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.

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Deerfield Fair 2014

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

September 25-28, 2014

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.

Deerfield Fall Craft Fair 2014

10 Memorial Street Deerfield, MA

September 20-21, 2014

This fair features more than 180 juried exhibitors from 16 states displaying and selling crafts of all media in the picturesque setting of the historic village of Old Deerfield. Highlights include a free museum tour, craft displays & demonstrations, music, food court and specialty food sampling. Admission: Adults, $7; children under 12, $1. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Durham Fair 2014

Main Street and Fowler Avenue Durham, CT

September 25 – 28, 2014

Performing this year: Tower of Power, Montgomery Gentry, Jo Dee Messina. 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.

Endless Summer Waterfront Festival 2014

Nantasket Beach, Nantasket Avenue Hull, MA Phone: 781-925-9980

September 20, 2014

This waterfront festival celebrates late summer in Cape Cod style with beachy fun along the Atlantic. There's something to do for most anyone's taste here, like wicked good seafood, hot dogs, and Mediterranean fare. There are also plenty of restaurants on Nantasket Avenue. Guests can enjoy a kiddie street art competition, hot dog and pizza eating contests, a brain freeze contest (yikes!), shopping and arcade games. Endless Summer Hull features live music from local bands and a giant Sand Castle Competition.

Fall Dog Festival on Dog Mountain 2014

The Stephen Huneck Gallery, Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road Street St. Johnsbury, VT Phone: 800-449-2580

October 11, 2014

this is as fun day outdoors in Vermont's beautiful Northeast Kingdom for dogs and their people, surrounded by other like-minded souls. The event is free to all dogs and their families. Food, music, contests and more. dog Mountain has ponds for the dogs to swim in and hiking paths for all to enjoy. Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Fall Festival & Swap Meet 2014 at Zagray Farm Museum

Zagray Farm Museum, 544 Amston Road (Route 85) Colchester, CT

October 4-5, 2014

This is a family fall harvest festival at a museum of farming. Kids and adults can enjoy antique sawmill and post & beam construction demonstration, country music by Jane Haynes and friends, free wagon rides & tours of the farm museum, kids sandbox & pedal tractor area, antique cars & trucks, breakfast, lunch, and ice cream vendors, huge swap meet, craft & tag sale, new woodworking building. Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 per car

Fall Festival 2014 at Gore Place

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

September 28, 2014

Food trucks, a beer tent, live music, and a crazy pumpkin drop (700 lbs of pumpkins falling from a 120 foot crane!). Also, a pumpkin catapult designed by the Boy Scouts, a train ride, wagon rides, pumpkin carving demonstration and tours of the mansion. Adults, $10; kids age 12 and younger admitted for free. Parking is free. Time:11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fall Festival at Sunday River 2014

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

October 11-12, 2014

Come celebrate the end of summer with live music from Entrain and Bronze Radio Return, a wine tasting, the always North American Wife Carrying Championship, the Mountain Epic Peak to Peak Challenge, the Blue Mountain Arts & Crafts Fair and a full array of activities for the whole family. Spend the weekend with spectacular foliage great deals, good company and more. Admission: Free.

Fall for the Arts in Cape Cod 2014

Various locations Dennis, Falmouth, Hyannis, MA

October 4 - November 1, 2014

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

Farmington Fair 2014

Farmington, ME Phone: 207-778-6083

September 14-20, 2014

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

Fling Into Fall 2014

Penobscot Marine Museum, Mosman Park, Public Safety Building Searsport, ME Phone: 207-548-2529

October 10-11, 2014

This local favorite festival lights up the Maine harvest season with family fun including a pumpkin and craft fair with live music, dancing, and a bright parade of floats and marchers. This year's celebration features a Tonka truck restoration challenge and an antique car show. Be sure to scope out the maritime photography exhibits at Penobscot Marine Museum! Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Freeport Fall Festival 2014

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

October 4-5, 2014

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.

Fryeburg Fair 2014

Fryeburg Fairgrounds, off Route 5 near Route 302 Fryeburg, ME Phone: 207-935-3268

September 28 - October 5, 2014

This fair has it all: extensive exhibition halls, museum craft demonstrations, fiber demonstrations, harness pulls, live entertainment, a midway, animal exhibits and contests, a parade, contests, games, baked goods, and million more things. Time: gates open daily at 8:30 a.m. Cost: Adults, $10; children under 12, free; senior citizens (age 65 and older) admitted free on Tuesday. Parking is $5 to $10. Hours: Gates open at 7 a.m.; buildings open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Harness racing at 1:30 Tuesday through Sunday. Night Shows Monday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

Garlic & Harvest Festival 2014

Bethlehem Fairgrounds, 384 Main Street North (Route 61) Bethlehem, CT Phone: 203-266-7810

October 11-12, 2014

Fresh garlic and farm produce, garlic specialty food vendors, garlic food court, garlic growing lectures, garlic cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, amusements, and plenty of samples make this a must for the garlic lover. Bring the kids and your appetite. No dogs allowed. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $7; seniors, $6; children under age 12, $1.

