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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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Yarmouth Summer Festival in Yarmouth MA
Stomping Grapes - Seven Birches Winery - Lincoln, NH
Seven Birches Winery

River Walk at Loon - 22 South Mountain Drive Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-7550

You can seriously crush it at this festival weekend honoring wine – and grapes

If you’ve ever wondered if winery grapes can still be crushed a la the famous scene in “I Love Lucy,” the answer is yes, and you can see for yourself, and do some grape stompin’, at the White Mountains Crush Festival - October 25-27. At that Seven Birches Winery, that means participating in everything from a welcome mixer at the beautiful Atrium Wine Bar to taking educational workshops, meeting winemakers, taking a special tour to see how wine is produced (including barrel tasting) and enjoying local fare and great wine at a wine dinner. There’s also a boxed-lunch picnic with entertainment by The Sweetbloods, yard games and craft vendors. Oh, and kids under 10? They get to stomp free!
Athletics - NH Highland Games & Festival - Lincoln, NH
New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-229-1975 Toll-Free: 800-358-7268

Come celebrate all things Scottish! - September 20-22, 2019

Discover the rich culture of Scotland – no passport required - at the NH Highland Games & Festival. The Games will be hosting the 2019 Scottish Highland Games World Championships showcasing the top world Highland athlete’s strength, speed, agility and skill for the title. Enjoy the pageantry and excitement of massed bands, pipes & drums, Highland dance, fiddle, harp, sheep dog trials and much more. Explore Clan Village and the Living History Encampment to search your Scottish roots and understand everyday life in the Highlands from 1317-1746. Scottish and Celtic performers will be playing traditional ballads to tribal beats and bagpipe rock. Children can participate in the Bairns & Weans program, which features games, crafts, storytelling, and more. Adults can savor tastings of authentic Scotch whisky and beer. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit nhscot.org.
SoWa Winter Festival 2019

SoWa Boston, 530 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA Phone:

December 6-8, 2019

Come dive into this festival winter shopping village and holiday festival. Find handmade gifts, sip on winter cocktails, dine frome food trucks, watch live ice sculpting and holiday workshops. The SoWa Winter Festival welcomes kids. is family friendly and free to attend.
Time: Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Maine Harvest Festival 2019

Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street Bangor, ME Phone: 207-561-8300

November 23-24, 2019

Pie baking competition; Maine chefs hold cooking demos; sipper's pub with beer, wine and spirits tastings; educational presentations, love local music, ; talks and demos about sheep shearing, poultry , basketry, rabbits, quilting, shingle splitting, gluten free baking, weaving, carding and spinning, textile arts. Samplings of beer, wine and spirits. Festival schedule.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Above age 12, $8
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Vermont International Festival 2019

Champlain Valley Exposition Center, 105 Pearl Street Essex Junction, VT Phone: 802-878-5545

December 6-8, 2019

Visitors will find crafts from all over the world, ethnic and gourmet foods, and traditional international music, dance and stories. Local cultural and ethnic organizations provide information about their programs with exhibits, demonstrations and workshops. Festival admission good for entire weekend.
Time: Friday 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: over age 12, $7; seniors over age 64 and children at 6 to 12, $5; family pass, $20

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