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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Lakes Region Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 2014

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

August 23-24, 2014

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

League of NH Craftsmen's Fair 2014

Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH Phone: 603-224-3375

August 2-10, 2014

The Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair is a nine-day event that showcases the work of more than 350 craftspeople’s items made by hand. It's the place to see an incredible variety of beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative, and built to last. You can meet and talk to the craftsmen, learn about their techniques, and purchase from them. Do-it-yourselfers (adults and children) can sign up for workshops -- including basket weaving, tools for kids, and glassblowing -- and make their own handmade treasures. Admission: See event website. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Litchfield Jazz Festival 2014

The Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle Street Goshen, CT 06756 Phone: 860-361-6285

August 8-10, 2014

Mainstage Performers for the 2014 jazz festival include: Cyrus Chestnut Trio, The Gospel According to Jazz with Kirk Whalum, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jimmy Greene Quartet, The Litchfield Jazz Festival Orchestra Django Reinhardt Project, Mike Stern Band featuring Bob Franceschini, Janek Gwizdalaand Lionel Cordew, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Curtis Fuller and Friends, Mario Pavone Octet - The Accordion Project, Anthony Strong, Carmen Staaf Sextet - Standards Reimagined, and Claudio Roditi Brazilian Jazz Sextet.

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival 2014 Machias Wild Blueberry Festival 2012 Downtown Machias, 9 Center Street ME

Downtown Machias, 9 Center Street, ME Phone: 207-255-6665

August 15-17, 2014

This annual festival celebrates the area's top crop. The event features a children's parade, a fish fry, music, a blueberry pancake breakfast, over 250 craft booths, live music, a blueberry pie eating contest and plenty more family fun.

Mahrajan Festival 2014

140 Mitchell Street Manchester, NH Phone: 603-623-8944

August 16-17, 2014

Mahrajan is the Arabic word for festival. It features the music and food of Lebanon including lamb, beef and chicken kabobs, falafel, hummous, tabouleh, and delicious Middle Eastern pastries, plus a bazaar and petting zoo with Josh the Camel. Music by DJ Kibar and the Mitchell Kaltsunas Band. Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: www.BestfestNH.com

Maine Highland Games 2014

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

August 16, 2014

This event features bagpipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, Scottish vendors and crafts, reenactors, gathering of clans, folk singing, Scottish food, and much more. Time: 8 a.m. Admission: Adults, $15 advance / $20 at gate; children, ages 6-12, $5.

Maine Lobster Festival 2014

Harbor Park, Water Street Rockland, ME Phone: 800-LOB-CLAW

July 30-August 3, 2014

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

Milford Oyster Festival 2014

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

August 16, 2014

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

Nantucket Music Festival 2014 -- Nantucket, MA

Tom Nevers Field Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-0400

August 2-3, 2014

SoNar, George Young, Chadwick Stokes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Bruce Hornsby, Guster, Steel Pulse, Donavon Frankenreiter, Ben Taylor, Ayla Marie Brown, Entrain, Freddy Clarke, Ecliff and the Swingdogs, and more. VIP dinner and show both days from 6 to 9 p.m.

New Hampshire Highland Games 2013

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. The Highland Games made the ABA's Top 100 Events list for the 13th time in 2013.

New Haven Jazz Festival 2014

Various locations New Haven, CT

August 15-24, 2014

25 jazz performances in venues throughout New Haven. See event website for detailed schedules.

Newmarket Olde Home & Oyster Festival 2014

5 Granite Street Newmarket, NH Phone: 603-659-7700 Make a Reservation

August 9, 2014

Newmarket Olde Home & Oyster Festival is all about eating and appreciating oysters. The festival features live music on two stages, an oyster tent and beer garden, along with plenty of street food vendors. The event also include Newmarket vendors offering jewelery, clothing, kitchenware, artwork, and other locally-made products.

Newport Celtic Rock Festival 2014

Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf Newport , RI Phone: 401-846-1600

August 23, 2014

People who love traditional Irish music love this day-long toast to Celtic culture and 10-hour marathon of Celtic celebration. General admission; no reserved seating; re-entry is allowed. Seating areas will be available throughout the venue. Held rain or shine. Time: 12:30 p.m. Cost: $25 spring discount; $30 through August 22; $40 day of the concert; SNUG package, $75; kids under age 12 are admitted free with an adult

Newport Reggae Festival 2014

Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf Newport, RI Phone: 401-846-1600

August 9, 2014

Come relax during this full day of positive vibes with internationally acclaimed reggae bands. Mingle among vendors and artisans and enjoy festive food and drink in the heart of downtown Newport. Concert-goers may come and go during this day of extraordinary music. Time: Noon to 10 p.m. Admission: $45

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.

