Starting September 1

Going Medieval

Try your hand at archery, laugh with troubadours and wenches, and eat a turkey leg at King Richard’s Faire in Carver. The long-running Renaissance festival features live music, animals, acrobats, comedy, kids’ rides, vendors, and more, all in the throwback spirit. Weekends through October 21, plus Labor Day and Columbus Day, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. $32, children $16, under 4 free. kingrichardsfaire.net

September 1

Rock on the Merrimack

Barenaked Ladies headline the 17th annual Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival, joined by season 11 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and the South Shore-based Aldous Collins Band. Head to Waterfront Park early to claim a good view of the stage. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m., with BNL scheduled to go on at 4:30. Free. theriverboston.com


September 3

Labor Day Legacy

History, activism, and family fun come together at the 34th annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival in Lawrence. The multicultural event commemorates the 1912 Bread and Roses strike led by female textile workers. Take a free trolley tour or walking tour, enjoy a music or dance performance, check out the kids’ activities and food vendors, and more. 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. breadandrosesheritage.org

September 8

Tunes by the Pond

Local talent shines at the eighth annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival, which features 21 acts performing everything from alt-rock to show tunes back-to-back on two side-by-side stages. Kids can take part in music activities, and food trucks will be on the scene at Pinebank Field, beside Jamaica Pond. Noon to 7 p.m. Free. jpmusicfestival.com

September 8-9

An Early Start

Get a jump on Oktoberfest season at Walpole’s Boylston Schul-Verein, the oldest German-American club in New England (founded in 1874). Dance to authentic live music and enjoy German beer, traditional food, kids’ field games, pony rides, target shooting, and more. Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. $10; under 12 free. germanclub.org


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