Locals love to make the most of warmer weather in New England, and show up in droves to festivals that are popular around both larger and smaller towns throughout the region. But with so many gastronomic highlights, cuisine is the star of many of New England’s biggest festivals.
Swing by the Chowder Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where more than 500 gallons of chowder is served to 4,000 attendees during the one-day event in June. Every August, the Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival in Shelburne, Vermont showcases cheesemaking demos, and boasts appearances by more than 40 award-winning cheese producers!
Block Island Race Week on Block Island, off the coast of Long Island and Connecticut, is often referred to as America’s original destination regatta. Don’t miss the "round-the-island" race which is the highlight of this one-week event every June.
The family-friendly event Sailfest in New London, Connecticut attracts more than 300,000 visitors who are eager to explore the craft vendors and take in the free entertainment each July.