100 Can’t-Miss New England Summer 2018 Events

Check out some of these fun activities to help keep you busy this summer. Have an event you’d like to see listed in our calendar? Email the information, including the date, a description, and website, to web@necn.com.

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May 31-June 3: Arlington Greek Festival, 4 Appleton Street, Arlington, MA. The Saint Athanasius Festival is one of Arlington’s largest cultural events which draws thousands of people from all over the country. This years event will be held under a 300ft by 60ft tent on our church grounds, and will welcome over 15,000 visitors of all ages from the New England area and around the country. We will have games, rides, and fun activities for the kids and great food and drink for all.
June 5: Boston Taste of the Nation, 1 Black Falcon Ave, Boston, MA. Come celebrate Boston’s hottest and most trend-forward food and beverage event. Taste of the Nation. Set at Cruiseport, Boston's Taste of the Nation features the largest gathering of award winning chefs from the region. Join Honorary Chefs Jody Adams, Joanne Chang, Andy Husbands and Tony Maws and over 60 of Boston’s top chefs as we dine on delicious tastings paired with the best beer, wine and spirits the city has to offer.
June 30-July 1: ComiConn, Foxwoods, Connecticut. The annual convention will take place at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut.
June 9-June 10: Boston Dragon Boat Festival, Boston, MA. The Boston Dragon Boat Festival takes place annually on the banks of the Charles River in Boston and Cambridge. Starting in 1979, Boston Dragon Boat Festival, the first and oldest such festival in North America, has grown from a small neighborhood event commemorating the death in 200 B.C. of the beloved Chinese poet-patriot Qu Yuan to the largest Asian-American cultural event in New England, drawing more than 20,000 participants and spectators.
June 16: Pirate Crawl / Party Cruise, Boston, MA. It’s time to kick off the summer with the return of the Pirate Crawl. One of the stops is a boat for a scenic trip of the Boston Harbor. This year the boat will not be out of the Seaport but instead closer to the Faneuil Hall bars.
June 9-June 17: Laconia Motorcycle Week, Lakeside Avenue in Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH. Residents and businesses alike, welcome motorcyclists during the Rally every year in June. With the 2nd largest demographic of motorcycle riders in the country and host to the oldest Rally in the country, NH opens its doors to motorcycle enthusiasts all year long!
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June 14-June 16: Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition, Hampton Beach, Route 1A, Hampton, NH. The fun starts Thursday, June 14th, 2018 when 200 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach and the “Grady Bunch” starts pounding up the sponsor site. The entire area is illuminated for night viewing through June 27th.
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June 20: Taste of the Nation, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH. Share our Strength makes a stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, when more than 70 local restaurants will get together beneath big-top tents on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum. This year’s Taste promises to be the best yet, featuring incredible food and drink from the top restaurants and brewers on the Seacoast, a fabulous silent auction with rare items and experiences, a VIP lounge, and music so you can dance the night away! Proceeds go toward aiding hunger relief efforts.
June 15-June 17: Quechee Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival, 70 Village Green Circle, Quechee, Vermont. Once again, the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire will be filled with hot air balloons ushering in the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, the longest running hot air balloon festivals in New England. Don’t miss this exciting festival featuring up to 20 hot air balloons with five flights scheduled throughout the festival and additional tethered rides during the day. Enjoy continuous music and entertainment for all ages, and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities Euro Bungee, a Rock Climbing wall, bounce house and more. And of course there will be festival food with local healthy options and a beer and wine garden, with more surprises on site!
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June 27-July 1: St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival, Gloucester, Massachusetts. St. Peter's Fiesta is a five-day festival honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Events include a carnival, the Greasy Pole contest, Seine Boat races parades and ending with the Blessing of the Fleet Mass on Sunday.
June 22-June 24: Newport Flower Show, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island. Rosecliff was the birthplace of the American Beauty Rose, which will be the centerpiece of this year’s flower show. Show highlights: floral designs, horticulture exhibits, garden displays, unique shopping opportunities, Champagne & jazz brunch, authors' afternoon tea, lectures and demonstrations, and children's activities.
June 23: New England Brewfest, Village Shops, Lincoln, NH. Breweries from across New England will gather to tap into their exceptional brews at the annual New England Brewfest! Come to the Lincoln Village Shops in Lincoln, New Hampshire – in the heart of the White Mountains – to sample and learn about these delicious craft brews. There will be 30 breweries and more than 100 beers on tap. While you’re tasting, enjoy live entertainment, craft beer education programs, great food and exhibits offering brew paraphernalia and souvenirs. Lodging packages available; see website for details.
