31 Cool Things To Do In October (In Boston + Beyond)

You guys, OCTOBER. It’s tomorrow. What is up with that? Well, the good news is that there’s plenty of stuff to do in October – enjoy this curated roundup of one idea for each day of the month!

October 1:  Enjoy the Heifer Farm Global Festival - dig for potatoes, hop on a hayride to the PYO pumpkin patch, visit the animals, roll beeswax candles, and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch with live music (Rutland)

October 2: It’s time for quidditch, scavenger hunts, performances, Shakespeare for Kids, and more at the annual Tufts Community Day (Medford)

October 3: Join Urbanity, Boston’s largest contemporary dance company, as they open their private rehearsals to the public (Boston)

October 4: The Discovery Museums host an ASD Friendly Afternoon with no school groups or birthday parties, and LOTS of special sensory activities open to everyone (Acton)

October 5: Make a walking stick to take along on a nature walk (Acton)

October 6: Partake in popcorn, lemonade, and an outdoor showing of Song of the Sea (Harvard)

October 7: Mahoney’s Haunted Forest Halloween Maze opens today (Winchester)

October 8: Hayrides, PYO pumpkins, games, contests, live music, and more at Verrill Farm’s Harvest Festival (Concord)

October 9: Have a Teddy Bear Picnic in the garden (North Andover)

October 10: Search for treasure and play a few lawn games at this free Family Fun Day (North Andover)

October 11: Go leaf collecting and craft an Autumn leaf suncatcher (Acton)

October 12: Discuss and explore activities related to Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless, a satire of classic fairy tales filled with dragons, heroes, and sisterhood (Roxbury)

October 13: Midnight Zoo partners with Puppet Showplace Theater to surround visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination (Boston)

October 14: Enjoy spooky tales and haunted activities in a 19th century mansion (Waltham)

October 15: Say farewell to the garden season with a celebration of Flower Fairies (North Andover)

October 16: Build a communal sukkah with upcycled materials (Arlington)

October 17: Check out the Derby Street Carnival (Salem)

October 18: Learn advanced pumpkin carving techniques from a local legend (Boston)

October 19: Celebrate National Chemistry Week with hands-on activities at the Discovery Museums (Acton)

October 20: Observe the night sky and learn about next year’s highly anticipated coast-to-coast solar eclipse (Cambridge)

October 21: It’s pumpkin carving, pumpkin treats, and pumpkin games at Pumpkin Fest 2016 (Norfolk)

October 22: Enjoy family art-making activities all day at MassArt’s Family Day (Boston)

October 23: Juggler and magician Scott Jameson performs his live show “Magic” (Brookline)

October 24: Yo-Yo Ma performs free at the New England Conservatory (Boston)

October 25: Collect leaves and build a rainbow at Habitat’s Lots of Leaves (Belmont)

October 26: This month's Tots @10 brings a celebration of Fall with Stacey Peasley (Somerville)

October 27: Come see 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated Jack O’Lanterns (Boston)

October 28: Walk along a pumpkin-lit garden trail as local woodland creatures share their stories (North Andover)

October 29: Celebrate the season with an Alice in Wonderland Hayride Adventure (North Andover)

October 30: Partake in this spooky storytelling event featuring candle-lit paths through thickets and hovels, hot cider, and popcorn (Harvard)

October 31: Learn to program and guide robots through a series of fun challenges (Boston)