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.

To find more events, visit our Events Calendar.

Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA Phone: 413-298-3926

October 10-11, 2015

This celebration showcases local crafters & artists, non-stop entertainment, artisan food producers and food trucks. It also features a silent auction, giant tag sales of all kinds, a farmers market, educational workshops and plenty of kids activities, including a haunted house. Visit the Botanical Garden’s Farm Camp, Hall of Pumpkins and much more. Tickets sold at the door. No dogs. Admission: Adults, $5; children under age 12 admitted free. Free parking. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sheep Pasture, at Route 138 and Main Street North Easton, MA Phone: 508-238-6049

October 4, 2015

Features over 100 selected crafters, chili cook-off, children's activities, pony rides, food, raffles. Join musical guests The Barn Burners String Band, American Beauties, and Rowdies of the Meadow on the main entertainment stage during the fair. Artists and crafters from throughout New England will display and sell their handmade creations like fabric art, stained glass, wooden art, jewelry, clothing, food items, seasonal decor, and more.  Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Near I-89 at Exit 7 Contoocook, NH Phone: 603-746-4191

September 4-7, 2015

Livestock exhibits, home and garden exhibits, the Morrill Family Farm Museum, maple sugarhouse, midway by Fiesta Shows, demolition derby, monster trucks, motocross bikes, horse and ox pulling competitions, live entertainment. Hours: Gate opens at 8 a.m.; closes at 7 p.m. on Monday and 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Amenities include handicap accessibility. Cost: Adults, $8-$10; seniors, $7; children age 6 to 12, $5.

Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 40 Jesup Road Westport, CT Phone: 203-505-8716

September 5-6, 2015

Family fun of bouncy amusements, pie and rib eating contests, bull riding, games, cooking demonstrations, barbecue competition, wing contest and music. The Main Stage inside the Levitt Pavilion features performances by Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Anders Osborne, Dumpstaphunk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Billy Iuso and Restless Natives, Relative Souls, Joe Louis Walker, Matt Schofield, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sugar Blue, Mark Naftalin and School of Rock. Also: a gourmet food marketplace and a food court filled with food, handcrafted beer, liquor, wine and other refreshments.
Tickets to the Family Fun Fest and the Main Stage at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts sold separately. Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Main Street South Kingston, RI Phone: 401-374-3899

October 3, 2015

The festival will include over 135 contemporary American artisans, festive food, live music and strolling entertainment. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free

Camden Waterfront Camden, ME Phone:

Septembee 4-6, 2015

Magnificent windjammers ply the coast with a full schedule of maritime events near Camden Harbor. The weekend kicks off with a parade of schooners sailing into Camden harbor, followed by a crew talent show and fireworks. All three days feature the Maritime Heritage Fair with exhibits of information about boats, sailing and other maritime endeavors. Saturday's highlight is the Lobster Crate Race. In the Build-A-Boat Contest, teams create a surprising variety of boats that compete on the water on Sunday.
The Sea Dog show takes over Harbor Park on Sunday as dogs compete in a variety of funny contests. Sunday also features the colorful attack on Camden by the Pirates of the Dark Rose, with their swords out and cannons ablaze. The cruising schooners are open for tours and rides Saturday and Sunday afternoon. On Friday, visitors can bid on a dockside dinner aboard one of the schooners famous for their food.

8 County Street Walpole, MA Phone:

September 12-13, 2015

Several thousand people attend this two-day Oktoberfest with German food, beer, games. Serving Liquor & Schnapps, wine, potato pancakes, authentic German food. Boylston Schul-Verein (BSV) is the largest German-American club in the greater Boston area. Time: Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Admission: $10 per person, cash only; children under age 12 admitted for free.

1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT Phone: 802-985-8686

September 19, 2015

Come to this historic farm and enjoy music, storytelling, hands-on activities for children, traditional craft demonstrations, educational exhibits on Vermont’s agricultural, environmental, and energy future. Learn about farm machinery, birds of prey, farm animals, and more. Meet rug hookers, woodworkers, weavers, spinners, cheese makers, and gardeners – and try some traditional arts. There will be demonstrations of wood turning, carving, pole lathe, and more. The festival will also include a hay bale maze and horse-drawn hay rides. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and children, $5 children age 2 & younger, free

Many locations in Portsmouth Portsmouth, NH Phone: 413-203-5467

September 26-27, 2015

The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival traditional American and English folk music at the restaurants, pubs, cafés, churches and streets of Portsmouth.
Opening the festival Saturday morning, a crew of maritime singers, shantymen, and privateers will start at 10 a.m. in front of RiRa in the Market Square, and walk through the town, singing as they go.
A full concert will be held on Saturday evening at the United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, 129 Miller Avenue. The acts in 2015 are Two Old Friends, Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy, and The Johnson Girls.
Maritime Open Sings are open to everyone. They feature sea shanties and easy choruses, and seamen’s off-duty songs, known as forebitters. Open Sings are held at pubs that are also full-service restaurants, suitable for all ages, including kids. Schedule.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 155 Hogan Road Lewiston, ME Phone: 207-783-6795

The Lewiston/Auburn Greek Festival features Greek folk music and dancing, a wide variety of Greek foods, a bazaar, book store, and games for kids. Time: Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

26 Quarry Hill Road Haddam Neck, CT Phone: 860-267-5922

September 4-7, 2015

Fair events include karaoke, truck pulls, beard contest, dog agility competition, horse show and horse pulling, fife and drum music, oxen pull, antique tractor pull, rides, concessions, petting zoo, food, exhibits, displays, ride bracelets, circus, children’s contests. Admission: General admission, $8; seniors age 60 years and older, $8; three-day pass, $20; children under age 12 admitted free. Hours: Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: .