Guilford Agricultural Fair 2014

Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane Guilford, CT

September 19-21, 2014

Daily entertainment, pony drawing, tractor pull, spelling bee, llama show, horse drawing, donkey and mule show. Cost: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children age 6-11, $5; 3-day pass, $25. Hours: Friday, 1-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
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Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair 2014

Route 20 Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-443-0188 ext. 213

September 27-28, 2014

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, $16.50; youth age 13-17, $8; children under age 12, free.

Hartford Saengerbund Oktoberfest 2014

Hartford Saengerbund, 719 North Mountain Road Newington, CT 06111 Phone: 860-953-8967

October 11, 2014

German festival featuring German beer, food and live music. Time: Noon-11 p.m. Admission: $5.

Harvest Festival at Haight-Brown Vineyard 2014

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

September 20-21, 2014

This annual celebration for the whole family revolves around a vineyard’s most important event: Harvest time. 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!
Hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., both days. Cost: $25; kids under age 21, $10

Harvest Festival at Stonington Vineyards 2014

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

September 20-21, 2014

A weekend of food, music, and of locally made wines creates a buzz in the Stonington region, as winos from all over the country drop by to try some fresh gourmet food and Connecticut-made wines. Learn how wine is made, and what makes wine flavors vary. This year's harvest festival features live music by Hoolios, Dan Stevens, Wicked Peach, and more. Picnickers are welcome, but this is not a BYOB event. Hours: noon-6 p.m., rain or shine. Cost: advance tickets, $20; day-of tickets, $25

Harvest Moon Festival 2014

Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road Warner, NH Phone: 603-456-3244

September 28, 2014

Join the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum to celebrate the fall harvest with a day of hands-on activities, Native American living history displays, an educational herbal walk, music, crafts, and Native American foods. Visitors can interact with Native artisans as they demonstrate traditional crafts and cooking, experience a northeast woodlands encampment and play Native American musical instruments. Native American breads, stews and desserts will be for sale. Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Harvest on the Harbor 2014

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

October 22-25, 2014

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.

Harwinton Fair 2014

Locust Road Harwinton, CT Phone: 860-485-0464

October 4-5, 2014

Country store and early Americana display; draft horse exhibit and demonstration; demonstrations of pioneer living, blacksmithing and cooking; antique tractor show; rides and amusements; pig racing; children’s entertainment; magic act; Western horse show; women’s skillet throw; live music by Aces & Eights, and Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers. Hours: Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $7; children age 12 and younger, free.

International Oktoberfest 2014

Newport Yachting Center, Newport Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-1600

October 11-12, 2014

Delight in the tastes, sights, and sounds of Oktoberfest. Enjoy seasonal brews, German food, and the music of the Biergartens. Admission: Saturday, adults, $20-$25 and kids, $12; Sunday, adults, $17-$20 and kids admitted for free. Time: Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Keene Pumpkin Festival 2014

Downtown Keene, NH

October 18, 2014

On this day every year, Keene's public square will abound with jack-o'-lanterns in a tower that rivals the neighboring church steeple. The day also includes live music, a Food & Craft Court, apple crisp and maple cotton candy. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per adult plus a carved pumpkin.
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Lenox Apple Squeeze & Harvest Festival 2014

Downtown Lenox, MA Phone: 413-637-3646

September 27-28, 2014

Handmade crafts, sculptures, and original art works will fill the streets along with handmade jewelry, wood carvings, and hand woven clothing. Enjoy foods, wines, beers and local autumn dishes. Apples and all imaginable apple recipes abound as you stroll through the Historic Village of Lenox where hay rides, children activities, and entertainment create a cornucopia of harvest-time family fun. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lexington Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 2014

Lexington Visitors Center, 1875 Massachusetts Avenue (across from Minuteman Statue) Lexington, MA Phone: 781-862-2480

September 20, 2014

Showcased will be original, handcrafted items by New England artisans, including pottery, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, photography, fiber arts, glass, & more. Rain date is Sunday, September 21. time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival 2014

The Practice Tee at Riley Rink, 410 Hunter Park Road (Route 7) Manchester, VT Phone: 802-425-3399

October 3, 2014

This event was formerly called the Hildene Fall Arts Festival. One hundred fifty juried artisans exhibit and sell a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft work as well as original art, photography, sculpture, and specialty foods. Everything from the simple to the sublime can be found within the artists booths. Admission: Adults $10; kids 12 and younger, free. Time: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.

