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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.

To find more events, visit our Events Calendar.

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, 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.

Mount Sunapee Resort - 1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH, 03255 Phone: 603-224-3375

August 6-14, 2016 - 10am - 5pm daily, rain or shine!

Anyone who has browsed the retail stores of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen recognizes the distinction between this group’s work and simple hobby production. Each piece of glassware, pottery, textiles, jewelry and other forms of high craftsmanship is exquisite, showing the hand of a master. The League was founded during the Great Depression to support and promote craft makers’ art; this deep history assures shoppers that these products are of the first quality. Besides enjoying and buying crafts, visitors to the annual fair can see craft demonstrations; join a workshop or class, including classes for kids; try on fashions and accessories at the CraftWear Exhibition; walk through the Sculpture Garden; and enjoy entertainment by strolling musicians, giant puppets, magicians, mind readers, and much more!

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-229-1975 Toll-Free: 800-358-7268

September 16-18, 2016 -- Come celebrate all things Scottish

New Hampshire and the White Mountains are rich with interesting festivals all year long, but few can surpass the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival for a dramatic immersion into a colorful, hearty culture. Be part of this 3-day celebration of Scottish music, food and drink, athletics, dance, heritage and more! Watch world-class athletes compete in games like the caber toss, hammer throw, weight over bar, stone carry. Scottish and Celtic performers will be playing traditional piping and drumming to bagpipe-infused rock ‘n’ roll. Explore the Clan Village to see the attire and customs of 65 clans and learn their history. Children will love the sheep dog trials and the special Festival Youth Program, which features games, crafts, storytelling, and more. Adults can savor tastings of authentic Scotch whiskies and beers.
Event Dates & Times: September 16-18, 2016 - 8am - 5pm Daily. A full schedule including off-site events will be available in August.

85 North Policy Street Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-3560

June 18 to October 30, 2016 -- Canobie Is a Festival Every Day

You could argue that every day is a festival day at Canobie Lake Park, since the place brims with rides, games, summer indulgence food, and fun. Even so, the festive atmosphere ramps up with a calendar of events stretching from April to October. At the Dancehall Theater's two stages and The Gazebo, guests can enjoy dances parties, musical tribute acts and the weekly Battle of the Bands, along with magic shows, juggling and circus acts, and game shows. At other locations, extreme BMX bicycle stunt riders will astonish the kids and Chinese acrobats will have some of the young ones planning to run away and join the circus. Every Saturday throughout July and August there's a stunning fireworks display. And throughout the season we'll have special recognition days to honor members of the armed forces, moms, dads, and other heroes. Festivity is Canobie’s specialty!

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT Phone: 860-713-3131

August 6, 2016

Taste of the Caribbean brings authentic cuisine, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. A full day of music, dance, Caribbean games, and children’s activities. For some, the highlight of the day is the Carnival Parade and the dazzling costumes. For others, it’s getting a taste of that fiery jerk chicken. Time: 1-11 p.m.

Ninigret Park - 4470 Old Post Road (Route 1A) Charlestown, RI, 02813 Phone: 401-364-4031

August 5-7, 2016

A gastronomic extravaganza of Rhode Island's best seafood—lobster, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes, corn on the cob, a raw bar, and more. Plus arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock climbing wall, children's shows, and classic car show. Time: Friday, noon - 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission: Adults, $9; children under 10, free admission. Parking, $2.

American Museum of Fly Fishing, 4070 Main Street Manchester, VT Phone:

August 6, 2016

The American Museum of Fly Fishing event of the summer presents the joy of fly fishing with demonstrations, local vendors, and a gathering of fishermen. Chefs, food trucks, farmers, and eating establishments will be in attendance. Mad River Distillery will also be on hand providing tastings of bourbons and rums. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free all day!

South Water Street Ocean State Oyster Festival 2016 South Water Street Providence, RI Phone:

September 17, 2016

A ticket to the Ocean State Oyster Festival gets you a half-dozen oysters, raw or restaurant prepared; a beer or glass of wine; live music & DJ; food trucks; shucking contest. All of this is in a a family-friendly environment along the river . This is a rain or shine event.

North Stonington Fairgrounds, 21 Wyassup Road North Stonington, CT Phone:

August 12-14, 2016

The Mystic Blues Festival presents a unique blend of blues and roots-based music at the North Stonington Fairgrounds, a new location for 2016. Headlining the three day festival are six-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. See website for full schedule of performers. Admission: Friday, premium seating, $55 and lawn seating, $35; Saturday, premium, 75 and lawn, $55; Sunday, premium, $65, and lawn, $45; weekend pass, $110 and $160.

Empire Street Providence, RI Phone:

August 13, 2016

Foo Fest is AS220’s annual summer block party, held outdoors and inside, on Empire Street in Providence, that highlights the arts, music, creative, and cultural scene of Providence. The fest runs from 1 p.m.-1 a.m. This year’s headliner is composer Dan Deacon. Bands schedule to perform include Arc Iris, Churchburn, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Harry And The Potters, As220 Youth Zukrewe, Taina Asili, Houseboy, Leiko, Gertrude Atherton, Powermonster, Hussy, Secret Lover, Lovesick, Sidy Maiga, The Quahogs, Snowplows, Theosophia, Flinstones, and Xr- Tabs.

