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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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Black Bear Americana Music Fest 2018 - Goshen, CT
Black Bear Americana Music Fest 2018

116 Old Middle Street Goshen, CT Phone: 860-469-5081

Folk, country, bluegrass, rock: It’s all at Black Bear! October 4-8, 2018

If you’re yearning to hear Americana music that gets your feet stomping (or your heart broken), head for Goshen, Conn., on Columbus Day weekend for the Black Bear Americana Music Fest. The festival features music that gets to the roots of America, from alt-folk and bluegrass to country and zydeco. More than a dozen bands range from the nu-grass Way Down Wanderers to the gorgeous harmonies of the Sweetback Sisters to the avant-folk artists the Grand Slmbovians to the soulful baritone of singer-songwriter John Gorka. You can come by for a few hours, or load up the camper and stay on the property (tents are fine, too). Buy tickets before Sept. 1 for a merchandise discount.
Festival Times: Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm; Sunday: 11am-4pm. Follow our link above for music lineup, day/weekend ticket pricing & camping passes.
Durham Fair 2018

Main Street and Fowler Avenue Durham, CT Phone:

September 27-30 2018

Livestock exhibits and competitions; truck and tractor pulls; home arts exhibits; lawnmower racing; Discovery Center; children’s events. Events include demolition derby. Melissa Etheridge performs Friday at 7 p.m. Hours: Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.- 11 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.
Scotland Connecticut Highland Games 2018

96 Waldo Road Scotland, CT Phone:

October 7, 2018

Scottish music, dance, food, sheepdog demonstration, Highland cattle, clan village. Schedule of events.
Time: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Over age 12, $15; seniors and college students, $10; children age 6 to 12, $5
Fryeburg Fair 2018

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

September 30-October 7, 2018

Fryeburg Fair offers livestock and farming exhibitions; woodsmen’s field events on October 3, 2017; ox pulling; calf and pig scrambles; cooking contests; flower shows; crafts; art; a museum of farm equipment; the Little Red Schoolhouse built in 1835 and pari-mutuel harness racing. The Charlie Daniels Band and the Marshall Tucker Band will perform. The Fair’s Specialty Foods Pavilion offers innovative food products. The fireworks show is Friday at 9 p.m.
Admission: General admission is $12 daily; children under 12 admitted free.
White Mountain Oktoberfest 2018

Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone:

October 6-7, 2018

Enjoy beer and brats alongside views of the White Mountains. An oompah band adds zest to a to a stein-holding contest, keg toss, and kids activities like a root beer keg toss and pumpkin painting. Prost! Admission is free for all ages. Gates open at 11 a.m.
New Bedford Oktoberfest 2018

Pier 3 106 Macarthur Drive New Bedford, MA Phone:

October 13, 2018

Local, seasonal craft brews from more than 20 breweries and live music. This year will feature expanded brews and music featuring The Pourmen, 7 Day Weekend, Craig DeMelo & Friends, and Joshua Tree (U2 Tribute Band)
Time: 3-11:45 p.m.
Admission: $15-$20.
Compass Rose Steampunk Festival 2018

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT Phone:

September 29, 2018

Inspired by 19th-century science fiction and fantasy, steampunk style is an anachronistic take on the steam-power technology in Victorian times. Join Roseland Cottage for a day of steampunk adventures. Enjoy live music, roving performers, steampunk wares, and more. Costumed guides lead tours of Roseland Cottage, with photo opportunities inside the house. Schedule of events
Time: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Admission: $10; students, $5
Douglas Oktoberfest 2018

Main Street Douglas, MA Phone:

October 6, 2018

Vendors offer crafts, food, games, and unique displays. Entertainment throughout the day includes singers, bands, choral groups, dance routines, cheerleaders, and more. Rides and games on the church lawn are great for small children, along with the Huge Slide, moonwalk, train, and obstacle course.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oktoberfest of Bennington 2018

Colgate Park, Route 9 West Bennington, VT Phone: 802-447-3311

October 6, 2018

Live music by the Rymanowski Brothers, German food, beer, vendors and family activities.
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $8; children under age 12 admitted free.
Harpoon Octoberfest in Boston 2018

Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue Boston, MA Phone:

