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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Mount Sunapee Resort - 1398 Route 103
Newbury, NH, 03255
Rain or shine! August 5-13, 2017 at Mt Sunapee Resort, 10am-5pm daily
Discover New Hampshire’s creative side at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair. Shop for quality, one-of-a-kind craft that will take your breath away. Serious collectors and casual visitors alike will find distinctive craft in all media areas and price ranges. Connect with the makers and learn their stories. Watch stimulating demonstrations such as glassblowing, basket weaving, and wood turning. The Fair engages kids of all ages with activities to spark their creativity, including our all day pottery workshop, printmaking, beading and fiber workshops. Craft your style with inspiration found in the Living With Craft, CraftWear, and the Sculpture Garden exhibitions. Live, original music provides a wonderful soundtrack to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair experience.
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH, 03251
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.
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.
61 Market Street, Unit 1C
Lowell, MA, 01852
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.
Kalon Farms - 339 Seven Bridge Road
Lancaster, MA, 01523
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.
African Festival of Boston 2017
Rose Kennedy Greenway
July 29, 2017
Come and explore the African continent's diverse music, drum call parade, African-style face painting, health and wellness, children and family pavilion and a day of Afro-fashion show through performances by local and internationally known African artists.Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free (donation requested).
Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road
July 16, 2017
Vermont is a world class cheese state with the highest number of cheese makers per capita: over 40 of them. You are invited to share their passion for making exceptional cheeses. Come for cheese, wine, beer, cider, spirits, food, and tastings of all kinds. Expand your knowledge with cooking demonstrations and workshops. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $20-$100.
Sugar Hill Sampler, Sunset Hill Road, and other sites
Sugar Hill, Franconia, Littleton, NH
June 1-30, 2017
Paying homage to the annual blossoming of this captivating wildflower, the Celebration of Lupines is a time honored regional event. See website for details and schedule. Highlights:
Lupine Inspirational Walk on a mowed path through the Sugar Hill Sampler’s Lupine Fields. At the Sugar Hill Sampler, Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill. All month.
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Through the Lupines. Weather permitting. Small charge. At the Sugar Hill Sampler, Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill. All month.
Open Air Market with Artisan Demonstrations. June 3 and 4 at Sugar Hill Historical Museum, Sugar Hill Meetinghouse and other locations. Free. Weekend events include Native Flute with Path of Harmony, Piano Concert by Joseph Hansalik, History through Family Stories, NH storyteller Rebecca Rule, concert by Uncommon Folk, Wildflower Festival at The Rocks Estate (June 3), Touch A Truck, Family Hat Decorating, Disc Golf Tournament.
Pollyanna Gladfest Weekend. June 9-11. Events throughout Littleton and the premiere of “Pollyanna the Musical” by the Upstage Players.
Vintage Baseball Game. June 11 at Dow Field, Franconia. New Hampshire Granites vs. Dirigo Vintage Baseball Club of Maine.
The Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle Street
August 6-7, 2016
Litchfield Jazz Festival celebrates 21 years this August 6 and 7. The themed program, Generations Of Jazz, pairs young stars-in-the-making with iconic players. Young lions like saxophonist Albert Rivera and pianist Emmet Cohen will be joined by guitarist Paul Bollenback and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Other well-known artists includes Steve Johns, Orrin Evans, Dave Stryker, Donald Harrison, Avery Sharpe. Matt Wilson and many more. The festival's Sunday kickoff, Scat & Scramble- A Jazz Brunch, will have a New Orleans with saxophonist Donald Harrison and an all-star band. Email: email@example.com.
Admission; Tickets start at $37 for general admission on the lawn. Tickets are on sale now at LJF2016.eventbrite.com.
Capitol Park at State, Capitol, and Union streets
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.
Cape Cod, MA
July 7-16, 2017
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. Cape Cod Hydrangea Fest Opening Night Party is a at Cape Cod Beer on July 6, 6:30-8:30 pm. Party with garden lovers and try delicious food.
