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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Fall Foliage Journey
Sep 26th, 2016 to Oct 23rd, 2016
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Essex, CT

(Select dates, see website for details) View the spectacular New England autumn foliage in style at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat!  Offering a multitude of weekday and weekend options to experience this beautiful scenery from the train and the boat, Essex Steam Train has just the ticket for you and your family to see the fleeting vibrant colors of the season. 

Choose from our Steam Train & Riverboat Excursion, a 2.5-hour nature excursion, available on weekends & weekdays, that takes riders through the valley on vintage train coaches. From there they will board the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for stunning views of the leaves reflecting off the water. Looking for more culture with the beautiful landscape? Opt for our Haddam Special train, a delightful fall foliage excursion that combines a river cruise, sight-seeing, and your choice of culture, shopping, or dining in the towns of Haddam and East Haddam. Or perhaps you’d prefer lunch while you ride on our Essex Clipper Lunch Train every weekend, offering seasonal fare in cozy first class dining cars! If romance is what you’re seeking, purchase tickets for our Friday Night Sunset Swallow Cruise, where you can watch hundreds of thousands of barn and tree swallows flock over the river with a breathtaking autumnal backdrop.

ArtWeek Boston
Sep 30th, 2016 to Oct 09th, 2016
Boston, MA

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning bi-annual creative festival featuring more than 100 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Events run from FREE to $50 and are hosted by various organizations in a wide variety of locations. Please check www.artweekboston.org for a complete calendar listing of events.

Oct 01st, 2016
Putnam, CT

The New England Acoustic Music Festival is a one-day boutique music festival. The block party style festival features both emerging and established New England-based music artists, performing original music. The Festival takes place in the historic Antique District of Putnam, Conn., often considered one of New England’s best small-town destinations. In addition to the cool music, the Festival will feature food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages from the Courthouse Bar & Grille, as well as other food vendors, and a variety of local artisans selling their wares.

Connecticut River Museum Annual Holiday Train Show
Nov 17th, 2016 to Feb 20th, 2017
Connecticut River Museum
Essex, CT

This family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout. Visitors are challenged to complete the I SPY Scavenger Hunt of various objects hidden within the settings while the smaller visitor set can get hands-on at an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddler size viewing. The exhibit is a true locomotive extravaganza and a perfect outing for train fans and all who are young at heart. The Connecticut River Museum celebrates the natural beauty and cultural heritage of New England’s great river.

Edaville Express Where's Santa?
Nov 23rd, 2016 to Dec 29th, 2016
South Carver, MA

Join Mrs. Claus & Santa’s elves at the Edaville boarding station as they embark on a 45-minute interactive train ride adventure to find Santa; while enjoying chocolate milk, Hood® Eggnog & cookies. Fueled by Christmas cheer including: sing-alongs to your favorite Christmas songs, dancing elves that give out shiny bells, & lots of bright lights that twinkle in the night! Each guest receives a special present! Reservations Required. Dates: 11/23, 12/1,12/7,12/8,12/14,12/15,12/ 21,12/ 22,12/ 28 &12/29

Rockland Festival of Lights
Nov 25th, 2016 to Nov 27th, 2016
Rockland, ME

Celebrate the holidays in scenic midcoast Maine. Santa arrives on Friday at noon via the Coast Guard boat to signal the beginning of the festivities and the world’s largest lobster trap “Christmas Tree” is lit at dusk. On Saturday, the downtown merchants put on “Eat, Drink and be Merry” all afternoon where they offer holiday sales, and food and drink offerings to make your holiday shopping merry! There’s a Festival of Lights Craft & Gift Market at the Samoset Resort. The afternoon is completed with a Holiday House tour that benefits the Rockland Public Library and features all of the historic inns of Rockland and other private homes in town decked in their holiday finery. Saturday night brings the Light Parade, a bonfire and caroling at the Public Landing. Sunday, enjoy Breakfast with Santa at the Tradewind’s Red Jacket Restaurant.