September 28-29, 2018

This Octoberfest has been a tradition for decades for Boston’s brew-loving population. The party serves Harpoon beer, German food, oompah bands, chicken dancing, keg bowling game, and German chocolate cake. Tickets are not sold in advance. Please pay entry fee in cash at the door. Must be 21 or older. Shuttles will be running from South Station. Pick up is on Summer Street heading toward Fort Point Channel. The MBTA’s Silver Line serves the neighborhood.
Time: Friday, 5:30-11 p.m. and doors close at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-7 p.m. and doors close at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Entrance and one beer for $25.
Pumpkin Festival at Cedar Circle Farm 2018

Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, 225 Pavillion Road, off Route 5 East Thetford, VT Phone:

October 7, 2018

Celebrate the harvest with everything pumpkin, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, cider pressing, bean threshing, theatrical performances, kids’ activities. Enjoy organic food from the farm concession and wood-fired pizzas. Held rain or shine. Entertainment by Rose Hip Jam, The Wyld Nightz Band, storytellers Jennings & Ponder; musician and storyteller Stephen Coronella.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free admission; parking is suggested donation of $10-$15 per car.
The Big E (Eastern States Exposition) 2018

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

September 14-30, 2018

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. Enjoy farm and animal exhibits and farming culture and history. Avenue of the States' buildings exhibit foods and crafts and information about the New England states. The Big E is ... BIG!
Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Cost: Adults, $15; children ages 6-12, $10; children under age 5, free. Many discounts offered.
Chatham Oktoberfest 2018

Kate Gould Park, Main Street Chatham, MA Phone: 508-945-5199

October 20, 2018

Crafts and games for kids, the Chatham Town Band, professional entertainers, food trucks, a beer trailer, and fun in the park.
Time: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mount Snow Oktoberfest 2018

Mount Snow Resort, 39 Mount snow Road West Dover, VT Phone:

October 6-7, 2018

Plenty of beer, schnitzel and oom-pah music along with kids games like pumpkin painting, an apple sling shot and the famous schnitzel toss, a beanbag toss, a huge bouncy house. While the young ones are playing, adults can enjoy beers from 25 German and domestic breweries and authentic German food. Try the keg toss, yodeling contest and stein holding as well as a horseshoe tournament.
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Drinker for one day, $25; for two days, $35; non-drinkers, $12-$20; children age 7 and younger, , $12-$20. Prices are higher the day of the event
Yarmouth Seaside Festival 2018

Joshua Sears Memorial Field, 1175 Route 28 & Wood Road South Yarmouth, MA Phone:

October 6-8, 2018

A huge show of 125 crafters brings lots of creative and artisan-made goods, along with food, live music, children’s entertainment tent, games and rides. The parade is on Sunday at noon, from the old drive-in on Route 28 (across from Captain Parker’s), along Route 28 to the State Police barracks. Enjoy a fireworks show on Sunday at 8 p.m. at Seagull Beach, West Yarmouth. The unpredictably kooky bed race is Saturday at 11 a.m. in front of Bridgewater State University at 1175 Route 28 in South Yarmouth. Schedule of events.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Scituate Art Festival 2018

Village Green, Route 116 North Scituate, RI Phone:

October 6-8, 2018

Guests of all ages can appreciate this 48-year-old gathering of fine artists and craftspeople on the town green. From original modern art to one-of-a-kind antique treasures, this outdoor celebration of fine art features hundreds of vendors and displays. Take in the sights, sounds, and scents of fall in New England. Artists from all over the country will be here in idyllic Scituate for a day of fun. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival 2018

Stoweflake Resort, 1746 Mountain Road Stowe, VT Phone:

September 30, 2018

Kids of all ages build trebuchets to launch pumpkins to compete for prizes for distance. Event will also include live music by two bands, featuring House Dunn, volleyball, a chili cookoff and more. Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. p.m. Admission: $10 for people over age 5.
New England Chowdafest 2018

Sherwood Island State Park Westport, CT Phone:

September 30, 2018

Unlimited sampling of chowders as well as Italian foods at "Ciao"dafest; Sweet Treats section; Beverage Bog; Little Necks area with fun for kids. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: over age 12, $20; kids age 6 to 12, $5; free parking
Trails and Sails Weekends 2018

Many towns in Essex County Essex, MA Phone: 978-740-0444

September 21-23 and 28-30, 2018

These two weekends feature events at 60 local sites. Visitors can tour lighthouses, watch for whales, sail on the Schooner Lannon, and explore Essex's rich and scenic history. Enjoy walks, paddles, historical tours and adventures for all ages and interests. Events are in the towns of Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Lawrence, Saugus and more. All free.
Cumberland Fair 2018

