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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Haven Fairgrounds - 300 Washington Avenue North Haven, CT, 06473 Phone: 860-478-5954

May 21-June 5, 2016 -- Open Saturdays, Sundays & Memorial Day, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. rain or shine

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!

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

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

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

June 3-12, 2016

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 festival lineup..

Simard-Payne Memorial Park, 46 Beech Street Lewiston, ME Phone: 207-333-6769

June 25, 2016

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 Girls, Guns, and Glory.   Time: Open noon - 1 p.m. for VIP session; 1-5 p.m. for general admission. Admission: VIP session, $55-$60; general admission, $35-$45; designated driver, $15.

59 Little John Road Websterville, VT Phone: 802-479-1000

June 24-26, 2016

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

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

August 19-21, 2016

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

Various locations Stowe, VT Phone:

June 10-12, 2016

Featuring Vermont music, Vermont craft beers, wines, spirits, ciders, and root beer, and a celebration of Vermont mountain biking. This is a town-wide event, with restaurants serving as the venues. Area bike shops are hosting free mountain bike group rides in town for the B3 Fest weekend, which will start and end at participating B3 Fest venues. Schedule of events.

Long Wharf Pier, off Long Wharf Drive New Haven, CT Phone:

June 4, 2016

This family event will feature delicious food, live music, children's activities, and handmade items from local vendors and featuring beer stations by Thomas Hooker Brewing Company. No pets, coolers, or bikes allowed.Also in conjunction with the festival is the Dragon Boat Regatta. Dragon boats are 40-foot-long canoes with 20 paddlers, a drummer to maintain the cadence, and a sweep or steersman. The paddlers sit side-by-side in rows of two, and work together in unison. time: Food truck festival is 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; dragon boats race 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission: $5 per person, 12 and under free.

downtown Bennington Bennington, VT Phone:

May 28, 2015

Downtown Bennington transforms into a festival of arts, crafts, activities, food, & entertainment. In 2014 there will be over 125 crafters and artisans from throughout New England featuring handmade crafts of wood, pottery, glass, metal, fabric, jewelry, and more. As always, School Street will be lined with ethnic treats including Indian, German, Italian, and American. 

Freeport Village Freeport, ME Phone: 800-441-5713

May 27-29, 2016

Maine Audubon guides will lead outings to several local bird-watching hotspots. The festival track bird species identified throughout the weekend. Binoculars and spotting scopes available for participants to demo. Brochure and schedule of events

Capitol Park at State, Capitol, and Union streets Augusta, ME Phone: 207-623-4559

June 15-July 4, 2016

This two -week festival consists of 150 events that celebrate the cleanup of the Kennebec River. One centerpiece of the festival is Kids Day in Capitol Park. On Kids Day, 80 events and activities come to Capitol Park, with musical presentations, dancing, balloons, hands-on activities, and much more. The festival ends with a big party at the riverfront in Waterfront Park on July 4. The fireworks are on July 4 at around 9 p.m. at the East Side boat landing. Schedule of events.

Boyden Valley Winery & Farm, 64 Vermont Route 104 at route 15 Cambridge, VT Phone: 802-644-8151

April 2-3, 2016

Festival includes sugar on snow tastings; tours of sugar house on a working family farm; syrup sample tastings all day; tastings of Vermont Maple Reserve, Gold Leaf, and Vermont Ice Maple Crème Liqueur; winery tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (tours are suitable for all ages); Sausage Shack food truck on site; free parking and admission. Email info@boydenvalley.com

Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway Warwick, RI Phone: 401-781-1772

May 28-30, 2016

The annual festival hosts 150-200 craft exhibitors, and attracts 50,000 guests! It also features a professional food court, free family music and entertainment! Free admission. All proceeds benefit the Gaspee Days Parade. Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday, 4:30 p.m.) 

197 Main Street South Berwick, ME Phone: 207-351-7793

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.

Waterfront Park Burlington, VT Phone: 802-244-6828

July 15-16, 2016

This craft beer festival celebrates artisan craft beer and the brewers who make them. At Burlington Waterfront Park, where guests can enjoy scenic views of Lake Champlain framed by the Adirondack mountain range. For guests age 21 and older. Admission: $37. Sessions each day at noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

One Village Green Quechee, VT Phone: 802-295-7900

June 17-19, 2016

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. 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.

