Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Here are five family-friendly festivals, fairs and events taking place across the New England region this weekend.
Maine Lobster Festival
July 30 to August 3, 2014
See the art show, eat the pancake breakfast, laugh and play at Smokey’s Greatest Shows Carnival, watch a children’s parade and so much more at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine. Be sure to visit (and watch your child compete!) on August 3 for the Children’s Cod Fish Carry and the Children’s Lobster Eating Contest! Admission is $8 for adults and $2 for children between 6 and 12; children 5 and under are free. Admission is free for everyone on Sunday, August 3.
For more information, visit the Maine Lobster Festival website.
Newport Jazz Festival
August 1 to August 3, 2014
Enjoy smooth, sultry music in Newport, Rhode Island all weekend long at the Newport Jazz Festival. During the festival, food and craft vendors from around the region will offer interesting bites and souvenirs to take home. Admission starts from $40 per adult and from $15 per child or student. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily, with performances beginning at 11:30 a.m. on August 1 and at 10:30 a.m. on August 2 and 3, 2014.
For more information, see the Newport Jazz Festival website.
Vermont Festival of the Arts
August 1 to September 1, 2014
Check out art from around Vermont and the region at the annual Vermont Festival of Arts in the Mad River Valley all month long. Kids will love painting their own creations and dancing to the live music. Family workshops will take place and live music and food vendors will keep everyone entertained.
Call 802-496-6682 for information on tickets and visit the Vermont Festival of Arts website for a schedule of events.
Gore Mountain Craft Fair
August 2 and 3, 2014
The free Gore Mountain Craft Fair offers families live entertainment and a plethora of artists from the Adirondacks and beyond. Enjoy food, shopping, hiking, biking, mini golf and more around the area, as well. The fair is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and is free for all guests.
For more information, visit the Gore Mountain Craft Fair website.
Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze
August 2 to August 24, 2014
See if you can find your way out of the 350,000 red and yellow sunflowers at the Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze in Middlefield, Conn., which opens August 2 and runs through August 24. The $1 admission is donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. And if you can, visit again on August 16 for the Peach Fest, where live music, food and outdoor activities for every age will keep kids smiling. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit the Lyman Orchards website.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz