Country fairs, music and food festivals in New England are fun for families

New England fairs and festivals offer affordable, family friendly fun year round. Discover the newest art, crafts, music, and film. Enjoy live blues, folk, bluegrass, and jazz music. Shop for handmade art and crafts and find vendors selling celebrated New England food like maple syrup, blueberries, cheeses, ice cream, seafood, barbecue, craft beer and wine. Take a fun peek into world cultures at Scottish, Celtic, Italian, Portuguese, Asian, and French Canadian celebrations. Classic cars, books, and glowing hot air balloons are some of New England’s favorite festival treasures.

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Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA Phone: 508-888-3300

May 16-24, 2015

Thousands of rhododendrons cover 100 acres with spectacular color. Walk among the walls of flowers, learn from horticulture experts, and purchase your own rhododendron. Festival is free with museum admission and do not require advance registration. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: adults, $18; youth ages 3- 11, $8; under 2, free.

Various Locations Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-1700

April 24-26, 2015

The Daffodil Festival's grand event, held on Saturday, is the Annual Antique Car Parade of more than 100 daffodil-bedecked antique cars, followed by the Daffodil Tailgate Picnic. Held on the lush lawns leading into the village, the picnic boasts fare ranging from elaborate gourmet cuisine served on fine china to box lunches and burgers. Other highlights include the Nantucket Garden Club's Annual Daffodil Show, Children's Daffodil Parade, Daffy Hat Pageant and Daffodil Dog Parade. 

Wooster Square at Chapel and Academy streets New Haven, CT Phone: 203-641-4666

April 26, 2015

This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973. The festival has grown from a modest event with a local band entertaining a handful of neighbors under lighted trees to a major New Haven event. Music, food, exhibits, activities, art show and more. 

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone: 603-383-9356

May 24, 2015

Come see this wild and zany event that has been a favorite for more than a quarter century. The plunge into the Wildcat River of 3,500 yellow rubber ducks is just part of a day-long festival that includes vendors, a silent auction, train rides, kids games, a parade (2:30 p.m.), release of ducks (2:45 p.m.) and the Jackson Cake Boss competition. See event website for detailed schedule. Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bradbury Mountain State Park and Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Pownal and Freeport, ME Phone:

April 25-26, 2015

This birding festival ad two state parks on two successive days is appropriate for people of all ages and experience at bird watching. The two days of events include expert talks, hikes, workshops and other activities. Avian highlights include the Hawkwatch at Bradbury Mountain, the osprey nest at Wolfe's Neck Woods, and birds of prey displays by Wind Over Wings.
Locations: Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal on Saturday, April 26, and Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport on Sunday, April 27. Free with park admission. Resident adults, $3; non-resident adults, $4.50; all children age 5-11, $1; seniors, $1.50

Downtown St. Johnsbury St. Johnsbury, VT Phone: 802-274-0201

April 25,2015

The St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival celebrates the maple syrup industry in Vermont. On Friday a parade will begin at 6 p.m. and end at the Welcome Center. It is followed by an ice cream social, Saturday brings a morning 5k run and pancake breakfast at the Welcome Center. A street festival follows, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live entertainment, and 100 craft and food vendors will fill the streets. 

Downtown St. Johnsbury St. Johnsbury, VT Phone: 802-274-0201

April 25,2015

The St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival celebrates the maple syrup industry in Vermont. On Friday a parade will begin at 6 p.m. and end at the Welcome Center. It is followed by an ice cream social, Saturday brings a morning 5k run and pancake breakfast at the Welcome Center. A street festival follows, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live entertainment, and 100 craft and food vendors will fill the streets. 

Tolland Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30) Vernon, CT Phone: 860-966-9264

April 25, 2015

This agricultural learning experience features fiber art demonstrations and workshops, sheep dog trials, sheep shearing and a wool fashion show. Premier fiber vendors offer a wide variety of handicrafts. Live music, animals, great food and a kids wool craft corner also. Location: Tolland Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Main Street St. Albans, VT Phone: 802-524-5800

April 24-26, 2015

Visitors flock all over the U.S. and the world visit downtown St. Albans for maple treats, maple fun, and the chance to see the maple sugaring industry in action. What goes on? Live entertainment, a fiddlers variety show, cooking demonstrations and competitions, sugarhouse tours, pancake breakfasts (with plenty of the necessary), an antique show, a carnival, a giant parade, and a craft show. What can you eat? maple creemees, maple sugar-on-snow, maple cotton candy, and much more. 

downtown Bennington Bennington, VT Phone:

May 23, 2015

One hundred crafter makerss and artisans from New England will be showing and selling wood, pottery, glass, metal, fabric, jewelry, and more. School Street will be lined with ethnic foods from India, Germany, Italy, and the United States, like fried dough, wood fired pizza, and baked potatoes. Kids activities include the Vermont National Guard climbing wall, a football toss, dunking booth, 4-H shooting range, face painting, and more.

Roosevelt Avenue Central Falls, RI Phone: 401-724-2200

May 25, 2015

This annual event celebrates Rhode Island's Asian culture and heritage and the ongoing revitalization of Roosevelt Avenue mill district in cities of Central Falls & Pawtucket. Highlights of the festival include family carnival, tree plantings, special events and more.

Hubbard Park, 88 State Street Meriden, CT, 06451 Phone: 203-630-4259

April 25-26, 2015

Sixty thousand daffodils create a sea of fragrant yellow blossoms throughout the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park in Meriden. See 61 different varieties of daffodils, and enjoy live music, crafts, amusement rides, food, entertainment, and a fireworks display. Plenty of free parking. 

Downtown Newburyport Newburyport, MA Phone: 978-462-6680

May 24-25, 2015

Thousands attend to enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport's best restaurants and Kid's Korner featuring entertainment for children and families and the ever popular Teddy Bear Parade. Live entertainment both days. See festival website for detailed schedule. Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost: Free.

Sunday River Resort, 15 South Ridge Lodge Newry, ME, 04261 Phone: 800-543-2754

April 3-5, 2015

This annual spring event is Sunday River's way of celebrating another great season. Spring rites of passage include Jimmy Buffet-inspired festivities. Reggae bands, Margarita Mix-Off, Spam Carving, Key Line Pie Eating Contest, pond-skimming. See website for detailed schedule.