Madeira Field, 50 Madeira Avenue New Bedford, MA Phone: 508-992-6911

August 4-7, 2016

Don’t miss this mega-celebration of Portuguese heritage with plenty of food, including beef skewers you can cook over a 40 foot barbecue pit, drink, music and fun times! Enjoy the folk songs and dances and music from the Bon Jovi tribute band, Living on a Bad Name. There will be a parade on Sunday and kids entertainment on Saturday afternoon. Times: All day, consult website for event times. Admission: Free

Sugar Shack Campground, 2010 Route 175 Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3471

August 4-7, 2016

http://pemivalleybluegrass.com Enjoy music from national bluegrass bands like Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Seldom Scene, The Gibson Brothers, Blue Highway, Helen Highwater Stringband, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Lonely Heartstring Band, Gold Heart, Zink & Company, Beartracks, Bluegrass Gospel Project, NewFound Grass, Parker Hill Road Band, Robinson Gospel Jam. Camping encouraged! Tickets and fees

Centre Street Congregational Church, 9 Center Street Machias, ME Phone: 207-255-6665

August 16-21, 2016

This annual festival celebrates the area's top crop. The event features a children's parade, a fish fry, music, a blueberry pancake breakfast, over 250 craft booths, live music, a blueberry pie eating contest and plenty more family fun. Schedule of events.

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT Phone:

August 13-14, 2016

This two day festival is a ticketed event that allows you to taste the wines from all of the wineries; take a tour of the Bishop’s Orchards Winery; hear seminars by wine experts, live music and entertainment; and visit with local vendors and artisans. Food offered at the event is an additional charge. Tickets are valid for one day; you may not use one ticket for both days. Adults, $30-$35; Adults VIP, $60-$70; designated drivers,$10. time: Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Main Street Park, at routes 4 & 7 Rutland, VT Phone:

August 6-7, 2016

Art in the Park has been named one of the “Sunshine Artist 200 Best,” and voted Rutland Herald’s Best of the Best in the category of Best Arts Festival. Added value like food, music, craft demonstrations, and kids activities are also offered.

Egypt Road and Billings Road Somers, CT Phone: 860-749-6527

September 15-18, 2016

Livestock exhibits, car show, live music, skillet throw, midway, antique & farm machinery, agricultural exhibits, demonstrations, children’s contests, bingo. Admission: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, $10; Thursday, $6; children age 12 years and younger, free; seniors all day Thursday and Friday, $5.

Route 117 Ledyard, CT Phone: 860-464-9122

September 5, 6, & 7, 2014

Events include oxen and garden tractor pulls, chess tournament, mechanical bull, animals exhibits, redneck Olympics, bingo. Entertainment by Cassadee Pope and Braiden Sunshine. Cost: Adults, $8; seniors and youth age 13-18, $5; 3-day pass, $13; children under age 11, free. Parking: Free at junior and senior high school with shuttle bus to fair. .

15 Fairgrounds Road Brooklyn, CT Phone: 860-779-0012

August 25-28, 2016

Oldest continuously active agricultural fair in the United States. Draft horses, livestock shows, home and garden exhibits, live entertainment, historical displays, special daily events, midway and great food. Please see website for more information. Admission: Adults $10, children under 12 free; on Friday Senior admission is $6. Parking is $5 in fair parking lots. Hours: Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday- Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road Milton Mills, NH Phone: 603-978-7125

August 13, 2016

This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities: take a hayride to the river and look for wildlife in its clear waters, observe and learn about rescued wild animals, try fishing with your kids or let them explore a corn maze or petting zoo, watch demonstrations of traditional rural skills, take your child on a discovery walk in the woods or join a guided family forest walk, and much more! Rain or shine; no pets please. Admission: Adults, $5; family, $10; kids age 12 and younger, free Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Grange Hall & Fairgrounds, Route 156 Lyme, CT Phone: 860-434-9497

August 19-21, 2016

Old-fashioned country fair with baking contest, pony rides, farm exhibits, animals, demonstrations, games, midway, and small farm animals. Plenty of music and entertainment is provided by local talents.  Cost: Adults, $5; seniors,$3; children under age 12, free.

County Street Bennington, VT Phone:

August 6, 2016

Beer connoisseurs rejoice! Coming this summer is a unique and fun festival dedicated to home brewed beers. Along with samplings, there will be a live band, food and other vendors, as well as a homemade root beer stand. Prizes will be awarded to the best beers, a $20 registration fee is required of the first 60 home brewers who register. Admission: free or $20 to sample and vote

Wolcott Fairgrounds, Todd Road Wolcott, CT Phone: 203-879-5466

August 19-21, 2016

Carnival rides; livestock displays; live music; arts and crafts exhibits; petting zoo and pony rides, balloon art; fireworks each night. Time: Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost: $6 on Saturday and Sunday before 4 p.m.; $8 on Friday-Sunday after 4 p.m.

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Route 11A Gilford, NH Phone: 978-346-4577

August 3-6, 1016

Don't miss this year's line up of top Christian artists like Skillet, Switchfoot, Michael W. Smith, and may more. See fest website for schedule of performances. 