June 21-June 24: Vermont Quilt Festival, Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, VermontnWe have experienced 40 years of sharing the beauty, creativity, artistry, and history of quilt making. In this, our 42nd year we are looking forward to a full agenda that celebrates the history of quilt making, including an exhibit if antique quilts, as well as the opportunities and direction of the modern quilter. Our program embraces the past and introduces the innovations created by new generations of quilters. We will once again, offer contests, classes, presentations, shopping, and exhibits for all to enjoy and experience. Our photographers will be on the scene capturing these moments as the take place and continuing to record for us the rich tradition we celebrate.
June 23: The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Celebrate the taste of Maine’s favorite dessert at the 2018 Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. Dozens of bakers with thousands of Whoopie Pies will be on hand. Sample, purchase and enjoy this unique Maine delicacy. Come for the Whoopie Pies, but stay all day to enjoy live music, food, arts and crafts, vendors, and fun activities for the whole family! For the first time this year, the festival will also be crowning the festival Big Whoop.
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June 30: South Berwick Strawberry Festival, South Berwick, Maine. This volunteer festival gets bigger and better every year. Enjoy strawberry shortcake or strawberries on ice cream under the tents, or choose from the many food tables. There are crafts and jewelry for sale by many vendors, live music and entertainment throughout the day and childrens’ rides and events. Nearby, visit the beautiful Hamilton House, a restored Georgian mansion, owned by Historic New England, situated on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River, once a crucial point in the shipping business of the New England colonies. Or see the home of writer Sarah Orne Jewett, famous for capturing the history and flavor of the region. A 15-minute drive off Route 95 from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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June 24: Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day, public gardens statewide. Enjoy this celebration of Connecticut’s historic gardens. Member gardens host special events and activities. See websites of individual gardens for schedules. Gardens include Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden in Bethlehem; Butler-McCook House and Gardenin Hartford; Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme; Glebe House Museum in Woodbury; Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford; Osborne Homestead Museum; Promisek at Three Rivers Farm in Bridgewater; Roseland Cottage in Woodstock; Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield; and Weir Farm National Historic in Wilton.
June 24-June 30: Annual Windjammer Days Festival, Boothbay Harbor, MainenThe Friends of Windjammer Days, a group of local citizens and business owners, says the yearly celebration of these magnificent tall ships, which played a key role in making Boothbay Harbor a center of American ship building, has historically been a community-led effort that kicks off the summer tourist season and brings a significant boost to the region’s economy. Last year, the festival generated thousands of dollars in revenue for local businesses.
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June 29-July 1: Annual Boston Harborfest, Boston, MassachusettsnWith hundreds of activities over a 4-day period at Boston's best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country's largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, Duck Boat Tours, live entertainment and much more!
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July 4: Boston Fireworks and Boston Pops July 4 Concert Hang out with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the July 3 and 4 concert presentations at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Hatch Memorial Shell located on the Charles River Esplanade. Details about additional featured artists will be released at a later date.
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July 6: Luke Bryan at Fenway Park Boston. Luke Bryan will perform as part of the Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series all summer long. Joining him for the show will be Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi and openers Morgan Wallen and DJ Rock.
July 13-July 15: Moxie Festival, Lisbon Falls, Maine. A festival in honor of a beverage that has a cult following in New England. Music, entertainment, food, fireworks, parades and carnival games. Since 1982, The Moxie Festival has been held on the second weekend in July in Lisbon, Maine, home of the world famous Moxie Store!
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July 6-July 8: Annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival, Stowe, Vermont. Come to the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival and let your spirit soar as more than 25 hot-air balloons fill the sky. Enjoy free admission when you stay at Stoweflake and don’t miss a single moment. View breathtaking launches, enjoy live entertainment, all while sitting back and relaxing with offerings in the beer and wine garden.Kick start your getaway with a Bloody Mary and delicious breakfast at Charlie B’s. Take a dip in our indoor swimming pool or venture out into the many shops of the Mountain Road Marketplace before the festival. You’ll be delighted by all the activities you can take part in all within walking distance of Stoweflake!
July 14: Newburyport Blues Cruise, Waterfront Park, Newburyport, Massachusetts. Newburyport Blues Cruises kick off on July 14 with Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers. A New Orleans Riverboat Party Cruise sets sail on Saturday Aug. 25, featuring performing artist Henri Smith and his band “Friends and Flavours” featuring legendary saxophonist Amadee Castenell.
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July 7: Jamaica Plain Porchfest, Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, JP Porchfest featured 400-500 performers of all kinds on over 80 porches. We look forward to seeing what you bring this year, and we'll need lots of porches and volunteers! Musicians, people with a porch for hosting, and folks who would like to volunteer, start with one of the photo blocks below...but if you are a storyteller, spoken word artist, dancer, theatre performer, circus artist or other artist, please sign up for our "other arts" porches here.
July 7-July 8: New Bedford Folk Festival, New Bedford, Massachusetts. New Bedford Folk Festival brings together over 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 plus juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford’s authentic historic district in July. The two-day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music from 11 AM to 9 PM on seven sound stages in and around the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ranging from the majestic 1200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Theater to the intimacy of the National Park Garden Stage.