The Elms, The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, Newport congregational Church and other locations
Newport and Jamestown, RI
July 7–23, 2017
2017 Season highlights include: Beethoven Series of all 32 piano sonatas in 14 concerts; pianist Krzysztof Jablonski (July 7); A Far Cry chamber orchestra (July 8); violinist Stephanie Chase and pianist Sara Davis Buechner (July 10); Beethoven Marathon (July 16); pianist Roberto Plano (July 12); pianist Richard Dowling (July 17); cellist Asier Polo (July 18); Tango Distinto (July 20); oboist Cristina Gómez Godoy (July 19); DanzaNova world/folk/fusion ensemble (July 19); Closing Concert: Three Pianos, Six Hands (July 23). See event website for scheduling details.
Boothbay Harbor, ME
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.
New London, CT
July 7-9, 2017
Sailfest has a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, Tall Ships, and 200 vendors lining the downtown streets. Sailfest produces multiple stages of free entertainment with musical genres ranging in rock, Celtic, hip hop, and blues. Children's show and entertainmetn at the City Pier stage. On Saturday night, Sailfest showcases a huge fireworks display above the Thames River, visible from downtown New London and from Groton. Time: Friday, noon to 11 p.m. in Waterfront Park; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
358 George Carter Road
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.
Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue
August 5, 2017
National and regional country acts will be performing at Stage Fort Park. Featured performers are Martin and Kelly, Stefanie Jasmine Band, Scarlett Drive, and Shanna Jackman. Plenty of convenient parking available as well as many food vendors on site.
Time: Gates open 11 a.m.; music at noon.
Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, Off Route 25
July 27-30, 2017
Travel through time with music of all decades, from bluegrass and country to alt-rock and blues. Performers in 2017 include Steep Canyon Rangers Sierra Hull Nellie Mckay Hot Club Of Cowtown Kaia Kater The Stray Birds Fémina! Upstate Rubdown Rhythm Future Quartet Mike Block Celia Woodsmith & Friends. Beer tent, farm-to-table foods, family friendly activities. Camping onsite. Free tenting on RV site without hookups. String camp, July 23-27, is a celebration with workshops, midnight jams, morning yoga, swimming, hiking, and a fantastic community.
Admission: Thursday-Sunday, $145; one day, $25-$55; After Dark, $25-$35; children under age 17, free..
Thompson's Point Off Fore River Pkwy.
July 8, 2017
Lobster roll-making competition, live music, an interactive kids' area, Maine Made gifts, traditional Maine food & drink, and more! Tickets
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: General Admission, $10; VIP Pass, $100
Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Constitution Avenue
July 29, 2017
The Maine Artisan Bread Fair is dedicated to everything associated with this most ancient and central staple. Demonstrations range from scything to bread baking. Sample foods ranging from pizzas cooked in wood-fired ovens to tacos in tortillas baked fresh on-site, and even sweet pastries. Admission: Free; parking, $3.
Gunstock Mountain Resort, Route 11A
August 3-5, 2017
Don't miss this year's line up of top Christian artists like For King & Country, Matthew West, TobyMac, Temth Avbenue North. Rmed Collective, Crowder, Jars of Clay, Matt Mayer, Sidewalk Prophets, and many more. See website for details. Admission, from $47 for single days to $119 for three days.
Fort Adams State Park, 80 Fort Adams Drive
August 4-6, 2017
This three-day festival features four unique stages set up at Fort Adams State Park overlooking the Newport. Enjoy world class musicians, food, crafts and a number of exhibits. Lineup.
Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts & Lyme Art Association, 96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT
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.
Jaffrey Airport / Silver Ranch Airport, 190 Turnpike Road (Route 124)
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.
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, 1746 Mountain Road
July 7-9, 2017
This popular summer celebration includes a children's corner, live band, great food, beer and wine garden, balloon launches and tethers. Twenty-eight of the country's most prominent balloon experts will launch starting Friday afternoon. Time: Balloon Launches: Friday at sunset, Saturday at sunrise and sunset, and Sunday, at 6:30 a.m. Viewing the morning launches is complimentary for all visitors. Admission: $10; kids age 12 and younger, free.
Grimes Field, 29 Preston Street
July 6-9, 2017
Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair offers everybody something; carnival rides, stage acts, a variety of food, the incredible hot air balloons, and more. The Saturday fireworks are one of the premier fireworks displays in all of New Hampshire. All proceeds benefit the Hillsboro Lions Club, the Hillsboro Fire Department, and the Greater Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.
