Summertime means fun in the sun and on the water, great food, and entertaining festivals. Not sure how and where to celebrate the sunshine? We suggest stopping by either the Salem Maritime Festival or the New Bedford Feast of the Blessed Sacrament this week!

The Salem Maritime Festival will feature a variety of family-friendly activities, such as live music, storytelling, free harbor cruises, and more. Children will love getting their faces painted and making their own kites, and everyone will appreciate the hayrides around the historic town. The festival kicks off on Friday, August 3rd at 6:30 p.m. with a sunset concert by the Boston Horns, and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Get there early to ensure you have plenty of time to take advantage of all the great activities!

If you’re more interested in delicious food than waterside excitement, swing by the New Bedford Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. The event is the world’s largest Portuguese feast, but there are tons of other great activities going on in addition to the scrumptious food. A traveling carnival will set up shop for the entirety of the four-day festival, a parade will snake through the streets on Sunday afternoon, and the 13th annual 5K road race will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The festival begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 2nd and runs through Sunday, August 5th. For a full list of events, visit the Feast’s website.

For more information on family-friendly summer fun going on Massachusetts, pick up copies of Boston Baby: A Field Guide for Urban Parents by Kim Foley MacKinnon and North Shore Baby: A Field Guide for Parents North of Boston by Dana Rousmaniere. These diaper bag companions feature tips from parenting experts and essential details on outdoor adventures, museums, and theaters.

Photo Credit: Salem Maritime Festival image courtesy of destinationsalem.blogspot.com.