July 16-August 13, 2016

More than a month of wonderful music! Monadnock Music’s 50th season features great programs, wonderful artists, and is being performed throughout the Monadnock region.Festival schedule

100 Main Street South Bridgewater, CT Phone: 860-354-4730

August 19-21, 2016

The Bridgewater Country Fair is a long standing tradition, preserving the character of the country fairs of yesterday, when farmers and other country folk congregated to compete with their prized livestock, produce, and arts and crafts. The fair includes displays of livestock, produce, arts and crafts, farm and lawn equipment, midway with rides, motocross, pig racing, and food tents. Cost: $8; children under age 12, free; 3-day pass, $16; seniors, $6 . Time: Fair opens 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking.

July 29-31, 2016

The Bookstock Literary Festival brings together 40 poets, novelists, historians, and other writers to talk about their work. The event also includes used and vintage book sales, a literary marketplace for publishers and writers, activities for children, food and music, story telling, workshops and a poetry slam at ArtisTree Community Arts Center. ArtisTree also hosts the opening of UnBound, a juried exhibit of book-related art. The entire festival is free and open to all.

Fairground Road Union, ME Phone: 207-785-3281

August 20-27, 2016

Enjoy games, rides, raffles, parades, live music, livestock shows, a midway, firework, demolition derby, and more. Lots of blueberry baking, tasting, judging, and eating events. On Friday, August 22, the featured entertainment will be a tribute to Maine country music artists. Time: gates open daily at 8 a.m. See website for events schedule. Cost: Adults, $12; children, $8.

Main Street Wilton, ME Phone: 207-778-4726

August 5-6, 2016

Festival goers are invited to pick their own blueberries on the farm before enjoying a host of weekend activities including but not limited to live entertainment, a bake sale, book sale, yard sale, horse and wagon rides, historical tours, auctions, barbecue, and more. 

Derby Wharf, Derby Street Salem, MA Phone:

August 5-7, 2016

The Salem Maritime Festival celebrates four centuries of maritime heritage. Live music, re-enactments, visiting vessels, harbor cruises and a wide range of free family activities will make Derby Wharf come alive in a special tribute to Salem's seaport past, present, and future. Dance, story-telling, radio-controlled boats, and marine touch tanks are some of the many ways to enjoy this day by the ocean! Hours: all day.

Various locations throughout Newburyport Newburyport, MA Phone:

July 30 - August 7, 2016

Nine days of summer fun for adults and kids of all ages. Join us in the beautiful coastal city of Newburyport for a week of music, food, art, family activities, and more — all capped off by fireworks on the waterfront on Saturday, and a Grand Parade on Sunday.

East Haven Fall Festival on the Green 2016

Town Green, Main and River streets East Haven, CT Phone:

September 9-11, 2016

Rides, games, food vendors, and arts & crafts exhibitors. Time: Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. with a car show at 9 a.m. 

Hampton Beach, Ocean Blvd. Hampton Beach, NH Phone: 603-926-8717

August 15-19, 2016

The Hampton Beach Children's Festival opens on August 15 with a magic show by BJ Hickman on the Hampton Beach Seashell Stage and builds up to a Giant Costume Parade that marches almost the length of Hampton Beach on Friday. Each day will be filled with activity, including mini-golf, ice cream, dancing, story tellers, balloons, and more. There's even a kids' bumper sticker contest. All festival activities are free and open to the public.

Quechee Village Green and Quechee Ski Area Quechee, VT Phone: 802-299-2102

August 6, 2016

This music fest features The Drifters & The Platters with The Josh Logan Band opening on August 6. The musical line up welcomes top chosen local talents who will be performing throughout the day. The fest will include offerings from local food purveyors, Vermont brewers, ciders, spirits and artisan crafts. After 5 p.m., the festival moves from the Quechee Green to the Quechee Ski Area for music by The Josh Logan Band, followed by The Drifters and The Platters at 7:15 p.m. Admission: Adults, $30; students, $10; kids under 6, free Time: 11a.m. to 9:30p.m.

Casco Day Park, 948 Meadow Road Casco Village, ME Phone:

July 28-30, 2016

This is a fun family carnival with a midway every day, fireworks on Thursday night, a chicken barbecue and children’s parade at 7 p.m. on Friday, a pancake breakfast and road race on Sunday, a Grand Parade, happing for the first time on Saturday at 2 p.m., a Saturday supper followed by live music by Rick Charette & the Bubble Gum Band at 7 p.m. Drawings for prizes each day. Time: Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Harbor Park, Water Street Rockland, ME Phone: 207-596-7126

August 3-7, 2016

Tons of steamed Maine lobsters served along with pageantry, waterfront activities, maritime displays and demonstrations, Maine arts and crafts, visits to Navy and Coast Guard ships, harbor cruises, contests, lots of wonderful entertainment, a giant parade, international lobster crate race, children's activities and much more. See event website for schedule of activities.

Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, and at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Falmouth Provincetown and Falmouth, MA Phone:

August 11 and August 15, 2016

This year’s Provincetown Jazz Festival will be packed with good music and fun for all. The lineup includes many notable names, such as Billy Stritch, Evan Christopher and Nicki Parrot. Tickets sell out quickly so don’t hesitate! there are two locations: August 11 at The Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street, Provincetown, and August 15 at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit. Admission: $30

290 Washington Avenue (Route 5) North Haven, CT Phone:

September 8-11, 2016

Great fun the the whole family with food, rides, entertainment, exhibits, a petting zoo, music, and much more. Also come and enjoy pony, horse, and ox pulling contests. Admission: $10; senior on Sunday only, $5; children under age 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Hours: Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

The Naswa Resort 1086 Weirs Blvd. Laconia, NH Phone: 603-366-4341

July 29-31, 2016

Have a perfect beach weekend starting with a lake party on Friday night and following with relaxing beach days on Saturday and Sunday. Live Jimmy Buffet-Style music fills the air and takes your cares away. Free admission.

Railroad Park, off Oxford Street Lewiston, ME Phone: 207-782-2637

August 19-21, 2016

An annual hot-air balloon festival featuring approximately 30 balloons, including some special shapes. Held annually the 3rd weekend of August. Events include balloon rides and tethered balloons (weather permitting), musical entertainment all weekend for all ages, family fun day on Sunday, craft and trade vendors, various food booths, exhibitors, children's activities, carnival, and much more.

Camelot Village, Jct.of Routes 7 & 9 Bennington, VT Phone: 802-447-3311

September 3-4, 2016

Join garlic lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from garlic and herbs! Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $6; children age 12 and younger, $2

Downtown Mystic, CT Phone: 860-572-9578

August 13-14, 2016

One of the country’s finest and oldest art shows showcased along the streets of the historic downtown area. More than 250 fine artists will exhibit oils, watercolors, photography, pastels, sculpture & acrylics. Sixty-one fine crafters will display their creative works. There will be music performances, children's art activities and a great array of food and beverages. Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Clinton Town Beach, Waterside Lane Clinton, CT Phone:

August 20, 2016

Clinton Town Beach is hosting a summer fest with music, food, face painting, games, and fireworks. Bring the whole family to partake in this summer evening of fun. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.

100 Dutton Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-561-8300

July 29-August 7, 2016

The Bangor State Fair has everything fair-goers could wish for; live entertainment, animal exhibits, a circus, a bike stunt show, food, rides, games, and more. There will be a different concert each night on the big stage in front of the grandstand! These shows are free with paid admission and will feature the best in rock, country, bluegrass, big band, and hip-hop music.

Topsham Fairgrounds, off Rt 196 onto Community Way Topsham, ME Phone:

August 15, 2015

This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish vendors and crafts, reenactors, gathering of clans, folk singing, Scottish food, and much more.  

281 Route 169 South Woodstock, CT Phone: 860-928-3246

September 2-5, 2016

Agricultural exhibition building, civil war camp, Brunn Barn Agricultural Museum complex, barnyard babies, heritage breeds, antique engines, antique cars, craft tents, midway by Fiesta Shows, fireworks, Labor Day parade, antique farm machinery, antique trucks, the living statue, go-kart racing, ceremonial Indian dancing, open horse show, grange exhibits,live music on stage. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: General, $12; seniors age 65 and older, $8; children age 10 and younger admitted free. Parking, $5.

Pioneer Courthouse Square Portland, ME Phone:

August 25-27, 2016

Non-stop entertainment, food, wine and beer gardens, raffle and more. Opera on Thursday night. Performance schedule. Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

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

August 20-21, 2016

Travel back in time at the eighth annual Living History event, where historic figures have come to tell their stories and teach about life before today. Characters such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Abigail Adams and Betsy Ross will be there, along with activities such as panning for gold, soap making, candle dipping, and butter churning. There will be plenty of food available for purchase. Admission: Adults, $10; 6-17, $5; Seniors, $8; 5 & under, free. Times: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane Guilford, CT Phone:

September 16-18, 2016

Enjoy rides, animals, food, entertainment, and vendors all weekend long! The parade will start Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Live music by Mike Delguidice & Big Shot on Friday night, Nick Fradiani on Saturday night, and Nashville Drive on Sunday. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children age 6-11, $5. Hours: Friday, 1-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9  a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Norton Park, off Route 177 Plainville, CT Phone: 860-747-0283

August 26-28, 2016

The annual Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival attracts thousands of spectators. The festival opens up Friday night at 5 p.m. and live music is performed from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Balloon glows from 8:15 to 9 p.m. On Saturday the festival opens at 6 a.m. with a balloon launch (weather permitting), followed by a craft fair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Classic Car show from noon to 5 p.m.; a balloon launch at 6 p.m.; and live entertainment from noon until 10 p.m. by various bands. Sunday opens at 6 a.m. with the final balloon launch and the festival closes at 9 a.m.

Boston Fish Pier, 212 Northern Avenue Boston, MA Phone:

August 7, 2016

All-day lobster bake; live music; Harpoon beer garden; Battle of the Shuckers oyster shucking contest and fish-cutting contest; chef demonstrations; fisheries, health, and environmental education; arts and crafts vendors; blessing of the fleet; face painting; balloons, and more for children and adults! time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission: $15.

