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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Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, and other locations in town Stowe, VT Phone: 802-253-3000

January 17-25, 2015

Stowe shines with 11 major activities for both young and old, from zany sports events, Ice Carving Competitions, movies, Kids Carnival Kaos and the infamous Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball tournaments. Information: stowewintercarnival.com.

Sage Steet Bennington, VT Phone:

January 31, 2015

The day starts off with the Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics at 11 a.m. at Lake Paran Boat Launch. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. there is an After Plunge Party at the Vermont Arts Exchange (Sage Street) with chili tasting, a cash bar, and live music
The Ice Carving Competition at the North Bennington Train Station starts on Friday, with most of the sculpting happening on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. . There will be a Winter Market Place at the Train Station. The Annual Indoor Winter Carnival at the North Bennington Graded School is a fun spot for children.
Weather permitting, there will be Wagon Rides from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to all the event venues in the village. The day concludes with the annual Pet Fashion Show at Whitman’s Feed Store at 3:30 p.m. Free parking in the Lake Paran Beach Parking Lot off of Lake Paran Road. Bus will run from the parking lot to the Plunge site.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Various locations in town Bridgton, ME Phone: 207-647-3472

February 14-15, 2015

Events during the two days of indoor and outdoor winter fun include table tennis tournament, kids snow creation competition, horse-drawn carriage wagon rides, soups and chili for sale, junior ice fishing contest, sled dog rides at Highland Lake Beach, town rink open skating, snowmobile rides, nature hike at Pondicherry Park Magic Lantern Lot, Freezin' For A Reason polar dip at Highland Lake Beach, baked bean supper at St. Josephs Parish Hall, House Concert Series at Noble House Inn.

Various Locations Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-7666

February 13-22, 2015

New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Highlighted events include the Children’s Fair, Chili Cook-Off, Chicken Wing Cook-off and an exciting, fun concert by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitude. See Festival website for detailed schedule

Various locations Portsmouth, NH Phone:

February 12-16, 2015

Ice bars, fire pits, hearth cooking/wood fire grilled food, dog sled rides, ice skating, ice sculptures/demonstrations, winter movies, opera and live music.
Thursday
Ice Skating at Strawbery Banke Puddle Dock Pond. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (daily through fest)
Kick Off Party. 5-7 p.m.
Friday
Ice Fest Charity Night at Portsmouth Gas Light Deck. 5 p.m.
Men in Motion at Portsmouth Gas Light Night Club, 7 p.m.
PMAC Jazz Night 2015 at Music Hall Loft. 7 p.m.
Mike MacDonald Comedy Xxtravaganza at Music Hall Historic Theater, 8 p.m.
Saturday
Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) & Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartok) at Music Hall Historic Theater. 12:30 p.m.
Ice Fest at Portsmouth Gas Light Deck, 5 p.m.
Ed Gerhard Valentine Concert at Seacoast Rep. 8 p.m.
Sunday
Dog Sled Rides at Strawbery Banke. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday and MOnday
Performances by Patrick Dorow at Player’s Ring. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ice Fest At Portsmouth Gas Light Deck, Noon
Fire & Ice Bar Crawl 2-6 p.m.
Monday
Performances by Patrick Dorow at Player’s Ring. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Phone: 603-646-3399

February 5-8, 2015

Known as the oldest collegiate winter festival, Winter Carnival is a celebration of winter, snow, and fun in the outdoors. Polar bear swims, races, competitions, ice and snow fun. A big part of the fest is the ice sculpting competition.