As one of the original colonies, Massachusetts enjoys a rich historic tradition. From the modern urban sprawl of Boston to the quaint towns of Cape Cod, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of environments and activities. Massachusetts is full of historic sites, museums, musical venues, sporting parks and more.
Boston is home to a lot of Colonial and maritime history. Running for six days in the first week of July, the Boston Harborfest celebrates this history. Visitors flock to the Boston Harbor to participate in nearly 200 mostly free events spread out over the six days.
Every summer since 1844, Cape Cod has enjoyed the week long Barnstable County Fair. This county fair is the perfect family event with carnival rides and a midway. There are 4-H demonstrations, a petting zoo, and live music.
In July, Lowell hosts the largest folk festival in the United States that is free. Here guests can enjoy constant live music from a diverse range of genres on six stages. While not enjoying the music, guest can enjoy a variety of ethnic foods and homemade crafts.
Established in 1867, the late summer Marshfield fair offers many traditional fair activities and some unique to this coastal area. In addition to traditional carnival rides and midway, the Marshfield fair hosts a tractor pull, demolition derby, chainsaw art, and lots of live music. The fair helps local students by supporting scholarship programs.
During the summer months, Becket hosts the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, which offers a variety of theatrical arts performances. There is live music and so much more. Emerging choreographers and well-known dance companies present shows that should not be missed. There are talks, live performances and art exhibits to celebrate a rich history of past festivals.