July 11-July 14: The Nantucket Comedy Festival, Nantucket, MA. Founded in 2007, the Nantucket Comedy Festival is an annual summer event that brings top comedic talent to Nantucket Island as the major fundraiser for Stand Up & Learn, an island-based, year-round comedy education program serving Nantucket's children. The Nantucket Comedy Festival envisions Nantucket as a community connected by laughter.
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July 13-July 15: Green River Festival, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MassachusettsnThe Green River Festival is Western Massachusetts’ signature summer event. For one weekend every July, Greenfield Community College hosts an outrageous celebration of world class music, great local food, beer, & wine, a handmade craft fair, and lots of family games and activities. We top it all off with four hot air balloon launches and a spectacular Saturday night balloon glow.
July 20-July 22: Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Hartford, Connecticut. The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is a non-profit organization originally conceived by Paul Brown, noted Hartford jazz bassist and music educator. Artists in 2018 include Spyro Gyra, Trombeatz and the Azar Lawrence Experience
July 20- July 22: Killington Wine Festival, Killington, Vermont. The Killington Wine Festival has earned a reputation for being one of the Killington region’s signature summer events. Over the years, the festival has grown immensely and now features more than 500 wines from a collection of over 40 vineyards around the world. Come enjoy a nice July weekend tasting fine wines with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont serving as a scenic backdrop.
July 21: New Bedford Food Truck Festival, 1014 E Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Check out the New Bedford Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, featuring 20+ local (and delicious) food trucks. Also enjoy some of the best regional and national craft beers.
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July 14- July 15: North Atlantic Blues Festival, Rockland, Maine. The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed free admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.
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Aug. 12: Vermont Cheese Festival, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont. Join us in 2018 as we celebrate the 10th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. Vermont is a world class cheese state with the highest number of cheese makers per capita: 50 of them. You are invited to share their passion for making exceptional cheeses, taste great local foods, wines, craft beers and spirits, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day on the shores of Lake Champlain at historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning and making new friends.
July 19-July 22: Stratham Fair, Stratham Hill Park, Route 33 Stratham, NH. Experience a piece of the past… in the present. Established in 1967, the Stratham Fair follows in the traditions of old country fairs. Come and enjoy all the fair has to offer. Entertainment for all ages daily, 4H activities and exhibits, midway rides, music and magic acts, and the Miss Stratham Fair Pageant.
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July 20-July 21: Vermont Brewers Festival, Burlington, Vermont. The Vermont Brewers Festival is the one of the premier beer festivals in the world, held on the waterfront of Lake Champlain overlooking the Adirondack Mountains, on the third weekend of July. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the festival. It is hosted by the Vermont Brewers Association, a nonprofit membership organization that was founded in 1995 to promote and strengthen the culture of craft brewing in Vermont through marketing, education and advocating for Vermont made beer.
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July 20-July 22: Yarmouth Clam Festival, Yarmouth, Maine. The Yarmouth Clam Festival is an annual summer event that promotes the community and provides opportunities for Yarmouth-based non-profit organizations to raise funds in support of their missions.Admission to the Festival is FREE! Every year approximately thirty non-profit groups volunteer thousands and thousands of hours to bring the Festival to life. Come join us for a long weekend (always the 3rd Friday in July) and enjoy all that we have to offer; Friday night parade, Saturday night fireworks, live music from 3 stages, fantastic food served by our non-profit volunteers, arts & crafts shows, road races and more. The Carnival on the Midway opens Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday. All other Festival activities start Friday at 10:00 am. Thank you for supporting us!
July 20-July 22: Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival, Wakefield, Rhode Island. Fly high above America’s smallest state in a hot air balloon at this special festival in scenic south county. Enjoy carnival rides, see the world famous racing pigs, watch a pizza grilling competition, and try the climbing wall — all followed by fireworks. Bring your camera for the special Balloon Glow at dusk.
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July 20-July 22: National Sand Sculpting Festival, Revere Beach, Massachusetts. The Annual Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival (NSSF) will be held Friday–Sunday, July 20-22, 2017. The festival is a greatly anticipated annual summer event in the Greater Boston area with approximately 300,000 attendees. It was voted one of Boston’s Top Events by BizBash Magazine, a leading media publication in the event industry. Master sand sculptors from around the world compete in this national contest that attracts international, national and regional media coverage.
July 27-July 29: Vermont Mountain Bike Festival, Ascutney Mt. Resort, West Windsor, Vermont. The Vermont Mountain Bike Festival is hands down the best festival value every year. Not only is a full weekend of riding and camping only $99, but the proceeds benefit the local host chapter and statewide advocacy. VMBA and Mad River Riders are personally welcoming you to the Valley....taking you on our favorite routes, inviting awesome food and vendors, sharing some local music, clinics, shred films and games. Full weekend registrations include the Saturday Night BBQ, T-shirt, guided rides, over 60 vendors and DH discounts.
