Boston food festivals for families
Boston Local Food Festival, iStock Photo

I’m always looking for things to do that involve food! And even better is when the events are kid-friendly. Here are 10 Boston food festivals worth checking out this summer — all involve delicious eats!

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl

June 4-6
City Hall Plaza, Boston

Who doesn’t love all-you-can-eat ice cream?! It’s back in Boston this year! In addition to ice cream from all your favorite companies, the Scooper Bowl also promises entertainment and games, all to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

St. Athanasius Greek Food Festival

June 6-9
4 Appleton Street, Arlington

You don’t have to be Greek to love this festival for its music, dancing, and authentic Greek food! This festival is held every year under a tent, rain or shine. I usually end up taking home extra food because the moussaka and pastichio freeze well. I also love the fried-dough-type dessert called loukoumades! Kids will love the Greek fries topped with feta.

Strawberry Festival

June 15
Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord

Join in on the strawberry-season fun, including Verrill Farm’s famous strawberry shortcake, hayrides, live music, food trucks, a craft tent, and photo ops. Kids under 5 are free, but get your tickets in advance!

Boston Pizza Festival

June 22-23
City Hall Plaza, Boston

At this festival, you’ll enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza, entertainment, games, and more!

Boston Jerkfest

July 12-13
Harvard Athletic Complex, 145 North Harvard Street, Boston

Look for spicy (and non-spicy!) food, chef demos, live music, and plenty of kids activities, like face painting, storytelling, and arts and crafts.

Cape Cod Food Truck Festival

August 10
Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth

This festival will have more than 30 different food trucks, enticing you with everything from lobster to pizza to poke to BBQ!

Chinatown August Moon Festival

August 11
Chinatown, Boston

This day-long event is filled with cultural performances, arts and crafts, and, of course, yummy Chinese food!

113th Annual Fisherman’s Feast

August 15-18
North End

One of the largest of the North End summer feasts, this event definitely has something for everyone. Highlights include live music, food demos and competitions, Italian souvenirs, and plenty of pizza and cannolis!

Boston Local Food Festival

September 15
Rose Kennedy Greenway

This festival includes food trucks, cuisines of all kinds, chef demonstrations, and a family fun zone. All fresh and all local! It’s a delicious end-of-summer event to add to your calendar.

Wherever you end up this summer, it’s great to be outdoors to enjoy some beautiful weather and delicious food!

Cheryl Mastrogiovanni
Cheryl is a native of Salem, MA, and now resides in Arlington with her husband and son. A graduate of Boston College, she has been a high school counselor for over 20 years and enjoys helping seniors navigate the college application process. A lifelong Boston Bruins fan, Cheryl began attending hockey games with her father in the original Boston Garden at the age of 8, a tradition she is now sharing with her son. Cheryl published a children’s picture book about the Bruins, and is also passionate about soccer, Cape Cod, all things Italian, and spending time with her family. As much as she loves to travel, she equally loves coming home. Loves: playing soccer on the weekends, GOOD pizza, hot summer nights, '80s music, sneakers, and being organized Dislikes: long meetings, loud noises, messiness


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