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

June 26-July 2, 2016

Fully rigged windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor for the festival that has been a tradition here for more than 45 years. 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. Schedule of events.

Main Street at Route 15 Dover-Foxcroft, ME Phone:

June 25, 2016

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: $3, free for kids under 12. 

Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, 761 Mountain Road Bondville, VT Phone: 800-787-2886

June 16-19, 2016

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. $30-$465.

3-County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road, off Route 9 Northampton, MA Phone: 800-511-9725

May 28-30, 2016

Two hundred sixth artists and makers from all part of the United State come to Northampton for three days of visual arts, unique design, food, live music and great fun. Browse the 2016 collection of this show’s remarkable exhibitors, organized by medium. Admission: Adults, $13; seniors over age 64, $12; students, $8; three-day pass, $16; children 12 and younger, free Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Information:

Downtown Newburyport Newburyport, MA Phone: 978-462-6680

May 29-30, 2016

Thousands attend to enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport's best restaurants and Kid's Korner featuring entertainment for children and families and the ever popular Teddy Bear Parade. Live entertainment both days. See festival website for detailed schedule. Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost: Free.

Mystic Seaport, Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT Phone: 860-572-0711

June 12-15, 2014

Hear sea chanteys from many cultures and learn how they helped coordinate work on ships during this one-of-a-kind sea song event that has been a Mystic Seaport tradition since 1979. The Sea Music Festival features performances at various locations throughout the grounds of this living history maritime museum. At the Sea Music Storytelling Stage offers performances from storytellers from throughout New England. The Sea Music Contra Dance happens on Saturday, JUne 14,3-6 p.m. at Frohsinn Hall (the Mystic German Club), 54 Greenmanville Avenue. Admission to the Contra Dance is $8. Time: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m.

10 Commissary Point Road Trescott, ME Phone: 207-733-2233

May 27-30, 2016

Maine's Cobscook Bay area is one of the important bird areas in the United States. This events presents four days of self-guided explorations, guided hikes, boat tours and presentations led by area experts. See warblers in their breeding plumage, boreal species, and Atlantic Puffins up close and (almost) touchable. Hikes, boat trips, presentations for advanced, intermediate, and beginning birders. Register on the festival's website.

Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT Phone: 860-572-0711

May 28-29, 2016

Come to Mystic Seaport to explore historic vessels, explore exhibits, and take part in fun outdoor activities like 19th-century lawn games; tug-of-war, harpoon throwing, 19th-century baseball and parlor games, whaleboat rowing, “Tale of a Whaler” performances. Dress up your pup and join a parade around the Village Green on Saturday. Judges will select a winners in three categories: Best Nautical Costume, Most Patriotic Costume, and Best Summer-Themed Costume. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $26; youth ages 6-17, $17; children ages 5 and younger, free

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone: 603-745-6621

June 24-26, 2016

The New England Brewfest is a blend of beer-infused social events, workshops, and tastings. Events on June 24 are the Cafe Lafayette Craft Beer Train, a two-hour train ride along the Pemigewassett River with foods and beer, and the One Love Brewery Beer Pairing Dinner. Events on June 25 are The Hop Talks and Saturday Night: ON TAP at Loon Mountain Resort, the weekend’s main tasting. Events on June 26 are Brewers Brunch and a non-denominational service at the top of Loon Mountain. Minister Marcus Corey will discuss the connection between beer, history, culture, and religion. All Access Weekend Pass is $182; individual events are priced separately.

various locations Kennebunkport, ME Phone: 207-772-3373

June 6-11, 2016

This six-day celebration of Maine food, drinks, and art offers 38 events -- mostly small dinner parties -- at restaurants and residences in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk. Guests enjoy local ingredients prepared by regional chefs amid an exhibition of work from an attending artist. Prices range from 175 to about $250 per person. The festival closes on Saturday with Brews & Tunes on the Village Green (entry fee $15) and an evening gala wrap-up where an open bar, buffet, and live music. Reserve now; many gathering are selling out.

Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive North Kingstown, RI Phone: 401-294-3521

June 18, 2016

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.)