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 Country Moose Festival 2014

Stewartstown/Canaan Columbia, Colebrook, Pittsburg, NH 03576 Phone: 800-698-8939

August 22-23, 2014

A week of fun events to celebrate the beloved moose. Activities include an art show, clown, music at the bandstand, chicken barbecue, and the grand classic car parade. Also peruse crafters and vendors, check out the photography contest, enjy family fishing adventures, historical horse and wagon tours, entertainment at the bandstand, moose stew cook-off, dog show, moose calling contest, and rubber ducky race. See event website for detailed schedule.

North Country Moose Festival 2014

Main Street Colebrook, NH

August 22-24, 2014

A weekend of fun showcasing all the North Country has to offer! Car show, craft fair, outdoor & family activities...and much, much more!

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.

Pawtucket Grecian Festival 2014

Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott Street Pawtucket, RI Phone: 401-725-3127

August 15-17, 2014

Come enjoy the best of Greece right here in Rhode Island. Traditional Greek foods and pastries. Shop for Greek imports in our indoor Agora. Dance to music of our live Greek band and enjoy the performances of our traditional Greek dance troupe wearing authentic ethnic costumes from Greece. Time: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Cost: Free admission.

Peach Fest 2014

Lyman Homestead, 3 Lyman Road Middlefield, CT Phone: 860-349-1793

August 16, 2014

Celebrate peach season at Lyman Orchards with a host of fun family activities. Enjoy fresh baked peach pies, live music, contests with prizes, & horse-drawn wagon rides.

Pembroke Summer Arts Festival 2014

Pembroke Green Pembroke, MA

August 8-10, 2014

The Pembroke Arts Festival is a premier community event held under a tent during the first full weekend each August. The Festival brings the arts, in many different forms, to the residents of Pembroke and surrounding communities. It includes the juried art show, young artists' gallery, continuous entertainment, artists-in-action, craft sale, Friday night gala awards ceremony and reception,.

Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival 2014

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

July 31-August 3, 2014

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

Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival 2014

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

August 22-24, 2014

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

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.

Potato & Corn Festival 2014

Augur Farm, Route 22 North Branford, CT Phone: 203-315-6017

July 31-August 3, 2014

Enjoy three days of food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family at this free community festival, featuring fireworks, a tractor pull, games, rides, and more. Time: Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free.
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Rhode Island International Film Festival 2014

Veterans Memorial Theatre, 1 Avenue of the Arts, and other various locations Providence, RI Phone: 401-861-4445

August 5-10, 2014

Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) shows films at venues in Providence, Bristol, Jamestown, Woonsocket and elsewhere in Rhode Island. The festival presents more than 200 films and is the largest film festival in New England. In 2013, three of the films that premiered at RIIFF went on to receive Academy Award nominations. See schedule of films.

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 four stages of live Cajun and Zydeco music, 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.
Admission: Adults, $35-175; kids age 12 and younger, free.

Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival 2014

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

AugusT 16-17, 2014

Welcome to the exhilarating sport of dragon boat racing. This event features Asian entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, educational cultural booths, delicious Asian cuisine, Asian games for kids and much more.

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 stanthonysfeast.com/schedule.html

Salem Antique & Classic Boat Festival 2014

Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White Street Salem, MA Phone: 617-666-8530

August 23-24, 2014

A rare chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats of all kinds from elegant 1920s-50s era mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers to sloops, sharpies, yawls and schooners. Tour the vessels. Meet skippers and crews and vote for your favorite boat! A crafts market, artists, old time band music and the "Blessing of the Fleet" all add to this colorful event. Hours in 2014: Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission: $5, free for kids under age 12.

