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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Lilac Festival at McLaughlin Garden 2014

97 Main Street South Paris, ME Phone: 207-743-8820

May 23-26, 2014

Enjoy the more than 200 lilac bushes in bloom, take a guided garden tour, or learn at a lilac workshop. Information: www.mclaughlingarden.org.

LobsterFest and Juried Arts & Craft Show 2014

Niantic Town Hall grounds, 108 Pennsylvania Avenue Niantic, CT

July 5-6, 2014

This Niantic summer tradition is sure to kick start your summer. In addition to the Niantic Lions LobsterFest and chicken barbecue, there will be a juried arts and crafts show. More than 180 vendors are expected to be at the show. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free!

Lowell Folk Festival 2014

67 Kirk Street Lowell, MA Phone: 978-970-5000

July 25-27, 2014

The Lowell Folk Festival features five stages of traditional ethnic music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children's activities. See website for full schedule. Admission: Free. Information: lowellfolkfestival.org.

Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival 2014

downtown Bennington Bennington, VT

May 24, 2014

Downtown Bennington transforms into a festival of arts, crafts, activities, food, & entertainment. In 2014 there will be over 125 crafters and artisans from throughout New England featuring handmade crafts of wood, pottery, glass, metal, fabric, jewelry, and more. As always, School Street will be lined with ethnic treats including Indian, German, Italian, and American. Information: www.betterbennington.com/mayfest2010

Meriden Daffodil Festival 2014 Meriden Daffodil Festival 2012 Meriden CT

Hubbard Park, 88 State Street Meriden, CT 06451 Phone: 203-630-4259

April 26-27, 2014

Sixty thousand daffodils create a sea of fragrant yellow blossoms throughout the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park in Meriden. See 61 different varieties of daffodils, and enjoy live music, crafts, amusement rides, food, entertainment, and a fireworks display. Plenty of free parking. Information: www.daffodilfest.com.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2014 Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2012 Nantucket MA

Various Locations Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-1700

April 25-27, 2014

The Daffodil Festival's grand event, held on Saturday, is the Annual Antique Car Parade of more than 100 daffodil-bedecked antique cars, followed by the Daffodil Tailgate Picnic. Held on the lush lawns leading into the village, the picnic boasts fare ranging from elaborate gourmet cuisine served on fine china to box lunches and burgers. Other highlights include the Nantucket Garden Club's Annual Daffodil Show, Children's Daffodil Parade, Daffy Hat Pageant and Daffodil Dog Parade. Information: http://bit.ly/ol1GA7

Plymouth Waterfront Festival 2014

Waterfront on Water Street Plymouth, MA Phone: 508-830-1620

August 23, 2014

Join the fun at the annual Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival, where returning festival favorites will be the Arts & Craft Show featuring over 100 local artisans and crafters, Duck Races in Brewster Gardens, the Motor Head's Cruise In Car Show, food vendors, Festival Carnival, and 2 stages of live entertainment. Time: 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Cost: free. Information: visit www.plymouthwaterfrontfestival.com.

Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival

Revere Beach, MA Phone: 978-749-6700

July 18-20, 2014

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. Fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Saturday. Information: http://bit.ly/1gKa60T

Robin Hood's Springtime Festival Robin Hood's Springtime Festival Guilford CT

Guilford Fairgrounds
Lovers Lane
Guilford, CT 06437 Phone: 860-478-5954

Open Saturdays, Sundays & Memorial Day from May 24 - June 8, 2014; 11am-7pm!

Experience the "something different” you have been looking for at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival. Witness our exciting Sleeping Beauty/Robin Hood crossover storyline, enjoy energetic live bands, armored combat, interactive children's shows and a variety of entertainment you won't get at other outdoor events. Explore a medieval marketplace filled with unique treasures, feast on a turkey leg and wash it down with a ice cold beer or fresh squeezed lemonade. Come as you are or as you wish to be – costumes are not required at this family fun spring faire. Fun for the whole family.

SheepFest

50 West Main Street, Route 160 Denmark, ME

April 19, 2014

This gathering of sheep, goat and alpaca owners, spinners, weavers and fiber artists grows every year. It's held at the Denmark Arts Center on Route 160, and there's live music, spinning, knitting and weaving demonstrations, and crafts for sale. Watch more than 100 sheep and goats receive their summer haircut. Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: www.denmarksheepfest.com

St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival 2014

Downtown St. Johnsbury St. Johnsbury, VT Phone: 802-274-0201

April 25-26,2014

The St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival celebrates the maple syrup industry in Vermont. On Friday a parade will begin at 6 p.m. and end at the Welcome Center. It is followed by an ice cream social, Saturday brings a morning 5k run and pancake breakfast at the Welcome Center. A street festival follows, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live entertainment, and 100 craft and food vendors will fill the streets. Information: www.worldmaplefestival.org/