Many locations Jonesport and Beals, ME Phone:

June 6-July 4, 2016

Almost a full month of community fun culminates in fireworks on July 4. Activities include horse shoes, a Miss 4th of July Pageant, a car show, puppeteers, ice cream social and barbecue, a kids day, crate races, a flag golf tournament. On July 4 itself, the community will enjoy a pancake breakfast, art show, a parade at 6 p.m. from Sawyer Square to Trynor Square, and fireworks at dark at Perio Point.

Downtown, town common, and grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat Brattleboro, VT Phone:

June 3-5, 2016

http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/ June 5-7 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.
Friday
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.
Saturday
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.
Sunday
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

Various locations in town Norway, ME Phone:

July 9, 2016

The festival opens Thursday evening and continues with the street dance on Friday night, and through Saturday with the Norway Sidewalk Art Show, along with lots of performances on Norway's historic Main Street. Several related events include the Norway Library Used Book Sale, Poets on the Porch X, and the Norway Triathlon at Lake Pennesseewassee.

Faneuil Hall Market Place Boston, MA Phone: 617-523-1300

May 28-30, 2016

Street performers, world-class jugglers, clowns, storytellers, mimes, acrobats, dancers, storytellers, and others will perform on the cobblestone streets of the Faneuil Marketplace. Time: All day. Cost: Free. 

towns of Cape Cod throughout Cape Cod, MA Phone:

May 1-31, 2016

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 (June 6).

Topsfield Common Topsfield, MA Phone: 978-500-0711

June 11, 2016

The  Strawberry Festival attractions include: a juried craft show, art, glass, pottery, clothing and jewelry made by fine artisans, food, music, children's games and strawberry shortcake. Also, enjoy the Youth Artisan Fair and tours of the 17th-century Parson Capen House. Plenty of free parking Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

June 2-5, 2016

Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues. Greet our warblers on early morning birding walks, visit with puffins and pelagic birds at sea, and observe Peregrine Falcons at an active breeding site in Acadia National Park. Lectures, walks, and adventures.

Strawbery Banke Museum Portsmouth, NH Phone:

June 22, 2016

Seventy Portsmouth restaurants serve their best chow under tents on the grounds of the Strawbery Banke Museum to raise money for the "No Kid Hungry" campiagn fo Share Our Strength. The evening also includes a silent auction, and VIP lounge, and dance music. Time: 6:30-10 p.m. Admission: General admission, $85; VIP admission, $175.

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

August 3-6, 1016

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

Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road Cummington, MA Phone:

May 28-29, 2016

All Massachusetts sheep producers and woolcraft enthusiasts are invited to participate in this event. Chosen by Yankee Magazine as one of the top 20 things to do in Massachusetts. Camping is available on the grounds for vendors and exhibitors. There is a $20 charge for campers and a $10 charge for tents. Hook-ups are first come first serve.
A potluck supper will be held on the fairgrounds dining room at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a prepared dish or salad sufficient to feed your family to the kitchen by 4 p.m.
Admission: Parking is $10 per car; $15 for a two-day pass

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.

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

June 18-August 28, 2016

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

Wilcox Park, Grove Avenue Westerly, RI Phone:

May 28-30, 2016

The festival will present the selected works of professional artists and crafts persons. Virtu will be a showcase for both the visual arts and performing arts. Held rain or shine. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Anheuser-Busch Facility, 221 Daniel Webster Highway Merrimack, NH, 03054 Phone: 603-589-2333

June 17-19, 2016

Enjoy the best barbecue in New Hampshire with music and entertainment! Many vendors will be selling ribs, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, cotton candy and more! Musical performances by Epic Season, Hunter, Never Easy, Walkin The Line, Tom Dixon Band, Rory Scott Band, Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks. There will be hot air balloon rides and many other activities for children, as well as tours of the Budweiser brewery. Time: Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Admission is $10 at the gate; $7 purchased in advance online.

