Annual fairs and festivals in Massachusetts include the Boston Dragon Boat Festival, the Boston Harborfest, the Barnstable County Fair, the Lowell Folk Fest and the Working Waterfront Festival. Other Massachusetts festivals include the Provincetown Portuguese Festival, the Marshfield and Topsfield Fairs, the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, Harpoon Oktoberfest and the Annual Scallop Fest.
The Boston Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place in early June, attracts around 50 teams of boaters. Asian-inspired activities and events include dancing, food, music, drums and martial arts. The Boston festival is the oldest dragon boat festival in North America.
Boston Harborfest is a six-day annual festival that takes place in honor of the Fourth of July and showcases the maritime and colonial heritage of Boston as the cradle of the American Revolution. This festival, which is one of the largest patriotic celebrations in the country, features more than 200 activities concentrated in Boston’s historic waterfront and downtown districts.
The Barnstable County Fair is a more than 165-year-old Cape Cod summer tradition that takes place in late July each year. Visitors to the fair enjoy family-friendly entertainment and fun, including petting zoos, games, rides, live music and food. The fair also offers Rockwell Amusements Midway games and rides, main stage entertainment and blacksmith entertainment.