The Dogwood Festival 2014

Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road Fairfield, CT Phone: 203-259-5596

May 2-4, 2014

Blooming dogwood trees, live music, and arts festival, and garden plant show and sale. Activities for all ages. The festival is always held Mothers Day weekend. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: greenfieldhillchurch.com

Vermont Maple Festival 2014 -- St. Albans, VT

Main Street St. Albans, VT Phone: 802-524-5800

April 25-27, 2014

Visitors flock all over the U.S. and the world visit downtown St. Albans for maple treats, maple fun, and the chance to see the maple sugaring industry in action. What goes on? Live entertainment, a fiddlers variety show, cooking demonstrations and competitions, sugarhouse tours, pancake breakfasts (with plenty of the necessary), an antique show, a carnival, a giant parade, and a craft show. What can you eat? maple creemees, maple sugar-on-snow, maple cotton candy, and much more. Information and detailed schedules: vermontmaplefestival.org.

Vermont Open Studio Weekend 2014

Art studios throughout Vermont, VT

May 24-25, 2014

Treat yourself to a weekend-long self-guided tour of the studios of Vermont's craftsmen and artisans. Explores the workplaces of glassblowers, jewelers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, painters, sculptors, quilters, and wood carvers. It’s a great way to explore Vermont in the warm season. Maps & directions: http://bit.ly/1dUKs8v Information: http://bit.ly/1lC38vw

Virtu Arts Festival 2014

Wilcox Park, Grove Avenue Westerly, RI

May 24-25, 2014

More than 150 artists from New England and beyond gather present their works of visual and performing arts. There is great food, live entertainment, and a free creation station with children's activities. Visual arts and performing arts are on display. New this year, state sales taxes will not be charged for purchase of original art. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: http://bit.ly/1gM4mzF

Wentworth-Coolidge Lilac Festival 2014

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, 375 Little Harbor Road Portsmouth, NH Phone: 603-271-3556

May 24, 2014

Activities include lilac lectures & sales, art projects, treasure hunts, and an alpaca petting zoo. Artists participating in a plein air event will be onsite during the Festival and their work will be feature in an onsite gallery. Parking is available on site and on Little Harbor Road. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: Free. Information: wentworthcoolidge.org

Wildquack Duck River Festival 2014

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone: 603-383-9356

May 25, 2014

Join the cheering crowd when 3,000 yellow rubber ducks are released down the Wildcat River. Buy your own duck(s) and take a chance in winning some of the $10,000 in cash and prizes to be given out that day. Other fun at the festival are the Jackson Cake Boss competition, the Five 5 Minutes of Fame competition, games and a parade. Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a wide variety of foods At Jackson Village Park. Information: http://bit.ly/1gCI3Mn

Wings, Waves & Woods 2014

Island Heritage Trust, 420 Sunset Road Deer Isle, ME 04627 Phone: 207-348-2455

May 16-18, 2014

Events include art workshops, warbler walks, birding for beginners, guided puffin boat trips, birding on Marshall Island, outdoor sketching workshop, eagle spotting, live owl demo, shore bird walk, art show reception, owls & peepers evening and backyard birding with Leslie Clapp. Fees vary by activity. Information: www.mainebirdingtrail.com/Festivals.html

AHA! Arts & Culture Festival 2014

See event website for details New Bedford, MA Phone: 508-996-8253 ext. 205

April 10 – May 8, 2014

This event is a gathering of interactive learning activities, demonstrations, theatrical and informational performances for all ages, all based around the day’s theme: April 10 is “Sustainable South Coast”; and the May 8 theme is “City View.” Information: www.ahanewbedford.org

Balloon and Craft Festival 2014

Saratoga Polo Grounds Shelburne, VT Phone: 802-425-3399

June 13-15, 2014

A gathering of artists and artisans, this treasured festival day has something for everyone. Craft making projects will be offered, along with a petting zoo, face painter, and various craft demonstrations. The food court will feature a vast menu of local food, wine and spirits. On Saturday evening, illuminated hot air balloons will fill the Shelburne Museum grounds. With the Ticonderoga and the Carousel as a backdrop, guests will experience one of the best balloon glows in the country. Time: Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. Admission : Adults, $8. Full schedule: http://bit.ly/1cOFZpD Information: Craftproducers.com

Boothbay Harbor Fishermen's Festival 2014

Around Town Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 Phone: 207-633-2353

April 25-27, 2014

Celebrate the Maine fishing season with trap hauling and dory bailing competitions, bait shoveling race, codfish relay races, tug-of-war, old-fashioned fish fry, Miss Shrimp Princess Pageant, lobster crate running, fish chowder contest, Blessing of the Fleet and boat parade. Most events are free. Information: http://bit.ly/1dYO6L9

