Hello, September! The kids are heading back to school, and fall is right around the corner! Don’t fret, though — summer may be making its exit, but the Boston area is still full of FUN!

Need some ideas to get out and explore? Boston Moms has compiled a few of our favorite events happening around Greater Boston this September!

September 1-7

Festival of Illumination | Once Upon a Time

September 1-December 31 :: Mendon

Southwick’s Zoo is once again alight with wonder! The 2022 Festival of Illumination is themed “Once Upon a Time” and takes guests on an epic journey through forgotten stories of legendary creatures, myths, and fairytales.

Encanto at Movies on the Common

September 1 :: Worcester

We may not talk about Bruno, but you can see him for free on the big screen on Worcester Common! Bring a blanket and enjoy this fun, family movie!

SMART Gals (Science, Math, Art): Scribble Bots

September 3 :: Acton

Head over to the Discovery Museum to learn about dancer and roboticist Catie Cuan. Catie Cuan combines her passions for dance and robots to investigate ways of helping people feel more comfortable around machines, especially in medical settings.

King Richard’s Faire

September 3-October 23 :: Carver

New England’s royal tradition is back! Watch the king’s daring knights joust on horseback, hear live musical acts, watch theatrical performances, and stroll the village of more than 100 unique and talented artisans! There is certainly something for everyone at the fair!

Sts. Anargyroi Greek Festival

September 4-6 :: Marlborough

Come celebrate the Greek heritage with traditional food, music, dance groups, and plenty of family-friendly fun! Free admission, rain or shine.

September 8-14

TRP Wrestling Summer Showdown 2022

September 9 :: Brockton

Calling all wrestling fans! Your favorite Top Rope Promotions Superstars are returning to Brockton! This family-friendly event features 8 all star matches, a meet and greet with the wrestlers, concessions, merchandise, and much more!

One Man’s Trash — A Repurposed Circus

September 9-10 :: Somerville

Residing behind bins and beneath trash can lids, inventive acrobats, high-flying aerialists, and quirky clowns welcome you into their world for a junkyard adventure. Inhabiting a space of discovery and fun, this repurposed circus turns trash into treasure!

The Sterling Fair

September 9-11 :: Sterling

Come enjoy this family-oriented community agricultural fair! The Sterling Fair features rides, horse pulls, oxen pulls, tractor pulls, helicopter rides, antique engine and machinery shows, livestock shows, food, entertainment, and more!

Next Stop Revere Trolley Tours

September 10 :: Revere

History buffs will revel in this fun, family-friendly tour! Experience more than 400 years of history on this guided trolley tour through Revere! Revere historians will lead you through the city streets while you learn about the evolution of the city, from American Revolutionary War sites to the renovated Waterfront Square!

Bellforge Dance Festival

September 11 :: Medfield

This free family event will showcase performances by Festival Ballet Providence, Pantos Project, BoSoma Dance Company, and more! All are invited to attend interactive workshops in a variety of dance forms including Hawaiian hula, Irish jig, Simdaca Moov (African fusion), and more!

September 15-21

The Big E

September 16-October 2 :: West Springfield

The Big E, or Eastern States Exposition, is a New England autumn tradition and the ninth largest fair in North America! Each September, participants, vendors, entertainers and guests come from all over the eastern seaboard as well as throughout the country to enjoy this festive event. Enjoy a midway, crafts, food, live music from some of your favorite artists, and family fun! 

Arlington Town Day

September 17 :: Arlington

Enjoy live music, more than 200 booths for arts and crafts, nonprofit and local business displays, and an enormous assortment of enticing food at this fun community event!

South Boston Street Festival

September 17 :: South Boston

Come on down to East Broadway, between I and L Streets, to catch live performances that will take place on two stages! Children’s activities include face painters, balloon twisters, and street performers. Be sure to keep an eye out for a band of pirates that will be roaming the festival site throughout the day!

Smithsonian Magazine’s 18th Annual Museum Day

September 17 :: Nationwide

Smithsonian magazine has designated Saturday, September 17, 2022, as the 18th annual Museum Day, an initiative in which participating museums across the U.S. open their doors for free to those who download a branded ticket. Many Boston-area locations are participating. For a list, please click here.

Touch-A-Truck at The Track

September 18 :: Revere

Walk along the track at Suffolk Downs for an up-close view of tractors, trucks, diggers, police cars, and fire engines at this free event! Sit in the seats, honk the horns, or take your picture on the front end! Enjoy kids activities, games, giveaways, food trucks, and craft beer by Rockport Brewing in the Paddock!

September 22-30

Gardening Together: The Harvest

September 24 :: Jamaica Plain

This pop-up festival on the grounds of the Loring Greenough House celebrates the harvest. Community members are invited to come together to reap the rewards of sowing seeds in the community and neighborhood!

Emerald Necklace Parkfest

September 24 :: Boston

Frederick Law Olmsted’s bicentennial inspires this day-long celebration of shared use, shared health, and shared power along Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace linear park system. Join neighbors and friends to enjoy what makes you most grateful for YOUR parks! Come together for a special program of picnicking, dancing, creating, learning, relaxing, and connecting.

“Dog Days” at Weston Nurseries

September 25 :: Hopkinton

Treat your pup (and yourself!) to yummy treats and meet local dog vendors and businesses at this sweet family event! There will be photo opportunities for families and their doggo friends!

Red Sox STEM Days for Kids

September 29 :: Boston

Join the Red Sox for STEM Education Day at Fenway Park, featuring weather education with the Boston 25 news team. Participate in an egg drop off the famed Green Monster, learn STEM-related curriculum via lectures and interactive exhibits, and end with a Sox game!

Topsfield Fair

September 30-October 10 :: Topsfield

The Topsfield Fair, America’s oldest and finest agricultural fair, has run every fall since 1818! Come enjoy the fiesta show’s carnival midway, the grand parade, demonstrations, a Grange Museum, pumpkin weigh-offs, musical acts, 4-H agricultural/arts and crafts exhibits, and so much more!

Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.com