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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.

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Colebrook (Friday and Sunday); Canaan Community Recreation Park, Canaan, and Pittsfield (Saturday) Colebrook, NH Phone: 603-237-8939

August 28-30, 2015

A weekend of fun showcasing all the North Country has to offer! Events take place in Colebrook, Canaan, and Pittsfield, Car show, craft fair, outdoor & family activities, and much more. Schedule of events/ Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: Free

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

August 6-8, 1015

Don't miss this year's line up, which include The Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Third Day, For King & Country, Tenth Avenue North, Unspoken, Big Daddy Weave, Moriah Peters, Tedashii, Propaganda, We As Human, For Today, War of Ages, and many more! Camping available; see event website. Artist lineup.
Admission: July purchase, adult, 3 day, $120; youth, 3-day and weekend for all ages, $75; August/Gate, adult, 3 day, $135; youth, 3-day and weekend for all ages, $90. Adults is age 12 and older; youth and serior at age 7 to 11 and over 62.

Fort Trumbull and other parts of the New London waterfront New London, CT Phone:

September 9-12, 2015

Activities of the four-day festival include arrival of the Schooner Columbia, a lighted boat parade, visits by schooners from up and down the East Coast, a schooner race, educational programs for schoolchildren, a juried maritime art show on the pier at Waterfront Park, a whaleboat race, and the popular New London Chowder Challenge. In addition, the Festival will feature vessel visits, displays and demonstrations by the United States Coast Guard, United States Navy and local police departments.
September 9
Arrival and fleet reception on board Navy and Coast Guard ships; ships will be open for public viewing at Pier 7 at Fort Trumbull State Park, New London
September 10
Schooners begin arriving at City pier, open for viewing and some educational programming.
September 11
More schooners arriving in city with a continuation of viewing possibilities and dockside educational offerings.
The Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s official Tall Ship, will be at City Pier. This 200-foot sail training vessel will be open for viewing and touring
Captains’ Ball at City Pier in New London. This gala event will honor UConn President Susan Herbst and members of the Coast Guard
September 12
The Great New London Chowder Challenge takes place at local New London restaurants
Whale boats from Mystic Seaport and The New Bedford Whaling Museum will race.
A juried show of maritime art on the waterfront
Strolling historical role players and chanty singers from Mystic Seaport.
Parade of Police Boats prior to schooner race.
Schooner Race
Lighted Boat Parade on the Thames River
Musical entertainment dockside and downtown.
Email: cmhf2015@gmail.com

Route 112 Richmond, RI Phone:

August 12-16, 2015

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). Each night country music stars perform live in concert. The fair has rides for all ages. New this year on Thursday is country line dancing lessons. Daily competitions include Battle of the Fisherman, pie eating contests, various pulling events, racing, and much more. Admission: Adults, $10; kids age 10 and younger, free. Parking is free.

Harbor Point Road and Pacific Street Stamford, CT Phone: 203-356-9423

August 1-2, 2015

Experience all the fun of this waterfront festival to benefit the Young Mariners Foundation. Enjoy food from 20 area restaurants, four America's Cup sailboats, harbor cruises, Pirates Coast, a Battle of the Bands Saturday night, over 70 artisans displaying their fine work, main stage featuring live local talent, Sunday Family Day, a special fantasy fairy tale circus with Chinese acrobats, clowns and a Wild West Show, stunt bicycle riders, paddle boarding and kayaking plus rides and amusements. Time: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. ; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: Adults, $15; children age 5 to 12, $5

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

August 15, 2015

Kristian Bush, founding member of the superstar country duo Sugarland, tops the summer day-long mix of country music, food and fun featuring a total of five bands and two stages. Rounding out the lineup are top local and regional country artists, including Shanna Jackman, Alec MacGillvray, the Houston Bernard Band and the up-and-coming Darren Bessette Band. Festival goers will also enjoy Wachusett’s famous scenic SkyRide to the mountain summit, local craft vendors, barbecue and beer Fest-of-Ale featuring Wachusett Brewery and other favorites. Also highlighting the day will be an appearance by festival host former New England Patriot Matt Light. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $20 in advance at www.wachusett.com and $30 at the door; children, $6 in advance and $9 at the door).

