New England Events – August 2014
Boats, music, arts and New England culinary favorites are what it’s all about for New England events in August. Whether it’s jazz in Newport, Rhode Island, overlooking the bay…a lobster dinner or blueberry celebration in Maine…or oysters in Connecticut, you’ll be having fun and great food.
For more New England events in August 2014, check the individual state tourism websites at the bottom of the page.
August 1-3, 2014
International Tennis Hall of Fame & Fort Adams – Newport, Rhode Island (Southern Rhode Island)
Referred to as the grandfather of all jazz festivals, this event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island — a city which is famed for its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. The Newport Jazz Festival® was founded in 1954 as the first annual jazz festival in America and has been host to numerous legendary performances by some of the world’s leading established and emerging artists. Check website for the full 2014 lineup.
August 1 - Labor Day (September 1) 2014)
Mad River Valley, Vermont (Central Vermont)
Named “One of America’s Top Summer Activities” by Travel and Leisure magazine. This annual festival has 50 free events in 50 stunning locations. Choose from exhibits, performances, workshops and demonstrations of painting, poetry and crafts, poetry workshops, lectures, a full moon celebration and culinary extravaganzas. Be sure to plan for “A Taste of the Valley” – the most talked about culinary event of the summer season!
Through August 2, 2014
Family Week is the largest national gathering of the LGBT-headed family community in the United States. LGBT parents, their children, extended families, prospective parents and friends will gather at the tip of Cape Cod in gay-friendly Provincetown to relax and enjoy an amazing week filled with great conversations, singing, dancing, games, beach parties and more!
Through August 3, 2014
Love lobster? This is the festival for you. You’ll find fresh Maine lobster under nine tents overlooking Penobscot Bay — plus a sea goddess, a big parade, top notch entertainment, Maine arts and crafts, US Navy ship tours and more. In addition to lobster, you can choose from steamed and fried clams, fried Maine shrimp, shrimp cocktail, steamed mussels and many varieties of traditional summer fair food, all prepared in the traditional Maine way.
Late July through late August 2014
Lyman Orchards is an 1,100 acre farm in central Connecticut, located in the northwest corner of Middlesex County. Established in 1741, Lyman Orchards is the twelfth oldest family-owned business in the United States. At this special event wander along the winding pathways of a maze of towering sunflowers. There are lots of ways to get lost, but only one exit! Your visit to the Sunflower Maze will help support the fight against pediatric cancer.
Dates to be determined - announced in May
Waterplace Park– Providence, Rhode Island
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 evenings throughout the year, WaterFire creates a magical artistic event celebrating earth, air, fire and water. Amidst the flicking firelight of 100 bonfires, stroll through Waterplace Park to enjoy enchanting music and entertainment acts from around the world. And it’s free!
Running each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from late June through late August
Prescott Park - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Come to beautiful Prescott Park on the banks of the Piscataqua River for a wonderful outdoor theater production. Check website closer to the time for show details.
Marble Works - Middlebury, Vermont
Enjoy great Vermont beers and wines in downtown Middlebury — all to raise funds for three charitable organizations. Sample Vermon-made products, listen to music, socialize and have a great time!
August 2-3, 2014 (check dates closer to the event)
Salem’s Maritime Festival at Derby Wharf celebrates New England’s long seafaring history and traditions. Come for music, exhibits, demonstrations, tours of the Custom House and the Derby House, harbor cruises, food and family-friendly activities. Head down the street to visit the House of Seven Gables. Climb aboard a reconstructed 1797 merchant ship and immerse yourself in the stories surrounding the Salem witch trials of 1692 – all in the same day! Get to Salem easily from Boston on the Salem Ferry or by commuter train.
August 2-3, 2014
Waterfront Park - Burlington, Vermont (Northern Vermont)
A dragon boat is a human-powered boat traditionally made of wood and a kind of traditional Long Boat from throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. At this unique festival, over 80 teams compete in dragon boat racing (a sport that originated in China over 200 years ago) to raise money for individuals battling cancer and to send out an inspirational message encouraging all cancer survivors to live life to the fullest .
August 7-10, 2014
Come to New England’s largest indie music discovery festival along with the 2nd annual Bangor Brew Fest. KahBang showcases emerging musicians in venues across the city of Bangor and on the Bangor Waterfront. KahBang also hosts art galleries, film festival and a Campsite with music showcases. The Brew Fest will feature over 20 showcasing breweries, an exclusive music performance stage, and dozens of exhibitors and special guest speakers.
August 7-10, 2014
Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, presents the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic, featuring wines from around the world and locally sourced foods enjoyed in an incomparable setting on the Tanglewood grounds. The Wine and Food Classic includes seminars, celebrity chef dinners, a Grand tasting and cooking demonstrations.
