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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.

Kalon Farms - 339 Seven Bridge Road Lancaster, MA, 01523 Phone: 978-424-5483

Sample dozens of cuisines at this farm-based festival

Venture to the farm-rich center of Massachusetts for the August 26 Clustertruck Food Festival, where you can dig deep into a variety of foods that span many specialties, from trucks serving bacon or barbecue, right on to crepes and Asian fusion. Located at Kalon Farm in Lancaster, the food truck festival will rely heavily on local farms and food producers, which you can support economically with every bite you take. This is not about food only. Wachusett Brewery will selling beer and Kalon Farm will be offering wine tasting. You can give your taste buds a rest by taking the kids aside for bungee racing, laser tag, and shopping the works of local artisans. Bring a canned food donation for the Worcester County Food Bank.

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.

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

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 15-17, 2017 - 8am - 5pm Daily. A full schedule including off-site events will be available in August.

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

August 19-20, 2017

At the Living History event, historic figures come to tell their stories. This year's guest is President Ulysses S. Grant. Venture on a trip through Hillsborough and discover the historic villages, the heritage museum, stone arch bridges. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride; talk with period artisans; hear the 2nd South Carolina String Band; follow a battle through the woods. Sew a flag with Betsy Ross, make butter and ice cream, pan for gold. Enjoy a dozen children and family hands-on activities. Dine on grilled chicken, pulled pork, Plowman’s Lunch, homemade pastries, and watermelon.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $12; children age 6-17, $5.
Times: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

August 25-27, 2017

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.

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

August 19, 2017

This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish vendors and crafts, reenactors, gathering of clans, folk singing, Scottish food, and much more. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $15.

Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road Wells, ME Phone: 207-646-4521

September 9-10, 2017

This highly respected exhibition brings 100 artisans to historic Laudholm Farm to show their craftworks. Sculpture, jewelry, pottery, prints, clothing, photography, and basketry are among the crafts selected by jury for this prestigious event. Also, music, food, and environmental immersion at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

August 18-20, 2017

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: $70-$100.

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone:

August 19-20, 2017

The 2015 juried exposition should feature works by more than 40 artists presenting sculpture, glass and wood arts, ceramics, fiber arts, fine arts and jewelry for sale at all prices. There will be live musical performances starting on Saturday and continuing on Sunday with local musicians, along with food vendors. Arts and crafts activities for children could include sand sculpting, beading, temporary tattoos and t-shirt decorating. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Milford Center & Harbor Milford, CT Phone:

August 19, 2017

Dive in a sample the oysters at this longstanding food festival, which also include children's entertainment and live music Blackberry Smoke, the Artimus Pyle Band, and Dizzy Fish. Free admission. No pets. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oyster Eve is August 18 at Lisman Landing on Milford Harbor on Helwig Street with music by Classic Stones Live and a beer garden. 6-10 p.m., $5 cover charge, youth under 14 admitted free.

Sampas Pavillion, 500 Pawtucket Blvd Lowell, MA Phone:

August 19, 2017

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.

Pioneer Courthouse Square Portland, ME Phone:

August 24-26, 2017

Non-stop entertainment, food, wine and beer gardens, raffle and more. Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, and other places in Ogunquit Ogunquit, ME Phone:

September 8-17, 2017

Events will include concerts, films, new exhibits and receptions, historical look-backs, special tours of theatres and art galleries, and the art of kite-flying. Some hghlights include:
Singer Erik Kroncke performs Broadway Songs and Opera Favorites at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street. September 8 at 8 p.m.
"Heartbreak Hotel" at Ogunquit Playhouse. From the creator of “Million Dollar Quartet,” this is a new tribute to Elvis Presley during the early years of his career. Ogunquit Playhouse is offering buy-one-get-one-free tickets for some performances. Backstage tours wil be held September 8, 10 and 15. Volunteer guides will tell the storied history of the Playhouse.
Capriccio Festival Of Kites at Ogunquit Beach on September 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Kite-flying demonstrations, kite decorating contests for children, and the climactic Grand Ascension. Rain date is September 10.
The Leavitt Theatre celebrates Capriccio with live entertainment and the screening of special films during the festival. Capriccio Night at the Leavitt will present Live Jazz with Joe Rillo on September 11 at 10 p.m.
Andy Happel and his Los Galactacos String Band perform at Ogunquit Performing Arts At The Barn Gallery on September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Open house and tour of the art galleries of Ogunquit on September 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Town House Road Cornish, NH Phone: 603-675-5714

August 18-20, 2017

Family fun, livestock displays and competitions, live music, magic, karaoke, midway, rodeo, swing dance, raffles, crafts. Helicopter rides!