Mill Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH Phone: 603-279-6121

August 29-30, 2015

This outdoor, juried arts and crafts exhibition and sale of fine arts and fine crafts, celebrates its 36th year in 2015. Featuring high quality works of over 80 artists and craftspeople, the Festival is held outdoors in Meredith, among the Meredith Village Shops and the Mill Falls Marketplace. Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic for this special event. A highlight of the summer, this festival creates an exciting weekend of art, crafts, music, entertainment and food.

Sugar Shack Campground Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3471

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.

August 5-9, 2015

International Homecoming Festival began in 1974 and continues to bring home family and friends to celebrate the friendship between the two international communities of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, USA. During the festival, these two communities become one, hosting and attending events held on both sides of the border. Many enjoy the street fair, children's games and activities, concerts, craft shows, and so much more, ending with the spectacular fireworks display on Sunday, Augusst 9, over the St. Croix River, with great views from both sides of the river. Schedule of events.

July 31 - August 9, 2015

Berries, vintage cars, music, food and displays are all part of the Blueberry Festival in the Mount Snow-area towns of Wilmington, Dover, Jacksonville/Whitingham, Readsboro and Marlboro. Festival highlights include a Blueberry Ball, Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, Blueberry Festival Parade, Blueberry River Float, Blueberry Splash, and Blueberry Block Party. See festival website for detailed schedule of events.

Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road Milton Mills, NH Phone: 603-978-7125

August 8, 2015

Take a hayride to the river and look for wildlife living in its clear waters, observe rescued wild NH animals, try fishing with your kids or let them explore a corn maze or petting zoo, go on a guided walk with nature experts, watch demonstrations of traditional rural skills, take your child on a discovery walk in the woods and much more! Rain or shine; no pets please, rest rooms and most events are wheelchair accessible. Adults, $5; family, $10; kids age 12 and younger, free 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

India Point Park, India Street Providence, RI Phone:

August 8, 2015

Ten hours of live reggae, roots and ska with even more music by six bands. Lineup: The Copacetics at 12:30 p.m.; High Hopes Band at 2 p.m.; Mighty Mystic at 3:30 p.m.; Yellowman at 5 p.m.; Third World at 6:45 p.m.; Steel Pulse at 8:30 p.m. Time: noon-10 p.m. Admission: $40 in advance; $50 day of the show; kids under 12 admitted free with a paying adult.

Harbor Park, Water Street Rockland, ME Phone: 207-596-7126

July 29-August 2, 2015

Tons of steamed Maine lobsters served along with pageantry, waterfront activities, maritime displays and demonstrations, Maine arts and crafts, visits to Navy and Coast Guard ships, harbor cruises, contests, lots of wonderful entertainment, a giant parade, international lobster crate race, children's activities and much more. See event website for schedule of activities.

Camelot Village,66 Colgate Heights Bennington, VT Phone:

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.

Camelot Village, Jct.of Routes 7 & 9 Bennington, VT Phone: 802-447-3311

September 5-6, 2015

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! Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $6; children age 12 and younger, $2

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone:

August 15-16, 2015

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 wit 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.

July 10-August 7, 2015

More than a month of wonderful music! Monadnock Music’s 50th season features great programs, wonderful artists, and is being performed throughout the Monadnock region. Among the many distinguished artists whose work Monadnock Music has presented or commissioned are Aaron Copland, Peter Sellars, Richard Goode, Sanford Sylvan, James Maddalena, Russell Sherman, John Adams, Elliott Carter, Virgil Thomson, Dominick Argento, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Craig Smith, and Ursula Oppens. Festival schedule

116 Old Middle Street (Route 63) Goshen, CT Phone: 860-491-3655

September 5-7, 2015

The 103rd Goshen Agricultural Fair opens on Saturday with a full 3 day schedule of events. Live Bands, Livestock shows and competitions, a Petting Zoo and Children's shows, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Rides, Contests, Great food and endless fun for the whole family. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Monday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission: Adults, $9; children under age 12 admitted for free.

Ninigret Park, 4470 Old Post Road (Route 1A) Charlestown, RI Phone: 401-364-4031

August 7-9, 2015

A gastronomic extravaganza of Rhode Island's best seafood—lobster, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes, corn on the cob, a raw bar, and more. Plus arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock climbing wall, children's shows, and classic car show. Time: Friday, noon - 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission: Adults, $8. Parking, $2.

Guilford Green Guilford, CT Phone: 203-421-6811

August 9, 2015

Jewish music from around the world, children’s programs, Israeli food, and other fair favorites. Jewish book sale, artists featuring Judaica & Jewish art, crafts for kids. Admission and entertainment are free. Food, crafts, Judaica, books are for sale. Email: chabad@snet.net. Time: Noon-5 p.m.