August 7-10, 2014
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, long boats, 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 Vermont’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!
August 8-10, 2014
Harbor & Buoy Parks – Rockland, Maine
Come see Maine’s finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, jewelers and marine gear vendors in person. There will be live music, an area for children of all ages, exhibits, fine food, the running of the Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials. As the only in-water boat show in the state, with more than 70 boats in the water and 150 exhibitors on land, there is something for every member of the family.
August 8-10, 2014
Goshen Fairgrounds - Goshen, Connecticut
The Litchfield Jazz Festival is a favorite of the public and critics alike. Check website nearer the date for the full line-up of performers. This is a rain or shine event.
August 9, 2014
Winter Harbor, Maine
North of Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor is on a scenic pennisula and full of an active fleet of lobster boats. Each August, the harbor draws many visitors for this annual event. Watch lobster boat races, enjoy a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast and Maine lobster dinner and shop at the craft fair. Winter Harbor is accessible by ferry from Bar Harbor in the summer months.
August 9, 2014
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Head for island fun at the annual Boston Pops on Nantucket concert to benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Experience outstanding music and a stunning fireworks show on one Nantucket’s most well-known beaches. Rated ‘Best Summer Event on Nantucket’ by readers of the Inquirer and Mirror for 15 years in a row!
August 9-10, 2014
Historic Downtown Mystic - Mystic, Connecticut
More than 270 fine artists will exhibit oils, watercolors, photography, pastels, sculpture and acrylics along the streets of Historic Downtown Mystic during this annual art festival, the oldest of its kind in the northeast.
August 9-26, 2014
Mount Sunapee Resort – Newbury, New Hampshire
America’s oldest craft fair, the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the finest, most prestigious craft events in the USA today. This annual nine-day event showcases the work of more than 350 craftspeople’s items made by hand in New Hampshire. It’s the place to see an incredible variety of beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative and built to last. The fair is held at the Mount Sunapee Resort in the beautiful Dartmouth/Sunapee region of New Hampshire. The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair is a fun way to explore the fascinating world of fine craftmaking, with activities for all ages. Meet and talk to the craftsmen, learn about their techniques, and purchase from them. Find creative and practical gifts at over 200 craft booths and The Shop at the Fair. Adults and children can sign up for workshops — including basket weaving, tools for kids and glassblowing. Or watch daily demonstrations of glassblowing, woodcarving, blacksmithing, furniture building and more.
August 10, 2014
Hyannis, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)
The TD Bank Pops by the Sea concert is Cape Cod’s single largest cultural event. This is the only time of the year that the Boston Pops play on Cape Cod. This fundraising concert regularly sells out to a live audience of over 15,000 – the Cape’s largest single audience. Cape Cod residents and visitors from throughout the United States and abroad gather for this magical afternoon event.
August 15, 2014
Come to the coast of Connecticut to celebrate oysters! This family-oriented festival is filled with arts and crafts, harbor activities, entertainment for all ages, colorful tents with food and beverages, a classic car show, canoe and kayak races, children’s games, and national and local entertainers. Several varieties of oysters will be sold at the Festival representing some of the most prominent oyster growers on the east coast of the United States. Enjoy oysters both salty and sweet, grown from Maine to Virginia.
August 15-17, 2014
Between Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
The largest outdoor blues festival in New Hampshire! The festival features award-winning blues artists, food vendors, craft vendors, a climbing wall and many fun activities for children including Saturday night fireworks. The festival is held in the heart of the White Mountains and the boogie stage is in a natural amphitheater located on a 72-acre pasture in the Pemigewasset River Valley.
August 15-17, 2014
An annual hot-air balloon festival featuring approximately 30 balloons, including some special shapes. Held annually the 3rd weekend of August. Events include balloon rides and tethered balloons (weather permitting), musical entertainment all weekend for all ages, family fun day on Sunday, craft and trade vendors, various food booths, exhibitors, children’s activities, carnival and much more!
August 15-17, 2014
Come celebrate the powerful little fruit that put this section of Downeast Maine on the map. Come enjoy crafts, food, entertainment, contests, and all things blueberry. Machias is in the northern part of Maine’s beautiful, rugged coast, four hours from Portland, two hours from Bangor, and about an hour and a half from Bar Harbor. Enjoy the festival and stay in the area for whale watching, hiking and kayaking.
August 15-23, 2014
Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut
The New Haven Open is prominently featured domestically on ESPN2 and also broadcast around the world. In addition to world class tennis, the tournament offers fans a host of off-court activities including the Aetna FitZone, New Haven Food & Wine Festival, autograph sessions, live entertainment and much more.
