2017 MetroWest Fall Festivals

2017 MetroWest Fall Festivals

MetroWest Fall Festivals 2017

Explore an exciting corner of MetroWest each weekend this fall with fall festivals of all kinds!

Natick Days

September 9th

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Attended by several thousand people each year, the event is held at Natick Common in the heart of Natick Center Cultural District. The festivities include food, fun and entertainment -- past events have featured mini golf, a moonwalk, bungee challenge, pony rides, big trucks from the DPW, raffles, Big Daddy racing, photo booth, obstacle course, a police raffle and a lot more.

 

Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival (thru Sept. 10)

September 9-10th

10:00 AM

$5 adults, $4 seniors

Food and music accompany this arts show and sale, which includes handpainted accessories, stained glass, candles, books, alpaca clothing, paintings, ceramics, calligraphy, embroidery, and more

Blooms, Brews, & BBQ

September 9

11:00 AM

Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton

$10; beers $5; food price a la carte

Join us for a day of live music, zesty BBQ, and local microbrews on our lush event lawn as we raise money to benefit the Jimmy Fund Walk. We're gathering a great lineup of local bands, excellent beers and ciders, and great food.

 

Celebrate Holliston

9/10/17 (Horse Show) and 9/16/17 (Parade & Field Day)

Parade, Horse Show, Chili Cookoff and Kid’s Entertainment

Third Annual Arts on the Green

September 13

5:00 PM

Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Route 16

FREE

Soak up the last days of summer and stroll through our Art Walk of local artists showcasing and selling their work throughout the gardens. Bring a picnic dinner and blanket and enjoy live music on our beautiful grounds. There will also be hands-on family art activities, tours, and music by LiveWire Boston. Thanks to our sponsor, Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation, admission is free to all! This year will also feature the New England Sculptors Association’s exhibition at Elm Bank.

Applefest

September 14-17

Algonquin Regional High School

Most of the four-day activities take place at Algonquin Regional High School athletic fields. Fireworks are September 16, 8-9pm, preceded by BBQ, live music, pony rides, and games. Other days offer Taste of Northborough, road race, hike, historical society tour, pancake breakfast, and more.

Heritage Festival

September 15-17

4pm

Downtown Marlborough

A weekend-long celebration that commemorates the vast array of ethnicities and cultures, as well as the rich history of Marlborough and surrounding communitiers,

  • Freedom Friday, 4-9pm, includes laser show, food trucks, and live music

  • Unity Day on Saturday, 4-10pm, includes Heritage Trail wth cultural acts, vendors, and live performances, interactive walk through history, rooftop nighttime celebration

  • Celebration Sunday, 4-10pm. includes Main Street Mile, Chili-Chowder Cookoff, Fireman's Breakfast, Community Awards

2nd Annual Cider Festival & Pig Roast

September 15, 2017

6pm

Wayside Inn

$65

Featuring local craft hard ciders, authentic barn dancing, bluegrass, traditional pig roast by Firefly's, tractor hayrides, and cider-pressing. Come enjoy and celebrate America's most beloved beverage, all while helping to raise funds towards the restoration of the Wayside Inn Cider Mill. Call 978-443-1776 for tickets or visit the website.

Ashland Day

September 16, 2017

9:00 AM

Stone Park, 73 Summer Street, Ashland, MA 01721

Vendors and exhibits, artisans, food, activities, and music show the best of Ashland in this annual great community gathering

Polyarts Festival

September 16, 2017

10:00 AM
Hopkinton Common

More than 75 professional craftspeople, performing artists, and community groups participate throughout the day. Polyarts is free to attend and is a family-friendly day with something for everyone, be it food, music, crafts, or other entertainment.

Arts in Common

Septembver 23

10:00AM

Bay State Commons, 1100 Union St Westborough, MA

Free

The Westborough Cultural Council is coming up on 9 years of offering this kid- and family-friendly event, with activities for the whole family to get involved in:  all media of arts and crafts, delicious local food vendors, live music, and giveaways.  If you would like to be a part of the event, you can fina all forms and applications at http://www.westboroughculturalcouncil.org/artsincommon.htm . Otherwise, then just come down and enjoy a day of live music and the arts.

25th Annual Maynard Community Festival

October 7

9:00 AM

Downtown Maynard

Free

Celebrating community, culture, and commerce. Entertainment, a farmers market, and over 100 vendors.  Rain or shine!

Harvest Festival

October 14

12:00 PM

Downtown Franklin

Free

Business and community group booths, games, a YMCA children’s area, delicious food, fall crafts, and live local entertainment will draw thousands of people downtown for a great afternoon with their neighbors. (Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for the event.) 8000 people are expected to enjoy this annual event.

Esmeralda's Fall Festival

October 15, 2017

10:00AM

Eastleigh Farm

$10 for parking

Includes a Vintage Market with antiques and artisans, and a Fall Marketplace, with vendors, farm goods, music, and food.  $10 parking fee benefits Eastleigh Farm.

 

 

 

 

Community Spotlight - Hudson

Overview

Sitting on the bank of the Assabet River, on the western edge of Middlesex County, Hudson has come to embody the quintessential “new New England town.” While maintaining its charming, traditional essence, the town’s revamped downtown area has injected an air of trendiness and excitement to go along with its serene natural beauty.

History

Previously a village of Marlborough, Hudson was incorporated as its own town in 1866. Taking full advantage of its location along the Assabet River, the town quickly became a thriving factory town and home to 17 different shoe factories, even becoming known as “Shoe Town.” The availability of work opportunities made it an ideal place for immigrants to come to work and raise a family, and the land was settled by newcomers of predominantly Irish and Portuguese descent.

Local Offerings

With an influx of younger residents, Hudson has become a trendier, contemporary town, and its culinary offerings reflect this demographic shift. For those who enjoy a local craft brew, there’s Medusa Brewing Company and Ground Effect Brewing Company, which pair perfectly with a variety of artisanal cheeses from downtown’s Mullahy’s cheese shop. For the even younger crowd, Hudson offers many ways to pass the time, including Cellucci Skate and Splash Park and Roller Kingdom. For those looking to liven up their personal style or home décor, Hudson’s downtown is home to several clothing and home goods boutiques with offerings from both local and international artisans. Although these local shops and boutiques add to the charm of Hudson, it is still home to many of the big-box stores that simply make life a little more convenient.