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

August 15, 2015

This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish vendors and crafts, reenactors, gathering of clans, folk singing, Scottish food, and much more.  

Waterfront Bucksport, ME Phone:

August 15, 2015

Artists and craftsmen gather at waterfront location on Penobscot Bay.


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

September 4-6, 2015

In addition to multiple stages of music, dance, food, and fun, the festival lineup for 2015 includes: The Mavericks, Keb Mo, Los Lobos, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Lake Street Dive, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Sarah Potenza, Marcia Ball, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, The Cash Box Kings, Eilen Jewell, Matt Anderson, Ten Strings & A Goatskin, Roddy Romero & the Hub City All Stars, Della Mae featuring Jim Lauderdale, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dustbowl Revival, Del Barber, Ruben Moreno & the Zydeco Re-evolution, Howell Devine, The Strumbellas, Dog Hill Stompers, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, Parsonfield, The Bombadils, Yvette Landry & Richard Comeaux, The Mike & Ruthy Band, Hello Strangers, David Greely, Ed Poullard & Preston Frank.
Admission: 3 days with camping: $210 per person (at the gate, $225); 3 days without camping: $150 per person (at the gate, $175); Friday, $40 (at the gate, $50); Saturday, $60 (at the gate, $70); Sunday, $60 (at the gate $70). Teens age 13-19, half price with purchase of adult ticket; children age 12 and younger, free with ticketed adult; seniors over age 61, $5 off day tickets at the gate.
Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. - midnight; Saturday and Sunday, noon ­- midnight.

Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights Bennington, VT Phone:

July 31 - August 2, 2015

The festival (formerly called the Hildene Festival of Manchester) is returning to Camelot Village in Bennington with 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling their handcrafted creations. The exhibitors will be housed in tents so the festival is held rain or shine. There will be a Kids Zone, a food court, music, comic juggling, and Vermont craft beers. time: Friday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adult for one day, $8; adult for the weekend, $10; kids under age 12 free. Parking is free and plentiful

Pipes In The Valley Celtic Festival 2015

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

September 26, 2015

The pipes summon the Highlands to Hartford for a day of music, food and drink, Celtic culture, and more. Produced in collaboration with Olde Burnside Brewing Company, this festival features top traditional and Celtic rock bands on two stages. Pipe bands, Highland games, Irish step dancing, birds of prey, Highland cows, children’s activities, puppetry and storytelling, sword demonstrations, Celtic food and beer, vendors, and more add to the experience. http://www.riverfront.org/events/pipes-in-valley-celtic-festival

100 Dutton Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-561-8300

July 24-August 2, 2015

The Bangor State Fair has everything fair-goers could wish for; live entertainment, animal exhibits, a circus, a bike stunt show, food, rides, games, and more. There will be a different concert each night on the big stage in front of the grandstand! These shows are free with paid admission and will feature the best in rock, country, bluegrass, big band, and hip-hop music.

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

September 12-13, 2015

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.

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

August 28 - September 6, 2015

The Champlain Valley Fair caps the Summer season in Vermont! Vendors, midway rides and games, entertainment, food, agricultural exhibits, nationally recognized performers and more. Entertainment in 2015 by Dixie Chopper Night of Fire and Destruction, Jake Owen, Wunderlee Circus Extravaganza, Hotel California Eagles tribute band, World Championship Demolition Derby, Meghan Trainor, Little Big Town and more. Time: Daily, 10 a.m.-midnight daily, except Opening Day, August 28, when the fair opens at 3 pm. Admission: Gate admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids; children under 5 admitted for free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

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

August 1, 2015

Taste of the Caribbean brings authentic cuisine, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Riverfront and CAYASCO team up to offer a full day of music, dance, Caribbean games, and children’s activities. For some, the highlight of the day is the Carnival Parade and the dazzling costumes. For others, it’s getting a taste of that fiery jerk chicken.

Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Central Avenue Dover, NH Phone: 603-742-2218

July 10-August 21, 2015

This festival will be filling downtown Dover with the sound of music. Back again will be the Friday Night Headliner Series, the Shark in the Park Classic Rock Luncheon Series, the Farmers’ Market Acoustic Stage, Tuesday Morning Children’s Shows and a Movie Night. See full schedule here. .

