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New England Events – July 2014

Summer in New England is in full swing this month and there is no shortage of great events and festivals to enjoy. Head to Boston to celebrate Independence Day, enjoy outdoor concerts and plays around the region, partake in a bike festival, brewer’s festivals and more.

For a full list of July 2014 events in New England, see the individual state links at the bottom of this page.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: TD Bank Summer Festival Tour

June 26 - July 6, 2014

For a perfect summer evenings of picnics, music and fireworks, come see the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. The VSO has performances throughout the season at various outdoor venues around the state. Check link for full schedule.

Charles W. Morgan Homecoming to New Bedford

June 28 - July 6, 2014
State Pier, New Bedford, Massachussetts

Built and launched in New Bedford in 1841, the Charles W. Morgan is now America’s oldest wooden whaling and commercial ship still afloat — only the USS Constitution is older. Over an 80-year whaling career, the Morgan embarked on 37 voyages between 1841 and 1921. She is known as a “lucky ship,” having successfully navigated crushing Arctic ice, hungry cannibals, countless storms, Cape Horn roundings and, after she finished her whaling career, even the Hurricane of 1938. The Morgan’s historic Homecoming to New Bedford will be nothing short of spectacular with NINE days of concerts, programs, regattas, whaleboat races and parades, a whaling history symposium, public ceremonies and much more! Find out about more at

Bar Harbor Music Festival

June 29 - July 27, 2014
Bar Harbor, Maine

Acclaimed by the Phi Beta “Baton” as “one of the nation’s proving grounds for gifted young artists,” the Bar Harbor Music Festival has gained national recognition as one of the few music festivals in the United States whose mission is to provide essential performance opportunities for outstanding up-and-coming talent. During the past 47 years, the Bar Harbor Music Festival has advanced the careers of over 1,800 aspiring instrumentalists, singers, and composers, presenting a glorious summer of music encompassing recitals, chamber music, “Pops”, “New Composers”, opera, jazz, and string orchestra concerts.

Music Mountain Summer Chamber Music Festival

Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons throughout the summer
Falls Village, Connecticut

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and a resonant, full-bodied sound. This summer festival season includes a 16-concert chamber music series and a Saturday twilight series of Jazz, Big Band, and Country concerts — with dancing on our outdoor dance floor! Music Mountain is located in Falls Village, Connecticut, in the northwestern corner of the state, approximately 100 miles or 2 1/2 hours from New York City.

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.


July 12 and 26, 2014
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 free event is based on an original artistic installation of bonfires lit on the three waterways passing through downtown Providence. 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.

Summer in the Street

Saturday evenings, June 28 - August 2, 2014
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.

Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show

July 1 - August 10, 2014
East Dorset, Vermont

The Vermont Summer Festival Horse show attracts the best show jumping athletes, including Olympic medalists from across the country and around the globe. The event offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont. This is a series of events over the course of July and August.

Annual Boston Harborfest

July 2-6, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Harborfest is a five-day long Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. More than 200 daily events during the festival are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts, with sponsored main events on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Visitors to the Annual Chowderfest will vote for “Boston’s Best Chowder” after sampling traditional New England-style clam chowder from some of the Boston area’s top restaurants.

Maine Windjammer Association – Annual Great Schooner Race

July 4, 2014
Rockland, Maine

Be a part of North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships as more than two dozen schooners race from Islesboro to Rockland. Guests are invited to participate in this informal, friendly competition that includes a multi-day “training” cruise to help new crew members learn the ropes before the big event. Fireworks are held the previous evening. Call today to book.

An 1830′s Independence Day Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village

July 4, 2014
Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the northeast and portrays life in a New England village in the 1830s. Step back to a time when America was new, and veterans of the fight for freedom still lived. Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizen’s procession as they march through the streets. Cheer and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence and sign a giant reproduction of the document. Make your own tri-cornered hat to wear as you learn to drill with the Sturbridge Militia. Learn dances done by 19th-century Americans and play a game of “base ball.”

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

July 4, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts

America’s premier Independence Day celebration, this annual event is a Boston holiday tradition which is televised across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come from around the world to celebrate America’s birthday on the banks of the Charles River. The Boston Pops Orchestra leads the celebration, including a famous rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which features real cannons and the live ringing of area church bells. The entire event ends with a spectacular fireworks show in the skies above Boston. Take public transportation, bring some picnic food and drink, and arrive before noon to find a good seat!

