Fall Festival Favorites

New England – Following last week’s unusually warm weather, this weekend is sure to bring back the harvest weather we associate most with fall in New England. With just a few weekends left to savor that wonderful New England fall weather, NoBo would like to present a few festivals in the area that may offer one last opportunity to take it all in. While most of these sites are not north of Boston as we always prefer, these locations are within a short drive and offer opportunities for just a few more opportunities to take in the crisp, New England air.

1. Cranberries, Alive! The National Cranberry Festival at Edaville

Carver, MA

Visit the cranberry harvest at its peak this weekend with an event that is sure to awaken your taste buds and noise hairs. The National Cranberry Festival brings together train enthusiasts and cranberry lovers with plenty of opportunities to take in a taste and touch of fall in New England. With appearances by the Cat in the Hat and Curious George, the event is perfect for families who may or may not have visited the historic amusement park.

October 15 & 16

10AM to 5PM

$18 Adults and Kids

$16 Seniors (65+)

Under 2 are free

Edaville USA

5 Pine Street

Carver, MA 02330


2. AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain

Princeton, MA

This popular festival features over 75 craft fair and farmers’ market booths, a chainsaw carving demonstration, a scenic foliage skyride to the Summit, a mountainside barbecue, and much more! The second annual Great New England Apple Pie Contest will be held on Saturday as well as a traditional great pumpkin weigh-off.

October 15 & 16

Festival Admission Advance Price

$8 for adults

$4 for ages 6 to 12

Festival Admission Door Price


$6 for ages 6 to 12

Wachusett Mountain

499 Mountain Road

Princeton, MA 01541


3. AppleCrest Harvest Festivities

Hampton Falls, NH

This is the thirty-seventh year Applecrest has celebrated their harvest with festivities that rival any orchard in the area. With “honest-to-goodness family fun”, Applecrest is the perfect place for families of all ages, offering the opportunitiy to make memories that will last a lifetime. Take part in traditional New England fall activities through out the final weekends of October. Admission and parking is absolutely free, however, various activities require fees to be paid.

October 15 & 16

October 22 & 23

October 29 & 30

11AM to 5PM

Free Admission

Applecrest Farm Orchards

133 Exeter Road

Hampton Falls, NH 03844

(603) 926-3721

4. The Keene Pumpkin Festival

Keene, NH

This festival has been attracting thousands from through out New England for more than two decades, lighting up Keene’s downtown area with tens of thousands of smiling and screaming gourds. Setting records at various points in its history, this world-renowned festival attracted more than 22,000 visitors last year.

October 22, 2011

12PM (Noon) to 8:30PM

Downtown Keene

Keene, New Hampshire

Parking is $10 per vehicle in event lots on the day of the festival

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