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Thames and Brewer Streets Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-0555

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.

48 Lareau Farm Road Waitsfield, VT Phone:

August 8, 2015

Vermont Music Fest is an all-day, volunteer-run music festival, featuring non-stop music on two alternating stages, local food & artists, and fun for the whole family. Featuring diverse bands, local food, Wiffle Scramble and great kids activities and music including Gridline, Chris Cotta, Soule Monde, Po Boyz, Jon Gailmor and more! Picnics allowed, but no alcohol except purchases onsite. Early bird discount tickets while they last! Come dance, eat, and celebrate everything community. Visit www.vtmusicfest.com to purchase tickets, view schedule, volunteer or see what is new for 2015! Time: Noon – 10 p.m. Admission: $10-$18

2 Court Street Springfield, MA Phone:

August 8, 2015

Featured performers at this festival are Big Chief Donald Harrison, Avery Sharpe, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jeff Holmes Quartet, Elan Trotman, Deva Mahal, Jesus Pagan and Conjunto Barrio, Butler, Bernstein and the Hot 9. See full schedule.

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT Phone:

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.

Waterfront Park, Lake Champlain Burlington, VT, 05401 Phone: 802-999-5478

August 1-2, 2015

The Festival is a lively day of teams racing dragon boats on beautiful Lake Champlain, all while raising funds for Survivorship NOW, a cancer wellness center. The festival also features entertainment all day, food vendors, and a Woodchuck Hard Cider Garden. Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

Killington Resort, 4763 Killington Road Killington, VT Phone: 617-395-7680

July 31- August 1, 2015

Vermont JerkFest Reggae Festival is a Caribbean-style food festival of Jamaican jerk hot food and the smooth sound of reggae music in the cool mountains of Vermont. Nice for adults, kids, families. Time: Friday, 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

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

August 27-30, 2015

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. 

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

August 21-23, 2015

Family fun, livestock displays and competitions, live music, magic, karaoke, midway, rodeo, swing dance, raffles, crafts. New this year: go for a ride in a helicopter!
Admission: Adults (ages 12 and up), $10. Ride bracelets cost $20 for each 4-hour session. Sessions are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Midway opens at 10 a.m. each day.

Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester Gloucester, MA Phone: 603-332-2616

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.

Bethel Common, Main Street Bethel, ME Phone: 800-442-5826

September 19, 2015

An old-fashioned fun fall festival with artists & crafters, chowder cook-off with over a dozen restaurants, Maine baked potatoes, apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’ activities. time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

August 21-23, 2015

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.

Downtown Winter Harbor Winter Harbor, ME Phone:

August 8, 2015

Watch the popular lobster boat races, with 13 classes rated by size and power; shop at the craft fair; eat a Maine lobster dinner and stay for the late afternoon parade at 5:30 p.m. Come for a day of family fun. No admission charge.

Chandler Music Hall, 71 Main Street Randolph, VT Phone: 802-728-6464

September 6, 2015

Celebrate Vermont's Celtic and French Canadian heritage Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada, and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance sessions, children's activities, and dancing unfold on 5 continuous stages from noon until 11 pm. Food and drink provided by the area's finest chefs and breweries. Time: Noon-11 p.m. Admission Adults, $34 in advance; $39 after August 28; students age 13-18, $12; children age 2-12, free; after 6 p.m., $25

Downtown Mystic, CT Phone: 860-572-5098

August 8-9, 2015

One of the country’s finest and oldest art shows showcased along the streets of the historic downtown area. More than 250 fine artists will exhibit oils, watercolors, photography, pastels, sculpture & acrylics. Sixty-one fine crafters will display their creative works. There will be music performances, children's art activities and a great array of food and beverages. Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: http://bit.ly/d8lQ4

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

September 2-7, 2015

The fair combines all of the activities of an old-fashioned country fair with plenty of variety to keep everyone in the family entertained. Children will love the colorful midway with exciting rides and train rides. The Lancaster Fair is all about agriculture: working cattle demonstrations; livestock competitions, including horse pulls, sheepdog trials, and an oxen log obstacle course; 4-H exhibits; and exhibitions of homemade crafts and fresh vegetables and flowers. Admission: Wednesday-Friday and Monday, $15; Saturday and Sunday, $16; rides included. Time: All day.

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

August 28-30, 2015

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.

