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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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.

Dover Greek Festival 2014

Hellenic Center, Long Hill Road Dover, NH

August 28-30, 2014

Traditional food and pastries make this Greek Festival an authentic experience for the whole family. In addition to the food there is live dancing, non-stop music, raffles and children’s games. Time: Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission and parking: Free.

Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival 2014

School Street Pier, off Route 114 Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-724-2200

September 6, 2014

Celebrate Asian heritage and culture with this annual event featuring unique and colorful Chinese Dragon Boats in a day long rowing competition on the Pawtucket River. Plus Asian arts, music, dance, crafts, and kite flying on the pier. Rain date: September 8. Time: 8 a.m.-5 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 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.

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.

Four Town Fair 2014

Egypt Road and Billings Road Tolland, CT Phone: 860-749-6527

September 11-14, 2014

Livestock exhibits, car show, live music, skillet throw, midway, antique & farm machinery, agricultural exhibits, demonstrations, children’s contests, bingo. Admission: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, $10; Thursday, $6; children age 12 years and younger, free; seniors all day Thursday and Friday, $5.

Franklin County Fair 2014

89 Wisdom Way Greenfield, MA Phone: 413-774-4282

September 4-7, 2014

Live entertainment, demolition derby, Firemen's Parade & Muster, midway, draft horse show, agricultural competitions and exhibits, fair museum, kids area, and more. Admission: Adults, $9; seniors, $6; youth (age 9-17) $7; children age 8 and under free. Pre-fair tickets (discount) available in August. Thursday special, everyone $5. Hours: Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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.

Goshen Fair 2014

116 Old Middle Street (Route 63) Goshen, CT Phone: 860-491-3655

August 30, September 1, 2014

Livestock exhibits and competitions; live music; demonstrations of quilting, spinning, weaving, and basketry; magician; clowns; wood cutting contest; tractor pull; antique barn. Saturday brings a Jimmy Buffet tribute band called Changes in Latitudes and a spectacular fireworks show. On Sunday the fair has a great rhythm and blues band, Apricot Brandy, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Vater's Monster Truck Show starring the Giant Orange Crushstation. There are a multitude of family events like Jester Jim and a comedic hypnotist, a parade and dog shows. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission: Adults, $8; seniors, $5 on Saturday only; children under age 12, free.

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.

Haddam Neck Fair 2014

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

August 29 - September 1, 2014

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

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival 2014

1 Lafayette Road Hampton Beach, NH Phone: 603-926-8718

September 5-7, 2014

About sixty of the seacoast's top restaurants will be serving world famous New England seafood; lobsters, fried clams, shrimp, BBQ ribs, steak tips, scrumptious desserts, and so much more. Guests will also enjoy several dozen arts and crafts vendors. Cooking demonstrations, live music and entyertainment, Kiddieland, fireworks on Saturday night. Time: visit website for full schedule. Cost: adults, $5 on Friday and Sunday / $8 on Saturday; kids under age 12, free.

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.

Harmony Free Fair 2014

Main Street between Route 150 and 154 Harmony, ME

August 29-September 1, 2014

Midway, truck pull, cribbage tournament, demolition derby, pie auction, oxen pull, woodsmen's competition, arm wrestling, circus, and more.

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.

Hebron Harvest Fair 2014

347 Gilead Street Hebron, CT

September 4-7, 2014

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

Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair 2014

15 Hill Dale Lane New Boston, NH Phone: 603-391-7821

September 5-7, 2014

Events include Horse log skidding, amusement rides, lawn tractor pull, horseshoe pitching, gymkana, sheep and rabbit shows, falcony flight demo, pie auction, mo the clown, poultry show, cowboy mounted shooters, big truck pull. Entertainment on the main stage includes the Tammy Lynn Myles High Band, Bow Junction, Cold Comfort, Dan Morgan Trio and Johnnie Bubar & Dan Morgan. Rides by Amyland Amusements. Admission: General $10; children age 6-12, seniors over age 64, military and veterans, $5; children under age 6, free.

