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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Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH Phone: 603-373-6566
January 22 to February 21, 2016
Grand Vintner’s Dinners. Dinners star with a wine reception and hors d'oeuvres. With the guest winemaker as your evening's host, the chef serves a dinner with ingredients chosen to bring out the full flavors and perfectly complement each wine. January 23, 30; February 6, 13, and 20. $105 per person.
Big Tastings. This is a walk-about evening when guests may taste from a large selection of wines. Mediterranean-influenced cuisine at chef action station. January 22; February 12. $49.95. Grand Ballroom. 6-8:30 p.m.
Flight Nights. Order the featured flight of wine along with antipasto and small plate foods from the chef's bar. Monday-Thursday. January 25-28; February 1-4, 8-11, and 15-18. 5-7 p.m.
Shell-Shocked: An Oyster and Wine Celebration. East Coast oysters, fresh from the waters of Maine, are offered multiple ways. January 29; February 19. 5-10 p.m. No reservations or tickets required.
Bubbles & Jazz Sunday Brunch. Enjoy premium sparkling wines from around the world with a relaxed meal. January 24 and 31; February 7, 14, and 21. $44.95. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown and other locations North Adams, MA Phone: 413-664-6180
February 20, 2016
Squam Lakes Association, 534 Route 3 Holderness, NH Phone: 603-968-7336
February 13, 2016
Various locations Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-7666
February 12-21, 2016
Freeport FebFest 2016
February 1. Opening of exhibit Logging in the Maine Woods, 1915-1928: The Paintings of Alden Grant at Harrington House.
February 3. Getting Comfortable - On Stage and Off acting workshop at Freeport High School. Repeats February 25.
February 5. Freeport First Friday Just Desserts with music by jazz/pop pianist & vocalist David Watts and desserts from MASISTA and friends at Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street
February 5. L.L.Bean Lecture Series “The Isle of Shoals: 5,000 Years of Marine Ecology” at L.L.Bean Flagship Store.
February 9. Collage Glass Charm collage-making class at Freeport High School.
February 11. Freeport Players hosts Comedy Showcase with Karen Morgan, Zacariah Stearn and friends, location TBA.
February 12. Freeport Writers Group presents readings by local authors at Freeport Community Center.
February 13. First Parish Church presents "Miracle Eatery" pasta dinner at Freeport First Parish Congregational Church.
February 13. First Parish Church hosts Tom Acousti in Concert.
Friday-Sunday. FreeportUSA presents Flavors of Freeport food events from chocolate factory tours and cocktail competitions to a wine dinner and lobster brunch. Free tastings and demonstrations are hosted all over town. Flavors of Freeport Ice Bar with music by Motor Booty Affair.
February 24. Identifying Wines in Blind Tasting at Bow Street Market.
February 25. Celebrating Citrus. Explore the possibilities with citrus in this culinary arts workshop at Freeport Community Center Kitchen.
February 27. Greater Freeport Community Chorus performs at Cabaret Night at Merriconeag School.
March 4-6, 2016
February 20-28, 2016
Various locations Portsmouth, NH Phone:
February 10-15, 2016
February 10 – Festival Kickoff Party at The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street, 4-6 p.m. Later that evening, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will take place at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater, Chestnut Street.
February 11 -- Ice skating at the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke Museum. Evening entertainment includes “Satchmo at the Waldorf” at Seacoast Repertory Theatre (several performances all weekend) or Chris Botti at The Music Hall.
February 12 -- Ice skating, “Antigone” at Players Ring (several performances all weekend), and Mike MacDonald’s Comedy XXtravaganza at The Music Hall.
February 13 -- Portwalk Place opens up the entire block to an ice carving demonstration, fire dancers and special surprises. The Fire & Ice Bar Crawl and Cocktail Competition will kick off at Row 34 at 1 p.m.; in the evening The Music Hall will feature the Neoteric Dance Collective.
February 14 – Dog sled rides will be offered at Atlantic Grill in Rye, NH. Later that day, The Music Hall Loft will feature Juanito Pasquel New Flamenco Trio.
