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; consult event website Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-3643

July 15-18, 2015

Top comedians from all over the country will bring fun and laughter. The Comedy Festival is quickly becoming an island favorite. Schedule.

Grimes Field, Preston Street Hillsborough, NH, 03244 Phone: 603-464-0377

July 9-12, 2015

Come for the weekend and explore one of Hillsborough's many small town attractions. Admission is free! Balloon lift offs, tethered rides and nightglow events subject to weather conditions along with fireworks on Saturday night at 10 p.m. Amusement rides, games, food and entertainment every day. Time: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Tiverton Four Corners, 3948 Main Road Tiverton, RI Phone: 401-533-3211

July 18, 2015

This festival presents some of the best local, regional and national artists display and sell their works, from homemade body care products to works on paper, photography, pottery, beautiful jewelry, home accessories and even handmade dog

Yarmouth Village Yarmouth, ME Phone: 207-846-3984

July 17-19, 2015

This festival is one of Maine's summer favorites. It includes a long, hilarious parade; spectacular fireworks; clam shucking contests; a firefighter's muster; road, kayak, and bike races; a pancake breakfast; concerts; and, of course, a delicious array of food. See website for schedule of events.

100 Dutton Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-561-8300

July 24-August 2, 2015

The Bangor State Fair has everything fair-goers could wish for; live entertainment, animal exhibits, a circus, a bike stunt show, food, rides, games, and more. There will be a different concert each night on the big stage in front of the grandstand! These shows are free with paid admission and will feature the best in rock, country, bluegrass, big band, and hip-hop music.

Waterfront area New London, CT Phone: 860-443-3786

July 10-12, 2015

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.

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Thames and Brewer Streets Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-0555

July 31-August 2, 2015

Come enjoy authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live music and dancing, ouzo, Greek beer and wines and shop at the marketplace! Free admission. Time: Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-1 a.m.; Sunday, noon- 6 p.m.

356 Main Street and townwide Madawaska, ME Phone: 207-728-3546

July 2-5, 2015

Events include a re-enactment of the first Acadian landing in northern Maine, traditional Acadian supper, Soiree du bon Vieux Temps (Night of good old times),traditional cultural displays, Golf Tournament, Family Fun Day, Festival Parade, "Party du Main Street', and much more. The Festival is held each year in conjuction with a huge family reunion. Time: see website for schedule.

Ninigret Park, 4470 Old Post Road (Route 1A) Charlestown, RI Phone: 401-364-4031

August 7-9, 2015

A gastronomic extravaganza of Rhode Island's best seafood—lobster, steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes, corn on the cob, a raw bar, and more. Plus arts and crafts, amusement rides, rock climbing wall, children's shows, and classic car show. Time: Friday, noon - 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission: Adults, $8. Parking, $2.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, and Great River Park, East Hartford Hartford and East Hartford, CT Phone: 860-713-3131

July 12, 2014

This is the largest one-day fireworks celebration in Connecticut. Parking at Science Center/Riverfront Garage, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford; CT Convention Center Garage, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford; Morgan Street Garage, 155 Morgan Street, Hartford; Constitution Plaza Garage, 109 Constitution Plaza, Hartford. Parking is available throughout the Town of East Hartford. A shuttle will circulate among the parking areas. Boaters are welcome to join the celebration. Riverside Park boat launch in Hartford will be open. Time: 4-10 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Rain date is July 13 with fireworks, only, at 9 p.m.

Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts & Lyme Art Association, 96 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT, 06371 Phone: 860-434-5542

July 24-25, 2015

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.

72 Federal Street Portland, ME Phone: 207-773-7746

August 15-16, 2015

The Italian Street Festival "Bazaar" is an annual fundraising and community event for St. Peter's Church the Italian Parish of the Diocese of Portland celebrating the Feasts of the Assumption and St. Rocco.

Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square Boston, MA Phone:

July 18, 2015

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: Noon-6 p.m.

Various locations around Marblehead; see event website Marblehead, MA Phone: 781-639-2787

July 4-7, 2013

This arts-and-crafts show hosts some of the finest local artists as well as artists from all over New England. The Artisans’ Marketplace is July 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Items vary and often include beautiful, original, handmade jewelry; hand painted furniture; paintings; photographs; and more.
On July 2nd, plein aire artists seek out strategic locations throughout Marblehead and begin capturing the town's scenic beauty on canvas and paper. Feel free to roam the town and observe artists creating art. On July 3, the plein aire works appears on exhibit where the public is invited to meet the artists, view the exhibit, and cast ballots.
The Marblehead Festival of Arts Short Film Festival is an outdoor festival that is screened at Crocker Park and Abbot Public Library during the Festival weekend.

