Saturday - 40th Annual Horseshed Fair, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main St., Lancaster - The annual Horseshed Fair is a festive, crowd-gathering arts and crafts fair featuring all hand-manufactured items, alongside a roster of foods, White Elephant gifts, and musical entertainment. It is a longstanding tradition in the Lancaster area. Held the first Saturday of October, the fair attracts crafters from throughout New England, offering wares from knitted or hand-sewn clothing to dolls and toys, wood and leather items, jewelry, glass and pottery, floral arrangements, holiday crafts, soaps and much, much more.
Church members serve baked beans, burgers, chili dishes, soups, and baked goods all day, and sell a variety of baked goods in addition. One huge attraction is more than 100 apple, blueberry, cherry and pumpkin pies. They go fast, so come early for your favorites. www.firstchurchlancasterma.org.
Saturday, Sunday - 5th Annual Book Sale at Thayer Memorial Library-9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday, noon-4:00 p.m. The Friends of the Thayer Memorial Library will hold its Annual Book Sale at the larger space of Town Hall, 695 Main Street, Lancaster. Also on Friday, October 2nd from 3 – 7 pm, there will be a Members Only Preview Sale. If you would like to attend the Preview Sale and are not already a member, you may become one at the preview. All proceeds benefit books, programs and events at the library. Come support your community library and take home some especially good bargains. Over 700 boxes of books, DVDs and CDs available for sale at this successful event held annually the same weekend as the Horseshed Fair. Credit cards are again accepted this year. Take advantage of reduced prices on Sunday. www.thayermemoriallibrary.org
Saturday, Global Harvest Festival, Heifer International 10:00 am 4:00 pm
Enjoy a festive celebration that features Heifer Farm all dressed up and ready to party! The international homesteads in the Global Village are loaded with fun activities like piñatas, apple cider pressing, potato digging, beeswax candle rolling and scavenger hunts. Meet the farm animals, take a hayride, pick-your-own in the pumpkin patch, milk a goat, get your face painted and enjoy live music and the Dale Perkins Horse Show. Savor a farm-to-table lunch or bring a picnic. Don’t miss this globally themed and one-of-a-kind fall festival!
Admission: Only $10/vehicle, so guests are encouraged to fill a whole busload! 216 Wachusett St., Rutland M
Saturday, Sunday - Wachusett Mountain presents the 6th Annual Great New England BBQFest - 10am-5pm, Join us for the 6th Annual Great New England BBQFest featuring some of the area's best BBQ vendors! Highlights of this year's event include the OYSTERFEST, now featuring Oysters on the half shell, clam chowder and shrimp, along with a daily Oyster Shucking Competition! The PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS will feature Chili on Saturday and Pulled Pork on Sunday, and our traditional Pig Roast will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Then there's the ever-famous Farmers' Market, Craft Fair and Beer Tent throughout the weekend. Live music all weekend! www.wachusett.com for pricing and more details. Mountain Rd., Princeton MA
Ongoing – October 1-12, The Craftworkers’ Guild’s Annual Harvest Fair - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. With the change of season comes one of the most anticipated fairs of the year. This 12-day event features all the best items our fine craftsmen and artists have to offer. From jewelry to fiber, fine art to home decor, not only will you find items with a Fall Harvest "feel" but creations that can be enjoyed year round. *NEW- Because of customer demand we are now extending our hours until 5pm daily! We will also have our special gourmet and goodie sales several times during the fair and one night of extended hours. Oliver Kendall House, 5 Meetinghouse Rd., Bedford NH (behind the Bedford Library). www.thecraftworkersguild.org