Salem Heritage Days 2014

Salem, MA Phone: 978-744-0004

August 1-10, 2014

Celebrate the heritage of Salem. This perennial favorite features oodles of food, fun, and family activities such as Mayor’s Night Out, restaurant sampler, an ice cream festival and pizza contest, Essex Street Fair, the Salem Maritime Festival, a dog show, movies on the Common, kids’ events at the YMCA, music on the Common, the Witch City Triathlon, a car show on Chestnut Street, and a finale of fireworks.

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival 2014

Salem Willows, 167 Fort Avenue Salem, MA

August 16-17, 2014

Salem's Jazz and Soul Festival brings fans of both musical genres and beer together for a full day of fun. This celebration is held annually at the historically musical Salem Willows, a venue that offers entertainment for guests of all ages, such as a kid's tent, artisan fair, beer garden, free music lessons, and of course, non-stop live music. Free parking and admission!

Salem Maritime Festival 2014

Derby Wharf, Derby Street Salem, MA

August 2, 2014

The Salem Maritime Festival celebrates four centuries of maritime heritage. Live music, re-enactments, visiting vessels, harbor cruises and a wide range of free family activities will make Derby Wharf come alive in a special tribute to Salem's seaport past, present, and future. Dance, story-telling, radio-controlled boats, and marine touch tanks are some of the many ways to enjoy this day by the ocean! Hours: all day.

Shoreline Wine Festival 2014

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

August 16-17, 2014

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

Skowhegan River Fest 2014

Downtown Skowhegan Skowhegan, ME 04976 Phone: 207-474-3621

July 29 - August 3, 2014

River Fest 2014 is a multi-day event that celebrates recreation and life on the Kennebec River. Among the week’s events are a chicken barbecue and classic car cruise-in and community band concert on July 29; an antique appraisal show and jazz concert by the Sunday Project and a pub crawl on July 30; bed, kayak and canoe races on July 31; a lobster bake and golf classic and woods walk on August 1; raft rides, a craft fair, family activities, a beer garden and fireworks on August 2; and a Celtic music concert at Coburn Park on August 3.

Southeast Asian Water Festival 2014

Lowell Heritage State Park, 500 Pawtucket Blvd Lowell, MA

August 16, 2014

The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival is dedicated to the preservation, protection and sharing of the cultural heritages of the Southeast Asian Americans. The festival includes blessings; ethnic food and crafts; performances of music and dance from Cambodia and Laos, traditional acrobatic Monkey Dancers, break dancing to modern Southeast Asian pop sounds; and races by traditional longboats.

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.

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 the Caribbean and Jerk Festival 2014

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

August 2, 2014

The upper and lower areas of Mortensen Riverfront Plaza are transformed into a Caribbean village. Bring the whole family to enjoy musical and dance performances while you sample authentic and world famous Caribbean dishes. Other highlights include a children’s village, domino tournament and salsa, merengue and calypso dance lessons. Parking at Science Center/Riverfront Garage, CT Convention Center Garage, Morgan Street Garage, and Constitution Plaza Garage. Time: 1-10 p.m. Rain date is August 3. Admission: Free.

Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival 2014

Fairground Road Union, ME Phone: 207-785-3281

August 16-23, 2014

Enjoy games, rides, raffles, parades, live music, livestock shows, a midway, firework, demolition derby, and more. Lots of blueberry baking, tasting, judging, and eating events. On Friday, August 22, the featured entertainment will be a tribute to Maine country music artists. Time: gates open daily at 8 a.m. See website for events schedule. Cost: Adults, $12; children, $8.

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.

Washington County Fair 2014

Route 112 Richmond, RI

August 13-17, 2014

Livestock demonstrations and competitions, arts and crafts, games, tractor pull, livestock, 4-H, live music, circus arts, puppet show for children. Admission includes access to all daily concerts, special acts and events, the giant midway and kiddy land area (all ride tickets and games separate), all agricultural events and shows, exhibits and displays, tractor and horse pulls, the farm museum, and more. Live entertainment. The Washington County Fair has thrilled visitors from all over for nearly five decades, and it only seems to get better every year. This year's celebration features traditional events like a tractor pull, livestock demonstrations, a huge midway and kiddie play area, arts and crafts, a kiddie puppet show, and much more. Enjoy live music, family games, a farm museum, and more agricultural fun! Admission: Adults, $10; kids age 10 and younger, free. Parking is free.

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 www.tunesonthedunesri.com or follow us on Facebook and spread the word!