Houlton Fairgrounds, off Randall Avenue Houlton, ME Phone:

July 2-5, 2015

Midway by Smokey's Greater Shows, live music By Josh Gracin, horse show, Frisbee dogs, ice cream eating contest, pig scramble, egg toss, kids karaoke, ATV drag racing, Elvis Extravaganza, marionettes, pie eating and Moxie chugging contests, fireworks.

Bethel Common Bethel, ME Phone: 207-824-2282

July 18, 2015

This is a fun two-day community and family festival held on the Bethel Village Common on Broad Street. Events on Saturday include arts and crafts fair, parade through town at 10 a.m., contests, entertainment, frog jumping contest, plenty of food, fireworks, and lots more. Sunday features the Mollyockett Days Classic Road Races at 8 a.m. Time : 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Harborlight Pavillion, 77 Water Street Plymouth, MA Phone: 508-747-7727

July 11-12, 2015

International food court, children’s activities, crafters, celebrity chef challenge. Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Scheduled for Saturday: The Kennedys, Annie Wenz, Mark T. Small, Grace Morrison, Squid Jiggers, Squeezebox Stompers. Also on Stage 2 "Chakulla" with The Hunger Bus
Scheduled for Sunday: The Roberton Morbioli Band, Jim Libby Band, New City Cowboys, Soul Box and The Delta Generators. Also on Stage 2 "Chakulla" with The Hunger Bus.

Wyassup Road (off Route 2) North Stonington, CT Phone: 860-535-3956

July 9-12, 2015

Enjoy and learn about farm life - see tractor and animal pulls, view beautiful arts and crafts and award-winning vegetables, fruits, and baked goods. Midway, hypnotist and comedian, nail-driving contest, pie-eating contest, livestock shows, horse shoe pitching, lawnmower racing, ham and bean supper, oxen pulls, tractor pulls. 

Brockton Fairgrounds, 433 Forest Avenue Brockton, MA Phone:

July 2-12, 2015

The Brockton Fair boasts over 135 years of providing family fun. This day of traditional American entertainment includes a classic midway with rides for all ages; a magician; a demolition derby and monster truck rides; horse races; a bear show; livestock shows, and much more. 

Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Hwy Ansonia, CT Phone: 203-632-8737

June 20 to July 5, 2015

A world of history and imagination with an interactive village full of music, magic and fun for all ages. Explore an interactive fantasy world set in a time long ago where elves, fairies, orcs, goblins, animal-kin, dwarves, and magic are real. Time : 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. General admission, $16; students age 10-14, $11; children age 5-9, $6; 5 and younger, free. Email: mfrfpromo@gmail.com

Mill Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH Phone: 603-279-6121

August 29-30, 2015

Eighty juried artists and craftsmen present their creations to the public. Featuring live music and food on-site.

Camelot Village,66 Colgate Heights Bennington, VT Phone:

July 31 - August 2, 2015

150 artists and artisans will be displaying and selling their handcrafted creations. The exhibitors will be housed in soaring white tents so the Festival is not affected by weather, In addition to the arts and crafts, there will be a Kids Zone, a food court, music, comic juggling, and Vermont Craft Beers. This event is the former summer Hildene Festival in Manchester.

Town Recreation Field by the Mary Hogan School, 88 Mary Hogan Drive Middlebury, VT Phone: 802-462-3555

July 5-11, 2015

This is a week-long, free, family-friendly performing arts festival. Due to the 2015 Middlebury Downtown Railroad Bridge Replacement Project, the Middlebury Green will not be available in 2015. The festival's location in 2015 will be the Town Recreation field by the Mary Hogan School, 88 Mary Hogan Drive.
Brown Bag Specials, Monday-Friday, noon p.m. Performances designed for a family audience, with storytelling, dance, music, and puppetry.
Evening Performances, nightly except Saturday, 7 p.m. See website for list of performers Something for nearly every musical taste from folk and country blues to rhythmic international melodies. Held rain or shine under a tent.
Street Dance, Saturday, 7-9 p.m. This is the central event of the week, with Big Band music by the Vermont Jazz Ensemble.

247 Monadnock Hwy (Route 12) Swanzey, NH, 03446 Phone: 603-357-4740

July 29-August 2, 2015

The Cheshire fair is back with lots to see and do for the entire family, including demolition derby, ATV rodeo, bull riding, fireworks, magic shows, performing animal shows, singers, dancers, bands, arts and crafts, karaoke shows, puppet shows, 4-H exhibits, draft horse pulls, oxen and tractor pulls, woodsmen and pie eating contests and more. 

Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy. (Route 151) East Falmouth, MA Phone: 508-477-0208

July 3-5, 2015

The pow wow is a traditional celebration of Mashpee Wampanoag culture, featuring Native American dancing, drumming, games, food, art, jewelry, wampum, gifts, crafts and clothing. One of the major highlights of the weekend is the traditional Firebal" ceremony taking place on July 4/ The pow wow is open to the public and offers events and attractions for the whole family. Time: Gates open at 10 a.m. each day. Grand entry will begin at 1 p.m. Admission: Adults, $13; elders and children age 6-12; $8; free for children age 5 and younger. Email: mashpeepowwow@mwtribe.com.

Capitol Park at State, Capitol, and Union streets Augusta, ME Phone: 207-623-4559

June 17-July 4, 2015

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 festival events.

Norton Park, off Route 177 Plainville, CT Phone: 860-747-0283

August 28-30, 2015

The annual Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival attracts thousands of spectators. The festival opens up Friday night at 5 p.m. and live music is performed from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Balloon glows from 8:15 to 9 p.m. On Saturday the festival opens at 6 a.m. with a balloon launch (weather permitting), followed by a craft fair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Classic Car show from noon to 5 p.m.; a balloon launch at 6 p.m.; and live entertainment from noon until 10 p.m. by various bands. Sunday opens at 6 a.m. with the final balloon launch and the festival closes at 9 a.m.

Mill Street Littleton, NH Phone: 603-444-6561

July 11, 2015

The cool, rich tastes of amazing brews, local flavors, and groovy tunes will lift your spirit as you take in the views of the Ammonoosuc River on Mill Street at this year’s Taste, Tunes, & Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, July 11th. Admission: $30. Email: info@littletonareachamber.com

July 11-15, 2015

The seaside town of Castine, Maine, is planning a four-day celebration to welcome the 18th-century frigate Hermione, set to arrive on Bastille Day, July 14, on its last U.S. stop before returning to France. The weekend will be filled with workshops, storytelling, and swashbuckling nautical films around the Town Common; historical and maritime lectures at the Maine Maritime Academy; and Revolutionary War reenactments at Fort George.
On July 14 and July 15, a parade of boats will accompany the Hermione along Penobscot Bay and into port. The waterfront festivities will feature Acadian, English, Franco-American and nautical music and dance performances, artists, fireworks, local cuisine, and vendors. Ship deck tours and chances to meet the French crew of the Hermione will also be available.

Wickford Village, Route 1A Wickford, RI Phone: 401-294-6840

July 11-12, 2015

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. Parking for the festival is free on certain streets and at Wilson Park and Wickford Elementary School. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Harbor Park, Water Street Rockland, ME Phone: 207-596-7126

July 29-August 2, 2015

Tons of steamed Maine lobsters served along with pageantry, waterfront activities, maritime displays and demonstrations, Maine arts and crafts, visits to Navy and Coast Guard ships, harbor cruises, contests, lots of wonderful entertainment, a giant parade, international lobster crate race, children's activities and much more. See event website for schedule of activities.

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT Phone:

August 16-17, 2014

Taste the harvest of 10 Connecticut wineries; enjoy food from local restaurants and crafts from local artisans. Food and wine seminars will be offered by local experts. Live bands from around New England will entertain.

Manson Park, 190 Crosby Street Pittsfield, ME Phone: 207-341-3456

July 13-18, 2015

Week long festival including the Kiwanis Karnival, street dance, Egglympics, lots of music, basketball tournament, window painting, horseshoe contest, marketplace, kiddie parade, the big parade, display tents, artists display, quiche/cheesecake/pie contest and much more! Times: Daily events leading up to parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. Cost: Community activities are free. Fees charged for Kiwanis Karnival and parking at Manson Park.

July 24-26, 2015

This popular extravaganza of public art includes a master sculpting competition, liver entertainment, food trucks, fireworks, and sand sculpting lessons for the kids. Voted one of Boston’s Top Events. This national contest attracts artists from around the world. Time: Festival is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 

Topsham Fairgrounds, off Rt 196 onto Community Way Topsham, ME Phone:

August 15, 2015

This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish vendors and crafts, reenactors, gathering of clans, folk singing, Scottish food, and much more.  

