Fall is officially here! The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and Halloween is right around the corner!
Need some ideas to get out and explore? Boston Moms has compiled a few of our favorite activities happening around greater Boston this October!
Enjoy an amazing evening of rhythmic dances and performances with the talented musicians of Rumbarroco as they swing and groove their way through the African diaspora in Latin America.
Through October 3
West Springfield, MA
For 17 days, you can experience everything a state fair has to offer! Concerts, concessions, rides, agricultural shows, a circus, crafts and vendors, and so much more!
Enjoy county fair games and contests, livestock shows, the giant pumpkin contest, a dahlia show, and much, much more! Don’t forget to show off your adorable dog in the pooch parade!
The 56th annual “Railfair 2021” model train show is the perfect event for train enthusiasts! See model railroad displays and exhibits, visit a children’s depot with hands-on exhibits, take train rides, and much more!
Join human museum staffers Javier and Ryan as they lead a 45-minute online program with live reptiles! From snakes to geckos, the world of reptiles is full of fascinating creatures that you will love to “meet!” Pre-registration required.
Play fun games, have a dance party, paint some festive ceramic pumpkins, bowls, or witch hat-shaped plates at this fun drop-off camp! Costumes are invited but optional.
Marathon route (Hopkinton to Boston)
Come cheer on the amazing athletes at the rescheduled Boston Marathon! The division start times are as follows:
Mobility Impaired: 8:50 a.m.
Push Rim Wheelchair: 9:17 a.m.
Handcycles: 9:22 a.m.
Elite Women: 9:32 a.m.
Elite Men & Wave One: 10:00 a.m.
Wave Two: 10:25 a.m.
Wave Three: 10:50 a.m.
Wave Four: 11:15 a.m.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a paleontologist? Come find out in this free virtual event! Celebrate National Fossil Day with paleontologists from Harvard, and get an up-close look at fossils in the museum! Pre-registration is required.
Applefest is here! Come see more than 100 craft exhibitors, live music, apple pie baking (and eating!) contests, a farmers’ market, and kids entertainment. Plus, peep the peak fall foliage from the SkyRide!
Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to paint and decorate, get your face painted, and get your picture taken with the beautiful ponies! Enjoy fresh made popcorn and many yummy homemade treats. The farm will be decorated with friendly ghosts and goblins!
Weekends through October 31
North Andover, MA
Enjoy outdoor stories and crafts, themed hayrides, walking tours, and apple picking — and don’t forget to visit the animal area!
Come have a blast at freeplay sessions at Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m., featuring books, games, and more! Support local businesses and spend your evening playing outside by the Greenway PlayCubes!
Watch rowing teams compete from all over the country, and take in the sights of autumn along the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge.
Come watch your favorite stories come to life at Concord Youth Theatre! Perhaps you can even share your own special talents and participate with a sing-a-long! Shows begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays!
Do you want to Zoom with a ghost? Kids and adults can team up to explore real places that are said to be haunted in this unique online scavenger hunt! Follow a trail of clues across eerie websites and learn the tales of the ghosts who linger there while you search for answers to tricky questions!
Through October 31
What better way to celebrate Halloween than to visit a Halloween festival? From family-friendly activities to shake-in-your-pants terror, Salem has all the festive frights you could dream of!
Friday-Sunday through October 31
Hanson’s Haunted Hayride has been a local tradition since 1993! If you are looking for a thrill, come take a ride on the Haunted Hayride!
Learn the science behind some spooky effects, create crafts, play fun Halloween-themed games, and check out the “Spooky Science of Magic” show at this fun family event!
Through October 31
The Hollowed Harvest brings to life more than 7,000 incredible jack-o’-lanterns, creating stunning landscapes and larger-than-life displays! Guests of all ages will love the creativity and beauty of this fun (and not spooky or scary!) family event.