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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.

To find more events, visit our Events Calendar.

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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!

New Hampshire and the White Mountains are rich with interesting festivals all year long, but few can surpass the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival for a dramatic immersion into a colorful, hearty culture. Be part of this 3-day celebration of Scottish music, food and drink, athletics, dance, heritage and more! Watch world-class athletes compete in games like the caber toss, hammer throw, weight over bar, stone carry. Scottish and Celtic performers will be playing traditional piping and drumming to bagpipe-infused rock ‘n’ roll. Explore the Clan Village to see the attire and customs of 65 clans and learn their history. Children will love the sheep dog trials and the special Festival Youth Program, which features games, crafts, storytelling, and more. Adults can savor tastings of authentic Scotch whiskies and beers.
2018's festival has come & gone, but fret not! The festival will be back in September 2019!
Maine Lakes Winter Carnival 2019

720 South Bridgton Road Bridgton, ME Phone: 207-647-3472

February 16, 2019

Junior fishing derby, food trucks, polar dip, ice bar, horse-drawn wagon rides. Schedule of events.
Colebrook Kiwanis Winter Carnival 2019

Colebrook Country Club, 15 Abenaki Lane (Route 26) Colebrook, NH Phone:

February 23, 2019

A fun-filled day featuring an adult bocce tournament, children’s box sled races, dog sled rides and more.
WinterFest Amherst 2019

Many locations Amherst, MA Phone:

February 2-9, 2019

The week opens with a display of luminaria on the Town Commons and dives into more than 3 events, like ice skating performances, hockey games, sledding, live music, art classes and more. The week ends at a grand finale that includes the Best in Snow dog show. Watch the website and social media for schedule details.
WINEterfest Weekend 2019

Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road Middletown, RI Phone: 401-848-5161

February 15-17, 2019

WINEterfest Speakeasy Soiree. February 15, 7-10 p.m. At this opening event of Wineterfest, come and dance the night away with Miss Katie Kleyla and a Speakeasy Jazz Band, wine, Prohibition-style cocktails and handcrafted light fare. Speakeasy attire and flare encouraged.Please note this is a cocktail style event and seating will be limited. $40-$43
WINEterfest 2019. February 16 and 17, noon-5 p.m. Two days full of grape stomping, wine tasting and beer tasting at the new onsite brewery Taproot Brewing Co. Enjoy live music at the ice wine bar and snack on food from the culinary team. You could be called to compete in our Grape Stomp Competitions. $25.
Merrimack River Eagle Festival 2019

Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Tpk., and Plum Island Newburyport Newburyport, MA Phone:

February 9, 2019

This is a day of indoor and outdoor activities celebrating bald eagles. You may:
Visit Eagle Hot Spots on a self-guided drive along the Merrimack River. Guides will be onsite all day along the river. Maps supplied and parking available. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Go On An Eagle Tour. Tours start every half hour and take 90 minutes to complete. Departs from Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Advance registration required. Register here.Adults, $10; kids age 6-17, $5. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Eagle Festival Photo Tour. In-the-field wildlife photo tips from Hunt’s Photo & Video. Departs from Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Register. 2-4 p.m.
See A Raptor Show. Horizon Wings presents two educational programs at Newburyport City Hall featuring raptors great and small. For adults and children age 6 and older. Free. 10-11 a.m. and 12:45-1:45 p.m.
. Have Fun With Your Family. At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: Family activities, arts and crafts, and live owls from Drumlin Farm Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Look Park Winter Carnival 2019

Look Memorial Park 300 N Main Street Florence, MA Phone:

February 23, 2019

Expect carnival games, food and plenty of fun. Bring your Christmas Tree before February 20to add to our Christmas Tree Burn. Vehicle entrance to the park does apply. Entrance to the event is free. Tickets for carnival games are $10 for a wristband for unlimited games. Individual tickets are 50 cents each.
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ice on Fire Winter Festival 2019

North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street Montpelier, VT Phone:

February 3, 2019

Come to this mid-winter celebration to enjoy food, storytellers and performers, winter games and song. The opening parade is at 2 p.m. Games, storytelling and performances happen from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. and there's a closing bonfire at 4:30 p.m. Dress warmly and bring shakers, rattles, and drums, sleds, skis, and snowshoes. There will be an inside space to get warm if you need.
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Cambridge WinterFest 2019

Cambridge Elementary School, Cambridge Community Center, and other locations along S. Route 108 Jeffersonville, VT Phone:

January 26, 2019

This day of winter fun includes Pie For Breakfast (we love that); free snowshoe & cross country ski rentals; mini-snowmobile rides; free tastings at Smugglers' Notch Distillery; indoor games at Cambridge Community Center; hot cider stories at Varnum Library; a lasagna dinner; and bonfire, skating, music, maple cotton candy. The evening brings a hot air balloon glow by Odyssey Balloons and fireworks at 8 p.m.
Time: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
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Lowell Winterfest 2019

