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

New England Fairs and Festivals

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

To find more events, visit our Events Calendar.

Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH Phone: 603-373-6566

January 22 to February 21, 2016

This top-notch wine series in a magnificent seaside setting includes multi-course Grand Vintner’s Dinners, a Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom, weekday Flight Nights, the oyster event known as Shell-Shocked, and lavish Bubbles and Jazz Brunches.
Grand Vintner’s Dinners. Dinners star with a wine reception and hors d'oeuvres. With the guest winemaker as your evening's host, the chef serves a dinner with ingredients chosen to bring out the full flavors and perfectly complement each wine. January 23, 30; February 6, 13, and 20. $105 per person.
Big Tastings. This is a walk-about evening when guests may taste from a large selection of wines. Mediterranean-influenced cuisine at chef action station. January 22; February 12. $49.95. Grand Ballroom. 6-8:30 p.m.
Flight Nights. Order the featured flight of wine along with antipasto and small plate foods from the chef's bar. Monday-Thursday. January 25-28; February 1-4, 8-11, and 15-18. 5-7 p.m.
Shell-Shocked: An Oyster and Wine Celebration. East Coast oysters, fresh from the waters of Maine, are offered multiple ways. January 29; February 19. 5-10 p.m. No reservations or tickets required.
Bubbles & Jazz Sunday Brunch. Enjoy premium sparkling wines from around the world with a relaxed meal. January 24 and 31; February 7, 14, and 21. $44.95. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Downtown and other locations North Adams, MA Phone: 413-664-6180

February 20, 2016

Hot chocolate, a chowder competition, ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, and roasted marshmallows at a community campfire.

Squam Lakes Association, 534 Route 3 Holderness, NH Phone: 603-968-7336

February 13, 2016

Enjoy an afternoon of ice skating and sledding, cross-county skiing, ice hockey, Nordic skating demos, winter mini-golf and more! Also prepare of belly up to our chili contest. There will be an outdoor bonfire, marshmallows to roast and hot cocoa to sip. Noon to 3 p.m.

Various locations Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-7666

February 12-21, 2016

Highlighted events include the Children’s Fair, Chili Cook-Off, Princess Party and exciting, fun concerts by the Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitude and more! See the festival website for detailed event information. Winterfest bracelets are $10. Purchase bracelets.

Freeport FebFest 2016

February 1-27, 2016 FebFest is Freeport's own moveable feast celebrating the richness of Freeport's arts community -- visual arts, theater, music, poetry, food & drink, film and whatever else springs up along the way. Schedule of events.
February 1. Opening of exhibit Logging in the Maine Woods, 1915-1928: The Paintings of Alden Grant at Harrington House.
February 3. Getting Comfortable - On Stage and Off acting workshop at Freeport High School. Repeats February 25.
February 5. Freeport First Friday Just Desserts with music by jazz/pop pianist & vocalist David Watts and desserts from MASISTA and friends at Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street
February 5. L.L.Bean Lecture Series “The Isle of Shoals: 5,000 Years of Marine Ecology” at L.L.Bean Flagship Store.
February 9. Collage Glass Charm collage-making class at Freeport High School.
February 11. Freeport Players hosts Comedy Showcase with Karen Morgan, Zacariah Stearn and friends, location TBA.
February 12. Freeport Writers Group presents readings by local authors at Freeport Community Center.
February 13. First Parish Church presents "Miracle Eatery" pasta dinner at Freeport First Parish Congregational Church.
February 13. First Parish Church hosts Tom Acousti in Concert.
Friday-Sunday. FreeportUSA presents Flavors of Freeport food events from chocolate factory tours and cocktail competitions to a wine dinner and lobster brunch. Free tastings and demonstrations are hosted all over town. Flavors of Freeport Ice Bar with music by Motor Booty Affair.
February 24. Identifying Wines in Blind Tasting at Bow Street Market.
February 25. Celebrating Citrus. Explore the possibilities with citrus in this culinary arts workshop at Freeport Community Center Kitchen.
February 27. Greater Freeport Community Chorus performs at Cabaret Night at Merriconeag School.

