Although it’s summer through September 21st, Labor Day weekend is the de-facto end of the summer. It’s almost time for two annual, very popular festivals.

The Big E – Springfield, MA

The Big E runs from September 16th, 2011 through October 2, 2011.  The fair includes food, livestock, carnival rides, a circus, shopping, competitive exhibits, crafts, parades, and music.  Some of the performers are pretty major – like Reba McIntyre and Blake Shelton.  We used to visit the fair every year when I was a kid, and I have such fond memories of it!  I’d recommend that you review the schedule when planning your visit.  If you want to see one of the major stars, you’ll need to buy tickets in advance.  If not, it’s best to stay away those days so you can avoid those crowds.

King Richard’s Renaissance Faire – Carver, MA

The King Richard’s Faire starts on September 3rd, and runs weekends through October 23, 2011.  Purchase tickets in advance if possible – you’ll skip the line, and you can pay with a credit card (only cash is accepted at the gate).  The Faire includes games, rides, food, entertainment, and more.