This event is the quintessential country fair — traditional agriculture, big entertainment, rides, games, shopping, and great food … something for everyone! Established in 1818, America’s oldest continuously running agricultural fair opens with the famed New England giant pumpkin weigh-off (in 2012, the 2,009-pound heavyweight champion became the world’s first 1-ton pumpkin). Come see horse and dog shows, a circus, crafts and farm animals of all kinds.
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Harpoon Brewery’s annual German-style OctoberFest boasts three stages with live music, a big selection of Harpoon beers and ales, and lots of German food sold by a local restaurant. Come do some chicken dancing and keg bowling and enjoy the German Oompah bands at one of New England’s largest OctoberFests.
The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival delights tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. The city comes out in force to enjoy world-class jazz on three stages, great eats, and good times stretching six blocks in Boston’s historic South End.
Discernible foodies travel far and wide to attend this annual event that determines the best chowder, soup and bisque in New England and take advantage of the “Stay and Slurp” hotel and ticket package. 40 award winning restaurants with every New England state represented! You're the judge in this unique "fun"raiser in the ongoing fight against hunger! You'll get a spoon, ballot & pencil – enjoy unlimited sampling and then rate your favorites! Four categories to judge: New England Clam, Manhattan/Rhode Island Clam, Creative Chowder and Soup/Bisque.
Come to the largest agriculture fair in Maine – eight days of entertainment and education for the whole family. See a variety of livestock, draft show horses and ponies, pulling horses and oxen, sheep dog trials and a huge parade on Saturday. There’s a thrilling midway with amusement rides and delicious food, live music all day and nightly entertainment. The Fair attracts upwards of 300,000 visitors each year. There are 3,000 campsites onsite.
Salem Haunted Happenings welcomes monsters of all shapes and sizes to Salem, Massachusetts this October. Formally kicking off with the "movie monsters" themed Haunted Happenings Grand Parade on Thursday, October 6, visitors can celebrate their little monsters during new "Wicked Wednesdays" family programs, visit Kirk Hammett's classic movie monster movie posters collection at the Peabody Essex Museum, and come face to face with little maritime "monsters" in Sea Shuttle's onboard aquarium. Dramatic favorites, including Spirits of the Gables, Tales & Tombstones Trolley Tours, and Cry Innocent, also return for another season. For complete information, visit the new HauntedHappenings.org.