White Mountain Art & Artisan Festival 2014

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH

August 16-17, 2014

This festival is one of the Northeast's premier events for artists and artisans, with juried works by more than 40 artists, representing sculpture, glass and wood arts, ceramics, fiber arts, fine arts and jewelry for sale at all price points. There will be live musical performances throughout the weekend Food and refreshments will include lobster sandwiches and barbecue. Arts and crafts activities for children.

White Mountain Boogie ‘n' Blues Festival 2014

Sugar Shack Campground, Route 175 Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3867

August 15-17, 2014

The festival features award-winning blues artists, food vendors, craft vendors, a climbing wall and many fun activities for children including Saturday night fireworks. Guests can browse craft and food vendors and dare to reach for the top on the climbing wall! Cost: $40 per day; children under age 12 admitted free with a parent.

Wilton Blueberry Festival 2014 Wilton Blueberry Festival 2012 Wilton ME

Main Street Wilton, ME 04294 Phone: 207-778-4726

August 1-2, 2014

Festival goers are invited to pick their own blueberries on the farm before enjoying a host of weekend activities including but not limited to live entertainment, a bake sale, book sale, yard sale, horse and wagon rides, historical tours, auctions, barbecue, and more. New this year: Medical Inflatables display. Also, music by Re-Creation USA, Forty Years of American Music.

Winter Harbor Lobster Festival 2014

Downtown Winter Harbor Winter Harbor, ME

August 9, 2014

Watch the popular lobster boat races, with 13 classes rated by size and power; shop at the craft fair; eat a Maine lobster dinner and stay for the late afternoon parade at 5:30 p.m. Come for a day of family fun. No admission charge.

Woods, Water and Wildlife Festival 2014

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

August 9, 2014

This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities. Take a hayride to the river, observe and learn about NH wildlife, explore the corn maze, take a discovery walk, watch demonstrations of traditional skills, try your hand at fishing, do crafts with your kids, and more! Admission: $5 per person; $10 per family; free to kids age 12 and younger. Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: $5 per person; $10 per family; children under 12, free.

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.

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!
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Acadian Festival 2014

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

August 11-21, 2014

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

Acton Fair 2014

Route 109 Acton, ME Phone: 207-636-2968

August 21-24, 2014

Come to the fair and enjoy livestock exhibits, a pig scramble, horse and ox pulls, a beauty pageant, a parade, a midway by Fiesta Shows, and more. Also, live music, balloon animals, clogging, magic show. Music by the Kenny Brothers Band and singer Jill Martin Time: Gates open daily at 9 a.m. Admission: Adults, $6-$7; children under age 12, free; seniors on Friday until 4 p.m., $2; parking $3.

Bangor State Fair 2014

100 Dutton Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-947-5555

July 25-August 3, 2014

The Bangor State Fair has everything fair-goers could wish for; live entertainment, animal exhibits, a circus, a bike stunt show, food, rides, games, and more. Starting at 8 p.m. on July 26 there will be a different concert each night on the big stage in front of the grandstand! These shows are free with paid admission and will feature the best in rock, country, bluegrass, big band, and hip-hop music.

Belknap County Fair 2014

Mile Hill Road, off Route 106 Belmont, NH

August 9-10, 2014

This county fair's schedule is jam-packed with non-stop entertainment and live demonstrations. Enjoy live performances by musicians and a magician, blacksmithing, sheep shearing and karate demonstrations, farm animals, weaving, pottery and much more while you browse the exhibits, crafts and entertainments and check out the pulls and concession stands. Kids will love the animals, games, face painting, and bike rodeo. Consult website for schedule of events. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $7; children under age 10, free.

Blackberry Festival 2014 at White Silo Farm

White Silo Farm & Winery, 32 Route 37 East Sherman, CT Phone: 860-355-0271

August 23-24, 2014

Featuring delicious small plates of food prepared from blackberries grown on the farm. The blackberry festival will feature small plates of food prepared with the farm grown blackberries. Live music, free farm museum, winery and field tours will be held throughout the day. Music on Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. by Al Rivoli; music on Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. by Martin Meyer and Kayla Schine. This is a family event. Time: Noon-5 p.m. Admission: Free admission; charge for wine and food.

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.