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

October 17-18, 2015

Craft fair & farmers market booths, family entertainment, scenic foliage skyrides to the summit, mountainside barbecue, pony rides, clowns, climbing wall, jugglers & magicians for the kids. Applefest also features an Oktoberfest Celebration complete with authentic German cuisine, a multitude of tasty beers in the beer garden and live music.
Admission: without Skyride, in advance, adults, $11; kids age 6-12, $6; and $3 more at the door. With Skyride, in advance, adults, $19; kids age 6-12, $12; and $3 more at the door

Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue Boston, MA Phone:

October 2-3, 2015

This Octoberfest has been a tradition for more than 20 years among Boston’s brew-loving population. The party offers Harpoon beer, German food, oompah bands, chicken dancing, keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake-eating contest. See event website for area parking options; the MBTA’s Silver Line serves the neighborhood. Tickets are not sold in advance. Please pay entry fee at the door. Must be 21+ and have proper I.D. Time: Friday, 5:30- 11 p.m.; Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Admission: $20

Brewer Days 2015

Brewer Auditorium, 318 Wilson Street Brewer, ME Phone: 207-989-5199

September 11-13, 2015

This three day community festival offers fireworks, a carnival for kids, pancake breakfast, live musical, pony rides, giant water slide, indoor skating, a street dance for adults and kids, a car show. Most of the action happens in the city auditorium. Bands performing in 2015 include The Ian Black Band, The RetroRockerz, Allison Ames Band, and The 195th Army Band Jazz Combo.

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

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.

Route 20 Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-443-0188

September 26-27, 2015

Craft vendors, farmers market, quilt show, pie contest, farm activities, quilt raffle. Agricultural demonstrations, wagon rides.. Antique tractors and engines, a Kids Tent full of crafts and games, and of course, a hay pile for pure fun! Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $20; seniors, $18; youth age 13-17, $8; children under age 12, free.

347 Gilead Street Hebron, CT Phone:

September 10-13, 2015

Hebron Harvest Fair is a country agricultural fair featuring animal displays, various food, animal pulls, truck pulls, country music, carnival midway, and something to do for the entire family. Admission: $12-13; parking, $5. Hours: Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, noon-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Downtown Newburyport Newburyport, MA Phone:

October 11-12, 2015

Celebrate autumn in Newburyport! A Newburyport tradition for over 35 years, Fall Harvest Festival features talented artisans offering handmade crafts and artwork, great local food vendors, live music in Market Square, the annual Scarecrow Contest and Kid's Korner. Free. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

7 Wentworth Hill Road (Route 109 North) Center Sandwich, NH Phone: 603-284-7062

September 9-13, 2015

Animal exhibits and competitions; live music; baked goods auction; skillet throw; grand street parade; antique auto parade. Admission: Adults, $9; youths age 6-12; $5; children under age 6, free; all events free with admission; rides and carnival are an extra charge.

216 Wachusett Street Rutland, MA Phone: 508-886-2221

October 3-4, 2015

Heifer Farm is ready to host a party! The international homesteads in the Global Village are loaded with fun activities like piñatas, apple cider pressing, potato digging, bees wax candle rolling, and scavenger hunts. Meet the farm animals, take a hay ride, pick a pumpkin to take home in the pumpkin patch, milk a goat, get your face painted and enjoy live music and the Dale Perkins Horse Show. Eat farm-to-table lunch or bring a picnic. This is a one-of-a-kind fall festival! Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $10/vehicle

Powder Ridge Mountain Park, 99 Powder Hill Road Middlefield, CT Phone:

September 12 , 2015

Performers are Balkun Brothers, Gracie Curren, The Electrix, EG Kight, Biscuit Miller & The Mix, James Montgomery 1 James Montgomery Band with The Uptown Horns and Paul Nelson, John Németh, Shari Puorto, Shaka & The SoulShakers. Powder Ridge’s chef Kevin Cottles—a former contestant on Hell’s Kitchen—and his staff will offer treats and refreshments. Time: Gates open at 9 a.m.; music starts at 11 a.m.. Rain or shine. No pets, no coolers, no sun umbrellas, no carry-ins, pop-ups, no refunds. Admission: General admission, $40 and $50 at the gate; VIP, $60; Fun-Pack Four Pack, $120

49 State Pier New Bedford, MA Phone:

October 3, 2015

Local, seasonal craft brews from more than 20 breweries and live music from Rebecca Correia, Craig DeMelo, Chadwick Stokes. Time: 3-11:45 p.m.

Town Green, at Main Street and Mountain Road Suffield, CT Phone:

September 12-13, 2015

Enjoy food and craft vendors, live music and kids activities at this favorite annual event. This is an opportunity to meet and lean about community, civic and business groups. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Email: friends@friendsofsuffield.org

The Hartness House Inn, 30 Orchard Street Springfield, VT Phone:

September 11-13, 2015

Steampunk comes alive -- fantasy retro-futuristic weekend featuring famed performers, workshops, musicians, tea dueling, Stargazer's Ball, Absinthe Tasting, Thereminist performance, Victorian era bike ride, trader’s bazaar, Steampunk fashion show, time machine photo booth, telescope observatory tour, talks and more. Musical performances by Venus Lens Cap, Rusty Belle, Humanwine, Ida Mae Specker & The Honest Mistakes, Suitcase Junket and Tritium Well. The festival highlights Springfield’s rich history of industry and innovation as part of the Precision Valley. Admission: Adults age 20-64, weekend, $65; Saturday, $45; Sunday, $25. Youth age 13-19, weekend, $38; Saturday, $27; Sunday, $16; kids under age 12 and elders over age 64, weekend, $33; Saturday, $22; Sunday, $11. Advance tickets priced lower than at the door. Time: Friday, 3-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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.

94 Park Street, Route 169 Springfield, ME Phone: 207-738-4134

September 4-7, 2015

This farm-based festival is all about entertainment, agriculture, and education. Springfield Fair features all the usual traits of a New England 4-H state fair, like farm exhibits, animal shows, tasty treats and the like, plus a demolition derby, a midway, and more. Hours: Gates open, 8 a.m.

Eastport Pirate Festival 2015

Waterfront & other locations around Eastport Eastport, ME Phone: 207-853-4343

September 11-13, 2015

The Eastport Pirate Festival is a great time to dress and act like a pirate in a beautiful seaside community. Not that you ever need an excuse to dress and act like a pirate. Location: Downtown Eastport Maine. Time: see website for schedule. 

Justin Smith Morrill State Historic Site, Justin Smith Morrill Hwy Strafford, VT Phone: 802-765-4288

September 27, 2015

The Justin Morrill Homestead is a Vermont historic site with gardens, exhibits, an icehouse, ice pond and a historic home decorated with gingerbread designs. At the festival, make your own cider in an antique press, and taste heirloom apples, fine Vermont Cheeses, hand-cranked ice cream and homemade apple pie. Make apple prints, play period games, hike the lookout trail and play Valley Quest. Also enjoy live music and an apple pie contest. This festival is held rain or shine. Preregistration is not required. Email: director@morrillhomestead.org. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; youth under age 14, $5 (includes lunch).

