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Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival
Jul 20th, 2018 to Jul 22nd, 2018
Wakefield, RI

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.

Greater Hartford Jazz Festival
Jul 20th, 2018 to Jul 22nd, 2018
Hartford, CT

This free-of-charge festival is a world-class jazz event. More than twenty-five hours of music performed by internationally acclaimed artists. Wonderful world-class musicians will grace the mainstage of the Thomas Harris IV Pavillon in Bushnell Park. Local and regional artists will perform on the Arch Stage located in the marketplace adjacent to Trinity Street.

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
Jul 26th, 2018 to Jul 29th, 2018
Burlington, VT

This festival promises exciting events and activities within a spectacular setting: Burlington’s waterfront on the shores of Lake Champlain. Stroll along the shores from venue to venue; view the classic boats, longboats, canoes, and kayaks; watch Dragon boat demonstrations. Experience boat building, sample local fare, enjoy music and bring the children for hands-on exhibits along the spectacular shores of Burlington’s waterfront. The Waterfront Wine & Food Tasting takes place at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival in Burlington’s Waterfront Park. More than 40 participating exhibitors will be featured!

Annual Road Race and Blessing of the Fleet
Jul 26th, 2018 to Jul 28th, 2018
Galilee, RI

It began as a ceremony to ask for “Divine Protection” of those fishermen who risked their lives harvesting the sea. The annual Blessing of the Fleet tradition has blossomed into one of Rhode Island’s most popular weekend-long events that now also includes a road race and a seafood festival attended by nearly 30,000 people. A delicious harvest of seafood and other delectable foods are prepared in the New England tradition, including complete lobster dinners, linguini with clam sauce, barbecued shrimp, and a raw bar. The Blessing of the Fleet itself is a spectacularly colorful event that takes place at noon on Saturday, in Galilee. Hundreds of vessels line up to parade past thousands of spectators.

Maine Windjammer Parade and Open Schooner Tours
Jul 27th, 2018
Rockland, ME

The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships. On Saturday, stop by for Open “Schooner” Tours. Visitors can stop by North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf (off Tilson Avenue) for dockside tours of the American Eagle, Heritage, Isaac H. Evans, Nathaniel Bowditch and Stephen Taber.

Newport Folk Festival
Jul 27th, 2018 to Jul 29th, 2018
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI

The Newport Folk Festival, founded by George Wein in 1959, takes place on the grounds at Fort Adams State Park and features four stages of world class musicians, food, vendors and a number of exhibits.