Goshen Fair 2016

116 Old Middle Street (Route 63) Goshen, CT Phone: 860-491-3655

September 3-5, 2016

The 103rd Goshen Agricultural Fair opens on Saturday with a full 3 day schedule of events. Live bands, livestock shows and competitions, a petting zoo and children's shows, truck and tractor pulls, rides, contests, great food and endless fun for the whole family. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission: Adults, $9; children under age 12 admitted for free.

July 29 - August 7, 2016

Berries, vintage cars, music, food and displays are all part of the Blueberry Festival in the Mount Snow-area towns of Wilmington, Dover, Jacksonville/Whitingham, Readsboro and Marlboro. Festival highlights include a Blueberry Ball, Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, Blueberry Festival Parade on July 30, Blueberry River Float, Blueberry Splash, and Blueberry Block Party. See festival website for detailed schedule of events.

Augur Farm, Route 22 North Branford, CT Phone: 203-315-6017

August 6-9, 2015

The festival offers amusement rides, entertainment on two stages, craft vendors, food vendors, and of course, potatoes and corn. Special events include Friday night car show, Saturday tractor pull, Saturday evening fireworks, and Sunday 5K Cross Country race and an all day Folk Fest. Email: admin@nbpotatofest.com Time: Thursday & Friday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Parking, $10/$15.

Bangor Waterfront, Front Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-992-2630

August 26-28, 2016

This annual festival from August 26-28 includes a roster of national and international performing groups, sharing the traditional arts, culture and heritage of their region on four stages along the Bangor Waterfront. This year, performers from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Portugal, Ethiopia, and Canada, as well as the United States, are featured. There will be a children's area with activities for the whole family; dozens of food vendors offering ethnic food, regional specialties and traditional festival favorites; and a a Marketplace offering unique, handcrafted items and Taste of Maine treats.

The Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle Street Goshen, CT, 06756 Phone: 860-361-6285

August 6-7, 2016

Litchfield Jazz Festival celebrates 21 years this August 6 and 7. The themed program, Generations Of Jazz, pairs young stars-in-the-making with iconic players. Young lions like saxophonist Albert Rivera and pianist Emmet Cohen will be joined by guitarist Paul Bollenback and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Other well-known artists includes Steve Johns, Orrin Evans, Dave Stryker, Donald Harrison, Avery Sharpe. Matt Wilson and many more. The festival's Sunday kickoff, Scat & Scramble- A Jazz Brunch, will have a New Orleans with saxophonist Donald Harrison and an all-star band. Email: info@litchfieldjazzfest.com.
Admission; Tickets start at $37 for general admission on the lawn. Tickets are on sale now at LJF2016.eventbrite.com.

Court Square Springfield, MA Phone:

August 6, 2016

The Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival is family-friendly event designed to bring people of many different walks of life together to share their love and passion for music and art. Sweet, sensual, energetic, and infectious musical sounds from a wide range of genres, including jazz, Latin jazz, gospel, blues, funk and more will fill the air in Court Square. Food will be provided by many vendors, including Blackjack Steakhouse, Neville’s Creole Cuisine n’ Catering, Nadim’s, La Veracruzana, Elegant Affairs, Queenie’s Island Cuisine and others. Festival is held rain or shine. Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Featured musicians are Jose Gonzalez and Banda Criolla, Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, the Eric Krasno Band, Heshima Moja and Ofrecimiento with guest Rayvon Owen, Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Terri Lyne Carrington Group, and Taj Mahal.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT Phone: 860-713-3131

August 20, 2016

Welcome to the exhilarating sport of dragon boat racing. This event features Asian entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, educational cultural booths, delicious Asian cuisine, Asian games for kids and much more. Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Water Street Grand Lake Stream, ME Phone: 207-796-8199

July 30-31, 2016

Folk art, music, quilts, canoes, cultural exhibits. See event website for details. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: One day $8; two days, $12

Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road Charlestown, RI Phone: 888-855-6940

September 4-6, 2015

In addition to multiple stages of music, dance, food, and fun, the festival lineup for 2015 includes: The Mavericks, Keb Mo, Los Lobos, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Lake Street Dive, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Sarah Potenza, Marcia Ball, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, The Cash Box Kings, Eilen Jewell, Matt Anderson, Ten Strings & A Goatskin, Roddy Romero & the Hub City All Stars, Della Mae featuring Jim Lauderdale, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dustbowl Revival, Del Barber, Ruben Moreno & the Zydeco Re-evolution, Howell Devine, The Strumbellas, Dog Hill Stompers, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, Parsonfield, The Bombadils, Yvette Landry & Richard Comeaux, The Mike & Ruthy Band, Hello Strangers, David Greely, Ed Poullard & Preston Frank.
Admission: 3 days with camping: $210 per person (at the gate, $225); 3 days without camping: $150 per person (at the gate, $175); Friday, $40 (at the gate, $50); Saturday, $60 (at the gate, $70); Sunday, $60 (at the gate $70). Teens age 13-19, half price with purchase of adult ticket; children age 12 and younger, free with ticketed adult; seniors over age 61, $5 off day tickets at the gate.
Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. - midnight; Saturday and Sunday, noon ­- midnight.

