Events INSIDER, Sep 23-Oct 1, 2013

Giveaways & Features
Win: PROM! An Improvised Prom
Fridays at 10pm. I have tix for this. Email me at to win! Win: PROM! An Improvised PromImprovBoston Cambridge, MA, .
Win: ImprovBoston: Face Off
ImprovBoston is my favorite improv venue near Boston. This is a show running every Saturday. I have two tickets for this, valid through 10/31! Email me at to win! Win: ImprovBoston: Face OffImprovBoston Cambridge, MA, .
Win: Canobie Lake Screemfest
Canobie Lake Screemfest, which has multiple haunted houses! It runs from 9/27 to 10/27 on weekends. 2013. I have tix for this, email me at to win! Win: Canobie Lake ScreemfestCanobie Lake Park Salem, NH, .
Win: King Richard’s Faire
Oh yea! I’m giving away 2 more pairs of tickets this week to @KRFaire Renaissance faire. Email! Win: King Richard's Faire Carver, MA, .
Review: FOUND Unfinished Business Tour
My Heart is an Idiot is the latest book from FOUND Magazine creator Davy Rothbart. His show of heartwarming stories includes a sword swallower and a DJ! 7pm. Review: FOUND Unfinished Business TourPorter Square Books Cambridge, MA, .
Johnny’s Picks
Street Theater Festival
A whole month of street performances by the best entertainers in Boston. Worth checking it more than once, they say. Street Theater FestivalFanueil Hall Marketplace Boston, MA, .
Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection: Celebrating 100 Years
No, this time it’s not about cars. Come learn more about this famous bonsai collection. Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection: Celebrating 100 YearsHunnewell Building Boston, MA, .
Fluff Fest
A festival that revolves around Marshmallow Fluff, which was invented in Somerville! This outdoor fest draws 10,000 with food, vendors, and everything fluff. Fluff FestUnion Square Plaza Somerville, MA, .
Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo
The best of local comics will be here. Also, the artists from ‘Adventure Time’ will be around! Massachusetts Independent Comics ExpoLesley University 1815 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA, .
Rockin’ with Raptors Festival
This one features live music, a petting zoo, and raptor demonstrations. 1-4pm. Free. Rockin' with Raptors FestivalBoston Nature Center Mattapan, MA, .
Running with the Bridesmaids
Please don’t tell me they run on high heels. Anyways, it should be fun to watch and also benefits the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. 9:30am. Running with the BridesmaidsBoston Common Boston, MA, .
Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra
These guys breathe new life into great hists by Queen, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Who and Led Zeppelin. 8pm. Ultrasonic Rock OrchestraThe Regent Theatre Arlington, MA, .
Bow Tie Ride
Someone with too much time on their handles noticed that Cambridge is shaped like a bowtie. In honor of this, once a year there is a bike ride around the city by cyclists wearing bowties. 1pm. Bow Tie RideCambridge Main Library park on Broadway Cambridge, MA, .
Hyde Park Open Studios
Meet real artists in their private homes or work studios, not just vendors. What a nice excuse to stroll an area of Boston you haven’t seen! Of course they hope you’ll buy something. 11am-5pm. Hyde Park Open StudiosVarious Locations Hyde Park, MA, .
Phantom Gourmet Food Festival
For $50 ($40 in advance) you can sample 100+ food favorites! I’ve attended and the quality is good. 12-4pm. This year, William Zabka will be around. Phantom Gourmet Food FestivalLansdowne & Ipswich Streets Boston, MA, .
Tufts Community Day
Not much happens in Medford. So, this is your chance to catch something happening! You’ll find a Quidditch game, dancing lessons, community booths and live music. 11am-3pm. Tufts Community DayTufts University Medford, MA, .
Connecticut To Arms: 1863
Another Civil War re-enactment. But this one is massive: More than 500 re-enactors will take part in this encampment and battle reenactment! Connecticut To Arms: 1863Bauer Park Madison, CT, .
Acadia Night Sky Festival
Maine is increasingly referred to as some place ‘that still has stars.’ Enjoy 5 days of stargazing! 6:30-9:30pm. Acadia Night Sky FestivalAcadia National Park Mt Desert, ME, .
Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire
Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring DIY science and technology, robots, crafts, artists and local food. 10am-4pm. Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire Lewiston, ME, .
The Praying Indian Natick and Ponkapoag Tribe: Harvest Moon and Creator Praise Day Celebration
You’ll see a huge array of Native American festivals on this website. I’ll list the biggest for you throughout the year. Only a few are this close to Boston. The Praying Indian Natick and Ponkapoag Tribe: Harvest Moon and Creator Praise Day CelebrationCochituate Lake, Rte.30 Natick, MA, .
Queset House Living History
Yipeee! Another living history event, with a Civil era fashion show! Queset House Living HistoryQueset House Living History,53 Main Street North Easton, MA, .
A Steampunk Celebration
Play Around-the-PEM Trivial Pursuit, make Steampunk bracelets or just watch movies. Just don’t miss this one! A Steampunk CelebrationThe Peabody Essex Museum Salem, MA, .
Model Rocket Launch at Amesbury
Houston, we have a hobby! Join model-rocket enthusiasts and have a blast! 10am-4pm. Model Rocket Launch at AmesburyWoodsom Farm Park Amesbury, MA, .
Fitchburg Forge-In and Blacksmith Festival
Out west, you can see blacksmiths compete to make the best metallic stuff. They’ll have lots of arts and food vendors. 10am-4:30pm. Fitchburg Forge-In and Blacksmith FestivalRiverfront Park Fitchburg, MA, .
Gardner Chair Luge
People racing on non-motorized chair vehicles. That’s totally worth checking out! 2pm. Gardner Chair LugeGardner Square Gardner, MA, .
Jurassic Roadshow
Free admission to this show with dinosaurs… dead dinosaurs. Well, it’s actually fossils on display. 10am-4pm. Jurassic RoadshowPocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Deerfield, MA, .
Johnny Appleseed Arts & Cultural Festival
Activities, booths, crafts, moonwalks, foods, performers, and more (I do not know what more you could want). 9am-5pm. Johnny Appleseed Arts & Cultural FestivalDowntown Leominster, MA, .
Free Star Parties
Looking at the stars is free! Friendly astronomers will share their telescopes with visitors. 8-10pm. Free Star PartiesMoose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Sharon, MA, .
Working Waterfront Festival
They have 6 different performers, fishermen’s contests and lots of activities related working on boats. Working Waterfront FestivalFisherman’s Wharf, Pier 3 New Bedford, MA, .