BlueberryFest 2014 at Attitash

Attitash Mountain Resort, 775 U.S. 302 Bartlett, NH Phone: 800-223 SNOW

August 2, 2014

Attitash gets it name from the region's Native American Abenaki word for blueberry and early August is when New Hampshire's wild blueberries are in full bloom. The BLUEBERRYfest will feature a craft fair & farmers' market, field games, live music, barbecue-style food, seasonal brews, and blueberry pie baking & pie-eating contests. Live music 3 to 6 p.m. by the Dean Machine. Free admission includes access to the craft fair and live music and all field games and baking contests. Use of Attitash attractions is a separate charge.

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.

Bolton Fair 2014

Fairgrounds at Lancaster, 318 Seven Bridge Road Lancaster, MA

August 8-10, 2014

Held over 3 days on 53 acres of beautiful grounds, the Bolton Fair is the quintessential New England fair. The High Flying Frisbee Dogs, the Lumber Jack Show, Demolition Derby and Monster Trucks will be part of the festivities this year. The Old MacDonald’s Farm petting zoo, livestock exhibits, midway rides and lots of animals provide fun for kids. Great fair food, shopping, crafts, exhibits, and a farmers’ market are here for your enjoyment as well. The horse and oxen pull and tractor pulls are here too. Time: Thursday, midway only 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: Adults, $10; seniors, $6; children age 7-12, $5; military, $5.

Bondville Fair 2014

Route 30 near Stratton Mountain Access Road Bondville, VT Phone: 802-297-9810

August 22-24, 2014

Agricultural displays and contest; quilt show and exhibit; crafts; rides and games; live free entertainment; bingo; horse, ox, antique tractor, garden tractor, ATV and truck pulling; petting zoo; school house; sugar house museums, covered bridge next to museums. Time: Fairs opens at noon on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Boothbay Harbor Harbor Fest 2014

Various locations; consult event website Boothbay Harbor, ME

August 29-September 7, 2014

This 10-day celebration of Boothbay Harbor includes lots of live music, a treasure hunt, marathon races, chili and chowder competitions, a golf tourney and much more. Musical headliners includes Shanna Underwood and Pete Kilpatrick and the Wailin Jennys. See event website for schedule.

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. Time : Noon to 6 p.m. Admission : Free.

Bridgewater Country Fair 2014

100 Main Street South Bridgewater, CT Phone: 860-354-4730

August 15-17, 2014

The Bridgewater Country Fair is a long standing tradition, preserving the character of the country fairs of yesterday, when farmers and other country folk congregated to compete with their prized livestock, produce, and arts and crafts. The weekend opens with the Tractor Mac Show on Friday at 4 p.m. The fair includes displays of livestock, produce, arts and crafts, farm and lawn equipment, midway with rides, motocross, pig racing, and food tents. Cost: $8; children under age 12, free; 3-day pass, $16; seniors, $5 on Saturday and Sunday. Time: Fair opens 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking. Information:

Brooklyn Fair 2014

15 Fairgrounds Road Brooklyn, CT Phone: 860-779-0012

August 21-24, 2014

Animal exhibits and demonstrations, homemaking and crafts exhibits, tractor pulls, races and competitions, fireworks on opening night. Music by Collin Raye, Roomful of Blues, Eric Paslay, Danielle Bradbery. Hours: Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $6 on Friday; children under age 12, free. Parking is $5.

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival 2014

Downtown Brunswick, ME

August 16, 2014

More than 100 booths of artwork will display original paintings, sculpture, graphics and drawing, photography and fine crafts. Dozens of artists will be doing demonstrations on the mall. Throughout the day there will be live music, theater and dance performances, performance artists, face painting, and art projects for kids and families. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate Vermont Festival 2014

Stowe Events Field, 80 Weeks Hill Road off Mountain Road (Route 108) Stowe, VT 05672 Phone: 802-922-1859

August 15-17, 2014

This is a celebration of Vermont's farms, forests, crafts, music, art, and fresh local food. Guests of the celebration will find Vermont artisan food, wood products, art, and crafts. Learn from local experts knowlegeable about farming and cooking, fly fishing, kayaking, cycling, hiking and finding that elusive swimming hole. In the culinary tent, taste cheese, spirits, and brews. In the entertainment tent, performances by musicians and story tellers.