March 4-6, 2016

Magic Hat Brewery’s three-day weekend festival is a family-friendly way to party. On Friday, ring in Mardi Gras with a raucous party featuring beer and live music. Come Saturday, watch the grand parade, a spectacularly vibrant procession of decorated floats down Main Street towards the shore. Other activities on Saturday include more parties with beads and beer; a costume contest; more music, and street performances. Free shuttle service around town. See event website for full schedule of activities.

February 20-28, 2016

Events almost every day throughout the area including sledding, movie nights, skating, arts & crafts, hockey games, family snowshoe treks and much more. Don’t miss the Chowdahfest and Silent Auction on February 20. See festival website for detailed schedule.

Various locations Portsmouth, NH Phone:

February 10-15, 2016

Ice skating, ice bars, fire pits, hearth cooking, dog sled rides, ice sculptures/demonstrations, entertainment on stage and screen.
February 10 – Festival Kickoff Party at The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street, 4-6 p.m. Later that evening, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will take place at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater, Chestnut Street.
February 11 -- Ice skating at the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke Museum. Evening entertainment includes “Satchmo at the Waldorf” at Seacoast Repertory Theatre (several performances all weekend) or Chris Botti at The Music Hall.
February 12 -- Ice skating, “Antigone” at Players Ring (several performances all weekend), and Mike MacDonald’s Comedy XXtravaganza at The Music Hall.
February 13 -- Portwalk Place opens up the entire block to an ice carving demonstration, fire dancers and special surprises. The Fire & Ice Bar Crawl and Cocktail Competition will kick off at Row 34 at 1 p.m.; in the evening The Music Hall will feature the Neoteric Dance Collective.
February 14 – Dog sled rides will be offered at Atlantic Grill in Rye, NH. Later that day, The Music Hall Loft will feature Juanito Pasquel New Flamenco Trio.
February 15 -- The Fire & Ice Festival continues with dog sled rides from 1-4 p.m. and skating at the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond until 9 p.m.

various locations Newport, NH Phone:

February 5-14, 2016

Dinners, breakfasts, skating, snowman making, a formal ball, belly flop contest, horse drawn wagon rides, magic show, a Pageant Queen, and plenty more fun. Schedule of events.

February 20, 2016

Events during the two days of indoor and outdoor winter fun include table tennis tournament, kids snow creation competition, horse-drawn carriage wagon rides, soups and chili for sale, junior ice fishing contest, sled dog rides at Highland Lake Beach, town rink open skating, snowmobile rides, nature hike at Pondicherry Park Magic Lantern Lot, Freezin' For A Reason polar dip at Highland Lake Beach, baked bean supper at St. Josephs Parish Hall. Schedule of events.

Attleboro's Winter Night Festival 2016

77 Park Street Attleboro, MA Phone:

February 20, 2016

Ice carving, grand bonfire, craft fair, art exhibit, food court, hayride, fire jugglers. Time: 5-9 p.m.

Various locations Schoodic Peninsula and Mount Desert Island, ME Phone: 207-288-1337

February 26- March 6, 2016

More than 50 events celebrate Acadia National Park and the natural world in winter during this, the centennial of the founding of this national park. Authors, craftsmen, and photographers present workshops and lectures—many events offered free to the public. Outdoor activities include music, a winter-themed movie, bird tours, outdoor cooking with a Dutch oven, ice skating and more. There will be cross country skiing or snowshoeing with Schoodic Institute President Mark Berry and Acadia’s new superintendent Kevin Schneider. See website for details of the festival.

Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, 783 Townshend Road, Grafton, VT Phone: 802-843-2400

February 20, 2016

It's all-out winter at Grafton Ponds, with snow making on a third of the 15-km trail network. Your ticket includes a trail pass for Nordic skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and fat biking, as well as ice skating (weather-dependent), at Grafton Ponds, plus s'mores at a bonfire. Horse-drawn sleigh rides offered from noon to 3:30 p.m. Pizza truck serving hot pies with Grafton cheese. Ice Bar event opens at 4 p.m., serving brews by Harpoon Brewery, Whistlepig Whiskey, and Vermont Distillers until 9 p.m.
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $15; rentals of skis, snowshoes and fatbikes, $q12; horse-drawn sleigh rides, $20 for adults, $12 for children; Ice Bar, $25.