Waterfront Park, Lake Champlain Burlington, VT Phone: 802-999-5478

August 7, 2016

The Festival is a lively day of teams racing dragon boats on beautiful Lake Champlain. The festival also features entertainment all day, food vendors. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

Spruce Peak at Stowe, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT Phone: 888-683-2427

August 26-28, 2016

The Stowe Wine & Food Classic is New England’s preeminent culinary event. The three-day classic kicks off Friday with a night of blues, beer, and food truck cuisine. The big events are the five-course wine-pairing dinner and charity ball on Saturday night and the grand tasting on Sunday afternoon. See the festival website for scheduling details and tickets.

Lowell Folk Festival 2016

Various locations throughout Downtown Lowell Lowell, MA Phone:

July 25-27, 2014

The Lowell Folk Festival features five stages of traditional ethnic music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children's activities. See website for full schedule. Admission: Free. Information: lowellfolkfestival.org.

Evergreen Walk, 100 Cedar Avenue South Windsor, CT Phone:

September 8-11, 2016

Special features include animal exhibits, racing pigs, Saturday fireworks, midway, stage entertainment, magic show. Admission: Adults, $6; seniors over age 64, $3; children 57 inches tall and taller, $6. Parking is free. Hours: Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday 6-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Roaring Brook Park, Roaring Brook Road Barton, VT Phone: 802-525-3555

August 17-21, 2016

This event features family-oriented fun and games, including magic shows, arts and crafts making and shopping, as well as farm activities like horse pulls and sheep competitions. There's a petting zoo for the kiddies, and Buddy the Clown, too. Orleans County Fair will host antique exhibits, live daily entertainment, and even a sand sculpture exhibition. This year's fair features midway rides by Dreamland Amusements. Cost: $10-$15; seniors, $7. Admission includes all rides and shows.
Hours: Gates open at 8:45 a.m.; midway opens at noon.

Northern Maine Fairgrounds, Mechanic Street Presque Isle, ME Phone: 207-764-6561

August 25-28, 2016

This hot-air balloon festival features 15 hot-air balloons, balloon rides, entertainment, and a street fair; something for everyone. Tethered rides will be offered Friday and Saturday, 5-8 p.m., weather permitting. Time: Balloon rides start at 5:30 a.m. Cost: varies depending on balloon pilot. 

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott Street Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-725-3127

August 19-21, 2016

Greek food, pastry, music, dance, marketplace. Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.

Downtown Winter Harbor Winter Harbor, ME Phone:

August 13, 2015

Events begin at 7 a.m. in Birch Harbor with registration for the George Schaeffer Road Race. A pancake breakfast is served at the Winter Harbor Masonic Hall from 6 to 10 a.m. The craft fair opens at 9 a.m. on Harbor Road in Winter Harbor and a lobster dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lobster Boat Races are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and a parade on Main Street begins at 5:30 p.m. A contra dance begins at 7 p.m. at Hammond Hall. Time: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White Street Salem, MA Phone: 617-666-8530

August 20-21, 2016

A rare chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats of all kinds from elegant 1920s-50s era mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers to sloops, sharpies, yawls and schooners. Tour the vessels. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boat! A crafts market, artists, old time band music and the "Blessing of the Fleet" all add to this colorful event. Hours: Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission: $5, free for kids under age 12.

2145 White Mountain Highway Center Ossipee, NH Phone: 603-323-8181

August 13-14, 2016

Over 200 Native Americans from New England come together to celebrate their heritage at this festival. The party welcomes visitors to share in the activities and join in the traditional dances. Peruse the vendors and sample elk, buffalo or venison burgers with sweet potato chips. Time: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission: Donations only.

Gloucester Waterfront Gloucester, MA Phone:

September 2-4, 2016

Two-day festival includes sailing competitions; Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday; boat parade of lights followed by fireworks above Gloucester harbor on Saturdayevening; Parade of Sail on Sunday morning. Festival schedule.

New Haven Green New Haven, CT Phone:

August 27, 2016

Listen to the live music and enjoy food and crafts from vendors on site.
6-6:30 p.m. - - Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble
6:45-7:45 p.m. — The Mitch Frohman Quartet
8-9 p.m. — The Christian Sands Quartet

August 4-14, 2016

Heritage Days kicks off this year at Derby Wharf with a concert by the SqueezeBox Stompers, followed by three days of entertainment, children’s activities, demonstrations, harbor cruises, and tours of visiting vessels. Seven new events are on the schedule this year, including free performances by English Morris dancers; a performance of the musical "Godspell"; and salsa on the South River. Heritage Days bring sback Witches Cup Bike Race around Salem Common. Also: Tour-A-Truck, Salem’s Best Pizza Contest, the Salem Community Concert Band, the Ice Scream Bowl, Kids Night on the Common, the Essex Street Fair, and the Phillips House Antique Car Meet. Event schedule.

Kirtland Terrace, off Route 154 Chester, CT Phone:

August 26-28, 2016

This agricultural family fair features animal exhibits and competitions, a magic show, and fun for kids like frog jumping, reptile ponds, giant bubbles, balloon animals, and a bird presentation! Featuring plenty of interaction with and observation of animals, as well as a full midway with amusement rides. Admission: Adults, $8; seniors on Saturday and Sunday, $6; children under age 12, free. 3 day pass, $21. Free parking.

