New England Events — April 2014
Get ready for the unfolding of spring in New England with a wide range of April events — a daffodil fête on the island of Nantucket and in Connecticut and Rhode Island, re-enactments of the Revolutionary War, the Boston Marathon, “pond” skiing in Vermont and many more!
For more New England events in April 2014, check the individual state websites at the bottom of the page.
April 3-12, 2014
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Enjoy fabulous meals at a good price in one of New England’s favorite seaport towns. Featuring special 3-course prix fixe menus: lunch $16.95 per person, dinner $29.95 per person (does not include beverages, taxes or gratuity) at participating restaurants throughout Portsmouth and the Seacoast. Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast is a bi-annual culinary event which spotlights Greater Portsmouth as a culinary and cultural destination. Wine and dine, shop and gallery hop, visit the theater and make it a getaway. See website for local hotel deals.
April 1-27, 2014
Bristol, Rhode Island
Celebrate spring at this beautiful thirty-three acre estate on Narragansett Bay with a spectacular display of more than 50,000 daffodils. Blithewold is one of the finest garden estates in New England with diverse gardens and a 45-room English style manor house. Blithewold is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston. It was named in Yankee Magazine’s Best Five Public Gardens in New England.
Early/Mid April through mid-May, 2014
Laurel Ridge Foundation — Wigwam Road, Litchfield, Connecticut
A walk among the daffodils at Laurel Ridge Foundation is a rare early spring outing in an unspoiled oasis. The wild natural landscape of gently sloping woodland, fields and aged stonewalls overlooks a small lake dotted with two tiny islands. The park land and one of the islands is completely carpeted with gold and white blossoms, a glorious sight that is nirvana for photographers. For more information: http://www.litchfielddaffodils.com/.
April 5, 2014
Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Popular maple tours are back at The Rocks Estate, a 1,400-acre property owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Reservations are recommended. Discover the history of maple sugaring, participate in the process of tapping trees and making syrup, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the scenic Rocks property and taste maple sugar treats. Visitors learn how to identify the sugar maple trees that produce the sweet sap for making syrup, hear the history of maple sugaring, and see part of the process demonstrated at the on-site New Hampshire Maple Experience. The Experience is housed in a renovated historic building, which features a working sugar house and museum featuring a collection of sugaring artifacts. For those looking to turn the springtime maple experience into a weekend-long north country stay, The Rocks collaborates with local inns to offer weekend vacation packages.
April 5, 2014
Okemo Mountain Resort — Ludlow, Vermont
Costume-clad Slush Cup competitors schuss toward an 80-foot-long slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. It’s a chilly spring dip for those who don’t make it. Open to the first 125 participants. Entry fee is $20. Participants win fabulous prizes in various categories. See website for entry fee and times.
April 5, 2014
West Dover, Vermont
Celebrate the end of winter with beer! This popular festival returns for the sixth straight year and will feature some of the top breweries from across New England and the northeast including the likes of Long Trail, Woodchuck Cider, Magic Hat, Allagash, Harpoon, Rock Art, Red Hook, Stone, Olde Burnside, Brooklyn and Budweiser. Your paid admission gets you a souvenir Winter Brewers Festival pint glass and your first drink is on Mount Snow. An outdoor BBQ and tons of vendors make this an event not to be missed. Enjoy great spring skiing and then enjoy some great spring beers!
April 10-13, 2014
Sugarloaf Resort — Carrabassett Valley, Maine
This annual spring party draws thousands of spring skiing and reggae enthusiasts to the mountains of Maine. Jam out to sensational reggae tunes. The biggest winter music event in Maine mixes with perfect spring skiing.
April 12 - May 4, 2014
Hancock Shaker Village — Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Hancock Shaker Village kicks off its 2014 season with the annual Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm. This spring celebration is one of the most exciting times of the year at the village, when scores of baby lambs, piglets, calves, goats, ducklings and chicks arrive at the historic Round Stone Barn. Visitors get to meet and greet the baby animals and participate in farm chores, such as helping to feed the animals from 10am – 4pm daily. Participate in fun Shaker-themed craft activities, including basket weaving, making and decorating seed packets and weaving on a small loom.
April 19, 2014
Meet the farm’s newest additions during family-centered programs with our lambs, chicks, and calves; wagon rides and heirloom seed programs; 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; 1890 Farmhouse open for tours.
April 19-21, 2014
Lexington & Concord, Massachusetts
Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriot’s Day. Patriot’s Day is a special Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775. The holiday (officially observed on Monday, April 21, 2014) and the entire weekend are celebrated with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies. On Saturday, April 19, Minute Man National Historical Park, in partnership with hundreds of Colonial and British re-enactors, celebrates the opening battle of the American Revolution with a day full of exciting living history activities. On Monday, April 21, the town of Lexington honors the start of the American Revolution with a battle reenactment of the early-morning engagement between the town’s militia and the British regulars.
April 21, 2014 (Patriot's Day in Massachusetts)
The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and one of the world’s best-known road racing events with more 30,000 participants. Amateur and professional runners flock to Boston from all over the world to compete on the hilly terrain. The race starts west of the city in Hopkinton and ends in Boston. Approximately 500,000 spectators line the 26.2-mile course each year, making the Boston Marathon New England’s most widely viewed sporting event. This is a holiday weekend in Massachusetts.
April 25 - May 4, 2014
Jazz Week is a collaborative, decentralized celebration of the music by the entire Greater Boston jazz community. As always, the 10-day celebration of the music and our unique local jazz scene is scheduled to tie in with the Smithsonian’s national observance of April as Jazz Appreciation Month and Duke Ellington’s birthday on April 29th — and since 2012, with International Jazz Day on April 30. Highlighting the unique role jazz plays worldwide in breaking down racial and cultural barriers, the theme of Jazz Week ’14 is No Walls: A salute to the power of jazz to bring people together.
April 25-27, 2014
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Trap hauling, cod fish relay, old-fashioned fish fry, Miss Shrimp Princess Pageant, lobster crate race and other contests are all a part of the celebration of fishing in this beautiful mid-coast Maine town. Boothbay Harbor, in midcoast Maine, boasts the largest fleet of excursion boats on the coast for viewing lighthouses, seals, islands, whales and puffins. Nearby is the popular Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
April 25-27, 2014
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Come to the island of Nantucket from early April to mid May to see more than three million daffodils of every variety along roadsides, in gardens and filling window boxes. The highlight of the season is the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Daffodil Festival. The Antique Car Parade features more than 100 daffodil-bedecked antique cars and ends with a Daffodil Tailgate Picnic. Other highlights include the Nantucket Garden Club’s Daffodil Show, the Annual Daffy Dog Parade and the Daffy Hat Pageant.
April 25-27, 2014
St. Albans, Vermont
This festival celebrates the state of Vermont’s signature product: pure Vermont maple. It offers maple exhibits, cooking demonstrations, sugarhouse tours and a maple buffet. Enjoy Main Street entertainment, pancake breakfasts, fiddlers’ and youth talent shows, a carnival, an historical museum, delightful downtown shops and a Grand Parade.
April 25-27, 2014
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut
This is the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s premier spring fundraiser. During the event, floral arrangements and garden designs inspired by works of art in the museum’s collections are created by community florists, garden clubs and designers, and are displayed in the galleries throughout the weekend. Also enjoy special events, tours, a Marketplace featuring hand-made goods for sale by local vendors and more!
April 26-27, 2014
Enjoy this outdoor family festival with more than 600,000 daffodils on display (61 different varieties!) in the 1,800-acre historic Hubbard Park. Events include parade, juried crafts show, three stages of entertainment, fireworks, amusement area and food tent.
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