Milford Irish Festival 2014

Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue Milford, CT Phone: 203-874-7275

September 19-20, 2014

Milford's Irish Heritage Society gathers the region's best Irish music, dancing, food and drink, and craft for an all-out Celtic bash. Meander the festival marketplace and browse a full menu of Irish fare, and find gifts and Celtic treasures like gemstones, art, and jewelry. Then, take in the toe-tapping talent of two Irish Dance Troupes, as well as Irish bands like Stone Row, The Fenian Sons, Bobby Morrill, Broken Banjo Strings, and the Highland Rovers Band. Mingle with Irish culture and learn to celebrate the Irish way -- which does indeed include Guinness and Jameson beers! There is no parking at the festival site, so free shuttle service will be available to and from The Westfield Connecticut Post Mall off I-95, exit 39B.
Dates, Hours, and Costs: Friday, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., $5; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., $12

Milford Pumpkin Festival 2014

1 Union Square Milford, NH Phone: 603-249-0676

October 10-12, 2014

Come see some of the largest pumpkins in New Hampshire and enjoy musicians and entertainers, food, crafts and lots of events for kids. Children can make their own scarecrows and get their faces painted. Dive into delicious soup, hot cider, doughnuts, waffles or smoked ribs. New events this year at a corn hole toss competition and raffle for a family ski pass worth $1,500.

Miranda Vineyard Harvest Festival 2014

42 Ives Road Goshen , CT Phone: 860-491-9906 Make a Reservation

October 5, 2014

Come to this picturesque country vineyard for Harvest Festival. Free admission with non-perishable food donation. Food and craft vendors, live music, wine tasting, grape stomping and more. Noon-7 p.m.

New England Acoustic Music Festival 2014

Main Street between Front (Route 44) and Lee streets Putnam, CT

September 27, 2014

The is a one-day, block party style music festival featuring 10 original acts from New England. This year’s lineup features headliner Ryan Montbleau and special guest Mieka Pauley. The rest of the lineup includes Chris Masson, Christie Leigh, Sarah Borrello, Nate Cozzolino, Christa Gniadek, Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits, Matt Fuller and Muddy Ruckus. Also: food will be available from The Courthouse Bar and Grille, 85 Main, Bella’s Bistro and The Stomping Ground. There will also be a handful of arts and crafts vendors. Time: Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and music starts at noon. Festival ends at 9 p.m. Admission: $15 in advance and $20 at the door (includes one serving of beer, soda or water.

New Hampshire Fall Festival 2014 at Strawbery Bank Museum

Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street Portsmouth, NH Phone: 603-433-1100

October 11, 2014

Experience a traditional New England country fair complete with demonstrations from craftspeople, farm animal exhibits, livestock demonstrations, autumn activities in the Children’s Garden, presentations on heirloom seeds, canning and food preservation, fiber arts, demonstrations on historic crafts and industries, coopering, harvest-themed crafts in the Family Discovery Center, garden tours.
The Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off will again be held in conjunction with Strawbery Banke Museum's New Hampshire Fall Festival. A dozen restaurants serve up their best chili in decorated booths for sampling. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $15; youths age 12 and younger, $6. Information: www.strawberybanke.org/

New Hampshire Highland Games 2014

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

September 19-21, 2014

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.

Newburyport's Fall Harvest Festival 2014

Downtown Newburyport Newburyport, MA

October 13, 2014

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. Information: http://bit.ly/13KGw1D

Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival 2014

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

September 19-21, 2014

Festival highlights include a two-day Grand Tasting with hundreds of wines on the lawn of Marble House, celebrity chef appearances and cooking demonstrations, seminars with wine experts, the Wine & Rosecliff gala celebration, a collectible Wine Dinner, the Newport After Dark party, a winemaker's brunch, and auctions. Celebrity guests include Martha Stewart and Sarah Moulton.

Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair 2014

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

October 4-5,2014

Monkey bridge, mud pit, greased pole, Mabel’s express barrel train Home & garden competition, games, artisans, crafts, great food, country store, live music, children’s entertainment & more! Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

North American Wife Carrying Championship 2014

Sunday River Ski Resort, 15 South Ridge Road Newry, ME Phone: 207-824-3000

October 11, 2014

The origin of North American Wife Carrying Championship is a jolly field game based on a Finnish tradition. Warriors would prove their strength by carrying sacks of flour -- and occasionally, their women -- across an obstacle course over some tricky terrain with weather traps.

North Easton Harvest and Craft Fair 2014

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

October 5, 2014

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. Come watch chainsaw carver Dave Conklin create a birdhouse from a cedar log harvested at Sheep Pasture. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival 2014

Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Road Orange, MA

September 27-28, 2014

Enjoy works by regional artists and farmers; learn to grow garlic, press cider, mill lumber, grind grain, go solar; watch cooking chef demos, hear live music on two stages and in the fields. Also: kids’ art and nature activities, and garlic games. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission: Adults, $5 per day, $8 for weekend pass; children age 12 and younger, free.

Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival 2014

Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, Groton, VT Phone: 800-639-6379

October 1, 2014

Experience "Old Vermont" with this traditional regional celebration with six unique events. Featuring local crafts, music, food, historical tours, and amazing foliage. Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Full schedule of events at event website.

OgunquitFest 2014

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

October 24-26, 2014

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.

Oktoberfest and HONK! Festival 2014

Harvard Square Cambridge, MA

October 12, 2014

features six stages of live entertainment, dozens of international food vendors, hundreds of street vendors selling artwork, jewelry, and vintage clothing, neighborhood sidewalk sales and HONK! bands from around the country! Rain date is October 13.

