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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.

Hubbard Park, 88 State Street Meriden, CT, 06451 Phone: 203-630-4259

April 29-30, 2017

Sixty thousand daffodils create a sea of fragrant yellow blossoms throughout the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park in Meriden. See 61 different varieties of daffodils, and enjoy a parade on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., craft fair, live music, fireworks, food vendors, carnival rides, and shuttle bus service. Plenty of free parking.

Various Locations Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-1700

April 28-30, 2017

The Daffodil Festival's grand event, held on Saturday, is the Annual Antique Car Parade of more than 100 daffodil-bedecked antique cars, followed by the Daffodil Tailgate Picnic. Held on the lush lawns leading into the village, the picnic boasts fare ranging from elaborate gourmet cuisine served on fine china to box lunches and burgers. Other highlights include the Nantucket Garden Club's Annual Daffodil Show, Children's Daffodil Parade, Daffy Hat Pageant and Daffodil Dog Parade. 

Various locations Provincetown, MA Phone:

June 14-18, 2017

The Provincetown International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors. Location: Various around town. Times and Costs: vary; consult event website.

Wooster Square at Chapel and Academy streets New Haven, CT Phone: 203-641-4666

April 23, 2017

Come enjoy free entertainment by Neighborhood Music School Premiere Jazz Ensemble, Tuxedo Junction (The Sounds of swing),Carlos Santiago Y Su Momento Musical (salsa), St. Luke's Steel Band. Features at the festival include a Little Italy area, a Wooster Square Reunion area, children's area with arts & crafts, face painting, Nappy's Puppets, activities with Peabody Museum, New Haven Museum, Eli Whitney Museum, Horizon Wings, Elm Shakespeare. There will be a pet friendly area, and many vendors serving food and displaying crafts for sale.

Various locations Greenville and Moosehead Lakes region, ME Phone: 207-695-2702

May 20-June 25, 2017

This two-week event celebrates the natural beauty and human talents of the Moosehead Lake region. Events include Moose Mainea 5K on May 20; Moosterpiece Craft Fair and Town-Wide Yard Sale and Moose River Canoe and Kayak Race on June 10; Moosehead Area Artisans Art Show at the Depot on June 24; and the Dean Bike & Boat ride and cruise on June 25. This is a 19-mile bike ride and cruise back to Greenville on the Katahdin Steamship.

Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Drive Bristol, RI Phone: 401-253-9062

May 20, 2017

Join fiber and textile enthusiasts from across the Northeast at Rhode Island's only Wool and Fiber Festival. See crafts people demonstrate traditional and contemporary fiber arts; purchase your own textile supplies, equipment, and gifts to take home; watch the hand shearing of sheep, learn a new (old) skill in one of our workshops, and help with 18th century textile and farm work. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $7; seniors and children age 3-12, $5;

Main Street St. Albans, VT Phone: 802-524-5800

April 28-30, 2017

Visitors flock all over the U.S. and the world visit downtown St. Albans for maple treats, maple fun, and the chance to see the maple sugaring industry in action. What goes on? Live entertainment; a fiddlers variety show; cooking demonstrations and competitions; tastings of beer, cider, and mead; sugarhouse tours; pancake breakfasts (with plenty of the necessary); an antique show; a carnival; a giant parade on April 30 at noon; and a craft show. What can you eat? maple creemees, maple sugar-on-snow, maple cotton candy, and much more. Parade route

Bowen's Wharf, Off America’s Cup Avenue Newport, RI Phone:

May 19-21, 2017

Rhode Island has 45 oyster farms! Each farm cultivates its own flavors, so this festival is your chance to savor 13 kinds of oysters. Growers will be shucking and local restaurants will be serving food under festival tents. Shuckig contest is held Sunday at 3 p.m. Enjoy live music Saturday and Sunday.
Time: May 19 (opening night benefit party, 6-8:30 p.m.; May 20 and 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Opening night, $150; Saturday and Sunday, $25

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

April 29, 2017

Shearers demonstrate modern and traditional shearing techniques. Herding dogs give demonstrations of controling a flock. The crafts fair offers hand-crafted goods by fine crafters. Also come to enjoy: live music, country dancing, an historic military encampment, traditional crafts, spinners, weavers and more. Time: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission: $20. Children aged 12 years and under, free. 