Fall Foliage Parade
There will be a Leaf Hunt, open to everyone. The main event is the parade, with dozens of businesses and organizations taking part of it. Parade on 10/6. Fall Foliage ParadeVarious Locations North Adams, MA, .
Fort Adams in the Fall Car Festival
There are plenty of car shows in New England, but this park has a real old-timey fort and beautiful ocean views. 910am-3pm. Fort Adams in the Fall Car FestivalFort Adams State Park Newport, RI, .
Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival
This sounds like a spooky event, but is actually a town fair. It has a Jack-o-lantern display, 5K road race, games for kids and much more! Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall FestivalVarious Locations Shrewsbury, MA, .
Middle Earth Day at Higgins Armory
Hobbits invade this wonderful museum of old-timey armor and weapons! 10am-4pm. The museum is closing for good in December, so you better not miss this one! Middle Earth Day at Higgins ArmoryHiggins Armory Museum Worcester, MA, .
Wings of Freedom Tour
Upgrade to airplanes as this show tours New England. You can walk through a historic aircraft for $12, go for a flight for $425, or learn to fly it ($2200 for 1/2 hour, $3200 for an hour)! Wings of Freedom Tour All Over, , .
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Salem Zombie Walk
Do you like zombies? Do you like walking? Dress up and go on a fake rampage! 3:30pm. Salem Zombie WalkCollins Cove, Collins St. Salem, MA, .
The Running Dead – Zombie 5K
Wait, how can zombies run that fast? Does not matter, just run away from them! 5:30pm. The Running Dead - Zombie 5KGallows Hill Park Salem, MA, .
Pumpkin Chucking Fest
Who needs carnival rides when there’s a catapult and 500 pumpkins? There will be live music too! 1-5pm. Pumpkin Chucking FestAmesbury Sports Park Amesbury, MA, .
Also Fun
Pick You Own Apples – Where to Go
Somehow I found this list of apple picking locations in Massachusetts. My favorite? Davis Farmland. Pick You Own Apples - Where to Go All Over, , .
Smithsonian Free Museum Day
40+ museums are free during this day! Here are some of them: Boston’s Old South Meeting House. Harvard’s museums, Lincoln’s Codman Estate & Gropius House. Smithsonian Free Museum DayHarvard & elsewhere All Over, , .
Science and Cooking: Bill Yosses
There’s no science in cooking. Or is there? Come find out, you’ll be surprised. 7pm. Science and Cooking: Bill YossesHarvardScience Center at 1 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA, .
This event fund raises to support CCTV’s Youth Media Program. There will be live music, food and a silent auction. 5:30pm. CCTV Back Lot BBQCCTV’s Back Lot Cambridge, MA, .
Community Celebration of Benin Kingdom Arts & Culture
Multiple events celebrating the opening of the Benin Kingdom Gallery. Performances, food and more, all fore free! 5-9:45pm. Community Celebration of Benin Kingdom Arts & CultureMuseun of Fine Arts Boston, MA, .
The Menino Legacy: Down to the Wire
It’s a forum to discuss the future of Boston… C’mon, this is important, people! 6:30-8pm. The Menino Legacy: Down to the WireC. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University Boston, MA, .
All Star Event
Events that have ‘hors d’ouvres’ are good, don’t you think? This one has music, dancing and also fights MS. 6pm. All Star EventEMC Club in Fenway Park Boston, MA, .
Ritmos De Salud
It’s a musical performance, and an educational event bout diabetes. Azuuuuucar! 6-11pm. Ritmos De SaludArtists for Humanity Epicenter Boston, MA, .
Boston Fashion Week
Get your Zoolander on at the Boston Fashion Week, which in true Zoolander logic is actually 9 days. Boston Fashion WeekVarious Locations Boston, MA, .
College Night at The Museum of Science, Boston
The Museum of Science is free if you have a college ID. Or if you can fake one. 5-9pm. College Night at The Museum of Science, BostonMuseum of Science Boston, MA, .
Play Me, I’m yours
So what are those pianos doing there, sitting all around Boston? Waiting for you to play them! Play Me, I'm yoursAll over Boston, MA, .
Frog Pond Movie Nights
Here it is, the last outdoor movie screening in Boston. Dusk. Frog Pond Movie NightsFrog Pond, Boston Common Boston, MA, .
New England Americana Festival
It’s a huge series of roots music concerts, at three different locations, for three days! New England Americana FestivalVarious Locations Cambridge, MA, .
BeanTown Jazz Festival
Does anyone younger than 50 care about jazz? If you do, check this out. 2013:12-6pm. BeanTown Jazz FestivalColumbus Avenue Boston, MA, .
Boston Harbor Island Alliance Regatta
How awesome is this!! A boat race you can see from the harbor islands. I suggest watching from the fort. Boston Harbor Island Alliance RegattaHarbor Islands Boston, MA, .
Breakheart Reservation Fall Festival
It seems to be for kids only, but adults also enjoy cider, donuts and… face painting? 10am-1pm. Breakheart Reservation Fall FestivalBreakheart Reservation Saugus, MA, .
Faire on the Square
Watertown is having a street fair. Rain or shine. Free. They’ll have children’s rides and activities, musical entertainment and food, crafts sales and dance performances. 10am-4pm. Faire on the SquareSaltonstall Park, in and around Town Hall Watertown, MA, .
The Francis Cabot Lowell Bicentennial
Explore the newly refurbished Francis Cabot Lowell exhibits and discover how leather belts and pulleys helped to make cloth. 10am-4pm. The Francis Cabot Lowell BicentennialCharles River Museum of Industry & Innovation Waltham, MA, .
Living in the Future
How far are we from light-sabers and flying cars? Let’s find out with some movies, pizza and friendly scientists. 2013:6-8pm. Living in the FutureMIT Museum Cambridge, MA, .
National Public Lands DayOutdoor Volunteering Opportunity
How about some outdoor volunteering? Middlesex Fells Reservation could use some helping hands! National Public Lands DayOutdoor Volunteering OpportunityMiddlesex Fells Reservation Melrose, MA, .
One Day Escape (Part II)
Just like Mission: Impossible 2, without Tom Cruise, and in Hammond Pond. Climbing rocks is always fun! One Day Escape (Part II)Hammond Pond Newton, MA, .
Run to the Beat
Dress as your favorite musical icon and run to the beat of live music. You can leave your iThingy at home. Race starts at 9 am. Run to the BeatPiers Park Boston, MA, .
Circle the City
Bring your bike, and circle the city. There will be vendors and music too! 1-5pm. Circle the CityBlue Hill Ave Boston, MA, .
Smithfest World’s Largest Charity Scavenger Hunt
They test your body and your brains too! But, is it the World’s largest scavenger hunt? Smithfest World's Largest Charity Scavenger HuntLowell Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA, .