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

September 23-29, 2018

this year, the fair will include farming exhibits, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, demonstrations in the exhibition hall, museum and sugar house, livestock shows and competitions, horticulture, Harness racing on September 30. Rides by Gillette Midways. Schedule of events.
Admission: Adults, $10; children 12 and under admitted for free; seniors over age 64 on Tuesday and Thursday, $3; full week admission, $50; parking is free. http://www.cumberlandfair.com
Freeport Fall Festival 2018

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

October 5-7, 2018

Come enjoy the works of 150 of the best New England artists, craftsmen and local food producers for a free three-day festival. Discovery Stage on the L.L.Bean campus will be site of live music for all three days.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pemaquid Oyster Festival 2018

Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina, 40 Main Street Damariscotta, ME Phone:

September 30, 2018

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.
Punkinfiddle Family Festival and National Estuaries Day 2018

Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Road Wells, ME Phone:

September 29, 2018

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. Artisans demonstrate crafts. Wells Reserve staff will explain why estuaries are important for sea life.
Time : 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission : age 16 and older, $7 https://www.wellsreserve.org/event/9204/16th-punkinfiddle-family-festival
Acadia Oktoberfest, Wine Tasting, and Beer Fest 2018

Smugglers Den Campground on Route 102 within Acadia National Park Southwest Harbor, ME Phone:

October 5-6, 2018

This fun fall festival includes great microbrews, wine and cheese tasting with wines from several countries, live music and a crafts tent with artisans from Maine and beyond. The event is held rain or shine under big tents. Music by Banned from Eden and ​Jones'n the Eclectic Dance Band.
Time: Wine Tasting is Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Brewfest is Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: Wine Tasting, $20; Brewfest, $35; designated drivers or non-drinkers, $10.
Peak into Peterborough Festival 2018

Throughout Peterborough Peterborough, NH Phone: 603-924-7234

October 13, 2018

Crafters' Market; tent sale at Huberts Family Outfitters; free hayrides between Depot Square, Town Hall and The Grove Village Shops; Monadnock Center for History and Culture special exhibit on World War I and hearth cooking demonstration; chocolate pumpkin decorating for kids; live music in Depot Square; Peterborough Art Academy & Gallery Depot Square pumpkin painting.
Old Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair 2018

Cove Park, 533 Main Street Old Wethersfield, CT Phone:

September 29, 2018

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.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
RiverFire Festival 2018

Northern Forest Heritage Park, 942 Main Street Berlin, NH Phone:

October 13, 2018

Riverfire presents fun activities for all ages, including an an ATV Poker Run, hot air balloon and hay rides, a Halloween costume parade and a not-so-scary Halloween party. At dusk the Androscoggin River is set aglow with the spectacular RiverFire lighting ceremony and jack-o-lanterns on the bridge.
Time: 2-10 p.m.
Southington Apple Harvest Festival 2018

On and around Town Green Southington, CT Phone:

September 28-30 and October 5-7, 2018

The festival presents live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s activities, carnival rides, and more. The fest includes a fireworks show on September 29 at 9 p.m.; a parade on September 30 at 2 p.m.; and an arts and crafts show October 6 and 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Burke Fall Foliage Festival 2018

368 Route 114 East Burke, VT Phone:

September 29, 2018

The days' events include parade starts at 10 a.m.; rubber duck race; kids area with a jump house, face painting and more; arts & crafts; horse drawn wagon rides; pony rides; farm animal petting zoo; cow flop bingo; craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; silent auction in the library featuring work from local artists and crafters, unique historical items and antiques; show from Reptiles On The Move; Chickweed performs from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the gazebo; live music from Nobby Reed Project 4 to 7 p.m. at Mike's Tiki Bar.
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Harvest on the Harbor 2018

100 West Commercial Street Portland, ME Phone:

October 16-21, 2018

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. Major events include Different Roads, a Melting Pot of Flavor; Maine Lobster Chef of the Year; On the rocks Maine Distillers Happy Hour; Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary and Pig Roast Lunch; Oysterfest; and Market on the Harbor. Schedule of events and fees
Octoberfest ¡Fiesta! 2018

Sam Adams Brewery, 30 Germania Street Boston, MA Phone:

October 11, 2018

Join Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. for an evening of celebrating community, enjoying Sam Adams beer, eating dishes from top local restaurants, and dancing to classic salsa and other tunes (provided by Eric German Orchestra).
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $70
19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival 2018

