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.

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

Screemfest - Weekends from Sept. 24 to October 30

Bring YOUR family to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire weekends this fall. Enjoy family fun by day with rides, games, a petting zoo and much more! Then fear meets fun at night with SCREEEMFEST! Terrifying haunted houses, your favorite rides, games, live shows and Rocktoberfest! Parking is always FREE!

300 Welles Street Glastonbury, CT Phone:

October 14-16, 2016

The Glastonbury Applefest features live music, 150 craft booths, fabulous food, a pie eating contest, a pie bake-off, amusement rides, pony rides and family entertainment. Time: Friday, 6-10 p.m.; $3 per person; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; $5 per person; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $5 per person

Hartford Saengerbund, 719 North Mountain Road Newington, CT Phone: 860-953-8967

October 8, 2016

German festival featuring German beer, food and live German music. Time: 2 p.m. Admission: $5; children age 12 and younger admitted free.

200 Block of Water Street Gardiner, ME Phone:

October 8, 2016

Restaurants and local food vendors from Gardiner and across the state will serve up a variety of interesting culinary dishes featuring local pork. Adding to the festivities, a line-up of favorite and emerging Maine bands will entertain throughout the day. Expect entertainment for all ages. Time: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Admission: $20 to $50; designated drivers, $10; advance admission online is $15.

586 Wiscasset Road Boothbay, ME Phone: 207-633-4727

October 8-9, 2016

Every Columbus Day Weekend for nearly half a century the Boothbay Railway Village’s Village Green has welcomed dozens of vendors of handmade items and fabulous food along with a wide variety of live entertainment. The sound of the train’s steam whistle resonating throughout the crisp fall air reminds guests that this is not your typical craft show. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $4; children under at admitted free. Steam train tickets are an additional $5.

Colgate Park, Route 9 West Bennington, VT Phone: 802-447-3311

October 8, 2016

Live music, German food, beer, vendors and family activities. time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $5. http://business.bennington.com/events/details/oktoberfest-10-08-2016-1366

A.D. Makepeace Co., 158 Tihonet Road Wareham, MA Phone: 508-322-4000

October 8-9, 2016

Visitors to the Harvest Celebration will see demos of the cranberry harvest, cooking woth cranberries, a tent packed with juried crafters. Also, enjoy paddleboat rides on Tihonet Pond, food vendors, music, and more. Some activities have fees and others are available by donation to non-profit organizations. Parking and shuttle transportation are free. Two Big Days for One Little Berry.

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

October 4, 2015

Food trucks, a beer tent, live music, and a crazy pumpkin drop (700 lbs of pumpkins falling from a 120 foot crane!). Also, a pumpkin catapult designed by the Boy Scouts, a train ride, wagon rides, pumpkin carving demonstration and tours of the mansion. Adults, $10; kids age 12 and younger admitted for free. Parking is free. Time: Noon to 4 p.m.

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT Phone:

October 15 and 16, 2016

Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is one of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England. This two-day event features 175 artisans and their wares: jewelry, woodworking, pottery, glass, paintings, clothing, mixed media, metalwork, and much more. Visitors, many of whom return year after year, enjoy live music, food vendors, and first floor tours of Roseland Cottage. Time: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Held rain or shine. Admission: $5.

Many locations Martha's Vineyard, MA Phone:

October 13-16, 2016

This festival captures the magic of Martha’s Vineyard by focusing on its unique culinary culture. Highlights of the festival include Crudo, Fresh Off The Boat, hosted by Michael Brisson and Michael Holthan; Crispy & Salty celebrates fried seafood; Chowder Run, hosted by Daniel Sauer; Fresh Off the Farm: A Celebration of Local Farms & Chefs; Oh Shucks!, hosted by Port Hunter, features three oyster farmers; Sommelier Throw Down! showcasing three wine personalities who face off pairing 12 wines with four small plates; Vineyard Grand Tasting featuring demos by Chris Fischer and Sid Wainer & Son. See website for schedule and tickets. Ferry information.

96 Waldo Road Scotland, CT Phone:

October 9, 2016

Scottish music, dance, food, sheepdog demonstration, Highland cattle, clan village. See festival website for detailed schedule. Admission: Adults, $ 15; seniors and students, $ 10; children age 6 to 12, $ 5; children 5 and younger with paying adult.