Civil War Tour of Walnut Grove Cemetery
This cemetery holds a lot of history, join this 90 minute tour and learn some of it. Civil War Tour of Walnut Grove CemeteryWalnut Grove Cemetery Methuen, MA, .
Shaker Village Apple Saturdays
This one has free cider pressing. Too bad their ‘special event’ is an Apple Pie Sale. Shaker Village Apple SaturdaysSabbathday Lake Shaker Village New Gloucester, ME, .
Colonial Faire and Muster of Fyfe and Drum
Learn youse some hist’ry with Revolutionary War re-enactors! They’ll feature mock battle, games, drill instruction, vendors, and fyfe and drum. Colonial Faire and Muster of Fyfe and DrumWayside Inn, Rt 20 Sudbury, MA, .
Trails and Sails Weekend
This ‘festival’ is really a series of 150 independent events all over the region, like house tours, Lynn’s Fallfest, and kayak, walking, and 1812 schooner sailing tours. Trails and Sails WeekendVarious areas Salem, MA, .
American Music and Harvest Festival
Enjoy a variety of farm activities during the festival, watch vintage baseball. Try your hand at corn husking or build scarecrows! American Music and Harvest FestivalSpencer-Peirce-Little Farm Newbury, MA, .
Family Weekend at Fitchburg State College
This college event is open to the public, and comes with a creepy mind-reader, a family brunch and other fun stuff. Family Weekend at Fitchburg State CollegeFitchburg State College Fitchburg, MA, .
Autumn Escape Bike Trek
Why walk for charity when you can ride? Two or three day ride goes from Plymouth to Provincetown. Autumn Escape Bike TrekNational Monument to the Forefathers Plymouth, MA, .
Bridgewater Autumn-fest
Magic! Animal babies! Police Department K-9 demos! Sounds great if you have kids. 10am-4pm. Bridgewater Autumn-festBridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA, .
Japanese Tea Ceremony
And you thought the British liked tea! The Japanese make a whole production of it. This presentation will show you how. It’s free. 2pm. Japanese Tea CeremonyThe Art Complex Museum / 189 Alden Street Duxbury, MA, .
The Big E
Whoa, it’s 17 days of fun activities. The big E has parades, a super circus, live music and more! The Big E West Springfield, MA, .
Massachusetts Dance Festival
The Mass Dance Festival is more focused — just two days — and you’ll find performances, but also workshops where you can learn to dance. Massachusetts Dance FestivalRand Theater at Umass Amherst Amherst, MA, .
Salle d’Armes Class
Learn the proper way of wielding swords and other super deadly weapons. Every Saturday 10:30am. Salle d'Armes ClassHiggins Armory Museum Worcester, MA, .
Wachusett Mountain KidFest
Do you have to be a kid to enjoy a good BMX stunt and skateboard trick show? I don’ t think so! Wachusett Mountain KidFestWachusett Mountain Ski Area Princeton, MA, .
Apple Squeeze Festival
The only kind of Apple missing in this festival, is the one that sells phones. Enjoy the food, games and music! Apple Squeeze FestivalDowntown Lenox, Main Street Lenox, MA, .
Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village
Sure, this one has craft and art vendors, but there will also be a pie eating contest and quilt show. Country Fair at Hancock Shaker VillageHancock Shaker Village Pittsfield, MA, .
Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
This festival features multiple performances during 4 days. Unfortunately, all other events are parties with open bars. Tennessee Williams Theater FestivalVarious Locations Provincetown, MA, .
Pet Appreciation Weekend
Let you pet know you it’s special, This event has a pet parade, canine games and a kick-off party. Animal are all welcome. Pet Appreciation WeekendVarious Locations Provincetown, MA, .
World Class Choir Glori Dei Cantores
This world class choir is celebrating its anniversary with a series of concerts and a special dinner that includes lectures. World Class Choir Glori Dei CantoresThe Church of the Transfiguration Orleans, MA, .
Barnstable County Harvest Festival
Rain or shine, this one will have live music, hayrides, and the usual vendors selling handcrafted stuff. 10am-4pm. Barnstable County Harvest FestivalCounty Fairgrounds East Falmouth, MA, .
Dream Cruise Car Show
A parade with cars that were turned into art, or art that were turned into cars? Anyways, it’s going to be fun! Dream Cruise Car ShowDowntown Falmouth, MA, .
Wampanoag Day at Bourne Historical Society
Sadly, all I know about the Wampanoag is what I learned in elementary school. Luckily, I can join members of the Wampanoag Nation and the Bourne Historical Society for a celebration of Native American culture. 11am-3pm. Wampanoag Day at Bourne Historical SocietyAptucxet Trading Post Museum Complex Bourne, MA, .
Cape Cod Cranberry Day
Come see how a pro chef bakes stuff. Then, enjoy a calm hike around the place. 10am-4pm. Cape Cod Cranberry DayGreen Briar, Route 6A Sandwich, MA, .
Jazzfest Falmouth
Strolling jazz musicians on different places, and a lot more performing at multiple venues. cool! Jazzfest FalmouthVarious Locations Falmouth, MA, .
Public Stargazing
When you look at the stars, do they look back at you? Come to public stargazing events, every Friday in September and October! 6pm. Public StargazingFrosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory Charlestown, RI, .
Review: The Jungle Book
The Jungle book is now running from 9/7 to 10/20. So this is your chance to enjoy it. Click here to read our review! Review: The Jungle BookBU Theatre Boston, MA, .
Review: Tribes
This is a play running from 9/13 to 10/12 at the Speakeasy Stage. Hit the link to read my review. Review: TribesSpeakeasy Stage Boston, MA, .
Review: All the Way
This is a show running from 9/13 to 10/12 at the Loeb Drama Center. Hit the link to read my review. Review: All the WayLoeb Drama Center Cambridge, MA, .
Review: La Cage Aux Folles
This is a great musical show presenting at the North Shore Music Theatre, running 9/24 to 10/6. 7:30pm. We will post a review here before Monday 9/30.Review: La Cage Aux FollesNorth Shore Music Theatre Beverly, MA, .
Oakland Beach Tuesday Cruise Night
Come to this car show, happening every Wednesday at Oakland Beach. With food, music and cars, of course. Oakland Beach Tuesday Cruise NightOakland Beach Warwick, RI, .
Classic Car Cruise nights
Yup, it’s a classic car show, open to the public. Only 1980 and older models allowed. Thursdays, 5:30pm. Classic Car Cruise nightsWindjammer East Parking Lot Westerly, RI, .
Pawtucket Arts Festival
It’s a month of performances, shows and more! Don’t miss the Big Nazzo Puppets and Dragon Boat Races! Pawtucket Arts FestivalVarious Locations Pawtucket, RI, .
Pawtucket Film Festival
