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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!
Mayflower Sails 2020 -- Postponed

Charlestown Navy Yard, 114 16th Street Charlestown, MA Phone:

May 14-19, 2020

After a three-year restoration at Mystic Seaport, Mayflower II will enter Boston Harbor on May 14, escorted by the USS Constitution. Mayflower Sails 2020 festival will allow the public to board and tour Mayflower II. There is no fee to board, but everyone over age 3 must have a ticket.
The festival will include educational experiences about 17th-century life aboard the ship, Native American and Colonial life. A Passport Through Time program will connect the stories of all of the ships in the Navy Yard. The festival also offers food and drink from vendors, entertainment and music. Visit Old Ironsides and the USS Cassin Young for a living maritime history lesson.
Please note that the Mayflower is not fully accessible. Ramps can be steep. Strollers and wheelchairs are not permitted on board. Tickets
Mayflower Homecoming Weekend 2020

State Pier Plymouth, MA Phone:

May 23-25, 2020

After a 3-year restoration, Mayflower returns to her berth at State Pier in Plymouth on May 21, as part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the 1620 landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth. The Mayflower will be open to visitors May 23-25. Tickets are $25, and guests chose a time slot to visit. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Be aware that they will sell out quickly. Visits take place rain or shine. In addition to tours of Mayflower, there will be free daily educational programming for all. Tickets.
Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2018
Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2020 -- Postponed in 2020

Various Locations Nantucket, MA Phone: 508-228-1700

April 25, 2020

The Daffodil Festival's grand event, held on Saturday, is the Annual Antique Car Parade of more than 100 daffodil-bedecked antique cars, followed by the Daffodil Tailgate Picnic. Held on the lush lawns leading into the village, the picnic boasts fare ranging from elaborate gourmet cuisine served on fine china to box lunches and burgers. Other highlights include the Nantucket Garden Club's Annual Daffodil Show, Children's Daffodil Parade, Daffy Hat Pageant and Daffodil Dog Parade. 
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fairy house fest grafton vt
Fairy House Festival 2020

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

September 26-27, 2020

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: Day-of ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (64 and older), and $5 for children ages 3-17. Tickets cost less when bought online in advance. Tickets good for either day.

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