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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 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.

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
Feb 03rd, 2017 to Feb 06th, 2017

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. Our goal is to connect our friends and neighbors with the natural world, to promote fun, physical activity, & good health. Events take place across the entire state of Maine, in all counties.

Eagle Watches on the Connecticut River
Feb 04th, 2017 to Feb 25th, 2017
The Audobon Shop
Madison, CT

See America’s national symbol in the wild. Each winter bald eagles make their way down the Connecticut River from Canada in search of ice-free fishing. On this tour you will observe these majestic birds from a variety of locations along the river. Tours are usually sold out, so get your tickets early. Saturdays in February and March 4, see website for details.

Maine Lakes Region Winter Carnival
Feb 18th, 2017
Bridgton, ME

“Mush!” “Hike!” “Haw!” “Gee!” “Easy!” Learn these commands and maybe you can go MUSHING (dog sled riding) or Skijoring (cross country skiing by a dog team). Or, just go along for the ride while the Mushers drive their dogs. Snowmobile rides are also available – quick trips up the lake (donation suggested) or 30-minute trail rides for $30 (helmets provided). Reservations are recommended for these trips and can be made by telephone to Chamber office with credit cards. But that is not all…this is a winter carnival with horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, snow shoeing, ice fishing, public breakfasts, lunches, and suppers and a whole host of activities for old and young.