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New England Events — June 2014

Hello summer — we’re ready! June in New England is brimming with events. Enjoy a dynamic International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut; experience an event dedicated to a dessert (the infamous whoopie pie) in Maine or watch the unique “Greasy Pole” contest at the St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival in the historic seaport of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

For more New England events in June 2014, check the individual state tourism websites at the bottom of the page.

Gardens by the Sea

June 1, 2014
Madison, Connecticut

Gardens by the Sea on Sunday, June 1st begins at 12 noon at the visitor information center on the Madison Town Green and wanders through 7 delightful gardens located at private homes along the shoreline until 4 p.m. (rain or shine). Tickets can be purchased in advance during the month of May at R.J. Julia’s Booksellers in Downtown Madison, Conn. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour at the visitor information center on the Madison Town Green.

Florence Griswold Museum GardenFest

May 30 through June 13, 2014
Old Lyme, Connecticut

This annual GardenFest is a ten-day celebration of the site’s historic gardens, featuring special events, garden tours, demonstrations and family activities. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities for all ages and interest levels. Most events are free with museum admission. Visitors to the museum understand immediately the site’s appeal to the artists who stayed at “Miss Florence” Griswold’s boardinghouse over a century ago. Her house, gardens and river view were favored subjects of her artistic boarders. Visitors stand at the site of Childe Hassam’s favorite spot, stroll Miss Florence’s lovingly restored old-fashioned garden, and rest where William Chadwick posed his model for the now famous painting “On the Piazza.”

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Through June 8, 2014
Burlington, Vermont

This event fills downtown Burlington with sounds of jazz, blues, funk, swing and Latin music. For 10 days, the entire city comes alive with a mix of concerts, street parties, cruises on Lake Champlain, meet-the-artist sessions and workshops. With an estimated 45,000 in attendance, venues for ticketed and free events include the majestic Flynn MainStage, intimate FlynnSpace, bucolic Waterfront Park, the bustling outdoor pedestrian mall Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park, bars, clubs and restaurants throughout the city. Past headliners have included greats such as Sonny Rollins, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck, Béla Fleck and more.

The Kennebunkport Festival

June 3-8, 2014
Kennebunkport, Maine

The Kennebunkport Festival is a multi-day dining extravaganza that kicks off with intimate, private dinners prepared by some of Maine’s top chefs in area residences or opt for dinner at the White Barn Inn, a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated restaurant, hosted by Executive Chef Jonathan Cartwright. The festival includes art events, music and more. Come for all six days or plan a long weekend escape.

21st Annual Celebration of Lupines

June 1-30, 2014
Franconia Notch – White Mountains, New Hampshire

Come view the beautiful blooming lupine fields in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Tour the fields by foot or horse-drawn wagon. Visit the many museums and attractions: Sugar Hill Historic Museum, New England Ski Museum, Franconia Heritage Museum, The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and the Frost Place. Festival events include art exhibits, concerts, walking tours, an open-air market, specialty dinners at local inns, and a variety of promotions at local businesses. Your ticket to take part in the events is the Fields of Lupine Festival Tour Book, which includes a calendar of events, local map, descriptions of participating businesses, and discounts at local businesses. Some Festival events may require an additional cost; see booklet for details.

Old House & Garden Festival

June 7, 2014
Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden - Portsmouth, New Hampshire

This year’s festival will highlight the Moffatt-Ladd House’s beautiful garden and historic plants and trees. Visitors will have the opportunity to take self-guided tours of the house and speak with experts in the field of decorative arts, art conservation, and historic preservation. A heirloom plant sale will be ongoing throughout the festival, and there will be a free concert in the warehouse at 4:30 p.m.

Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-off & Newport Oyster Festival

June 7, 2014
Newport, Rhode Island

Be a part of the original, largest, and longest running (over 30 years!), chowder bonanza in New England located right in the buzz of historic downtown Newport. With a wide spread from national to regional competitors, festival goers will taste test a myriad of traditional and exotic chowders from all kitchens, then vote for the best in three categories: Clam, Seafood and Creative.

Annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, Tour de Heifer, and Slow Living Summit

June 4-8, 2014
Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont

This event begins with the Slow Living Summit on June 4-6 in downtown Brattleboro and continues with the Strolling of the Heifers weekend, June 6-8, which aims to connect people with healthy local foods and the farmers and producers who bring it to them. The centerpiece of the weekend is the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, featuring up to 100 heifer calves, along with cows, horses, goats, tractors, bands and more. The crowd follows the parade to the all-day 11-acre Live Green Expo for food, music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and fun — all related to the event’s mission of sustaining family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. Sunday features the Tour de Heifer, a trio of scenic farm-to-farm bicycle rides tailored to all levels of cycling ability, with routes ranging from 6 to 60 miles. The Tour de Heifer raises money for grants that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in farm and food enterprises.

