Autumn and Maci Hinkley

Autumn and Maci Hinkley cruise through the South Boston Harvest Festival in their wagon with their puppy who is searching for a forever home. 

Thousands attended the South Boston Harvest Festival on Saturday enjoying the lively entertainment, food, browsing among more than 92 participating artisans, crafters, businesses and community groups, and of course, children’s games and activities.

Sara Davis, special events coordinator of Destination Downtown South Boston that sponsors the event, said, “Every year the festival gives people the opportunity to relax, have one-on-one conversations with business owners and vendors and take the time to learn more about our community. We are happy to give everyone the chance to catch up with 6,000 of their closest friends and neighbors.

“The Harvest Festival shows what a tight-knit community South Boston is. In a small downtown area, we include more than 100 non-profit organizations, churches, vendors, community groups, banks, restaurants and cultural attractions. The festival continues to attract more visitors and vendors, but essentially it has stayed true to its origins by bringing the community together for a fun, affordable day out,” said Davis.

“The festival has become a favorite fall tradition. Everything went wonderful all day, we had a large crowd, and we were very pleased with the success of the event. It was an incredible day.

“It was a picture perfect day with incredible weather. There was a big variety of food that catered to all tastes, the vendors said they were looking forward to coming back next year, and the visitors enjoyed non-stop entertainment.”

Musicians, balloon sculptors, craftsmen and food vendors made the day a big success as they lined the streets. Thousands of people -- young, old and in between -- meandered down Main Street and soaked in the atmosphere.

The crowd enjoyed entertainers, youngsters hopped, skipped and jumped around in the bounce houses, while others tried their hands at pumpkin painting.

Some just ate – barbecue, funnel cakes, candy apples, crab cakes, teriyaki chicken on a stick, ice cream and cinnamon rolls filled the air with the delicious aromas from the vendors.

Not only were the visitors happy with the events of the day, but the vendors were quite pleased also.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves,” said Davis.

Destination Downtown South Boston is a non-profit 501C 3 organization made up of businesses, community leaders and residents working together to revitalize Downtown South Boston.

DDSB relies on donations and sponsorships to fund events like the Harvest Festival and works year-round on development and beautification of downtown.

For more information, visit or contact Executive Director Tamyra Vest at