Applefest to return to Northborough Sept. 15-18


Attendees bring their own lawn chairs to view a fireworks display at last year’s Applefest.(Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

NORTHBOROUGH – With Northborough’s annual Applefest on the horizon, organizers are excited to announce that several traditions will be returning this year. 

The parade will be back, as will the Applefest Taste of Northborough, according to Applefest Committee Chair Michelle Gillespie. 

Applefest will run from Sept. 15 through Sept. 18. 

Organizers plan car show, parade, fireworks

The parade will take place on Sept. 18, kicking off with the Applefest Classic Car Show.

The parade hasn’t been able to be held since September of 2019.

“We’re hoping to get as many floats and bands and participants as possible,” Gillespie said.

Beyond the parade, Applefest will feature its Taste of Northborough event, featuring about 20 restaurants. 

“That will be great because it will be an opportunity for restaurants to come back and showcase some of their favorite dishes,” Gillespie said. “We’ve always sold out on that for years. That will be a nice event to have come back too for the restaurants.” 

Students from Algonquin Regional High School’s DECA program will be helping out with the event. 

Applefest’s fireworks, which returned last year, will be held shortly after 8 p.m. at Algonquin’s athletic fields on Sept. 17 with a rain date of Sept. 18. 

Before the fireworks, the celebrations will include a barbecue, a bounce house, a concert and pony rides. Applefest’s street fair will kick off on the morning of Sept. 17 at 9 a.m., as well Trinity Church’s craft fair and farmer’s market.

Bike-a-thon returns for second year

A bike-a-thon put on by the Northborough Police Department will also be returning this year after its first running in 2021. Police will teach kids bike safety, including lessons on proper hand signals and how to wear a helmet. 

Gillespie said there will be timeslots for the specific ages as part of the bike-a-thon.

“It was well attended,” Gillespie said of last year’s bike-a-thon. “They were happy with the amount of kids that showed up. There was a lot of positive feedback about keeping it so that kids learn the appropriate way to ride their bicycles.” 

There will be dunk tanks after the bike-a-thon where residents can try their hand at dunking Police Chief William Lyver, Fire Chief David Parenti and Town Administrator John Coderre. 

Applefest seeking nominations for grand marshal

Last year’s Applefest grand marshal was longtime former selectman Dawn Rand.

Now, the committee is seeking nominations for 2022’s grand marshal. 

Nominations must be received no later than July 15. They can be submitted by mail to P.O Box 216, Northborough, MA 01532 or by email to [email protected]. 

Visit for further updates, including more specific scheduling and location information as Applefest nears.


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