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Whether it’s music food or cars, we found a list of Massachusetts TOP Summer Festivals! When it comes to Summer in New England, there is something for everyone.

When Memorial Day hits, our attitudes seem to changes from Summer anticipation to, RIGHT NOW. Weshift into outdoor mode. If we have a house, we get our lawn, garden and pools ready to go! Or, maybe it’s a trip North to Lake Winnipesaukee, or South to Newport. 

Food

One of the most popular food festivals is the famous Feast Of St. Anthony held on the last Sunday of August in Boston‘s Historic North End. The feast has been celebrated since 1919, when a group of Italians from Montefalcione settled in Boston’s North End. Add to that, did you know that in June, you can visit the Boston Pizza Festival? What about seafood? That’s covered. Hey, middle eastern? Covered! Hungry yet? What if I’m in the mood for RUM? We got your back.

Music

One of the more popular music festivals is the three concert, Boston Calling. With over 60 bands performing, it attracts Summer music lovers from all over the country. With headliners like The Foo Fighters and Alanis Morissette, Boston Calling will be remembered as a top festival this Memorial Day weekend. Sign up here to get email updates for next year!

Or maybe you’re into Jazz? The Cambridge Jazz Festival starts July 29!

Arts and Even Sand!

This summer holds much fun in store for every taste and interest. Whether it’s sand sculpting at the beach, or painting in the city, you’ll see it on the list.

So, let’s dive into Summer with a deep dive into Massachusetts TOP Summer Festivals!

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  • Boston Pizza Festival

    Boston Pizza Festival

    When: Sat, 6/24 to Sun, 6/25

    Where: Downtown

    Cost: Free

    Does this need a description? Yum

  • Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

    Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

    When: Fri, 7/28 to Sun, 7/30

    Where: Revere

    If it’s international, it must be important!

    Cost: Free

  • Cambridge Jazz Festival

    Cambridge Jazz Festival

    When: Sat, 7/29 to Sun 7/30

    Where: North Cambridge

    Cost: Free

    Info: Relax to the smooth sounds of local jazz musicians at this annual two-day music festival. The festival grounds also include a pop-up food court, a jazz museum, a marketplace of local vendors, a beer garden, and comfortable spaces designed for seniors and children.

  • North End Fisherman's Feast

     

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    North End Fisherman’s Feast

    When: Thu, 8/17 to Sun, 8/20

    Where: North End

    Cost: Free

    Info: The North End’s oldest continuously running Italian festival is not one to miss. Every night for four days fishermen are celebrated with live bands, Italian food and craft vendors, and various traditional ceremonies blessing the fishermen and their waters.

  • Saint Anthony's Feast

    Saint Anthony’s Feast

    When: Thu, 8/24 to Sun, 8/27

    Where: North End

    Cost: Free

    Info: Saint Anthony’s Feast in Boston began as an Italian and North End tradition in 1919 and has won over the hearts of Bostonians. The highly anticipated annual festival lights up Hanover Street with decorations, a parade, live performances, and more than 100 push carts selling authentic Italian eats.

  • Boston Seafood Festival

    Boston Seafood Festival

    When: Sun, 9/10 at 11 a.m.

    Where: Seaport

    Cost: $20+

    Info: Boston has some of the freshest seafood around and the Boston Seafood Festival pays homage to our tireless fisheries, chefs, and oyster shuckers keeping the industry vibrant. Watch culinary demonstrations, lounge in one of several beer gardens, and eat all the lobster your heart desires.

  • Caribbean Rum $ Food Festival

    Caribbean Rum & Food Festival

    When: Sat, 9/16 at 12 p.m.

    Where: Roxbury

    Cost: $40

    Info: Celebrate the flavors and sounds of the Caribbean at this festival showcasing food and cocktails from the tropical region. The culinary offerings will be accented with live entertainment and work by local artists and craftspeople.

  • Revere Beach Arts Festival

    Revere Beach Arts Fest

    When: Sat, 9/16 at 11 a.m.

    Where: Revere

    Cost: Free

    Info: Watch artmaking in real time at the Revere Beach Arts Fest where a live art competition is just the start of the excitement. Create your own works and enjoy music, food, and the beautiful beach scenery during the festival.

  • Somer Streets-Somerville

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    SomerStreets

    When: TBD

    Where: Somerville

    Cost: Free

    Info: Inspired by the Open Streets initiative that closes busy roads down to make public space, SomerStreets opens up a main byway for walking, dancing, cycling, and generally enjoying the neighborhood. The Strike Up festival is particularly geared towards encouraging physical activity with games, a parkour course, and other activities.

  • Boston Local Food Festival

    Boston Local Food Festival

    When: Sun, 9/17 at 11 a.m.

    Where: Greenway

    Cost: Free

    Info: You certainly won’t go hungry at this festival! The celebration features more than 75 local food vendors, showcasing some of the best eats Boston has to offer. Sample different dishes while you stroll along the Greenway enjoying the city’s beautiful scenery.

  • Middle Eastern Festival-Worcester

    When: June 9-11

    Where:

    Saint George Orthodox Cathedral 

    30 Anna Street Worcester, Massachusetts

    Take it from me, this is THE BEST Middle Eastern food this side of…the Middle East. The St. George’s Team puts on the BIGGEST Middle Eastern Festival in New England each Summer. The middle eastern cuisine is basically home made, from scratch ON SITE. People from all over New England come for JUST the food. But there is so much more. Click here for more! 

     

  • Boston Arts Festival

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    Boston Arts Festival

    When: Sat, 9/9 to Sun 9/10

    Where: North End

    Cost: Free

    Info: For two days the Boston Arts Festival highlights visual and performing artists in the city with installations, live stage performances, and exhibitions of work spanning the media spectrum from photography and pottery to painting and jewelry.

  • Boston Calling

    With 60 plus, performers, this is the Big Papi of music festivals, featuring new, and classic music, with stars like The Foo Fighters and Alanis Morrisette. It’s at the Harvard Athletic Complex, right now. Click here for more. 

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