Old Wethersfield Fall Craft Fair 2014

Cove Park Old Wethersfield, CT

October 4, 2014

Stroll scenic Cove Park in central Connecticut and browse art and crafts from a hundred juried artisans. Fine crafts of every shape and size imaginable can be found at this family-friendly, outdoor event, which also features live music from local talent, local produce like pumpkins and corn, and a kiddie area with pony rides and face painting! Celebrate a New England autumn. This is a rain or shine event. Cost: Adults, $6
Hours:10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Orange Country Fair 2014

525 Orange Center Road Orange, CT

September 20 & 21, 2014

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:

Pawtucket Arts Festival 2014

Salte Mill, Slater Park, and other locations in the city Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-724-5200

September 4-28, 2014

Here are just a few highlights of the Pawtucket region's premiere summer festival: Theater plays, September 4; Chinese dragon boat races, September 6; Lousiania Night, September 12; Irish Music Festival, September 13; and the Pawtucket Film Festival, September 26-28. Other major events occurring in Pawtucket's September include an Arts and Crafts Marketplace, the Blackstone River Party / Taste of the River food fest on the fifth, Chinese dragon boat races, and the Slater Park Fall Festival. This month-long, citywide celebration features live music, indoor and outdoor fun for people of all ages, plenty of refreshments, and cultural events.
September 5 -- Blackstone River Party/Taste of the Valley -- Food and dessert samplings from community restaurants at the historic Slater Mill Museum, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, with music by Fat City Band from 6 to p.m. Ruben Moreno and the Zydeco Re-evolution performs fro 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Event is held rain or shine. Tickets will be sold at the Pawtucket Visitor Center, 175 Main Street. Admission is $10. Children under 12 admitted for free. 401-724-5200.
September 6 -- Chinese Dragon Boat Races at the School Street Pier, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.;
September 6 -- Steampunk Soiree at Slater Mill for Steampunk fans, guests, and gear & water wheel geeks. This is an evening of music, dance, spectacle, and merriment under the tent and on the dance floor. Music will be provided by Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores. Tickets are $1. per person and may be reserved by calling Slater Mill at 401-725-8638 ext. 102.
September 7 -- Samfest at Slater Mill offers a concert retrospective featuring the repertoire of American music great, Nat King Cole and daughter Natalie. Free and open to the public. Tours of Slater Mill will be available. Noon-4 p.m.
September 13-14 -- Slater Park Fall Festival at Slater Park, Armistice Blvd. and Newport Avenue. Concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Pops in the Park at 5 p.m. will be followed by fireworks.

Pemaquid Oyster Festival 2014

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

September 28, 2014

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.

Pittsfield City Jazz Festival 2014

Various venues around Pittsfield Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-997-4444

October 1-19, 2014

The Pittsfield City Jazz Festival will include these headline performers: Singer Stephanie Nakasian with pianist Hod O'Brien's trio; the Empire Jazz Orchestra with featured guest artists Claire Daly, Ada Rovatti, and Sharel Cassity (all top-tier saxophonists);the annual Jazz Crawl and the latest entry in our Jazz Prodigy series. See event website for detailed schedule.

Plymouth Cheese and Harvest Festival 2014

Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 3780 Route 100A Plymouth Notch, VT Phone: 802-672-3773

September 20, 2014

Enjoy a day of family fun with a tour of Plymouth Cheese Factory, a wagon ride through the scenic property, farm crafts, and so much more. Tastes of New England available at this event include a barbecue, cheese samples, and a cheese recipe contest -- yum! Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Portland Fair 2014

Exchange Club Fairgrounds, Route 17A Portland, CT Phone: 860-342-0188

October 10-12, 2014

An autumn tradition with competitive, educational, crafts, hobbies and commercial exhibits, food booths. Featured performers include Mystery Tour Band,Paragon, Michael Cleary Band, Glamour Girls, Players Club, Gunsmoke, and The Big Six. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $6; children (under age 10), free. Free off-site parking. Time: Friday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Punkinfiddle Family Festival 2014

Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road Wells, ME Phone: 207-646-4521

September 27, 2014

Punkinfiddle is a family festival and a celebration of National Estuaries Day, with traditional crafts, hands-on learning, lively music, old-fashioned games, fun food, farm animals. Kids may build scarecrows, press apples, churn butter, decorate pumpkins, and play games... sack races, three-legged races, egg-and-spoon relays, and wheelbarrow races. Artisans demonstrate crafts and describe traditional livelihoods. Wells Reserve staff will explain why estuaries are important for sea life. Time : 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission : Adults age 17 and older, $7; kids younger than 17, free. Information:
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Renaissance Faire 2014

14 Stott Avenue Norwich, CT

September 27- October 26, 2014

Escape thy cares and experience a romantic age lost to time with jousting knights, period music & dance, interactive characters, magicians, comedy, and continuous live shows throughout the day included with admission. All the Faire is a stage surrounded by the bright colors of fall and pageantry of the Renaissance. Time: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Adults, $17; youth, $10; parking, free.

