Discover New England: Summer Events Around the Region

This is the time of year our region hosts so many wine, food, art, and music happenings—it can be hard to choose between them! Here are a few sure bets to add to your spring and summer itineraries.

WaterFire Providence

See more than 80 bonfires illuminate Rhode Island’s capital city. The massive art installation includes torch-lit vessels floating down the river, 20-plus braziers, and live world music. The lighting commences shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.

Providence, Rhode Island
waterfire.org

Salem Arts Festival

This free family-friendly festival draws 5,000 attendees annually. Celebrate the historic city’s rich cultural arts scene. Enjoy painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, film, new media, theatre and poetry, among other offerings, as well as a wealth of culinary talent populating the downtown district.

June 1–3
Salem, Massachusetts
salemartsfestival.com

Kennebunkport Food, Wine and Art Festival

Join this week-long celebration of Downeast chefs, brewers, distillers and artists. Curated dinners, specialty menus, cocktail parties, after parties, art openings and live music are on tap. The festival culminates in the Spirit of Maine and Grand Finale events.

June 4–9
Kennebunkport, Maine
kennebunkportfestival.com

Old Port Festival

Kick off the summer season and celebrate Old Port at this 45th annual family-friendly event in the heart of Downtown Portland. Expect live music, Maine-made arts and crafts, local foods, craft beverages, and activities for the kids.

June 10, 2018
Portland, Maine
portlandmaine.com/old-port-festival

Burlington Wine and Food Festival

A Grand Tasting kicks off the festival featuring food and wine pairings by Vermont’s best chefs and winemakers from around the world. Sip an international selection of varietals, sample specialty bites, listen to live jazz and learn about wine and food from industry experts.

June 23
Burlington, Vermont
burlingtonwineandfoodfestival.com

13th Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival

This year marks the 13th anniversary of Lake Winnipesaukee’s popular wine festival featuring domestic and international vintners. Join the festivities at Mill Falls at the Lake to sample small plates from local restaurateurs, sip craft beverages, and bid on auction getaway packages. VIP tickets include the Grand Tasting.

June 28, 2018
Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
millfalls.com/event/winnipesaukee-wine-festival

Sailfest

This is southeastern Connecticut’s penultimate summer event. Enjoy watercraft sports, amusement rides, free entertainment, tall ships on the dock, a fireworks display and more than 200 vendors lining the streets and waterfront park—be sure to find the beef-fat fries and crèpes!

July 13–15
New London, Connecticut
sailfest.org

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

Where better to sample artisan cheeses than Vermont—home to the largest number of cheesemakers per capita. Spend the day at historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn on the banks of Lake Champlain nibbling cheeses and local foods paired with fine wines.

August 12
Shelburne Farms, Vermont
vtcheesefest.com

Great Falls Balloon Festival

This weekend-long event features a spectacular display of colorful hot air balloons by the dozens. Set eyes on the sky from Lewiston’s Simard-Payne Memorial Park, and enjoy the scenery of the Androscoggin River and Great Falls.

August 17-19, 2018
Lewiston, Maine
greatfallsballoonfestival.org

Outstanding in the Field Feast

Photograph by Emmy Hagen

Touted as “the pioneer of hyper-local pop-up dinners set between earth and sky,” Outstanding in the Field at Ploughgate Creamery is a truly unique offering. A top regional chef prepares a multi-course feast to be enjoyed at the now-famous long table in the field.

August 26
Waitsfield, Vermont
outstandinginthefield.com

Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival

Join revelers in Newburyport’s Waterfront Park and Boardwalk for a day of free music by local and headlining bands. Food vendors and street performers line Market Square, and a beer tent promises refreshment. Tip: Boat owners can avoid the crowds by listening from the Merrimack River.

September 1–3
Newburyport, Massachusetts
theriverboston.com/attend/riverfront-music-festival

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