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.

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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.

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

Screemfest - Weekends from Sept. 24 to October 30

Bring YOUR family to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire weekends this fall. Enjoy family fun by day with rides, games, a petting zoo and much more! Then fear meets fun at night with SCREEEMFEST! Terrifying haunted houses, your favorite rides, games, live shows and Rocktoberfest! Parking is always FREE!

Champlain Valley Exposition Center, 105 Pearl Street Essex Junction, VT Phone: 802-878-5545

December 2-4, 2016

A unique, unforgettable celebration of the cultures that make up our community. Visitors will find crafts from all over the world, ethnic and gourmet foods, and traditional international music, dance and stories. Local cultural and ethnic organizations provide information about their programs with exhibits, demonstrations and workshops. Festival admission good for entire weekend. Time: Friday 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $7; seniors over age 64 and children at 6 to 12, $5; family pass, $20; children under 6, free.

Berkshire Theatre Group at the Colonial, The Unicorn, and The Garage, 6 East Street Stockbridge, MA Phone: 413-298-5576

November 11-13, 2016

The 6th annual festival features cutting-edge theatrical works performed as staged readings, live music, film, short stories and dance in a festival atmosphere like no other. Schedule.

Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West Marlborough, MA Phone:

November 18-20, 2016

Paradise City Marlborough brings together 175 outstanding American artists and master craft makers to exhibit at Metro Boston’s most exciting juried fair. Sculpture and paintings are displayed alongside one-of-a-kind home furnishings, dazzling jewelry and fashion.. Admission: Adults, $13, seniors over age 64, $12; students, $8; three-day pass, $16; children age 12 and younger, free Time: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

North Haven Fairgrounds, 290 Washington Ave,nue North Haven, CT Phone:

October 1-31, 2016

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is an amusement park with eight stages of non-stop entertainment, arts and crafts made by local artisans, a jousting tournament and feasting -- all with a medieval theme. Dates and times: Every Saturday and Sunday, and Columbus Day; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Adults over age 16, $15; youth, age 7-15, $10.

Old Deerfield and nearby areas Deerfield, MA Phone:

November 4-6, 2016

Two days of orchard tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more for people who love apples, cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall. Major events of the festival include a cider making competition, a cider tasting salon, a harvest supper, cider and cheese pairings, orchard tours, chef demos, and workshops, talks and tastings. See events website for details.