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!
Pumpkin Festival 2020 at Charmingfare Farm

Charmingfare Farm, 774 High Street, Candia, NH Phone:

October 3, 4, 10, 11, and 12, 2020

Bring the whole family and join us for Pumpkin Festival. We’ll have sack races, round bale rolling and a pumpkin-rolling contest. Test your skills at our cow milking contest and try your hand at the cow pie fly. Catch a ride to the pumpkin patch by a tractor train or horse-drawn wagon. Singer Dan Morgan performs during the day. Talk to costumed characters or take a pony ride or visit the barnyard animals. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $0-$22
Applefest 2020 at Wachusett Mountain

Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Road Princeton, MA Phone: 978-464-2300

October 17-18, 2020

Craft fair & farmers market booths, family entertainment, scenic foliage skyrides to the summit, mountainside barbecue, pony rides, clowns, climbing wall, jugglers & magicians for the kids. Applefest also features an Oktoberfest Celebration complete with authentic German cuisine, a multitude of tasty beers in the beer garden and live music.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Brandon Harvestfest 2020

Estabrook Park, Route 7 Brandon, VT Phone:

October 4, 2020

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.
Fall Festival and North American Wife-Carrying Championships 2020

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

October 19, 2020

The annual North American Wife-Carrying Championship will happen October 9 at 11 a.m. This weekend also brings the first screening of "Couples of Wife Carrying," a new mockumentary film. In this annual championship couples race a 278-yard obstacle course with one member of the team carrying the other. The couple with the fastest time receives the wife’s weight in beer, five times her weight in cash, and entry into the World Wife Carrying Championship in Finland.
Covid precautions include scheduling the event on Friday, when the number of spectators is lower than weekend. Spectators will not allowed in the center of the course. Masks are required, except when teams are completing. Couples will race against the clock, rather than head-to-head.

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