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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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Flag Boy - NH Highland Games - 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!

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!
Denison Homestead Daffodil Festival 2019

Denison Homestead Museum,120 Pequotsepos Road Mystic, CT Phone:

April 13, 2019

Enjoy tours of the homestead, an open-hearth cooking demonstration, children's crafts, and enjoy the thousands of beautiful daffodils. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $5.
Newport Daffodil Days Festival 2019

various locations Newport, RI Phone: 401-845-9110

April 13-21, 2019

This nine-day affair includes a daffy dog parade, dabbling and doodling the daffys art kiosks, a private garden tour, wine tastings, a bike ride, bouquet bar, sidewalk parade, car rally and classic car display, a garden party with live music and ballet and more. See festival website for details of specific events.
New Hampshire Renaissance Faire 2019

Brookvale Pines Farm, 154 Martin Road Fremont, NH Phone:

May 11, 12, 18, 19, 2019

Gallant knights; fantastical fairies; lots of Renaissance-era entertainment; a Children’s Glen with games, crafts, and jousting; archery range; craft demos, knight encampments, Charity Wench & Lad Auction; Maypole. Time: Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Schedule and map.
Admission: Adults, $15; kids age 5 to 12 and active military or veterans and seniors over age 54, $10
Canterbury Maple Festival 2019

Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH Phone:

March 23-24, 2019

Tour local sugar houses, browse artisan shops, and visit the Village for an assortment of maple-themed activities: pancake breakfast, children’s crafts, maple production demonstrations. See festival website for schedule of events.
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Pancake breakfast is $20 per family; reservations not required
Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival 2019

downtown Bennington Bennington, VT Phone:

May 25, 2019

More than 100 crafters and artisans present handmade crafts; cooks serve ethnic foods and wood fired pizza, BBQ, blooming onions, ice cream, and more. Enjoy kids activities, contests, games, a dunking booth, the 4-H shooting range, a bouncy house, face painting.
Vermont Maple Open House Weekend 2019

Maple producers throughout the state many towns, VT Phone:

March 23-24, 2019

Visit sugarhouses across Vermont, watch sap being harvested and maple syrup being made. Many sugarhouses host special events like pancake breakfasts, tours of the sugarbush (the maple tree groves), live music, and kids’ activities. Check event website for list of participating sugarhouses.
Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend 2019

Church Street Marketplace Burlington, VT Phone:

March 29-31, 2019

Church Street Marketplace will host three days of street artists, live musicians and other entertainers. Small, pop-up tents and one large carnival tent, all heated, will be the locations for performances. Beer garden will be open. Acts include vaudeville troupe Daredevil Chicken, performance art group Big Nazo, breakdancer Snap Boogie, street performer Derek McCalister and El Gleno Grande. The traditional parade will not be held in 2019.
Skowhegan Maple Festival 2019

Water Street Skowhegan, ME Phone:

March 22-24, 2019

This festival of all things maple offers fun activities and events for all ages with a pancake breakfast; marshmallow roasting; a scavenger hunt; a beer, wine, and food tasting, and more. This year brings a new feature: a Maple Madness Basketball Tournament with a dozen youth teams across Maine. On Maine Maple Sunday, March 24, sugarhouses around the state open their doors to the public with free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made.
Maine Fiddlehead Festival and Local Food Day 2019

Emery Community Arts Center, Academy Street Farmington, ME Phone:

May 4, 2019

The festival celebrates fiddleheads -- the immature ostrich fern -- along with food and the farmers, foragers, and food-lovers. The fest includes the first Farmington Farmers’ Market of the season, live animals for children to play with, Tent Talks on homesteading topics, live music, and gourmet fiddlehead cooking demonstrations, craft vendors and music by the Franklin County Fiddlers. This year’s Tent Talks will be on making birch syrup, raising rabbits in a free environment, the benefits of a plant-based diet, hemp farming, foraging wild edible mushrooms, and how to harvest and safely prepare wild fiddleheads.
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2018
Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2019

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

April 26-28, 2019

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. 
Vermont Brewers Festival 2019

Killington Ski Resort, 4763 Killington Road Killington, VT Phone:

March 23, 2019

Enjoy exclusive beers created in collaboration by Vermont brewers. Over 100 beers will be offered, including 30 brews created for this festival. Embrace the elements with this all outdoor winter themed festival at the base area of the K1 lodge at Killington. Sit by the fire pits with the brewers who host this event while enjoying samples of beer.
Time: Two sessions: noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.
Admission: $44; designated driver, $12. Admission includes a 2019 souvenir tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets.
Salem Maritime Festival 2019

Derby Wharf, Derby Street Salem, MA Phone:

August 3-4, 2019

Celebrate ships, sailors, sawdust and song at this annual free family festival. Hosted by the National Park Service, the festival features live music, historical re-enactors, tall ships, demonstrations, and interactive programs and crafts for families. Live music and entertainment all day both days, along with demonstrations, exhibits, and activities
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Paradise City Marlborough Winter Arts Festival 2019

Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West (Route 20) Marlborough, MA Phone:

March 22-24, 2019

One hundred seventy-five outstanding exhibitors display the best in American artistry and craftsmanship. With live music, special exhibits, two cafes and demonstrations. This show is always a destination for decorators, art lovers and discerning homeowners as well as a favorite source for fashion, jewelry and gifts.
Time: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14; seniors, $12; students, $8; three-day pass. $16; children age 12 and younger admitted free.
Deerfield Sheep and Wool Festival 2019

Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road Deerfield, NH Phone:

May 11-12, 2019

A family weekend of fun, speakers, demonstrators, workshops, sheep dog trial, youth sheep shows. More than 150 vendors. Great food. A safe and fun environment to bring the family to learn about agriculture in New Hampshire. Please do not bring pets.
Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Adults, $7; seniors and youth under age 12, free.
Maine Maple Sunday 2019

Participating sugar houses Statewide, ME Phone:

March 24, 2019

On Maine Maple Sunday, sugarhouses of Maine celebrate this sweet Maine product by opening their doors to the public for tours and events and tastings. They are pleased to offer maple stories, and maple foods for sale. Maine Maple Sunday is officially one day, but some sugarhouses are open all weekend. Read the description of each sugarhouse to know what times it will be open and the activities it will offer.  See event website for list of participating sugar houses.
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Patriots’ Day 2019 at Minute Man National Historical Park

North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty Street Concord, MA Phone: 978-318-7825

April 13-18, 2019

Patriot’s Day, officially celebrated on April 15, commemorates the start of the Revolutionary War, and is a state holiday in Massachusetts. Much of the activity takes place at or near the Minute Man National Historic Park.
Saturday, April 13
Battle Road Demonstration: Parker’s Revenge. On Battle Road Trail behind the Minute Man Visitor Center, Lexington. Hundreds of British and colonial re-enactors will engage in a tactical weapons demonstration with musket firing and fast-paced battle action along a stretch of the actual Battle Road of 1775. 1 p.m.
Monday, April 15
Lexington Battle Re-enactment on Lexington Green. British and Colonial re-enactors stage a reenactment of the early-morning battle. 5:30 a.m.
Monday, April 15
Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight and Concord Parade at North Bridge, Concord. British and Colonial re-enactors will commemorate the “Shot heard round the world” with a battle demonstration. 8:45 a.m. Immediately following, the Concord Patriot's Day parade will arrive around 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 18
Patriot Vigil at North Bridge Visitor Center and North Bridge. As darkness descends upon the North Bridge battlefield we invite you to come and reflect on the events of April 19, 1775 and the meaning of liberty. The evening ceremony will feature a lantern-light procession, poetry, music, and a recitation of the names of the Patriots who gave their lives. 8 p.m.
See more events at Battle Road website
Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair 2019

Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road Cummington, MA Phone:

May 25-26, 2019

All Massachusetts sheep producers and wool crafts enthusiasts are invited to participate in this event. Chosen by Yankee Magazine as one of the top 20 things to do in Massachusetts.
Admission: Parking is $10 per car; $15 for a two-day pass
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SheepFest in Denmark 2019

Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main Street, Route 160 Denmark, ME Phone:

April 20, 2019

This gathering of sheep, goat and alpaca owners, spinners, weavers and fiber artists grows every year. Come enjoy live music, spinning, knitting and weaving demonstrations, and crafts for sale. Watch scores of sheep and goats receive their summer haircut. Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival 2019

Tolland Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30) Vernon, CT Phone:

April 27, 2019

This agricultural learning experience features fiber art demonstrations and workshops, sheep dog trials, sheep shearing and a wool fashion show. Premier fiber vendors offer a wide variety of handicrafts. Live music, animals, great food and a kids wool craft corner also.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission and parking: $10
New Hampshire Maple Experience 2019

The Rocks, 4 Christmas Lane Bethlehem, NH Phone: 603-444-6228

March 23, 24, 30, 31 and April 6, 2019

The New Hampshire Maple Experience takes visitors on a tour through time and taste. Maple Tours, offered the last three weekends of March and the first weekend of April, are a chance at hands-on learning. Guests will learn the history of sugaring, help tap a sugar maple tree, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the property, and get a taste of the syrup made at The Rocks. Email: info@TheRocks.org
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Admission: Adults, $15; children, $10
Maple Madness 2019

Woodstock Inn and other locations Woodstock, VT Phone:

March 23, 2019

Enjoy maple tastings; bid on hand-painted sap buckets; sample culinary treats at the Maple Taste-a-Round; get crafty with kids activities; or join maple-themed fun runs and bike races.
Lunenburg Maple Festival 2019

Lunenburg Common, Route 2 Lunenburg, VT Phone: 802-892-6654

March 23, 2019

Antique sugaring equipment, door prize drawings,  maple recipe samples, maple quilt square contest, scavenger hunt, and guessing games throughout the day. Maple pie baking contests. See sugaring operations and tree tapping demonstrations.
Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vermont Maple Festival 2019 in St. Albans