Riverton Fair 2014

Route 20 Riverton, CT Phone: 860-738-4227

October 10-12, 2014

Exhibits include works of live music, art, photography, needle works, floral arrangements, baking, poultry, dairy, wood chopping and more. Rides and games again by Tufano Amusements. Ride Bracelets available Friday night and Saturday afternoon into Saturday night! Cost: Adults, $5; children under age 12, free; parking, free. Hours: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Pets: Service animals only.

Rochester Fair 2014

72 Lafayette Street Rochester, NH Phone: 603-332-6585

September 12-21, 2014

Monster trucks, enlarged midway, Hollywood Racing Pigs, Circus Hollywood, Royal Friestian Stallions, Geoffrey the giraffe, acrobats. Admission: $14 pay-one-price includes all mechanical rides. New this year: children under 36 inches tall admitted free. Monday through Friday admission is free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Midway and shows will not be open.)

Rocktoberfest 2014

Portland-Hutchins-Brigham streets Morrisville, VT Phone: 802-888-6669

October 4, 2014

Street festival featuring live music by the Sarah Michelle Band and Chad Hollister; two shows by No Strings Marionette Company, pumpkin bowling, recycle minigolf, cornhole tournaments, chili cookoff, local beer tent, vendors, pet parade, street graffiti, 5K fun run, bubbles, face painting and more. Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Roseland Cottage Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 2014

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT

October 18-19, 2014

Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is one of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England. This two-day event features 175 artisans and their wares: Everything from jewelry, woodworking, pottery, toys, paintings, to clothing, metalwork, and much more. Visitors, many of whom return year after year, enjoy live music, a food court, and tours of Roseland Cottage. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saddleback Fall Festival 2014

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

September 21, 2014

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.

Sandwich Fair 2014

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

October 11-13, 2014

Animal exhibits and competitions; live music; baked goods auction; skillet throw; grand street parade; antique auto parade. Admission: Adults, $10; youths age 8-12; $3; children under age 7, free; all events free with admission; rides and carnival are an extra charge.

Scituate Art Festival 2014

Village Green, Route 116 North Scituate, RI

October 11-13, 2014

Guests of all ages can appreciate this 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.

Scotland Highland Festival at Waldo Homestead 2014

Edward Waldo Homestead, 96 Waldo Road Scotland, CT

October 12, 2014

This outdoor day of Scottish culture, history, and food features dancing, piping, drumming and athletic competitions; pipe bands, and folk music. Sample scrumptious Scottish fare and browse handmade gifts at the Clan village, then catch some sheep herding and Highland cattle exhibitions, with a vibrant Welcome ceremony and harp workshops, too. Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission Cost: Adults, $15; seniors and students, $10; kids age 6-12, $5.
Parking location address: 130 Devotion Road, Scotland

Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival 2014

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

September 20, 2014

This fun family day celebrating Vermont farm life includes music, storytelling, hands-on activities for children, traditional craft demonstrations, and learning discussions. Activities will be held in the Family Tent and the Children’s Farmyard and exhibits will feature antique farm machinery, birds of prey, and farm animals. There will be opportunities to meet rug hookers, woodworkers, weavers, spinners, cheesemakers, and gardeners – and try some traditional arts. The festival will also include a hay bale maze and horse-drawn hay rides. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Southington Apple Harvest Festival 2014

On and around Town Green Southington, CT 06489

October 3-5 and 10-12, 2014

Southington's buzzing street festival showcases the local apple harvest and live community entertainment. Visitors can stroll downtown to browse and buy apple products galore, like homemade apple butter and apple cider doughnuts; visit the family-friendly carnival for kiddie games, arts and crafts; and enjoy live entertainment like the harvest parade and live music. Celebrate New England's rich farming history! This year's festival theme is "A Deep Seeded Tradition".
Hours: Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, October 5, noon - 7 p.m.; Sunday, October 11, noon - 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and parking.

Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival 2014

Shrewsbury, MA

September 26-28, 2014

Car show, road race, craft fair, parade, scarecrow contest and display, dancing fountains, kids events, jack o’lantern display.

Stowe Foliage Arts Festival 2014

Stowe Events Field, Mayo Farm, 80 Weeks Hill Road Stowe, VT Phone: 802-253-7321

October 10, 2014

Fall is festival time in Vermont and Stowe celebrates the absolute zenith of foliage color with this foliage festival. See work by more than 100 artists and artisans, dance to live music, watch craft demos, and chow down on some fabulous food at the Vermont Craft Beer Cheese and Sausage Tent. Hours in 2014: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Adults ages 12 and up, $10

Stowe Oktoberfest 2014

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

October 3-5, 2014

Stowe's town green is transformed into a Bavarian village for this annual celebration of harvests and fall foliage. From oompah music to authentic German foods to freshly brewed Vermont beers to pumpkin and face painting there's something for every villager. Groove to the sweet sounds of the Sugardaddies. The Grand Parade begins at 10 a.m. and includes marching bands, floats, classic cars and much more!