All films will be followed by a Q&A session with the directors. There will be live music, and parties. Pawtucket Film FestivalVisitor, Center Pawtucket, RI, .
Brews and Blues
This might as well be called ‘Brews’, ’cause they don’t say who will perform. There are better things to do than getting wasted, you know? 6-9pm. Brews and BluesThe Windjammer Westerly, RI, .
Fall Taste of Block Island Weekend
They will have kayak, taxi and farm tours. Also, a baggo tourney and ice-cream sundae design. Fall Taste of Block Island WeekendAll over Block Island, RI, .
Festa Italiana
Food, music, panel discussions… all Italian style! they say everyone is Italian during this festival. Festa ItalianaVarious Locations Newport, RI, .
Who said water and fire could not play nice together? Enjoy the view of this spectacular event. 6:45pm. WaterfireAT&T tent on Canal Street Providence, RI, .
Pumpkin Festival
Michael Higgins is back to Pumpkin Festival, and so are his chainsaw sculptures! 11am-4pm. Pumpkin FestivalEscobar’s Highland Farm Corn Maze Portsmouth, RI, .
Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
There will be bands performing, stationed at every mile to set the pace for a 13.1 block party. 7am. Rock 'n' Roll Half MarathonGaspee Street Providence, RI, .
Westerly Fall Restaurant Week
15 restaurants offering 3-course specials for 8 days. Nothing much else here. Westerly Fall Restaurant WeekVarious Locations Westerly, RI, .
White Mountain Storytelling Festival
Storytelling isn’t just for kids! The best performers do what is essentially a one-person stage show. I bet this will be interesting, a good excuse to go hiking in the White Mountains. White Mountain Storytelling FestivalTown Square, Route 49, Village Road Waterville Valley, NH, .
Granite State Comicon
Granite Comicon is now a two-day event! This year, Grey DeLisle (Daphne from Scooby-Doo) will be one of the featured guests. Granite State ComiconRadisson Center Manchester, NH, .
Night at the Millyard Museum: Meet Clara Barton
Clara Barton is back from her grave! Come talk to her, and learn about her inspirational work for the Red Cross. 1:30pm. Night at the Millyard Museum: Meet Clara BartonMillyard Museum Manchester, NH, .
Lumberjack Competitions and Festival
This festival has competitive sports like log rolling, axe throwing, tree chopping, and two-person sawing. Every lumberjack’s dream! 6am. Lumberjack Competitions and FestivalNorthern Forest Heritage PArk Berlin, NH, .
Autumn Celebration in Sugar Hill
Yup, it’s more vendors. They will have music and ‘demos’, but that’s about it. 10am-3:30pm. Autumn Celebration in Sugar HillVarious Locations Franconia, NH, .
Chili Challenge
5 Restaurants will fight for the ‘best chili’ title. Come have a say in this! 12-3pm. Chili ChallengeTown Square Waterville Valley, NH, .
Fall Festival & Pupmkin People Contest at Settlers’ Green
Free cider and apples! And also live music and wagon rides. Fall Festival & Pupmkin People Contest at Settlers' GreenSettler’s Green, Route 16 North Conway, NH, .
Dixville Half Marathon
This is a a scenic, downhill course along the Mohawk River. There will be live music, and burgers! 10:30am. Dixville Half MarathonColeman State Park Colebrook, NH, .
Morbid Mountain
You will find 3 different haunted attractions. Choose yours, and try not to scream! Morbid MountainGustock Mountain Resort Gilford, NH, .
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
Dance, sing and behave like a sailor during this fest filled with Folk music. Portsmouth Maritime Folk FestivalVarious Locations Portsmouth, NH, .
Remick Museum Harvest Fest
Seasonal games, crafts and tractor rides for kids. Also, cider pressing and agricultural demos. 11am-3pm. Remick Museum Harvest FestRemick Country Doctor Museum & Farm Tamworth, NH, .
Schnitzel Fest
So, they have not confirmed the details, but I’m sure they will have food. Schnitzel FestButler Park, corner of West Main and Central Streets Hillsborough, NH, .
Wolfeboro Car and Boat Rendezvous
Oldies but goodies! It’s a pre-1970 car and boat show! 9am-12pm. Wolfeboro Car and Boat RendezvousWolfeboro Town Docks Wolfeboro, NH, .
Chowder Festival at Funspot
So this arcade is hosting a chowder tasting event. Not super original. 12-3pm. Chowder Festival at FunspotFunspot Laconia, NH, .
A Bison Adventure
It’s a wagon ride through a field full of bison. Sounds really fun, and adventurous. Saturdays only. A Bison AdventureCreamery Brook Bison Brooklyn, CT, .
East Rock West Rock Music Festival
Be prepared for a week of non-stop music, starting with The Grand Band Slam on September 20th. Most of this will happen at Anna Liffey’s. East Rock West Rock Music FestivalAnna Liffey’s New Haven, CT, .
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire
All the Faire is a big stage with jousting knights, armored combat, belly dancers, fire eaters, acrobats, musicians, and many other shows! The Connecticut Renaissance Faire Norwich, CT, .
Pick your own Apples
Fresh apples, anyone? Come to this farm, pick your own and give them a home (that is, your belly). Pick your own ApplesRogers Orchards Sunnymount Farm Southington, CT, .
Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Come get your pumpkins, you’re going to need them for Halloween! 9am-5:30pm. Pumpkin Harvest FestivalEllsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm Sharon, CT, .
Lyman Orchard Corn Maze
They say Lady Liberty is at Lyman Orchards. Will you find her, or will you get lost? Lyman Orchard Corn MazeLyman Orchards Middlefield, CT, .
Apple Harvest Festival
Apples! Apples! Come get your fresh apples! Pick your own to bring home. 9am-5:30pm. Apple Harvest FestivalEllsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm Sharon, CT, .
Connecticut Film Festival
I like it when film festivals include some Q&As and discussions. This one has both, and also workshops! Connecticut Film FestivalVarious Locations Bethel, CT, .
Durham Fair
The largest agricultural fair in Connecticut. I guess that’s good. Durham FairDurham Fairgrounds, Rt 17 at Rt 68 Durham, CT, .
Haunted Isle
Oh, a haunted ride on a trolley. They keep the prices form past years! Check their site for the full schedule. Haunted IsleThe Shore Line Trolley Museum East Haven, CT, .
Connecticut Antique Machinery Fall Festival
Antique engines running? Say no more… I’m there! Connecticut Antique Machinery Fall FestivalCAMA museum grounds Kent, CT, .
New England Landscape Invitational & The Society of Connecticut Sculptors
Four galleries of landscapes on exhibit at this museum. With an opening party on 10/4. And that’s about it. New England Landscape Invitational & The Society of Connecticut SculptorsLyme Art Association Old Lyme, CT, .
Oktoberfest at the Mark Twain House