175 South Main Street (Route 7) Rutland, VT Phone: 802-775-5200

September 16-20, 2016

Agricultural events include horse & cattle shows and exhibits, farm museums, horse, pony & ox pulling contests, ox shows, sheep & goat shows, horse shows, etc. 4H building, maple sugar house, dairy center, forestry building, fish & game and pet & poultry building. Many free shows including: Rocky McCoy, Adirondack Fiddlers, Heart to Heart, Draw the Line and much more. The midway will provide over 35 rides. Time: Daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: $5-$10 depending on guest age; parking is free.

Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights Bennington, VT Phone:

August 5-7, 2016

The festival (formerly called the Hildene Festival of Manchester) is returning to Camelot Village in Bennington with 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling their handcrafted creations. The exhibitors will be housed in tents so the festival is held rain or shine. There will be a Kids Zone, a food court, music, comic juggling, and Vermont craft beers. time: Friday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adult for one day, $8; adult for the weekend, $10; kids under age 12 free. Parking is free and plentiful

Sugar Shack Campground, Route 175 Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3867

August 19-21, 2016

The festival features award-winning blues artists, food vendors, craft vendors, a climbing wall and many fun activities for children including Saturday night fireworks. Guests can browse craft and food vendors. Lineup of performers. Cost: Friday, $25-$35; Saturday, $50-$60; Sunday, $30-$40; weekend pass, $70; children under 12 are free with a parent.

Slater Mill Museum, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, and Slater Memorial Park, RR 1A, and other locations Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-724-5200

August 26-September 11, 2016

August 26 -- Blackstone River Party /Taste of The Valley. Food samplings from regional restaurants are the appetizer to an evening of brilliant Zydeco tunes from Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-chas under the dance tent and on the Slater Mill grounds by the Blackstone River.
August 27-28 -- SAMFest (Slater Art & Manufacture Festival). This two-day music festival at Slater Mill features a stellar lineup, including Jon Butcher Axis and The Young Adults.
September 3 -- Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival on the Festival Pier is an iconic display of boats and traditional performance.
September 10-11 -- Slater Park Fall Festival brings a performance of Pops in the Park with Roomful of Blues opening for the RI Philharmonic and a fireworks display. More than 100 artists, performers, artisan vendors, and food trucks complement the natural beauty and recreational features of Slater Memorial Park, including the historic Looff Carousel, 17th century Daggett Farm, and the Watercolor Society of Rhode Island. The Providence Grays will recreate baseball as it was played in the 19th century.

Burlington Waterfront Burlington, VT Phone:

August 28-31, 2016

Stroll along the shores to enjoy boats, canoe, kayak and dragon boat demonstrations. Watch boat building, sample local fare, enjoy music and hear the free concert series on the Burlington Waterfront. Several stages will offer music by local and regional up-and-coming artists. Schedule of events.

Route 112 Richmond, RI Phone:

August 17-21, 2016

Family fun and excitement for all ages with fireworks kicking off the event on Wednesday night. The fair is packed with competition and games, arts and crafts, great food, and the largest midway in Rhode Island (including NE's largest traveling roller coaster). Battle of the Fisherman, pie eating contests, rooster crowing contest, swine obstacle course, Music Night with John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. Admission: Adults, $10; kids age 10 and younger, free. Parking is free.

Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park Burlington, VT Phone: 802-865-7166

July 29-31, 2016

The Festival of Fools features the best international street performers from around the globe. Four main stage locations surrounding the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater, performing to over 10,000 visitors to Church Street each day. The Festival wraps up with a grand finale featuring all the performers of the festival.

Hebron Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead Street Hebron, CT Phone: 860-828-9818

August 11-14, 2016

Festival features local, regional and national bluegrass artists, bringing together the finest in bluegrass each. Appearances by Del McCoury, Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, and Sierra Hull. Thirty-nine acts; two stages; workshops, competitions and more.This is a family-friendly event with camping on site, family fun activities, and plenty of vendors. Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Email: info@podunkbluegrass.com

Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum Street Owls Head, ME Phone: 207-594-4418

August 6-7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Have your love of air travel and vintage cars flourish at this large showing in Maine. In addition to the large display of classic, vintage and antique vehicles, there will be many family events and demonstrations. Adults, $25; Under 18 and Military, free.

Old Grove Park, on Palace Street West Haven, CT Phone: 203-934-2411

July 28-31, 2016

Live bands each night. Food vendors, rides and amusements. Saturday and Sunday there's also a craft fair from noon to 8 p.m. Time: Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. See event website for list of performers.

Provincelands of Cape Cod National Seashore and other locations Provincetown, MA Phone:

July 24-30, 2016

This week-long extravaganza welcomes all for family-friendly events with a nautical theme. Activities include a 5K run through the beautiful Province Lands in the Cape Cod National Seashore on July 24; Build Your Own Home Made Boat near the Crown and Anchor on July 27; a Home Made Boat Race on July 28; Get to the Bottom Of It! Marine biology exploration on July 25 and 26; Marine Discovery Hour on July 25-28; Tidal Flats Explorationon July 27; Lecture on Whales of Cape Cod on July 28 at Province Lands Visitor Center; Whale Olympics 2016 on July 29th at the Bas Relief Park, Provincetown. Marine themed games and competitions for kids of all ages 5-12. Arts and crafts activities. Registration is not required.