July 28-July 29: Newport Antiques Show, St. George’s School, 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown, Rhode Island. Established in 2007, The Newport Antiques Show is one of the nation’s premier antiques venues presenting a wide selection of important Americana antiques. Major dealers present paintings, furniture, folk art, jewelry, and fine and decorative arts. The show’s preview party will take place July 27.
July 27-July 29: Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, Rhode Island. The festival at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, features more than 50 artists on four stages of music, food and crafts and a number of displays. Camping is also an option, but organizers are warning people to think about alternative transportation since parking is limited.
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July 27-July 29: Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, Massachusetts. There’s so much to see, eat, hear, do and discover at the Annual Lowell Folk Festival! The festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities. The Festival is always the last full weekend in July.
July 27-Aug. 5: Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival, Mount Snow Valley, Vermont. Berries, Vintage Cars, Music, and Food. If it’s blue, it’s probably happening in the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley area towns of Wilmington, Whitingham and Dover in late July and early August. The Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival is the culmination of a community effort coordinated by Janet Boyd from Boyd Family Farm in Wilmington and the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce in which dozens of businesses, organizations and individuals have created blueberry or blue themed events happening the first ten days of August. “It’s fun, it’s silly, and something everyone can take part in,” Boyd says of the event.
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July 21-July 22: Foo Fighters at Fenway Park, Boston. Foo Fighters return to Fenway Park in July as part of the Concrete and Gold Tour.
July 27-Aug. 5: Bangor State Fair, Bangor, Maine. This popular 10-day event exhibits a wide range of open ride specials, food and beverages, free music and entertainment and family oriented games, animal shows and more.
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July 28-July 29: Cultural Survival Bazaar, Tiverton Four Corners Art Center, 3852 Main Road, Tiverton, Rhode Island. A festival of indigenous art, music and cultures from around the world. Shop for unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs and much more. Enjoy music performances by a variety of world artists, presentations, Native American storytelling, educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, Wampanoag cuisine. Free admission.
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July 28: Waterville Valley Annual Chocolate Fest, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, this event celebrates chocolate temptations, with local restaurants offering an assortment of sweet treats from 6-8:30 p.m. in Town Square. Guests can purchase delicacies by the piece. While indulging yourself in chocolate enjoy the live music provided by Songs with Molly from 5:30 to 8:30pm.
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Aug. 1-Aug. 5: Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine. The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine! This annual event takes place during the first weekend of August, from Wednesday through Sunday. What started as an idea for a local marine festival to revive Midcoast Maine communities has turned into an internationally-recognized celebration of local seafood. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts visitors from as near as Owls Head, Maine, to visitors from countries throughout Europe and Asia!
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Aug. 2-Aug. 5: 102st Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, Medeira Field, New Bedford, Mass. Founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrant men who wanted to recreate the religious festivals that were so common in the villages of their home island and to commemorate their safe passage to these American shores, this traditional mid-summer gathering for family and friends has become the Largest Portuguese Feast in the World and the largest ethnic festival in New England. The Feast attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe.
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Aug. 3-Aug. 5: Newport Jazz Festival, International Tennis Hall of Fame & Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island. Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, this event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island — a city which is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. The Newport Jazz Festival® was founded in 1954 as the first annual jazz festival in America and has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. Check website for the full 2018 lineup.
Aug. 4-Aug. 5: Salem’s Annual Maritime Festival, Salem, Mass. Hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission, the annual festival features live music, historical reenactors, harbor cruises, demonstrations, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more!
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July 28-July 29: Litchfield Jazz Festival, Goshen, Conn. The Litchfield Jazz Festival is a favorite of the public and critics alike. Check website nearer the date for the full line-up of performers. This is a rain or shine event.
Aug. 4-Aug. 12: Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, NH. America’s oldest craft fair, the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the finest, most prestigious craft events in the USA today. This annual nine-day event showcases the work of more than 350 craftspeople’s items, made by hand in New Hampshire. It’s the place to see an incredible variety of beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative and built to last. The fair is held at the Mount Sunapee Resort in the beautiful Dartmouth/Sunapee region of New Hampshire. The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair is a fun way to explore the fascinating world of fine craftmaking, with activities for all ages. Meet and talk to the craftsmen, learn about their techniques, and purchase from them. Find creative and practical gifts at more than 200 craft booths and The Shop at the Fair. Adults and children can sign up for workshops — including basket weaving, tools for kids and glassblowing. Or, watch daily demonstrations of glassblowing, woodcarving, blacksmithing, furniture building and more.
Aug. 9 & 13: Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival, Provincetown and Cotuit, Massachusetts. Two days of great jazz in two towns on Cape Cod. At the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a colorful community with many shops and restaurants, whale watching and beautiful beaches.