Downtown Lowell Lowell, MA Phone: 978-459-6150

February 22-23, 2019

Enjoy live entertainment, many children's activities, local cuisine, the famous Soup Competition, carousel and free ice-skating, ice skating and street curling, a winter arts and crafts market, beer garden, live music.
North Adams Winterfest 2019

Downtown and other locations North Adams, MA Phone:

February 16-17, 2019

Saturday in the downtown
Fun in the snow at Colegrove Park; ice sculpting at Main/Eagle/Holden streets; winter farmer and artisan market at 85 Main Street; hot cocoa, cookies and face painting; chowder competition at 85 Main Street; community campfire at Holden and Main streets; horse-drawn wagon rides; ice skating and free skate rentals at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, 1267 Church Street
Sunday at Windsor Lake
Windsor Lake, 200 Windsor Lake Road (Corner of Kemp & Bradley). Enjoy outdoor fun like sledding and snow tubing, building snow creatures, tossing snowballs, and exploring the trails around the lake by snowshoe, boot, or cross country ski. There will be a campfire and hot cocoa at Valley Campground beach from 2 to 4 p.m.
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Greenfield Winter Carnival 2019

Youth Center, 20 Sanderson Street, Beacon Field at Beacon & Gerrett Streets Greenfield, MA Phone:

February 1-3, 2019

Ice sculpture contests, fireworks, fire dancers, breakfast with Frosty, family fun day, sleigh bell run, cardboard sled race, K9 keg pull, sledding, ice skating, and so much more! Events all over town, all weekend long; most events are free.
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Jackson Snow Sculpting Competition 2018

Black Mountain ski area, 373 Black Mountain Road Jackson, NH Phone:

January 25-27, 2018

Teams from all over the Northeast converge on Black Mountain ski area to sculpt art from snow at this popular annual event. Spectators are welcome to view the entire process and to enjoy the finished pieces. There will be a a torch light parade on Saturday, a scavenger hunt, and plenty of activities for kids all weekend.
Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival 2019

various locations Salem, MA Phone:

February 8-10, 2019

Chocolate, ice sculptures, and a lots of specials and discounts at downtown businesses are all part of Salem's celebration of Valentine's Day. Salem's So Sweet opens with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, on Friday, February 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, 231 Essex Street, Salem. This tasting event features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores and sweet shops. For the rest of the weekend, enjoy outdoor ice sculptures and hospitality by local businesses.
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Easthampton WinterFest 2019

Many locations in town Easthampton, MA Phone:

February 9, 2019

Come take part in ice harvesting on Nashawannuck Pond, wagon rides, nature hikes, snow sculpting and carving, community bonfire with music. Indoor activities include a craft fair, kid’s entertainment, the movie “Frozen” on the big screen, and the people’s choice chili cook off.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Chelmsford's Winterfest 2019

many locations Chelmsford, MA Phone:

February 1-3, 2019

Events of Winterfests of the past have included a social at the public library, Scottish country dancing at the Chelmsford Community Center; winter survival camping , s’mores, and campfire on the Commons; musical performances, stories and songs; indoor Winter Carnival at Central Congregational Church and much more. See website for detailed schedule.
Brattleboro Winter Carnival 2019

Living Memorial Park and other locations Brattleboro, VT Phone:

February 16-24, 2019

Nine days filled with events for all ages: junior Olympics, a pancake breakfast, children's cooking classes, adult comedy show, figure skating show, a children's show, a variety show, queen's and princess pageants and chili cook-off. Schedule of events.
Lyndon/Burke Snowflake Festival 2019

various locations Lyndon, VT Phone:

February 18-March 3, 2019

Come and enjoy pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, ski races, snow sculpture contest, hockey games, ice skating, moonlit Nordic treks, arts & crafts and more fun ways to entertain the whole family. See festival website for detailed schedule.
Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival 2019

Brattleboro Music Center and McNeill’s Brewery Brattleboro, VT Phone:

January 26-27, 2019

The Northern Roots Festival begins with a full slate of daytime participation and performance activities, including workshops, panels, mini-concerts, pub sessions, and a dance band workshop that leads to playing for a family dance. The festival concludes with an evening performance featuring musicians representing the best of the northern musical traditions. Full schedule.
Time: Noon to 9 p.m.
Admission: Daytime workshops, $10-$25; evening gala, $10-$20
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Sun Wine & Food Fest 2019

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT Phone:

January 24-27, 2019

Sun Wine and Food Fest at Mohegan Sun Casino reliably warms up winter in Connecticut each January. Choose events from the Grand Tasting and Celebrity Chef Dine Around through Sunday Brunch and Divine Delights, a pairing of treats and dessert wines. Also: Boston Brews & Bites, and a Burbon Tasting. Schedule.
Camden Winterfest 2019

February 2-10, 2019

Camden Winterfest is Maine’s Mardi Gras, with outdoor and indoor activities, ice carving and snow sculpting. The week closes with the Toboggan Nationals. Enjoy ice carving, music, refreshments, and festivities; snowboarding demos and competition in Harbor Park; a Polar Plunge in Harbor Park, and snow sculpting on the Village Green. See event Facebook page for detailed schedule.
Spice on Snow Festival 2019

