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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Various locations Dennis, Falmouth, Hyannis, MA Phone:

October 4 - November 1, 2014

This festival showcases local art and culture, including live performances by local musicians; open houses at theaters, museums, and historical sites; readings and lectures; art activities for children; guided art and heritage walks; plein air painters; special art exhibits; and much more. See website for schedule of events.

Old Deerfield and nearby areas Deerfield, MA Phone:

October 31-November 2, 2014

Two days of orchard tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more for people who love apples, fresh or hard cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall. Major events of the festival include an amateur cider competition; cidermaking workshop; The Marketplace at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls, with local artisans and producers; The Cider Salon hard cider tasting; locavore harvest supper at Shelburne Buckland Community Center in Shelburne Falls; British cider tasting; cider and cheese pairing; apple pancake breakfast; apple-themed cooking demo.

Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-942-9771

November 8-9, 2014

This is a celebration of harvest and foods in a state that is becoming every more famous for its creative cooking and craft brewing. Local foods and produce that range fresh goat cheese to whoopie pies. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.