Time: Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
Admission: FREE; parking is a $10 donation per carload
Phone: 603-464-5858 until June 30; 603-464-0377 on June 5-9
80 Weeks Hill Road
July 28-29, 2017
A festival of fine craft beer, cider, and spirits with live music, workshops, food trucks, and a vendor fair.
Time: Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m. and 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Admission: Standard ticket is $39 to $65; designated driver, $25.
Bushnell Park, 1 Jewel Street
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.
University of Rhode Island Athletic Fields, 3 Keaney Road
July 21-23, 2017
Balloon rides, carnival rides and games, fishing pond, the Canon Lady. Balloons inflate at dawn, weather permitting, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday and Saturday there will be a Balloon Glow at dusk, weather permitting. Saturday's events include a chili cook off from noon to 3 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy food, barbecue, arts & craft vendors, carnival rides, free activities for kids, and music on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.
Admission: Adults, $10; children age 5-14, $5; kids under age 5, free; families $25.
Time: Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Look Park, 300 N Main Street
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,
The Brigadoons, and
Cost: Adults, $16; children age 6-12, $5. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
July 21-22, 2017
The Vermont Brewers Festival is the one of the premier beer festivals in the world, held on the waterfront of Lake Champlain overlooking the Adirondack Mountains. Plan your tasting agenda. There are over 150 beers to choose from so save time by making your tasting decisions before you arrive. For guests age 21 and older.
Time: Four separate tasting sessions are Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission: $43. Tickets.
Wickford Village, Route 1A
July 8-9, 2017
Join the country's oldest open-air art fair featuring more than 250 artists from around the country and around the world. Fine arts-paintings, sculpture, and photography. Artists exhibit on Main Street, Brown Street, West Main Street and several side roads in Wickford Village. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Greenfield Community College (I-91, Exit 26)
July 14-16, 2017
The Green River Festival combines a lineup of dozens of acts on three stages, local food, beer and wine, handmade crafts, a dance tent, kids' activities and entertainment, hot air balloon rides and a balloon glow. Lineup includes:
Lake Street Dive,
Joe Russo's Almost Dead,
The Infamous Stringdusters,
Rachael Price & Vilray,
The Suitcase Junket,
Amadou & Mariam,
The Dustbowl Revival,
Big Sam's Funky Nation,
Big Al Anderson,
John Brown's Body,
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams,
Tank And The Bangas,
Pedrito Martinez Group, and
Aliya Cycon Project.
July 21-23, 2017
This festival is one of Maine's summer favorites. It includes a parade on Friday night, fireworks on Saturday night , live music from three stages, food, arts and crafts shows, road races and more. The carnival on the midway opens Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday. All other festival activities start Friday at 10 a.m.
Revere Beach Blvd.
July 21-23, 2017
The festival draws 900,000 spectators from all over the country who come to watch master sand sculptors at work, Also; food trucks, live entertainment, local vendors, exhibit booths, children’s sand sculpting lessons, and fireworks. Take the MBTA Blue Line to the Wonderland or Revere Beach stops. Free parking and shuttle service to the T will be available at Suffolk Downs. Parking is also available at the Wonderland Garage.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park
August 4-6, 2017
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.
Public Landing, 275 Main Street
July 16 -17, 2016
The North Atlantic Blues Festival, one of the more prestigious festivals on the East Coast will run for two days, July 16 and 17. The event will be held at Harbor Park in Rockland, overlooking Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music will be featured on the Main Stage. See lineup.
Admission: Advance, $30 and day or $50 for the weekend; at the gate, $40 a day or $75 for the weekend
July 1, 2017
Come to Norwich for a day long festival that begins at 8 a.m. with 5K and 10k races. Live music begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 11 p.m. with over 26 regional bands. One hundred vendors selling delicious food! Enjoy a kid zone, free yoga classes, and free art classes, free dance party for people under age 18. By day the festival is located on beautiful green of Chelsea Parade. By night the party is downtown with a luminary lit walking path that leads you straight to all of the parties. Fun for every age, everybody.