Justin Smith Morrill State Historic Site, Justin Smith Morrill Hwy Strafford, VT Phone:

September 30, 2018

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with face painting, live music by Out on a Limb and an apple pie contest. Meet farm animals; squeeze cider on an old cider press; and taste Vermont cheeses, ice cream and apple pie. Play Valley Quest. Visit gardens, exhibits, an ice house, and a historic home.
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Over age 15, $10; youth under age 14, $5 (includes lunch).
Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair 2018

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

September 29-30, 2018

This old-time fair have plenty of fun: the “Mabel Express” barrel train, monkey bridge, mud pit, midway games and children’s crafts tent are the start. Crafters and artisans sell their work, giving fairgoers a chance for holiday shopping. Food and beer vendors offer appetizing selections, and live music rounds out the festive atmosphere.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Above age 12, $7; children age 3 to 12, $3.
North Easton Harvest and Craft Fair 2018

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

September 30, 2018

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. Meet the alpacas from Kave Rock Alpacas, chain saw carving, juried craft makers, silent auction, children's fun with the Toe Jam Puppet Band (11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.), Touch-A-Truck Exploration Station, food from local restaurants, face painting, pony rides, and pumpkin decorating, soccer by NE Revolution's street team, The Battalion; dancing to the Rowdies of the Meadow, musician Craig Goldberg, and American Beauties.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults age 18-64, $10; ages 5 to 18 and over 64, $5.
OgunquitFest 2018

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

October 20-21, 2018

Weekend festival offers plenty of fun: On Saturday: autumn bazaar, antique and classic car show, great pumpkin patch craft for kids, whoopie pie eating contest, ruck for our fallen race, river rally kayak race, free wine tasting, On Sunday: autumn bizarre, costume parade and Dogtoberfest, pooch costume awards, waiter races, high heel dash and walk-off, See website for detailed schedule.
Newburyport's Fall Harvest Festival 2018

Downtown Newburyport Newburyport, MA Phone:

October 7, 2018

A Newburyport tradition for over 35 years, Fall Harvest Festival features talented artisans offering handmade crafts and artwork, great local food vendors, live music in Market Square, the annual Scarecrow Contest and Kid's Korner.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Swine and Stein Oktoberfest 2017

200 Block of Water Street Gardiner, ME Phone:

October 6, 2018

Restaurants and local food vendors from Gardiner and across the state will serve up a variety of interesting culinary dishes featuring local pork. Beer and live music too!
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Admission: $20 to $50; designated drivers, $10; advance admission online is $15. Tickets.
Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair 2018

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-443-0188

September 29-30, 2018

Celebrate the harvest season with food trucks, a farmer’s market and crafts — all for sale! Listen to live music, watch farming demos, and even dive into a pile of hay. Harvest of Quilts opens on Friday with exquisite quilt exhibits and sales. Watch the raising of a timber framed building built using 18th and 19th century tools and techniques.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $18; youths ages 13-17, $8
Harpoon Octoberfest in Vermont 2018

Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden, 336 Ruth Carney Drive Windsor, VT Phone:

October 6-7, 2018

Harpoon Octoberfest at the Windsor brewery presents live oompa music, outdoor seating, food from the Riverbend Taps kitchen, and a selection of fresh Harpoon, UFO and Clown Shoes beer. Guests must be 21 years old or older to drink. Families are welcome.
Time: noon-5 p.m. both days.
Admission: Free
Harvest Festival 2018 at Newport Vineyards

Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road Middletown, RI Phone:

October 27, 2018

This is a day of grape stomping, wine tasting, and pie eating. Enjoy live music from the Little Compton Band, while sipping on our local wines, and sampling food by Vineyard chefs. Compete in Grape Stomping Competition or Pie Eating Contest. Or simply relax and capture the memories with a photo of you and one of TEN31's live wine statues.
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $25 per person, includes wine tasting
Oktoberfest 2018 at East Hill Farm

Inn at East Hill Farm, 460 Monadnock Street Troy, NH Phone: 800-242-6495

September 30, 2018

This is more a farm dinner with German music that a full-fledged festival. Enjoy a German dinner and live oompah music.
Time: Hors d’oeuvres of German Fare and live oompah music at 5 p.m.; German feast at 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $26.95 Children: $13.50
Topsfield Fair 2018