Cochecho Arts Festival 2013

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

July 9-August 22, 2014

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

Friday Night Headliner Series on Fridays, 6-9 p.m. at the Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Henry Law Avenue
July 11 -- The Spectras (with Jon King)
July 18 -- Jah Spirit (with Roots, Rhythm & Dub)
July 25 -- Wooden Eye (with Poor Howard)
August 1 -- Occidental Gypsy (with Carol Coronis)
August 8 -- Entrain (with Joel Cage)
August 15-- The Mallett Brothers Band (with Andrea Szirbik)
August 22-- Ryan Brooks Kelly (with Hilton Park)

Shark in the Park Classic Rock Series, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Henry Law Avenue
July 9 -- Rosie
July 16 -- Red Sky Mary
July 23 -- Truffle
July 30 -- On Tap
August 13 -- Blue Matter

Farmers Market Acoustic Stage, Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. at Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, 550 Central Avenue
June 16 -- The Torrenz Duo
June 23 -- Nice & Naughty
June 30 -- North River Trio
August 6 -- Tom Schena
August 13 -- Meg Josalen
August 20 -- Martin England

Tuesday Morning Children’s Series, Tuesdays, 10:30- 11:30 a.m. at Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Henry Law Avenue
July 15 -- Sammie Haynes
July 22 -- BJ Hickman
July 29 -- Rob Duquette
August 5 -- Wayne From Maine
August 12 -- Susie Burke
August 19 -- Silly Man Todd Wellington

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.

Cornish Fair 2014

Town House Road Cornish, NH Phone: 603-675-5714

August 15-17, 2014

Family fun, livestock displays and competitions, live music, magic, karaoke, midway, rodeo, swing dance, raffles, crafts. New this year: go for a ride in a helicopter!
Admission: Adults (ages 12 and up), $10. Ride bracelets cost $20 for each 4-hour session. Sessions are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Midway opens at 10 a.m. each day.

Crown of Maine Balloon Festival 204

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

August 21-24, 2014

This hot-air balloon festival features 15 hot-air balloons, balloon rides, entertainment, and a street fair; something for everyone. Tethered rides will be offered Friday and Saturday, 5-8 p.m., weather permitting. Time: Balloon rides start at 5:30 a.m. Cost: varies depending on balloon pilot. Information: http://bit.ly/oU4cN7

Cumberlandfest 2014

Diamond Hill State Park, Diamond Hill Road Cumberland, RI

August 8 - 10, 2014

This year’s festival includes tons of live entertainment for the whole family, including a Battle of the Bands, storytellers, Power League Wrestling, pro golf lessons, a rock climbing wall, and more, plus lots of yummy food as well. There's also a 5k road race on Saturday and an antique car show Sunday morning! Midway rides, refreshment booths, and arts and crafts areas open at noon. Hours: Friday, 6 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon - 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 10 p.m. Fireworks will go off at 9 p.m. Cost: Adults ages 13 and up, $5; youth ages 4-12, $1; amusement ride wristbands, $20
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Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival 2014 Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival Wilmington VT

Wilmington, Dover, Jacksonville/Whitingham, Readsboro and Marlboro, VT 05363 Phone: 802-464-8092

July 25 - August 3, 2014

Berries, vintage cars, music, food and displays are all part of the Blueberry Festival in the Mount Snow-area towns of Wilmington, Dover, Jacksonville/Whitingham, Readsboro and Marlboro. Festival highlights include:
July 25 -- Opening ceremonies with gallons of Blueberry Jell-O to slide on, swim in and play in! Many new activities and outdoor food concessions will be open at the Sitzmark, 54 East Dover Rd, Wilmington. 5-8 p.m.. 802-464-3384.
July 25 -- Blueberry Ball at Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow. A night of hors d'oeuvres and dancing. $50 tickets at the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce.
July 26 -- Blueberry Pancake Breakfast. Layla's Riverside Lodge and Restaurant, formally the "Four Seasons," at 145 Rt. 100, West Dover. Breakfast is free, donations are welcome. 8-11 a.m.
July 26 --Blueberry Festival Parade. Parade route is from Tollgate Plaza to Dover Forge. 10:30 a.m. July 26-27 -- Time Line Event. Walk through re-enactor camps in history from 3rd century Rome to the modern day. Event will be held at the Dover Forge on Route 100 in West Dover. Starts at 10 a.m. Information: www.livinghistoryassn.org.
July 27 -- Hike to the top of Haystack with "Mr. Haystack" Jake White. Meet at the trailhead. 9:30 a.m.-noon.
July 28 -- Blueberry River Float. Grab your tubes and enjoy a Float. Park in Wilmington take the moover North to Wheeler Farm Bridge (or get dropped off) Water shoes or sneakers strongly suggested. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 11-11:30 launch time.
July 31 --Blueberry Splash at Lake Whitingham. Pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the evening at the picnic area at the Fairview Avenue boat launch. 5-8:30 p.m.
August 2 -- Blueberry Block Party. Wilmington on South Main Street. 5-9 p.m. .