Bristol Town Green, West Street (Routes 116 and 17) Bristol, VT Phone: 802 388 7951

September 26, 2015

Craftsmen and -women; vendors; music by the Bristol Harvest Festival Band, LC Jazz and more local talent; children's venue with games, pony rides, face painting; apple pie contest; pie eating contest; chicken wing contest; biggest zucchini contest; tug o war, 5k race and more! Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Town Events Field, Weeks Road, off of Route 108 Stowe, VT Phone: 802-253-4788

October 2-4, 2015

The Town of Stowe’s event field will look like a small German town for Oktoberfest, with lots of entertainment like oompah bands, Bavarian foods, Vermont beers, sing-a-longs and dancing, a silent auction, and fun for kids. Festivities open with a Grand parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. the parade will start in the village of Stowe and wind its way up the mountain road to the Town of Stowe events field, where Oktoberfest will be held. The parade will include marching bands, floats, classic cars and a few surprises. Oktoberfest music will be performed by Die Lustigen Almdudler, The Inseldudler, and Kerry Christensen, yodler. Kinderplatz activities include face painting, pumpkin decorating, and a bouncy fun house. Admission: Adults & seniors $10; juniors age 9-20, $5; children under age 9 are free with paid family member; Kinderplatz, $5. Time: Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue Milford, CT Phone:

September 18-19, 2015

The Festival kicks off on Friday (6-11 p.m.) with live music by Kevin McKernon of County Cavan, Americelt and the TheAlehounds. Also, food samplings, beer, Irish Marketplace, a Ceili and children’s from 6 to 8 p.m.
A full day of Irish festivities take place on Saturday (11 a.m.-11 p.m.). Live musical performances by Bobby Morrill, The Druids, Once Removed, CalleyMcGrane and the Exiles, Keltic Kick, and the McLean Avenue Band. Also: Irish dance, Irish Marketplace, tea room, traditional Irish music, step dancing and bagpiper demonstrations, Tara Theatre Company, and exhibitors including Irish history and genealogy and Irish language. Adults over age 12, $5 on Friday and $12 on Saturday; two-day pass, $15

480 Racebrook Road Orange, CT, 06477 Phone: 203-795-1347

September 4-7, 2015

Four-day celebration of Greek food, music and culture. Featuring authentic Greek cuisines, live music and dancing, marketplace, folk dance performances, giant raffle, church tours, children's activities and much more. Free admission and parking. Time: Friday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m.; Monday, noon-8 p.m.

Sturbridge Town Common and at the Publick House Inn Sturbridge, MA Phone: 508-347-2761

October 17-18, 2015

This popular festival takes place on the Town Common and at the Publick House Historic Inn. Local crafters, artisans, food vendors, food from the harvest and a popular Scarecrow Contest. On Sunday, local cooks present their specialties of the fall season. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road Stonington, CT Phone: 860-535-1222

September 19-20, 2015

Gourmet food vendors, live music, local artisans, wine tastings. Picnics welcome but no outside alcohol is allowed. Festival is held rain or shine. Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at the door; kids under 18 admitted free with parent.Good for both days and non-refundable.

Ocean Boulevard (Center Beach) Hampton Beach, NH Phone: 603-926-8718

September 11-13, 2015

Sixty Seacoast restaurants serving favorite New England seafood dishes; Demonstrations by chef Pat Whitley Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; arts and crafts vendors; giant beverage tent; beach cabana bar; entertainment on two stages by 15 local groups playing all varieties of music; Kiddie Land for little ones, fireworks on Saturday at 8:15 p.m.; skydiving on Sunday at 5 p.m.; lobster roll eating contest on Saturday at 2 p.m. Time: Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Adults, $5 on Friday and Sunday. $8 Saturday; children under age 12 admitted for free

Oakledge Park, Flynn Avenue Burlington, VT Phone:

September 19-20, 2015

Eat by Northeast -- or ExNE -- is a free celebration of Vermont food. Guests many enjoy locally made beer, cider and cocktails at the the Brewhaha and cocktail tasting on Saturday night. Two stages will shiver with live music by Suitcase Junket, a one-man show who sounds like an entire band; Josh Panda; local super group Hug Your Farmer All-Star Band, playing the music of Bob Marley. On Saturday, New Orleans’s Rebirth Brass Band brings a swinging set of live music and a major surprise. Opening for Rebirth is Caroline Rose. Also, there will be free seminars from chef, and champions of the local food movement in Vermont.
The three parking lots are located at Champlain Elementary School, Select Design, and theInnovation Center. Limited shuttle service will run from these nearby lots but walking from your vehicle is encouraged.

1450 Bangor Road Clinton, ME Phone: 207-897-2681

September 10-13, 2015

Here you’ll find a large agricultural exhibit with many farm animals, animal pulling, exquisite examples of almost every imaginable food variety and one of the best truck and tractor pulling events in the area.  Also, a great midway with rides and games for all age groups, a parade, and much more.

Blue Slope Country Museum, 138 Blue Hill Road Franklin, CT Phone:

October 3-4, 2015

Hands-on, old-time, historic farm displays, demonstrations, crafts, draft horses, cows, sheep, cars, tractors and archive equipment. Agricultural education for all ages. Operating tools, implements, looms, agricultural equipment. Farmer’s market. This is a fun family day on the farm. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $9; children age 4-14, $4

Attitash Ski Resort, Route 302 Bartlett, NH Phone: 603-374-2600

October 10-11, 2015

The annual Oktoberfest will happen at Bear Peak, where guests will enjoy live, traditional Bavarian music by King Ludwig's Band, dancing, Samuel Adams stein hoisting and keg toss competitions for adults, authentic German food and a Biergarten serving brews from local and regional brewers. Kids activities & games will include slacklines, cornhole decks, kinderplatz, bouncy House and more in an area reserved for children.Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times. Admission: Online Admission, adults age 21 and older, $10; youth age 6-20, $5. Price is $2 higher at the door. Valid I.D. required; food and beverage not included. Time: Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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

September 17-20, 2015

Old-fashioned agricultural fair in rural setting; working antique displays; horse, pony and oxen pulling; horse racing; cattle and horse shows; junior 4-H exhibits; contra dancing; gymkhana; free shows; midway.

