WaterFire is a highly unique public art experience that has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Rhode Island’s creative capital city of Providence. The event is based on an original artistic installation of bonfires lit on the three waterways passing through downtown Providence. On select Saturday evenings throughout the year, WaterFire creates a magical artistic event celebrating earth, air, fire and water. Amidst the flickering firelight of 100 bonfires, stroll through Waterplace Park and enjoy music and entertainment from around the world. Please see complete schedule for event dates.
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The Paradise City Arts Festival is one of New England’s most exciting shows of fine and less-than-functional art. Located on Interstate 91 just 15 minutes north of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Northampton is less than an hour from Hartford, the Berkshires and southern Vermont; less than two hours from Boston, Albany and southern Connecticut; less than three hours from New York City.
Paradise City is New England’s most acclaimed fair of fine and functional art. It’s beautiful, festive and fun – the very best way to spend a holiday weekend. Altogether, 250 outstanding artists gather in four buildings to provide a sampling from every corner of the country of the best in American artistry and craftsmanship.
This outdoor action-packed day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire brings singles, families, strangers, businesses and guests all together to forget about life’s trials and tribulations if only for a few short hours. Laugh out loud as 3,500 yellow rubber ducks make their way downstream to the finish line.
This event begins with the Slow Living Summit on May 31 to June 1 in downtown Brattleboro and continues with the Strolling of the Heifers weekend, June 1-3, which aims to connect people with healthy local foods and the farmers and producers who bring it to them. The centerpiece of the weekend is the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, featuring up to 100 heifer calves, along with cows, horses, goats, tractors, bands and more. The crowd follows the parade to the all-day 11-acre Live Green Expo for food, music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and fun — all related to the event’s mission of sustaining family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. Sunday, June 3, features the Tour de Heifer, a trio of scenic farm-to-farm bicycle rides tailored to all levels of cycling ability, with routes ranging from 6 to 60 miles. The Tour de Heifer raises money for grants that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in farm and food enterprises.
This event fills downtown Burlington with sounds of jazz, blues, funk, swing and Latin music. For 10 days, the entire city comes alive with a mix of concerts, street parties, cruises on Lake Champlain, meet-the-artist sessions and workshops. With an estimated 45,000 in attendance, venues for ticketed and free events include the majestic Flynn MainStage, intimate FlynnSpace, bucolic Waterfront Park, the bustling outdoor pedestrian mall Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park, bars, clubs and restaurants throughout the city. Past headliners have included greats such as Sonny Rollins, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck, Béla Fleck and more.
Come view the beautiful blooming lupine fields in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Tour the fields by foot or horse-drawn wagon. Visit the many museums and attractions: Sugar Hill Historic Museum, New England Ski Museum, Franconia Heritage Museum, The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and the Frost Place. Festival events include art exhibits, concerts, walking tours, an open-air market, specialty dinners at local inns, and a variety of promotions at local businesses. Your ticket to take part in the events is the Fields of Lupine Festival Tour Book, which includes a calendar of events, local map, descriptions of participating businesses, and discounts at local businesses. Some Festival events may require an additional cost; see booklet for details.