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

September 28-October 8, 2018

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. Special events in 2018: Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Johnny Rockett’s Cycle Circus & Galaxy Girl, Axe Women Loggers of Maine, Monster Truck Freestyle and Demo Derby, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, Chubby Checker, Double Figure “8” Race & Demolition Derby and much more.
Hours: Open daily at 10 a.m.
Admission: $8-$15 per day; children under age 8 admitted for free with a paying adult.
Fairy House Festival 2018

The Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Road Grafton, VT Phone: 802-843-2111

September 29-30, 2018

Where else do knotholes become front doors? Sea shells transform into bathtubs? Answer: at the Fairy House Festival. Visitors will follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, of acorn cap dinnerware and fungi tables. Hands-on crafts, face painting, and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase; picnicking is encouraged. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors over age 64, $8; children at 3-17, $4.
Celebration of Cider & Music Festival 2018

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA Phone: 800-733-1830

October 14, 2018

Old Sturbridge Village hosts its first Celebration of Cider and Music Festival, featuring ciders from across New England and half a dozen musical acts.
Time: 1 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $28; seniors age 55 and older, $26; youths age 3-17, $14
Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival 2018

111 Jackson Gore Road Ludlow, VT Phone:

October 4-8, 2018

Chainsaw Carvers from across the country and around the world join together at Jackson Gore Resort Ice House (at Okemo Mountain) to carve Columbus Day Weekend. This is a time to watch artists work, get inspired to create your own sculptures, purchase a new piece. or simply enjoy the art. Artists will talking with families and showing their latest work. Food trucks will be on site.
Quick Carves will be held Friday through Sunday starting at 1 p.m. There will be two quick Carves on Saturday, at the Ice House and one in the courtyard of the Jackson Gore Resort. An auction follows the Quick Carve Competitions. Fire Sculptures will burn out on Sunday night. Each one with its own unique rhythm, no two are alike! Email: barre.pinske@gmail.com
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: $5 entrance fee.
North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival 2018

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

September 29-30, 2018

Still Stinkin’ After All These Years: this family event is bursting with art, farm products, food, endless entertainment, and inspiration. Find all the possibilities for garlic in the chef demo tent, and dine of savory cuisine in four food courts. Held on a historic farm. No pets allowed. No ATM on site, bring a water bottle for free water, and a bag to carry great goods. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $5 per day for adults; $8 for a weekend pass; kids 12 and under free.
Laconia Pumpkin Festival 2018

Many locations Laconia, NH Phone:

October 12-13, 2018

Tower of jack-o-lanterns,| zombie walk, pumpkin carving, food & craft vendors, 10k and 5k run and walk, live bands and performers, beer garden, children's games, kiddie rides, climbing wall, bungee jump, horse drawn hay rides, pumpkin bowling, pancake breakfast, jumpin' jack car show, riverside duck derby and more. Schedule of events.
Time: Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, noon-8 p.m.
All Things Pumpkin Festival 2018

Throughout Jackson area Jackson, NH Phone: 603-383-9356

October 14, 2018

Open houses, pumpkin tasting tours (check for dates), sleigh rides, Return of the Pumpkin People displays, Pumpkin Carving Competition, silent auction, pumpkin tastings and more.
Cranberry Harvest Celebration 2018

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

October 6-7, 2018

Watch the cranberry harvest, enjoy the spectacular landscape, take a helicopter ride, enjoy live cooking demonstrations by culinary professionals, shop the marketplace with over 40 juried exhibitors, listen to local musicians, and browse the farmers' market and food concessions. Put on a pair of waders and stand in a bog full of cranberries! Children’s activities include pony, paddle boat, train, live entertainment, wagon rides. Parking and shuttle transportation are free.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $10;seniors and military, $5; children under 7 are admitted free.
BIG MASS Tiny House Festival 2018

Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main Street Marshfield, MA Phone:

September 28-30, 2018

BIG MASS Tiny House Festival will offer activities, workshops, lectures and tiny houses not seen at any other tiny house event in the Northeast. See vintage campers, skoolies (converted buses), gypsy wagons, yurts, and new model tiny homes. The United Tiny House Association hosts some of the biggest names in the tiny house movement as speakers. The fest is dog friendly.
Time: Gates open 9 a.m.
Admission: Friday, noon- 4 p.m. admission is $10 for age 13 and older; after 5 p.m. admission is free; Saturday and Sunday, admission for ages 13 and older is $20 per day.
Milford Pumpkin Festival 2018

Downtown, the Oval, and other locations Milford, NH Phone:

October 5-7, 2018

Festivities start Friday evening with food vendors, two stages presenting live music, crafts, carved pumpkins of all descriptions, a Haunted Trail, a beer and wine tasting, and a fireworks display around the Oval. During the weekend there is pumpkin and face painting, scarecrow making, bounce houses, a talent show, a craft fair, and fun for everyone.
Rochester Porch Fest 2018

Three downtown stages Rochester, NH Phone:

September 30, 2018

Porch Fest will brings musical acts from New Hampshire and beyond to entertain and jam with audiences. Porch Fest will create several unconventional outdoor and indoor performances spaces across three sections of downtown Rochester where you can experience live music, eat local food, and see the works of vendors. See website for downtown map, music schedule, and vendors.
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Outdoor Arts Festival 2018 at the Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive Greenwich, CT Phone: 203-869-0376

October 6-7, 2018

More than 85 new artists and returning favorites from across the country will showcase their work this year. The juried works include painting on canvas, board and paper, mixed media in 2D and 3D, drawings and graphics, including digital media, sculpture and photography. All works are available for purchase. Admission includes the Bruce Museum galleries. Parking is available on Museum Drive and Steamboat Road or in the Island Beach Parking lot near exit 3 off I-95.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $10; free of children less than 5 years old.
Wellfleet OysterFest 2018

Main Street Wellfleet, MA Phone:

October 13-14, 2018

This two-day street party celebrates Wellfleet's famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions and brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun. Highlights include local cuisine, arts and crafts, children's activities, educational exhibits, live music, and the Oyster Shuck-Off competition. There are a number of satellite events planned like beachcombing and bird walks. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gilfeather Turnip Festival 2018

Wardsboro Town Hall and Main Street Wardsboro, VT Phone:

October 27, 2018

Join the whole town for Gilfeather turnip soup and turnip recipe tastings at the Turnip Café, outdoor soup kiosk, farmer’s market, many new craft and specialty artisan food vendors, 1000 pounds of turnip, turnip seeds, turnip cookbooks, turnip gifts, live music and entertainment.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free admission and parking.
Fall Festival and North American Wife-Carrying Championships 2018

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

October 6, 2018

At the North American Wife-Carrying Championship, Saturday at 11 a.m. at south Ridge, couples compete in this Finnish-style race for the grand prize of the wife's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash. The rest of the fest: Wine tent and live music Saturday afternoon by Harsh Armadillo and Roots of Creation: Greatful Dub Tour. On Sunday, Bloody Mary tent, arts and crafts fest, corn hole championship and live music by OC and the Offbeats and Chris Ross and the North. All weekend: skydiving, mountain park rides, wagon rides. See event website.
Deerfield Fair 2018

34 Stage Road Deerfield, NH Phone: 603-463-7421

September 27-30, 2018

Agricultural exhibits and competitions; music and kids entertainment on three stages; strolling perforners. Schedule of events.
Time: Fair hours.
Admission: Age 13 and older, $10; children 12 and younger, free; Senior Days on Thursday and Friday, $7
Autumn on the Green 2018

Park Street Danville, VT Phone:

Octorber 7, 2018

Autumn on the Green is an award-winning showcase for artisans, crafters, and businesses showing and selling items from unusual jewelry to dog biscuits. Also: artwork, antiques, pottery, knitwear, clothing, salves and skin products. Taste and buy maple candy , cheese, cider, home-made jams and jellies. Danville is on the picturesque Route 2 corridor.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Harvest Festival at the Botanical Gardens 2018

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

October 6-7, 2018

Harvest Festival the entire 15-acre campus and fills it with children’s activities, hay and pony rides, games, continuous live entertainment, regional vendors, educational workshops, a farm market, giant tag sale, accessories sale, and expanded plant sale. No dogs.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $7; children under age 12 admitted free. Free parking.
Attitash Oktoberfest 2018

Attitash Ski Resort, Route 302 Bartlett, NH Phone: 603-374-2600

October 6-7, 2018

The two-day event will feature traditional Bavarian music from the world-renowned King Ludwig's Band, authentic German fare plus a Biergarten featuring 20 breweries serving beers and ciders. On Sunday, children will have a Kinderplatz tent with crafts, face painting, a giant inflatable obstacle course. Sunday’s schedule features an apple slingshot and a kid’s schnitzel toss. Optional scenic lift ride is available.
Time: Noon-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $17-$30 or $43 with scenic chairlift ride; kids age 7-20, $7 and free on Sunday
Capital Arts Fest 2018