August 16, 2014
Route 16, Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire (White Mountains region)
You may have seen these bicycle racers on TV challenging the mountains in Europe, but they call this event the “TOUGHEST HILLCLIMB RACE IN THE WORLD!” – 7.4 miles up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the tallest peak in the Northeastern US. Come see for yourself why the top racers from the world and local riders travel to Pinkham Notch for this challenge.
August 16-17, 2014
Cotuit, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)
For two days in August the Cotuit Village Green becomes the largest outdoor crafts festival on Cape Cod. Come to this quaint, seaside village to see the wares of 100 outstanding artisans and craftsmen. Free parking and free admission.
August 16-17, 2014
Bidwell Park - Stockbridge, Massachusetts
The town of Stockbridge, blessed with internationally renowned summer festivals of music, theater and dance, major art museums and historic homes, brings hundreds of thousands of art and craft lovers to visit the most famous Main Street in America, as painted by Norman Rockwell. More than 80 jury-selected artists and crafters will display their work ranging from paintings to ceramics, fiberware to glass blowing.
Stage Fort Park - Gloucester, Massachusetts
Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will once again blossom into the colorful Gloucester Waterfront Festival. A collection of over 175 juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations, live music, plus delicious ethnic foods. A pancake breakfast and traditional New England Lobster Bake complement this picture-perfect seaport event! Free live “family style” entertainment includes Celtic, Ragtime Bands, Country and Folk Music. North Shore Old Car Club will display over 75 Antique Autos on Sunday. Free Admission. Held rain or shine.
August 16-18, 2014
Provincetown & Cotuit, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)
Two days of great jazz in two towns on Cape Cod. At the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a colorful community with many shops and restaurants, whale watching and beautiful beaches.
August 22-24, 2014
Bangor Waterfront – Bangor, Maine
Traditional performers from across the country celebrate the richness and variety of American culture in this free, three-day, multi-stage event. The festival features four stages of music and dance, traditional craft demonstrations and exhibits; a children’s area with activities for the whole family; dozens of food vendors offering ethnic food, regional specialties and traditional festival favorites; and a Marketplace offering unique, handcrafted items and “Taste of Maine” treats for sale.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Cultural Grounds - Mashantucket, Connecticut
Come celebrate the rich heritage of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Join in social dances, or watch exhibition dancers and contestants move with skill and power to the ancient rhythms of a grandfather drum! Experience 17th century life in a Eastern Woodland Village environment. Try some authentic Native Food favorites and shop for special Native American Crafts. Free scheduled bus service departs every 30 minutes from Mashantucket Pequot Museum, MGM Grand at Foxwoods Valet, Grand Pequot Tower Bus Loop, Great Cedar Hotel Bus Loop and Two Trees Inn (see website for details).
August 23-24, 2014
Meredith, New Hampshire
An outdoor, juried arts and crafts exhibition and sale of fine arts and fine crafts, featuring high quality works of over 80 artists and craftspeople. The Festival is held outdoors among the Meredith Village Shops and the Mill Falls Marketplace.
August 28-31, 2014
Killington, Vermont (Central Vermont)
This is New England’s largest motorcycle touring rally and has earned praise from motorcycle press. The festival overlooks the Green Mountains of Vermont and provides access to unparalleled New England riding and an array of motorcycle events and entertainment each day. Enjoy a pig roast, bike show and grand parade to Rutland and the Vermont State Fair. The Killington region offers some of the best outdoor and scenic activities in New England. Take in the fall foliage from a gondola ride to the top of Killington peak, kayak through streams and lakes or enjoy a horseback ride through the valleys!
August 29-31, 2014
Gloucester, Massachusetts (North Shore)
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.
August 29-31, 2014
Camden Harbor, Camden, Maine
The largest single gathering of the Maine windjammer fleet arrives in Camden Harbor to celebrate the windjammer industry. Live music, performances, nautical activities and demonstrations, boat parade, fireworks and films. Free.
August 30-31, 2014
Owls Head, Maine
The Owls Head Transportation Museum exhibits and operates a large collection of pioneer-era aircraft, antique automobiles, engines, bicycles, carriages and motorcycles. Come to this special event to see more than 250 antique and classic motorcycles on display with hundreds more modern bikes as part of the festivities. Vehicle demonstrations, biplane ride auction, children’s activities and more. Museum planes will be flown, weather permitting. Owls Head is in beautiful mid-coast Maine with many scenic towns and natural beauty to explore.
Late August TBD
Bennington, Vermont (Southern Vermont)
Vermont stinks? Only at this annual festival where garlic-lovers congregate to sample food and crafts from 50 different vendors! There’s a Beer and Wine tent to relax and even enjoy garlic cocktails. Sample garlic soup, garlic hot dogs, and even garlic ice cream, garlic apple pie and brownies!
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