Labor Day Festivities, Celebrations and Parades in Massachusetts 2012

Labor Day is a national holiday celebrating the economic and social contributions of workers. Many people host BBQs or spend the weekend at the beach, why not try something different this year?

Below you’ll find a listing of Labor Day weekend events (Aug 31st – Sept 3rd) for Massachusetts for 2012. The list is sorted by town alphabetically.

The list will be updated as more information becomes available. Is there something I missed? Comment below, let me know and I will investigate.

Schedule for 2012:

Marlborough Labor Day Parade

The format is as follows:
Town – Date(s) – Time
Name of the event
Where it takes place – Brief description of what it is
Link to official source confirming the dates


Abington – September 1st – 9AM
Abington Farmers’ Market
Griffin’s Dairy – Try the produce of local farmers.

Amherst – September 1st – 7:30AM – 1:30PM
Amherst Famers’ Market
Center of Amherst – Enjoy the delicious produce of local farmers

Andover – September 1st  – 12:30PM – 3:30PM
Andover Farmers’ Market
Andover Historical Society – A weekly gathering of local farmers, food vendors and artisans who promote healthy eating and local sustainability.

Blandford – August 31st – September 3rd
The Blandford Fair
10 North St – Horse shows, Demolition Derbies and Art Shows at the 145th annual Blandford Fair.

Brewster – August 31st – September 2nd
By the Bay – Fine Arts & Crafts Show
Drummer Boy Field –  A huge arts/crafts show featuring everything from water color paintings to hand-made jewelry.

Boston – August 31st
Free Fun Fridays
Every Friday a few museums allow free entrance, to see this week’s:

Boston – August 31st – 12:30PM
Concerts in the Courtyard
Boston Public Library – Tom Hall’s Jazz Time Machine performs.

Tom Hall's Jazz Time Machine

Boston – August 31st -September 3rd
Boston by Foot
Tons of walking tours through various parts of Boston, an excellent way to experience a new side of the city.

Boston – September 2nd – 7:30PM
Free Laser Light Show
Boston Common Frog Pond – A laser light show at Frog Pond.

Cambridge – August 31st – 6PM
Labor Day Campfire 2012
Club Passim – See singer/songwriter Michelle Lewis perform.

Carver – September 1st – 3rd – 10:30AM – 6PM
King Richard’s Faire
235 Main St – This annual medieval faire boasts jousting tournaments, animal shows, historical reenactors, and much more.

Fairhaven – September 1st – 3rd
Feast of Our Lady of Angels
Our Lady of Angels Feast Grounds – Portugese festival featuring live music and amazing food. Procession is Sept 3rd at 1PM

Fairhaven – September 2nd – 1PM – 4PM
Fairhaven Farmer’s Market
Fairhaven Highschool – Local, fresh produce from area farmers.

Fall River – September 1st & 2nd – 9AM – 5PM
World War II Weekend at Battleship Cove
Battleship Cove – Watch as over 50 participants reenact scenes from World War II

Falmouth – September 1st & 2nd
Dream Cruise by the Sea
Main Street – A two day exhibit featuring car shows and parades.

Gloucester – August 31st – September 2nd
28th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival
Lots of events going on this weekend including schooner races, parades and fireworks.

Hingham – September 1st – 10AM – 2PM
Hingham Farmers’ Market
Bathing Beach – Enjoy the fresh produce of the area.

Lawrence – August 31st – September 2rd -All day
Feast of the Three Saints
Common Street – Huge Italian-American celebration

Lawrence – September 3rd – All day
2012 Bread & Rose Festival
Campagnone Common – A festival celebrating Lawrence’s history through music, theater and dance.

Lincoln – August 31st – 7PM – 9PM
Evening at Gropius
Gropius House – A slideshow and house tour of German architect Gropius.

Marlborough – September 3rd – 12PM
Marlborough Labor Day Parade
Pleasant and Lincoln Street – The largest and most prestigious Labor Day Parade in New England.
(Photo Sources

Cyclists at the Marlborough Labor Day Parade

Needham – September 1st – 4PM – 4:45PM
Needham Interfaith Peace Vigil
Needham Common – A vigil promoting peace among everyone.

Needham – September 2nd – 1PM – 5PM
Needham Farmers Market
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church – Shop the produce of local farmers.

Newton – September 1st & 2nd – 12PM-5PM
Newton Community Weekend
Jackson Homestead and Museum – Enjoy free admittance.

North Andover – September 1st – 11AM – 3PM
17th Century/First Period Saturday
Parson Barnyard House – Free entrance to this historic landmark as well as a knit and spin.

Northampton – August 31st – September 3rd – 11AM
3 County Fair
Northampton Fairgrounds – Demolition derbies, pig races, live music and much more.

Oak Bluffs – August 31st & September 1st – 6PM-10PM
The Martha’s Vineyard – Jazz and Blues Summerfest
Union Chapel –  A music fest featuring amazing Jazz and Blues performers.

Oak Bluffs – September 1st – 10:30AM – 6PM
Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival
Ocean Park –  A family event hosting many wind based activities such as kite making, model boat races and more.

Plymouth – September 1st – 7:30AM
Mayflower Sprint Triathlon
Pilgrim Memorial Park – Come cheer on these athletes or sign up and participate!

Princeton – August 31st – 8PM-10PM
Black Diamond Summer Music Series
Wachusett Mountain – Come see Rugged Road at this free concert.

Quincy – August 31st – 11:30AM – 5:30PM
Quincy Farmers’ Market
John Hancock Municipal Parking Lot – Come enjoy the Quincy flavor of local farmers and artisans.

Raynham – September 2nd – 8AM-5PM
Raynham Flea Market
South Street – Huge flea market that opens every Sunday.

Richmond – August 31st – 8PM
Full Moon Hike & Bonfire
Hilltop Orchards – A hike and wine tasting by moonlight.

South Boston – September 1st
Scavenger in Southie
South Boston VFW Post 6535 – Join in on this fun scavenger hunt around South Boston.

South Dennis – September 2nd – 10AM
Labor Day 5K Road Race
Old Bass River Rd – Support the runner or take part in this annual road race on the Cape.

Spencer – August 31st – September 3rd – 8AM – 9PM
Spencer Fair
48 Smithville Road – Largest  fair in Central MA featuring demolition derbies, tractor pulls, crop shows, photography contents and so much more.

Spencer Fair Trapeze Artists

Sturbridge – September 1st – 3rd
Family Fun Days
Old Sturbridge Village – Explore all the fun family events this weekend like games and crafts.

Topsfield – September 1st – 3rd
34th Annual New England Arts & Crafts Festival
Topsfield Fairgrounds – A huge, 3-day, arts & crafts festival.

Truro – September 2nd – 10AM-4PM
The Truro Agriculture Fair
7 Truro Center Rd – Celebrate agriculture, fishing and farming on Cape Cod.

West Tisbury – August 31st – September 2nd
17th Annual Labor Day Festival
Agricultural Hall – The largest art show on Martha’s Vineyard featuring local artists.

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