The Apple Festival is the Boxford Historical Society’s signature event that dates back to the 1960’s. The entire East Village is transformed into a pedistrian mall between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:30 pm. The streets are lined with artisan vendors, local musicians entertain and apple pie and BBQ abound. Fesitival goers also have the opportunity to tour the historic Holyoke-French house. All proceeds support maintenance of Holyoke‑French House.
- All of the arts and crafts sold at the Apple Festival are principally hand-crafted by the vendors.
- The Historical Society has turned down many offers of corporate sponsorships in order to maintain the hometown feel.
- For the past decade, The Apple Festival posters have been designed by Masco High School graphic design students. The Historical Society donates $250 each year from Apple Fest proceeds to the Masco Art Department for the design of the poster.
- Originally, Boxford and Topsfield used to alternate hosting either the Apple Festival or the Strawberry Festival.