Taste of Block Island 2014

Various locations around Block Island Block Island, RI Phone: 800-383-2474

September 26-28, 2014

This three-day event showcases the many different events and activities of Block Island. The featured event is the Block Island Chowder Contest and Oyster festival. More family-friendly fun includes a sand castle building contest on the Town Beach; an arts festival at the ferry landing; a Baggo Tournament, tours of the Historical Society, animal farms and fiber mill tours, and so much more. There's an outdoor and indoor activity here for everybody, from paddle-boarding to shopping for special Block Island bargains. Cost: Taste of Block Island Buttons, $5 per button.

The Big E 2014

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

September 12-28, 2014

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.

Topsfield Fair 2014

207 Boston Street, Route 1 Topsfield, MA Phone: 978-887-5000

October 3-13, 2014

America's oldest county fair has the traditional event down to a T, and offers guests a broad menu of New England tastes, sights, sounds, and animal experiences. Animal events include a horse show, horse and oxen pulls, a petting zoo, and more. Agriculture abounds here; you'll find the New England Giant Pumpkin Contest on October 3, a farm museum, and an autumn flower show. The midway features amusement rides, live performances by regional musicians, and concessions. Hundreds of food, craft, and art vendors will satisfy just about any taste. Try New England fruit, veggies, specialty foods, and farm products -- Yum!
Hours: October 3, 1-11 p.m.; October 4-13, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: $9-$25; parking, $10

Trails and Sails Weekend 2014

Essex National Heritage Area, Essex County Essex, MA 01929 Phone: 978-740-0444

September 19-21 and 26-28, 2014

This "Weekend of Walks and Water" covers 60 local sites including shops, eateries, and plenty of outdoor family recreation. Enjoy more than 150 free events throughout the county: Visitors can tour lighthouses, watch for whales, sail on the Schooner Lannon, and explore Essex's rich and scenic history. Hours vary; please see event website.

Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival 2014

Union Arena, 496 Woodstock Road Woodstock, VT Phone: 802-747-7900

September 27-28, 2014

Watch traditional methods of woodworking, purchase products made from our forests and see for yourself why Vermont woodworkers are rated second to none. From bowls to beds, from mission to modern, there is something for everyone. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; youth under age 18, free.

Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival 2014

Wilmington, Mount Snow, Whitingham, VT

September 19–21, 2014

Named a Top 10 Fall Event by the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival celebrates the best of Vermont's wine and food. A three-day event in Southern Vermont's Mount Snow Valley, the Wine & Harvest Festival offers food-related experiences and dining options including dining, wine and food pairings, entertainment, chef demonstrations, and many off-site dining events. See website for event details.

Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival 2014

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

September 28, 2014

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.

Waterville Valley's Fall Foliage Festival 2014

Town Square, 33 Village Road Waterville Valley, NH

October 11-12, 2014

Celebrate the arrival of fall with Waterville Valley’s Fall Foliage Fest over Columbus Day Weekend, October 12-14. A weekend of fun family events is planned including kids’ games, pumpkin painting, and a pie-eating contest. For those looking for a deal, there will be merchant tent sales and the annual BBTS ski and snowboard swap. On Sunday October 13, the Waterville Valley Resort is hosting a 5K run/walk.

Wellfleet OysterFest 2014

Main Street Wellfleet, MA Phone: 508-349-3499

October 18-19, 2014

This two-day street party celebrates Wellfleet's famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions and brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun. Highlights include local cuisine, arts and crafts, children's activities, educational exhibits, live music, and the Oyster Shuck-Off competition. There are a number of satellite events planned like beachcombing and bird walks. Time: Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: one day, $5; two days, $8. Children under age 12, free admission.

Working Waterfront Festival 2014

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

September 27-28, 2014

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. Musical performers in 2014 include Ana Vinagre Ensemble The Beans, Brian Robbins, Bridget Fitzgerald, Bob Quinn, Charlotte Enoksen, Dano Quinn, Dave Densmore, im McGrath, Jon Campbell, Matthew Byrne, New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, North Sea Gas, and more. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Yarmouth Seaside Festival 2014

Laurence Mac Arthur Elementary School, 1175 Route 28 South Yarmouth, MA 02664

October 11-13, 2014

This annual event keeps growing, an now includes a craft fair of more than 125 crafters from all over the country, food vendors with a fabulous selection, a giant parade at noon on Sunday, continual musical entertainment, children’s events, kayak and canoe race, 5K road race, pie-eating contests, fireworks display on Sunday at 8 p.m., a bed race, and a bonfire on the beach. See event website for detailed sachedule.

York Harvestfest 2014

York Beach Ball Field, Railroad Avenue York, ME Phone: 207-363-4422

October 18, 2014

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.-5 p.m.

16th Annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire Connecticut Renaissance Faire Norwich CT

Dodd Stadium - 14 Stott Avenue Norwich, CT 06360 Phone: 860-478-5954

Now at its new location in Norwich, CT! New England's Old England
Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day, Sept. 27 to Oct. 26, 2014

The Renaissance Faire returns to southeastern Connecticut for five consecutive weekends and Columbus Day. Don’t miss one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations complete with knights in shining armor, fair maids, jousting, comedy, games, archery, rat circus, fire eaters, rope walkers, birds of prey demonstrations, interactive characters from history, contests, and continuous themed entertainment on nine stages – and all shows are included with your admission!