281 Route 169 South Woodstock, CT Phone: 860-928-3246

September 4-7, 2015

Agricultural exhibition building, civil war camp, Brunn Barn Agricultural Museum complex, barnyard babies, heritage breeds, antique engines, antique cars, craft tents, midway by Fiesta Shows, fireworks, Labor Day parade, antique farm machinery, antique trucks, the living statue, go-kart racing, ceremonial Indian dancing, open horse show, grange exhibits,live music on stage. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: General, $12; seniors age 65 and older, $8; children age 10 and younger admitted free. Parking, $5.

Smugglers Den Campground on Route 102 within Acadia National Park Southwest Harbor, ME Phone: 207-244-9264

October 9-11, 2015

This fun fall festival includes great microbrews, wine and cheese tasting with wines from several countries, live music and a crafts tent with artisans from Maine and beyond. The event is held rain or shine under big tents. Time: Wine Tasting on Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Brewfest on Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Beers by Allagash Brewing Company, Oak Pond Brewing Company, Ricker's Hard Cider, Baxter Brewing Company, Orono Brewing Company, D.L. Geary Brewing, Vermont Hard Cider Company, Rock Harbor Brewing, Downeast Cider House, Kennebunkport Brewing Co. / Federal Jack's, Gritty McDuff's Brewing, Liberty Craft Brewing, Seadog Brewing Company, Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company, Geaghan Brothers Brewing, Strong Brewing Company.
Food by Nostrano Private Dinner Club and Barbeque, Mainely Meat Barbeque, Sweet & Salty Kettle Korn. Crafts and Demonstrations by Karrottop Jewelry, Central Street Farmhouse, Fernandez Gifts, The Bar Harbor Bag Lady, Southwest Harbor Beer & Wine Lines, Far Point Farm, Donna Pickard, Harbor Handcrafts, Ye Olde Schoolhouse Crafts, Mainely Craft Coasters, M Designs, Framed Gardens.

1305 Memorial Avenue West Springfield, MA Phone: 413-737-2443

September 18-October 4, 2015

Fair-goers will enjoy free top name entertainment, The Big E Super Circus, Mardi Gras Parade, the Avenue of States, Storrowton Village, rides, crafts, shopping, foods from around the world and more. Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Cost: Adults, $12 on weekdays and $15 on weekends; children ages 6-12, $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends; children under age 6, free.

Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone: 603-745-8111

October 10-11, 2015

Enjoy beer and brats alongside views of the White Mountains. An oompah band adds zest to a to a stein-holding contest, keg toss, and kids activities like a root beer keg toss and pumpkin painting. Prost! Admission is free for all ages. Reserve a limited-edition White Mountain Oktoberfest stein starting on September 8.

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone: 603-229-1975

September 18-20, 2015

Take your whole clan to New Hampshire for the largest Scottish festival in the Northeast. This event features bagpipe bands, Highland dancers, whisky tastings and intriguing competitions including tests of strength, sheepdog trials and fiddling and drumming contests.

1 Colt Drive Bristol, RI Phone:

September 19-20, 2015

Eighteenth-century games, handcrafted items, heirloom sheep and cattle, hayrides through the pasture, craft tables, healthy food, including johnnycakes, performances by Ladies of the Rolling Pin Morris dancers. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; children under age 12, seniors over age 61 and active duty military, $7

Short Sands Beach York, ME Phone: 207-363-4422

October 17, 2015

This festival includes a variety of activities, live bands, bean hole beans and 150 local food vendors and juried & marketplace crafters from all over the country. Harvestfest also includes Kidsfest, horse & wagon rides, pumpkin stroll, storytelling, pony rides, roaming railroad and much more. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

465 Mill Street Marion, MA Phone:

September 12, 2015

German food including bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut and pastries served from noon to 8 p.m. German music by Alpenblumen Musikanten from 11:30-3:30 p.m. German dancers from 2 to 6 p.m. The Bavarian Brothers play from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission: $10; kids under age 12 admitted free.

Mount Snow Resort, 39 Mount snow Road West Dover, VT Phone: 802-464-3333

October 10-11, 2015

Plenty of beer, schnitzel and oom-pah music along with kids games like pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous schnitzel toss, a beanbag toss, a huge bouncy house. While the young ones are playing, adults can enjoy beers from 25 German and domestic breweries and authentic German food. Try the keg toss, yodeling contest and stein holding as well as a horseshoe tournament. People who like to shop will enjoy the Harvest Arts & Crafts Show at the Base Lodge.

Harvard Square Cambridge, MA Phone: 617-491-3434

October 11, 2015

Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade features six stages of live entertainment; dozens of international food vendors; street vendors selling artwork, jewelry and vintage clothing; neighborhood sidewalk sales and HONK! bands from around the country! Rain date is October 12. Email: hsba@harvardsquare.com

233 Ellsworth Road Blue Hill, ME Phone: 207-374-3701

September 3-7, 2015

Major agricultural fair with livestock area, draft horse and oxen pulling, harness racing, sheep dog trials, grange and arts and crafts exhibits. Entertainment includes FMX Motorcycle Stunt Team, Hot Dog Pig Racing, the Great Maine Lumberjack Show, Disc-Connected K9 Frisbee Dogs, and Just Paul's Comedy, Magic, and Juggling. The Blue Hill Fair also offers opportunities for those wishing to exhibit their skills in a number of contests.

Most events are held at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street Ogunquit, ME Phone:

September 7- 20, 2015

Events will include concerts, new exhibits and receptions, historical look-backs, special tours of theaters and art galleries, and the art of kite-flying.
Monday, September 6
Labor Day Concert at Ogunquit Baptist Church, 7 p.m.
Friday, September 11
Backstage Tour of the Ogunquit Playhouse. 11 a.m. (Repeats September 13 and 18)
Humorist Tim Sample at Ogunquit Performing Arts, Dunaway Center. 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 12
Capriccio Festival of Kites, Ogunquit Beach. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Historic Afternoon Tea, Ogunquit Heritage Museum. 2 - 4 p.m.
Fall Exhibitions Gala Reception, Barn Gallery. 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Jazz pianist Paul Sullivan, Ogunquit Performing Arts, Dunaway Center. 8 pm
Tuesday, September 15
Million Dollar Quartet Ogunquit Playhouse (See website for specific information.)
Thursday, September 17
Harry Langdon Silent Comedy, Leavitt Theatre. 8 p.m.
Friday, September 18 Tour of the Leavitt Theatre. 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 19
Capriccio Day At The Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open House at the Galleries. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Main Street and other locations Ogunquit, ME Phone: 207-646-2939

October 23-25, 2015

Weekend festival including scarecrow contest, costume parade, high-heels and bed races, pumpkin and cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, ghost stories, marketplace and much more. Admission is free.