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

August 6-7, 2016

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

Strawberry Park, 42 Pierce Road Preston, CT Phone: 860-886-1944

June 2-5, 2016

This annual festival promises a handful of first-rate bluegrass artists as well as musicians’ workshops, onsite camping, children’s activities and more. Camping in the rough is available. Performers on tap for 2016 include SteelDrivers, Kruger Brothers, The Gibson Brothers, Della Mae ,The Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Boxcar Lilies, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Bryan Sutton Band, The Zolla Boys, Hot Flashes, Twisted Pines, Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Stockwell Brothers Band. Schedule of performances

1 Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA Phone:

May 28-30
, 2016

Wool Days means sheep shearing at Old Sturbridge Village, plus demonstrations of other parts of the seasonal processing of wool, including scouring, carding, dyeing, spinning, and weaving. Try your hand and learn about other fibers available to early New Englanders at the textile exhibit. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $28; seniors age 55 and older, $26; youths age 3-17, $14

Veteran's Memorial Park Old Orchard Beach, ME Phone: 207-590-4201

June 4, 2016

Pipers, highland dancing, traditional Scottish foods, Scottish entertainment, Scottish bazaar, artisans, artists, heavy athletics, and more! Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cheshire Congregational Church, 111 Church Drive Cheshire, CT Phone: 203-272-5323

June 18, 2016

Strawberry shortcake, live music, kids amusements and juried arts and crafts festival. More than 30 juried artisans providing wonderfully hand- crafted items of all shapes and sizes. There are games for toddlers, face painting, and three types of inflatables that all children love. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 24-26, 2015

This popular extravaganza of public art includes a master sculpting competition, liver entertainment, food trucks, fireworks, and sand sculpting lessons for the kids. Voted one of Boston’s Top Events. This national contest attracts artists from around the world. Time: Festival is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 

Various locations; see description below Sugar Hill, Franconia, NH Phone: 603-823-5661

June 1-30, 2016

This yearly series of events honors the lupine as its blossoms create a breathtaking floral display against the majestic backdrop of the Franconia, Presidential, and Kinsman Mountain ranges.
June 1-30 -- Lupine Poetry Walk through the Fields of Lupines at the Sugar Hill Sampler, Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill.
June 11-12 – Open Air Market at Sugar Hill Carolina Crapo Building, Sugar Hill Historical Museum, Sugar Hill Meetinghouse. Vendors, artisans, businesses, entertainment, concerts, cooking demonstrations, and more. No fees and free parking. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 12 – Concert with the Uncommon Folk. 1 p.m.
June 10-11 – Festivities at Harmony Park, Riverwalk & Mill Street, Littleton
June 11 – Pollyanna Day Celebration at Littleton Library, Main Street, Littleton.
June 14 – Swing & Sweets at Sugar Hill Meetinghouse. An evening of music for dancingby the Swing North Big Band with sweets provided by the best of local chefs. $10 per person; $18 per couple. 7:30 p.m.

Yarmouth Summer Celebration 2014

Bass River Beach, Seagull Beach, Bass Hole in Yarmouth Port off Route 6A, and Dennis-Yarmouth High School Yarmouth, MA Phone:

June 24-July 2, 2016

The trademark of this event is the three dozen giant sand sculptures on display around Yarmouth and at Bass River and Seagull beaches. Also, a fireworks display on June 24 at south Shore drive beaches, salt-water fishing clinic and derby, ice cream social, summer beach barbecue on June 26 at Bass River Beach, Cape Cod Baseball League games, nature walks by Cape Cod Bay, ballroom dance lessons, kite flying exhibitions at the beach, and amateur sand sculpting. Event schedule.

Old Town Hall, Derby Square, Front Street, and Artists' Row and other Salem venues Salem, MA Phone:

June 3-5, 2016

The popular free event will feature over 80 artists and performers doing music, dance, and theater performances. The festival includes art-making, artisan vendors selling their creations, and a public art installation. The festival happens are many venues, mainly Old Town Hall, Derby Square, Front Street, and Artists' Row. A juried art show will be held in Old Town Hall, with an artisan street fair outside the building on Saturday and Sunday. Live performances will be held on Derby Square and Artists' Row. The event is rain or shine; rain location for performances is Old Town Hall and on Artists' Row. Full schedule and programs will be available on site during the festival, as well as the Festival website.