The Fort at No. 4: French and Indian War Encampment

June 7-8, 2014
Charlestown, New Hampshire

The sights and sounds of the French and Indian War are to be found at The Fort at No. 4. The Fort will be hosting its French and Indian War Encampment in which French, British and Native camps will be open for visiting. Blacksmithing, spinning, cooking and military drills will occur throughout the weekend; mock battles will be held as well. The Fort at No. 4 was the northernmost British settlement along the Connecticut River in New Hampshire until after the French and Indian War.

Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport

June 12-15, 2014
Mystic Seaport — Mystic, Connecticut

Mystic Seaport is proud to host its annual Sea Music Festival, one of the world’s premier sea music events. Thousands of people gather each year to hear Mystic Seaport’s Chantey Staff along with performers from around the globe carry on the classic musical traditions of the Golden Age of Sail. Enjoy featured music from maritime cultures around the world, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Iceland, Poland, Netherlands, France, Canada and Africa, as well as native peoples within the United States. Please check the Mystic Seaport website for concert times and ticket information over the four-day festival. Some performances require a ticket in lieu of museum admission.

Gaspee Days Parade & Weekend

June 13-15, 2014
Warwick, Rhode Island

In June of 1772, brave colonists from Rhode Island burned the British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, in what has become recognized as the first overt action leading to the American Revolutionary War. For the past years, the village of Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, has commemorated this act with its annual Gaspee Days Celebration. This is one of the most exciting and patriotic parades in the country, featuring colonial fife and drum corps, Civil War era units, modern day drum and bugle corps and more.


June 14 & 28, 2014
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 and enjoy music and entertainment from around the world.

Harwinton Antiques & Design Weekend

June 7-8, 2014
Harwinton Fairgrounds - Harwinton, Connecticut

The largest antique event in Connecticut with approximately 400 quality dealers offering an array of antiques and vintage collectibles under tents, with fine food concessions. Formerly the Farmington Antiques Weekend, this new location features more than 100 indoor vendors as well as plenty of room for outdoor vendors. This event repeats August 30-31, 2014.

Annual Stowe Wine & Food Classic

June 13-15, 2014
Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe, Vermont

Up-scale meets down-home in this event. The Stowe Wine and Food Classic is a one-of-a-kind food and wine experience, taking you from farm to table and vine to glass. Not only will you rub elbows with top winemakers and chefs, you will also meet the farmers and suppliers these chefs count on daily for fresh ingredients. Enjoy well over 100 wines from around the world along with a grand array of offerings from area restaurants, cheese makers and brewers, all in a casual and vibrant atmosphere. The festival is held at the Trapp Family Lodge, owned and managed by the von Trapps, one of the world’s best known and beloved musical families. The 2,500-acre resort with sweeping mountain views provides accommodations in an Austrian-style main lodge plus guest houses and villas.

Progressive’s Laconia Motorcycle Week

June 14-22, 2014
Laconia, New Hampshire

New England’s most famous motorcycle gathering! Laconia Motorcyle Week is a long-time favorite among biking enthusiasts — offering breathtaking motorcycle rides along winding roads and past stunning lake vistas, and on historic by-ways like the Kancamagus Highway. There will be headlining bands and concerts all through the Lakes Region so you can quench your thirst for some good music. Enjoy events that include “The Ride to the Sky” up Mount Washington, Hillclimb/Drag Races, Vintage Motorcycle events, Rally in the Valley and trips to the new American Police Motorcycle Museum. Plan on attending some of the Gypsy Tours that will be held during Motorcycle Week that bring you on some great rides around the state of New Hampshire. Bikes rentals are available at Laconia Harley-Davidson and HK Powersports (Laconia) as well as Manchester Harley Davidson.

Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Crafts and Music Festival

June 13-15, 2014
Quechee, Vermont

The longest continuously running Hot Air Balloon Festival in New England features more than 20 hot air balloons. Balloon rides will be available to purchase prior to and during the event. The event features continuous music and entertainment for all ages, and more than 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities include train rides, a bungee jump, an inflatable climbing wall, slide and tunnel, craft activities and face painting. And of course there will be festival food, a beer and wine garden and more surprises!