Various venues around Route 20 Sturbridge, MA Phone: 508-347-2761

August 16-20, 2017

C-Mass Geofest is the region's major geocaching festival. Enthusiastic geocachers comb the region in search of geocaches. Other events will entertain children and families between forays into abundant trails and scenic spaces. Activities in natural and exhilarating surroundings will familiarize visitors with the historical, dining and shopping finds as well. Admission: free.

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

August 27-September 30, 2017

The festival ‘s kick-off fundraising event, Curtain Up, is September 8. 7-10 p.m. at the Revel Factory, 249 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket. Curtain Up, a jazz club cabaret, will feature performances by Ten31 Productions, Sidy Maiga, Consuelo Sherba, Burbage Theatre Company. Tickets.
The Pawtucket Arts Festival will also feature long-time favorites, such as the Taiwan Day Festival, the RI-Chinese Dragon Boat Races (September 9), Slater Park Fall Festival (September 9-10), Pops in the Park, S.A.M. Fest, and Mixed Magic Theatre Greatness of Gospel Concert. New additions include the PawSox Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival.
The Slater Park Fall Festival – the centerpiece event of the Pawtucket Arts Festival -- is September 9 and 10. The days includes music and dance performances, the RI Philharmonic Pops in the Park performance followed by fireworks, an open air arts market of artisans and crafters, food trucks, storytelling and spoken word performances by Rhode Island Black Story Tellers, and family activities in Slater Park.
Live performers include: Johnny Watson Jr Blues Band, Greg Abate Jazz Quartet, Arc Iris, Sidy Maiga and Afrimanding, Chachi Carvalho, Cowboy and Lady, Ian Fitzgerald, Atwater-Donnelly, Eastern Medicine Singers, Magnolia, Czesare Santana, The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance, Kim Trusty, and Becky Bass.

Crescent Amusement Park, 700 Bullocks Point Avenue Riverside, RI Phone:

August 20, 2017

The art festival, affectionately known as “the looff, a whirlwind of art, music and life,” will over 61 artists and craftspeople from New England demonstrating and selling their work.

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

August 17-20, 2017

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. Consult website for details.

Various locations Vergennes, VT Phone:

August 25-27, 2017

Vergennes Day is a great way to experience all of the charm of the Little City. Events will include a street dance Friday night (Vergennes City Park, 179 Main Street, 7-10 p.m.), a pancake breakfast, 5K and 10K races, local crafts and vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, bandstand music a chicken barbecue, a children’s venue, a rubber duckie race, and more.

Route 112 Richmond, RI Phone:

August 16-20, 2017

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.

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT Phone:

September 1-4, 2017

Come enjoy classic Greek cuisine, Greek cooking demonstrations, a Greek marketplace, a giant tag sale, presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church, Greek dance performances and lessons, nightly dancing to Greek band The Hellenic Company, a kids area with rides, games and magic show, raffles. Time: Friday-Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.; Monday, noon-7 p.m.

Nashoba Valley ski area, 79 Powers Road Westford, MA Phone: 978-692-3033

August 19-20, 2017

Blues N Brews is a two-day live music festival with beer tastings. Musci by top blues bands along with craft beers, barbecue, brisket, pulled pork, and grilled chicken, as well as raffles, games, crafts, and vendor booths. Held rain or shine. Admission: $50. Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT Phone: 802-985-8686

September 16, 2017

Head to the farm for a celebration of Vermont farm and food traditions. The day includes children's activities, musical entertainment, artisans sharing their crafts, farm-fresh food, farm animals, and horse-drawn hayrides! It's a community event for the whole family. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $5; children age 2 and younger, free Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fryeburg Fairgrounds, off Route 5 near Route 302 Fryeburg, ME Phone: 207-935-3268

October 1-8, 2017

Fryeburg Fair offers livestock and farming exhibitions; woodsmen’s field events on October 3, 2017; ox pulling; calf and pig scrambles; cooking contests; flower shows; crafts; art; a museum of farm equipment; the Little Red Schoolhouse built in 1835 and pari-mutuel harness racing. The Fair’s Specialty Foods Pavilion offers innovative food products. The fireworks show is Friday at 9 p.m. General admission is $10 daily; children under 12 admitted free.

Pawtucket Greek Festival 2017

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

August 18-20, 2017

The Assumption Greek Church Festival will transform the parish grounds into a Greek Village. Come and enjoy Greek food, pastries, a cafe, a cooking with fillo demonstration, dancing, a Greek Marketplace. The festival is held rain or shine, under tents. There is ample street parking. Free shuttle bus service from a parking lot on Roosevelt Avenue across from Pawtucket City Hall. Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Admission is free.

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

September 1-3, 2017

Many stages of music, dance, food, and workshops. Camping available. The festival lineup for 2017 includes: The Mavericks, Rosanne Cash, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, and many many more.

294 Crosby Brook Road Unity, ME Phone: 207-568-4142

September 22-24, 2017

Activities include horse, mule, cow, ox, dairy goat, sheep, llama, alpaca, rabbit, poultry and other animal exhibits and demonstrations; fleece and fiber related demonstrations in the Maine Fiber Farms Area; hayrides all weekend; vegetable garden parade for children; a country store with fair merchandise; live entertainment; folk arts tents; Indian basket making; stone working; fibre spinning. Time: gates open daily at 9 a.m.

105 Pearl Street Essex Junction, VT Phone: 802-878-5545

August 25 - September 3, 2017

The Champlain Valley Fair caps the Summer season in Vermont! Agricultural exhibits of all kinds, vendors, midway rides and games, entertainment, food, nationally recognized performers and more. Time: Daily, 10 a.m.-midnight daily. Admission: Gate admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids; children under 5 admitted for free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Pricing and specials.

Jaffrey Airport / Silver Ranch Airport, 190 Turnpike Road (Route 124) Jaffrey, NH Phone:

August 19, 2017

The fireworks are a family event, the best fireworks show in New England. Live entertainment, sky divers, vendors. This year’s theme: Motown Express. Time: 4-11 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission: Walk-Ins, $10; cars, $60.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum 4472 Basin Harbor Road Vergennes, VT Phone:

August 19-20, 2017

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will be taken over by New England Brethren of Pirates, Sirena, The Pirate Fairy, Pirates of Fortune's Folly, sailors, rogues, and mutineers from all distant shores for this family friendly swashbuckling good time! Listen and sing along with the music by Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate. Come in costume and enjoy pirate-themed activities. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $14; youth age 3-17, $10.

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

August 14-18, 2017

Hampton Beach Children's Festival is the family fun event of the summer. Each day will be filled with non-stop activity and entertainment, including mini-golf, a Ronald McDonald show, free ice cream, dancing, story tellers, balloons, and more. A Giant Costume Parade travels almost the length of Hampton Beach on Friday, August 18. All Children's Festival activities are free and open to the public.

Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane Guilford, CT Phone:

September 15-17, 2017

Enjoy rides, animals, food, entertainment, and vendors all weekend long! The parade will start Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Entertainment by The Flying Wallendas, Shawn Marren: The Human Cannonball, Astro-Nocks Space Wheel, Nerveless Nocks Globe of Thrills, Illusionist David Garrity, Eagles Tribute Band Another Tequila Sunrise, Dylan Scott, Coyote River Band, and Records & Burpee Childrens Zoo. 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.

various locations Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, ME Phone: 207-801-2566

September 21-24, 2017

Entertainment, panel discussions, workshops, art exhibits, and science programs are on the agenda. There are opportunities for stargazing from different sites in the park. Indoor and outdoor events are planned. Highlights include night walks led by park rangers to observe the wildlife active during darkness, a special ecological program, a picnic with the planets and a photography workshop. See website for details.

