Summer ending doesn’t have to be a bummer. Fortunately, New England has plenty of events to kick off the autumn season. From Oktoberfests and farmers markets to athletic endeavors, we’ve rounded up some of the best upcoming events in New England this October.
Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Festival
Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Festival is running between September 30 and October 2.
At the time of publication tickets are still available for Thursday’s events.
The annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular hosted nightly by the Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the best upcoming family-friendly events in New England. Operating dates run between September 30 and October 31.
Arguably one of the best upcoming events in New England is the annual Harpoon Octoberfest. This year’s festivities are taking place on October 1 and 2. For those interested in Dogtoberfest, that’s taking place on Sunday, October 3.
Get to Davis Square the weekend of October 8 and watch social activism and music meet. Over 15 street bands are set to perform at this year’s Honk Fest.
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
Last week the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta released their strategy for this year’s scaled back events. Giant decorated pumpkins will still be displayed along Main Street between October 8 and 18. All other happenings have been suspended at this time.
White Mountain Oktoberfest
Head up to Lincoln, New Hampshire between October 9 and 10 for a two-day Oktoberfest celebration. Indoor and outdoor beer gardens, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and keg competitions await. Admission is free and hosted by Loon Mountain Resort.
Providence River Cruise
Boating season is winding down. Hop aboard an end-of-season Twilight River Cruise hosted by Providence River Boat Company before October 15.
At the time of publication, WaterFire Boat Rides are still available on the following dates: October 2, October 16, and November 6.
Go Apple Picking
Stock up on all your apple essentials at one of the many orchards located around New England. Apple picking season has already started and runs through early November.
2021 Boston Marathon
Typically held in April, the 125th Boston Marathon is now taking place on Monday, October 11.
Head of the Charles Regatta
The 55th Head of the Charles Regatta is taking place between October 22 and 24. Spectators click here to check out the vantage points.
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
Open Thursdays from 11:00am and 6:00pm now until November 18.
Portland Farmers Market
Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:00am until 1:00pm in Deering Oaks Park.
Fun Fact: the Portland (Maine) Farmers Market has been in business since 1768.
We all know Salem is *the* place to spend an autumn day in New England. Events are scheduled daily throughout the town. Keep in mind that Salem gets busier as Halloween gets closer.
$35 Thursdays at Sugarbush Golf Club
Golfers in Warren, Vermont can take advantage of discounted green fees at Sugarbush Golf Club. Foursomes can play for just $35 per person on Thursdays after 11:00am.