Aug. 11: Annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, Winter Harbor, Maine. North of Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor is on a scenic peninsula with an active fleet of lobster boats. Each August, the harbor draws many visitors for this annual event. Watch lobster boat races, enjoy a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast and Maine lobster dinner and shop at the craft fair. Winter Harbor is accessible by ferry from Bar Harbor in the summer months.
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Aug. 11-Aug. 12: Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic, Conn. More than 270 fine artists will exhibit oils, watercolors, photography, pastels, sculpture and acrylics along the streets of historic downtown Mystic during this annual art festival, the oldest of its kind in the northeast.
Aug. 14-Aug. 18: Vermont State Fair, Rutland, Vermont. The Vermont State Fair is an agricultural fair managed by The Rutland County Agricultural Society. The first Vermont State Fair took place in 1846, making it one of the oldest state fairs in the United States. Originally named the Rutland State Fair, the event started out as a one day event. The first fair took place in a field near Castleton, with Fredrick Button as the first President of the Rutland County Agricultural Society. The fair became popular enough that, in 1849, the Rutland Railroad began putting extra cars on their trains to bring people from all over Vermont and Western New York to visit. After moving around Rutland County for a few years, the Rutland Fair grew closer to Rutland City, sometimes setting up on land owned by John Cain (now Grove Street, north of Crescent) or on the old Baxter Estate. The Fair was given a permanent home in 1856. The land at 175 South Main Street in Rutland, VT was originally known as the Rutland County Park. The fair, which was officially renamed in 1972 as the "Vermont State Fair" is still held at this location today.
Aug. 14-Aug. 19: Washington County Fair, Richmond, Rhode Island. the Washington County Fair, a non-profit organization, has been a great New England tradition for the past 50 years! The Fair is Rhode Island's largest agricultural event. One of the biggest draws to the Fair is today's Country Music Stars! The Fair runs for five days (Wednesday - Sunday). Admission includes access to all daily concerts, special acts and events, the giant midway and kiddy land area (all ride tickets and games separate), all agricultural events and shows, exhibits and displays, tractor and horse pulls, the farm museum, and much, much more! The Fair features the Main Stage pine grove where you can relax and enjoy some of music's hottest acts. The Midway is full of the rides you look forward too every year, as well as some new additions! Also, for the second year, the Midway will feature New England's largest traveling roller coaster! Bring the entire family for five full days of FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT!
Aug. 17-Aug. 19: Annual White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Festival, Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain, NH. The largest outdoor blues festival in New Hampshire! The festival features award-winning blues artists, food vendors, craft vendors, a climbing wall and many fun activities for children including Saturday night fireworks. The festival is held in the heart of the White Mountains and the boogie stage is in a natural amphitheater located on a 72-acre pasture in the Pemigewasset River Valley.
Aug. 17-Aug. 19: Annual Festival of the Arts, Chatham, Massachusetts. More than 110 booths showcasing fine art, crafts, jewelry, glass, ceramics, photography, woodworking, sculpture and more. Children’s tent daily featuring face painting and art & craft activities. Gourmet food trucks will be available on the Green for your refreshment. A great day out for the whole family.
Aug. 17-Aug. 19: Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, Machias, Maine. Come celebrate the powerful little fruit that put this section of Downeast Maine on the map. Come enjoy crafts, food, entertainment, contests, and all things blueberry. Machias is in the northern part of Maine’s beautiful, rugged coast, four hours from Portland, two hours from Bangor, and about an hour and a half from Bar Harbor.
Aug. 17-Aug. 19: 25th Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival, Lewiston/Auburn, Maine. An annual hot-air balloon festival featuring approximately 30 balloons, including some special shapes. Held annually the 3rd weekend of August. Events include balloon rides and tethered balloons (weather permitting), musical entertainment all weekend for all ages, family fun day on Sunday, craft and trade vendors, various food booths, exhibitors, children’s activities, carnival and much more!
August 18: Annual Milford Oyster Festival, Milford, Conn. Come to the coast of Connecticut to celebrate oysters! This family-oriented festival is filled with arts and crafts, harbor activities, entertainment for all ages, colorful tents with food and beverages, a classic car show, canoe and kayak races, children’s games, and national and local entertainers. Several varieties of oysters will be sold at the festival representing some of the most prominent oyster growers on the east coast of the United States. Enjoy oysters both salty and sweet, grown from Maine to Virginia.
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Aug. 10: Billy Joel at Fenway Park, Boston. The "Piano Man" is taking the stage for the fifth time at Fenway Park this year on Friday, Aug. 10.
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Aug. 18-Aug. 19: Annual Cotuit Arts & Crafts Festival, Cotuit, Massachusetts. For two days in August, the Cotuit Village Green becomes the largest outdoor crafts festival on Cape Cod. Come to this quaint, seaside village to see the wares of 100 outstanding artisans and craftsmen. Free parking and free admission.