Beacon Field, Beacon Street Greenfield, MA Phone:

October 8-9, 2016

Set in rural Greenfield, this is a festival full of blues music, smoked and grilled barbecue, and beer tastings. Also: friendly competitions, activities for kids, vendors and a New England BBQ Society Competition and a Kansas City BBQ Society Competition. Admission: Festival Admission, $5 above at 10; B BQ Samplin', $5; BrewFest Beer Samplin' Saloon on Saturday, $25; Lefty's Beer Saloon on Sunday, $10. Cash only for festival entrance and sampling fees. ATM Not Available On Site. Parking at 48 Sanderson Street and at the Greenfield Middle School. The Greenfield Trolley will provide shuttle service from these locations to Beacon Field. Time: noon-6 p.m.

Mount Snow Resort, 39 Mount snow Road West Dover, VT Phone:

October 8-9, 2016

Plenty of beer, schnitzel and oom-pah music along with kids games like pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous schnitzel toss, a beanbag toss, a huge bouncy house. While the young ones are playing, adults can enjoy beers from 25 German and domestic breweries and authentic German food. Try the keg toss, yodeling contest and stein holding as well as a horseshoe tournament. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Drinker for one day, $25 to $35; for two days, $35-$45; non-drinkers, $12-$23; childrne age 6 and younger, free.

Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, 225 Pavillion Road, off Route 5 East Thetford, VT Phone:

October 9, 2016

Celebrate the harvest with everything pumpkin, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, cider pressing, bean threshing, theatrical performances, kids’ activities. Live music under the tent all day. Enjoy an organic food from the farm concession and wood-fired pizzas. Held rain or shine. Live music by Stovepipe Mountain and the Swing Peepers. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. No pets allowed. Free admission. Parking $10 per car.

Three County Fairgrounds, Route 9 and Old Ferry Road Northampton, MA Phone:

October 8-10, 2016

Artists from 30 states show and sell their unique work. Festival is loved for its live performances by acclaimed musicians, flowering sculpture garden, special exhibits, demonstrations and activities. Admission: Adults, $13; seniors, $12; students, $8; children under age 12, free. Free parking Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

South Ridge Base Area,15 South Ridge Road Newry, ME Phone: 207-824-5104

October 8-9, 2016

Watch couples compete in this Finnish-style race for the grand prize of the wife's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash. Also: kids pumpkin pie eating contest, New England corn hole championship, Blue Mountain arts and craft fair, wine tent, Sunday Bloody Sunday tent (dedicated to all things Bloody Mary), scenic chairlift rides, kids games and pony rides, wagon rides and live music.

Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road Saint Johnsbury, VT Phone:

October 8, 2016

It’s the most beautiful time of the year in New England, and it’s time once again to celebrate the season at Dog Mountain’s annual Fall Dog Party! Expect to fin activities for the whole family: foot-tapping live music, to a bounce house for the kids, door prizes, food, dog contests, and more. Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Dog Mountain is set on 150 acres on a private mountaintop spot. The grounds are always open to people and their dogs. Stephen and Gwen Huneck bought the property in 1995 and turned the barn into studio space; the Dog Chapel soon followed. The unspoiled haven is covered with hiking trails and dog ponds. There is no leash law on Dog Mountain.

Sheep Pasture, at Route 138 and Main Street North Easton, MA Phone: 508-238-6049

October 2, 2016

Features over 100 selected crafters, chili cook-off, children's activities, pony rides, food, raffles. Join musical guests The Barn Burners String Band, American Beauties, and Rowdies of the Meadow on the main entertainment stage during the fair. Artists and crafters from throughout New England will display and sell their handmade creations like fabric art, stained glass, wooden art, jewelry, clothing, food items, seasonal decor, and more.  Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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.

Depot Street and downtown Warner, NH Phone: 603-456-9775

October 7-9, 2016

Grand Parade, farmers market, craft festival surrounding the Warner Town Hall and the lower end of Kearsarge Mountain Road, kids activities, live entertainment, road race and a kids fun run.

Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone:

October 8-9, 2016

Enjoy beer and brats alongside views of the White Mountains. An oompah band adds zest to a to a stein-holding contest, keg toss, and kids activities like a root beer keg toss and pumpkin painting. Prost! Admission is free for all ages. Gates open at 11 a.m.