Hopkinton Fair 2014

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

August 29 - September 1, 2014

Livestock exhibits, home and garden exhibits, the Morrill Family Farm Museum, maple sugarhouse, midway by Fiesta Shows, demolition derby, monster trucks, motocross bikes, horse and ox pulling competitions, live entertainment. Hours in 2014: Gate opens at 8 a.m. and close 7 p.m. on Monday and 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Amenities include three public restrooms, handicap accessibility, Cost: Admission fee, $5-$10; parking, $2-4

Labor Day Craft Fair on the Bay 2014

Alton Bay Community House, Route 11 Alton, NH

August 30 to September 1, 2014

Labor Day by Alton Bay offers a refreshing outdoor fair featuring fine arts and crafts. Here you'll find unique treasures and one-of-a-kind creations from regional artists and craftspeople. Take in the sunshine, sea breeze, and creative inspiration at this late summer arts and crafts festival. This is an outdoor, rain or shine event. To get there from nearby Spaulding Turnpike, take Exit 15 onto Rte. 11.
Dates and Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Event is held mainly outdoors.

Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival 2014

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

September 6-7, 2014

This highly respected exhibition brings 100 artisans to historic Laudholm Farm to show their craftworks. Sculpture, jewelry, pottery, prints, clothing, photography, and basketry are among the crafts selected by jury for this prestigious event. Also, music, food, and environmental immersion at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ledyard Fair 2014

Route 117 Ledyard, CT Phone: 860-464-9122

September 5, 6, & 7, 2014

Events include oxen and garden tractor pulls, chess tournament, mechanical bull, animals exhibits, redneck Olympics, bingo. Entertainment by Spirited Soles Irish Step Dancers, the Rhythm Method, Last Bus leaves, Ecam the clown, The JD Band, Stephanie Hanson, Supertones. Cost: Adults, $8; seniors and youth age 13-18, $5; 3-day pass, $13; children under age 11, free. Parking: Free at junior and senior high school with shuttle bus to fair. Hours: Friday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Pets: Service animals only.

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.

Mad River Craft Fair 2014

Kenyon's Field, 3337 Main Street (Route 100) Waitsfield, VT Phone: 802-496-6682

August 30-31, 2014

Handmade items, delicious food, live music, door prizes, demonstrations, and free kids activities make this a great family event. Browse one-of-a-kind items from 100 juried artisans. Held rain or shine. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 pm.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 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

MusicFest at Wachusett Mountain 2014

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

September 7, 2014

The 17th Musicfest will feature the best in national, regional and local music with five to six bands performing on the the main and side stages. Performers include The Outlaw, Blackhawk, the Flock, Chris Fitz and more. There will also be barbecue and other foods, a Beer Fest of Ale, a classic car show, craft vendors, and Wachusett's Scenic Summit SkyRide. The event is rain or shine. Bring blankets and lawn chairs! See event website for list of performers.

Nantucket Island Fair 2014

Tom Nevers Park, Tom Nevers Road Nantucket, MA

September 13-14, 2014

See the animals, try island-grown produce, and enjoy family fun and friendly competitions in an old-fashioned country fair setting. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 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 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.

New World Festival at Chandler 2014

Chandler Music Hall, 71 Main Street Randolph, VT Phone: 802-728-6464

August 31, 2014

Celebrate Vermont's Celtic and French Canadian heritage Each year more than 70 exceptional musicians are drawn from New England, Canada, and the British Isles. Concerts, music and dance sessions, children's activities, and dancing unfold on 5 continuous stages from noon until 11 pm. Food and drink provided by the area's finest chefs and breweries. Time: Noon-11 p.m. Admission: Adults, $39 and $21 after 6 p.m.; youth age 13–18, $12, children age 12 and younger, free.

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.

Newtown Arts Festival 2014

Fairfield Hills, Trades Lane Newtown, CT Phone: 203-417-0862

September 13-14, 2014

Art, music, dance workshops plus 50 artisans from all over the Northeast and plenty of food and candy and ice cream. Entrance is $5 each day; children under age 12 admitted free.

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 Branch Bluegrass Festival 2014

North Branch Festival grounds off Bridgwater Center Road Bridgewater, VT Phone: 802-672-3042

August 29-31, 2014

The North Branch Bluegrass Festival is an affordable old-fashioned family-friendly event held annually on Labor Day Weekend in Bridgewater, Vermont. The festival features a 3 day show, 16 music workshops, and tasty food. Free field camping, day, weekend, Early Bird tickets, and pet policy information on festival website. Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

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 Haven Fair 2014

Washington Avenue (Route 5) North Haven, CT

September 4-7, 2014

Great fun the the whole family with food, rides, entertainment, exhibits, a petting zoo, music, and much more. Also come and enjoy pony, horse, and ox pulling contests. Entertainment by Double J Sound, Prop Comic LuckyBob, Bad Mannerz, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, Groovetime, and Krystal Keith. Admission: $10; senior on Sunday only, $5; children under age 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Hours: Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Information: .

