Best Fall Festivals To Attend Near Boston

August 23, 2014 8:00 AM

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There is nothing like fall in New England. There’s so much to do in the Boston area including attending Boston’s best fall festivals each year. From sipping beer to cheering on rowers along the water, there are plenty of places to go, including these fun fall events.
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2014 Harpoon Octoberfest
306 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 456-2322

Dates: Oct. 3-4, 2014
The annual beer festival Octoberfest at Harpoon Brewery gives event goers all of the beer and bratwursts they could ask for. Featuring entertainment, chicken dancing and even a German chocolate cake-eating contest, it’s the best alternative to a trip to Germany locals and visitors could ask for. The event is $20 per person, which includes a souvenir pint cup and one drink ticket. 
The Trinity College women's eight-oar shell, foreground, competes in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Credit: WBZ-TV)
The Head Of The Charles Regatta
Charles River
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 868 6200

Dates: Oct. 18-19, 2014
The Head Of The Charles Regatta® features a race of the world’s best crew teams. Hosted all along the Charles River, spectators can take in the races at this two-day rowing competition. Food, a variety of vendors and events occur all along the race route. Each year it gets bigger and better, with a projected 9,000 athletes and 300,000 spectators expected to attend this fall festival.
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Boston Local Food Festival
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 395-0250
Date: Sept. 14, 2014
Support Boston’s local farmers and fishermen at the annual Local Food Festival featuring free admission. On September 14th, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Greenway will be filled with all things local food, with demonstrations, workshops and competitions by chefs, fresh produce, local seafood and more. The event will feature affordable $6 dining selections from local restaurants, farmers, and even food trucks. Plus there will also be music and food-inspired arts and crafts at this family-friendly affair.
Related:  Boston’s Best Craft Beer Festivals

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
Columbus Ave. (between Burke St. and Massachusetts Ave.)
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 747-2758
Date: Sept. 27, 2014
The 14th Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival will occur on Saturday, September 27, 2014 with the theme “Jazz: The Global Ambassador.” Featuring three outdoor stages filled with live jazz, Latin, blues and groove performers, it is sure to be an unforgettable block party for guests of all ages. Held from noon to 6 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s South End, there will not only be talented musicians playing music but there will also be other things to do like arts and crafts and activities to check out like an Instrument Petting Zoo at this free fall event.

The Boston Book Festival
Copley Square
560 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 635-4505
Dates: Oct. 23-25, 2014
The Boston Book Festival will be held in Copley Square October 23 through 25, 2014. Events featuring some of the best authors will be happening all around the area including at the Boston Public Library, Old South Church and Trinity Church, to name a few. Outdoors, a free street festival will join people together with a love and appreciation for the written word.

Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on