I’ll have whatever my popular friend Twain used to drink, please (I hope it’s soft drinks). There will be lots of food and drink at the Annual Twain Oktoberfest. 5pm. Oktoberfest at the Mark Twain HouseMark Twain House Hartford, CT, .
Bolton Heritage Day
The main event is a well organized living history weekend. There will be some ceremonies and other minor events. Bolton Heritage DayVarious Locations Bolton, CT, .
Civil War Living History Weekend
What is it with Civil War re-enactments this weekend? Here’s another, in Connecticut. It’s free, but not well described. Civil War Living History WeekendRoseland Cottage Woodstock, CT, .
Oktoberfest at this fun amusement park, with food, music and dancing! OktoberfestQuassy Amusement Park Middlebury, CT, .
Pipes in the Valley – A Celtic Celebration
This event will feature The Red Hot Chilli Pipers! Yeah, I’ll let you read that twice… 11am-10:30pm. There will be Highland games too! Pipes in the Valley - A Celtic CelebrationMortensen Riverfront Plaza,300 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT, .
Southbury Celebration
Fireworks, fireworks, fireworks! Now that I have your attention, there will be food, crafts and music too. 5:30-8:30pm. Southbury CelebrationSouthbury Training School on Route 172 Southbury, CT, .
Whoa! It’s 100 different walking tours for you to choose. That’s a lot of walking! WalktoberConnecticut All Over, , .
National Alpaca Farm Days
This is a free event, where you get to know more about the alpaca Lifestyle. National Alpaca Farm DaysConnecticut All Over, , .
Denison Pequotsepos Wild Mushroom Festival
A festival where people ingest ‘shrooms. The legal kind that is. Local restaurants will prepare wild mushrooms for you to eat while listening to music, taking hikes, and of course buying more mushrooms. Denison Pequotsepos Wild Mushroom FestivalDenison Pequotsepos Nature Center Mystic, CT, .
Live Wolf Presentation
An actual wolf will be there for you to see! And, if you have any questions, Michael LeBlanc will answer them. 1pm. Live Wolf PresentationThe Institute for American Indian Studies Washington, CT, .
The Horse Guard Annual Open House
Meet the Troopers and Horses of 2GHG. They will have riding demos, games and much more. 10am-2pm. The Horse Guard Annual Open HouseSecond Company Governor’s Horse Guard Newtown, CT, .
The Wolf Den and More!
Here’s another trail run. I just hope there are not wolves around! 9am. The Wolf Den and More!Wolf Den Campground Pomfret, CT, .
Thompson Community Day
At this event you will find live music, arts and crafts and your friendly neighbors. 12-4p. Thompson Community DayRiverside Park Thompson, CT, .
Cumberland Fair
It’s a weekend full of fun. There will be a demolition derby, and rawhide rodeo shows too! Cumberland FairCumberland Center Cumberland, ME, .
Camden International Film Festival
Here’s another film festival. It’s packed with movies, but not so many special events. Camden International Film FestivalVarious Locations Camden, ME, .
‘Live-In’ History Experience
Re-enactments not enough? Join the act by actually living out a whole day surrounded by old-timey re-enactors on an 1870 farm. 'Live-In' History ExperienceNorlands Living History Center Livermore, ME, .
Eliot Festival Days
It’s two 5K road races, and a parade, and a DJ. They will also have a craft market. Eliot Festival DaysEliot Fire Station, State Road Eliot, ME, .
Apple Pumpkin Festival
Inflatable games for kids, and lots of food! There will be craft vendors, as usual. 10am-3pm. Apple Pumpkin FestivalLivermore Falls Rec Field Livermore, ME, .
Fall in the Village Art Festival
This festival has live music, but it’s packed with craft and art vendors. Not particularly fun. Fall in the Village Art FestivalL.L.Bean campus Freeport, ME, .
Apple Fest 5k Run
This is fund raiser 5K race to help preserve Cumston Hall. Set your alarm clock, ’cause it starts earrrrrrly! 7am. Apple Fest 5k RunCumston Hall Monmouth, ME, .
Hamilton House Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
What? Another craft market? Well, this one has live music and tours of the Hamilton House. Hamilton House Fine Arts and Crafts FestivalHamilton House South Berwick, ME, .
Punkinfiddle Festival
Stuff a scarecrow, stomp your feet, paint a pumpkin, churn butter, quiz a fiddle maker or just walk on the beach. Sounds like fun! 10am-4pm. Punkinfiddle FestivalWells Reserve at Laudholm Wells, ME, .
Archaeology Month Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
I will be disappointed if there is anything less than Indiana Jones shenanigans this weekend. 1-3pm Every Saturday. Archaeology Month Lake Champlain Maritime MuseumLake Champlain Maritime Museum Vergennes, VT, .
Killington Hay Festival
Holy moley. They make sculptures out of hay bales and PAINT them! Killington Hay FestivalVarious Locations Killington, VT, .
Brattleboro-West Arts Open Studio Tour
Open studios are much better than art markets, cause you meet the artists directly. Here’s one in Vermont! Brattleboro-West Arts Open Studio TourVarious Locations Brattleboro, VT, .
Bristol Harvest Festival & Car Show
Whoa, this car show also has a 5K race, pie eating contest, pony rides and much more! 10am-4pm. Bristol Harvest Festival & Car ShowTown Green Bristol, VT, .
Burke Fall Festival
Come to this, and find a rubber duck race, jumping house, live music and a parade. 9am-3pm. Burke Fall FestivalVarious Locations East Burke, VT, .
Peru Fair
Bring a friend; bring your kin. Get barbeque sauce on your Chinny chin chin. 9am-4pm. Peru FairBromley Lodge Rd Peru, VT, .
Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival
You will find true pieces of art made out of wood, but be warned: they will try to sell them to you! Oh, there will be live music too. Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival Woodstock, VT, .
Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival
The barn will have Sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas and rabbits. The Shepherd Workshops sound interesting. Vermont Sheep and Wool FestivalTunbridge Fairgrounds Tunbridge, VT, .
Explore a Shipwreck Without Getting Wet
What? How do they even… Oh, they use an R/C submarine… that’s just cool! Explore a Shipwreck Without Getting WetLake Champlain Maritime Museum Vergennes, VT, .
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival
Catapults, trebuchets and other siege devices converge in Vermont to see who can launch a pumpkin the farthest. 11am-4pm. Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' FestivalStoweflake Resort Stowe, VT, .
Halloween Attractions
 Halloween Attractions – click map above to set region Mon 9/23 Tue 9/24 Wed 9/25 Thu 9/26 Fri 9/27 Sat 9/28 Sun 9/29 Mon 9/30
Witch Mansion Haunted HouseSalem, MA

