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Country fairs, music and food festivals in New England are fun for families

New England Fairs and Festivals

New England fairs and festivals offer affordable, family-friendly fun year round. Discover the newest art, crafts, music, and film. Enjoy live blues, folk, bluegrass, and jazz music. Shop for handmade art and crafts and find vendors selling celebrated New England food like maple syrup, blueberries, cheeses, ice cream, seafood, barbecue, craft beer and wine. Take a fun peek into world cultures at Scottish, Celtic, Italian, Portuguese, Asian, and French Canadian celebrations. Classic cars, books, and glowing hot air balloons are some of New England’s favorite festival treasures.

To find more events, visit our Events Calendar.

61 Market Street, Unit 1C Lowell, MA, 01852 Phone: 978-459-6150

Festivals celebrate Merrimack’s legendary history and characters

Greater Merrimack Valley is a deeply historic part of New England with a delightful variety of ethnicities. 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 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 are all in the seasonal lineup.

Colebrook Country Club, Route 26, and Colebrook Town Recreation Center Colebrook, NH Phone: 800-698-8939

February 24, 2018

Kiwanis Winter Carnival hosts a cardboard box derby, horse-drawn sleigh rides, children’s snow games, winter bocce, an a TV raffle.

Stratton Mountain Resort 5 Village Lodge Road South Londonderry, VT Phone:

March 31, 2018

Stratton celebrates Mardi Gras with an authentic crawfish boil, jambalaya form the large kettle, Hurricane cocktails, pond skimming, music by Erin Harpe and the Delta Swinger, Penguin Plunge, Apres party in Grizzly’s with Josh Panda Party Band Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: Adults over age 14, $25; age 7-14, $15

Downtown Lowell Lowell, MA Phone: 978-459-6150

February 23-24, 2018

Enjoy live entertainment, many children's activities, local cuisine, the famous Soup Bowl Competition, carousel and free ice-skating,all-you-can-eat chocolate festival, a winter arts and crafts market, beer garden, live music.

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

April 28, 2018

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

Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA Phone: 617-330-9355

January 12-March 30, 2018

The Boston Wine Festival presents a lineup of intimate winemaker hosted dinners, seminars and receptions from January through March. It is the longest running food and wine festival in the nation. Featured events are Grand Opening Reception on January 12; the Valentine Champagne Dinner Dance on February 10, and the Valentine's Jazz Brunch on February 11. Receptions are walk-about events presenting 40 wines of a particular theme; dinners are four-course dinners hosted by a winemaker or winery owner; Seminars are themed, on topics like barrel samples, vertical tastings, horizontal tastings and blends. Festival brochure and schedule of events.

Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, 588 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH Phone:

January 26-February 25, 2018

The Winter Wine Festival at Wentworth By the Sea is a six-week tour of the world’s best wines, most illustrious winemakers and deliciously paired menus. The festival offers dinners, tastings flight nights, Bubbles & Jazz Brunches. Schedule of events.

at Purity Spring Resort, 1251 Eaton Road / Route 153 Madison Madison, NH Phone: 800-373-3754

February 19-23, 2018

Come enjoy sleigh rides, snowshoe tours, silly slalom and belly bag races, family challenge races, gold rush and kids fun race, fireworks over King Pine on February 22; campfire with s'mores on February 26.

Selected Inns and Businesses in Mount Washington Valley Intervale, NH Phone: 603-356-9920

February 25, 2018

Nearly 30 miles of outdoor winter fun and cozy indoor chocolate tasting events. You can ski, snowshoe, or drive around Mount Washington and indulge yourself inside warm inns loaded with a huge selection of chocolate treats, many of them free! Many inns along the trails will offer chocolate delights like dipped fruit, fondue, ice cream bar, and baked goods. See event website for names of participating inns, a bakery, a ski center. Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: advance purchase, $30; day of event, $35.

Middlebury College Middlebury, VT Phone:

February 22-25, 2018

Kickoff is February 22 with a bonfire and fireworks on Ross Lawn. Friday: ski races, cupcake decorating and Olympics live stream; free screen of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Ridgeline Soiree. Saturday: ski races, Winter Carnival Snow Day & chili lunch at Battell Beach, AFC & The Chateau, ice show at Kenyon Arena, Winter Carnival Ball at Nelson Arena. Sunday, ice show at Kenyon Arena.

various locations Brattleboro, VT Phone:

February 17-25, 2018

Nine days filled with events for all ages: Junior Olympics, a pancake breakfast, children's cooking classes, adult comedy show, figure skating show, Grand Day at the Senior Center, a children's show, Variety Show, Queen's and Princess Pageants and Chili Cook-Off. Schedule of Events.