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Out and About – The Needham Edition

Outside the beautiful city of Boston, there are many small suburban towns that offer much to do. One significant town in Boston’s suburbs is Needham. Whether you are new to the area or a longtime resident, we know some spots for you to check out.

The town of Needham offers a few annual events that are worth adding into your calendar to make sure you never miss them again.

1. Harvest Fair – September 30, 2018

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The Harvest Fair is a long-time annual event in the community of Needham. The event is in honor of the beginning of autumn and brings the community together. 2018 will be the first year that the festival coincides with the Needham Farmer’s Market and will take place on September 30, 2018, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. There will be seasonal produce for sale, artisan products, giveaways, activities and much more!

2. Blue Tree Lighting – December 2, 2018


A tradition that has been going on for many years will continue once again on December 2, 2018. At 5 p.m., join the Needham community for the annual “Blue Tree Lighting”. For years the community has gathered in front of the town hall to the light the maple tree for the season. The tree will be lit with the help of St. Joseph Parish and Volante Farms, with music provided by Needham Plugged In (Needham’s band program). The event will be followed with a visit from Santa on one of the town’s firetrucks.

3. Fireworks – July 3, 2018

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This event takes place every year at Memorial Park on the 3rd of July. Grab your friends and family and head there for the perfect way to celebrate the 4th. The following day continues with the raising of the flag, a parade and some activities for children.

In addition to the town’s annual events, Needham also has some great restaurants and fresh food shops that are worth checking out.

1. The Farmhouse

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This farm-to-table restaurant is cozy and inviting and offers a ton of healthy options for everyone.

2. Cook

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A fun vibe for your weekend dinner date, Cook offers a menu that covers a wide variety of food and drink options.  One of my favorite items on the menu is the kale and brussel sprout salad!

3. Stacy’s Juice Bar

If you’re looking for a quick and refreshing snack on the go, Stacy’s Juice Bar is the perfect place to stop. The menu offers many delicious juices but also includes smoothies and bowls, soups, sandwiches/wraps, salads and some tasty sides.

4. Sweet Basil

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A quaint BYOB located in Needham, Sweet Basil offers a delicious menu with a great vibe. They also offer a “bulk” take-out menu and catering, along with the option for customers to bring their own desserts for large parties.

5. Volante Farms

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Volante Farms began their business in Needham in 1962. Now run by the family’s fourth generation, Volante Farms is still open and is now a farmstead & greenhouse, an ice cream stand and a place to visit during all seasons.

6. Sunday Farmers Market

If you are looking for some fresh produce and a weekend activity, Needham hosts a farmers market every Sunday from 12-4pm. The farmers market begins in May and continues through November and offers many fresh goods and produce. It is located at the town hall on Garrity street.

Finally, spend some time getting to know the community by discovering the local arts scene.

1. Needham Community Theatre

For over 60 years, Needham Community Theatre has been performing shows in the community. Coming this fall, the theatre will be presenting The Little Mermaid, followed by Tom Sawyer in the spring of 2019.

2. Needham Art Association

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Needham Art Association sponsors many exhibitions ranging from single-member hangings at local businesses to larger shows. They hold meetings the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. from October to April, which are open to anyone interested.

3. Newcomers Club of Needham

Whether you are new to the area or are interested in growing closer to your community, Needham Newcomers is decimated to hosting social events for residents to meet. The organization hosts one event a month including wine and beer tastings, a bowling night, book clubs, game nights and many more fun ideas to better get to know the community.