Open daily at 11am. Extended hours during October.
Museum Place Mall, 2 East India Square, 978-825-1300. more
Count Orlok’s Nightmare GallerySalem, MA

Daily 10am-6pm. Special happenings from 10/11 to 10/13.
285 Derby Street, 978-740-0500. more
Monster Mini-GolfDanvers, MA

Tue-Thur 12pm-9pm , Friday: 12pm-10pm Saturday: 12pm-10pm, Sunday: 12pm-8pm.
10 Newbury St, 978-762-4800. more
Haunted Harbor CruiseSalem, MA

90 minute cruise with spooky stories. 1pm, 3pm, 5pm.
Pickering Wharf, 978-825-0001. more
Barrett’s Haunted MansionAbington, MA

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 pm. Monday-Thursday 6:30 pm Blackout events on 10/16 and 10/22.
1235 Bedford St, 781-871-4573. more
Factory of TerrorFall River, MA

Haunted house. Rt 195E to exit 5. Left off exit. Behind Dunkin Donuts. See website coupon. Mostly Fri-Sat 6:30-11pm. Flashlight nights scarier with much lower lighting!
18 Pocasset Street more
Fright Fest at Six Flags New EnglandAgawam, MA

Haunted house as part of largest amusement park in New England. Sat-Sun 12-10pm, Sun 12-9pm, Fri 6-11pm.
1623 Main Street, 413-786-9300. more
Fright Tours at Edith Wharton’s The MountLenox, MA

Fridays at 5:45pm and 7pm. Bring a flashlight. Partly outdoors.
2 Plunkett St, 413-551-5111. more
13 Nights at JiminyHancock, MA

At a ski resort. Is a ski lift ride included? 6:30-10:30pm.
Jiminy Peak, 37 Corey Rd, 413-738-5500. more
Haunted LabyrinthCranston, RI

Open 7:00pm until the last person screams. Admission: $10.00.
Rejoice in Hope Youth Center, 804 Dyer Avenue, 401-942-6571 or 401-943-8686. more
Haunted Hill at Diamond Hill State ParkCumberland, RI

Fri & Sat 7-10pm. Sun 7-9pm.
4097 Diamond Hill, 401-728-2400 or 401-334-9996. more
Scary AcresHope, RI

Haunted corn field maze at a local farm. Friday-Sunday, dusk to 10pm.
Confreda’s Greenhouses and Farm, 2150 Scituate Av, 401-827-5000. more
Trails to TerrorWakefield, RI

Haunted hayride and forest trail. Ticket sales 6:30-10pm.
4235 Tower Hill Rd (Rt 1), 401-792-8188. more
Field of ScreamsWest Greenwich, RI

