Five Fun Fall Events Close to Home This Weekened

Our weekend guide to local events in Hamilton and Wenham and the nearby area includes the home football game on Saturday.

If you are looking to this weekend we have some ideas. Below is a quick rundown on some weekend activity options in Hamilton and Wenham, plus some classic fall suggestions in neighboring communities.

But the weekend calendar is really full of many other things to do, including the at on Saturday morning and and events. We encourage you to look past this weekend guide into our full calendar of events, where we have events like those included.

Remember, if you have great ideas of your own that you want to share, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom.


Where/When: Tabernacle; Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Why Go: The band from the Dane Street Church in Beverly is one of the most impressive community band on the North Shore and the tabernacle at Asbury Grove is a perfect setting for them to perform on Friday night.

Pricing: $5, kids free.


Where/When: , 207 Boston St., Topsfield; Friday, 1-11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Why Go: The Topsfield Fair speaks for itself. It is the longest running agricultural fair in the country and one of the most popular. There’s something for everyone, from the largest pumpkin contest to the live music performances, plus all the farm animals and food booths. Many local families do not let fall pass by without a visit to the fair.

Pricing: $10 on Friday, $12 on the weekend and kids under 8 are free.


Where/When: ; Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Why Go: The football Generals have started right where they left off last year after . The team and faces an Amesbury squad at home on Saturday afternoon, hoping to seize on the home field advantage to head into next week’s bye week undefeated.

Pricing: $5


Where/When: Moraine Farm, 719 Cabot St., Beverly; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Why Go: Moraine Farm, on the western shore on Wenham Lake, really is a hidden jewel in the area. For about the past decade it has served as home of Project Adventure, the ropes course company that got its start in Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School physical education classes back in the 1970s. Recently, the property has welcomed some new neighbors, including Cape Ann Waldorf School. It’s not everyday that local residents get a chance to see the Frederick Law Olmsted designed property and this is an opportunity. There will be tours and food, among other activities.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: Ipswich Riverwalk and ESBSCO parking lot, Market Street, Ipswich; Saturday, 12-3 p.m.

Why Go: The identity of our neighbors to the north – Ipswich – has largely been defined by clams over the years. And on Saturday, the town will celebrate clams at its annual Chowder Fest. The event is hosted by the Ipswich Lions Club and all proceeds go to local charitable causes.

Pricing: $10, children are free


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