Waterville Valley Chowderfest 2016

Village Center Waterville Valley, NH Phone: 603-236-8175

May 29, 2016

Restaurants bring their chowders to Town Square to vie for the Golden Clam Award. Tastings booths will be open from noon to 2 p.m. with tickets available throughout the morning. Guests receive ample-sized taste of each chowder and a ballot. Guests age 21 and older are invited to the beer tent to taste local brews out of New England by Smuttynose. Noon to 4 p.m. Live entertainment on the Gazebo Stage from noon to 3 p.m. by Do's Monkey's
Admission: $7.50 for age 13 and older; $5 for children age 12 and younger.

Washington County Fairgrounds, Route 112 Richmond, RI Phone: 401-596-5849

June 11, 2016

Authentic Scottish Fair with competitions for solo piping, bands, solo drummers, highland dance and heavy athletics; clan village, Scottish entertainers, food, animals and merchandise. No dogs allowed on fairgrounds. Time: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., rain or shine. Adults, $18; children ages 6-12, $5.

Old Port district Portland, ME Phone: 207-633-2353

June 12, 2016

Kick off summer in Maine at this family, outdoor celebration of music, art and community. The day's events open with the Kickoff Parade at 11 a.m. featuring Shoestring Theater, followed by music and entertainment on seven stages, children’s amusement rides & rock climbing wall, the Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel, 200 vendor booths featuring food, arts & crafts and more! Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free.

various locations; consult event website Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-3643

July 13-15, 2016

Top comedians from all over the country will bring fun and laughter. The Comedy Festival is quickly becoming an island favorite. Schedule.

18 Main Street Lenox, MA Phone:

May 28, 2016

The Festival features a rhubarb chili contest among Lenox restaurant chefs; visitors taste, judge and vote for their favorite. Sweet and savory rhubarb creations from local bakers will be for sale, including: strawberry rhubarb pies, cupcakes, turnovers, whoopee pies, pinwheels and rhubarb mini pies. Pick up a recipe booklet and some fresh local rhubarb or learn how to grow your own. Time: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Held rain or shine under tents. Free admission and parking.

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

August 26-28, 2016

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

Lyman Orchards, Routes 147 & 157 Middlefield, CT Phone: 860-349-1793

June 11, 2016

Fun activities include breakfast on the deck, strawberry picking in the orchard, live music by Ian Biggs, free food tastings and demos, pie eating contests, pony rides, and activities for children throughout the day, like necklace-making with the Macaroni Kid. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

4H Camp Marshall, 92 McCormick Road Spencer, MA Phone:

May 28-29
, 2016

Come watch and enjoy Native American dancing, singing, and drumming. Join the feasting and the artifact sale. Bring your own cooler with refreshments; no food service is available Time: 11 am.-10 p.m. Admission: Weekend, Adults, $18; youth age 12 to 17, $8; children under age 12, $5; day fees, over age 12, $7; under age 12, $3

Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, 243 Tresser Blvd. Stamford, CT Phone: 203-357-9555

May 27-29, 2016

Enjoy 2 days of hot Latin salsa dance and music. Watch professional performances or take to the floor yourself for an instructional class or social session. this is a fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Dorr Farm on Route 30 Manchester Center, VT Phone:

June 11-12, 2016

Thousands of spectators and hundreds of car collectors turn out each year to enjoy an exciting array of vintage vehicles along with food, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, tractor rides and strolls on the show field, and a flea market. The annual car parade is Saturday at 4 p.m.The Tailgate Competition will take place and be judged on Sunday as well as the judging for Best of the 1940s, ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Time: Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; children under age 12, free.

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone: 603-383-9356

May 29, 2016

Come see this wild and zany event that has been a favorite for more than a quarter century. The plunge into the Wildcat River of 3,500 yellow rubber ducks is just part of a day-long festival that includes vendors, a silent auction, train rides, kids games, a parade (2:30 p.m.), release of ducks (2:45 p.m.) and the Jackson Cake Boss competition. See event website for detailed schedule. Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 8-17, 2016

Ten days of open gardens Cape-wide from Provincetown to Woods Hole. Take a glimpse into some of Cape Cod’s most spectacular gardens during the 10-day festival. The festival will include tours of all types of private gardens organized by local nonprofits and museums, along with special hydrangea-themed events and promotions. All private gardens are open on selected days only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events schedule. Garden tours are $5 each.

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

July 29-31, 2016

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