Main Street in the Arts District Concord, MA Phone:

September 28-30, 2018

Capital Arts Fest will feature Juried Members of the League of NH Craftsmen, as well as invited artisans from around New England, engaging craft demonstrations, great local music and delicious food. Capital Arts Fest will take place in front of the Headquarters of the League of NH Craftsmen and the Capitol Center for the Arts.
Time: Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Warner Fall Foliage Festival 2018

Depot Street and downtown Warner, NH Phone: 603-456-9775

October 65-7, 2018

Three days of concerts, parades, a road race, kids’ run and dance party, oxen and woodsmen’s contests, fresh lobster and chicken barbecue, rides, street performers, and many artisans, farmer’s market, and food vendors.
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival 2018

Many locations in Portsmouth Portsmouth, NH Phone: 413-203-5467

September 28-30, 2018

The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival traditional American and English folk music at the restaurants, pubs, cafés, churches and streets of Portsmouth.
Opening the festival Saturday morning, a crew of maritime singers, shantymen, and privateers will start at 10 a.m. in front of RiRa in the Market Square, and walk through the town, singing as they go.
Maritime Open Sings are open to everyone. They feature sea shanties and easy choruses, and seamen’s off-duty songs, known as forebitters. Open Sings are held at pubs that are also full-service restaurants, suitable for all ages, including kids. Schedule.
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Garlic & Harvest Festival 2018

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

October 6-7, 2018

Come to see garlic cooking demonstrations; hear live music; learn how to grow garlic; buy garlic dips, spreads, cheeses, and oils; taste free samples. If samples aren’t filling you up, skedaddle over to the food court for garlic sausage with peppers and onions, and more great food.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Over age 12, $8; seniors, $7; children under age 12, $1.
Keene Pumpkin Festival 2018

Downtown Keene, NH Phone:

October 28, 2018

Five thousand people will design, carve and display their jack-o’-lanterns for the public to enjoy in Central Square, Downtown Keene. Also at the festival, guests may enjoy the Children’s Costume Parade and Stroll from around Central Square (1:15 p.m.); fall portraits by a professional photographer; live entertainment on the bandstand all day; a dance performance in front of Pedraza’s; pumpkin games, and pumpkin bowling.
Time: 1-7 p.m.
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta 2018

Townwide - consult website Damariscotta, ME Phone: 207-592-6184

October 6-8 2018

A fun-packed weekend of events include the a pumpkin paddle boat relay and pumpkin motor boat regatta, a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin catapulting, pumpkin hurling, a giant pumpkin parade, a pumpkin derby, two dozen giant 600-pound decorated pumpkins lining Damariscotta's main street, children's activities, a pumpkin cooking contest, pie eating competition, a giant pumpkin drop, and Pumpkin Patch Express train rides from Brunswick to Rockland. Schedule of events.
Franklin County Cider Days 2018

Old Deerfield and nearby areas Deerfield, MA Phone:

November 2-4, 2018

Two days of orchard tours, cidermaking and tastings, workshops and much more for people who love apples, cider, apple cuisine, apple orchards or just being in New England in the fall. Major events of the festival include a cider making competition, a cider tasting salon, a harvest supper, cider and cheese pairings, orchard tours, chef demos, and workshops, talks and tastings. See event website for details.
Autumnfest 2016 in Woonsocket

World War II Park, Social Street Woonsocket, RI Phone:

October 5-8, 2018

Food row, beer tent, midway rides, dodgeball, tug o' war, arts & crafts booths, merchant vendor booths, entertainment at the bandstand, kiddiefest, fireworks and the Autumnfest Parade. Parade starts on Diamond Hill Road Plazas, at 9:30 a.m. and ends at World War II Memorial Park on Social Street.
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Fireworks Sunday at 9 p.m.; parade Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Colonial Harvest Festival 2018

Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive Wickford, RI Phone: 401-294-3521

October 13, 2018

Smith's Castle will be celebrating the harvest season with a focus on our history as a dairy farm. Docents will lead house tours and URI Master Gardeners will provide free soil testing. The new Woodland Trails will be open. The Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island, Ladies of the Rolling Pin and the music group 6 Years will entertain. There will be colonial games, face painting, a pumpkin roll maze, farm exhibits and demonstrations of butter- and cheese making. Vendors and artisans will be selling handcrafted items, goods and food. Rain date is October 14.
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Above age 12, $8; children age 6-12 years, $4; family maximum, $20
Autumn in Sugar Hill 2018

