Favorite Annual Events
There is always something coming up or going on!
With Lake Quannapowitt in the center of town and the entrance to Breakheart Reservation just steps past our high school, there are ample opportunities for walking, running, hiking biking, boating (Lake Q) and swimming (Breakheart) in our town, plus plenty of great community events throughout the year.
Here are some of Wakefield’s most popular annual events:
NOTE: These events are on hold due to Covid EXCEPT for the Wakefield Farmers Market during its usual mid-June to end of October schedule.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King Day Celebration
Third Monday of January
Since 2017, the Wakefield Human Rights Commission has presented this event, typically at the Galvin Middle School albeit via a pre-recorded “virtual” event in 2021. Each year has a different theme and honors a high school student, an adult who works or lives in Wakefield, and an organization that serves Wakefield. Click HERE to see the videos of previous live events and the 2021 virtual event.
The Carnival Comes to Town
April School Vacation
Held at the Galvin Middle School Parking lot over April Vacation week each year, the carnival promises a good time to all who attend, no matter your age! Rides include those appropriate for the wee ones to the ones that only the brave will dare.
A percentage of ticket, wristband, and concession proceeds will directly go to the Wakefield 4th of July Parade! julyparade.org
Blossoms at the Beebe
A Saturday evening in April
With a different theme each year, this gala event takes place in our gorgeous public library and features delicious food and drink, a silent auction, and great music and dancing. The event is co-sponsored by the venue host, the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library and the Wakefield-Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce, with proceeds going to support the two organizations. blossomsatbeebe.com
A Culinary Evening with Family & Friends
A Friday evening in May
This fun-filled evening, complete with food, music, dancing, raffles and more, highlights many of the fine eating establishments in and around Wakefield. This 21_ event is a fundraiser put on by the Events Planning Committee to help support their Festival Italia held each August. wakefieldepc.com
Col. James Hartshorne House Annual Breakfast
1st Tuesday in June 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
This annual fundraising breakfast, held at the West Side Social Club, provides crucial support for the upkeep, maintenance, and ongoing restoration of the historic (circa 1681) Hartshorne House in Wakefield. Along with great food and even better coffee, this event is a great place to catch up with your neighbors. www.hartshornehouse.org
Festival by the Lake
2nd Saturday in June from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This annual summer Festival takes place along the southeastern shoreline of picturesque Lake Quannapowitt, in Wakefield, Massachusetts; just 10 miles north of Boston.
Crafters, artists, local organizations, live music, and great food comprise the day. The Festival has thrived for over twenty-five years!The Festival is organized by the WCNA as a fundraiser for its many community projects. All proceeds are used for town improvement projects and community events. wcna.org/festival/
Wakefield Farmers Market
Saturdays mid June to end of October 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
You will find freshly picked produce, pasture-raised meats, poultry, eggs, and cheese, locally produced specialty foods and artisan products in a community setting at Hall Park (GPS 468 North Ave) right on the shore of beautiful Lake Quannapowitt. In non-Covid times, the market also offers live music, activities for kids, cooking demos, special events and more! wakefieldfarmersmarket.org
Wakefield July Fourth Celebration
All Day Long and Evening, Too!
With activities for young and old alike, the biggest parade in Massachusetts and 2nd biggest in New England, great music, and spectacular fireworks, Wakefield does it right!
Morning: fishing derby, kid’s parades and races, canoe race.
Afternoon: Concerts on the Common
Late Afternoon: (exact time TBD) The Big Parade
Evening: Concerts on the Common
At Dark: Fireworks
The Annual Italian Festival
A Saturday in mid-August 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Festival Italia, scheduled for a Saturday in August, is a fun, family-friendly free event which features great Italian food, music, entertainment and many children’s events. The majority of Wakefield merchants participate by setting up tents and tables along Main and Albion Streets. Why go to the North End when you can experience the flavor of a local street fair at home. wakefieldepc.com
“Tis the Season” Holiday Stroll
1st Saturday in December 3:00 -7:00 p.m.
The “Tis the Season” Holiday Stroll is held the first Saturday in December. The Holiday Hat Parade, which starts at 3 p.m. at the Americal Civic Center on Main St., is the kickoff event. After picking up a free Holiday Bag, and strolling to the center of Wakefield, participants are greeted by local merchants, as well as entertainment, featured events, and festive foods. wakefieldepc.com
Hartshorne House Open House and Christmas Tea
The 1st Sunday of December
One of Wakefield’s most charming holiday events! Local garden clubs and Hartshorne House directors decorate the downstairs rooms of this historic home in holiday greenery, and offer coffee, tea, punch, and homemade Christmas cookies. Admission is free to this always a well attended event that will be sure to put you in a holiday mood. hartshornehouse.org
Santa is Coming to Town!
Each year, the Wakefield Lions Club hosts Santa coming to town, typically on the 2nd Saturday of December.
He is escorted by the Wakefield Police and Fire Departments riding in the Designer Christmas Trees’ sleigh, right down Main Street! He can be visited in his Headquarters on the Upper Common adjacent to Church and Common Streets until December 23 from 1:00-5:00 p.m on the weekends and 3:30-7:00 p.m. on weekdays.