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

August 24-27, 2017

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. Music by Jake Worthington, Annie Brobst and Chelsea Carter and Parmalee. 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, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

35 Panhandle Road West Tisbury, MA Phone: 508-693-4343

August 17-20, 2017

Rides, games, shucking contests, skillet toss, horse pull, woodsmen competition, fiber-arts tent, dog and livestock shows, midway. Time: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily except closes at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Cost: Adults, $10; children age 5-12 and seniors age 62 and older, $5; children under age 5 admitted free.

Bold Point Park, Waterfront Drive East Providence, RI Phone:

August 26, 2017

A down and dirty celebration of blues, beer, and BBQ, this one-day festival promises hot blues and a barbecue alley serving up smoky. Prepare for eight hours of live jams from six bands: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Silks, Barrett Anderson Band, Cannibal Ramblers, and Cee Cee & The Riders. Time: 2-10 p.m. Admission: $18-$69. Tickets

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

August 25-27, 2017

From C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band to blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwood and the Afro-Mexican beats of the L.A. based Las Cafeteras, the American Folk Festival is a true cross-section of folk traditions from across the United States. This year: gospel singer Cora Harvey Armstrong and the Québécois group, Les Poules à Colin appear on stages along the Bangor Waterfront. The festival also offers craft demonstrations and exhibits, a children's area, and dozens of food vendors.

Main Street Wellfleet, MA Phone:

October 14-15, 2017

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: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 40 Jesup Road Westport, CT Phone: 203-505-8716

September 2-3, 2017

The Labor Day weekend lineup includes Galactic and Deep Banana Blackout, joined by returning favorite Anders Osborne. Enjoy soulful, Southern inspired food, music and family fun on the banks of the Saugatuck River. Bacon Hoe Down, and CTBites returns with cooking demos. Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.-9. Admission: $5-$70, children under age 12 free with paid adult.

Maine Street Brunswick, ME Phone:

August 19, 2017

This juried, fine arts show includes more than 100 artists and artisans who will be displaying and selling their work along the sidewalks of Maine Street and on the Town Green. The festival includes live music on two stages and a variety of roving musicians playing bluegrass, folk, old timey and Quebecois music. Children's activities include face painting, hula hooping, gardening projects and crafts and art demonstrations for all ages. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Veteran's Memorial Park, 42 Seaview Avenue Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-838-9444

September 8-10, 2017

Highlights of this very New England seafood event include lie musical performances, a competition pit with barbecue galore, kiddie rides and games, harbor cruises, an arts and crafts show, oystering and environmental exhibits and, of course, oysters galore. Hours: Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

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

September 29-October 9, 2017

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. Special events in 2017: Swifty Swine Racing Pigs all week; Dock Dogs, September 29, 30, October 1; Monster Truck Show, September 30, 4 and 7 p.m.; New England Rodeo, October 4 and 5 at 6 p.m; Village People, October 5 at 7 p.m.; Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul With Genevieve!, October 7 at 11 a.m.; The Flying Wallendas, October 7, 8, and 9 at 2 and 7 p.m. Hours: Open daily at 10 a.m. Cost: $9-$25; parking, $10; extra fees for some shows.

Boothbay Railway Village Boothbay, ME Phone:

September 30-October 1, 2017

Watch a butter churning demonstration and then taste the fresh butter on New England brown bread baked according to a 100 year old recipe. See how Dutch ovens were used for baking over open fires. Meet the museum's goats and other farm animals. Artisans, like quilters and blacksmiths, will be demonstrating, Guests are invited to take a hayride to a pumpkin patch and decorate pumpkins.

Litchfield Fairground, 30 Plains Road Litchfield, ME Phone: 207-873-6539

August 23-27, 2017

Performers: The Gibson Brothers, Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass, Nothin Fancy, David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition, The Bluegrass Brothers, Zink & Company, Salt & Light (Moore Family Band), The Zolla Boys, Phat Burger Deluxe , The Mason Zink Band, Robinson's Bluegrass Gospel, Blistered Fingers. Tickets. Cost: $85 before August 1

On and around Town Green Southington, CT Phone:

September 29-October 8, 2017

The festival presents live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s activities, carnival rides, and more. Also highlighted each year is a parade on October 1 at 2 p.m., the Arts & Crafts Show, and fireworks on September 30 at 9 p.m. Hours.

