Enjoy October Festivals and Fun in Boston in 2016


Are you looking for a fun way to spend your time in October in Boston? If so, you will find that there are plenty of celebrations, festivals and other events available for you to choose from. Whether you are looking to appreciate some art or you want a family-friendly activity to get yourself in the Halloween spirit, here are some great activities to enjoy in Boston this October.

Cranberry Harvest Celebration

Taking place each year over Columbus weekend, the Cranberry Harvest Celebration is a New England tradition that celebrates the beauty of the cranberry harvest. Offering a great way to learn more about the cranberry harvest process, the family-friendly event includes demonstrations of cranberries being harvested throughout the day. The event also features educational and historical displays as well as opportunities to view the entire landscape via a helicopter ride. Live cooking demonstrations and performances from local musicians will also take place throughout the weekend, while a marketplace boasting more than 40 juried exhibitors and a farmers’ market will offer items for sale. Food concessions will also be available, as will children’s activities including paddleboat, pony rides, train rides, wagon rides, live entertainment and more.

The Cranberry Harvest Celebration will take place this year on October 8th and 9th. Admission is $10 or $5 for seniors and members of the military. Children under the age of 7 are admitted for free. Parking and shuttle transportation are also free.

Fort Point Open Studios Fall 2016 Event

Fort Point Open Studios will host its Fall 2016 event on October 14th through the 16th. More than 150 open studios within 14 buildings will have their work on display during the event. Studios and pop-up venues will also be participating, while performances, free- hands-on art activities and other special events will also be taking place throughout the event.

The Fall Point Open Studios Fall Event will offer a preview on October 14th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the main event taking place on October 15th and 16th from noon until 6:00 pm. A map showing all of the studios and other event locations and activities can be picked up at the FPAC Gallery at 200 Congress Street. Following this event, the next Fort Point Artwalk will not take place until May.

Pumpkin Festival

The Boston Common Frog Pond will be hosting its annual Pumpkin Fest again in 2016. The family-friendly event will feature floating pumpkins, luminaries, music, refreshments and child-focused activities. Participants are also invited to bring their own carved pumpkins to one of the drop-off areas alongside the pond. The pumpkins will be illuminated by festival officials and floated along with other pumpkins. As usual, the event will also feature a costume parade, stories, drinks and treats.

The Pumpkin Festival will take place this year on October 23rd. All carved and decorated pumpkins should be no larger than 8 inches in diameter. They must also be hollowed out or they will not float. Following the event, all pumpkins are composted by the Boston Natural Areas Network.

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