Discover Killington Discover Killington Killington VT

Killington, VT 05751 Phone: 802-773-4181

2014 Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series - July 26-Aug. 30

The summer's signature event in Killington, the Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series brings the slopes to life with music. Join us slopeside at the K-1 Lodge any Saturday afternoon in August for a great, family-friendly event.
Concerts run from 3:30-6pm. Follow our link for a list of performances, rain date and pet information.

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.

Festival of Fools 2014

Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park Burlington, VT Phone: 802-865-7166

August 1-3, 2014

The Festival of Fools features the best international street performers from around the globe. Four main stage locations surrounding the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater, performing to over 10,000 visitors to Church Street each day. The Festival wraps up with a grand finale featuring all the performers of the festival.

Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest 2014

Pat's Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road Henniker, NH Phone: 603-428-3245

August 24, 2014

Local chefs cook up chili of every imaginable kind for prizes and bragging rights, Also, craft vendors, games, live musical performances, and a children’s activity area. Visitors can feast on other foods, like ribs, pulled pork, and barbecue.

German Bierfest 2014

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

August 22-24, 2014

It’s time again for the Hartford Saengerbund’s (German Club) Bierfest. Tap your toes to music from the Hornberg Musikanten, a 16 piece Bavarian brass band directly from the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, Southwest Germany. Continuous entertainment includes traditional German dance demonstrations by the Schuhplattler Dancers. Tasty German specialties, such as grilled wursts, wiener schnitzel and leberkaese; potato salad and our famous potato pancakes. Offering many imported German beers. Homemade pastries will be served in the “Kaffeestube." Time: Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 2-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

Gloucester Waterfront Festival 2014

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

August 16-17, 2014

A collection of over 175 juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations. Live music, delicious ethnic foods, a pancake breakfast and traditional New England Lobster Bake complement this picture perfect seaport event!North Shore Old Car Club will display over 75 Antique Autos on Sunday. Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.daily. Free admission; fee to park at beach parking (free parking along Stacy Blvd. and Gloucester High School)

Great Falls Balloon Festival 2014

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

August 15-17, 2014

An annual hot-air balloon festival featuring approximately 30 balloons, including some special shapes. Held annually the 3rd weekend of August. Events include balloon rides and tethered balloons (weather permitting), musical entertainment all weekend for all ages, family fun day on Sunday, craft and trade vendors, various food booths, exhibitors, children's activities, carnival, and much more.
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Hampton Beach Children’s Festival 2014

Hampton Beach, Ocean Blvd. Hampton Beach, NH

August 11-15, 2014

Days of activities for children and their families, like sandcastle building, costume parades, a magic show, children's entertainment on the Sea Shell Stage. Free ice cream, Coca-Cola and prizes.

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.

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.

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

Jay Summer Fest 2014

downtown Jay Jay, VT

August 9, 2014

Highlights of the summer fest include the Great Land Trust Rush bike and foot race and hike; tag sale; silent auction; cow plop raffle; wooden horse arts guild art on the fence show; parade at 10:30 a.m.; kids' games & activities; square dance demo; music tent; Quick Bread Contest; best brownie contest; ice cream social; horseshoe tournament. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: free.

Kent Sidewalk Festival 2014

Various locations Kent , CT

August 7-10, 2014

The town of Kent, CT gathers its best food, shopping, and events for an August celebration. Buy a five dollar raffle ticket for a chance to win $250-1000. Usual annual events include art exhibits, a drum circle, and Car Cruise night with antique cars, a DJ and barbecue. Kiddie entertainment will include a bouncy house, chalk art, and games. Shop your heart out at a town-wide sales event, too!