Bethlehem Fairgrounds, 384 Main Street North (Route 61) Bethlehem, CT Phone: 203-266-7810

October 8-9, 2016

Nobody will make you taste it, but there is garlic ice cream – among many other pleasures – at the Garlic & Harvest Festival, now in its 12th year. Come to see garlic cooking demonstrations; hear a live band performance; learn how to grow garlic at expert lectures; buy garlic dips, spreads, cheeses, and oils; taste free samples. If samples aren’t filling you up, skedaddle over to the food court for garlic sausage with peppers and onions, garlic steak sandwiches, garlic roast pork sandwiches, deep-fried garlic, and the aforementioned garlic ice cream. Kids will enjoy rides and games!

Village Green, Route 116 North Scituate, RI Phone:

October 8-10, 2016

Guests of all ages can appreciate this 48-year-old gathering of fine artists and craftspeople on the town green. From original modern art to one-of-a-kind antique treasures, this outdoor celebration of fine art features hundreds of vendors and displays. Take in the sights, sounds, and scents of fall in New England. Artists from all over the country will be here in idyllic Scituate for a day of fun. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Town Events Field, Weeks Road, off of Route 108 Stowe, VT Phone:

September 30-October 2, 2016

The Town of Stowe’s event field will look like a small German town for Oktoberfest, with lots of entertainment like oompah bands, Bavarian foods, Vermont beers, sing-a-longs and dancing, a silent auction, and fun for kids. Festivities open with a parade on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The parade will start in the village of Stowe and wind its way up the mountain road to the Town of Stowe events field, where Oktoberfest will be held. The parade will include marching bands, floats, classic cars and a few surprises. Oktoberfest music will be performed by Die Lustigen Almdudler, The Inseldudler, and Kerry Christensen, yodler. Kinderplatz activities include face painting, pumpkin decorating, and a bouncy fun house. Admission: Adults and seniors, $10; juniors age 9-20, $5; children under age 9 are free with paid family member; Kinderplatz, $5. Time: Friday, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Attitash Ski Resort, Route 302 Bartlett, NH Phone: 603-374-2600

October 8-9, 2016

The annual Oktoberfest will happen at Bear Peak, where guests will enjoy live, traditional Bavarian music by King Ludwig's Band, dancing, Samuel Adams stein hoisting and keg toss competitions for adults, authentic German food and a Biergarten serving brews from local and regional brewers. Kids activities & games will include slacklines, cornhole decks, kinderplatz, bouncy House and more in an area reserved for children. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times. Admission: Online, adults age 21 and older, $12; youth age 6-20, $7. Price is $3 higher at the door. Food and beverage not included. Time: Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Harvard Square Cambridge, MA Phone:

October 7-9, 2016

 Parade features six stages of live entertainment; dozens of international food vendors; street vendors selling artwork, jewelry and vintage clothing; neighborhood sidewalk sales and HONK! bands from around the country.

216 Wachusett Street Rutland, MA Phone: 508-886-2221

October 1-2, 2016

Heifer Farm is ready to host a party! The international homesteads in the Global Village are loaded with fun activities like piñatas, apple cider pressing, potato digging, bees wax candle rolling, and scavenger hunts. Meet the farm animals, take a hay ride, pick a pumpkin to take home in the pumpkin patch, milk a goat, get your face painted and enjoy live music and the Dale Perkins Horse Show. Eat farm-to-table lunch or bring a picnic. This is a one-of-a-kind fall festival! Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $20/vehicle

267 Rowley Bridge Road Topsfield, MA Phone: 978-774-0014

October 15-16, 2016

This fun and outdoor family event offers live local music, vineyard tours and more. Time: 1-5 p.m.

1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike Montville, CT Phone: 860-443-4367

October 8-10, 2016

Enjoy free special events at The Dinosaur Place Outdoor Adventure Park during Monty's Fall Festival! Special events include Circle K Farm Petting Zoo, high flying frisbee catching disc dogs, birds of prey demonstrations, April’s Balloon Creations and more. See schedule of events.

North Haven Fairgrounds, 290 Washington Ave,nue North Haven, CT Phone:

October 1-31, 2016

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is an amusement park with eight stages of non-stop entertainment, arts and crafts made by local artisans, a jousting tournament and feasting -- all with a medieval theme. Dates and times: Every Saturday and Sunday, and Columbus Day; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Adults over age 16, $15; youth, age 7-15, $10.

