Six Things To Do_Walpole MAJust because summer break is over and the kids are back to school doesn’t mean that fun and excitement are cancelled until the spring! If you know where to look, you’ll find that opportunities for family friendly fun are still plentiful. The following are six amazing activities available in the greater Walpole area this year as summer fades into fall.

  1. King Richard’s FaireWeekends from September 5th through October 25th – This Renaissance-themed festival entertains with a variety of performers including acrobats, aerialists and jugglers. To fully enjoy the atmosphere, be sure to attend the King’s Tournament or the Jousting matches and watch as knights battle for the honor of being named champion! Food, drink and shopping abound too as a number of merchants and dining options are available within the fairgrounds.
  2. Walpole Rebels FootballAssorted Fridays and Saturdays through November – What’s fall without football? The Walpole High School Rebels, reigning league champions, are back at it with an attempt to defend their crown. The proud history of modern Rebels football dates back to 1968 and includes seven Super Bowl victories, a victorious tradition that coach Barry Greener hopes to keep alive in the 2015 season.
  3. The Big E September 18th through October 4th – Whether you want to see who truly makes the best cupcakes in the Six States, view award winning needlework or simply stroll through the educational Avenue of States, The Big E is for you. Food, drink, shopping and entertainment are available at every turn. The star-studded concert performers range from classic rock icons Kansas to Kiss’s Ace Frehley to reality-televsion-star-turned-DJ Paris Hilton.
  4. Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall FestivalEvents from September 3rd through the 27th – Watch as classic cars cruise by, participate in a drumming circle, run a 5k or take your kids to the pancake breakfast and the ensuing fishing derby. A craft fair, town expo and kids’ talent show round out the full schedule of events at the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival which culminates in a parade on the 27th.
  5. American Music and Harvest FestivalSeptember 26th – A one-day festival filled with music, baseball and farm activities, the American Music and Harvest festival is a great chance to enjoy a full day as the seasons change. Music includes everything “from traditional to bluegrass, funk, folk, and beyond.” And you can even experience a slice of history by taking in the Essex Base Ball game which is played by 1861 rules! Take a wagon ride, tour a 17th century manor house or take your shot at winning a corn husking prize.
  6. Topsfield FairOctober 2nd through 12th – The Topsfield Fair dates all the way back to 1818 and now, nearly 200 years later, the Fair still offers an atmosphere of fun and excitement to fairgoers. See a monster truck show, a DockDogs canine aquatic competition or maybe explore Digifest, the world’s first YouTube music festival. A full assortment of concessions, vendors and shopping options are also available.