358 George Carter Road Becket, MA Phone: 413-243-0745

June 18-August 28, 2016

Jacob's Pillow, America's longest-running dance festival, brings audiences, dancers, choreographers, composers, teachers, experts and novices together to enjoy the art of dance. This year, come to see the explosive footwork of South American gauchos, flex dancers from Brooklyn, and high-flying men from Algeria. Live music will be performed by the string quartets Brooklyn Rider and FLUX Quartet, Juan Siddi Flamenco, Nicholas Van Young's electronic tap instruments, and drummers from Argentina, Korea, and Burkina Faso. Also: talks, exhibits, tours, classes, and dining.

Bowen’s Wharf Newport, RI Phone:

August 27-28

Festival Fete creates a one-of-a-kind community art festival featuring 100 contemporary American craft artisans, local festive food, strolling entertainment, live music, free children's crafts, and a community art project.

Various Locations Stowe, VT Phone: 802-779-9669

August 18-21, 2016

Help make Stowe the Tango capital of the US this weekend by attending the Tango Music Festival! Enjoy workshops, dance classes, parties and performances, as well as a 20 piece orchestra to keep you going Time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission: fee for select events, consult website for details.

Jackson Gore at Okemo Mountain Resort, 111 Jackson Gore Road Ludlow, VT Phone: 802-228-1600

August 5-7, 2016

Sample over 50 craft beers, over a dozen hard ciders and over 20 wines—all while hanging out in the beautiful courtyard at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn. Enjoy a great lineup of live music, delicious local food and goods from neighborhood crafters. This event is family-friendly, featuring our Adventure Zone with the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, zipline tours and more! We gladly welcome picnic blankets and lawn chairs.

480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT, 06477 Phone: 203-795-1347

September 2-5, 2016

Four-day celebration of Greek food, music and culture. Featuring authentic Greek cuisines, live music and dancing, marketplace, folk dance performances, giant raffle, church tours, children's activities and much more. Free admission and parking. Time: Friday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m.; Monday, noon-8 p.m.

Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, 291 South Hiram Rd South Hiram, ME Phone: 207-625-8656

July 28-31, 2016

Travel through time with music of all decades, from bluegrass and country to alt-rock and blues. Performers will hold workshops, so bring your instrument and learn from the pros! Also available will be morning yoga classes, swimming in the river, and food sampling at Saturday’s chicken barbecue and Sunday’s brunch. Times: All day, consult website for event times. Admission: 4 day pass, $135; 3 day pass, $125; 1 day pass, $25-$55;

Main Street and Fowler Avenue Durham, CT Phone:

September 22-25, 2015

Livestock exhibits and competitions; truck and tractor pulls; home arts exhibits; lawnmower racing; Discovery Center; children’s events. Events include demolition derby. Live music. Hours: Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.- 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10-$15, depending on the day; children age 11 and younger admitted for free.

80 Weeks Hill Road Stowe, VT Phone:

July 29-30, 2016

Three sessions feature 41 brewers and cider-makers serving more than 130 varieties, and new this year, five premiere Vermont spirits makers will provide sample tastes, live music, food trucks. Time: Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Admission: Standard ticket is $45; VIP is $75

122 Mack Road Lebanon, CT Phone: 860-423-1733

August 12-14, 2016

Major agricultural fair with livestock, crafts, carnival rides, continuous entertainment, children’s games, food vendors, monster truck and helicopter rides. Time: Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.,; Sunday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: General admission, $10; seniors, $9; children (under 12), free.

Sunshine New England Music & Arts Festival 2016

Spencer Fairgrounds, 48 Smithville Road Spencer, MA Phone: 508-450-7001

August 6, 2016

James Montgomery tops off an all-star lineup with seven talented local bands! Gates open at 10 a.m. and music begins at 10:30 a.m. Come and enjoy crafts, artists, beer, wine, food, kids activities. The event is held rain or shine. Time: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Lowell Heritage State Park, 500 Pawtucket Blvd Lowell, MA Phone:

August 20, 2016

More than 60,000 people from around the U.S. and the world come to Lowell to celebrate the importance of water as it is celebrated in Southeast Asia. They come for the blessings, food, crafts, performances and the long boat races. The Festival is held at the Sampas Pavilion along the Merrimack River. Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Route 10 North Haverhill, NH Phone:

July 27-31, 2016

The North Haverhill Fair features concerts, the North Haverhill's Got Talent competition, fireworks, children's events (face painting, milk mustache competition Kiddie Parade, etc.), horse and ox pulling, 4H exhibits and more. Live music is Lauren Alaina from My Next Boyfriend video on Friday evening and Hotel California: The Original Eagles Tribute on Saturday evening. Fireworks display at 10 p.m. on Saturday Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $5; children under 12 admitted free.

Mount Snow Road West Dover, VT Phone:

The Mount Snow Brewers Festival is one of the premier events of its kind in the Northeast. Fifty breweries to be on hand pouring their beers and ciders from 100 taps. There will be tons of great food: a huge barbecue on Cuzzins deck along with vendors whipping up kettle korn, crepes, waffles and a few other surprises. Live music will be on-stage throughout the event starting on Saturday with a performance by Brewers Festival favorite, Jeff Tuohy Band.