What’s on this summer in New England

New England summer events

New England is popular for world-class ‘Fall’ foliage but summer visitors will find the region horizon alive with some of America’s boldest, best and most exciting cultural events.

Take a trip to any of the six states of New England in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire or Connecticut and discover what  America’s most historic region has to offer — from the largest Independence Day celebration, striking, visual fire and art spectacles and world-class culinary events to festivals of seafood, jazz music and craft beer.

Boston Pops Spectacular, Massachusetts
3-4 July 2015
Massachusetts’ Boston Pops Spectacular is America’s premier Independence Day celebration and performance. A Boston holiday tradition, hundreds of thousands gather to celebrate America’s birthday on the banks of the Charles River and witness a true spectacle of fireworks and musical performances. The Boston Pops Orchestra will lead an extravagant celebration, including a famous rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” which features real cannons and the ringing of church bells.  www.july4th.org 

Maine Lobster Festival, Maine
29 July – 2 August 2015
The Maine Lobster Festival overlooking Rockland’s Penobscot Bay is America’s premier seafood and lobster event. From lobster rolls to lobster Caesar salads, find a variety of traditional Maine dishes in nine tents overlooking the bay, a large celebration and parade, a lobster race over crates floating in the water, a lobster cooking contest, rock and blues musical performances and tours of the US Coast Guard Barque Eagle. Seafood lovers can also sample steamed and fried clams, shrimp, shrimp cocktail and steamed mussels.  www.mainelobsterfestival.com 

Rockfire, Vermont
26-28 June 2015
Rockfire utilises Vermont’s landscapes to create an awe-inspiring night-time art installation of fire in the city of Barre. Attended by hundreds of art lovers each year, the 2015 festival will feature a three-mile procession of fire art work, thousands of bonfires, live fire performances, fire dances, candles and a range of stunning, illuminated installations and displays in abandoned quarries and granite ruins. www.rockfirevt.com 

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Connecticut
17 – 19 July, 2015
This word-class jazz event in the heart of Hartford attracts tens of thousands of jazz enthusiasts every year, and is set to be bigger and better in 2015 with an impressive line-up of talented, world class performers. Free of charge, the festival will see performers grace the main stage of the Thomas D. Harris IV Pavilion in the beautiful Bushnell Park. Those looking to discover the region’s hidden jazz talents will find an array of local performers take to the nearby Arch Stage.   www.hartfordjazz.com 

New England Brewfest, New Hampshire
27 – 28 June 2015
Tap into the New England beer scene in historic Lincoln, New Hampshire.  New England Brewfest is the region’s premier brewery and craft beer event. Situated in Lincoln’s local shops in the heart of the White Mountains, learn about and sample hundreds of regional craft beers from 33 breweries at tastings, workshops, lectures and special events. The festival includes live entertainment, culinary treats, exhibitions and an “On Tap” beer tasting event.  www.nebrewfest.com 

Waterfire, Rhode Island
Various Saturdays from 23 May – 7 November 2015
Attracting tens of thousands every year, Waterfire is one of the world’s most unique and spectacular visual art experiences. Taking place on the waterways of historic Downtown Providence in America’s smallest state, Rhode Island, the free event takes place at intervals throughout the summer and will see the lighting of thousands of 100 bonfires strategically placed along the city’s waterways to celebrate air, fire and water. Amid the flickering firelight, visitors will be entertained by live music and entertainment.  www.waterfire.org 

A full schedule of events in the six states of New England is available at http://www.discovernewengland.org/events/