Various locations Belfast, ME Phone: 207-338-2692

July 17-19, 2015

Irish and Scottish music and dance of two stages. Performers include Black Point Pipes and Drums, The Rogers Brothers, The Ladies of the Lakes, The Press Gang, Hanz Araki and Colleen Raney, Robbie O'Connell. Events include The New World Cheese Rolling Championships and the Isle of Mann Three Legged Race. and Jimmy Keane. , Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester Gloucester, MA Phone: 603-332-2616

August 15-16, 2015

More than 175 juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations; live music; ethnic foods, including a pancake breakfast on Saturday. Free live entertainment includes bands playing Celtic, ragtime, country and folk music on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The North Shore Old Car Club will display over 75 antique cars on Sunday. Handicap accessible. Pets on leash are welcome. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT Phone: 860-713-3131

August 1, 2015

Taste of the Caribbean brings authentic cuisine, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Riverfront and CAYASCO team up to offer a full day of music, dance, Caribbean games, and children’s activities. For some, the highlight of the day is the Carnival Parade and the dazzling costumes. For others, it’s getting a taste of that fiery jerk chicken.

University of Rhode Island Athletic Fields, 3 Keaney Road Kingston, RI, 02881 Phone: 401-783-1770

July 17-19, 2015

Balloon rides, carnival rides and games, trout fishing pond, Flying Wallendas, airborne jugglers, fireworks Saturday at 9 p.m.;  giant kites fly; plenty for food. Adults, $10; children age 14 and younger, $5; families $25. Time: Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. fireworks show; Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 

various locations New Bedford, MA Phone: 508-991-3122

July 4-5, 2015

New Bedford Folk Festival brings together over 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford’s historic district. The two day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on seven sound stages in and around the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ranging from the seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Center to the National Park Garden Stage.

Route 33, Stratham Hill Park Stratham, NH Phone: 603-772-4977

July 16-19, 2015

Horse pulls, oxen pulls, tractor pulls, lobster lunch, lasagna supper, chicken barbecue, dunking booth, 4-H exhibits and activities, the Miss Stratham Fair pageant, pie eating contest, pig scrambles, carnival rides and the midway, the Sunday night fireworks extravaganza and much more. Time: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 
Cost: Adults, $7; seniors age 65 and older, $4; children age 6 to 12, $4; adult four-day pass, $20; seniors and children four-day pass, $12.

Northern Maine Fairgrounds, Mechanic Street Presque Isle, ME Phone: 207-764-6561

August 27-30, 2015

This hot-air balloon festival features 15 hot-air balloons, balloon rides, entertainment, and a street fair; something for everyone. Tethered rides will be offered Friday and Saturday, 5-8 p.m., weather permitting. Time: Balloon rides start at 5:30 a.m. Cost: varies depending on balloon pilot. 

July 25, 2015

Highlights of this year’s fair include artisan demonstrations, Morris dancers, farm animal and antique tractors displays, canoe polo in the Fire Pond. Also, live music by Bow Junction (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) and Amy Conley (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and Badger’s Drift (2 and 4 p.m.) Enjoy the library book sale, The Legendary What-Not-Sale, baked goods and crafts tables. Directions to the fair.

Greenfield Community College (I-91, Exit 26) Greenfield, MA Phone: 413-341-3317

July 10-12, 2015

Because of a huge turnout in 2014, the festival is expanded in 2015 to three days. The 2015 lineup of 40 acts on three stages will include Steve Earle, Punch Brothers, Tune-Yards, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Milk Carton Kids, J Mascis, Rubblebucket, and more. Also: local food, beer and wine, handmade crafts, a dance tent, a wide array of kid's activities and entertainment, and hot air balloon rides. Admission: $79.99 for full weekend; $19.99 for Friday; $59.99 for Saturday and Sunday, Children under age 10 admitted free. Hours: Gates open Friday at 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at noon

July 18-20, 2015

After a 15-year absence, in a spectacular display of the Golden Age of Sail, 10 to 12 tall ships will return to Portland's waterfront. Four Class A vessels from around the world will join local and regional ships to offer deck tours and sails. On July 18, a Parade of Sail may be seen from around Portland harbor. On July 19 and 20, the festival begins, with ship tours, music and food. Ticket required for all ships except the USCG Eagle. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $15-$17

Bethel Common, Broad Street Bethel, ME Phone: 207-824-3575

July 4, 2015

The Bethel Art Fair is held on the historic Bethel Common; it features the finest artists and artisan crafters of Western Maine and beyond. Artists and artisans will be exhibiting oil, pastel, watercolor, pen and ink, multi-media paintings, photography, woodworking, metal smithing, jewelry, beadwork, stained glass, pottery, and much. Artists may participate for best of show in three categories: painting, photography, and artisan crafts. time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Waterfront Bucksport, ME Phone:

August 15, 2015

Artists and craftsmen gather at waterfront location on Penobscot Bay.