Shop in New England’s largest medieval marketplace featuring handcrafted and unique items you can’t find anywhere else. Feast like a king on turkey legs, bread bowl stews, cheesecake, and many other delectable food options and then wash it all down with an ice-cold craft beer from Thimble Island Brewery.

Make The Connecticut Renaissance Faire your family tradition this fall. It’ll be the event you look forward to all year long.

Hours: 10:30am-6pm. Parking: Free of charge. Tickets: General (Ages 16+) $17, Youth (7-15) $10, Children 6 & under FREE. Call or visit our website for directions, discounts, special events, shopping & more!

19th-Century Apple and Harvest Festival at Morrill Homesite 2014

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

September 28, 2014

The family and kids will enjoy this old-time harvest festival, where you may make cider in an antique press, taste heirloom apples and hand-made ice cream, make apple prints, play games of the 19th century, hike the lookout trail and play Valley Quest. Also, come and emjoy live music and an apple pie contest. Americana music will be performed by Rockit Science. The day includes lunch. It is held rain or shine. Please preregister by phone. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; youth under age 14, $5.
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Alfalfa Farm Winery Harvest Festival 2014

267 Rowley Bridge Road Topsfield, MA Phone: 978-774-0014

October 11-12, 2014

This fun and outdoor family event offers live local music, vineyard tours and more. Time: 1-5 p.m.

Art in the Park Fall Foliage Festival 2014

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

October 11-12, 2014

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.

Beaver Brook Fall Festival, Art, and Photography Show 2014

Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road Hollis, NH Phone: 603-465-7787

September 27-28, 2014

The festival is held at a scenic old farm and nature center and includes a nature-themed art and photography show in old barns. Come enjoy the artwork of 71 regional artists and see the live birds of prey, owls and mammal presentations. Enjoy live music, guided hikes, garden tours, a pumpkin trail, wildlife museum, kids crafts, tasty treats and herb and flower arrangements provided by the Maple Hill Gardeners. Free to the public. Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Belchertown Fair 2014

Town Common, Main Street Belchertown, MA Phone: 413-896-0883

September 19-21, 2014

Events at this family-oriented festival include rides, a pumpkin parade, horse pulls and ox draws, small animal exhibits, free entertainment in the Social Tent and a kiddie tent with plenty of fun to go around. This year's theme is Barnyard Boogie! Purchase midway ride wristbands for $20, or get a pack of ride tickets. Hours: Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. parade-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Cost: Free.

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival 2014

Columbus Avenue between Burke Street and Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA

September 27, 2014

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival has delighted tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. Our communities come out in force to enjoy world-class music on three stages, great eats, and good times stretching six blocks in Boston’s historic South End. Families are entertained with face painting, inflatables, photos, and an instrument petting zoo. See event website for schedule of musical performances.

Berkshire Harvest Festival at the Botanical Gardens 2014

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

October 11-12, 2014

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.

Berlin Fair 2014

Berlin Fairgrounds, 430 Beckley Road East Berlin, CT Phone: 860-828-0063

October 3-4, 2014

Livestock exhibits and competitions; arts and crafts; agricultural museum; tractor and truck pulls; oxen pull; garden club exhibits; live entertainment; baking, photo, and quilting contests. Live music includes Coconuts classic rock sing-alongs, Craig Campbell, Fast Lane Band, and Diamond Rio. Featured entertainment includes Dan LaRosa's hypnotist comedy, LuckyBob's magic juggling comedy, mountain bike stunt demonstrations, racing pigs and turtles, and Xtreme Team Bullriders. Hours: Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Satuday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8; children under age 11, free.

Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff 2014

Bethel Common, Main Street Bethel, ME Phone: 800-442-5826

September 20, 2014

Celebrate the harvest and the beginning of fall foliage season with arts, crafts, music, and a farmers market, a chowder and apple pie cookoff, and much more. At Chowdah Cookoff people line up as many of favorite locatl restaurants vie for Peoples’ or Judges’ Choice!

Blacksmith Art & Music Festival at Fitchburg Art Museum 2014

Riverfront Park, 40 Commercial Street Fitchburg, MA Phone: 978-345-4207

September 27, 2014

Experience the ancient art of blacksmithing and delve into this fine craft with family art activities, music, arts and crafts, vendors, food and much more.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Blue Slope Country Museum Fall Tyme Fest 2014

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

October 4-5, 2014

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, $7; children age 4-14, $4

Boothbay Harbor Fall Foliage Festival 2014

Boothbay Railway Village Boothbay, ME Phone: 207-633-4727

October 11-14, 2014

This annual fall festival features crafts, entertainment, hot cider, food and activities for kids, and steam train rides.

