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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61 Market Street, Unit 1C
Lowell, MA, 01852
Festivals celebrate Merrimack’s legendary history and characters
Greater Merrimack Valley is a deeply historic part of New England with a delightful variety of ethnicities, all with unique stories. Probably its best-known celebration is Patriots’ Day in mid-April, when Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord hosts re-enactments of the opening battle of the Revolutionary War. The city of Lowell turns out some marvelous annual events, like the annual Lowell Folk Fest, serving up outdoor music all around the city, and the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival, honoring the city’s famous writer. The Southeast Asian Water Festival is among several fests that celebrate the city’s ethnic heritage. The Yankee Doodle Homecoming Festival honors patriot Thomas Ditson of Billerica, the inspiration of the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Harvest, Christmas, October fests take their places in the seasonal lineup.
Kalon Farms - 339 Seven Bridge Road
Lancaster, MA, 01523
Sample dozens of cuisines at this farm-based festival
Venture to the farm-rich center of Massachusetts for the August 26 Clustertruck Food Festival, where you can dig deep into a variety of foods that span many specialties, from trucks serving bacon or barbecue, right on to crepes and Asian fusion. Located at Kalon Farm in Lancaster, the food truck festival will rely heavily on local farms and food producers, which you can support economically with every bite you take. This is not about food only. Wachusett Brewery will selling beer and Kalon Farm will be offering wine tasting. You can give your taste buds a rest by taking the kids aside for bungee racing, laser tag, and shopping the works of local artisans. Bring a canned food donation for the Worcester County Food Bank.
York, Wells, Cape Neddick, ME
October 1-31, 2017
Part of Oktoberfest. Follow the trail map to experience the shops, galleries, collections, art and culture in the York and Ogunquit region. Some participants will showcase their work, while others may hold workshops or sales. Hours will vary. See website for participants.
Kate Gould Park, Main Street
October 21, 2017
Crafts and games for kids, the Chatham Town Band, professional entertainers, food trucks, a beer trailer, and fun in the park. Time: noon-4 p.m.
Depot Street and downtown
October 6-8, 2017
Three days of concerts, parades, a road race, kids’ run and dance party, oxen and woodsmen’s contests, fresh lobster and chicken barbecue, rides, street performers, and many artisans, farmer’s market, and food vendors.
Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue
September 29-30, 2017
This Octoberfest has been a tradition for decades for Boston’s brew-loving population. The party serves Harpoon beer, German food, oompah bands, chicken dancing, keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake. Tickets are not sold in advance. Please pay entry fee in cash at the door. Must be 21 or older. Time: Friday, 5:30-11 p.m. and doors close at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-7 p.m. and doors close at 5:30 p.m. Admission: Entrance and one beer for $30 and entrance and two beers for $36. Shuttles will be running from South Station. Pick up is on Summer Street heading toward Fort Point Channel. The MBTA’s Silver Line serves the neighborhood.
21 Glen Rock Road
West Kingston, RI
October 21-22, 2017
Enjoy tours of Kenyon's Grist Mill and Johnny Cake demonstrations. Sample Johnny Cakes and coffee, clam cakes and chowder. Kayak
along the Queen's River for $15 per hour per person. All equipment is provided. Kayak rentals are first come; first serve. We will not be taking reservations. here. Free admission and parking. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Throughout Jackson area
October 15-30, 2017
Open houses, pumpkin tasting tours, sleigh rides, Return of the Pumpkin People displays, the New England & Jackson Invitational Pumpkin Carving Competition take place throughout the month of October. All Things Pumpkin Festival is October 15.
Return of the Pumpkin People runs October 1-31 throughout Jackson Area. Take this self-guided tour of more than 80 different locations hosting Pumpkin People displays.
Pumpkin Carving Competition
is October 21-23 in Jackson Village. Watch artists take regular pumpkins and carve them into artworks. Teams start on October 21 continuing through Saturday at 7 p.m., when judging begins. Winners and pumpkin lighting follow the judging. The public can purchase pumpkins through Sunday October 23 afternoon.
Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road
October 29, 2017
This is a day of grape stomping, wine tasting, and pie eating. Enjoy live music from the Little Compton Band, while sipping on our local wines, and sampling food by Vineyard chefs. Compete in Grape Stomping Competition or Pie Eating Contest. Or simply relax and capture the memories with a photo of you and one of TEN31's live wine statues.
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $25 per person, includes wine tasting
Wardsboro Town Hall and Main Street
October 28, 2017
Join the whole town for Gilfeather turnip soup and turnip recipe tastings at the Turnip Café, outdoor soup kiosk, farmer’s market, many new craft and specialty artisan food vendors, 1000 pounds of turnip, turnip seeds, turnip cookbooks, turnip gifts, live music & entertainment.Free admission and parking. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
O'Maine Studio, 58 Fore Street, Aura, Portland Company, and other locations
October 17-22, 2017
Experience the flavors of Maine at Harvest on the Harbor. The three-day event will feature seminars, tastings, and exquisite dinners crafted by renowned chefs from Maine and afar. Major event include Flavors of Maine, Maine Lobster Chef of the Year, Harvest Happy Hour, Market on the Harbor, and Harbor Crawl. See website for details of events.
Littleton and Bethlehem, NH
October 27-29, 2017
-- Boofest at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem featuring Circus Minimus, the one-man circus in-a-suitcase. 6 p.m.
-- Time Out Timmy / Mad Cat Habitat Halloween Show at The Loading Dock. 5-7 p.m.
-- Halloween Festival at the Littleton High School for grades K–6. 10 a.m.-noon
-- Chili Cook-off at the Littleton Food Co-op. Noon-3 p.m.
-- Trick-or-Treat on Main, Mill and Cottage streets, 2-4 p.m.
-- Pumpkin Patch Hangout at the First Congregational Church. Warm food and kid-friendly activities. 4-6 p.m.
--- Zombie Walk All zombies are encouraged to meet at Aylakai on Main Street for the ghoulish infestation of the Riverwalk Area. 6 p.m.
-- Haunted Trick-or-Treat hosted by the Upstage Players. Family friendly. 6-8 p.m.
-- Gathering of the Jack O’Lanterns. View hundreds of pumpkins illuminating the Ammonoosuc River. Enjoy a bonfire. 6-9 p.m.
-- Phoenix Bazaar. An eclectic troupe performing with fire and LED props. 7 p.m.
-- House of Terror Get scared! Hosted by the Upstage Players; adults only. 8-10 p.m.
-- “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Colonial Theatre. Doors at 8 p.m. for cash bar and appetizer. Show at 9 p.m.
Main Street and other locations
October 20-22, 2017
Weekend festival including Autumn Bazaar,
Antique and Classic Car Show,
Dogtoberfest Beach Stroll and Social,
Great Pumpkin Patch Presentation,
Whoopie Pie Eating Contest,
Ogunquitfest Obstacle Course,
Dogtoberfest Pooch Pageant,
High Heel Dash and Walk-Off.
. Admission is free.