Aug. 18-Aug. 19: The Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show. The show enters it’s twenty sixth year in the area Rockwell called “the Best of New England, the best of America.” This show is located in historic downtown Stockbridge,MA on the beautiful grounds of the town offices and Bidwell park and within walking distance to specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and the historic Red Lion Inn. Stockbridge, blessed with internationally renowned summer festivals of music, theater and dance, major art museums and historic homes brings hundreds of thousands of art and craft lovers to our town. This ideal, highly visible location is on the route to the Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood and many cultural attractions. Stockbridge is within 2 ½ hours from Boston or New York City by car and less than an hour from Hartford, Vermont, Albany and southern Connecticut.
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Aug. 18-Aug. 19: Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival, Gloucester, Massachusetts. Over 200 Juried Artisans, Craftspeople, Food Vendors, Authors and Musicians from throughout the United States will display and sell their American made works; including Fine Jewelry, Pottery, Custom Signs, Quilts, Decorative Painting, Fleece, Fine Art Photography, Stained Glass, Handbags, Etchings, Leather, Floral Design, Sheep Skin Accessories, Scarves, Children’s’ Clothing, Fashion Hats, Fused Glass, Soy Candles, Nonfiction, Baskets, Original Painting, Fine Art, Puzzles, Personal Care, Furniture, Pet Treats & Accessories, Tie Dye, Landscape Photography, Garden Decor, Ladies Apparel, Aerial Photography, Folk Art, Toys, Wreathes, Slate, Painted Stemware, Sea Glass Jewelry, Country Wood Crafts, Doll Clothes, Aroma-therapy, Cutting Boards, Sports Team Apparel, Nautical Home Décor, Up-cycled Crafts, Fiber Art, Mosaics, Oil Paintings, Ornaments and much more. Come and sample an array of gourmet delights such as Herbal Dips, Wine Slushy, Salsas, Baked Nuts, Fudge, Olive Oils, Vinegars, Pastries, Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Honey, Candied Nuts and more. Bring your appetite for the food court, featuring traditional fair fare including Kettle Corn, Hot Dogs, Sausage, Fresh Wraps, Kabobs, Seafood, Lemonade, Italian Ice and more. Enjoy free “family style” entertainment including live music and various performance arts.
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Aug. 24-Aug. 26: American Folk Festival, Bangor, Maine. Traditional performers from across the country celebrate the richness and variety of American culture in this free, three-day, multi-stage event. The festival features four stages of music and dance; traditional craft demonstrations and exhibits; a children’s area with activities for the whole family; dozens of food vendors offering ethnic food, regional specialties and traditional festival favorites; and a marketplace offering unique, handcrafted items and “Taste of Maine” treats for sale.
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Aug. 25-Aug. 27: 38th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Meredith, NHnAn outdoor, juried arts and crafts exhibition and sale of fine arts and fine crafts, featuring high-quality works of more than 80 artists and craftspeople. The festival is held outdoors among the Meredith Village Shops and the Mill Falls Marketplace.
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Aug. 31-Sept. 9: Boothbay Harbor Fest, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. ​This festival is a community collaboration that was created to offer visitors and locals the opportunity to experience a collection of unique and vibrant events that celebrate who we are. There will be something for every type of fun seeker: music geeks, foodies, artsy folks, fashionistas, athletes…
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Camden Windjammer Festival, Camden, Maine. The largest single gathering of the Maine windjammer fleet arrives in Camden Harbor to celebrate the windjammer industry. Live music, performances, nautical activities and demonstrations, boat parade, fireworks and films.
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, Gloucester, Massachusetts. The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates the impact of the fishing schooner on the history of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Featured are the last remaining great Gloucester schooning vessels competing in the Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, a trophy from the first International Fishermen’s Race sailed in 1920. See schooner masts fill the harbor’s skyline, a lighted boat parade and fireworks over the harbor.
Sept. 1-Sept. 2: Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival, Bennington, Vermont. Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -- you guessed it! -- garlic and herbs. Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations. For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone. For the kids there will be face painting, inflatable fun jumps and other great children's activities. Take time to wander around the spacious lawns sampling garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days.
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Sept. 3-Sept. 6: The Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta & Yacht Race, Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta celebrates the role of the Great Atlantic fishing bank schooner in Provincetown’s maritime history and allows visitors to experience these historic vessels in port and at sea. The Regatta shares the story of Provincetown’s place in the traditional fishing industry and of Cape Cod’s past, when commerce and transportation truly ‘ran with the wind.’ Located at the outermost tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown was the first great fishing port on the eastern seaboard dating back to the time of the Norsemen. Many of the leading fishing vessels that plied the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans throughout America’s early maritime history called Provincetown home. At the height of the commercial fishing in the 19th century, Provincetown harbored as many as 100, 90-ton Schooners and 700 vessels. Come learn, have fun and see one of the most unique landscapes in New England!