Downtown Newburyport Newburyport, MA Phone:

October 9, 2016

Celebrate autumn in Newburyport! A Newburyport tradition for over 35 years, Fall Harvest Festival features talented artisans offering handmade crafts and artwork, great local food vendors, live music in Market Square, the annual Scarecrow Contest and Kid's Korner. Free. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Main Street Wellfleet, MA Phone: 508-349-3499

October 15-16, 2016

This two-day street party celebrates Wellfleet's famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions and brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun. Highlights include local cuisine, arts and crafts, children's activities, educational exhibits, live music, and the Oyster Shuck-Off competition. There are a number of satellite events planned like beachcombing and bird walks. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $10 a day.

World War II Park, Social Street Woonsocket, RI Phone:

October 8-10, 2016

Midway, food court, kidfest,  live entertainment, fireworks, giant parade, consumer showcase, arts and crafts, beer garden with entertainment. The highlight of the weekend is always the Autumnfest parade which proceeds down Diamond Hill Road and Social Street to the World War II Veteran's Memorial State Park. Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Fireworks Sunday at 9 p.m.; parade Monday at 9:30 a.m. 

Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West Marlborough, MA Phone:

November 18-20, 2016

Paradise City Marlborough brings together 175 outstanding American artists and master craft makers to exhibit at Metro Boston’s most exciting juried fair. Sculpture and paintings are displayed alongside one-of-a-kind home furnishings, dazzling jewelry and fashion.. Admission: Adults, $13, seniors over age 64, $12; students, $8; three-day pass, $16; children age 12 and younger, free Time: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Route 110 Tunbridge, VT Phone:

October 1-2, 2016

The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival celebrates small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, hand spinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items, small ruminant equipment and supplies, fencing materials, meat and cheese. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Held rain or shine. Admission: Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children under age 12, $1.

Townwide - consult website Damariscotta, ME Phone: 207-592-6184

October 8-10, 2016

A fun-packed weekend of events include the a pumpkin paddle boat relay and pumpkin motor boat regatta, a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin catapulting, pumpkin hurling, a giant pumpkin parade, a pumpkin derby, two dozen giant 600-pound decorated pumpkins lining Damariscotta's main street, children's activities, a pumpkin cooking contest, pie eating competition, a giant pumpkin drop, and Pumpkin Patch Express train rides from Brunswick to Rockland. Schedule of events.

various locations Milford, NH Phone:

October 7-9, 2016

The event hapoens at the Milford Oval, Town Hall, Middle Street, Emerson Park, Community House Lawn, and the entire downtown area! Signature events and activities include: a fireworks show Friday night; two stages with live bands performing throughout the weekend; food and craft vendors from all over New England; a Pumpkin Catapult; face and pumpkin decorating; a chance to create your own scarecrow; beer and wine tasting Tent Friday Night; carnival rides; a Haunted Trail; a talent show on Saturday night, historical tours. Free parking at Milford High School, with frequent, shuttle buses. Time: Friday, 5-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Free.

Berlin Fairgrounds, 430 Beckley Road East Berlin, CT Phone: 860-828-0063

September 30-October 2, 2016

Livestock exhibits and competitions; arts and crafts; agricultural museum; tractor and truck pulls; oxen pull; garden club exhibits; live entertainment; baking, photo, and quilting contests. Live music includes Coconuts classic rock sing-alongs, Craig Campbell, Fast Lane Band, and Diamond Rio. Hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Satuday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8; children under age 11, free.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road. Stamford, CT Phone: 203-322-1646

October 15-16, 2016

Celebrate the fall season, bring family and friends, and join us for our annual Harvest Festival Weekend. Enjoy apple cider demonstrations, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving, and fun activities for the whole family! Wear a costume and participate in the daily costume parade. Other activities include an apple slingshot, farm animal demonstrations, live music with Jay and Ray, face-painting, storytelling with Ms. Karen, and children’s crafts. Hayride tickets will be available for purchase and food trucks will be at work. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $10; children age 3 and younger, free

Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA Phone: 413-298-3926

October 8-9, 2016

This celebration showcases local crafters & artists, non-stop entertainment, artisan food producers and food trucks. It also features a silent auction, giant tag sales of all kinds, a farmers market, educational workshops and plenty of kids activities, including a haunted house. Visit the Botanical Garden’s Farm Camp, Hall of Pumpkins and much more. Tickets sold at the door. No dogs. Admission: Adults, $5; children under age 12 admitted free. Free parking. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fryeburg Fairgrounds, off Route 5 near Route 302 Fryeburg, ME Phone:

October 2-9, 2016

This fair has it all: extensive exhibition halls, museum craft demonstrations, fiber demonstrations, harness pulls, live entertainment, a midway, animal exhibits and contests, a parade, contests, games, baked goods, and million more things. Time: gates open daily at 8:30 a.m. Cost: Adults, $10; children under 12, free; senior citizens (age 65 and older) admitted free on Tuesday. Parking is $5 to $10. Hours: Gates open at 7 a.m.; buildings open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Harness racing at 1:30 Tuesday through Sunday. Night Shows Monday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

197 Blanchard Road Cumberland, ME Phone: 207-829-5531

September 25-October 1, 2016

this year, the fair will include the Rawhide Rodeo, two full professional rodeos, bull riding and a children’s rodeo. Also: farming exhibits, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, demonstrations in the exhibition hall, museum and sugar house, livestock shows and competitions, horticulture, Harness racing, and more. A demolitions derby will take place Sunday evening. Rides by Gillette Midways.  

Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue Boston, MA Phone:

September 30-October 1, 2016

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 and have proper I.D. There is no parking at the brewery for the festival. 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. Time: Friday, 5:30-11 p.m. and doores close at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-7 p.m. and doors close at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $25.

207 Boston Street, Route 1 Topsfield, MA Phone: 978-887-5000

September 30- October 10, 2016

America's oldest county fair has the traditional event down to a T, and offers guests a broad menu of New England tastes, sights, sounds, and animal experiences. Animal events include a horse show, horse and oxen pulls, a petting zoo, and more. Agriculture abounds here; you'll find the New England Giant Pumpkin Contest on October 3, a farm museum, and an autumn flower show. The midway features amusement rides, live performances by regional musicians, and concessions. Hundreds of food, craft, and art vendors will satisfy just about any taste. Try New England fruit, veggies, specialty foods, and farm products -- Yum!
Hours: September 30, 1-11 p.m.; October 1-10, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: $9-$25; parking, $10

Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland Company Complex, Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME Phone: 207-772-4994

October 20-23, 2016

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. Learn from food experts. Sip fine wines, beer and spirits. Maine chefs compete for the title of Maine's Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant, and much more. Festival events.

Short Sands Beach York, ME Phone: 207-363-4422

October 15, 2016

This festival includes a variety of activities, live bands, bean hole beans and 150 local food vendors and juried & marketplace crafters from all over the country. Live music from the Don Campbell Band & Friends and Dan Blakeslee / Dr. Gasp. Harvestfest also includes Kidsfest, horse and wagon rides, pumpkin stroll, storytelling, pony rides, roaming railroad and much more. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wachusett Mountain ski area, 499 Mountain Road Princeton, MA Phone:

October 1-2, 2016

Highlights of this year's event include and oyster festivals, including oyster, clam chowder and shrimp and an Oyster Shucking Competition. The People's Choice Awards will feature chili on Saturday and pulled pork on Sunday. The weekend events also include at Farmers' Market and Craft Fair and Beer Tent throughout the weekend. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $9-$12; children at 6 to 12, $6-$9. Skyrides are an extra fee.

Harpoon Brewery, 336 Ruth Carney Drive Windsor, VT Phone:

October 8-9, 2016

Harpoon Octoberfest at the Windsor brewery presents German music, chicken dancing, cake eating, bratwurst, and Harpoon beer. The backdrop is Vermont’s beautiful upper valley in foliage season. Free brewery tours are given all weekend. Guests must be 21 years old or older with proper ID. Please pay entry fee in cash at the door. Admission: $15 Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with doors closing at 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. with doors closing at 4:30 p.m.

1305 Memorial Avenue West Springfield, MA Phone: 413-737-2443

September 16-October 2, 2016

Fair-goers will enjoy free top name entertainment, The Big E Super Circus, Mardi Gras Parade, the Avenue of States, Storrowton Village, rides, crafts, shopping, foods from around the world and more. Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Cost: Adults, $15; children ages 6-12, $10; children under age 5, free. Admission is $6 after 5 p.m. on Monday-Thursday. Seniors at 60 and older, $12 Monday-Thursday.

Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy. (Route 151) East Falmouth, MA Phone: 401-318-2991

October 1, 2016

Taste the work of 76 breweries expressed in more than 250 styles of beer. The event will have one session, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Along with the brews, enjoy live music and food from food trucks. Admission price includes a custom glass, For guests age 21 and older. No one under the legal age will be admitted. No pets allowed. Time: 3:30 to 7 p.m. Admission: General, $54; designated driver, $17

The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376

October 8-9, 2016

More than 85 new artists and returning favorites from across the country will showcase their work this year. All works are available for purchase and artists are on hand to discuss their pieces and process. The event features live music with Ed Wright performing guitar compositions and Annalisa Ewald on classical guitar. Varied menu offerings, including a Farm-to-Truck vendor with wholesome food options, and children’s art activities make this a family friendly experience. Admission includes the Bruce Museum galleries. Parking is available on Museum Drive and Steamboat Road or in the Island Beach Parking lot near exit 3 off I-95. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8; free of children less than 5 years old.

Main Street Douglas, MA Phone:

October 1, 2016

Vendors offer crafts, food, games, and unique displays. Entertainment throughout the day includes singers, bands, choral groups, dance routines, cheerleaders, and more. Rides and games on the church lawn are great for small children, along with the Huge Slide, moonwalk, train, and obstacle course. The cash cube offers chances to win has certificates and prizes.

various locations Lowell, MA Phone:

October 6-10, 2016

Kerouac: Music, Art, Prose, Poetry: The October festival features tours of author Jack Kerouac's Lowell places - including many sites describes in his Lowell-based novels-panel discussions, reading, jazz and folk music, films, open mike events, as high poetry competition, book signings, and more. See event website for detailed schedule of events. http://lowellcelebrateskerouac.org/festival

Main Street and other locations Ogunquit, ME Phone: 207-646-2939

October 21-23, 2016

Weekend festival including scarecrow contest, costume parade, high-heels and bed races, pumpkin and cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, ghost stories, marketplace and much more. Admission is free.

Wardsboro Town Hall and Main Street Wardsboro, VT Phone:

October 22, 2016

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. Enter a raffle for a beautiful Vermont quilt pictured below. Free admission and free parking. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Reggie Lewis Athletic Center 1350 Tremont Street Boston, MA Phone:

October 22-23, 2016

Meet a wide selection of vegetarian natural food providers, national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors. Talk to food producers and learn about products. Taste food samples, shop at show special discounts, or learn where to find vegetarian foods. Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission, parking and food sampling.

Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Road Princeton, MA Phone: 978-464-2300

October 15-16, 2016

Craft fair & farmers market booths, family entertainment, scenic foliage skyrides to the summit, mountainside barbecue, pony rides, clowns, climbing wall, jugglers & magicians for the kids. Applefest also features an Oktoberfest Celebration complete with authentic German cuisine, a multitude of tasty beers in the beer garden and live music.
Admission: without Skyride, in advance, adults, $11; kids age 6-12, $6; and $3 more at the door. With Skyride, in advance, adults, $19; kids age 6-12, $12; and $3 more at the door

Smugglers Den Campground on Route 102 within Acadia National Park Southwest Harbor, ME Phone:

October 7-8, 2016

This fun fall festival includes great microbrews, wine and cheese tasting with wines from several countries, live music and a crafts tent with artisans from Maine and beyond. The event is held rain or shine under big tents. Wine & Cheese Tasting is Friday, 4-6 p.m. Admission is $18. Brewfest is Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Full admission is $35, for a souvenir glass and unlimited brew tent samples. Non-drinkers admitted for $10. Guests must be 21 or older to enter Beer Tent. Children under age 12 admitted for free. Many food & craft vendors cannot accept credit cards or checks; please be prepared to pay cash at those booths.

Sturbridge Town Common and at the Publick House Inn Sturbridge, MA Phone: 508-347-2761

October 17-18, 2015

This popular festival takes place on the Town Common and at the Publick House Historic Inn. Local crafters, artisans, food vendors, food from the harvest and a popular Scarecrow Contest. On Sunday, local cooks present their specialties of the fall season. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.