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.

Norwalk Oyster Festival 2014

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

September 5-7, 2014

Highlights of this very New England seafood event include musical performances, a competition pit with barbecue galore, kiddie rides and games, harbor cruises, an arts and crafts show, oystering and environmental exhibits and, of course, oysters galore. 2014 festival headliners include Scott Stapp of Creed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, U.S. Army Band, and Tito Puente, Jr. Orchestra. Dates and Hours: Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Odyssey: A Greek Festival 2014

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

August 29-September 1, 2014

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

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.

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:

Oxford County Fair 2014

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

September 10-13, 2014

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

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.

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.

Pooch-A-Palooza 2014

Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston Street Topsfield , MA

September 6-7, 2014

Experience this festival, which brings together dogs and dog lovers in a fun, safe environment! Enjoy a wide range of participatory and entertainment activities designed to interest dogs of all breeds and owners of all ages. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; kids age 12 and younger, free

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:

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.

Rhythm & Roots Festival 2014

Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road Charlestown, RI Phone: 888-855-6940

August 29-31, 2014

The Rhythm & Roots Festival boasts five stages of live roots music including blues, Cajun, Zydeco, jamgrass, rockabilly, folk, world, and Americana; food; a family tent for kids; dance lessons; all day and evening dancing on two dance floors; gourmet food and drink. This year's event will be hosted by The Duhks, and the lineup includes CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, Donna The Buffalo, Jim and Lauderdale.
Hours: Friday, 5 p.m. - midnight; Saturday and Sunday, noon ­- midnight.
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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.)

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.

Saint Anthony’s Feast 2014

Various locations in North End Boston, MA Phone: 617-723-8669

August 29-31, 2014

Join the people of Boston’s North End in honoring their patrons, Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy. This “Feast of all Feasts” boasts 100 pushcarts of Italian and American food, a procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony, parades, strolling singers, contests, cooking demonstrations, and an Open Air Mass. For a current schedule of events, visit

Salem Spice Festival 2014

Pioneer Village at Forest River Park, West Avenue Salem, MA Phone: 978-744-8815

September 13-14 , 2014

A celebration of Salem's long and fascinating history with exotic exports from around the world, the festival will explore spices, herbs and teas in food, drink, medicines, and arts. Crafts, food samples and demonstrations, live music, lectures, workshops and storytelling will all be featured. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $5; children, $3

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.

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.

Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival 2014

Camelot Village, Jct.of Routes 7 & 9 Bennington, VT Phone: 802-447-3311

August 30-31, 2014

Join garlic lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts made from garlic and herbs by from 50 vendors. Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and garlic bulbs will be available for tasting and purchase, along with planting and cooking demonstrations. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $5; children 12 and younger, $1.

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.

Spencer Fair 2014

Smithville Road Spencer, MA Phone: 508-885-5814

August 28 - September 1, 2014

Animal, vegetable, & horticultural competitions & exhibits, stage shows, demolition derbies, truck pull, and children's entertainment area. Music by Brian & Marybeth Maes Band. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors and ages 7-12, $6; children under age 7 and parking, free.

Springfield Fair 2014

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

August 29-September 1, 2014

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

Sterling Fair 2014

Sterling Airport, 121 Greenland Road Sterling, MA Phone: 978-422-6741

September 5-7, 2014

Livestock, crafters, farmers market, horse and oxen pulls, Gillette Midway, tractor pulls, pony rides, antique and tractor show, fireworks, exhibit hall, arts and crafts, helicopter rides, Belgian Horse show, live entertainment, food and fun…and great speakers. Hours: Friday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free.

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.

