15 Massachusetts Strawberry Festivals

Thanks to these INSANE chocolate-coconut strawberry shortcakes Laurel made for Jon and my anniversary, I have had strawberries -- and strawberry confections! -- on the brain in a big way. And it's perfect timing, given that the strawberry festivals are kicking into gear this weekend. Enjoy this roundup of 15 strawberry festivals across Massachusetts, and please share with strawberry-loving friends!

15 Massachusetts Strawberry Festivals

1. June 11: The Strawberry Festival in Gloucester has live animals, beer tastings, music, a farmer's market, and much more (Gloucester)

2. June 11: The Strawberry Festival in Topsfield not only has delicious strawberry shortcake, it also offers games, house tours, live music, and arts and crafts (Topsfield)

3. June 18: Opening day at the Braintree Farmer’s Market with a Strawberry Fest, strawberry shortcake provided by C.N. Smith Farm, Inc. (East Bridgewater). Lots of other strawberry treats will be available, along with fresh-picked local strawberries (Braintree)

4. June 18:  Connors Farm offers strawberry picking and a Strawberry Festival in one spot. Head down for live music, barbecue, hayrides, strawberry shortcake, farm animals, duck races, pedal carts and more (Danvers)

5. June 18: Marini Farm has their Strawberry Festival, with lots of family fun and strawberry picking spread over the farm’s 12 acre property (Ipswich)

6. June 18: Drumlin Farm has a special Strawberry Day -- come pick your own strawberries and learn all about animals that enjoy these sweet summer fruits (Lincoln)

7. June 18: It’s Strawberry Festival time at Smolak Farms, with a rain date of June 26 (North Andover)

8. June 18: Westford hosts its annual Strawberry & Arts Festival, with great food, fun crafts and musical entertainment (Westford)

9. June 18-19: Russell Orchards and Winery features a Strawberry Festival. They'll have strawberry picking, hay rides, pony rides, wine tasting, live music, and lots of strawberry treats (Ipswich)

10. June 18-19: Wilson Farm doesn’t offer pick-your-own but hosts a fantastic strawberry festival and will include plenty of strawberry sampling, in addition to family-friendly entertainment (Lexington)

11. June 18-19 + June 25-26: Lanni Orchards features a Strawberry Festival with pick your own berries, make your own shortcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, hayrides and more over two weekend (Lunenberg)

12. June 25: Aptucxet Museum hosts its  Annual Strawberry Festival and Model Train Show, featuring strawberry short cakes made with homemade biscuits and freshly whipped cream (Bourne)

13. June 25: Verrill Farm has a strawberry festival that features pick-your-own strawberries, a dessert contest, strawberry shortcake, free entertainment, hay rides and pony rides (Concord)

14. June 25: The Tyngsborough-Dunstable Historical Society hosts their annual Strawberry Festival, with shortcakes, crafts, vendors and live music (Dunstable)

15. July 3: Wellfleet Historical Society holds their Strawberry Festival, with plenty of strawberry shortcake, lemonade, and live music (Wellfleet)