Summer festivals in eastern Massachusetts and beyond

By: Kacie Yearout

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BOSTON - From food to beer to live music, there are plenty of ways to enjoy summer in Massachusetts and beyond this summer. 

JUNE

Roxbury International Film Festival June 22 - July 1
The 10-day long festival celebrates works with a multicultural cast, them or production team

Harborfest June 30 - July 4
Activities include historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment

JULY

Chinatown Main Street Festival July 8
Features a lion dance, Chinese Folk dance, food and more

Boston Pizza Festival July 8 & 9
Live music, giveaway and lots of pizza

 

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival July 8 & 9
A music festival in Marshfield featuring acts like Ziggy Marley 

Nantucket Comedy Festival July 12 - 15
Features Boston and New York comedians

Bastille Day Party July 14
Francophone culture celebration on Marlborough Street in Boston with music and food 

Somerville Arts Festival July 14 & 15
Bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors and activities for all take over Davis Square

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival July 21 – 23
Attracts sand sculptors from all over the world, working several days to complete their masterpieces

Blueberry & Raspberry Festival July 22 
Along with blueberry and raspberry desserts, there will be live music, hayrides and farm animals at Connors Farm in Danvers

Salem CultureFest July 22 & 23
Music, arts, crafts, food at Willows Park

Lowell Folk Festival July 28 - 30
Five stages of folk music, along with crafts, kids' activities. Entrance is free. 

Puerto Rican Festival July 28 - 30
The festival includes a parade, carnival and Latin food celebrating the Puerto Rican culture
 

AUGUST

Salem Maritime Festival Aug. 4 - 6
Live music, exhibits and tall ships at Derby Wharf in Salem, with free 90-minute boat rides around the harbor

Newport Jazz Festival Aug. 4 - 6
A multi-day jazz music festival at Ft. Adams in Rhode Island

Onset Blues Festival Aug. 5
See blue musicians set along the waters of Onset in Cape Cod

Martha's Vineyard Comedy Fest Aug. 7 -9 & 14 - 16
"Fest" features African American comedians over two weeks in Oak Bluffs

BostonFest Aug. 9
Celebrating Boston's best employers and brands, BostonFest brings together young professionals at Lawn on D

Provincetown Jazz Festival Aug. 10 & 14
A two-day festival, with on event in Provincetown and the other in Cotuit, featuring jazz singers and musicians

Boston GreenFest Aug. 11 - 13
Workshops, food, and entertainment centered around living waste free on City Hall Plaza

Provinceton Carnival Aug. 11 - 18
A week long festival celebrating diversity and LGBTQ culture with parades, pool parties and costumes

Gloucester Blues Festival Aug. 12
Blues at Stage Fort Park along the waterfront, along with a beer garden, food and craft vendors

Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest Aug. 12
More than 175 craft beers, ciders and malt beverages from local brewers and food

Waterfront Reggae Festival Aug. 12
Live reggae music along the East Providence Waterfront. Kids 12 and under are free with paying adult

Boston Seafood Festival Aug. 13
An oyster shucking contest, chef demonstrations, dance and music entertainment and plenty of seafood

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Aug. 20
With live music and a music education tent, this offers the chance to listen and improve music abilities

Blues N Brews Aug. 19 & 20
A live music festival with beer tastings at Nashoba Valley Ski Area 

Gloucester Waterfont Festival Aug. 19 & 20
Live music, family entertainment, a car show and craft vendors

Quincy August Moon Festival Aug. 20
Along with traditional Chinese celebrations, there are also food trucks, games and performances

Children Summer Festival Aug. 23
A free educational and fun festival for kids at Franklin Park in Dorchester

Boston Jazz Fest Aug. 26 & 27
At Boston Maritime Park in the Seaport, featuring free jazz music all day

Antique & Classic Boat Festival Aug. 26 & 27
See and board antique and class boats in Salem, along with activities, 

SEPTEMBER

Copenhagen Beer Festival Sept. 22 & 23
Copenhagen Beer Festival Boston brings together the most important brewers from around the world in one iconic city, and pairs them with incredible live music.

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