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Sept. 7-Sept. 9: Hampton Seafood Festival, Hampton, NH. Wonderful for the whole family, this major seacoast event features 60 top restaurants serving world famous New England seafood. Choose from lobsters, fried clams, shrimp, BBQ ribs, steak tips, “bloomin’ onions,” and scrumptious desserts. Includes 80 arts & crafts vendors and end-of-the-season sidewalk sales, plus continuous entertainment on two stages featuring jazz, oldies, and rock & roll! Fireworks on Saturday evening. Repeatedly voted “One of the Top 100 Events in North America” by the American Bus Association.
Sept. 7-Sept. 9: Norwalk Oyster Festival, Norwalk, Connecticut. This fun festival celebrates its 41st year! Highlights this year include the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and Fast Action Motorsports entertainment. Cheer for your favorites at the slurping and shucking contests, “Go Green” with environmental demonstrations and displays, experience a Pirates’ Coast Adventure, stroll through the New England Seaport Village and much more.
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Sept. 8: Maine Lighthouse Day, along the Maine coast. This popular annual event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights.
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Sept. 9: Vermont Mac and Cheese Challenge! , Artisan's Park, Windsor, Vermont. Come sample Mac & Cheese dishes created by top chefs and restaurants from around the region and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award! Harpoon Draft Beer available for purchase (cash bar), Live Music, Calf Petting Zoo, T-shirts for sale, Kids under 6 get in free...Rain or Shine! Don't miss it. Get Your Tickets Now...We Cap Event @ 3,000!
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Sept. 13-Sept. 16: Newport International Boat Show, Newport, RI. One of the four largest in-water boat shows in the country, the Newport International Boat Show features both power and sail on fifteen acres along America’s Cup Ave. with 850 exhibitors and more. Newport is renowned as one of the world’s best sailing destinations.
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Sept. 14-Sept. 30: “The Big E” Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Massachusetts. Eastern States Exposition, home of The Big E, has presented the finest livestock, the most innovative commercial, industrial and artistic developments, and the highest caliber of varied entertainment to the people of the Northeastern United States for more than eight decades. More than1 million people now attend the 17-day Big E, an annual autumn extravaganza of entertainment, exhibits and agriculture – the culmination of a visionary idea first expressed by Joshua L. Brooks at the beginning of the 20th century.
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Sept. 21-Sept. 23: New Hampshire Highland Games, Lincoln, NH. Known as one of the most diverse games in the United States, NHHG highlights include the Gathering of the Scottish Clans, with more than 60 clans and societies; Massed Bands; sheepdog trials; Celtic world music concerts; the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship; Scottish athletics; National Highland Dance Competition; solo piping and drumming; Scottish harp (Clarsach) and other instrument competitions.
Sept. 15: Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival, Harwich, Massachusetts. A music festival along with arts and crafts and a home town parade. This event marks the beginning of cranberry harvest season.
Sept. 27-Sept. 30: Durham Fair, Durham, Connecticut. What started as a local event has become the largest of its type in Connecticut. The first fair drew an estimated 2,000 people mainly from Durham and surrounding towns while, at the present time, a fair, if the weather is good, may draw over 200,000 people from all over Connecticut and surrounding states. In 1916, less than $300 was paid in prize money, while currently, over $90,000 is paid.
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Sept. 20-Sept. 23: Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Newport, RI. Held in one of the most spectacular settings in America, this event has quickly taken its place among the most anticipated food and wine events in the country. This remarkable weekend experience features hundreds of wines from around the world, fabulous food, cooking demonstrations by celebrated chefs, live and silent auctions and a gala celebration.
Sept. 27-Sept. 30: Deerfield Fair, Deerfield, NH. New England’s oldest “family fair,” with 139 years of agricultural fun.
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Sept. 28- Oct. 8: Topsfield Fair, Topsfield, Massachusetts. The oldest continuously running agricultural fair in America, featuring carnival games and rides, agricultural events, and a contest for the largest pumpkin!
Sept. 28-Sept. 29: Octoberfest at Harpoon Brewery, Boston, Massachusetts. Harpoon Brewery’s annual German-style OctoberFest boasts 3 stages with live music, a big selection of Harpoon beers and ales, and lots of German food sold by a local restaurant. Come do some chicken dancing and keg bowling and enjoy the German Oompah bands at one of New England’s largest OctoberFests.
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Sept. 28-Sept. 30 & Oct. 5-Oct. 7: Southington Apple Festival, Southington, Connecticut. This annual festival is a family-oriented community event spanning the first two weekends in October. The event offers six days of spectacular fun, delicious food, live entertainment and crafts. Come see the Apple Fritter and Apple Pie Eating Contest, plus an Apple Harvest Bed Race, road race and more.
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Sept. 29: Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, Massachusetts. The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival delights tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. The city comes out in force to enjoy world-class jazz on three stages, great eats, and good times stretching six blocks in Boston’s historic South End.
