Spring Festivals in Massachusetts

Spring is a wonderful time of year in New England and a great time to get outdoors again after a long winter and attend a fun outdoor festival.

Whether you’re looking to see some live music or attend a fun event at a local farm, there’s plenty of spring festivals going on this year.

Check out this list of spring festivals in Massachusetts:

MARCH:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations:

Website: www.visitma.com/things-to-do/holidays/st-patricks-day

Each March, a number of towns in Massachusetts hold St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with parades and live music.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are lively and festive, celebrating Irish culture and heritage. Massachusetts has a significant Irish-American population, and St. Patrick’s Day is widely observed with various events and traditions.

Massachusetts Maple Weekend:

Website: www.massmaple.org/category/maple-weekend

Maple Weekend is an annual event held at selected maple syrup farms in Massachusetts that features maple syrup demonstrations, maple products for sale and the opportunity for visitors to harvest and boil their own maple syrup.

During maple syrup season, typically in late winter or early spring, maple trees are tapped, and the sap is collected and processed into maple syrup.

Maple Weekend events provide an opportunity for the public to visit local sugarhouses where they can learn about this process, taste fresh maple products, and engage in various activities.

Easter Celebrations:

Website: www.easteregghuntsandeasterevents.org

Each spring, towns all across Massachusetts hold Easter celebrations such as Easter egg hunts, parades, pancake breakfasts and photo opps with the Easter bunny.

Easter is a Christian holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and its celebrations often include religious services, family gatherings, and various festive activities.

Easter celebrations are held around the world and are influenced by cultural, religious, and regional traditions.

APRIL:

Baby Animals Festival:

Website: hancockshakervillage.org/events/baby-animals-2024/

The Baby Animals Festival at Hancock Shaker Village is an annual spring festival celebrating the birth of this historic farm’s newest baby lambs, piglets, calves, chicks and goats.

The festival features a petting area where visitors can pet the new baby animals, craft demonstrations, and walks along the Farm & Forest trail.

The festival offers both a general admission tour as well as a behind-the-scenes tour. Tickets can be purchased on the village’s website.

Daffodil and Tulip Festival:

Website: thetrustees.org/program/daffodil-and-tulip-festival-at-naumkeag

The Daffodil and Tulip Festival is an annual flower festival at the Naumkeag estate in Stockbridge that features of a display of over 75,000 daffodil and tulips as well as self-guided tours of the historic 48-acre estate and house. Food and refreshments will be available at the onsite snack shack.

Patriot’s Day Festival:

Website: www.visitma.com/things-to-do/holidays/patriots-day

The Patriot’s Day Festival is an annual event held in Concord and Lexington commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the Revolutionary War.

The festival features reenactments of the battles, a reenactment of Paul Revere’s Midnight ride, a candlelight vigil at the Old North Bridge Battlefield, musical performances, and a Battle Road Anniversary hike along Battle Road trail.

Salem Ancestry Days

Wesbite: salemancestry.org

Salem Ancestry Days is an annual historical event where attendees celebrate their ancestral and immigrant connection to Salem with a weekend of lectures, tours and research opportunities.

The event features a Salem Witch Trials Ancestors & Descendants tour, guided tours of the historic St. Peter’s Church, online chats with genealogists, walking tours of Salem, historic house tours and more.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival:

Website: daffodilfestival.com

The Nantucket Daffodil Festival is an annual flower festival in Nantucket that features a daffodil show, a classic car parade, a hat parade, live entertainment and a dog parade.

The highlight of the festival is the vibrant display of daffodils that cover the island. Parks, gardens, and public spaces are adorned with these cheerful yellow flowers, creating a picturesque and colorful landscape.

New England Folk Festival:

Website: www.neffa.org

The New England Folk Festival is an annual event in Marlborough that celebrates folk music, dance, and traditions.

NEFFA features a diverse range of folk music styles, including traditional, contemporary, and world folk music. Folk dance is a significant component of NEFFA.

The festival offers a variety of dance styles, including contra dancing, square dancing, English country dancing, international folk dancing, and more.

Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place:

Website: goreplace.org/sheepshearing-festival

The Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place is an annual farming festival in Waltham that features traditional sheepshearing and dog herding demonstrations, historical reenactors, live music, and craft and fiber artists at a historic country house called Gore Place.

The focal point of the festival is often the live sheep shearing demonstrations. Skilled shearers showcase the traditional art of removing wool from sheep, explaining the process and sharing insights into the history and significance of sheepshearing.

MAY:

Tulip Fest:

Website: www.ciderhill.com/tulipfest

Tulip Fest is an annual flower festival at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. The festival features free live music, self-guided orchard walks, food trucks, outdoor hard cider bars, fitness & family activities and pick-your-own tulips.

Boston Calling Music Festival:

Website: www.bostoncalling.com

The Boston Calling Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival in Boston that features live music from both local and international musical acts.

Boston Calling showcases a wide range of musical genres, including rock, indie, hip-hop, electronic, pop, and more. The lineup typically features well-known and emerging artists, providing a diverse musical experience for attendees.

The festival typically incorporates multiple stages, allowing for simultaneous performances. This setup enables attendees to choose from various artists and genres throughout the day.

Have you been to any of these spring festivals? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

For more fun things to do in the spring, check out this article on spring attractions in Massachusetts.

About William Briscoe

William Briscoe is a seasoned travel blogger and adventurer based in Massachusetts. With a passion for exploring hidden gems and sharing his travel experiences, Briscoe's website, "Mass Attractions," has become a go-to resource for those seeking seasonal attractions in Massachusetts. In addition to his website, William has contributed travel stories and articles to various travel publications, and his work has been featured in several magazines and online platforms. He also collaborates with tourism boards and travel companies to promote sustainable and responsible travel practices. William enjoys exploring the scenic beauty of New England, spending time with his family and two rescue dogs, and experimenting with classical New England recipes in his kitchen. He holds a degree in English Literature from Boston University, which he believes laid the foundation for his writing skills.

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