The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates the impact of the fishing schooner on the history of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Featured are the last remaining great Gloucester schooning vessels competing in the Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, a trophy from the first International Fishermen’s Race sailed in 1920. See schooner masts fill the harbor’s skyline, a lighted boat parade and fireworks over the harbor.
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Every Friday and Saturday in September, hop aboard the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a three-hour Swallow Cruise down the Connecticut River to witness a spectacular natural phenomenon! Only this time of year do hundreds of thousands of tree swallows flock over Goose Island to roost each evening at sunset. The birds come from as far as 30 miles away and in such numbers that they show up on weather radar! September cruises depart at 5 p.m.
(Weekends) King Richard's Faire, New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire is tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest. Guests will enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback and eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling. Every Saturday afternoon, the King's Stage offers themed contests and events to add variety to the festival-like entertainment lineup. Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire's delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more.
The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the country with more than 4,500 dealers and 130,000+ visitors during the course of the week. Often referred to as “The Show,” it is actually comprised of 23 fields, owned by “promoters,” who lease spaces to dealers from all over the world. The show takes place three times a year. Different fields open on different days, and run for various periods of time. The show runs about a mile along Route 20, on both sides of the road, extending several hundred yards back from each side of the road. Most dealers opt to show their wares inside large and comfortable tents, and all fields are contiguously located next to each other, so seeing everything is an easy stroll.
Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Located in the communities surrounding Acadia National Park, the Acadia Night Sky Festival features many art, music, science, poetry, and stargazing events. Here the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi. As the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receives national recognition, Maine is increasingly referred to as someplace “that still has stars.” Discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to protecting the quality of its starlit nights. Activities include a Star Party on Cadillac Mountain and a Bioluminescent Night Paddle, an evening paddling about Castine Harbor, a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for glow-in-the-dark water organisms.
The U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Maine and the American Lighthouse Foundation join together for this annual celebration of Maine lighthouses. More than 20 lighthouses along the Maine coast will be open to visitors on this day. It’s a great family event!