Year's Eve. The arrival of the new
year is celebrated with festivities in Boston MA, Burlington VT,
and 16 other New England cities and towns.
Stowe Winter Carnival,
with ski races, parties and other festivities,
many of them outdoors.
Dartmouth Winter Carnival,
Hanover NH, Dartmouth College's annual
Maine Maple Sunday, third Sunday, when
maple sugarhouses throughout the state
doors to visitors.
Boothbay Harbor Fishermen's
Harbor ME, second weekend, with
seafood feasts, exhibits
Day (April 19th),
is a public holiday in Massachusetts, with
re-enactment of the battles between
Redcoats at Lexington
Green and Concord North
Bridge in Massachusetts,
with real musket fire (but
To do it right, be at Lexington
Green before dawn (5
am) for the Lexington
battle, then walk
Road to Concord North
Bridge (eight miles)
for the Concord
fight. The world-famous
Boston Marathon is run
Day as well.
Memorial Day, the last Monday
in May, and the weekend preceding it, are
the unofficial beginning of New England's
summer tourism season.
Lobster Weekend at Mystic Seaport in
Mystic CT; lobster feasts and
entertainment in late May.
Brimfield Antiques Fair,
Brimfield MA, near Old
up to 2000 dealers fill several
fields near this central-Massachusetts
town in mid-May, with similar fairs
in early or mid-July and mid-September.
early June, is held on the Thames River
New Haven Jazz Festival,
on the green in New
Haven CT, begins
June and stretches into
Blessing of the Fleet,
Provincetown MA, with festivities, seafood
dancing and exhibits;
near the end of June.
Block Island Race Week,
Island RI, late June, with boat
races and parties.
Independence Day, the Fourth
of July, is the big national patriotic holiday.
Bar Harbor Music Festival,
Harbor ME, features both classical
popular concerts, through
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival,
Lee MA, July and August, the region's
premier summer dance
Tanglewood Music Festival,
summer season of the Boston
and chamber concerts and solo recitals
to the Berkshire
hills near Lenox MA in July and
Harborfest A week of
concerts, exhibits and special events culminates
the famous Boston
of July concert at the Hatch
Memorial Shell on the Esplanade in
Boston: after Tchaikovsky's 1812
real cannons), a mammoth fireworks
display goes off over the
Newport Music Festival Chamber
music concerts are held in the great
mansions in Newport RI.
Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days,
Harbor ME, second week, with
Marlboro Music Festival,
Marlboro VT, among New England's oldest
renowned, continues through
Historic Homes Tour,
Litchfield CT, one day in mid-July is
opportunity to tour this
beautiful town's historic houses.
Folk Festival & Jazz Festival draw thousands of
music-lovers to Fort
Adams State Park in Newport RI, on alternate weekends
in August. Performers include big
names. (See also Newport Music Festival
Maine Lobster Festival,
Rockland ME, first weekend, with lobsters
League of New Hampshire
Craftsmen Fair, second week in
August, Mount Sunapee State Park,
near Newbury NH, has crafts displays and demonstrations
Bennington Battle Days,
Bennington VT, commemorates the Battle
of Bennington (August 11,
1777) with exhibits, speeches and celebrations.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September,
and the weekend preceding it, mark the
unofficial end of New England's tourism
season: everyone goes to the beach!
Vermont State Fair,
Rutland VT, on Labor Day weekend, with
games, rides, and entertainment.
Blue Hill Fair,
Hill ME, a country fair with rides,
games, and lots
States Exposition, "The
Big E," near Springfield MA, is
New England's largest agricultural
fair, with a midway, games, rides, agricultural
judgings, lots of eats,
and general fun.
Foliage Festival, late September
or early October, home-town church
breakfasts, crafts sales and open-house
in several towns.
Traditional Old-Time Fiddler's Contest,
Barre, VT, with lots of good music,
in late September.
Festival of Vermont Crafts,
Montpelier VT, late October, features
traditional and modern.
Columbus Day, the mid-month
three-day weekend in the middle of fall
foliage season when everyone enjoys the
blazing colors of the leaves.
the American version of the vigil for All
Saints Day, has its roots in old Celtic
customs, and its locus in Salem MA, home
of the 1692 Salem witch trials. More...
Day, November 11th (or the
nearest Friday or Monday), commemorating
members of the US armed forces and their
fourth Thursday, with authentic colonial
food, dress and festivities in town, at
Rock, and at
Christmas Eve (December
24th) and Christmas
25th) are celebrated
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