Various downtown locations Montpelier, VT Phone:

January 24-27, 2019

Presented by the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture, this is four days of Cajun music, food and dance. Downtown venues host foot-stomping dance lessons and parties, jam sessions, sing-alongs, and concerts. Performers include the Frieght Hoppers, MIke and Ruthy, Rachel Eddy, the Hokum Brothers, and many more. Schedule of events. Ticket prices.
Time: Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Stowe Winter Carnival 2019

Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, and other locations in town Stowe, VT Phone:

January 25-27, 2019

This popular annual event is composed of fun activities for everyone, like goofy sports competitions, an ice carving competition and ice carving demonstration day, a youth ice fishing tournament, snow golf and snow volleyball tournaments. Great live music will be performed at Rusty Nail Stage and The Matterhorn.
Wentworth by the Sea Winter Wine Festival 2019

Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, 588 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH Phone:

January 18-February 17, 2019

The Winter Wine Festival at Wentworth By the Sea is a six-week tour of the world’s best wines, most illustrious winemakers and deliciously paired menus. The festival offers dinners, tastings flight nights, Bubbles & Jazz Brunches. Festival brochure.
Grafton Winter Carnival 2019

Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, 783 Townshend Road Grafton, VT Phone:

February 9, 2019

Go tubing, skiing or snowshoeing...enjoy a sleigh ride and demo new equipment. There will be sleigh rides, a wine and cheese showshoe tours (reservations required); and ski demos. The outside fire will be ablaze. MKT: Grafton will be serving food and beer! Admission includes a trail pass and rental equipment.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission Adults, $25; youth, $20; kids age 5 and younger, free
Dartmouth Winter Carnival 2019

Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Phone:

February 7-10, 2019

Known as the oldest collegiate winter festival, Winter Carnival is a celebration of winter, snow, and fun in the outdoors. Polar bear swims, races, competitions, ice and snow fun. A big part of the fest is the ice sculpting competition. See event website for schedule of events. The theme for this carnival is "ICE AGE: 250 Years of Winter."
Mardi Gras Village Winterfest 2019 at Stratton Mountain

Stratton Mountain Resort 5 Village Lodge Road South Londonderry, VT Phone:

March 30, 2019

Stratton celebrates Mardi Gras with an authentic crawfish boil, jambalaya form the large kettle, Hurricane cocktails, pond skimming, lots of live music , Penguin Plunge, Apres party in Grizzly’s.

North Bennington Winterfest 2019

Various locations North Bennington, VT Phone:

January 26, 2019

The day's events include Penguin Plunge at the Lake Paran, a winter craft market, penguin stories and crafts, a pig roast, snowman building, tractor and horses rides, and indoor carnival and a chilifest. See event website for locations of events.
Waterbury Winterfest 2019

various locations Waterbury, VT Phone:

January 25-February 3, 2019

This festival is 10 days packed full of indoor and outdoor fun. Come play out in the snow or enjoy fine restaurants and businesses. Events include skating , bonfire, broomball, father-daughter dance, game show, wassailing, poker night, movies, snowshoeing, karaoke, and much more. Schedule.
Memphremagog Ice Skating Festival 2019

Kingdom Games, 649 Sunset Acres Newport, VT Phone:

March 2-3, 2019

Three days of ice skating and competitions on Lake Memphremagog. The races will be held on a 700-meter to 1-km skating track on Lake Memphremagog. Free to the public for viewing. Fee to skate is $45 for each day
Time: Start time is 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday
Rangeley Snowmobile Snodeo 2019

various locations in and near Rangeley Rangeley, ME Phone:

January 26, 2019

Maine's Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club hosts this multi-day annual festival featuring snowmobile demos and activities. Highlights usually include a snowmobile parade , a Rave X snowmobile stunt show, a live auction, radar runs and a casino night.
Boston Harbor Hotel Wine Festival 2019

Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA Phone: 617-330-9355

January 11-March 29, 2019

The Boston Wine Festival presents a lineup of intimate winemaker hosted dinners, seminars and receptions from January through March. It is the longest running food and wine festival in the nation. Featured events are Grand Opening Reception, the Valentine Champagne Dinner Dance, and the Valentine's Jazz Brunch. Receptions are walk-about events presenting 40 wines of a particular theme; dinners are four-course dinners hosted by a winemaker or winery owner; Seminars are themed, on topics like barrel samples, vertical tastings, horizontal tastings and blends. See the festival calendar for details about events. Hurry; many events sell out early.
Shelburne Winterfest 2019

Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT Phone:

February 9, 2019

Come enjoy indoor and outdoor winter activities during this free event. The day includes sledding, horse-drawn rides with Thornapple Farm ($2/person), live birds with Outreach for Earth Stewardship, crafts, entertainment, food, bake sale, crafts. T-Bone “America’s Musical Pied Piper” will perform at 10:30 a.m. and noon.
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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