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New England Events — August 2015

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 2015, check the individual state tourism websites at the bottom of the page.


July 31 - August 9th, 2015
Mount Snow Valley, Vermont

If it’s blue, it’s probably happening in the Mount Snow area of Vermont in late July and early August. The Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival is a community effort in which dozens of businesses, organizations and individuals have created blueberry or blue-themed events happening the first ten days of August. Visitors to the valley will find a Big Blue Parade, a Blue Street Fair, a blue car auto show, blueberry bake sales, blue beer, and pick your own blueberry opportunities. Don’t miss Boyd Farm’s “Fields of Blue” public art display.

Newport Jazz Festival

July 31 - August 2, 2015
International Tennis Hall of Fame & Fort Adams – Newport, Rhode Island (Southern R.I.)

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 2015 lineup.

101st Annual Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

July 30 - August 2, 2015
Medeira Field, New Bedford, Mass.

Founded in 1914, this traditional mid-summer event has become the largest Portuguese Feast in the world and the largest ethnic festival in New England, attracting more than 300,000 visitors. The Feast features Portuguese and American food, live music and entertainment, midway, carnival rides and the largest parade in New Bedford.

Annual Vermont Festival of the Arts

August 1 - Labor Day (September 7) 2015
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!

LGBT Family Week

July 25 - August 1, 2015
Provincetown, Massachusetts

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 conversation, singing, dancing, games, beach parties and more!

Summer in the Street

Saturday evenings, June 27 - August 1, 2015
Downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Summer in the Street is a performance/music series where musicians, theatrical and dance companies can entertain folks in the heart of the city. The event, now in its eleventh year, creates a gathering spot in the heart of Portsmouth for friends, neighbors and visitors alike.

Maine Lobster Festival

July 29 - August 2, 2015
Rockland, Maine

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, U.S. 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.

Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze

August 1 - 23, 2015
Middlefield, Connecticut

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.


2015 dates TBD
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 flickering firelight of 100 bonfires, stroll through Waterplace Park to enjoy enchanting music and entertainment acts from around the world. And it’s free!

Prescott Park Arts Festival – Open Air Theater Production of Shrek the Musical

Running each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from June 27 through August 24
Prescott Park – Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Come to beautiful Prescott Park on the banks of the Piscataqua River for a wonderful outdoor theater production. Performances are Thursdays and Sundays at 7:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. There is a matinee performance on Saturday, July 5 at 1:00 pm; other matinee dates TBD.

The Vermont Midd Summer Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival

August 2, 2014 (3-7 p.m.)
Marble Works - Middlebury, Vermont

Enjoy great Vermont beers and wines in downtown Middlebury — all to raise funds for three charitable organizations. Sample Vermont-made products, listen to music, socialize and have a great time!

Salem's Annual Maritime Festival

August 1, 2015
Salem, Massachusetts

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.

Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival

August 2, 2015
Waterfront Park - Burlington, Vermont (Northern Vermont)

A dragon boat is a human-powered boat traditionally made of wood and a kind of traditional longboat from throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. At this unique festival, more than 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.

KahBang Music-Art-Film Discovery Festival

August 7-10, 2014
Portland, Maine

Come to New England’s largest indie music discovery festival. KahBang showcases emerging artists and musicians in a Music Fest, Art Fest, and Film Fest at venues across the city.

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival

August 6-9, 2015
Burlington, Vermont

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!

Litchfield Jazz Festival

August 7-9, 2015
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.

Annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival

August 8, 2015
Winter Harbor, Maine

North of Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor is on a scenic peninsula with 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.

Boston Pops on Nantucket

August 8, 2015
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!

Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

August 8-9, 2015
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.

Annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair

August 1-9, 2015
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 more than 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.

Annual TD Bank Pops by the Sea Concert

August 9, 2015
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 more than 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.

Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show

August 14-16, 2015
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 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.

Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival

August 13 & 17, 2015
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.

Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic -- Western Massachusetts

August 13-16, 2015
Lenox, Massachusetts

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.

Annual Milford Oyster Festival

August 15, 2015
Milford, Connecticut

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.

Annual White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Festival

August 14-16, 2015
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.

44th Festival of the Arts

August 14-16, 2015
Chatham, Massachusetts

More than 110 booths showcasing fine art, crafts, jewelry, glass, ceramics, photography, woodworking, sculpture and more. Children’s tent daily featuring face painting and art & craft activities. Gourmet food trucks will be available on the Green for your refreshment. A great day out for the whole family.

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival

August 14-15, 2015
Machias, Maine

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.

Annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb

August 15, 2015
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 U.S. Come see for yourself why the top racers from the world and local riders travel to Pinkham Notch for this challenge.

Annual Cotuit Arts & Crafts Festival

August 15-16, 2015
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.

Annual Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show

August 15-16, 2015
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.

Living History Event at Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site

August 15-16, 2015
Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Meet George Washington, go to school with Laura Ingalls Wilder, make butter and ice cream, pan for gold. Hear the cannons roar, follow a French and Indian battle through the woods, see Civil War reinactments. Part 1 in a series of Living History’s Programming at the Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Site.

Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival

August 15-16, 2015
Stage Fort Park -- Gloucester, Massachusetts

More than 175 juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the United States will be coming to Gloucester for this festival, now in its 35th year. Live music, unique creations and delicious food will highlight the two-day event. A pancake breakfast (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gloucester) helps to kick off Saturday in grand style while free live “family style” entertainment includes puppeteers, ragtime jazz and maritime music. The Gloucester Waterfront Festival runs from 9 am to 6 pm each day. The site is handicapped accessible and friendly pets on leashes are welcome. Free Admission.

Great Falls Balloon Festival

August 21-23, 2015
Lewiston/Auburn, Maine

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!

New Haven Open at Yale University

August 21-29, 2015
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.

Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

August 29-30, 2015
Meredith, New Hampshire

An outdoor, juried arts and crafts exhibition and sale of fine arts and fine crafts, featuring high-quality works of more than 80 artists and craftspeople. The festival is held outdoors among the Meredith Village Shops and the Mill Falls Marketplace.

American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront

August 28-30, 2015
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.

Schemitzun: Green Corn PowWow

August 29-30, 2015
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 an 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).

Killington Classic Motorcycle Rally

August 29-30, 2015
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!

Mass Brewer's Fest

August 29, 2014
Boston, Massachussetts

Join us for the 5th Annual Mass Brewers Fest on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 6pm-9:30pm. We will be sampling 100+ different beers from 30+member breweries, including a special collaboration brew! What: Local beer, live music by Three Day Threshold, and a great way to spend one of the last nights of summer! Where: The World Trade Center Head House Concourse – a beautiful indoor/outdoor venue on Boston’s historic waterfront. Cost: $40.00 advance purchase with beer samples included! RAIN or SHINE — For more info and to purchase tickets, visit

Portland Brew Festival

August 29-30, 2014
Portland Company Complex, Portland, Maine

The fourth annual Portland Brew Festival is set for August 29 and 30, and event organizers promise more brewers, additional activities and expanded food options. The 2014 event, which returns to the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore Street in Portland, will feature more than 40 brewers with more than 120 brew products along with home brewing equipment, a Maine Brewers Guild fundraiser, and more.

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