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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
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.
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!
Camden Winterfest 2020

Camden Harbor Park, Main Street Camden, ME Phone:

January 31-February 9, 2020

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.
Maine Lakes Winter Carnival 2020

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

February 15, 2020

Junior fishing derby, food trucks, polar dip, ice bar, horse-drawn wagon rides. Schedule of events.
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Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival 2020

Bethany United church of Christ, 115 Main Street, and other Montpelier locations Montpelier, VT Phone:

January 24-26, 2020

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 Molsky Mountain Drifters, The Old Fashioned Aces, the Moonshells, and Matt Downer. Other Vermont-based performers include: Young Tradition Touring Group, Chaque Fois, Kick em Jenny, Two Cents in the Till, Old Sky, Last Train to Zinkov, Mark Legrand and Turning Stile. See event website for schedule.
Time: Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 to $100
Paint the Town Red 2020

Many locations Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, ME Phone: 207-967-0857

February 1-29, 2020

In February, the Kennebunks transform into a romantic retreat drenched in the color red! The month brings special events, romance lodging packages, dining specials, and tag sales.

February 1
Love In The Kennebunks at the Brick Store Museum. Noon. Repeats February 8, 15, 22, 29.
Small Group Cocktail Class at Old Vines Wine Bar. 1-3 p.m. Repeats February 8, 15.
Launch Party at the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel. 7 p.m.

February 6
Dinner at Earth At Hidden Pond. Recipes for the upcoming season. 6 p.m.

February 8
Oyster Shucking Class + Wine Tasting at The Boathouse. 2 p.m. Repeats February 15.

February 10
Paint Party at Alisson’s Restaurant. 6 p.m.

February 12
French Family Wine Dinner at Old Vines Wine Bar. 6-9 p.m.

February 13
Valentine's Day Dinner at White Barn Inn. 5:30 p.m. Repeats February 14 and 15.

February 14
Valentine’s Gifting Tree atAlisson’s Restaurant. 5 p.m.

February 15
Wines & Valentines tasting at the Kennebunkport Inn. 2-3 p.m.
Soup Tasting Contest at H.B. Provisions. 2 p.m.
Red Hot Party at Batson River Brewing & Distilling. 6-10 p.m.

February 16
Bubbles & Truffles at The Grand Hotel 4-5 p.m.

February 20
Dinner with Ocean’s Test Kitchen at the Boathouse. 6 p.m.

February 21
Dueling Pianos at Old Vines Wine Bar. 6-9 p.m.

February 22
Classic Mixology at The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn. 2-3 p.m.
Champagne & Caviar Tasting at The Grand Hotel. 2-3 p.m.
Avalanche Winter Party at Old Vines Wine Bar. 5-11 p.m.

February 23
Snow Stroll With The Kennebunk Land Trust. 10 a.m.-noon

February 27
The Tides Beach Club Test Kitchen At The Boathouse. Recipes for the upcoming season at The Tides Beach Club. 6 p.m.

February 29
Apres Ski Party at The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn. 4-8 p.m.
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Sun Wine & Food Fest 2020

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT Phone:

January 24-26, 2020

Sun Wine and Food Fest at Mohegan Sun Casino reliably warms up winter in Connecticut each January. Choose events from the Grand Tasting, Bourbon Tasting, Cigars and Wine Pairing, Vintage Cru, Brunch Battle and Champagne Brunch. Meet celebrity chefs. Schedule.
Waterbury Winterfest 2019

various locations Waterbury, VT Phone:

January 24-February 2, 2020

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. Here are a few of the highlights:
Friday, January 24
Family Skate And Ice Games at Anderson Outdoor Skating Rink. 5 p.m.
Wine Tasting at The Wine Vault, 1 Elm Street. 4-7 p.m.
Saturday, January 25
Broomball at Anderson Outdoor Skating Rink. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jungle Beat With Musical Munchkins at Green Mountain Performing Arts. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Drone Races at Thatcher Brook Primary School Gymnasium. 1-3 p.m.
Game Show at American Legion, 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, January 28
Winterfest Beer Quiz at Blackback Pub. 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 29
Wassailing at six downtown businesses. 6-8 p.m. A handful of teams visits six downtown venues, sings a couple of songs at each stop.
Thursday, January 30
Night Sky Viewing With The Vermont Astronomical Society at Waterbury Public Library. 5:30-7 p.m.
Friday, January 31
Frozen Dance Party & Hot Cocoa Bar at Green Mountain Performing Arts. 5:30-7 p.m.
Beer Tasting At Craft Beer Cellar. 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, February 1
Fat Tire Bike Demo Day And Group Ride at Rusty Parker Memorial Park1-4 p.m. Alchemist pour 4-6 p.m. at Green Mountain Coffee Cafe and Visitor Center
Snow Ball Dance And Silent Auction at Country Club of Vermont, Waterbury Center. 7-11 p.m.
Sunday, February 2
Snow Football at Fields at the Ice Center. 1 p.m.
GoNorth Snofest 2020

Coleman State Park, Coleman Lodges and the Swift Diamond Riders clubhouse Stewartstown, NH Phone: 603-237-8939

March 6-7, 2020

Shuttle service is available, with stops at all locations.
Snowmobile displays and test drives of 2021 models at Coleman State Park, 1166 Diamond Pond Road, Stewartstown. With the purchase of a daily $10 demo pass, attendees will able to test drive as many machines as they would like. Must be age 18 or older, with a drivers license.
Groomer rodeo at the Swift Diamond Riders will clubhouse, 978 Diamond Pond Road, Stewartstown. Check out the newest grooming equipment.
Spirits of the North Country beer and wine tasting at Coleman Lodges, 36 Eckerd Alley Way, Stewartstown. Along with the tastings, also come to enjoy snowshoeing, fat tire biking and winter survival techniques.
Parade of Lights on Back Lake in Pittsburg (March 7)
Steak Feed at Umbagog Snowmobile Association in Errol (March 7).
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wentworth by the Sea Winter Wine Festival 2020

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

January 17-February 16, 2020

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. Some of the highlights include:
The Big Tastings on January 17 and February 14. 6-8:30 p.m.
Flight Nights, every Monday through Thursday, 5-7 p.m.
Grand Vintner's Dinners on January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15,
Shell Shocked -- An Oyster & Wine Celebration. February 7, 6-8:30 p.m.
Bubbles and Jazz Brunches on Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Winter Rendezvous 2020

Stowe Montain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road Stowe, VT Phone: 802-253-7321

January 22-26, 2020

The annual LGBTQ pride celebration in Stowe, Vermont, coincides with Stowe’s Winter Carnival Festival. Guests can enjoy a big lineup of activities and entertainment: skiing and snowboarding on Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the Trapp Family Lodge. Other outdoor activities include ice skating, horse drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiles, dog sledding, hot tubs and bonfires. Schedule of events.
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Easthampton WinterFest 2020

Many locations in town Easthampton, MA Phone:

February 8, 2020

Come take part in ice harvesting on Nashawannuck Pond: Snow art competition, films, pancake breakfast, cupcake decorating, wildlife workshop and walk, craft and vendor fair, grassblowing demo, yoyo and toy table, magic moments with Ed Popielarczyk, The Snow Qween’s AbominaBall, balloon fun, wagon rides, chili cookoff, dance workshops, ice harvest on the pond, and more. See festival website for detailed schedule.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fire & Ice Valentine's Festival 2020

various locations Putnam, CT Phone:

February 8, 2020

Scores of ice carvings, fire torches, fire performances, and more winter fun, alongside dining and shopping specials in the downtown.
Time: Noon – 10 p.m.
Bill Koch League Festival 2020

Great Glen Trails, NH Route 16 Pinkham Notch, NH Phone:

February 29 and March 1, 2020

This festival is the marquee event of the Bill Koch League, the largest cross country ski program for children in the United States. The weekend will feature relay and individual races by age group, as well as a healthy mix of non-racing activities that everyone can enjoy. The theme of 2020's Festival will be Superheroes. Map of festival grounds.
Pies on Parade 2020

Historic Inns and other locations Camden and Rockland, ME Phone: 207-596-6611

Jan 24-26, 2020

Rockland and Camden go pie-crazy with a Friday night silent auction and pie gala, Saturday pie scavenger hunt in Camden, and the headliner event, Pies on Parade, on Sunday (1-4 p.m.). During Pies on Parade, the Historic Inns of Rockland (Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn and Granite Inn) and two dozen more businesses welcome pie eaters to sample more than 50 different pies. All Aboard Trolley will provide transportation at designated stops. Lodging packages available.
Time: Friday, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Day tickets are $30 over people over age 10; $15 for children ten and younger,
Rangeley Winterpaloozah 2020

Haley Pond Park and Rangeley Town Park Rangeley, ME Phone:

February 15, 2020

Enjoy a day of horse and wagon rides, ice skating, pond hockey, curling, snow golf, fat tire bikes, kick sleds, snow kiting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snow castle, campfire, hot chocolate and more fun and games for the family. Free.
Also pay-for-entry competitions, including Dog Keg Pull, Cardboard Sled Race, Frying Pan Toss, Paloozah Carry, Fat Tire Bike Race, the Paloozathon (run, snowshoe, fat bike) and a Snow Sculpture Contest. Hot lunch will be served at Haley Pond.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rangeley Snowmobile Snodeo 2020

various locations in and near Rangeley Rangeley, ME Phone:

January 25, 2020

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.
Jackson Snow Sculpting Competition 2020

Jackson Village Jackson, NH Phone:

January 24-26, 2020

Teams from all over the Northeast converge on Jackson village from Friday through mid-day on Sunday to sculpt art from eight-foot-by-four-foot cylinders of compacted snow. Spectators are welcome to view the entire process and to enjoy the finished pieces. Sculptures are lit at night, There will be a torch light parade on Saturday, a scavenger hunt, and plenty of activities for kids all weekend.
Merrimack River Eagle Festival 2020

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

February 15, 2020

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.
Dartmouth Winter Carnival 2020

Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Phone:

February 6-9, 2020

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 2019 is "A Blizzard of Unbelievable Beasts." Schedule.
Belfast Winter Whoopla 2020

Downtown Belfast, United Farmers Market, Belfast Common Belfast, ME Phone:

January 31-February 1, 2020

This three-day event is a mission to get people out, having some fun.
Friday January 31 Frost & Flannel Dance at the Belfast Boathouse. 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, February 1 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Pancake breakfast; our town Belfast cabin fever sale (downtown Belfast); build a snowman; sledding on Belfast Common; snowshoeing and s’mores; snow painting on Belfast Common; bingo hike/walk; mini golf at Overlock Skate Park; scavenger hunt bingo; chili cook-off; corn-hole tournament; Christmas tree bonfire (4 p.m.)
Boston Wine Festival 2020

Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA Phone:

January 10-March 27, 2020

The festival, held entirely at the Boston Harbor Hotel over a period of three and a half months, brings several events each week that can include dinners, seminars, and tasting receptions. Major events of the festival include the Grand Opening Reception (January 10) with samples of 50 wines and a grand buffet, the Valentine's Champagne Dinner Dance (February 15), a Champagne Brunch (February 16). Many vineyards host their own evening of tastings during the festival. See full schedule
Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival 2020

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

January 25-26, 2020

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. Performers include John Roberts, on concertina and banjo; Debra Cowan, folk singer; Lydia Levins, playing nyckelharpa and five-string fiddle for Scandinavian and English Country dancing; folkies Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman; and many more. There is a family dance on Sunday
Time: Saturday, noon to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-9:30 p.m.
Admission: Daytime workshops, $10-$30; family dance and concert, $5 per person; $20 family limit.
Stowe Winter Carnival 2020

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

January 23-26, 2020

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. See event website for detailed schedule.
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Lowell Winterfest 2020

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

February 21-22 2020

Enjoy live entertainment, many children's activities, local cuisine, the famous Soup Bowl Competition, carousel and free ice-skating, all-you-can-eat chocolate festival, a winter arts and crafts market, beer garden, live music. See event website for detailed schedule.
WINEterfest Weekend 2020

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

February 14-16, 2020

WINEterfest Speakeasy Soiree. February 14, 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-$50
WINEterfest 2020. February 15 and 16, 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. Grape stomping is at 1 and 3 p.m. both days. Live music from noon to 4 p.m. by The Bucks Band on Saturday and Blue Light Bandits on Sunday. $25-$27
Flavors of Freeport 2020

The Hilton Garden Inn, School and Park streets Freeport, ME Phone:

February 21-23, 2020

Throughout the weekend you will find a variety of food events from chocolate factory tours and cocktail competitions, to a wine dinner and lobster brunch. Signature events re the Fare & Ice on Friday, 5-8 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Freeport, and the Ice Bar featuring Motor Booty Affair is Saturday 5-9 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn Freeport.
Carnivale 2020

Eastern Promenade Portland, ME Phone:

January 31-February 1, 2020

This is a two-day festival along Portland's waterfront. Enjoy live ice sculpting, illumination art, live entertainment, and a raial jam at selfie photos, Maine mascots, bonfires, tastings of food and drink at a Bites & Brews igloo (For guests age 21 and older. $65); , ice sculptures, illumination art, live entertainment and Rail Jam at Sunday River. Tickets. Eastern Promenade Portland Time: Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: General admission both days is $20; Bites and Brews is $65; Snow Ball is $100
Taste of Chocolate Weekend 2020 at Harvard Square

January 24-26, 2020

Harvard Square’s restaurants and cafes will feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, cordials, and nightcaps while Harvard Square retailers will present chocolate specials and deals. The annual sampling of chocolate goodies will be presented on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. on Brattle Plaza (in front of Brattle Square Florist – 31 Brattle Street).

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