Thursday & Sunday: 6:30PM – 9:00PM Friday & Saturday: 6:30PM – 10:00PM. 3 attractions. Website coupon. Outdoors, call if bad weather.
179 Plain Meeting House Road, 401-884-7369. more
Bates Haunted MotelWesterly, RI

6:30-9:30pm. Some days until 10:30pm.
149 Atlantic Avenue, 401-596-5616. more
Spooky World / Nightmare New EnglandLitchfield, NH

Ticket sales 6-10pm, but 11pm Fri-Sat. Four attractions. Looks great, but I’m told the lines are impossibly long, so arrive early.
454 Charles Bancroft Highway (RT 3A), 603-424-2292. more
Morbid MountainGilford, NH

Haunted Houses at the grounds of ski area Gunstock Mountain. 7-10:30pm. Morbid 5k Race on 10/13 at 8am.
719 Cherry Valley Road, 603-293-4341 x164. more
Haunted AcresEpping, NH

Rt 93N to ex 7, Rt 101E, ex 8, left off exit. Dragway straight ahead.Three attractions & forest walk. Rain or shine. 9/28 – 10/12 6-11pm, Then 6/10pm.
272 Exter Road, 603-679-1666. more
Ghoullog Halloween Haunted Chairlift RideNorth Conway, NH

Board the ski lift for a Halloween experience on the ride up and on the peak! 6:30-11pm.
1 Skimobile Rd, 603-356-5544. more
Canobie Lake ScreeemfestSalem, NH

Canobie Lake Park is the 2nd biggest amusement park in New England, and while its attractions are bad (Merriment: C+, Dead Shed C, The Village C, Cannibal Lake C-, Demons of Darkness D), being at a giant carnival at night is glorious, thus the “A”! Fri, Sat to 11pm. Lines close before the park closes. So come early. They have this great innovation where you can buy a $5 “glowing charm” for your kids and the actors playing the monsters know to not be so scary.
85 North Policy Street, 603-893-3506 or 617-653-5959. more
Pumpkintown USAEast Hampton, CT

Hayride through “town” of pumpkin dioramas, Daily,10am-5pm. Looks small but adorable.
93 East High Street, 860-267-0143. more
Haunted Corn MazeCoventry, CT

7-9pm. Last tour leaves at 8:30 p.m. Not recommended for small children. Sunday serves as a rain date. $8 person, $25 family.
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St, 860-742-6917. more
Haunted Isle at the Shore Line TrolleyEast Haven, CT

7-10pm. Last ride leaves at 10pm. Trolley carries you through haunted woods.
17 River St, 203-467-6927. more
Stew Leonard’s Halloween HayrideDanbury, CT

M-F 3pm-dusk, SS 10:30am-dusk. Not-so-scary, for kids.
Stew Leonard’s Danbury Store, 99 Federal Road, 203.790.8030. more
The Haunted ForestWilliston, VT

Forest walk with 1,000 lit pumpkins. Evening shows hourly Thu 7-9pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sat 6-10pm. Kids matinee Oct 26. Kick-off party 9/27.
Catamount Family Center, 592 Governor Chittenden Rd, 802-238-0923. more
Headless HorsemanUlster Park, NY

Haunted house. Outside New England but a “Top Ten in USA” haunted house according to the industry magazine.
778 Broadway, Route 9W more
Cornfield Mazes
 Cornfield Mazes (Day/Night/Both) – click map above to set region Mon 9/23 Tue 9/24 Wed 9/25 Thu 9/26 Fri 9/27 Sat 9/28 Sun 9/29 Mon 9/30
Fort Hill Farms Corn Maze AdventureThompson, CT

8/9-10/31 11am-9pm daily. Last ticket sold 7:30pm, BYO flashlights for night time hunts!
260 Quaddick Road, 860-923-3439. more
Davis MegaMazeSterling, MA

8/8-11/10 (weather permitting) Thurs-Sun. My favorite corn field maze is across the street from a big petting zoo with hayrides, go carts, and apple picking. It’s the best!! They have night mazes with telescopes and Halloween nights with monsters! Flashlight Maze Fridays and Sat starting 9/13.
145 Redstone Hill, 978-422-8888. more
Escobar’s Highland Farm Corn MazePortsmouth, RI

8/23-9/2 Everyday, Fri 3:30pm-dusk,Sat 10am-dusk, sun 11am-dusk until 11/3.
251 Middle Road, 401-683-1444 or manager @401-864-1064. more more
Schartner Farms Corn MazeBolton, MA

Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm. Daytimes only.
211 West Berlin Road, 978-779-0212. more
Hathaway Farm Corn MazeRutland, VT

Largest in VT. 2013: Sun, Mon, Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-9pm. Nights aren’t “haunted”. Last ticket sold one hour before close.
741 Prospect Hill Road, 802.775.2624. more
West End Creamery Corn MazeWhitinsville, MA

12am-6pm No nights.
481 Purgatory Road, 508-234-2022. more
Mike’s Maze at Warner FarmSunderland, MA

10am-5pm. Last ticket sold at 5pm.
South Main Street, 413-665-8331. more
Beans & Greens Farm Corn MazeGilford, NH

9am-6pm They stay open until the end of the year! Night mazes are not confirmed yet.
245 Intervale Road, 603-293-2853. more
Moulton Farm Corn MazeMeredith, NH

Daily 8am-6pm. No nights. $6. Trivia questions in the maze.
18 Quarry Road, 603-279-3915. more
Buttonwood Farm Corn MazeGriswold, CT

2013: Fri 3pm-dusk, Sat-Sun 10am-dusk thru 10/27. Some nights but you have to call to confirm. 860-608-9530.
471 Shetucket Turnpike, 860-376-4081. more
Spookfest at Hayes Corn MazeNorth Granby, CT

Fridays 4:00 – 9:00pm, Saturdays 12:00 – 9:00pm, Sundays 12:00 – 6:00pm. Holidays 12:00 – 4:00pm.
Hayes Dairy, 151 East St, 860-653-4157. more
Preston Farm Corn MazePreston, CT