Thomas Point Bluegrass Special 2014 Thomas Point Bluegrass Special Brunswick ME

Thomas Point Beach, 29 Meadow Road Brunswick, ME Phone: 877-TPB-4321

August 28-31, 2014

Celebrate the magic of bluegrass with family and friends at beautiful Thomas Point Beach during this annual weekend of music. See website for schedule details

Three County Fair 2014

41 Fair Street Northampton, MA Phone: 413-584-2237

August 29-September 1, 2014

Watch the horizon for the High Flying Frisbee Dogs with world record holder Mike Piazza, experience the world-famous, classic magic of Lance Gifford, and perhaps cheer on your favorite pig in Grannie's Pig Race. Kids and parents can enjoy the midway amusement rides, too. The nearly non-stop live music from local bands includes headliner Potty Mouth, a female punk rock band. Check out the truck and oxen pulls, too. Fans of agriculture, late summer, or nature, and people of all ages can have a blast here. Admission: Adults, $8 (online price) or $10; seniors or veterans, $7 (online price) or $8; kids below age 11, free! Ride-all-day wristbands, $22. Demolition derby tickets, $5

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.

Tunbridge World's Fair 2014

Tunbridge, VT Phone: 800-889-5555

September 11-14, 2014

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

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.

Vermont State Fair 2014

175 South Main Street (Route 7) Rutland, VT Phone: 802-775-5200

August 29-September 7, 2014

Agricultural events include horse & cattle shows and exhibits, farm museums, horse, pony & ox pulling contests, ox shows, sheep & goat shows, horse shows, etc. 4H building, maple sugar house, dairy center, forestry building, fish & game and pet & poultry building. Many free shows including: Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, Magic of Lance Gifford & Co., Horses, Horses, Horses, Galaxy Girl and much more. The midway will provide over 35 rides. Admission: $3-$10 depending of guest age and day; parking is $1-$3.

Vineyard Artisans Labor Day Festival 2014

West Tisbury Agricultural Hall West Tisbury, MA Phone: 508-693-8989

August 29-31, 2014

The largest art show on Martha’s Vineyard presents unique furniture, clothing, ceramics, jewelry and fine art. Watch a weaver making a beautiful scarf from wool harvested from her own flock and a female blacksmith explain how she forges brackets. This buzzing event also features music and pony rides. There is a $2 parking fee. Hours: August 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; August 30 and 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wapping Fair 2014

Evergreen Walk, 100 Cedar Avenue South Windsor, CT

September 4-7, 2014

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

Westerly Town Beach Westerly Town Beach Westerly RI

365 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI 02891 Phone: 401-322-0110

Enjoy a concert on the beach this summer!

Come down to Westerly Town Beach this summer at 6pm for one of our two concert series - Monday Night Jams or Blues on The Beach! Bring the whole family for a fun night of music and dancing. And don't forget to or follow us on Facebook and spread the word!

Windsor Fair 2014

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

August 24-September 1, 2014

This fair has everything from rides and games, truck pulls, animal exhibits, a Fair Queen Pageant, a demolition derby, the Giant Pumpkin and Squash Contest weigh-in, and a draft horse and draft pony show, and more. Time: see website for schedule. Admission: General admission is $7 the first Sunday to Thursday and Monday, Labor Day. Admission is $9 for Friday, Saturday, the second Sunday. Children under 16 admitted free. Senior citizens (60+) $3 on Woodsmen's Day & Senior Citizens Day. Season pass is $50.

Woodstock Fair 2014

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

August 29; September 1, 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

Antrim Home & Harvest Festival 2014

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

September 12-14, 2014

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

Apple Country Craft Fair 2014

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Peabody Row and Mammoth Road Londonderry, NH Phone: 603-437-8333

September 6-7, 2014

The area’s popular fall craft fair features dozens of juried crafters from all over New England, as well as regional treats like apple crisp, maple syrup, and fresh popcorn. Kids can enjoy fun activities while adults browse aisles of handmade fine crafts like African jewelry, apparel, and other unique gifts. Crafts at the fair are juried based on originality and quality of the craftsmanship. A quilt, handmade by a member of the church, is raffled each year and is on display at the fair. Hours: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: Free.

Bakers Harvest Festival at King Arthur Flour 2014

King Arthur Flour, 135 U.S. 5 Norwichý , VT Phone: 802-649-3361

September 6, 2014

This second annual festival will include live entertainment by Jon Gailmor, raffles, activities for kids, and food vendors offering samples and goods for sale. All activities are free. Time: 10 a.m.–4 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.

Bennington Quiltfest 2014

Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Road Bennington, VT Phone: 802-442-5944

September 13-14, 2014

The annual Quiltfest features over 200 quilts, demonstrations, vendors, a featured quilter, raffle quilt drawing, a People's Choice Award, and food concession. Featured quilter this year is Michele Scott. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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!