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

August 27-30, 2015

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. 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- Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hampton Beach, Ocean Blvd. Hampton Beach, NH Phone:

August 17-21, 2015

The Hampton Beach Children's Festival opens on August 17 with a magic show by BJ Hickman on the Hampton Beach Seashell Stage at 10 a.m., and builds up to a Giant Costume Parade that marches almost the length of Hampton Beach on Friday, August 21. Each day will be filled with activity, including mini-golf, ice cream, dancing, story tellers, balloons, and more. There's even a kids' bumper sticker contest. All festival activities are free and open to the public.

Burlington Waterfront Burlington, VT Phone:

August 6-9, 2015

Stroll along the shores to enjoy boats, canoe, kayak and dragon boat demonstrations. Watch boat building, sample local fare, enjoy music and hear the free concert series on the Burlington Waterfront. Several stages will offer music by local and regional up-and-coming artists. Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion" will be presented August 6. See website for schedule of events.

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

August 15-16, 2015

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.

Nashoba Valley ski area, 79 Powers Road Westford, MA Phone:

August 23, 2015

Family event,with seven local bands, animals for petting, barbecue, Taste of Summer(sampling local restaurant food), train and pony rides, hot air balloon, live music. Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Adults $10 in advance and $12 at gate; juniors age 14 and 17 and seniors over 70, $8 and $9; youth under agr 13, free. Information: www.pignpepperfest.org

Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival 2015

various locations and Chandler Performing Arts Center, 71-73 Main Street Randolph, VT Phone:

August 10 - 23, 2015

Week One of the summer season will be a Cello-bration! featuring a concert of cello quartets. Week two will include Viola Quintets by the Masters: Mozart (C major, K. 515) and Brahms (G major, Op. 111) with performances in Chandler (August 22) and Woodstock (August 23) and a special Concert for Kids (August 22). See website for scheduling details.

Lowell Heritage State Park, 500 Pawtucket Blvd Lowell, MA Phone:

August 15, 2015

The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival is dedicated to the preservation, protection and sharing of the cultural heritages of the Southeast Asian Americans. The festival includes blessings; ethnic food and crafts; performances of music and dance from Cambodia and Laos, traditional acrobatic Monkey Dancers, break dancing to modern Southeast Asian pop sounds; and races by traditional longboats.

Main Street Wilton, ME, 04294 Phone: 207-778-4726

August 7-8, 2015

Festival goers are invited to pick their own blueberries on the farm before enjoying a host of weekend activities including but not limited to live entertainment, a bake sale, book sale, yard sale, horse and wagon rides, historical tours, auctions, barbecue, and more. 

72 Federal Street Portland, ME Phone: 207-773-7746

August 15-16, 2015

The Italian Street Festival "Bazaar" is an annual fundraising and community event for St. Peter's Church the Italian Parish of the Diocese of Portland celebrating the Feasts of the Assumption and St. Rocco.

American Museum of Fly Fishing, 4070 Main Street Manchester, VT Phone:

August 8, 2015

Brian Price of Vermont Fly Guys and Mike Rice of Mud Dog Flies (Marshfield, Mass.) will be on hand doing fly tying demonstrations. Learn how to tie flies, cast vintage rods at our casting pond, have your antique gear appraised, chat with representatives from the fly fishing industry, and enjoy barbecue food courtesy of Mulligan’s. There are plenty of activities for the kids as well with face painting and clown flies. Michael Hackney of The Eclectic Angler will printfly reels from his 3-D printer! Author John D. Juriga will sign copies of his book “Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist.” Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free all day!

Mad River Valley towns of Warren, Waitsfeld, Fayston, Moretown and others , VT Phone: 802-496-6682

August 1-31, 2015

The towns of the Mad River Valley, Vermont play host in August to more than 100 quality arts-related events and activities. From a simple pottery demo and painting workshop to a world-class musical performance, these events cross the boundaries of age, gender and occupation. Events take place every day during August and are perfect for visitors and all Vermonters. Schedule of events.
Taste of the Valley on August 9 at Sugarbush Resort, top of Sugarbush Access Road, Warren. Local food providers offer a sample taste of their finest culinary creations. Enjoy music inside and out. Watch artists painting plein air. Bid at the silent auction. The Big Basin Band will have you dancing in the courtyard. Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Admission: $50. Email: info@vermontartfest.com

247 Monadnock Hwy (Route 12) Swanzey, NH, 03446 Phone: 603-357-4740

July 29-August 2, 2015

The Cheshire fair is back with lots to see and do for the entire family, including demolition derby, ATV rodeo, bull riding, fireworks, magic shows, performing animal shows, singers, dancers, bands, arts and crafts, karaoke shows, puppet shows, 4-H exhibits, draft horse pulls, oxen and tractor pulls, woodsmen and pie eating contests and more. 