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

February 19-20, 2016

Two days of fun and unusual outdoor winter activities for everyone!
February 19
Ice Skating at Tsongas Center, 300 MLK Jr. Way. 1-3 p.m. Free
Winter Carnival at Arcand Drive. Snowzilla Slide, snowmazing, obstacle course, food trucks, and marshmallow roasting. 5:30-9 p.m. Repeats Saturday Noon-5:30 p.m.
Merrimack Canal Light Display at Lucy Larcom Park. Heated tents with food & beverage, fire pits and s'mores stations, an outside ice lounge, fire dancers, canal lighting display, and more. 5:30-11 p.m. Repeats Saturday 7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Fire Dance Performances at Lucy Larcom Park. Times TBA
Progressive Party starting at Lucy Larcom Park. Craft brew samplings start at Lucy Larcom and continue at participating downtown establishments. 6 – 9 p.m.
Ice Sculptures at Lucy Larcom Park and other downtown locations. Watch as ice sculptures are created before your very eyes. 6-9 p.m.

Saturday February 20
Wildlife Tracking at Hawk Valley Farm, Varnum Avenue. 9-10:30 a.m.
Maple Sugaring at Fort Hill Park. Noon.
North Bowl Soup Competition at Masonic Center, Arcand Drive. Noon-3 p.m.
Snowman Building Competition at Lucy Larcom Park. Noon to 4 p.m.
All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Festival at St. Anne's Church. $6 per person. Noon-4 p.m.
Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides. Meet at the corner of Kirk and Merrimack streets. Noon-4 p.m.
Mittens and Museums Madness at Lowell High School. Children's games and entertainment. Noon-5:30 p.m.
Model Train Display at Lowell High School. Noon-5:30 p.m.
Finale at Arcand Drive. 6:30 p.m.

February 12-21, 2016

Music, karaoke, ice fishing derby, a queen’s pageant, pancake breakfast, ice skating show, sleigh rides, petting zoo, country western jamboree, and more. See carnival website for detailed schedule.
Saturday, February 13
Winter Carnival Outdoor Fun Day at Living Memorial Park. Snowmobile rides, skating, skiing. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sugar-on-Snow at Living Memorial Park. Noon-2 p.m. Repeats February 21.
The Barnyard at the Retreat Farm, Route 30. Noon-4 p.m. Repeats February 14, 15, 19, 21.
Sleigh and hay rides at Fairwinds Farm on Upper Dummerston Road. 1-4 p.m. Weather dependent; call 802 254-9067.
Repeats February 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. Sunday, February 14
Pancake Breakfast at The Elks Home, Putney Road. 8-11 a.m.
Country Western Jamboree at the VFW, Black Mountain Road. Age 10 and under not admitted. 1-6 p.m.
Brattleboro Figure Skating Club Ice Show at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. 2 p.m.
Monday, February 15
Jr. Olympics Downhill Ski Races at Living Memorial Park. 9 a.m.
Variety Show at the BUHS Auditorium. 7 p.m. Repeats February 16.
Tuesday, February 16
Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classes, pre-registration required. 802-246-2842. 1-2 and 2:30-3:30.Repeats February 18.
Wednesday, February 17
Chili Cook-off, hosted by The Marina. Music by Peter Miles. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 19
Queen’s Pageant at the BUHS Auditorium. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 20
Ice Fishing Derby at the Retreat Meadows. 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
Carnival Family Day at the Brattleboro Area Middle School Gymnasium. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Murder Mystery Dinner “Murder at the Luau” at the American Legion, 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 21
Princess Pageant at BUHS Auditorium. 3 p.m.
Withington Memorial Hockey Cup, Nelson Withington Skating Facility. 4 p.m.

Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Phone: 603-646-3399

February 11-14, 2016

Known as the oldest collegiate winter festival, Winter Carnival is a celebration of winter, snow, and fun in the outdoors. Polar bear swims, races, competitions, ice and snow fun. A big part of the fest is the ice sculpting competition.