Shamrock Festival, normally scheduled for the first week before or after St. Patrick's Day, is a way for the townspeople and outside residents to get to know what local merchants have to offer. Over the past four years, as a kickoff to the week-long event, the EPC has had fashion shows, evening dinner prepared by local restaurants, local merchants' trade show, and entertainment.
Festival Italia, scheduled for a Saturday in August, is a fun, family-friendly free event which features great Italian food, music, entertainment and many children's events. The majority of Wakefield merchants participate by setting up tents and tables along Main and Albion Streets. Why go to the North End when you can experience the flavor of a local street fair at home.
The "Tis the Season" Holiday Stroll is held the first Saturday in December. The Holiday Hat Parade, which starts at 3 p.m. at the Americal Civic Center on Main St., is the kickoff event. After picking up a free Holiday Bag, and strolling to the center of Wakefield, participants are greeted by local merchants, as well as entertainment, featured events, and festive foods.