Bourne Scallop Festival 2014

Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway East Falmouth, MA Phone: 508-759-6000

September 19-21, 2014

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 in 2014: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. / Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: $2-$20 (call for ticket info)

Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival 2014

13 Bowen's Wharf Newport, RI Phone: 401-849-2120

October 18-19, 2014

Food! Food! Food! Area seafood restaurants serve up their most outstanding dishes. The festival offers a smorgasbord of seafood, plus kid-friendly dishes, baked goods, cider, and hot and cold beverages. Non-stop live music by local bands. Face painting, games, and other fun children's activities. Free admission, rain or shine. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Boyden Valley Winery Harvest Festival 2014

64 VT Route 104 Cambridge, VT

September 20-21, 2014

Festival includes the introduction of a new limited edition wine and tasting with Cabot Cheese and Lake Champlain Chocolates; live music by Nobby Reed Project; winery tour; grape stomping contests at 2 p.m. both days; Vermont gift basket raffle; horse drawn wagon rides. Admission: Adults, $2; children age 15 and younger admitted for free. Parking donation to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta

Brandon Harvestfest 2014

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

October 4, 2014

Make your own Harvest Person at this festival, with materials, accessories, and instruction provided by the local Chamber of Commerce, Guests choose clothes, a hat, shoes, and embellishments to personalize their work. The first Harvest Perso” per family is free of charge; second and other Harvest Persons are $5 each. The day also includes hayrides and pumpkins, grilled food, apple pies and baked potatoes with toppings, and coffee cider and donuts.

Bristol Harvest Festival 2014

Bristol Town Green, West Street (Routes 116 and 17) Bristol, VT Phone: 802-453-5885

September 27, 2014

A free day of family fun with music, children's activities, craft festival, "Taste of Bristol," kids' area and bandstand music. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Burke Fall Foliage Festival 2014

368 Route 114 East Burke, VT Phone: 802-626-4124

September 27, 2014

The day's events include: Parade starting at 10 am, Rubber Duck Race, Live Music, Kids Area with a Jump House, face painting, Craft Show, Beer and Wine Tent and more! The VT Institute of Natural Science will be doing a live raptor show in front of the gazebo at 11:30 a.m. Time: 9 a.m.-67 p.m.

Cape Cod Brew Fest 2014

Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy. (Route 151) East Falmouth, MA

September 27, 2014

Sample the products from more than 50 breweries and more than 200 styles of beer. The event will have two, three-hour sessions. They are 1 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each session will feature live music. Food trucks & vendors will be on-site for food needs. VIP ticket holders will be able to sample additional rare and specialty beers from select breweries.

Chester Fall Festival on the Green 2014

Main Street / Route 11 Chester, VT Phone: 802-875-2444

September 20-21, 2014

Celebrate Fall with craftspeople and artisans from Vermont and New England. Find one-of-a-kind items, quilts, blown glass, ironwork, garden pieces, artwork, Christmas decorations and more. Food and live music. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Coggeshall Farm Harvest Fair 2014

1 Colt Drive Bristol, RI

September 20-21, 2014

Bring the kids and family to a traditional New England autumn fair at this historic farm. You will see demonstrations of Colonial-period trades and you can join in the children's crafts, sawbucking competition, or the watermelon seed spitting contest. There will be vendors, live music and entertainment, and traditional games. Bring rain boots to join the Muck Boot Fashion Show. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3-12 and seniors age 65 and older.

Colors of the Kingdom Autumn Festival 2014

Main Street St. Johnsbury, VT

September 20, 2014

Pancakes, parade, art walk, planetarium show and much more. Events to welcome the fall are ongoing all day at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street; Fairbanks Museum, 1302 Main Street; St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, 51 Depot Square; Catamount Film & Arts, 107 &115 Eastern Avenue; as well as Specialty Shops, Restaurants & Businesses throughout St. Johnsbury & the region. Also, train rides hosted by the St. Johnsbury Railroad Heritage Society

Common Ground Country Fair 2014

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

September 19-21, 2014

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.

Cranberry Harvest Celebration 2014

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

October 11-12, 2014

Celebrate a New England tradition and see the beauty of the cranberry harvest in an old-fashioned family festival. Come and view the harvest, then take a free bus ride about a mile to the Frogfoot Bog, in the town of Plymouth, where cranberry growers will explain the process and show you how it's done. Helicopter rides, food, and raptor demonstrations. Take the bus to nearby Tihonet Village for free kiddie rides, a food court, craft tents, entertainment, and more!
Hours: All day.

Cumberland Fair 2014

197 Blanchard Road Cumberland, ME Phone: 207-829-5531

September 20-21, 2014

this year, the fair will include the Rawhide Rodeo, two full professional rodeos, bull riding and a children’s rodeo. Also: farming exhibits, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, demonstrations in the exhibition hall, museum and sugar house, livestock shows and competitions, horticulture, Harness racing, and more. A demolitions derby will take place Sunday evening. Rides by Gillette Midways. Cost: Children 12 and younger, free; adults age 13 & older, $9; seniors on Tuesday and Thursday, $3.