Strawbery Banke: An American Celebration

July 4, 2014
Porstmouth, New Hampshire

A real old-fashioned fabulous 4th of July! Complete with a children’s bike & wagon parade, giant kite fly, potato sack races, kids liberty treasure hunt, garden crafts, live music, historic garden tours, costumed role players, colonial hearth cooking, basket weaving, hand-thrown pottery, food and fun for all. Tour a Gundalow River Boat and meet Abe Lincoln.

America’s Oldest Independence Day Parade

July 4, 2014
Bristol, Rhode Island

Come to the town of Bristol, Rhode Island, for the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the USA. Overlooking Narragansett Bay, this town has a classic American main street feel with beautiful stately homes decorated for the occasion. There’s also a Fourth of July ball, a Drum Corp show, a visiting ship and fireworks over Bristol Harbor.

Opening Night: Tanglewood (Summer Home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)

July 5, 2014 (and dates throughout the summer)
Lenox, Massachusetts

Tanglewood, an estate and music venue in Lenox, is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and hosts the annual Tanglewood Music Festival and Tanglewood Jazz Festival. This opening night event is followed by fireworks.

New Bedford Folk Festival

July 5-6, 2014
New Bedford, Massachusetts

The New Bedford Folk Festival features Americana roots music, contemporary singer-songwriters, traditional American folk music from Appalachia, blues, western music, sea music and Celtic music, this year from Ireland, Scotland, Nova Scotia and Quebec. The festival features nearly 50 acts performing on seven stages, all operating simultaneously all day, both days. The festival also features a juried crafts show with the handmade crafts for sale at affordable prices. Crafts include jewelry, pottery, clothing and musical instruments. Food will also be available including New Bedford landed fish and scallops, Mediterranean specialties, French cuisine, homemade ice cream and the usual hamburger/hot dogs.

The Glory Days - Automobiles of the '50s, '60s and '70s - Owls Head Transportation Museum

July 5-6, 2014
Owls Head, Maine

A celebration of the glory days of automobile design showcasing the style and power of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Automobiles produced during these influential decades have become legendary symbols of design and performance that have withstood the test of time. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang, Mustangs of any vintage will be admitted free.

Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

July 5-13, 2014
International Tennis Hall of Fame – Newport, Rhode Island

The world’s top tennis players are heading to Newport — don’t miss a shot of the action! Hosted right after Wimbledon, the tournament kicks off the United States summer swing for the ATP World Tour and is the only ATP World Tour event in the Northeast. A highlight of the week is always the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, when the highest honor in the sport of tennis is presented to great champions and leaders in the sport.

Brimfield Antique and Flea Market Shows

July 8-13, 2014
Brimfield, Massachusetts

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 different 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. This event is held again from September 2-8, 2014.

Maine Windjammer Parade and Open Schooner Tours

July 11, 2014
Rockland, Maine

The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships. On Saturday, stop by for Open “Schooner” Tours. Visitors can stop by North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf (off Tilson Avenue) for dockside tours of the American Eagle, Heritage, Isaac H. Evans, Nathaniel Bowditch and Stephen Taber.

Nantucket Yoga Festival

July 11-13, 2014
Nantucket, Massachusetts

The Nantucket Yoga Festival will bring together the very best world class yoga instructors,wellness experts and healthy living guides. The Westmoor Club will host an exciting opening night celebration followed by classes and workshops outdoors under tent at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm. 24 workshops; 15 teachers; one inspiring weekend.

Moxie Festival

July 11-13, 2014
Lisbon Falls, Maine

A festival in honor of a beverage that has a cult following in New England. Music, entertainment, food, fireworks, parades and carnival games. Since 1982, The Moxie Festival has been held on the second weekend in July in Lisbon, Maine, home of the world famous Moxie Store!

Annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival

July 11-13, 2014
Stowe, Vermont

More than 25 hot-air balloons will soar for one of Vermont’s most popular summer celebrations; Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa will once again host the spectacular three-day event. Festival attendees are welcome to join in the fun; hot-air balloon rides are priced at $275 per person, plus tax, and advance reservations are recommended. Tethered rides on the hot-air balloons may be available for $10 per person.

Vermont Mountain Bike Festival

July 11-13, 2014
Ascutney Mt. Resort – West Windsor, Vermont

This is Vermont’s premier mountain biking event: bringing riders together to enjoy Vermont’s finest trails as well as industry manufacturers and retailers with booths and demo products. For two jam-packed days, the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival will be home to exciting events catering to beginner and expert cyclists alike. This event is family friendly and will also offer kids’ rides led by Wheels Around Waterbury, a local summer camp that teaches kids mountain biking skills. Local shops and industry vendors will be on hand to share their products and provide demos.

