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.
To find more events, visit our Events Calendar.
July 11-15, 2015
The seaside town of Castine, Maine, is planning a four-day celebration to welcome the 18th-century frigate Hermione, set to arrive on Bastille Day, July 14, on its last U.S. stop before returning to France. The weekend will be filled with workshops, storytelling, and swashbuckling nautical films around the Town Common; historical and maritime lectures at the Maine Maritime Academy; and Revolutionary War reenactments at Fort George.
On July 14 and July 15, a parade of boats will accompany the Hermione along Penobscot Bay and into port. The waterfront festivities will feature Acadian, English, Franco-American and nautical music and dance performances, artists, fireworks, local cuisine, and vendors. Ship deck tours and chances to meet the French crew of the Hermione will also be available.
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June 13, 2015
The Festival showcases life today living in historic homes. The featured neighborhood this year is Fox Point, home to many of the oldest houses in the city. Step inside properties in Fox Point and Benefit Street and learn about their origins as you see how they have been adapted to modern living. The Festival will feature over a dozen homes and gardens as well as guided tours of the neighborhood. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $25-$45.
Guilford Fairgrounds - Lovers Lane
Guilford, CT, 06437
Rain or Shine! Open Saturdays, Sundays & Memorial Day, May 23 - June 7, 2015; 11am-7pm
Experience the "something different” your entire family has been looking for at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival! Enjoy energetic live bands, armored combat, interactive children's shows and a variety of entertainment you won't get at other outdoor events. Explore a medieval marketplace filled with unique treasures, feast on a turkey leg and wash it down with a ice cold beer or fresh squeezed lemonade. Come as you are or as you wish to be – costumes are not required at this family fun spring faire. Fun for the whole family!
One Village Green
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.
Lisbon Falls, ME, 04252
July 10-12, 2015
The festival now includes a three-day Pow Wow; live entertainment and fireworks on Friday night; parade; races, a family festival; and Moxie Concert in the Park and on Sunday, The Moxie Car Show and the Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race.
Strawberry Park, 42 Pierce Road
June 4-7 2015
Four days of great music with Cajun cuisine, music workshops, and dance workshops with instruction on the Cajun 2 Step, Cajun Jitterbug, and Basic Zydeco from expert dance instructors and plenty of room to dance to the authentic Louisiana bands. Performers for 2015 include Geno Delafose & French
Rockin' Boogie, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Jesse Lege, and the Bayou Brew, Lil
Wayne & Same O12, Dennis Stroughmatt & the Creole Stomp, and more. Admission: $20-$120.
Various locations around Block Island
Block Island, RI
May 29-31, 2015
This three-day event showcases the many different events and activities of Block Island. Family-friendly fun includes a sand castle building contest on the Town Beach; an arts festival at the ferry landing; a Baggo Tournament, tours of the Historical Society, animal farms and fiber mill tours, and so much more. There's an outdoor and indoor activity here for everybody, from paddle-boarding to shopping for special Block Island bargains. Cost: Taste of Block Island Buttons, $5 per button.
Lyman Orchards, Routes 147 & 157
June 13, 2015
Fun activities include breakfast on the deck, strawberry picking in the orchard, live music by Rock Solid Alibi, free food tastings and demos, pie eating contests, pony rides, and activities for children throughout the day. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
59 Little John Road
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.
June 5-14, 2015
The line-up is always stellar at Burlington's 10-day, multi-venue jazz festival. Jazz music in all its myriad forms is performed on outdoor stages and in concert halls. Some events are free. See website for detailed schedule.
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
Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road
June 20-21, 2015
Enjoy a day of gourmet food, local artisans, children's activities, wine tastings and more. Picnics welcome but no outside alcohol allowed on premises. Fun as a couple, a family or with a large group of friends. Reservations will be held under your name at the door.
Schedule of music is Saturday: Azelea Road (noon-3 p.m.), Atlantic Avenue Band (3 p.m.-6 p.m.). Sunday: Shiny Lapel Trio (noon-3 p.m.), Rock ‘n’ Soul Review (3 p.m.-6 p.m.) Time: Noon-6 p.m. Admission:
$20 in advance, $25 at the door; children (under 18) free with adult.
Fort Adams State Park, North Lawn 90 Fort Adams Drive
June 6, 2015
The Great Chowder Cook-Off opens the summer season in Newport. Guests may taste endless samples of traditional and custom creations from dozens of restaurants. Live entertainment, food and bar options, and kids’ activities are all part of the day.
Camelot Village,66 Colgate Heights
July 31 - August 2, 2015
150 artists and artisans will be displaying and selling their handcrafted creations. The exhibitors will be housed in soaring white tents so the Festival is not affected by weather, In addition to the arts and crafts, there will be a Kids Zone, a food court, music, comic juggling, and Vermont Craft Beers. This event is the former summer Hildene Festival in Manchester.
Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Power Road in
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!
Strawberry Park, 42 Pierce Road
May 28-June 1, 2015
This annual festival promises a handful of first-rate bluegrass artists as well as musicians’ workshops, onsite camping, children’s activities and more. Bluegrass Festival, including the return of recent festival favorites such as The Kruger Brothers, The Gibson Brothers, The Steeldrivers, Della Mae, South Carolina Broadcasters, The Lonely Heartstrings Band, Bob Amos & the Catamount Crossing, and The Zolla Boys.
Champlian Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street
Essex Junction, VT
June 26 – 28, 2015
Quilt displays, demos by master quiltmakers, classes, lectures, appraisals, lots of interaction among quilters and quilt artists,. This is the place where masters come to display and teach. Champaign and Chocolate Preview on Thursday. Hours:
Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: one day, $12; two days, $22; three days, $32; children under
14 free with paying adult. Champagne and Chocolate Preview: $12
Parking is free.
Downtown, town common, and grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat
June 5-7, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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
Main Street at Route 15
June 27, 2015
Celebrate the Whoopie Pie with samples, races, a pie eating contest, live entertainment, crafts, family activities, and more. Dozens of bakers present hundreds of variations on this venerable treat. Lots of good snacking. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5, free for kids under 12.
Stacy Boulevard, St. Peter's Square, Pavilion Beach
June 24-28, 2015
A Cape Ann, Italian-American tradition featuring many religious activities, music, food, sporting events, parade and the Blessing of the Fleet. Live music from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday, and 8-11:30 p.m. on Thursday-Sunday. Enjoy games for the kids, a boat race, and much more. On Sunday at 3 p.m., the Fleet will be blessed to the sounds of the U.S. Navy Band Northeast. Come and celebrate America's cultural heritage!
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, 761 Mountain Road
June 18-21, 2015
Wanderlust Festival, the one-of-a-kind yoga and music festival set within the nation’s most inspiring natural scenery, is coming back to Stratton Mountain Ski Resort. The world’s largest festival of its kind, Wanderlust is a mix of yoga classes, guided meditations, DJ and band performances, dance parties and other daytime and evening events for fans of rock and electronic music, yoga and environmentally and spiritually conscious living.
Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Hwy
June 20 to July 5, 2015
A world of history and imagination with an interactive village full of music, magic and fun for all ages. Explore an interactive fantasy world set in a time long ago where elves, fairies, orcs, goblins, animal-kin, dwarves, and magic are real.
Time : 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7-9 p.m.
General admission, $16; students age 10-14, $11; children age 5-9, $6; 5 and younger, free.
Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road
August 16-17, 2014
Taste the harvest of 10 Connecticut wineries; enjoy food from local restaurants and crafts from local artisans. Food and wine seminars will be offered by local experts. Live bands from around New England will entertain.
Allagash Brewing Company, 50 Industrial Way
June 27, 2015
Allagash Brewing Company celebrates its 20th year by hosting a block party-style street fair at our brewery that will include food, crafts, music, games, and of course, beer. IN addition to Allagash, beer will be poured from nine other breweries: Otter Creek, De La Senne, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish, Geary's, Bissell Brothers, Austin St, and Foundation. Event highlights include performances by the Circus Conservatory, two stages with various musical acts, 3-dimensional photo booth set, and trivia games. Also: a Pinewood Derby competition!
Time: 1-6 p.m. Admission: Street fair admission, $11; Pinewood Derby entry, $6.
Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester
August 15-16, 2015
More than 175 juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations; live music; ethnic foods, including a pancake breakfast on Saturday. Free live entertainment includes bands playing Celtic, ragtime, country and folk music on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The North Shore Old Car Club will display over 75 antique cars on Sunday. Handicap accessible. Pets on leash are welcome.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free.
Simard-Payne Memorial Park, 46 Beech Street
June 20, 2015
Great Falls Brewfest is a celebration of craft beer,
community, arts, food, and entertainment. The fest presents 30 breweries and 100 beers from Maine, near, and far. Also, prepare to enjoy food trucks; live art installations & a mini craft fair of epic proportions; games like a cornhole tournament; live music by
The Alternate Routes.
Time: Open noon - 1 p.m. for VIP session; 1-5 p.m. for general admission.
Admission: VIP session, $60-$65; general admission, $40-$45; designated driver, $20.
197 Main Street
South Berwick, ME
June 27, 2015
The Strawberry Festival is a yearly event filled with entertainment, food, artisans and strawberry shortcakes. The festival grows every year and manages to keep its small-town country flavor, with 20,000 visitors each year. Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wickford Village, Route 1A
July 11-12, 2015
Join the country's oldest open-air art fair featuring more than 250 artists from around the country and around the world. Fine arts-paintings, sculpture, and photography. Artists exhibit on Main Street, Brown Street, West Main Street and several side roads in Wickford Village. Parking for the festival is free on certain streets and at Wilson Park and Wickford Elementary School. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road
Danbury, CT, 06811
June 12-14, 2015
The festival features traditional Greek food, dancing, raffles, games, and other activities. The Greek food and pastries have proven very popular with festival-goers over the years, and Church parishioners will again be serving souvlaki, gyros, pastichio, lamb, baklava, and all the other traditional Greek favorites.