February 15 -- The Fire & Ice Festival continues with dog sled rides from 1-4 p.m. and skating at the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond until 9 p.m.
various locations Newport, NH Phone:
February 5-14, 2016
February 20, 2016
Attleboro's Winter Night Festival 2016
77 Park Street Attleboro, MA Phone:
February 20, 2016
Various locations Schoodic Peninsula and Mount Desert Island, ME Phone: 207-288-1337
February 26- March 6, 2016
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, 783 Townshend Road, Grafton, VT Phone: 802-843-2400
February 20, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $15; rentals of skis, snowshoes and fatbikes, $q12; horse-drawn sleigh rides, $20 for adults, $12 for children; Ice Bar, $25.
Downtown Lowell Lowell, MA Phone: 978-459-6150
February 19-20, 2016
Ice Skating at Tsongas Center, 300 MLK Jr. Way. 1-3 p.m. Free
Winter Carnival at Arcand Drive. Snowzilla Slide, snowmazing, obstacle course, food trucks, and marshmallow roasting. 5:30-9 p.m. Repeats Saturday Noon-5:30 p.m.
Merrimack Canal Light Display at Lucy Larcom Park. Heated tents with food & beverage, fire pits and s'mores stations, an outside ice lounge, fire dancers, canal lighting display, and more. 5:30-11 p.m. Repeats Saturday 7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Fire Dance Performances at Lucy Larcom Park. Times TBA
Progressive Party starting at Lucy Larcom Park. Craft brew samplings start at Lucy Larcom and continue at participating downtown establishments. 6 – 9 p.m.
Ice Sculptures at Lucy Larcom Park and other downtown locations. Watch as ice sculptures are created before your very eyes. 6-9 p.m.
Saturday February 20
Wildlife Tracking at Hawk Valley Farm, Varnum Avenue. 9-10:30 a.m.
Maple Sugaring at Fort Hill Park. Noon.
North Bowl Soup Competition at Masonic Center, Arcand Drive. Noon-3 p.m.
Snowman Building Competition at Lucy Larcom Park. Noon to 4 p.m.
All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Festival at St. Anne's Church. $6 per person. Noon-4 p.m.
Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides. Meet at the corner of Kirk and Merrimack streets. Noon-4 p.m.
Mittens and Museums Madness at Lowell High School. Children's games and entertainment. Noon-5:30 p.m.
Model Train Display at Lowell High School. Noon-5:30 p.m.
Finale at Arcand Drive. 6:30 p.m.
February 12-21, 2016
Saturday, February 13
Winter Carnival Outdoor Fun Day at Living Memorial Park. Snowmobile rides, skating, skiing. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sugar-on-Snow at Living Memorial Park. Noon-2 p.m. Repeats February 21.
The Barnyard at the Retreat Farm, Route 30. Noon-4 p.m. Repeats February 14, 15, 19, 21.
Sleigh and hay rides at Fairwinds Farm on Upper Dummerston Road. 1-4 p.m. Weather dependent; call 802 254-9067.
Repeats February 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. Sunday, February 14
Pancake Breakfast at The Elks Home, Putney Road. 8-11 a.m.
Country Western Jamboree at the VFW, Black Mountain Road. Age 10 and under not admitted. 1-6 p.m.
Brattleboro Figure Skating Club Ice Show at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. 2 p.m.
Monday, February 15
Jr. Olympics Downhill Ski Races at Living Memorial Park. 9 a.m.
Variety Show at the BUHS Auditorium. 7 p.m. Repeats February 16.
Tuesday, February 16
Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classes, pre-registration required. 802-246-2842. 1-2 and 2:30-3:30.Repeats February 18.
Wednesday, February 17
Chili Cook-off, hosted by The Marina. Music by Peter Miles. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 19
Queen’s Pageant at the BUHS Auditorium. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 20
Ice Fishing Derby at the Retreat Meadows. 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
Carnival Family Day at the Brattleboro Area Middle School Gymnasium. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Murder Mystery Dinner “Murder at the Luau” at the American Legion, 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 21
Princess Pageant at BUHS Auditorium. 3 p.m.
Withington Memorial Hockey Cup, Nelson Withington Skating Facility. 4 p.m.
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Phone: 603-646-3399