Monday, Labor day and ending with the big race on Thursday.
Labor Day Weekend Hyannis Craft Festival – August 1-September 1. Village Green, Main St., Hyannis.
The Vineyard Artisan Festival – August 30 – September 1 The 24th 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
Wachusett Mountain Labor Day Sale, Music & Craft Beer Party – 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.
Spencer Fair – August 30 – 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
Annual Appleseed Country Fair – August 31-September 2. Live music, great food, local brewers, vendors and artisans. Red Apple Farm, Phillipston.
Amherst Farmers Market – Through November. Voted the best farmers market in the Pioneer Valley, AND the best “small” farmers market in the country! Spring St. Parking Lot, Amherst
3 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.