If you are looking for Boston events to keep your family entertained this September, we’ve got you covered! Our monthly events guides are on hand to be sure you don’t miss a thing happening around the Boston area. We know you are always looking for ideas for family fun. It may be back-to-school time, but there are still lots of fun things to do around Boston this month!
In addition to the September Getting-Out Guide, be sure to check out our Boston Mom’s Guide to Fall Fairs and Festivals for awesome ideas for fall fun in Boston! For more autumn happenings, there are also BMB’s guides to picking your own apples and picking your own pumpkins.
We’ve also included links to area libraries and recurring events. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list. If you know of any fun family activities we missed, please let us know in the comments.
Oh, and be sure to join our Community & Conversation Group to meet other moms near you!
September 1 :: Rosalita’s Puppets :: Boston :: Head to Faneuil Hall Marketplace to check out Rosalita’s Puppets. They are sure to charm children and adults alike with new productions each week. All other performances will take place at 10:30 a.m. on South Market Street (outside Wagamama). Rosalita’s Puppets will move inside to the Rotunda in case of rain.
September 1–2 :: All Hands to Mischief! :: Boston :: USS Constitution is a busy ship, and work fills almost every minute of a sailor’s day. But, from time to time, the call of “all hands to mischief” meant that even sailors got some time off! During Labor Day weekend, experience how sailors spent their time between chores and battle in 1812 by writing a message home with a quill pen, playing a board game, or getting a nautical tattoo. After all the fun and games, don’t forget to take a nap in one of our hammocks!
September 5 :: Barnyard Story Hour :: Hingham :: Barnyard stories really come to life when you get to meet the main characters up close and personal! Bring the kids down to Weir River Farm for a farm fresh version of story time. Explore the barnyard and meet barnyard friends like Billy the goat and Kiwi the pony. Gather around for a farm story with one of the farmers! The barnyard opens to the public at 10 a.m. and a story will be read at 10:45 a.m. This event is most appropriate for children up to 5 years old.
September 8 :: South Shore Music Festival :: Marshfield :: This all-ages music festival is in its second year with headliner Easton Corbin. In addition to the live entertainment, there will be artisan vendors and food!
September 8 :: Acton Children’s Business Fair :: Acton :: Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at a one-day marketplace. Check out 50 kid-run businesses at the fair!
September 8 :: Princess Character Breakfast :: Malden :: Come for a morning of food and fun! Ticket includes continental breakfast followed an interactive meet-and-greet with two of your favorite princesses, Belle and Rapunzel! Photo opportunities, dance games, story time, and face painting are sure to make this event one your little prince or princess will never forget! This event is a fundraiser for 2nd Stage Productions, a local nonprofit community theater company.
September 8 :: Carnival of Dogs :: Boston :: It’s a celebration of furry friends at The Carnival of Dogs! Located at The Greenway’s North End Park, you and your furry friend can enjoy dog caricatures, doggy kissing booths, dog treats, and human treats. There will also be health and safety tips from The Boston Veterinary Clinic, demonstrations and training advice from Canine Companions for Independence, and adoption information and resources from MSPCA-Angell.
September 8 :: Harvest Festival & Plant Sale :: Boston :: Find harvest-season fun for the whole family, along with a great selection of cold-hardy seedlings and native plants well-suited to fall planting. Cover crop seed, soil amendments, season extension supplies, and advice will be on hand too! Join the veggie contest, pie-eating competition, and zucchini derby. Meet some farm animal friends from Trustees farms too!
September 8 :: Second-Saturday Storytelling :: Boston :: Connect with family and friends at the ICA Watershed through the art of storytelling. Look, listen, and participate while making connections to artworks through movement, music, poetry, and readings. Get ready to share your art-inspired stories with others! Activities recommended for children ages 3–8
September 8–9 :: Oktoberfest :: Walpole :: The Boylston Schul-Verein, the largest German-American club in the Greater Boston area, hosts this popular event, featuring German music, food, and beer along with pony rides and other children’s activities. Check out their website for ticketing information and Lyft discounts!