Sugar Hill Meetinghouse, the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building, the Sugar Hill Museum, Route 117 Sugar Hill, NH Phone:

September 29-30, 2018

The October Autumn Celebration is an open-air market of 50 vendors, featuring music, artisan demonstrations, history and more. Find food, household items, wear-ables, and artwork. Live music at 1 p.m. on Sunday . Parking in the field behind the meetinghouse.
Time: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Columbus Day Weekend 2018: Pickles & Pints

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive Boylston, MA Phone:

October 6-8, 2018

Come enjoy live music, a beer garden, lawn games, kids crafts, veggie races, wine tasting, face painting, tasty seasonal food, vendors, chef demonstrations, and much more. The weekend's theme is Pickles & Pints, where you can put a lid on autumn with this delicious weekend focusing on the world of canned, jarred, jammed, pickled, preserved, fermented, and brewed produce. Walk the woodland trails for scenic views and dramatic fall foliage.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brandon Harvestfest 2018

Estabrook Park, Route 7 Brandon, VT Phone: 802-247-6401

September 30, 2018

Hayrides and pumpkins; food from the grill; apple pies; coffee, cider and donuts. Make Your Own Harvest Person. Chamber of Commerce supplies all materials, accessories, and instruction on how to make a Harvest Person. Choose clothes, a hat, shoes, and embellishments to personalize your Harvest Person. Volunteers can help. The first Harvest Person per family is free of charge. After that, they are only $5 each.
Time: 1-4 p.m.
King Richard’s Faire 2018

235 Main Street Carver, NH Phone: 508-866-5391

September 1-October 21, 2018

At this large Renaissance fair you can enjoy acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers, minstrels, dancers and puppeteers, fire eaters, and exotic tigers. Knights will battle on horseback; frolicking faeries dance in the distance. Gorge on turkey legs, fries, chowder or stew. Shop for pottery, jewelry, period clothing, leather, armor, and moccasins. Crafts demos include glass blowing and portrait painting.
Time: Open weekends through October 21; open September 3 (Labor Day0 and October 8 (Columbus Day); 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Admission: Above age 12, $34; ages 4 to 11, $18
Duxbury Maritime Festival 2018

Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House, 479 Washington Street Duxbury, MA Phone:

October 13, 2018

The festival presents and celebrates Duxbury’s maritime heritage with food trucks, boat building demos, tours of the historic ship building distgrict, a petting zoo, maritime tunes with the New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus. children’s activities and games, performance of “Life Aboard a Whaling Ship” and and “How King Caesar Got His Nickname,” house tours, raffles, merchandise, and a tavern night with Irish music by The Lindsays.
Fall Foliage Pig Roast and Barbecue 2018

Mount Sunapee, 1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH Phone:

October 6-7, 2018

Mount Sunapee celebrate the start of fall with food, Skyrides, a duck drop, scavenger hunt, disc golf toss, donut on a string, and a obstacle course. Food choices includes pulled pork, grilled chicken, cornbread, sides and desserts served outdoors. Beer will be served on the Sunapee Patio.
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Coggeshall Farm Harvest to Table Fair 2018

Coggeshall Farm, 1 Colt Drive Bristol, RI Phone:

October 14, 2018

Formerly called the Harvest Fair, this annual family event invites you to explore the offerings of artists and vendors, try 18th-century games and crafts, take a pony ride, and visit heirloom sheep on a hayride through the pasture. The farm's own jonnycakes will be served, along with great food by culinary partners.
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free.
Autumn Tour Weekend 2018 at Kenyon’s Grist Mill

21 Glen Rock Road West Kingston, RI Phone: 401-783-4054

October 20-21, 2018

Enjoy tours of Kenyon's Grist Mill and Johnny Cake demonstrations. Sample Johnny Cakes and coffee, clam cakes and chowder. Kayak along the Queen's River for $15 per hour per person. All equipment is provided. Kayak rentals are first come; first serve. We will not be taking reservations. here. Free admission and parking. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival 2018

300 Welles Street Glastonbury, CT Phone:

October 12-14, 2018

The Glastonbury Applefest features live music on three stages by 30 emerging musicians, 100 craft booths, 25 food trucks, the popular Harvest Pub, and the Angry Orchard 5K Road Race. Entertainment schedule.
Time: Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $3-$5.

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