Mon-Fri 3pm-Dusk, Sat-Sun 10am-Dusk. Night MAze in OCtober til 9pm.
92 Route 2, 860-886-MAZE. more
Plasko’s Farm Corn MazeTrumbull, CT

Daily 9am-6pm, Reservations by school groups during weekdays. Last ticket sold one hour before close.
670 Daniels Farm Rd, 203-268-2716. more
Lake Knoll Farm Corn MazeAlton, NH

2013 Weekends Only 11am-5pm. Fridays open only for groups with reservation.
55 Prospect Mountain Rd, 603.776.4830. more
Trombley Gardens Corn MazeMilford, NH

2013: Open daily 9am 6pm. Night mazes during all of October. 9:30pm.
150 North River Road, 603-620-5785. more
Foster Family Farm Corn MazeSouth Windsor, CT

9/14-10/31 Sep weekends, then weekdays during October.10am-6pm Night begins 9/20 Fri-Sat 10am-9:30pm. Last ticket 9pm. Bring a flashlight.
90 Foster Street, 860-648-9366. more
Thunder Farm Road Corn MazeCorinna, ME

Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Ends 10/27/2013 Thr and Fr are for gropu reservations.
185 Newport Rd. Rt. 7/11, 207-278-3708. more
Pumpkin Land at Harvest Hill FarmsMechanic Falls, ME

Weekends 10am-6pm. Night Maze opens Friday Night October 4th. Last Ticket Sold at 9:30pm for Night Maze.
125 Pigeon Hill Rd, 207-998-3259. more
Gaines Farm Haunted Hayride and Haunted MazeGuilford, VT

Daytime Maze Sat, Sun 11am-5pm; Twilight Maze (non-scary) $7 Sat evenings 9/14-10/5; Haunted Maze $8, 6:30-10PM. Haunted hayride after 10/11.
6343 Coolidge Hwy, 802-257-0409. more
Fair Weather Acres Corn MazeRocky Hill, CT

Fridays 2-6 pm Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Last ticket sold at 4:30pm.
Fair Weather Acres, 1146 Cromwell Ave, 860-529-6755. more
Castle Hill Farm Corn MazeFairfield, CT

Corn Maze: 9/21, 9/22, 9/28 & 9/29. Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze: October 4th to 31st, Weekends: 10am to 6pm, Week Days: 1pm to 5pm.
Castle Hill, 25 Sugar Lane, 203-426-5487. more
Scantic Valley Farm Corn MazeSomers, CT

327 Ninth District Rd, 860-749-3286. more
Sandy River Farms Corn MazeFarmington, ME

10am-4pm. The Corn Maize will cost $8.00 for adults and children over age 10 and $4.00 for children younger than 10. Children under 3 will be free. Fee includes hayrides and petting zoo.
560 Farmington Falls Rd, 207-778-3835. more
Corn Maze at Hanson’s FarmFramingham, MA

Open 9:00am- 6:00pm 7 Days a week from July to November.
20 Nixon Rd, 508.877.3058. more
Kimball Farm Haunted MazeHaverhill, MA

Daily 10am-7pm. Moon Nights 7-10pm. Haunted Maze (10/4-11/2) 7-10pm.
780 East Broadway, 978-521-3990. more
Beech Hill Farm & Ice Cream StandHopkinton, NH

Daily 11am-dusk. 8/1-10/31. No nights.
107 Beech Hill Road, 603-223-0828. more
The Great Vermont Corn MazeDanville, VT

2013:Everyday in Aug 10-5pm,Sept-Oct 20 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Haunted nightsOct 4,5,11,12, starting 7:30pm.
1404 Wheelock Road, 802-748-1399. more
Coppal House Farm Night MazeLee, NH

8/24 & 25: 10 am to 5 pm. 8/31 9/1: 10 am to 5 pm. 9/2 10 am to 5pm. September: Wed-Fr 12pm to 5pm. Sat-Sun 10 am to 5pm. October: All week. Mo-Fr 12 pm to 5 pm. Sat-Sun 10 am to 5 pm. 9/21 , 10/12 & 10/25 6pm to 8 pm.
118 North River Road (Route 155), 603.659.3572. more
Sauchuk Farm Corn MazePlympton, MA

Sat & Sun 10am to 6pm. 10/10 & 10/14 10am to 6pm. 10/19 & 10/26 6pm to 9pm.
234 Center Street, 781-585-1522. more
Maze Massacre at Sherman FarmConway, NH

Corn Maze 10am-5pm. Haunted nights 7-9pm.
2679 East Conway Road, 603-939-2412. more
Ekonk Hill Corn MazeSterling, CT

Sept-Oct Fri 3pm-dusk; Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 11am-dusk, Columbus Day 11am – dusk.
227 Ekonk Hill Rd, 860-564-0248. more
Sam Mazza’s Corn MazeColchester, VT

9/2-10/31, Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun 10-5pm.
277 Lavigne Road, 802-655-3440. more
Marini Farm Corn Maze Flashlight NightsIpswich, MA

9/7-11/2 Mon, Thu, Fri 3-6pm, Sat-Sun, holidays 10am-6pm. Fri, sat starting 9/20 bring a flashlight, 6-10pm.
259 Linebrook Rd, 978 471-9203. more
Zack’s Corn Maze Flashlight TagYork, ME

9/14-10/31 Fri-Sun 11-6pm. Starting 10/5 Nights 7-10pm. Play flashlight tag!
7 Colby Turner Rd, 207-475-7857. more
Pumpkin Valley Farm Corn MazeDayton, ME

9/21-11/2 Sat-Sun, plus Columbus Day (10/14) 10am-6pm. Last ticket sold 5pm.
Union Falls Rd, 207-929-4545. more
Connors Farm MazeDanvers, MA

Daily 9/7 – 11/3.
30 Valley Road (Rt. 35), 978-777-1245. more
Haunted Corn Maze at Nathan Hale HomesteadCoventry, CT

9/27,9/28, 10/4, 10/5 7-9pm.
2299 South St, 860-742-6917. more