September 9 :: Cambridge Carnival :: Cambridge :: The festival, now a Cambridge institution, attracts thousands of people and is the largest festival in Cambridge. The highlight of the festival is a grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythmic musicality promoting all types of cultures that can be seen as revelers masquerade through the streets of Cambridge in dazzling handmade costumes, dancing to the beat of Carnival.
September 15 :: South Boston Street Festival :: Boston :: Head to East Broadway between I and L streets for live entertainment on two stages. There are over 100 merchants, artisans, and organizations featured as well as food vendors. Check out dance performances, children’s activities, and more! Dog-friendly, too!
September 15 :: The Endless Summer Waterfront Festival at Nantasket Beach :: Hull :: There’s something for everyone at Endless Summer — delicious food of all types, terrific vendors, fun contests, great bands, music down the avenue all day, and tons of fun things for the kids to enjoy. All the awesome fun you’ve come to expect at Endless Summer plus new features this year — Busy Bee bounce house and Kid’s Create Art area sponsored by the Hull Artists!
September 15–16 :: 42nd Annual Corn Festival :: Norwell :: This annual event celebrates the fall harvest and natural and cultural heritage of New England. The event includes all-day activities, such as hayrides and craft demonstrations, as well as scheduled events like live animal presentations. Also enjoy live, ongoing music, ranging from the oldies, bluegrass, folk, and country. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Membership to the YMCA grants member pricing.
September 16 :: Boston Local Food Festival :: Boston :: This free outdoor festival showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively chef and DIY demos, a Seafood Throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone, and more.
September 20 :: Apres Pre-School Garden Games & Play :: Canton :: Come bring your little ones to play at the Bradley Estate, with gardening-themed games and outdoor fun! September gardens are full of wonder and are healthy places for children to learn about the world around them in engaging ways. Do some harvesting and fall planting or build fairy gardens — while leaving time for a backyard safari and chasing bubbles! New activities are included each session, so come to one, or come to all. There are always fall butterflies, birds, and other winged friends to hear and see, and farm animals to visit.
September 22 :: Museum Day :: Boston :: Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.
September 22 :: What the Fluff? :: Somerville :: This marshmallow festival celebrates marshmallow cream with games (Sticky Musical Chairs and Fluff Jousting), cooking and eating competitions, a kids’ area, and live music at Union Square in Somerville, where Fluff was invented in 1917. Postponed if it rains. Free.
September 22 :: Chinatown Main Street Lantern Festival :: Boston :: Enjoy a day of festivities, lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk dances, games, and special mooncakes to celebrate the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.
September 22 :: Revels RiverSing :: Allston :: Raise your voice in song as Revels waves goodbye to summer and welcomes in the fall at this free family-friendly Equinox celebration in a new riverfront location, the Herter Park Amphitheater in Allston! Enjoy pre-show family festivities, a beer garden for adults, and lots of communal singing. Expect some surprises too!
September 22 :: Weir River Farm Fall Festival :: Hingham :: Come celebrate the fall harvest season with some good old-fashioned fun at one the last working farms in Hingham. Visit with farm animals, climb aboard a tractor, paint your own pumpkin, learn about beekeeping and how to press apple cider, challenge your friends at the potato spoon, and make sure to enjoy a Clydesdales wagon ride tour of the property! Be sure to stop by Weir River Farm Market to purchase some beef, pork, lamb, or chicken raised right on the farm. Looking for even more? There are old-fashioned games like tug-of-war, crafts, face-painting, farm tattoos, and live music.
September 23 :: Enchanted Forest Day :: North Andover :: Don your wings, grab your crowns or cloaks, and come say farewell to the garden season with this celebration of the flower fairies and elves who keep the gardens in bloom all summer long. Borrow a bag to collect natural fallen materials and then build a magical home on the grounds for these beloved creatures to nest in for the winter. Stop by the craft table and create your very own wand, the single most important tool a fairy or elf can own! Enjoy storytimes starting every half hour that explore fantasy and the magical realm of nature, and end the day by leaving a letter of well wishes at the fairy post office
September 29 :: Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival :: Boston :: The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is Boston’s biggest block party—a free, annual, outdoor public concert that has delighted hundreds of thousands of music lovers over the years with its host of jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances, along with KidsJam, an instrument petting zoo, and an array of food vendors.
