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

New England Fairs and Festivals

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 Phone: 978-459-6150

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. 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 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 are all in the seasonal lineup.

Ninigret Park - 4470 Old Post Road (Route 1A) Charlestown, RI Phone:

August 3-5, 2018

Luscious lobster rolls, midway rides, car shows and tribute bands. The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce Seafood Festival has all that and more, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5. Taste the steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes or raw bar. Check out the bungee jumping, wall climbing and karaoke. Tribute bands include Welcome To The Jungle (Guns and Roses), Dirty Deeds (AC/DC) and Southern Sky. Raffle prizes include lobsters, TVs and getaways. Fireworks at 9 pm on Saturday.
Hours: Friday Noon-11 pm; Saturday 11am-11pm; Sunday 11am-10pm. Admission: $9 for adults; free for children 10 & under. Parking $2. Senior & Military Discounts available.

Arnold Arboretum 125 Arborway Boston, MA Phone: 617-524-1718

May 13, 2018

The lilac collection at the Arnold Arboretum is among the premier collections of these plants in North America. This day includes tours of the lilacs and other special collections, family activities, and food vendors. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

44 Jones Rd, 301 2nd NH Turnpike, 18 E Washington Rd, 5 Center St. Hillsborough, NH Phone: 603-464-5858

August 18-19, 2018

Meet George Washington; chat with and watch period artisans; enjoy music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band; follow a battle through the woods, watch the Cavalry charge, hear the cannons roar. Suttlers, crafters, and the blacksmith will be selling their wares. Guests may make butter and ice cream, pan for gold, use an old-fashioned laundry, press cider, sample some maple syrup, and more. Lots of children’s and family hands-on activities. Enjoy scenic drives; take a horse-drawn wagon ride, or a self-guided stroll around the Old Historic Center. Take a scenic tour of stone arch bridges. Feast on traditional foods. The festival encompasses four locations with fun for the whole family.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $12; children age 6-17, $5.
Times: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

April 28, 2018

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. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Downtown Kennebunk Kennebunk, ME Phone:

May 5, 2018

This is a town celebration of May. Events include a pancake breakfast, a library book sale, Faerie Festival, craft making at the Brick Store Museum, a craft market, rock climbing, a photo booth, chalk art, May Pole dancing, live music and dance. Watch the schedule for information about the annual parade, happening at 1:30 p.m.

Bug Light Park, 1 Madison Street South Portland, ME Phone:

May 19, 2018

Kite experts will offer many activities, including a How to Fly a Kite workshop, demonstrations of show kites. The club will have a kite hospital to help with kite assembly and fixes. Kites will be available for purchase in the South Portland Historical Society's museum gift shop. Food and drinks available for purchase at a barbecue at the museum. Maine Marimba Ensemble will be playing live on the field from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

April 27-29, 2018

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. 

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

April 27-29, 2018

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; antique show; craft show; paint and sip, tastings of beer, cider, and mead; sugarhouse tours; pancake breakfasts; a carnival; . Schedule of events.

52 Gore Street Waltham, MA Phone: 781-894-2798

April 28, 2018

Shearers demonstrate modern and traditional shearing techniques. Herding dogs give demonstrations of controling a flock. The crafts fair offers hand-crafted goods by fine crafters. Also come to enjoy: live music, country dancing, an historic military encampment, traditional crafts, spinners, weavers and more. Time: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission: $20. Children aged 12 years and under, free. 

R.I. Convention Center Providence, RI Phone:

April 25- 28, 2018

Sommelier Smackdown April 25, at the Café at East Entertaining, 166 Valley Street, Providence will pit the state’s best sommeliers against each other in a blind wine tasting, followed by a wine and food pairing competition. 6-8 p.m. $50.
Dinner by Dames on April 26 is a multi-course dinner at Skyline at Waterplace, 1 Finance Way. This female-driven dining experience brings together five of Rhode Island’s most talented chefs. 6-10 p.m. $160.
Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, returns April 27 to the Food Bank’s huge lot in Providence with over 20 trucks. This annual event features restaurants and local musicians. 5:30-8 p.m. $85.
Grand Tasting on April 28 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, features samplings of beer, wine & spirits from local food artisans. There will be six culinary & beverage presentations by chefs and bartenders paired with a local producer to serve some of the best food in the country. Noon-4 p.m. $75

Island Heritage Trust, 420 Sunset Road Deer Isle, ME Phone: 207-348-2455

May 18-20, 2018

Events includes eagle spotting, night sounds, guided upland &and shorebird walks to a live owl demonstration, art galleries &and open studios, and birding activities, especially for kids. Boat excursions feature a trip to Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge to see puffins, a trip to Swan’s Island, and a guided cruise in the Deer Isle Thorofare. Schedule of Events.

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

April 28-29, 2018

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 a parade on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., craft fair, live music, fireworks, food vendors, carnival rides, and shuttle bus service. Fireworks are launched above the park on Saturday at 8 p.m. Plenty of free parking.

Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road Cummington, MA Phone:

May 26-27, 2018

All Massachusetts sheep producers and woolcraft enthusiasts are invited to participate in this event. Chosen by Yankee Magazine as one of the top 20 things to do in Massachusetts. Camping is available on the grounds for vendors and exhibitors. There is a $20 charge for campers and a $10 charge for tents. Hook-ups are first come first serve.
Admission to fair: Parking is $10 per car; $15 for a two-day pass

Brookvale Pines Farm, 154 Martin Road Fremont, NH Phone:

May 12, 13, 19, and 20, 2018

Gallant knights; fantastical fairies; lots of Renaissance-era entertainment; a Children’s Glen with games, crafts, and jousting; archery range; craft demos, knight encampments, Charity Wench & Lad Auction; Maypole. Time: Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Schedule and map.
Admission: Adults, $15; kids age 5 to 12 and active military or veterans and seniors over age 54, $10

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

April 28, 2018

Saturday morning opens with a 5k run and a pancake breakfast at the Welcome Center. The street festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Railroad Street. Entertainment will be provided all day long and the streets will be lined with over 60 craft and food vendors.

Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-5596

May 11-13, 2018

Blooming dogwood trees, live music, and arts festival, and garden plant show and sale. Activities for all ages. The festival is always held Mothers Day weekend. Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.