This time of year, there are two types of people. The “Summer’s Not Over” people who refuse to pull out the pumpkins just yet. And the “Happy Fall Ya’ll” people who are ready for Halloween, pumpkin spice lattes, and apple picking. You’re either one or the other. If you’re one of the former, there are some great September Boston festivals to help you squeeze the last few bits of fun out of summer.

Summer in Boston can be a lot of fun. There are so many options for outdoor activities, beach fun, and if you ask me, the best part – summer food! You can explore the city like a tourist on one of the many tours like: the Hop on Hop Off Sightseeing Tour, the Freedom Trail, or the Boston Harbor Cruise. If you’re an animal lover, you can go to The Franklin Park or Stone Zoo, go on a whale watch, or cool off at the New England Aquarium. And nothing says summer like eating (and drinking) outside on a patio.

Summer’s not over people! The first official day of Fall isn’t until September 23rd, so there’s still time to live out your summertime dreams. For those of you with kids, it may feel like the end of summer with your kiddos heading back to school. But it doesn’t have to be. If the weather holds up, and it looks like it’s going to, there are still many days to get out there and enjoy the warmth and sunshine.

One of the most fun things about summer are the festivals, and they’re not over yet. There are still some great ones happening in the month of September. Festivals for seafood, art, and open space lovers are coming this month. So don’t give up on summer just yet. Here are some Boston September summer festivals to check out.

  • The 98th Annual Italian Feast - 9/8 - 9/9 in Cambridge

    The 98th Annual Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, starts on Friday September 8th at 6pm, and runs through Sunday at 10pm. It takes place on Warren, Cambridge, and Porter Streets. The feast will feature: national entertainers, food vendors, parades, amusement rides, games, beer garden and family activities.

  • Boston Arts Festival - 9/9 - 9/10 in the North End

    The Boston Arts Festival gets underway on Saturday, September 9th at 11am, and runs through Sunday, September 10th at 6pm. The fun takes place at Christopher Columbus Park on Atlantic Ave. in Boston. This annual event is designed to showcase the visual and performing arts in Boston. The festival will launch Boston’s Arts Open Studios season featuring more than 70 juried local visual artists, craftspeople, and local musicians performing on the Waterfront Stage throughout the day. 

  • JP Music Festival - 9/9 in Jamaica Plain

    The JP Music Festival is a free event happening on September 9th from noon – 7pm. It’ll be held at the Pinebank Baseball Field, 345 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain. The day will feature 21 local bands, food trucks, kids activities, and more.

  • Boston Seafood Festival - 9/10 in the Seaport

    The Boston Seafood Festival takes place at the Boston Fish Pier on Northern Ave. in Boston. It’s from 11am – 6pm and is a family-friendly festival with live music, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and of course, lots of seafood!

  • Caribbean Rum & Food Festival - 9/16 in Roxbury

    The Caribbean Rum & Food Festival takes place on September 16th at Roxbury Community College. The event will showcase Caribbean products, rums and cocktails, arts and crafts, entertainment, and more. This is a 21+ event.

  • Revere Beach Arts Festival - 9/16 in Revere

    The Revere Beach Arts Festival takes place on September 16th. Celebrate America’s first public Beach as the Revere Beach Partnership hosts the event that will feature lots of activities, artists selling their work, live music, and  Live Art Competition. Artists will compete for prizes ranging from $500 – $1,500 by creating a piece that captures the beauty of Revere Beach.

    This event also funds scholarships for art students at Revere High School who intend to pursue an education in the field of art.


  • Boston Local Food Festival - 9/17 at the Greenway

    The Boston Local Food Festival is a free event happening on September 17th at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. It’s held from 11am – 5pm and features over 75 local food vendors, so you can try some delicious local food, and enjoy the final moments of summer. You’ll be among friends as the event attracts over 40,000 guests every year.


  • SomerStreets - 9/17 in Somerville


    SomerStreets: Strike Up the Bands

    Save the date for SomerStreets: Strike Up the Bands on Sunday, September 17th from 2:00-6:00pm, rain or shine! Meet us on Highland Ave between Central St to Lowell St for a bouncy house and exciting entertainment!

    SomerStreets is Somerville’s take on the Open Streets concept where streets are closed to cars, and open them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other activity. The event is to encourage easy access to physical activity, and to reconnect people with their neighborhoods and businesses.

    On September 17th it’s SomerStreets: Strike Up the Band. It’ll take place along Highland Ave., and will feature live music, family-friendly activities, and more.

  • What the Fluff? Festival - 9/23 in Somerville

    The Fluff Festival takes place on September 23rd from 3pm – 7pm at Union Square in Somerville. The event celebrate the    and this year’s theme is “Fluff Union: The Sweetest Square in Somerville.” 

    The origins of Marshmallow Fluff go back to 1917. A Somerville MA man named Archibald Query made fluff in his kitchen and started selling it door to door. He had to shut down because of wartime shortages, but he did sell the formula for $500 dollars. You can learn more about the history of Fluff here

    There are lots of activities at the Fluff Festival including: a Marshmallow Toss, Fluff Jousting, Fluff Musical Chairs, and Fluff Hairdos. The free event will feature: live music, elaborate fluff foods, fluff-centric crafts, trivia, and all kinds of fluffy fun. 

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