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.
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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.
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.
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.
Family Week is the largest national gathering of the LGBT-headed family community in the United States. 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!
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.