There is seemingly no end to the creative and exuberant festivals scattered across the New England landscape in August. Find an event that will thrill you in the list below, or browse even more on our Fairs & Festivals pages.
August 12, 2018 — Vermont Cheesemakers Festival 2018
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Vermont is a world class cheese state with the highest number of cheese makers per capita: over 40 of them. You are invited to share their passion for making exceptional cheeses. Come for cheese, wine, beer, cider, spirits, food, and tastings of all kinds. Expand your knowledge with cooking demonstrations and workshops.
August 16-19, 2018 — Stowe Tango Music Festival 2018
Help make Stowe the Tango capital of the U.S. this weekend by attending the Tango Music Festival! Enjoy workshops, dance classes, parties and performances, as well as a 20 piece orchestra to keep you going. Consult website for details.
August 13, 2018 — Reggae Fest 2018 at Ballard’s
Ballard’s, Block Island
The Island will be jammin’ all day; music will be playing and bodies will be swaying. Ballard’s line-up features Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Roots of Creation and Spiritual Rez.
August 18, 2018 — Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival 2018
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, CT
Welcome to the exhilarating sport of dragon boat racing. This event features Asian entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, educational cultural booths, delicious Asian cuisine, Asian games for kids and much more. Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
August 23-26, 2018 — Brooklyn Fair 2018
Fairgrounds Road, Brooklyn, CT
Meander around the area before or after you visit this classic country fair because Brooklyn is surely one of the prettiest towns in all of New England. See draft horses, livestock shows, home and garden exhibits, live entertainment, historical displays, special daily events, midway and great food. [Photo by Laura Stone Photography]
August 24-26, 2018 — Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018
Norton Park, Plainville, CT
The annual Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival attracts thousands of spectators for fireworks, balloon glows, balloon launches, a classic car show and live entertainment by various bands.
August 3-12, 2018 — Salem Heritage Days 2018
Celebrate the past and the present during the annual Salem Heritage Days. Featuring food, fun, and activities for all ages, highlights include live music, free movies on Salem Common, the Essex Street Fair, the Ice Cream Bowl, and the Car Show on Chestnut Street.
August 16-19, 2018 — Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair 2018
West Tisbury, MA
Don’t wait any longer to make a summertime trip to this lovely island and its unique towns, lighthouse, and fiery cliffs. This fair, however, is completely traditional, with rides, games, shucking contests, skillet toss, horse pull, woodsmen competition, fiber-arts tent, dog and livestock shows, midway.
August 25-26, 2018 — Salem Antique & Classic Boat Festival 2018
Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem, MA
Explore vintage motor yachts and sailboats of all kinds from elegant 1920s to ’50s era mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers to sloops, sharpies, yawls and schooners. A Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at 3 p.m. is a unique and moving experience.
August 18, 2018 — Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival 2018
Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine
This juried, fine arts show includes more than 100 artists and artisans who will be displaying and selling their work along the sidewalks of Maine Street and on the Town Green. The festival includes live music on two stages and a variety of roving musicians playing bluegrass, folk, old timey and Quebecois music. Children’s activities include face painting, hula hooping, gardening projects and crafts and art demonstrations.
August 22-26, 2018 — Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival 2018
Litchfield Fairground, Litchfield, Maine
Hear expert performers of traditional bluegrass like The Gibson Brothers, Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Nothin’ Fancy, Blue Mafia, The Bluegrass Brothers, Bluegrass Diamonds, Remington Ryde, Zink & Company, The Douthwrights, Feinberg Brothers, Blistered Fingers.
August 31-September 2, 2018 — Camden Windjammer Festival 2018
The fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Festivities include a parade of sail, flag-raising ceremonies, live music, dancing and fireworks.
August 18, 2018
Jaffrey Airport / Silver Ranch Airport, Jaffrey, NH
More fireworks than you’ve ever seen in one place at one time! The fireworks are a family event, the best fireworks show in New England. Live entertainment, sky divers, vendors. This year’s theme: Superheroes.