525 Orange Center Road Orange, CT Phone:

September 19 & 20, 2015

From tractor pulls to homing pigeons, this fair has it all. Be sure to drop by the Main Food Pavilion for Chip's Famous Pancake Breakfast! Hours: Saturday,8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Adults, $7; seniors, $5; free parking and shuttle. Information:

Fieldside Pavilion, Quassy Amusement Park, Route 64 Middlebury, CT Phone: 203-758-2913

September 26-27, 2015

Live traditional German and Octoberfest music for everyone’s enjoyment. Traditional festival food in the pavilion will include knockwurst, bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, roasted pork and steamed vegetables. Complete dinners or individual entrees will be sold. Time: noon to 6 p.m. at the Fieldside Pavilion.

Saddleback Base Lodge, 976 Saddleback Road Rangeley, ME Phone: 207-864-5671

September 20, 2015

The Saddleback Fall Festival is New England harvest-time fun for families and people of any age. This event features an arts and crafts show and sale, live musical talent, freshly baked goods and an outdoor barbecue. Activities to keep the kids smiling include pie eating contests, pumpkin patches to explore, a play fort made of hay, fall crafts and face painting.
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

82 Ridge Road Windsor, ME Phone: 207-549-7121

August 30-September 7, 2015

This fair has everything from rides and games, truck pulls, animal exhibits, a Fair Queen Pageant, a demolition derby, the Giant Pumpkin and Squash Contest weigh-in, and a draft horse and draft pony show, and more. Time: see website for schedule.  

L.L. Bean campus, Main Street Freeport, ME Phone: 207-865-1212

October 3-4, 2015

This two-day art festival on the campus of L.L. Bean brings the best New England artists and makers of fine craft for a juried exhibition and sale. The two days of live music includes performances by Gunther Brown and the Kenya Hall Band on Saturday and the Primo Cubano and Royal Hammer on Sunday. Grab a picnic lunch and listen to the great tunes. Children’s activities and a chowdah challenge with tastings.

India Point Park, India Street Providence, RI Phone:

October 17-18, 2015

Join Oktoberfest at this new venue in Providence. This is a reunion to enjoy our little slice of Bavaria in Rhode Island. Seasonal brews, and savory German cuisine compliment the lively and spirited sound of music spilling from the Biergartens. General admission event, no reserved seating, re-entry is allowed. For guests age 21 and older.Time: Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Admission: Saturday, $20 in advance and $25 day of the event; Sunday, $17 or $20; weekender pass $30 or $40.

Veteran's Memorial Park, 42 Seaview Avenue Norwalk, CT Phone: 203-838-9444

September 11-13, 2015

Highlights of this very New England seafood event include musical performances, a competition pit with barbecue galore, kiddie rides and games, harbor cruises, an arts and crafts show, oystering and environmental exhibits and, of course, oysters galore. Hours: Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission:; Friday and all days for seniors, $10; Saturday and Sunday, $12; children 5 - 12 years old, $5.

Main Street and Fowler Avenue Durham, CT Phone:

September 24-27, 2015

Livestock exhibits and competitions; truck and tractor pulls; home arts exhibits; lawnmower racing; Discovery Center; children’s events. Events include demolition derby. Live music. Hours: Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10-$15, depending on the day; children age 11 and younger admitted for free.

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.

Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road (intersection of Route 12 and River Road) Woodstock, VT Phone: 802-457-2355

October 10-11, 2015

This historic harvest festival features old-fashioned family fun and games, like a traditional husking bee, a barn dance for people of all ages, and cider pressing workshops. Visitors can participate in local harvest-time activities such as churning butter, making ice cream, and threshing grain. Kids will enjoy digging up root crops and 19th-century games. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults: $14; seniors age 62 and over, $13; children age 5-15, $8; children age 3-4, $4.

South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane Norwell, MA Phone: 781-659-2559

September 12, 2015

A variety of corn-themed food and activities, including the Center’s famous corn chowder, corn on the cob, a corn pit and corn shucking contests. Other activities include kids’ games and crafts, hayrides, pony rides, traditional crafts demonstrations, farm animals, wildlife presentations, nature walks, and a country bake table. South Shore Natural Science Center is an environmental education center and museum. Held rain or shine. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; children, $8

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

Smith Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive Wickford, RI Phone: 401-294-3521

September 26-27, 2015

Experience the days of the 18th century corn husking festivals when the Updike family of Smith's Castle presided over one of the largest of the Narragansett Plantations. Savor homemade seasonal treats and enjoy live entertainment. Rain date October 20. Admission: ages 13 and up, $6; children age 6-12, $2. Time: noon - 4 p.m. Information: www.smithscastle.org

Village Green, Route 116 North Scituate, RI Phone:

October 10-12, 2015

Guests of all ages can appreciate this 48-year-old gathering of fine artists and craftspeople on the town green. From original modern art to one-of-a-kind antique treasures, this outdoor celebration of fine art features hundreds of vendors and displays. Take in the sights, sounds, and scents of fall in New England. Artists from all over the country will be here in idyllic Scituate for a day of fun. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cheshire Fairgrounds, 247 Monadnock Hwy. Swanzey, NH Phone:

October 24, 2015

Celebrating time-honored traditions of community, family fun, and pumpkin abundance, the Festival features Atlas fireworks, non-profit food vendors, amusement rides, a haunted maze, a pumpkin catapult competition, displays from regional artisans, baking contests, hayrides, live entertainment, kids activities, and good old-fashioned fun. Time: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $5; free for kids age 5 and younger

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road Stamford, CT Phone: 203-977-6521

October 16, 2015

Bring friends for a casual night out at this adults-only evening, Enjoy seasonal brews, German food,and s’mores. Live music from Green Eyed Lady. Save money and purchase tickets online in advance. Advance tickets must be purchased by midnight on October 15. All proceeds support Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 3780 VT-100A Plymouth, VT Phone:

September 5-6, 2015

Plymouth’s 11th annual folk & blues festival features stars from Vermont and nationally known musicians. Featured artists include Mare Wakefield, Haley Jane, Jim Gilmour, and Jay Ottaway. Wagon rides on Saturday; children’s crafts and face painting both days. The concerts are free; donation is suggested. Rain venue is Union Christian Church in Plymouth Notch. Time: 2-5 p.m.