35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses

June 13-15, 2014
Providence, Rhode Island

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announces the 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses. The Festival, known for opening some of Providence’s most interesting homes, gardens and converted industrial mill spaces to visitors from across the region, highlights Providence’s post-industrial heritage through its dynamic housing stock. This signature annual event is an opportunity to hear the stories about the properties’ origins and inhabitants, while viewing firsthand the modern day living spaces in Providence’s prized historic properties made possible through preservation.

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

June 14-28, 2014
New Haven, Connecticut

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven, Connecticut each June. More than 80% of Festival events are completely free!

Lyman Orchard's Strawberry Fest

June 14, 2014
Middletown, Connecticut

Join Lyman Orchards in celebration of strawberries, the first fruit of the season and the star attraction! The day’s activities include free tastings of strawberry treats, live music, pie eating contests, horse-drawn wagon rides and more great family fun! Come hungry and enjoy delicious strawberry treats, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and more at Lyman Orchard’s Outdoor Grill.

Strawberry Festival at Smith’s Castle

June 14, 2014
North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Smith’s Castle is a house museum and one of the oldest structures in Rhode Island. The land was the original site of a trading company operated by Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island and a well-known Baptist theologian. The land is also a national historic site known for the many Native American artifacts found nearby. Come on this day to savor Smith’s Castle’s celebrated strawberry shortcake and pay homage to the humble wild strawberry — a favorite of the early colonists and the native Narragansett. Enjoy a day filled with fun family entertainment.

Market Square Day

June 14, 2014
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Created to celebrate the renovation and beautification of Downtown Portsmouth and, in particular, Market Square, the Festival has grown in size along with the growth and popularity of Portsmouth. It is estimated that between 60,000 – 80,000 people walk through Downtown Portsmouth on that one day enjoying the entertainment, products and food offered by artists, crafters and merchants — many from the Seacoast area.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Mid-June through late August
Becket, Massachusetts

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is the ideal destination for a summer getaway. A National Historic Landmark and National Medal of Arts recipient, Jacob’s Pillow is nestled in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Called “the dance center of the nation” by The New York Times, the Pillow brings together dance, music, art, and culture, with more than 300 free and ticketed events including performances, photography and art exhibits, lectures and discussions, tours, dance class observation, onsite dining and much more. Dance companies from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, and across the United States perform in two theaters and an outdoor stage throughout the summer.

Annual Travelers Golf Championship

June 16-22, 2014
Cromwell, Connecticut

This event attracts the world’s best golfers to compete for a $6 million purse, featuring exciting golf action, popular Celebrity Pro-Am, an interactive Fan Zone and family friendly events. The Championship is held at the TPC River Highlands, a par 70, 6,844-yard course in Cromwell, Connecticut, 10 miles south of Hartford.


June 19-22, 2014
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort – Bondville, Vermont

Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind yoga and music festival held several times a year around the U.S. in places with inspiring natural scenery. Wanderlust is a mix of yoga classes, guided meditations, music performances, dance parties and other daytime and evening events for fans of music, yoga and environmentally and spiritually conscious living.

Martha's Vineyard: Annual Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival

June 21, 2014
Oak Bluffs -- Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts

More than 40 vendors from near and far, including many of the Vineyard favorites, plan to return for one of the Island’s most popular events. As always, an abundance of native seafood and gourmet treats await the festive gathering at this year’s Harbor Festival. Admission for this event is free and the public is encouraged to come and spend the day. For children, the Annual Faerie Festival will entertain all ages with mystical storytelling and Celtic musicians.

Burlington Wine & Food Festival

June 21, 2014
Waterfront Park — Burlington, Vermont

The festival for wine lovers, foodies and the hungry for adventure. 5th annual event showcasing hundreds of fine wines from Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, France, Argentina, California, Vermont, Oregon, Washington and beyond. Taste world class wines paired with creations of Vermont’s top chefs, artisanal cheeses, and live jazz on the shore of Lake Champlain. Join award winning winemakers from across the globe visiting Vermont to share their craft at fun and informative seminars. Admission includes wine tastings and menu samples from Vermont restaurants leading the farm to table movement.

Cape Ann Artisans Spring Studio Tour

June 21-22, 2014
Cape Ann, Massachusetts

This self-guided tour along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport presents a unique opportunity to see the work of 21 professional artists in 18 studios. The work represented includes: pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mosaics, weaving and jewelry. Several of the artists will be demonstrating their working process during the tour. Brochures with route maps will be available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte. 127 and at each of the artisans. A bright magenta Studio Tour banner will mark each location. Download a brochure. This event repeats in October.