Green River Festival

July 12-13, 2014
Greenfield Community College - Greenfield, Massachusetts

One of the top musical events in western Massachusetts, the Green River Festival combines superb musical talent from around the U.S., local food and fine crafts and hot air balloons for two days of sun and fun.

Annual Champlain Islands Open Farm and Studio Tour

July 12-13, 2014
Lake Champlain Islands, Grand Isle County, Vermont

This special festival is a great excuse to visit the picturesque and peaceful Lake Champlain Islands of Vermont. Follow the HEART balloons to meet artists in their studios and to visit island farms for demonstrations and food samples. On Saturday, there’s a Farmers’ Market and an Islands Bike Tour. On Sunday, it’s the TASTE OF THE ISLANDS food celebration at Grand Isle Art Works. See website for details.

North Atlantic Blues Festival

July 12-13, 2014
Rockland, Maine

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts. Saturday evening, Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.

Annual Wickford Art Festival

July 12-13, 2014
Wickford, Rhode Island

Ranked the #1 fine art festival in New England by Sunshine Artist. Come to this beautiful seaside town to see the work of more than 250 artists. Enjoy shops, restaurants and kayaking nearby.

Newport Mansions: Green Animals Children’s Party

July 14, 2014
Green Animals Topiary Garden -- Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Children and adults of all ages are invited to enjoy the festivities at the annual Children’s Party at Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. This site is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States. The party will feature circus acts, music, magic, clowns, puppets, pony rides, refreshments and much more on this historic seven-acre estate overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Vermont Brewers Festival

July 18-19, 2014
Burlington, Vermont

This is an artisan craft Beer festival celebrating artisan craft beers and the brewers who brew them.  Come enjoy a great weekend in July at Burlington Waterfront Park with scenic views of Lake Champlain framed by the Adirondack Mountain Range.

Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival

July 18-20, 2014
Wakefield, Rhode Island

Fly high above America’s smallest state in a hot air balloon at this special festival in scenic south county. Enjoy carnival rides, see the world famous racing pigs, watch a pizza grilling competition, and try the climbing wall — all followed by fireworks. Bring your camera for the special Balloon Glow at dusk.

The Yarmouth Clam Festival

July 18-20, 2014
Yarmouth, Maine

On this extended weekend, the normally quiet New England village of Yarmouth, Maine, will swell to 15 times its size, as more than 100,000 visitors flock to the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival — including visitors from 13 countries and 32 U.S. states. One of Maine’s most popular summer events, the festival includes a Friday night parade, Saturday night block party and fireworks, clam shucking contests, a Firefighters’ Muster, the Diaper Derby and, of course, lots and lots of clams! A boatload of other seafood will also be served up: lobster stew, lobster rolls, grilled scallops, shore dinners, and fried shrimp, to name a few. A wide array of favorite foods for landlubbers includes pizza, burgers and dogs, meatball subs, home-baked desserts, the famously thirst-quenching Lime Rickeys and much more.

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

July 18-20, 2014
Hartford, Connecticut

This free-of-charge festival is a world-class jazz event. More than twenty-five hours of music performed by internationally acclaimed artists. Wonderful world-class musicians will grace the mainstage of the Thomas Harris IV Pavillon in Bushnell Park. Local and regional artists will perform on the Arch Stage located in the marketplace adjacent to Trinity Street.

National Sand Sculpting Festival

July 18-20, 2014
Revere Beach, Massachusetts

The 11th Annual Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival (NSSF) will be held Friday–Sunday, July 18-20, 2014. The festival is a greatly anticipated annual summer event in the Greater Boston area with approximately 300,000 attendees. It was voted one of Boston’s Top Events by BizBash Magazine, a leading media publication in the event industry. Master sand sculptors from around the world compete in this national contest that attracts international, national and regional media coverage.

Killington Wine Festival

July 18-20, 2014
Killington, Vermont

Over the last nine years, the Killington Wine Festival has become a signature summer event for the Killington region. Guests enjoy a nice July weekend tasting fine wines with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont as a scenic backdrop. This year’s event will feature more than 500 wines from around the world represented by over 40 wineries and distributors.

Vermont Cheese Festival

July 20, 2014
Shelburne Farms - Shelburne, Vermont

With more than 50 cheesemakers, the highest number per capita in the country, Vermont is the premier artisan cheese state. Festival visitors will meet cheesemakers, and taste and purchase their cheeses. Come for educational seminars, cooking demonstrations by star chefs, and cheesemaking demonstrations throughout the day. The Vermont Cheesemakers’ Festival has been organized by Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery in partnership with the Vermont Cheese Council. This is a busy weekend in the area; make reservations early.