Salem Commons on Washington Square (next to the Hawthorne Hotel) Salem, MA Phone:

July 18, 2015

This festival that promotes the different cultures and diversity in and around Salem. The event features live bands and performers of all styles, art and craft vendors, food, and children's activities. Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

18 Community Center Drive Fort Fairfield, ME Phone: 207-472-3800

July 10-12, 2015

This annual celebration of the blooming potato fields centers upon at huge parade, on July 19 in 2014. The entire festival features events like the farmer Olympics, races, arts & crafts, river races, and mashed potato wrestling. Also: an antique tractor pull and fireworks over the Aroostook River.

Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road Milton Mills, NH Phone: 603-978-7125

August 8, 2015

Take a hayride to the river and look for wildlife living in its clear waters, observe rescued wild NH animals, try fishing with your kids or let them explore a corn maze or petting zoo, go on a guided walk with nature experts, watch demonstrations of traditional rural skills, take your child on a discovery walk in the woods and much more! Rain or shine; no pets please, rest rooms and most events are wheelchair accessible. Adults, $5; family, $10; kids age 12 and younger, free 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Milford Center & Harbor Milford, CT Phone: 203-878-5363

August 16, 2014

Dive in a sample the oysters at this longstanding food festival, which also include children's entertainment, live music by Bret Michaels, a schooner cruise, a fire department open house, and police K-9 demonstrations. Free admission. No pets. Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

A weekend of fun showcasing all the North Country has to offer! Car show, craft fair, outdoor & family activities...and much, much more! Contact North Country Chamber of Commerce 603-237-8939 or visit: www.moosefestival.com Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: Free

Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, 1746 Mountain Road Stowe, VT, 05672 Phone: 800-253-7355

July 10-12, 2015

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.

Railroad Park, off Oxford Street Lewiston, ME Phone: 207-782-2637

August 21-23, 2015

An annual hot-air balloon festival featuring approximately 30 balloons, including some special shapes. Held annually the 3rd weekend of August. Events include balloon rides and tethered balloons (weather permitting), musical entertainment all weekend for all ages, family fun day on Sunday, craft and trade vendors, various food booths, exhibitors, children's activities, carnival, and much more.

American Independence Museum, Ladd Street near Water Street Exeter, NH Phone: 603-772-2622

July 18, 2015

On July 16, 1776, the Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence arrived in Exeter from Philadelphia. Today, Exeter celebrates this momentous occasion. Join the crowd escorting President Washington down Water Street, see the horseback delivery of the Declaration of Independence and listen to the public reading (complete with hecklers!), chat with historic role-players, step to the stirring music of the Lincoln Fife and Drum and delight in the maneuvers and cannon firings of the militias. Enjoy plenty of food, music, sidewalk sales and children’s activities, then stay for the town’s evening fireworks and live music. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Sugar Shack Campground Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3471

July 30-August 2, 2015

Family weekend of acoustic country and bluegrass music, camping, workshops, dance, swimming, tubing, food and musical vendors. Family activities include movies in the clubhouse and a children's music academy hosted by other professional musicians. The kids will attend daily classes culminating with a children's academy performance on the main stage on Sunday afternoon.

Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, Off Route 25 Hiram, ME Phone: 207-625-8656

July 23-26, 20145

This festival is home to the New England Flatpicking and Banjo Championships, and the New England Songwriting Contest. There are workshops, nightly barn dances, children's dance parties, and Americana, bluegrass, country swing and folk acts on two outdoor stages. Camping onsite. Cost: Thursday, 
Friday after dark, $25; four days, $125

Old Grove Park, on Palace Street West Haven, CT Phone: 203-934-2411

July 23-26, 2015

Live bands each night. Food vendors, rides and amusements. Saturday and Sunday there's also a craft fair from noon to 8 p.m. Time: Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. See event website for list of performers.

Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Central Avenue Dover, NH Phone: 603-742-2218

July 10-August 21, 2015

This festival will be filling downtown Dover with the sound of music. Back again will be the Friday Night Headliner Series, the Shark in the Park Classic Rock Luncheon Series, the Farmers’ Market Acoustic Stage, Tuesday Morning Children’s Shows and a Movie Night. See full schedule here. .