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

August 14-15, 2015

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.

41 Fair Street Northampton, MA Phone: 413-584-2237

September 4-7, 2015

Highlights this year include the demolition derby, Garfield's Birthday Surprise Party (shows at noon, 3 and 6 p.m.), Ella The Ellephant (shows at noon, 3 and 6 p.m.), The Very Hungry Caterpillar on September 7, The Magic Tree House (shows at noon, 3 and 6 p.m.), Moto Maniacs motorcycle stunts and acrobatic displays, Axe Women Loggers of Maine, 300 Foot Long Drag Racing on September 7 Check out the truck and oxen pulls, too. Fans of agriculture, late summer, or nature, and people of all ages can have a blast here. Admission: Adults, $8 (online price) or $10; seniors or veterans, $7 (online price) or $8; kids below age 11, free! Ride-all-day wristbands, $22. Demolition derby tickets, $5

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

July 31-August 2, 2015

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.

Bourne Scallop Festival 2015

Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway East Falmouth, MA Phone: 508-759-6000

September 18-20, 2015

The Cape Cod area invites the public to celebrate 45 years of family fun at this New England staple seafood festival. Browse over a hundred booths of juried American-made art and crafts as you munch on fresh food from vendors -- and, of course, plenty of legendary scallops to go around. Other event highlights include midway rides, carnival games, and live entertainment! There is on-site parking; this is a rain or shine event. Hours in 2014: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $7; children age 6 to 12, $2.

Boston Fish Pier, 212 Northern Avenue Boston, MA Phone: 617-986-3573

August 2, 2015

All-day lobster bake; live music; Harpoon beer garden; Battle of the Shuckers oyster shucking contest and fish-cutting contest; chef demonstrations; fisheries, health, and environmental education; arts and crafts vendors; blessing of the fleet; face painting; balloons, and more for children and adults! 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

September 10-14, 2015

Entertainment, panel discussions, workshops, art exhibits, and science related 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.

Kenyon's Field, 3337 Main Street Waitsfield, VT Phone:

July 31 - August 2, 2015

A family friendly music festival and community event with national and local artists. Local food vendors, artists, and volunteers put on by local musicians located in the Mad River Valley. Time: 3-11 p.m. Admission: $60 day pass; $160 weekend camping pass. Lineup:
July 31
Forts / Gainsville, Handsome Jack, Suitcase Junket, The Silks, White Dynomite, Township, The Curtis Mayflower, Waylon Speed, Cannibal Ramblers.
August 1
Pat And The Hats, Coquette, Dan Blakeslee And The Calabash Club, Smith&Weeden W / Ian Fitzgerald, Christopher Paul Stelling, Old Jack, Andrea Gillis, Joe Fletcher And The Wrong Reasons, Tim Gearan And His Band, Sisterhood Of The Silk Road, Lydia Loveless, Bow Thayer, No Small Children, The Blue Ribbons.
Sunday
Josh Buckley, The Wiles, Laurie Sargent, Anders Parker And Cloud Badge, B3 Kings, Spotted Tiger, Caitlin Canty, Rusty Belle, Jp Harris And The Tough Choices, Jesse Dee.

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

August 14-16, 2015

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 and dare to reach for the top on the climbing wall! Cost: $40 per day; children under age 12 admitted free with a parent.

Milford Center & Harbor Milford, CT Phone: 203-878-5363

August 16, 2014

Dive in a sample the oysters at this longstanding food festival, which also include children's entertainment, live music by Bret Michaels, a schooner cruise, a fire department open house, and police K-9 demonstrations. Free admission. No pets. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

East Providence Art Festival 2015

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

August 22, 2015

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. Located right on the waterfront, Crescent Park offers a beautiful backdrop for this celebration of art. Entertainment will include live musicby Jimmy Jo Jo, The DBC, Robert Black as Elvis, The Oh No’s, and RI Philharmonic Strings. Children’s entertainer Keith Munslow will perform, along with Big Nazo puppets. Food trucks, including Haven Bros., Championship Melt and Pacos Tacos will be on hand, and the Blount Clam Shack will be operating. Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.