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.

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. 

One Village Green Quechee, VT Phone: 802-295-7900

June 19-21, 2015

The skies over Quechee will be filled with hot air balloons during the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, one of the longest running hot air balloon festivals in New England. The festival offers 20 hot air balloons, with five flights scheduled throughout the festival, tethered rides during the day, music and entertainment for all ages, 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities include train rides, a bounce house and more. Admission: Adults over age 13, $15; children age 6 to 12, $5. Admission is good for the whole weekend. Gates open Friday at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 a.m. Balloon ascensions are Friday at 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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. 

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. 

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.

Wilcox Park, Grove Avenue Westerly, RI Phone:

May 23-24, 2015

The festival will present the selected works of professional artists and crafts persons. Virtu will be a showcase for both the visual arts and performing arts. Held rain or shine. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

May 1-3, 2015

Brewster in Bloom weekend kicks off with the Brewster Band in concert at the Brewster Baptist Church. Throughout the weekend you can enjoy an arts fair, chowder festival, road race, dinner dance, antiques and collectibles fair, and tours of Brewster’s historic homes. Don’t miss Sunday’s grand parade down Brewster's Main Street. See event website for detailed schedule. 
Events include the Captains Golf Course Closest to the Pin Contest each morning of the fest; the self-guided Antiques & Arts Excursion of local galleries each day; the Brewster Band Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday at Brewster Baptist Church; the Kid Fest At Drummer Boy Park on Saturday; a juried Fine Arts & Crafts Show at Cape Cod Sea Camps on Saturday and Sunday; the Brewster Bloomin’ Parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday; and the Historic Inns of Brewster Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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 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.

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. 

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. 

59 Little John Road Websterville, VT Phone: 802-479-1000

June 26-28, 2015

RockFire is a unique combination of art, music and fire on a monumental scale, celebrating Central Vermont’s colorful granite heritage. Events happen at Millstone Hill’s abandoned quarries and granite industry ruins. The centerpiece of the event is Firewalk, a three-mile procession lit by thousands of candles and luminaries with dozens of bonfires, all leading to variety of fire-lit art installations and six live performance stages. The words most often used to describe RockFire are “amazing, magical, one of a kind, and powerful.” (No children under 10 allowed on the FireWalk.)
Time: All day and evening
Admission: Concert: adults, $10; youth age 10-17, $5; Firewalk: adults, $20; youth, $10; combo, adults, $25; youth, $12.

Greenfield Community College (I-91, Exit 26) Greenfield, MA Phone: 413-341-3317

July 10-12, 2015

Because of a huge turnout in 2014, the festival is expanded in 2015 to three days. The 2015 lineup of 40 acts on three stages will include Steve Earle, Punch Brothers, Tune-Yards, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Milk Carton Kids, J Mascis, Rubblebucket, and more. Also: local food, beer and wine, handmade crafts, a dance tent, a wide array of kid's activities and entertainment, and hot air balloon rides. Admission: $79.99 for full weekend; $19.99 for Friday; $59.99 for Saturday and Sunday, Children under age 10 admitted free. Hours: Gates open Friday at 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at noon

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.

Downtown, town common, and grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat Brattleboro, VT Phone:

June 5-7, 2015

http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/ June 5-7 Strolling of the Heifers and Slow Living Summit 2015 Three days of events, centered upon the Strolling of the Heifers Parade on Saturday, celebrate local farmers and agriculture.
Friday
Gallery Walk & Street Festival at Main Street and the River Garden. Food, music, dancing and fun at the annual downtown block party! 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday
Strolling of the Heifers Parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. Please leave your dog at home.
Slow Living Expo At Brattleboro Commons and Retreat Grounds. Cheese Village, Healthy Living Village, Crafts Village, Woodlands Exhibit, Goat Olympics, entertainment, food vendors, bouncy castle. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday
Famous Farmers Breakfast at the Marina Restaurant (off Putney Road, just north of the West River Bridge). 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tour de Heifer Vermont’s most challenging dirt road cycling rides (plus family-friendly Round Mountain hike) Beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, W. Brattleboro
Farm Tours. Guided tours at five area farms

Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Power Road in Westford, MA Phone:

May 29-31, 2015

New England brings you 3 days of live country music and line dancing. Live music by Darren Bessette, Dusty Gray Band, Walkin The Line, 36 Red, Boys of Rockingham, Brandon LePere, and Ben Cesare. Line dancing by Michelle Jackson Barbecue vendors will be serving up their specialties (a la carte pricing). Enjoy a beer and wine garden, mechanical bull riding competition, Kiddieland, hot dog eating competition, and more!

May 1-31, 2015

The month-long event will include a variety of Cape-wide maritime-themed activities, including guided kayak excursions, lighthouse & walking tours, nautical art exhibits, and more. See website for full schedule of events. Here is a sample from the list:
Guided Kayak Excursions (May 1-June 6), Paws at the Beach Pet Party (May 9), Tours at Nauset Lighthouse (May 10- October 25), HyArts Shanties on Hyannis Harbor (May 15-September 27), Toast of Harwich (May 15) Maritime Yard Sale and Flea Market (May 15- 16), Tours of Highland Lighthouse (May 16-October 12), Osterville’s Nautical Hunt Shopping Weekend (May 29-30) Wellfleet Harborfest 2015 (May 30), Cape Cod Maritime History Symposium (June 6).

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.