Downtown Rockport, MA Phone:

May 20, 2017

The Motif No.1 Day Festival -- named after the humble fishing shack that has inspired work from many painter and photographer -- honors the arts in Rockport. Come enjoy film, poetry, dance, music, art-making activities, historical presentations and more, along with the Motif No.1 Day 5k and Fun Run. time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Waterfront Boothbay Harbor, ME Phone: 207-633-2353

June 25-July 1, 2017

Fully rigged windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor for the festival that has been a tradition here for decades. Windjammers are scheduled to arrive in Linekin Bay on June 28 and then into Boothbay Harbor during the parade of sail on June 28. Events of the festival include pancake breakfast, craft fair, boat parade, shipyard and ship tours, street parade, live musical entertainment and of course a visiting fleet of historic windjammers. See Windjammer Days website for full schedule of events.

various locations Newport, RI Phone: 401-845-9110

April 15 - 23, 2017

This nine-day affair includes a daffy dog parade, dabbling and doodling the daffys art kiosks, a private garden tour, wine tastings, a bike ride, bouquet bar, sidewalk parade, car rally and classic car display, a garden party with live music and ballet and more. See event website for detailed schedule.

Tolland Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30) Vernon, CT Phone: 860-966-9264

April 29, 2017

This agricultural learning experience features fiber art demonstrations and workshops, sheep dog trials, sheep shearing and a wool fashion show. Premier fiber vendors offer a wide variety of handicrafts. Live music, animals, great food and a kids wool craft corner also. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main Street, Route 160 Denmark, ME Phone:

April 15, 2017

This gathering of sheep, goat and alpaca owners, spinners, weavers and fiber artists grows every year. Come enjoy live music, spinning, knitting and weaving demonstrations, and crafts for sale. Watch scores of sheep and goats receive their summer haircut. Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA Phone:

January 13-March 31, 2017

The Boston Wine Festival, hosted by Daniel Bruce, executive chef of the Boston Harbor Hotel, features a series of intimate winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars and receptions. After 28 seasons, the festival has evolved into a world renowned series. Major events of the 2-month festival include the Grand Opening Reception on January 13, and the Valentine’s Dinner Dance on February 11 and the Valentine’s Jazz Brunch on February 12. Schedule of events.

various locations Ogunquit, ME Phone:

April 21-23, 2017

All Weekend: Perkins Cove Lantern Treasure Hunt and Historical Building Hunt .
Friday:Library Book Sale, Re-enactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware; Fife & Drum Parade; Fife & Drum Concert; Mainestreet Celebrates 17 Years
Saturday and Sunday: Colonial Flag Treasure Hunt, Beach Bazaar, Book Sale Colonial Children’s Games And Craftsmake A Patriots Day Scrapbook, Hay Rides, American Pie Contest, Taste Of The Town, Re-Enactment Of The Boston Tea, Re-Enactent Of The Flag Raising At Iwo Pooch Pageant And Fashion Show, Meatloaf.

Bushnell Park, 1 Jewel Street Hartford, CT Phone:

July 14-17, 2017

New England's largest free jazz festival: Contemporary, straight ahead, smooth, Latin, and more. A variety of food and beverage vendors and an arts and crafts marketplace. Lineup in 2017 includes Nelson Garcia, Aziza Miller, Dexter’s Lab – Dexter Pettaway, Sr., Sez Zion Jazz Band, Fo Mo Deep, Groove Project, Side Street, Decades By Dezyne, Toscha Comeaux featuring Rene Toledo, Donald Harrison, Jazz & Strings. Lineup could change. Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m.-midnight; Sunday, 1-9 p.m.

Mansfield High School, 250 East Street, and other area schools Mansfield, MA Phone:

April 21-23, 2017

The annual New England Folk Festival returns with music sessions, dance, crafts, workshops and international foods. Dance performance and participation, including square dancing, international folk dancing, swing dancing, clogging; food booths and trucks; music everywhere; crafts, bazaar, activity room for kids and adults; discussion, family events. See website for lineup and details.

Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts & Lyme Art Association, 96 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT Phone: 860-434-5542

July 30, 2016

Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival is a town-wide celebration of the arts. The celebration takes place at the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyme Art Association, and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. A favorite event of the day is Market En Plein Air at the museum. This outdoor market features Connecticut-grown flowers, fruits, vegetables, breads, fine cheeses, herbs and specialty foods in a setting modeled after outdoor markets in French villages. Also enjoy the artisan fair, outdoor concert, author talks and sidewalk sales. Time: Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday,9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Look Park, 300 N Main Street Northampton, MA Phone: 413-862-8095

July 15, 2017

Festival activities include Highland dance competition, Highland athletic competition, pipe and drum competitions, individual pipe and drum competitions, Scottish food and vendors, two entertainment stages, and lots more. New this year: The Brigadoons, and more music by Albannach, Screaming Orphans, The Brigadoons, and Charlie Zahm. Cost: Adults, $16; children age 6-12, $5. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Downtown St. Johnsbury St. Johnsbury, VT Phone: 802-274-0201

April 29,2017

The St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival celebrates the maple syrup industry in Vermont. On Friday a parade will begin at 6 p.m. and end at the Welcome Center. It is followed by an ice cream social, Saturday brings a morning 5k run and pancake breakfast at the Welcome Center. A street festival follows, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live entertainment, and 100 craft and food vendors will fill the streets.