Bethlehem Fair 2014

284 Main Street North Bethlehem, CT Phone: 203-266-5350

September 5-7, 2014

Livestock exhibits and competitions, tractor parade, martial arts demonstration. Lumberjack competition; hollerin’ contest, live music, and more. Featuring The cast Of Beatlemania on Friday evening, and John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band on Saturday evening. Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: General, $9; seniors, $7, Saturday and Sunday only; children under age 12, free with an adult.

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

Blackstone Canalfest 2014

Harding Street at Kelley Square Worcester, MA

September 6, 2014

This day-long celebration featuring food, music, dance, street performers, children's activities, vendors, horse-and-wagon tours, historical information, craft demonstrations, and even kayak rides on the street celebrates the history of the Blackstone Canal in Worcester. Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Blandford Fair 2014

10 North Street Blandford, MA Phone: 413-848-0995

August 29 - September 1, 2014

Horse, ox and pony draws; stage shows; art show; truck pulls; hall exhibits; horse, cattle, sheep, and goat shows; rabbit and poultry show, midway/rides; demolition derby; fiddle contest. Hours: Friday 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $5; children age 6-12, $5; parking, $5.

Blue Hill Fair 2014

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

August 28-September 1, 2014

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

Blues, Views & BBQ Festival 2014

Leavitt Pavilion, 40 Jesup Road Westport, CT Phone: 917-446-2921

August 30-31, 2014

Three-day festival of delicious food, great music and fun for the whole family that kicks off on Friday with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and continues through the weekend with a full line up great blues including the Spin Doctors and Rick Derringer. Also, amateur barbecue competition and Kid’s Q, food, craft brews, pig races, rib and pie eating contests, inflatables, hoops, toys, magicians, hands-on activities in the Kids Coral, and more.

Boothbay Harbor Fest 2014

Boothbay Harbor, ME Phone: 207-671-7676

August 29- September 7, 2014

Harbor Fest is a 10-day celebration of our Boothbay Harbor. Major events include the Harbor crawl, music fest and chili-chowder challenge, art show & treasure hunt, golf tournament, restaurant week, fishin' for fashion show, grand finale party, and two-day community wide yard sale. Musical headliners includes Shanna Underwood and Pete Kilpatrick and the Wailin Jennys. See event website for schedule. Many events are free, some require tickets.

Boston Arts (Ahts) Festival 2014 -- Boston MA

Christopher Columbus Park, 220 Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA Phone: 617-635-3911

August 30-31, 2014

Christopher Columbus Park in the North End is transformed into a cultural village complete with exhibits, demonstrations, and visual or performing arts. Guests and visitors can enjoy artistic showcases, and participate in the workshops on ceramics, painting, sculpture, and various other crafts. Past entertainers for the performing arts include pop-music performances, theater groups, ballet companies, poets, and many more entertainers. Time: Noon- 6 p.m.

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)

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.

Bread and Roses Festival 2014

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

September 1, 2014

This multicultural event is a summertime celebration of the town of Lawrence's historic significance in labor and social justice. Guests can enjoy dance and theater performances, as well as plenty of food from different nations during this open-air party. Face painting, pony rides, jugglers, and arts and crafts keeps the kiddies busy and engaged at this family event. Discover the area's scenic history on a trolley or walking tour, and learn about the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912. Live music by Banda Joven, meringue; Rebel Diaz, Latin hip hop; Hot Like Fire, reggae; Branco & Friends, jazz; Wilda Mendez, Latin rock. Time: Noon - 5 p.m. Admission: Free.

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.

Camden Windjammer Festival 2014

Camden Waterfront Camden, ME

August 29 - 31, 2014

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

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.

Clinton Lions Fair 2014

1450 Bangor Road Clinton, ME Phone: 207-426-8013

September 4-7, 2014

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

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.

Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival 2014

Fort Trumbull and other parts of the New London waterfront New London, CT

September 11-13, 2014

This festival on the New London waterfront is a celebration of Connecticut’s rich maritime history. The Weekend’s activities will include a schooner race along Fisher’s Island Sound, ship visits, chartered sailing trips, a lighted boat parade on September 12 and 8:30 p.m., dockside education programs for children, the Great New London Chowder Challenge at many city restaurants, range of exhibits along the city’s waterfront park, a Connecticut Made expo with unique Connecticut-made products, waterfront entertainment, and displays by the Flock Theatre.

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.

Cranston Greek Festival 2014

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

September 5-7, 2014

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

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.