Iron Adventure Run at Jackson Gore

July 24-26, 2014
Jackson Gore Resort -- Okemo Mountain, Vermont

Join motorcycle enthusiasts for a fun-filled long weekend of Vermont riding, events and more. All are welcome to this event which is powered by H.O.G., the official riding club of Harley-Davidson. Bike some of the best roads in North America to destinations including: dairy bars, maple bars, museums, mountains, lakes, covered bridges, and even sandbars. There are also bike games, bike shows, Dock Dogs, a parade, and nightly entertainment.

Annual Blessing of the Fleet Weekend

July 25-26, 2014
Galilee, Rhode Island

It began as a ceremony to ask for “Divine Protection” of those fishermen who risked their lives harvesting the sea. The annual Blessing of the Fleet tradition has blossomed into one of Rhode Island’s most popular weekend-long events that now also includes a road race and a seafood festival attended by nearly 30,000 people. A delicious harvest of seafood and other delectable foods are prepared in the New England tradition, including complete lobster dinners, linguini with clam sauce, barbecued shrimp, and a raw bar. The Blessing of the Fleet itself is a spectacularly colorful event that takes place at noon on Saturday, in Galilee. Hundreds of vessels line up to parade past thousands of spectators.

Old Lyme Midsummer Festival

July 25-26, 2014
Old Lyme, Connecticut

For the past 100 years artists have flocked to this town, located on a serene inlet at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Historic homes built by sea captains, an art museum, an art college, galleries, shops and delightful inns make Old Lyme one of New England’s most unique destinations. The town’s two-day Midsummer Festival takes place in the heart of Old Lyme’s historic district. As part of the events, the Florence Griswold Museum hosts Market En Plein Air, an open-air food event in a setting modeled after outdoor markets in French villages. The Bee and Thistle Inn and Spa is hosting the Shoreline Chef Competition in which four local chefs are given secret ingredients selected from Market En Plein Air vendors to compete for the winning dish. The festival also includes a dog parade, concerts and more.

Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival

July 25 - August 3, 2014
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.

Lowell Folk Festival

July 25-27, 2014
Lowell, Massachusetts

The largest FREE folk festival in the country attracts thousands of people over three days. The Lowell Folk Festival strives to present the very finest traditional artists from across the country and around the world. Festival stages reverberate with the sounds of traditional music more often heard in homes, social clubs, dance halls and annual celebrations. Enjoy ethnic food and crafts. In the area, visit the Lowell National Historic Park which offers museums and exhibits highlighting Lowell’s significant contribution to the American Industrial Revolution. Ride a historic replica trolley or cruise the canals aboard a tour boat.

Sunday River's Tough Mountain Challenge

July 26, 2014
Sunday River, Maine

The Tough Mountain Challenge is a unique adventure obstacle race born in the mountains of Maine that tackles the alpine terrain of Sunday River ski resort. After running 5k in the mountains, under an arsenal of snow guns, crossing ravines and crawling under ski trails — you’ll feel it by the finish line. And when you cross that line you’ll be in the middle of an all-day party complete with live music, barbecues, a beer garden, a free Mini Mountain Challenge for kids, chairlift rides, zip lines and more.

A Slice of History – Autos of the World Classic Car Show

July 26 & 27, 2014
Goddard State Park, Rhode Island

Located on 9 acres of Goddard State Park in the center of R.I. and always on the last weekend in July, is the Autos of the World Classic Car Show. Here, visitors can shoot the breeze with the owners of some of the rarest cars and trucks in New England. Children can stand inches from a 1934 Duesenberg, or a group of vintage race cars, even a Ferrari. There will also be fire trucks and lots of other big rigs. Grandparents can share stories about their first car, even as their smiles are reflected in the car’s chrome. Stroll our park and eat lunch at one of our many food and dessert vendors. Walk right up to an amazing collection of vintage automobiles, or browse our memorabilia and relive your own memories. This is R.I’s largest classic car event weekend. So travel back in time and into the future of man’s greatest invention, the automobile! Two full days of antique, classic, exotic, european and one-of-a-kind classics. “A Slice of History” spanning more than a one-hundred year history of man’s automotive genius!

LGBT Family Week in Provincetown

July 26 - August 2, 2014
Provincetown, Massachusetts

Family Week is the largest national gathering of the LGBT-headed family community in the United States and this year marks the 19th annual event. LGBT parents, their children, their 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!

Maine Lobster Festival

July 30 - August 3, 2014
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.

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