Parking is available at nearby Danbury High School and regular shuttle bus service is provided. Free admission. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Thames and Brewer Streets
July 31-August 2, 2015
Come enjoy authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live music and dancing, ouzo, Greek beer and wines and shop at the marketplace! Free admission. Time: Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-1 a.m.; Sunday, noon- 6 p.m.
Salem Commons on Washington Square (next to the Hawthorne Hotel)
July 18, 2015
This festival that promotes the different cultures and diversity in and around Salem. The event features live bands and performers of all styles, art and craft vendors, food, and children's activities. Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cheshire Congregational Church, 111 Church Drive
June 20, 2015
Food, live music, kids amusements and juried arts and crafts festival.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 17-19, 2015
This festival is one of Maine's summer favorites. It includes a long, hilarious parade; spectacular fireworks; clam shucking contests; a firefighter's muster; road, kayak, and bike races; a pancake breakfast; concerts; and, of course, a delicious array of food. See website for schedule of events.
Greenfield Community College (I-91, Exit 26)
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.
Gates open Friday at 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at noon
Cedar Circle Farm, 225 Pavillion Road, off US Route 5
East Thetford, VT
June 28, 2015
Celebrate strawberries and organic agriculture with horse-drawn wagon rides, strawberry picking, kids’ crafts and family music. Music Hawk Mountain, an Appalachian and Celtic music duo (10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.); The Crunchy Western Boys, (1-3 p.m.) playing folk and bluegrass music; kids entertainment by the The Swing Peepers, a music and story-telling duo, and Tony the Juggler.
Take a self-guided farm tour; enter the raffle, visit pick-your-own strawberry fields.
Organic foods: strawberry shortcake and smoothies, grilled sausages, salads, ice cream, wood-fired pizzas. Rain or shine. No pets. All activities free. Parking, $10. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive
North Kingstown, RI
June 20, 2015
Strawberry shortcake, pony rides, garden, home and craft vendors, free tours of historic house museum along Narragansett Bay. Time: Noon-4 p.m. (rain date is June 21.)
Town Recreation Field by the Mary Hogan School, 88 Mary Hogan Drive
July 5-11, 2015
This is a week-long, free, family-friendly performing arts festival.
Due to the 2015 Middlebury Downtown Railroad Bridge Replacement Project, the Middlebury Green will not be available in 2015. The festival's location in 2015 will be the Town Recreation field by the Mary Hogan School, 88 Mary Hogan Drive.
Brown Bag Specials, Monday-Friday, noon p.m. Performances designed for a family audience, with storytelling, dance, music, and puppetry.
Evening Performances, nightly except Saturday, 7 p.m. See website for list of performers Something for nearly every musical taste from folk and country blues to rhythmic international melodies. Held rain or shine under a tent.
Street Dance, Saturday, 7-9 p.m. This is the central event of the week, with Big Band music by the Vermont Jazz Ensemble.
Sugar Hill Meetinghouse & Historical Museum, Harman’s Cheese & Country Store Inn, Sugar Hill Sampler
Sugar Hill, NH
June 6-21, 2015
Locations: Sugar Hill Meetinghouse, Carolina Crapo Memorial Building
Sugar Hill Historical Museum, Harman’s Cheese & Country Store
Inn at Sunset Hill, Sugar Hill Sampler. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rain or Shine
Artisans demonstrate, show, and sell alpaca fiber products, bat houses, birdhouses, candles, doll clothes, glass art, gourmet chocolates, handmade soaps, pickles & relishes, knitted baby sweaters, jewelry, maple syrup, lawn ornaments, photographic prints, pottery, quilted items, rustic furniture,
wind chimes, wood carvings, and more!
Photography Workshop at 10:30 a.m.
Pole Fishin’and Feeding Lambs NH History at 11 a.m.
True Stories of a NH Conservation Officer at 11:30 a.m.
Keyboard Concert with Joseph Hansalik at 12:30 p.m.
NH Character and NH Characters at 1 p.m.
Photography Workshop at 2 p.m.
NH Wildlife with Nigel Manley of The Rocks Estate at 3 p.m.
Pole Fishin’and Feeding Lambs NH History at 11 a.m.
Piano Concert with Joseph Hansalik at 11:30 a.m.
Photography Workshop at 11:30 a.m.
Concert with The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra at 1 p.m.
Sugar Shack Campground
July 30-August 2, 2015
Family weekend of acoustic country and bluegrass music, camping, workshops, dance, swimming, tubing, food and musical vendors. Family activities include movies in the clubhouse and a children's music academy hosted by other professional musicians. The kids will attend daily classes culminating with a children's academy performance on the main stage on Sunday afternoon.