15 Strawberry Festivals In Massachusetts
Strawberry season never fails to make me smile because its arrival always means that summer has (finally!) started in New England. Every time I spy a box of plump, red, delicious farm fresh strawberries, they immediately conjure up beach vibes, picnic playdate daydreams, and images of cute kid faces covered in berry goodness.
This year, we have a roundup of 15 local strawberry festivals for you. With pick-your-own fields, shortcake eating contests, strawberry cocktails, free pony rides, strawberry selfies, lots of live entertainment, and so much more, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Try taking along these 7 Fun Facts About Strawberries to entertain your family on the way. And if you need a few ideas to use up a massive PYO haul, check out Christine’s delicious Eat Seasonal: Strawberry Recipes post, or try the strawberry pie she mentions in 10 Tasty Pies to Try.
Friday, June 14
1. Verrill Farm (Concord)
Attend a Strawberry Cocktail Party at Verrill Farm to celebrate summer’s start. Listen to live piano and enjoy gorgeous views while partaking in a selection of drinks, appetizers and desserts, and farm fresh strawberries!
Weekend of June 15-16
2. Aptucxet Museum (Bourne)
The Aptucxet Museum’s Annual Strawberry Festival features strawberry shortcakes made with homemade biscuits and freshly whipped cream plus a craft show and plant sale. Admission is free and this year also offers rides on a 6-horse pedal-powered carousel created by a local artist with hand carved and painted horses.
3. C.N. Smith Farm (East Bridgewater)
Pick Your Own Strawberries at C.N. Smith Farm’s Strawberry Festival. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy their strawberry shortcake, strawberry preserves, and fresh strawberry donuts.
4. Marini Farm (Ipswich)
Enjoy a full day of family fun and outdoor activities at Marini Farm’s Strawberry Festival. The festivities include free pony rides, inflatables, hayrides, games, and of course, fresh strawberry shortcake. (Ipswich)
5. Lanni Orchards (Lunenberg)
Find games, crafts,strawberry shortcake, chocolate dipped strawberries, and, of course, PYO strawberries at Lanni Orchards Strawberry Festival. (Lunenberg)
6. Smolak Farms (North Andover)
Smolak Farms hosts its annual Strawberry Festival and this year’s lineup of fun kids’ activities includes a bouncy house, super slide, cow train, face painting, hayrides, animals, and more. They’ll also offer a plethora of strawberry treats like sundaes, sorbets, pies, and shortcake. And of course, the pick-your-own field will be open.
7. Strawberry ‘N Arts (Westford)
Feast on strawberry shortcake, shop from local artisans, and kick back to enjoy live entertainment during this Annual Strawberry ‘N Arts Festival.
Weekend of June 22-23
8. Cider Hill Farm (Amesbury)
Stop by the Cider Hill Farm Strawberry Festival for PYO strawberries, hayrides, lawn games, live music, strawberry cotton candy, and more. And you might just take home a prize for picking the biggest berry of the day. (Amesbury)
9. Braintree Farmers’ Market (Braintree)
The Braintree Farmers’ Market Strawberry Festival offers strawberries galore, delicious strawberry shortcakes, and innovative strawberry offerings from market vendors.
10. Verrill Farm (Concord)
Verrill Farm offers its annual Strawberry Festival with PYO strawberries, delicious strawberry shortcake, local ice cream, pony rides, and live folk music. (Concord)
11. Connors Farm (Danvers)
Try the jumping pillow, free pony rides, cow train, duck races, hayrides and pedal carts at Connors Farm’s Strawberry Festival. Plus, chow down on berry treats and take home lots of strawberries from the PYO field. (Danvers)
12. Russell Orchards (Ipswich)
The Russell Orchards Strawberry Festival celebrates its sweet harvest in true farm fashion with lots of fun activities and tons of tasty treats like strawberry wine sangria and other fruit wines. (Ipswich)
13. Drumlin Farm (Lincoln)
Join Strawberry Picking Day at Drumlin Farm for fun activities and events celebrating the strawberry harvest. Dig in the dirt with farm staff, meet berry-loving animals, and pick some strawberries to take home. (Lincoln)
14. Chestnut Hill Farm (Southborough)
Enjoy strawberry picking, strawberry treats, strawberry-themed kids’ crafts and outdoor games, an artisan vendor village, local food and beverages, live music, animals, and more at the Chestnut Hill Farm Strawberry Festival. The farm stand will also be open for fresh produce, snacks, drinks, and local products and each attendee will receive a free strawberry shortcake with admission. (Southborough)
Weekend of June 29-30
15. Wilson Farm (Lexington)
Celebrate the start of summer with fun games and activities at the Wilson Farm Strawberry Festival. Join in a scavenger hunt, snap a Strawberry Selfie, stop by the strawberry-chocolate dipping station, sample strawberry delights, and enter a shortcake eating contest.