October 3-11, 2011: Renaissance & Scottish Faires, Columbus Day Parades, Guy Fawkes Bonfire, Giant Pumpkin Boats, Zombie Walk, WWII Air Show, & Halloween!

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If you like short lines, this is your chance to get in on the Halloween attractions while the season is still slow. I list more than 150 ongoing attractions plus dozens of individual Halloween events and cornfield mazes, all lovingly updated for 2011 and annotated with opening dates and ratings. Click through to see it all!

I hope you are having an awesome week. Now get out there and do something fun!


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Edgar Allan Poe: Cemetery Tour Boston Metro

Thu 10/6
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

What’s better than a re-enactment of Edgar Allan Poe by historical maestro Rob Vellela? Hearing Edgar Allan Poe recite The Tell-Tale Heart at Mount Auburn Cemetery and talk about Longfellow, who is buried there — during Halloween season! I have seen Rob perform — you really owe it to yourself and to supporting local artists to see this! I have a pair of tickets to give away! Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com. 6pm. Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA.

Davis MegaMaze – ticket giveaway Worcester

Thu 8/11 – Sun 11/13
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

This is the last weekend at Davis MegaMaze before the Halloween decorations. It’s my favorite corn field maze, and if you have kids you can go across the street to petting zoo with hayrides, go carts, and apple picking. You absolutely have to see it, and I have tickets to give away! Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com. 145 Redstone Hill, Sterling, MA.

The King & I – tix giveaway – our review North Shore

Tue 9/27 – Sun 10/9
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

2011:The King & I is a hit! An English schoolteacher travels to a Thailand that needs to ally with Western Civilization before enemies crowd closer. Click for our review and I have another 2 pairs of tickets to give away for the Fri 10/7 at 8pm show! Email johnny@eventsINSIDER. 62 Dunham Rd, Beverly, MA.978-232-7200.

King Richard’s Faire – ticket giveaway South Shore

Sat 9/3 – Sun 10/23
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Fifty actors on the South Shore have hooked up a time machine to a fun machine and they call it King Richard’s Faire! I have yet more tickets to give away, good any weekend through Oct 23. Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com to win tickets for their Renaissance Faire’s live music, comedy, circus acts, and jousting. 235 Main St, Carver, MA.508-866-5391.

Medeival Faire Western Mass

Sun 10/9
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

King Richard’s Faire is larger, but this Western Mass renaissance faire features an old mansion and museum as well as the usual vendors, performers, and demonstrations of horseriding and medeival combat. Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA.413-637-3206.

Fenway Cultural Festival (Opening Our Doors!) Boston Metro

Mon 10/10
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Fenway is surrounded by music, theatre, and arts venues, and they’re all open for free — and there’s a trolley to take you around from spot to spot! Most of it’s performance, but interactive events include a kite workshop, a kids parade, a walking tour, and collaborative drawing. Fenway area, Boston, MA.

Battle for the Airfield – WWII Reenactment Metro West

Sat 10/8 – Sun 10/9
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

It doesn’t get much better than an air show that’s close to Boston and has air flights that include a mock WWII battle! Also some WWII veterans will be speaking. You really need to see this. No reservation needed. 137 Barton Road, Stow, MA.978-562-9182.

Salem Zombie Walk North Shore

Sat 10/8
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Do you like zombies? Do you like walking? Dress up and go on a fake rampage! I’ve been to such events and they are always crazy fun. You’re basically entertaining bystanders, and in Salem they really “get it”. 3pm, with an afterparty until 1am. Collins Cove, Collins St., Salem, MA.

Guy Fawkes Bonfire Rhode Island

Sun 10/9
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Another WTF moment is… a bonfire, live music, burning an effigy, and a re-enactment of an old British execution! Who wouldn’t pay to see that… but it’s FREE, and comes with the former lead singer of the Moody Blues and a Monty Python-esque performance. Rain date the next day. Andrea Hotel, 89 Atlantic Ave, Misquamicut Beach, RI.

Columbus Day Parade Boston Metro

Sun 10/9
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Don’t take it too bad, Native Americans. Christopher Columbus thought he was invading INDIA! There’s a parade for the controversial Man About Town, and the Rest of the Planet, and you’re invited. For kids, they’ll have unspecified “lawn games”, a magician, and a puppet show. East Boston, MA.


And a lot more this week at Boston Events Insider, the most popular events blog in New England, including:

Columbus Day Scavenger Hunt
Columbus Day Weekend Festival
Columbus Day Parade
Milford Pumpkin Festival
Harvest Moon Fall Festival with Fireworks
Irish Heritage Festival
Transporterfest / Volkswagen Day
Greenfest at Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation
Revere Beach Pumpkin Festival
His Majesty`s First Regiment, Foot Guards
Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Literary Festival
Dead Poets Remembrance Day in New England
Topsfield Fair
Singles Night at Connors Farm Corn Maze
Massachusetts Cranberry Harvest Festival
Cranberry Festival
[SENSE]ation Day: Clay, Fire, and Fun
Waterfire: Scavenger Hunt
Full Moon Canoe, Campfire, Halloween Hike
New Hampshire Fall Festival
Yarmouth Seaside Festival
Salem Haunted Happenings Grand Parade
Bootiful Pet Halloween Contest
Spooky: Odds Bodkin’s Halloween Show
Zooarchaeology Lab Open House
MFA Fall Open House
Fall Foliage Hiking
Warner Fall Foliage Festival
Pumpkin Day at Bourne Farm
Sandwich Fair
Somersworth Pumpkin Festival
Cowboy Rendezvous at Stepping Stone Ranch
International Oktoberfest
Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Championship
Full Moon Hike at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
Evening at the Beaver Ponds
Dutch Visit In the English Village
Wampanoag Immigration Booth
Smoke This! A Rib Fest
Fall Festival Pig Roast & BBQ
Flames of Hope
Monadnock Open Studios Art Tour
Paradise City Arts Festival (Northampton)
Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women
5K Walk for the Blind
Young Frankenstein – our review
Performance: Ernest Hemingway
Twelfth Night
Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream: Live on Stage
Scotland Connecticut Highland Games
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Fall
Columbus Day Weekend Fun
Walking Weekend Night Hike
Kings & Rapscallions: Storytelling for Grown-Ups by Tom Lee
Fall Down Festival
National Freedom From Religion Foundation
Wife Carrying Championship
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
Fryeburg Fair
Sam Mazza’s Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In
Giant Pumpkin Regatta & Festival
Scavenger Hunt at the Ethan Allen Homestead
Oktoberfest Weekend at Folk Arts Center of New England

And the Largest List of Cornfield Mazes and Halloween attractions in New England, tracking 130 ongoing attractions and dozens of one-shot events!

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