Stoweflake Resort, 1746 Mountain Road Stowe, VT Phone: 802-888-2910

September 27, 2015

Kids of all ages build trebuchets to launch pumpkins to compete for prizes for distance. Event will also include Battle of the Bands, Boomer the amazing tennis robot, music by local bands, volleyball, a chili cookoff and more. Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. p.m. Admission: $5 for people over age 5.

Chaffee Art Center, Main Street Park, junction of routes 4 and 7 Rutland, VT Phone: 802-775-0356

October 10-11, 2015

Featuring the superior work of over 60 fine artists and crafts people. Handcrafted woodenware; clothing; pottery; jewelry; glass and more. Photography and fine art for every room of your home or office. Enjoy live music while you shop along with foods from Vermont Sundae Sauce Co., Phenomenal Fudge, Fortuna Sausage Co., LaKonia Greek Products, Whistlepig Whiskey and more. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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. 

The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff, Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-1000

September 25-27, 2015

The most sophisticated producers and connoisseur of wine and food in one of the country’s most glorious settings. Festival highlights include a conversation with Martha Stewart & Jacques Pépin; a two day Grand Tasting with hundreds of wines on the lawn of Marble House; celebrity chef appearances and cooking demonstrations by national and regional personalities; Seminars with leading wine experts; a Wine & Rosecliff gala celebration; a cCollectible Wine Dinner. The Newport After Dark party; and auctions. Schedules and tickets.

39 Mount Snow Road West Dover, VT Phone:

September 18-20, 2015

September 18 -- Village of Wilmington
Festival preview and Village Stroll, the Vermont Soup Tasting Contest Stores in Village of Wilmington. Galleries, and eateries will offer Vermont wines and local soups. Wine Stroll is $10; Soup Stroll is free. 5-8 p.m.

September 19 -- Mount Snow Resort
Grand Tasting. Taste dozens of Vermont wines, spirits, and cheeses. Crafts, artisans and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Four-course $99 Prix Fixe Wine Dinners. At Deerhill Inn and Cask & Kiln Restaurant. Call for reservations. 6-9 p.m.

September 20 -- Mount Snow Resort
Grand Tasting. Taste dozens of Vermont wines, spirits, and cheeses. Crafts, artisans and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Compare and Contrast Wine Seminar with Sommelier Kyle Bergman. Noon-2:30 p.m.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road. Stamford, CT Phone: 203-322-1646

October 17 & 18, 2015

Celebrate the fall season, bring family and friends, and join us for our annual Harvest Festival Weekend. Enjoy apple cider demonstrations, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving, and fun activities for the whole family! Wear a costume and participate in the daily costume parade. Other activities include an apple slingshot, farm animal demonstrations, live music with Jay and Ray, face-painting, storytelling with Ms. Karen, and children’s crafts. Hayride tickets will be available for purchase and food trucks will be at work. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $10; children age 3 and younger, free

586 Wiscasset Road Boothbay, ME Phone: 207-633-4727

October 10-11, 2015

The sound of the train's steam whistle resonating throughout the crisp fall air reminds guests that this is not your typical craft show. Every Columbus Day weekend the Railway Museum's Village Green has welcomed dozens of vendors of handmade items and food and plenty of live entertainment. Pumpkin carving contests, too! Email: margaret@railwayvillage.org Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $4.

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

Brandon's Central Park, Route 7 Brandon, VT Phone: 802-247-6401

October 11 , 2015

Hayrides and pumpkins; food from the grill; apple pies; coffee, cider and donuts. Make Your Own Leaf Person activity. Time: 1-4 p.m.

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.

September 10-12, 2015

Eighteen culinary events at six locations.See Full schedule.
September 10 -- Opening Reception. The opening reception is a swanky affair featuring seasonal finger foods paired with premium wines and craft beer, vintage grooves, ambient social media lounge. and a VIP crowd. Victorian Lounge @ Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St. 4th Fl. Lowell. 7-10 p.m. $25
September 11 -- Food Truck Madness. Food Truck Madness returns with some new trucks and some of your favorites from 2014. Kerouac Park, Bridge Street, Lowell. 6-9 p.m. $5 and $20.
September 12 -- The Grand Tasting. The Grand Tasting showcases tasty bites from nearly 25 Merrimack Valley Eateries and more than 30 premium adult beverages from around the world. Middle and Palmer Street, Lowell. Noon to 6 p.m. $18-$25.

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

September 12-13, 2015

Saturday features a Reggae theme and Sunday will be rock ‘n’ roll. A Classic Car Show will take place throughout the day on Sunday. The first 100 cars get into MusicFest for free! Musical groups include Saturday: Fear Nuttin' Band, Soul Rebel Project, High Hopes Band, Dub Apocalypse, Jah Spirit, Treehouse!, Merrimack Delta Dub Set; Sunday: Pat Travers, The Pitchell Allman Charles Band with Jeff Pitchell and Michael Allman, Sheila Ray Charles, Ben Knight, Fred Ellsworth, and Andy Cummings. Time: Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Music noon to 6 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs! Admission: Adults, $20-$30; youth age 6 to 12, $6 to $9

On and around Town Green Southington, CT Phone:

October 2-4 & October 9-11, 2015

The festival offers a wide variety of live music & entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children's activities, carnival rides and more. The annual parade is Sunday, October 4, at 2 p.m. Fireworks will be shot on Saturday, October 3, at 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts Show booths will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 11. Time: Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-9p p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Shuttle buses to the fair leave from Southington High School, 720 Pleasant Street.

447 NH Route 4A Enfield, NH Phone: 603-632-4346

September 26, 2015

Celebrate the fall season by enjoying wagon and pony rides, cider making, butter churning, ice cream cranking, candle dipping, traditional crafts including broom making, farm animals, musical entertainment, museum tours with a cooperage exhibit, a special sheep herding demonstration and more; and a treasure hunt in the hay stack. Lunch available. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $12; youth ages 13 to 17, $8; kids age 12 and younger, $5; Families of three or more, $20; Hearth Broom Workshop, $5.

294 Crosby Brook Road Unity, ME Phone: 207-568-4142

September 25-27, 2015

Activities include horse, mule, cow, ox, dairy goat, sheep, llama, alpaca, rabbit, poultry and other animal exhibits and demonstrations; fleece and fiber related demonstrations in the Maine Fiber Farms Area; hayrides all weekend; vegetable garden parade for children; a country store with fair merchandise; live entertainment; folk arts tents; Indian basket making; stone working; fibre spinning. Time: gates open daily at 9 a.m.

Vermont Golden Honey Festival 2015

Golden Stage Inn, 399 Depot Street Proctorsville, VT Phone: 802-226-7744

September 12, 2015

Food, crafts, books, mead, live music, kids activities, free admission. Voted "Top Ten Fall Events for Vermont."

Depot Street and downtown Warner, NH Phone: 603-456-9775

October 9-11, 2015

Grand Parade, farmers market, craft festival surrounding the Warner Town Hall and the lower end of Kearsarge Mountain Road, kids activities, live entertainment, road race and a kids fun run.

Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland Company Complex, Merrill Auditorium Portland, ME Phone: 207-772-4994

October 21-25, 2015

Experience the flavors of Maine at Harvest on the Harbor. The three-day event will feature seminars, tastings, and exquisite dinners crafted by renowned chefs from Maine and afar. Learn from food experts. Sip fine wines, beer and spirits. Maine chefs compete for the title of Maine's Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant, and much more.

Routes 43 and 107 Deerfield, NH Phone: 603-463-7421

October 1-4, 2015

Livestock exhibits and competitions, live music, family circus, magician, pig scramble, scavenger hunt, strolling performers, live entertainment. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors on Thursday and Friday, $7; children age 12 and younger, free. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.

66 Main Street Antrim, NH Phone: 603-620-8300

September 18-20, 2015

This traditional New England harvest festival features arts & crafts, a home-made parade, fireworks, games for kids, live music and lots of food. Also, the festival includes at skateboard race, the Antrim Can/Am Slalom Championships. Admission to most events is free; food is sold.

175 Oaklawn Avenue Cranston, RI Phone: 401-942-4188

September 11-13, 2015

Stroll the street and take in live Greek music, dancing performed by the Odyssey Dance Troupe, amusements for the children, jewelry, and more. This festival celebrates the best tastes, sights, and sounds of Greek culture. Listen and watch Enjoy some Mediterranean food like roast lamb, gyros, grape leaves, and pastries. Rain or shine, under the big tents and free admission. Free shuttle bus service from Cranston West High School. Hours: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m; Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Cost: Free admission.

Haight-Brown Vineyard, 29 Chestnut Hill Road Litchfield, CT Phone: 860-307-5426

September 19-20, 2015

The festival will include hay rides, shopping, grape stomping, children’s activities, locally brewed beer tastings, delicious food, and, of course, wine tastings. Adult admission gets you a whirlwind of early autumn relaxed fun, featuring wine tastings, wine activities, music, a tour of the scenic vineyard, and parking! Time: noon-6 p.m. Admission: $20

68 Pottle Road Oxford, ME Phone: 207-743-9594

September 16-19, 2015

This is a large-scale county fair with tractor pulls, an agricultural show, a demo derby, contests, a fair museum, a midway, and much more. Admission: $1-$10, depending on day; parking, $1-$5.

A.D. Makepeace Co., 158 Tihonet Road Wareham, MA Phone: 508-322-4000

October 10-11, 2015

Visitors to the Harvest Celebration will see demos of the cranberry harvest, cooking woth cranberries, a tent packed with juried crafters. Also, enjoy paddleboat rides on Tihonet Pond, food vendors, music, and more. Some activities have fees and others are available by donation to non-profit organizations. Parking and shuttle transportation are free. Two Big Days for One Little Berry.

Main Street Douglas, MA Phone:

October 3, 2015

Vendors offer crafts, food, games, and unique displays. Entertainment throughout the day includes singers, bands, choral groups, dance routines, cheerleaders, and more. Rides and games on the church lawn are great for small children, along with the Huge Slide, moonwalk, train, and obstacle course. The cash cube offers chances to win has certificates and prizes.

Slater Mill Museum, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, and Slater Memorial Park, RR 1A, and other locations Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-724-5200

August 28-September 13, 2015

August 28 -- Blackstone River Party /Taste of The Valley. Food samplings from regional restaurants are the appetizer to an evening of brilliant Zydeco tunes from Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-chas under the dance tent and on the Slater Mill grounds by the Blackstone River.
August 29-30 -- SAMFest (Slater Art & Manufacture Festival). This two-day music festival at Slater Mill features a stellar lineup, including Jon Butcher Axis and The Young Adults.
September 5 -- Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival on the Festival Pier is an iconic display of boats and traditional performance.
September 12-13 -- Slater Park Fall Festival brings a performance of Pops in the Park with Roomful of Blues opening for the RI Philharmonic and a fireworks display. More than 100 artists, performers, artisan vendors, and food trucks complement the natural beauty and recreational features of Slater Memorial Park, including the historic Looff Carousel, 17th century Daggett Farm, and the Watercolor Society of Rhode Island. The Providence Grays will recreate baseball as it was played in the 19th century...
September 12 -- Hot Tamale Brass Band creates a New Orleans-style second line atmosphere. Also performing storyteller Len Cabral, Magician, Scott Jamison and Wacky Chad.
September 12 -- James McNally Wilson Irish Music Festival at Murphy's Law pub at the Comfort Inn. Performers include Rakish Paddy, Sean Connell and Poor Richard.

Schooner Landing, Main Street Damariscotta, ME Phone: 207-380-9912

September 27, 2015

A celebration of the working waterfront featuring the Damariscotta River's bounty of fresh oysters. Day long music, poetry contest, touch tank, shucking contest, educational exhibits, boat rides to oyster beds. Oysters available raw on the half shell, cooked in a variety of choices and served with a gourmet selection of condiments. Time: Noon to Dusk.

WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street Boston, MA Phone: 617-300-5400

September 17-20, 2015

All events are held at WGBH Studio in Boston unless noted otherwise.
Steve Memmolo & the Classic Yellow Performs. 6-10 p.m.
Chef's Gala. 7-10 p.m.

Heritage Grains Brewer's Dinner with Chef Tru Lang. Journeyman Restaurant, 9 Sanborn Court, Somerville. Seatings at 5:30-8 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m.