Main Street St. Albans, VT Phone: 802-524-5800

April 26-28, 2019

Visitors flock all over the U.S. and the world visit downtown St. Albans for maple treats, maple fun, and the chance to see the maple sugaring industry in action. What goes on? Live entertainment; antique show; craft show; paint and sip, tastings of beer, cider, and mead; sugarhouse tours; pancake breakfasts; a carnival; . Schedule of events.
New Hampshire Maple Weekend 2019

various sugarhouses Statewide, NH Phone:

March 23-24, 2019

More than 60 sugarhouses across the state participate in this open house. Learn how maple syrup is made; plus free samples, horse-drawn rides, sugar on snow, pancake breakfasts, and more. See website for participating sugarhouses and what activities to expect at sugarhouses.
Whitingham Maple Festival 2019

Whitingham Municipal Center, 2948 VT Route 100 Whitingham and Jacksonville, VT Phone:

March 23-24, 2019

Seven Whitingham sugar makers welcome the public to learn about the art of maple syrup and sugar making and the historical importance of sugaring. Other events include and craft fair, pancake breakfasts, sugar on snow and ham dinner, craft fair and horse drawn sleigh rides. Time: Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.

St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival 2019

Downtown St. Johnsbury St. Johnsbury, VT Phone:

April 27, 2019

Saturday morning opens with a 5k run and a pancake breakfast at the Welcome Center. Entertainment will be provided all day long and the streets will be lined with over 60 craft and food vendors.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Maple Days 2019 at Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA Phone: 800-733-1830

March 2-24, 2019

Come to Old Sturbridge Village on weekends in March to see maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century rural New England at a real working sugar camp. See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to "sugaring off." See demonstrations of the traditional Native American methods, early 19th-century New England, 20th century metal buckets, and contemporary tubing. Costumed historians will also cook period foods made with maple products by the hearth at the Village’s Freeman Farm. Dates: March 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $28; seniors age 55 and older, $26; children age 4 to 17 and college students, $14.
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.
Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Mansion 2019

52 Gore Street Waltham, MA Phone: 781-894-2798

April 27, 2019

Shearers demonstrate modern and traditional shearing techniques. Herding dogs give demonstrations of controling a flock. The crafts fair offers hand-crafted goods by fine crafters. Also come to enjoy: live music, country dancing, an historic military encampment, traditional crafts, spinners, weavers and more. Time: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission: $20. Children aged 12 years and under, free. 
Meriden Daffodil Festival 2019

Hubbard Park, 88 State Street Meriden, CT Phone: 203-630-4259

April 27-28, 2019

Sixty thousand daffodils create a sea of fragrant yellow blossoms throughout the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park in Meriden. See 61 different varieties of daffodils, and enjoy a parade on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., craft fair, live music, fireworks, food vendors, carnival rides, and shuttle bus service. Fireworks are launched above the park on Saturday at 8 p.m. Plenty of free parking.
Patriots' Day in Ogunquit 2019

various locations Ogunquit, ME Phone:

April 12-14, 2019

Friday, April 12
Library Book Sale at Ogunquit Memorial Library. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Re-Enactment of the Boston Tea Party at Perkins Cove. 7 p.m. Watch our colonists from the dock as they throw chests of tea off the Bunny Clark.
Fife and Drum Concert at the Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road. 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 13
Beach Bazaar at the Main Beach parking lot. Over 50 vendors will sell their wares under the tent! 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Repeats on Sunday.
Ogunquit Memorial Library Book Sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Children’s Crafts at Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road. Appropriate for ages 4-10. 10-11 a.m.
Taste of the Town at Dunaway Center, 23 School Street. Restaurants will serve up their special dishes for you to try out.. Admission: Ages 21 and older, $15; under age 21, $10. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
American Pie Contest at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street. Noon.
Junior Fife & Drum Corp Presentation at Ogunquit Heritage Museum. 1:30 p.m.
Karla Bonoff Concert at Jonathan's Ogunquit, 92 Bourne Lane. 8 p.m.
The Awesome 80s Prom at MaineStreet Ogunquit, 195 Main Street. Featuring Guest DJ Andrea Stamas. No Cover. 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Sunday, April 14
Re-Enactment Of The Flag Raising At Iwo Jima at Marginal Way, in front of Beachmere Inn. 11 a.m.
Patriotic Pooch Pageant And Fashion Show at Liquid Dreams parking lot, 696 Main Street. Weather permitting. 12:30 p.m.
Ogunquit’s Got Talent at MaineStreet Ogunquit, 195 Main Street. 8 p.m.
All Weekend
Treasure Hunts: Bring your completed Patriots Day booklet to the Chamber information table under the tents at the Main Beach and be entered to win a prize.
Scavenger Hunt (throughout Ogunquit) Visit some of the businesses around town to find the antiques and other items relating to colonial days in stores throughout town.
Colonial Flag Treasure Hunt under the tents at the beach. Find all of the flags at the craft fair.

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