The air is cool and crisp, and the harvest is coming in. Come celebrate farmers markets, Scottish culture, old steam trains, beer, fair food, and an island getaway!
Highland Games & Festival
Lincoln, New Hampshire
September 21-23 — Few ethnic festivals can surpass the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival for an immersion into a colorful, hearty culture. Come to this celebration of Scottish music, food and drink, athletics, dance, and heritage to see athletes compete in the hammer throw and other games, hear Scottish and Celtic musicians play on traditional pipes and drums; explore the Clan Village, watch the sheep dog trials, and tast Scotch whiskies and beers. Map
Boothbay Family Festival 2018
Boothbay Railway Village, Maine
September 22 — Family Fest at this sweet railway village / museum is a day of steam train rides, relay races, obstacle course, laser tag, balloon artist, archery, inflatables and crafts, kranky kar rides, food and treats. Live performance by Wacky Chad and by Dr. Zog. Steam train tickets are additional $5 per person. The train runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Music Fest in the evening features Dr. Zog, Motor Booty Affair, and Ghost of Paul Revere. Map
The Big E 2018
West Springfield, MA
September 14-30 – The Eastern States Exposition is not called the Big E for nothing.
Fair-goers will enjoy free top name entertainment, The Big E Super Circus, Mardi Gras Parade, the Avenue of States, Storrowton Village, rides, crafts, shopping, foods from around the world and more. Enjoy farm and animal exhibits and farming culture and history. Avenue of the States’ buildings exhibit foods and crafts and information about your New England states. The Big E is … BIG! Don’t miss it. Map.
Farmers Market Trail
Fall is approaching and you know what that means: it feels right to get into the kitchen and do some baking and cooking, Connecticut has devised a Farmers Market Trail – including a very helpful trail map – that guides you to farmers markets, with all the details about days, times, locations, and products. The trail map tells you where to find farm-to-table eateries, walking trails, art galleries, and historic sites. The map shows ATMs near markets.
Trapp Family Oktoberfest
September 22 — The historic place of origin for this family is Austria (yes, we’ve all seen “Sound of Music”) so you know the beer at this Oktoberfest is going to be excellent. This is a day of fun, food and good old Austrian music and hospitality. Enjoy a family day featuring the Inseldudler Band, strolling accordionist Ed Schenk, lawn games and Austrian fare cooked on our outside grill. Purchase a von Trapp Lager and leave with a commemorative mug. Prost! Map.
Taste of Block Island
Block Island, Rhode Island
September 21-23 — This weekend is a sampler of Block Island food, lodgings, beaches, activities, and shopping – most of it at a discount. Buy a Taste of Block Island Button for $5 at the Block Island Visitor Center, 1 Water Street, or on board the ferries to the island. This button allows you discounts to taxi and farm tours, wine and beer tastings, shops, hotels, and restaurants. Learn how to paddleboard; go kayaking; rent bikes and mopeds at a discount. Ferries. Map