Sept. 29: Burke Fall Foliage Festival, East Burke Village, Vermont. Head to northern Vermont for brilliant autumn colors and the Northeast Kingdom’s biggest event: the annual Burke Fall Foliage Festival. Shop for local crafts from more than 60 vendors, see the parade at 10:00am, plus a rubber ducky race, live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, a farm animal petting zoo, Cow Plop Bingo, a beer & wine tent, live musical entertainment and more!
Oct. 1- Oct. 31: Salem Haunted Happenings, Salem, Massachusetts. A month-long festival in the bewitching seaport of Salem includes a series of spooky events that involve haunted houses, storytelling tours and a Grand Parade. A favorite October destination because of its infamous Witch Trials of 1692, Salem was once a major maritime hub for the New England colonies and is rich in history and culture.
Sept. 30-Oct. 7: Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg, Maine. Fryeburg Fair is a fall spectacular in New England. Located in Fryeburg, on the western border of Maine, the Fair is always held the first week in October. With over 3,000 animals on the Fairgrounds for a full 8 days, the Fair offers an incredible array of food, entertainment, rides and lots of great people watching! All for one admission price - $10 a day. Enjoy our website with lots and lots of photos of what we do best - agriculture and fun.
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Oct. 5-Oct. 7: Stowe Foliage Art Festival, Stowe, Vermont. Fall is festival time in Vermont and Stowe celebrates the absolute zenith of foliage color with the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival. 200 juried artisans exhibit and sell a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft work as well as original art, photography, sculpture, and specialty food products. While having a bite and a beer in the dining tent, enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday.
Oct. 6: North American Wife Carrying Championship, Newry, Maine. Fun for competitors and thousands of spectators alike, the Wife Carrying Championships receive international media attention each year. Teams from across the United States and Canada compete head-to-head for fame, fortune and a chance to compete at the World Championships in Finland. The origin of North American Wife Carrying Championship is based in Finnish history. The modernized wife carrying event is all in fun, and in reality, is a true test of physical strength, agility and teamwork between man and woman.
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Oct. 6: Acadia Oktoberfest Food & Crafts Festival, Southwest Harbor, Maine. The first day of this special weekend will open with an afternoon and early evening “Wine & Cheese Tasting” accompanied by music. Maine wine distributors will offer wines from around the world and Maine cheese makers will serve exciting pairings of specialty cheeses. ‘A BREWFEST TO REMEMBER’ will be held Oct. 6. This event has been noted as “one of the spots not to miss” and one of the “top ten festivals in New England” by the national RV Magazine and New England brewery magazines, respectively.
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Oct. 6-Oct. 7: Massachusetts Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration, Wareham, Massachusetts. Enjoy a New England tradition and see the beauty of the cranberry harvest during our old-fashioned family festival! We are pleased to announce that the Celebration has been designated as one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association! The festival, which features old-fashioned activities and whose admission fee includes bogside demonstrations and cranberry-related activities, was designated as one of the Top by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Visitors to the Harvest Celebration, which is co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Cranberry Grower’s and Ocean Spray, are treated to demonstrations of the wet cranberry harvest, cooking demonstrations, an enormous tent full of juried crafters, paddleboat rides on scenic Tihonet Pond, food vendors, music, and more. Some activities have fees and others are available by donation to the non-profit organizations that offer them. Parking and shuttle transportation are free.
Oct. 6-Oct. 8: Chowder Days at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut. In the crisp New England air, enjoy unforgettable clam chowder and other fresh seafood specialties, along with seasonal desserts and beer, wine and apple cider. Stroll through our village and enjoy live music. Bring the kids to enjoy a “clammy” art project and story time in the Children’s Museum. Or, climb aboard our steamboat Sabino for leaf peeping from the water.
Oct. 13-Oct. 14: Wellfleet Oysterfest, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. This two-day family festival celebrates the town’s famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions and brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun! There is something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, educational programs, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, walking tours, live music, a road race and the annual Oyster Shuck-Off competition.
Oct. 12-Oct. 13: New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, Laconia, NH. Formerly the Keene Pumpkin Festival, which regularly set records for the most lit jack-o’-lanterns, the annual event has been in Laconia since 2016.
Oct. 17-Oct. 21: Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival, Edgartown, Massachusetts. The Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of ‘Sea, Farm & Vine.’ The four-day feast, celebrating the rich tradition of farming and fishing, features the Island’s best culinary talent, artisanal producers and local ingredients, while organically aligning with national chefs, culinary leaders and wine and spirit purveyors to create a fresh unique-to-the-Island immersion weekend.
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Oct. 20-Oct. 21: Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts. Head Of The Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event, was first held on October 16, 1965. The race was established by the Cambridge Boat Club members with the advice of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed that a “head of the river” race, similar in tradition to races held in his native England, be held on the Charles River. “Head” races, a class of regattas, are generally three miles long – boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately fifteen seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of “Head of the River” or, in this case, “Head Of The Charles.”
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