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.
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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.
Hillside gardens overlooking the ocean, small semi-urban oases, permaculture, creative stone work, wildlife habitat, thoughtful design, and more – this garden tour has something for everyone! Tour private and public coastal Maine gardens in Cape Elizabeth and South Portland, starting at the Children’s Garden and Cliff Walk Landscape in Fort Williams Park.
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.
Come on down to America’s first public beach and enjoy the magnificent sand sculpting competition, delicious food trucks and vendors, and amusements and fun for the whole family! Plus, don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night. This is an event that you won’t want to miss!
The Newport Folk Festival, founded by George Wein in 1959, takes place on the grounds at Fort Adams State Park and features four stages of world class musicians, food, vendors and a number of exhibits.