Bread and Roses Festival 2014

Campagnone Common, 200 Common Street Lawrence, MA Phone: 978-794-1655

September 1, 2014

Open-air festival with music by jazz pianist Marcia Ball, theater Bread and Puppet Theater, a speakers' tent, children's activities, ethnic food, trolley tours, and more. Information: http://breadandrosesheritage.org Time : Noon to 6 p.m. Admission : Free. Information: http://breadandrosesheritage.org

Brewster in Bloom 2014

Brewster, MA

May 2-4, 2014

Brewster in Bloom weekend kicks off with the Brewster Band in concert at the Brewster Baptist Church. Throughout the weekend you can enjoy an arts fair, chowder festival, road race, dinner dance, antiques and collectibles fair, and tours of Brewster’s historic homes. Don’t miss Sunday’s grand parade down Brewster's Main Street. See event website for detailed schedule. Information: www.brewster-capecod.com/brewsterblooms/

Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival 2014

Tolland Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30) Vernon, CT Phone: 860-966-9264

April 26, 2014

This agricultural learning experience features fiber art demonstrations and workshops, sheep dog trials, sheep shearing and a wool fashion show. Premier fiber vendors offer a wide variety of handicrafts. Live music, animals, great food and a kids wool craft corner also. Location: Tolland Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: free. Parking is $5 per car. Information: www.ctsheep.org/sheep_and_wool_festival

Discover Killington Discover Killington Killington VT

Killington, VT 05751 Phone: 802-773-4181

2014 Killington Stage Race
Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26

One of Killington's signature events to kick off the summer season is the Stage Race - a three-day test of cycling endurance featuring a grueling climb up East Mountain Road to the base of Killington K-1, a fast-paced circuit sprint and an individual time trial. Not to mention the backdrop of renewed green vistas that mark the opening of summer in Vermont. Bring the family up for a wonderful holiday weekend!

Fiddlehead Festival 2014

Dover and Wilmington Village, VT Phone: 802-464-8092

May 24 - 25, 2014

The emerald green stems of fiddlehead ferns marks the onset of spring in Vermont. The first Fiddlehead Festival will be under a tent in Dover on Saturday. The event will feature a merchant’s row, live entertainment, children’s bouncy houses, a fiddlehead cooking contest with $700 in cash prizes, a fiddling contest with $500 cash prizes, Vermont artists on display, fiddlehead cooking class, food and more.
On Sunday there will be a block party in Wilmington Village from 5 to 8 pm. The block party will feature The Vermont Fiddlehead Festival Salsa Cooking Contest with $500 cash prizes, live entertainment and a merchant’s row. The Vermont Fiddlehead Festival celebrates the products, food, art, crafters and residents of Vermont: vintners, artists, distillers, publishers, cheese makers, weavers, potters, jewelers, chefs, photographers, farmers, chocolatiers. Information: www.vermontfiddleheadfestival.com

Fields of Lupine Festival 2014

Franconia, Easton, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Littleton and Lisbon, NH Phone: 603-823-5661

June 4-20, 2014

Gorgeous purple and pink lupines in bloom are reason enough to visit New Hampshire's Franconia region each June. The annual Fields of Lupine Festival provides added incentive for travelers, including special tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, a parade, concerts and more. Lots of wonderful events; see website for schedule at www.lincolnwoodstock.com/events/lupine.php

Fuller Museum Craft & Music Festival 2014

Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street Brockton, MA Phone: 508-588-6000

May 3, 2014

Join us for a free family day full of craft and music. Craft your own instruments and music in workshops by educator Judith Spitzberg then play with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free. Information: http://bit.ly/1p28qjY

Gaspee Days Arts and Crafts Festival 2014

Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway Warwick, RI Phone: 401-781-1772

May 25-26, 2014

The annual festival hosts 150-200 craft exhibitors, and attracts 50,000 guests! It also features a professional food court, free family music and entertainment! Free admission. All proceeds benefit the Gaspee Days Parade. Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday, 4:30 p.m.) Information: http://bit.ly/1lHnW4Q

Guilford Craft Expo 2014

Guilford Green Guilford, CT

July 18-20, 2014

Craft Expo 2014 brings 176 national-caliber craft artists to this outdoor show, one of the most respected craft shows in New England and the country. This is a juried show. Other activities of the day are craft activities for children, a silent auction, and a food court.
Hours: Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. -7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Information: www.guilfordartcenter.org/expo.html

Kennebunk May Day Festival 2014

Downtown Kennebunk Kennebunk, ME

May 3, 2014

Festival of all ages to celebrate May. The annual May Day Parade is at 1:30 p.m. The day’s events also include a pancake breakfast at Duffy’s Tavern, a book sale and faerie festival at the library, rummage sale and plant sale, wagon rides, at rock climbing wall, farmers and crafts markets, live bands at 2 stages, juggling, face painting, a pig roast and bean supper. Information: http://bit.ly/1iUHVd5