79 Church Street Peacham, VT Phone:

August 18-19, 2017

PAMFest features concerts, contra dances, workshops and jam sessions that blend the old and the new, including roots music from the Celtic traditions, old time fiddle tunes, and a touch of blues and bluegrass.  The festival also features a craft fair, a food court with delicious vendors, a family activities tent, and the always-popular Instrument Petting Zoo. Lineup and performance schedule. Time: Friday, 1-11 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

Fairground Road Union, ME Phone:

August 19-26, 2017

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. Enjoy a Wine Pavilion, fireworks, the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Coronation, demolition derbys, a midway, laser tag, the Matthews Museum, High Flying Frisbee Dogs, Lawnmower Drag Racing. Schedule of events. Time: gates open daily at 8 a.m.

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-443-0188

September 23-24, 2017

Celebrate the harvest season with food trucks, a farmer’s market and crafts — all for sale! Listen to live music, watch farming demos, and even dive into a pile of hay. Harvest of Quilts opens on Friday with exquisite quilt exhibits and sales. Watch the raising of a timber framed building built using 18th and 19th century tools and techniques. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $18; youths ages 13-17, $8

516 Main Street Lancaster, NH Phone: 603-788-4531

August 31-September 4, 2017

Lancaster Fair celebrates agricultural activities like 4-H animal exhibits, horse and oxen pulls, sheep dog trials, a horse show, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Also, an exciting midway, the Big Rig Truck Pull and a Demolition Derby, enticing fair food, and a grandstand performance in 2017 by country music band Sawyer Brown. One price includes admission, midway rides and concerts. Fair highlights include the Pig Scramble, Firemen’s Muster, Cruise Night of antique and classic cars. Admission: $15-$17; senior discounts every day. Children under 36 inches tall get in free with a paying adult.

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

August 18-20, 2017

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.

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

June 21-August 27, 2017

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 the powerhouse Miami City Ballet, modern dance ensemble Paul Taylor Dance Company, UK-based artist Aakash Odedra, Camille A. Brown, and Japanese-born artist Eiko Otake in a special, site-specific piece during a limited engagement on the Pillow grounds.. Free Inside/Out Performances on Wednesday evenings. Also: talks, exhibits, tours, classes, and dining.

Mount Washington Cog Railway, off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH Phone: 603-278-5404

August 19, 2017

Jules Verne and SteamPumk attitude arrive at The Cog. Wear your Steampunk fashions for the costume parade with prizes, Steampunk art, antique bicycling, steam exhibits and more. End the day with a ride to the moon on the Steampunk Express at 3:30 p.m. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Festival admission is free; there is a fee for Cog rides. Tickets. Directions to the Cog Railway.

The Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Road Grafton, VT Phone: 802-843-2111

September 23-24, 2017

Where else do knotholes become front doors? Sea shells transform into bathtubs? Answer: at the Fairy House Festival. Visitors will follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, of acorn cap dinnerware and fungi tables. Hands-on crafts, face painting, and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase; picnicking is encouraged. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10-$12; seniors over age 64, $8-$10; children at 3-17, $4-$5.

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

August 19, 2017

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.

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

August 18-20, 2017

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.

Nantasket Beach, Nantasket Avenue Hull, MA Phone:

September 16, 2017

With food, live music, shopping, and kid's activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Entertainment includes Entertainment a kids chalk art contest, hula hoop contest, daddy's hot dog eating contest and music by Johnny Bluehorn & the Caretakers, Erin’s Guild, and The Fat City Band. Free admission and free parking. Time: Noon-5 p.m.

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

August 26-27, 2017

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. 

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

August 16-20, 2017

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 midway rides. Cost: $10-$15; seniors, $7. Camping available.
Hours: Gates open at 8 a.m.; midway opens at 11 a.m.

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

August 24-27, 2017

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. 

various locations Colebrook and Pittsburg, NH, and Canaan, VtT, NH Phone: 603-237-8939

August 25-26, 2017

A weekend of fun showcasing all the North Country has to offer! Events take place in Colebrook, Canaan, and Pittsfield. Dog show, ATV ride-in, moose chili, maple tasting, moose calling car show, artisans, horse-drawn wagon rides, old fashioned barn dance. See website for schedule of events.

66 Colgate Heights, Route 9W Bennington, VT Phone: 802-447-3311

September 2-3, 2017

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: garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $6-$8.