Annual Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Days

June 22, 2014
Statewide – Connecticut

Visit one or several of fourteen historic gardens across Connecticut. Each site offers special activities emphasizing their site. Programs and fees vary; hours are noon to 4 p.m. unless noted. Visit a site or two in your area, or make a day of it and head off to explore another part of the state. See the Connecticut Historic Garden Member’s Web page for links to member sites and their activities.

Annual Windjammer Days Festival

June 24-25, 2014
Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Enjoy the beauty of fully rigged windjammers sailing into Boothbay Harbor. Four days of family fun: a sailboat race, golf tournament, pancake breakfasts, waterfront concerts, art and craft fair, hometown street parade, antique boat parade and fireworks over the harbor. Great fun for all! Participating windjammers in this event offer overnight trips or hourly cruises.

Taste of the Nation

June 25, 2014
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Share our Strength makes a stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, when more than 70 local restaurants will get together beneath big-top tents on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum. This year’s Taste promises to be the best yet, featuring incredible food and drink from the top restaurants and brewers on the Seacoast, a fabulous silent auction with rare items and experiences, a VIP lounge, and music so you can dance the night away! Proceeds go toward aiding hunger relief efforts.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Festival

June 25-29, 2014
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Starting at the turn of the century, many Italian families from Sicily settled in the fishing community of Gloucester. They continued many of the customs they had practiced in the old country; among these, paying homage to St. Peter, the Patron Saint of Fishermen. This annual festival honors St. Peter and is a celebration of the community and its rich heritage. This festival includes an annual open air Mass at the Altar at St. Peter’s Square, followed by a procession and the blessing of the Italian-American fishing fleet. In the afternoon is the famous and entertaining Greasy Pole competition in which brave souls run across a grease-covered pole above the water trying to capture a flag. In the Seine Boat Races, twelve-man crews prove their strength and stamina by rowing against each other in old Seine boats in a grueling mile long race.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra: TD Bank Summer Festival Tour 2014

June 26 - July 6, 2014
Select locations around Vermont

For 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.

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.

New England Brewfest

June 27-29, 2014
Village Shops - Lincoln, New Hampshire

Breweries from across New England will gather to tap into their exceptional brews at the annual New England Brewfest! Come to the Lincoln Village Shops in Lincoln, New Hampshire — in the heart of the White Mountains — to sample and learn about these delicious craft brews. There will be 30 breweries and more than 100 beers on tap. While you’re tasting, enjoy live entertainment, craft beer education programs, great food and exhibits offering brew paraphernalia and souvenirs. Lodging packages available; see website for details.

The Newport Flower Show – Journey: Grand Vistas

June 27-29, 2014
Newport Mansions -- Newport, Rhode Island

America’s premier summer flower show is held on the historic grounds of the historic Rosecliff mansion. The same titans who built the summer cottages of Newport joined forces to create luxurious travel while also building the infrastructure which would forever change industry in America and become a model for the world. Climb aboard as we journey to Grand Vistas when the trip was as splendid as the destination!

Mystic Blues Festival

June 27-29, 2014
Mystic, Connecticut

The second Annual Mystic Blues Festival (MBF) will be held June 27, 28 & 29, 2014 at the beautiful Mystic Shipyard and will kick off the summer tourist season in Mystic. The festival showcases an array of blues legends, including Grammy winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and Blues Artist of the Year Award winners. MBF not only supports and promotes Blues music, but also works with the Center For Hospice Care (CFHC). 

The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival

June 28, 2014
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Celebrate the taste of Maine’s favorite dessert at the 2014 Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. Dozens of bakers with thousands of Whoopie Pies will be on hand. Sample, purchase and enjoy this unique Maine delicacy. Come for the Whoopie Pies, but stay all day to enjoy live music, food, arts and crafts, vendors, and fun activities for the whole family! For the first time this year, the festival will also be crowning the festival Big Whoop.

South Berwick Strawberry Festival

June 28, 2014
South Berwick, Maine

This volunteer festival gets bigger and better every year. Enjoy strawberry shortcake or strawberries on ice cream under the tents, or choose from the many food tables. There are crafts and jewelry for sale by many vendors, live music and entertainment throughout the day and childrens’ rides and events. Nearby, visit the beautiful Hamilton House, a restored Georgian mansion, owned by Historic New England, situated on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River, once a crucial point in the shipping business of the New England colonies. Or see the home of writer Sarah Orne Jewett, famous for capturing the history and flavor of the region. A 15-minute drive off Route 95 from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Charles W. Morgan Homecoming to New Bedford

June 28 - July 6, 2014
State Pier, New Bedford, Mass.

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

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.

Bar Harbor Music Festival

June 29 - July 27, 2014
Bar Harbor, Maine

Acclaimed by 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.

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