Kate Diaz Performs. 1- 2 p.m.
Artisan Taste. 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
Laura Clapp Performs. 2-3 p.m.
Mind of a Chef panel discussion. This discussion will feature insights by Chef Gabrielle Hamilton, Chef Edward Lee, Michael Steed Chef Jody Adams. Join the dynamic conversation that will dive deep into the show’s acclaimed ethos. 2:15-3 p.m.
Fine Cooking Chef Demo featuring World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio. 3:15-4 p.m.
The Dapper Gents Performs. 6-8 p.m.
Live Chef Demos. 6:15-8 p.m.

Brunch Bar. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Speechless Jazz Performs. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Pairing Wine and Cheese Demo. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Food Fight winner announced. 6 p.m.

19 South Burnham Hwy. Lisbon, CT Phone:

September 19, 2015

The day’s events start at 9 a.m. 3.5-mile road race, from Lisbon Town Hall to the Lisbon Community Center. Festival events include touch a truck and knocker ball or bumper ball. The event will also feature over 35 local vendors, crafters, and artists. Time: Noon-6 p.m.; road race at 9 a.m. Follow the event on Facebook at http://bit.ly/LisbonFF

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.

Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy. (Route 151) East Falmouth, MA Phone: 401-318-2991

September 26, 2015

Taste the work of 76 breweries expressed in more than 250 styles of beer. The event will have one session, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Along with the brews, enjoy live music and food from food trucks. Admission price includes a custom glass, For guests age 21 and older. No one under the legal age will be admitted. No pets allowed. Time: 3:30 to 7 p.m. Admission: General, $54; designated driver, $17

Townwide; consult website Damariscotta, ME Phone: 207-592-6184

October 3-12, 2015

A fun-packed week of events include the a pumpkin paddle boat relay and pumpkin motor boat regatta (October 12), a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin catapulting, pumpkin hurling, a giant pumpkin parade (October 10), first annual pumpkin derby (October 11), two dozen giant 600-pound decorated pumpkins lining Damariscotta's main street, children's activities, a pumpkin cooking contest, pie eating competition, a giant pumpkin drop, and Pumpkin Patch Express train rides from Brunswick to Rockland (October 10 and 11). Live music by the Peterson Project, October 9, Schooner Landing, 9 p.m.; Nikki Hunt Band, October 10, 2:15 p.m. Street performers will perform during Saturday and Sunday during Columbus Day weekend.

Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road Middletown, RI Phone: 401-846-2577

October 3-4,2015

This old-time fair have plenty of fun: the “Mabel Express” barrel train, monkey bridge, mud pit, midway games and children’s crafts tent are the start. Crafters and artisans sell their work, giving fairgoers a chance for holiday shopping. Food and beer vendors offer appetizing selections, and live music rounds out the festive atmosphere. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $6; children age 3 to 12, $3.

South Ridge Base Area,15 South Ridge Road Newry, ME, 04261 Phone: 207-824-5104

October 9- 11, 2015

Watch couples compete in this Finnish-style race for the grand prize of the wife's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash. Also: kids pumpkin pie eating contest, New England corn hole championship, Blue Mountain arts and craft fair, wine tent, Sunday Bloody Sunday tent (dedicated to all things Bloody Mary), scenic chairlift rides, kids games and pony rides, wagon rides and live music.

Washington Avenue (Route 5) North Haven, CT Phone:

September 10-13, 2015

Great fun the the whole family with food, rides, entertainment, exhibits, a petting zoo, music, and much more. Also come and enjoy pony, horse, and ox pulling contests. Admission: $10; senior on Sunday only, $5; children under age 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Hours: Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 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.

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.

Harpoon Brewery, 336 Ruth Carney Drive Windsor, VT Phone:

October 10-11, 2015

Harpoon Octoberfest at the Windsor brewery is much like the annual Boston festival, offering German music, chicken dancing, cake eating, bratwurst, and Harpoon beer. The backdrop is Vermont’s beautiful upper valley in foliage season. Free brewery tours are given all weekend. Guests must be 21 years old or older with proper ID. Please pay entry fee at door. Time: Noon-6 p.m.; doors close at 4:30 p.m. Admission: $15

Fisherman's Wharf / Pier 3 — Steamship Pier New Bedford, MA Phone:

September 26-27, 2015

Celebrate and learn about the commercial fishing industry at the Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Also featuring food, performers and local authors. Come experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.   Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

September 20-26, 2015

Large midway, exhibit halls, livestock exhibits, animal pulling events, harness racing.

Many locations Martha's Vineyard, MA Phone:

October 15-18, 2015

This festival captures the magic of Martha’s Vineyard by focusing on its unique culinary culture. Highlights of the festival include Crudo, Fresh Off The Boat, hosted by Michael Brisson and Michael Holthan; Crispy & Salty celebrates fried seafood; Chowder Run, hosted by Daniel Sauer; Fresh Off the Farm: A Celebration of Local Farms & Chefs; Oh Shucks!, hosted by Port Hunter, features three oyster farmers; Sommelier Throw Down! showcasing three wine personalities who face off pairing 12 wines with four small plates; Vineyard Grand Tasting featuring demos by Chris Fischer and Sid Wainer & Son. See website for schedule and tickets. Ferry information.

200 Block of Water Street Gardiner, ME Phone: 207-582-3100

October 10, 2015

A beer tasting will showcase the incredible diversity and quality of Maine craft beers. In celebration of local Maine agriculture, fine restaurants and local food vendors from Gardiner and across the state will serve up a variety of interesting culinary dishes featuring local pork. Adding to the festivities, a line-up of favorite and emerging Maine bands will entertain throughout the day. Expect entertainment for all ages, including the chicken fling, frozen T-shirt race, and the 4th annual Maine rock, paper, scissors championship. Time: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Evergreen Walk, 100 Cedar Avenue South Windsor, CT Phone:

September 10-13, 2015

Special features include animal exhibits, racing pigs, Saturday fireworks, midway, stage entertainment, magic show, Wapping Idol Contest. See Sampson in the Two by Two Zoo. Ride the Avalanche, one of more the 15 exciting rides. Admission: Adults, $6; seniors over age 64, $3; children 57 inches tall and taller, $6. Parking is free. Hours: Thursday 6-10 p.m.; Friday 6-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $7; children age 6 to 12, $2.