Few American cities enjoy a history as long and storied as the New England city of Boston, Massachusetts. As the region's largest city with over 600,000 people it provides a vibrant scene for those seeking fun, history, culture and events. Whether in town for pleasure or business, there are many festivals both in town and the surrounding areas to consider.
Held in October in Boston annually this festival celebrates the written word in a digital age, like no other book festival you will ever attend. It is a combination of street festival and book fair and engaged speakers that all come together to highlight the best and brightest in the literary world. Being held on October 23-24 in 2015, it provides one of the most exciting literary festivals in the US. There are free and ticketed events, so make sure that you plan early if you want to attend one of the major author keynote events.
This is one of the most amazing festivals in the fall in New England, simply for its haunting displays of over 1000 carved pumpkins. Held in Worcester, about an hour drive west of the city, it is a great way to see the fall colors as the leaves change. It is held at the EcoTarium Science Center with costumes for Halloween welcome during its exhibit on the last weekend in October. The cost is $15 for non-members of the science center. Besides venturing through the science center, strolling through the jack-o-lanterns lit up after dark is an awe-inspiring event for kids and parents alike. With over 50 pumpkin beers also available for sampling, it can be a wonderful treat for the adults as well.
Held at the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton about an hour north of Boston, this scenic festival brings the best of Bluegrass music, hand-crafted beer, and fine wine together for a great evening. With an apple orchard, a winery, craft beer, a music stage, free entrance, and lots of parking, it is a great way to sample some of the area's fine wine offerings and classic Bluegrass. With a snack shack on site and a walk up wine bar, you can picnic with delicious BBQ listening to soulful sounds. If you are looking for a more formal experience, book a table at the on-site restaurant. Just remember to book well in advance for the Festival as tables fill up early.
Held in Copley Square in Boston, the Let's Talk about Food Festival will be held Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. As a free public festival centered on food, it is a big hit in Boston. With hands-on cooking demonstrations, edible gardens, and food samplings, the discussion of food sources and healthy cooking is alive and well in New England. Celebrity chefs and nutritionists provide Q&A sessions giving voice to your concerns in an open public dialog. 2014's headlining chefs included White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses. One of the most educational, informative and interactive food festivals in the area, it gives children and people of all ages a look into healthy eating and farm to fork education.
Whats your favorite fall festival in your city?
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Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. After 4 years working as an engineer, he sold his belongings and embarked on a round-the-world trip. After traveling non-stop for a year, he finally settled in Spain with his husband where he now calls home. When he's not traveling or writing guides about events, festivals or the best LGBT destinations, he enjoys the long sunny days and nightlife of Madrid. Read Auston's blog at Two Bad Tourists, or follow him on Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
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