September 30 :: Picnic for a Purpose :: Boston :: Beantown Blankets is thrilled to partner with the Winter Walk, providing a day to come together for lunch on Boston Common, sitting shoulder to shoulder with our city’s homeless community to enjoy a meal and community for a good cause. Purchasing tickets provides lunch and an opportunity to buy a Beantown Blanket for your picnic. Meals for those in need will be provided free of charge.
September 30 :: Duck Derby :: Marshfield :: The Harbormaster has once again agreed to initiate the race by releasing the ducks into the South River. Festivities will begin at 1 p.m. Ducks will be released at approximately 2 p.m. You may view the race on the river side of Rexhame Beach as the ducks float up river with the tide and cross the finish line. Children’s games, music, and fun will continue after the race until activities wind down around 3 p.m.
September 30 :: Fall Family Festival :: Concord :: Celebrate fall with an afternoon of fun family activities at the Playscape at Ripley in Concord! Animals from Drumlin Farm, an art activity with Musketaquid Arts & Environment, and pumpkin games with the Friends of the Playscape at Ripley are all already part of the afternoon, with more coming! Event is open to all — $5 suggested donation per family at the door (cash only, please).
September 30 :: Needham Harvest Fair :: Needham :: Needham’s Fall Harvest Fair is a long-time annual community-wide festival that draws thousands to the center of town to mark the beginning of autumn. The Harvest Fair will coincide with the Needham Farmer’s Market
Baby-Friendly Monday Matinees at the Capitol Theatre :: Arlington :: Mondays, 12–2 p.m. :: The Capitol Theatre features a baby-friendly movie every Monday afternoon. Please check the theater’s Monday schedule to see what feature has been selected for parents and their infants.
Kids’ Art Club :: Dorchester :: Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m. :: This club has a new art project at the library every Tuesday. Projects include collage self-portraits and artist’s books. Art Club projects are showcased in rotating displays in the library children’s room.
Nature Time at Blue Hills Trailside Museum :: Milton :: Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. :: Introduce your preschool-aged child to nature with this fun program. Programs may feature a story, nature games, crafts, short walks outside, or meeting one of the museum’s animal residents. Meet, play, and learn with other area families. Each program runs for 45 minutes and meets most Thursdays. Museum admission is included with this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
JFN Free Friday Playgroup :: Natick :: Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m. :: Bring the little ones and come join other parents and caregivers in the Metrowest area for a fun-filled morning of play and socializing. There are plenty of songs, activities, toys, snacks, and laughter, as both the children and their grown-ups build connections and lasting friendships.
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays :: Acton :: Fridays, 10–11 a.m. :: A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, the Forest Friday program is held outside, no matter the weather. Every Friday morning there is a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
StoryTime at the Curious George Store :: Cambridge :: Fridays, 10:30–11 a.m. :: Small children and their caregivers are welcome at these weekly storytimes, running throughout the year.
SaturPLAY :: Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown :: Boston :: Select Saturdays, 1–3 p.m. :: The Asian Community Development Corporation’s youth program, A-VOYCE, hosts a placemaking event monthly to activate and bring children to The Greenway’s Mary Soo Hoo Park. Each month features a different theme with games, activities, crafts, and more. Youth volunteers are on hand to engage children. SaturPlay is subject to weather conditions.
Family Show :: Cambridge :: Saturdays, 4–5 p.m. :: Improv Boston’s improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every week based on your suggestion. No two shows are alike! Best of all, children who want to participate have opportunities to be on stage and take part in the fun! Our show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and school field trips. The Family Show is fun for the whole family and best for children ages 4-12.