23 Fun Fall Events in Massachusetts

Bright foliage colors and the changing light make fall a favorite season for fun outdoor adventures and great family photos here in New England. This month brings a host of recurring weekend festivals and events celebrating autumn in New England. Which means, of course, beautiful foliage, pumpkins, corn mazes, lots of apple cider, and even a few early spooky activities to build Halloween anticipation!

Limited-Run Events

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

2. October 8: Celebrate autumn in New England at the Fruitland Museum’s Harvest Festival. Learn about Native American winter preparations from seasons long ago, visit with local livestock, make seasonal crafts for the hearth or front door, taste local produce, and sample some switchel - a refreshing tonic used by farmers of old. (Harvard)

3. October 9: Friendly newfies with small carts transport PYO pumpkins from patch to vehicle at Smolak Farm’s Newfoundland Dog Pumpkin Pull. (North Andover)

4. October 8-10: Check out the Columbus Weekend Fall Festival at Smolak Farm. Explore massive hay and corn mazes, try a creative game like Spider Web Bean Bag toss or Frankenstein Brain toss, play with the animals, and jump in the bounce house. (North Andover)

5. October 15: Explore hay mazes, hay rides, farm animals, live owl programs, live music and more at the 36th Annual Daniel Webster Farm Day at the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary. (Marshfield)

6. October 15: Celebrate the harvest season with a neighborhood garden potluck complete with a garden vegetable "stone soup" and local musicians. (Dorchester)

7. October 15-16: Live performances, pumpkin decorating, craft vendors, and amusement rides take over the streets at the Newton Harvest Fair. (Newton)

8. October 15-16: See who wins the scarecrow contest at Sturbridge’s 27th Annual Harvest Festival. Enjoy their mini food truck festival while browsing through the wares of over 50 local artisans and crafters. (Sturbridge)

9. October 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30: Smolak Farm offers a Storybook Hayride Adventure with Alice and her Wonderland friends during the last three weeks in October. Each participating child receives Halloween candy, an apple cider donut, and a sugar pumpkin to take home. Costumes encouraged. (North Andover)

10. October 16: Build a Sukkah, help with the Fall harvest, learn about honeybees, sing, tell stories, press cider, and make sauerkraut at Powisset Farm’s Sukkot Festival on the Farm. (Dover)

11. October 16: Fall Foliage Fun Day kicks off the fall foliage season with guided hikes, spectacular views, kite making, lawn games, cider donuts, s’mores, and more. (Andover and North Andover)

12. October 21: It’s pumpkin carving, pumpkin treats, and pumpkin games at Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary’s Pumpkin Fest 2016. (Norfolk)

13. October 22: The Ecotarium offers its 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest. Celebrate the season with themed science programs, free planetarium shows, and more than 1,000 carved pumpkins. (Worcester)

14. October 23: Floating pumpkins, luminaries, and a costume parade, along with stories, treats, drinks, and spooky fun make the Pumpkin Fest at Frog Pond sure to be a lovely evening. (Boston)

Recurring Events

15. Check out a garden of endless carved pumpkins at Edaville’s Pumpkins Aglow. Bring a treat bag for Halloween candy and enjoy cider donuts and hot apple cider. (Carver)

16. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center celebrates Halloween in spooky style every weekend and on Halloween with their annual Brick or Treat event. Features include a costume contest, Monster Mash Scavenger Hunt through MINILAND®, a Spooky Creations building challenge and more. (Somerville)

17. Midnight Zoo partners with Puppet Showplace Theater to surround visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination all month. (Boston)

18. Connors Farm offers a wide range of family activities every weekend throughout October, in addition to PYO apples and pumpkins. Make your way through the corn maze, play a round of pumpkin checkers, milk a cow, play pumpkin tetherball, pet the barnyard animals, and more. (Danvers)

19. Boston Hill Farm offers PYO Pumpkins, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a petting farm, and ice cream every weekend all month. (North Andover)

20. Smolak Farm offers a Children’s Festival each weekend with PYO pumpkins, hayrides, hay and corn mazes, face painting, a bouncy house, and many others children’s activities. (North Andover)

21. Each weekend in October brings PYO pumpkins, weekend hayrides, pony rides, a hay maze, and other kids’ activities at Shelburne Farm. (Stow)

22. Check out Frightful Fridays at Gore mansion, the perfect setting for an evening of spooky tales and haunted activities every Friday evening this month. (Waltham)

23. Mahoney’s Haunted Forest Halloween Maze is also open all month. (Winchester)