Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival 2018 — Sept. 28-30 in Portsmouth, NH
The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival traditional American and English folk music raises the roof at the comfortable and hospitable restaurants, pubs, cafés, churches and streets of Portsmouth. Maritime singers, chantey singers, and privateers open the fest at 10 a.m. Saturday in Market Square, and walk through the town, singing as they go. Maritime Open Sings are open to everyone. Map.
Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair 2018 – Sept. 29-30 in Pittsfield, MA
Celebrate the harvest season with food trucks, a farmer’s market and crafts — all for sale! Listen to live music, watch farming demos, and even dive into a pile of hay. Harvest of Quilts opens on Friday with exquisite quilt exhibits and sales. Watch the raising of a timber framed building built using 18th and 19th century tools and techniques. Map.
Compass Rose Steampunk Festival 2018 – Sept. 29 at Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, CT
Inspired by 19th-century science fiction and fantasy, Steampunk style is an interpretation on the steam-power technology in Victorian times. Join Roseland Cottage for a day of Steampunk music, roving performers, wares, and more. Costumed guides lead tours of Roseland Cottage. Map.
Fairy House Festival 2018 – Sept. 29-30 at The Nature Museum, Grafton, VT
Visitors will follow a nature path sprinkled with charming fairy houses, of acorn cap dinnerware and fungi tables. Hands-on crafts, face painting, and bubbles round out this interactive and magical experience for all. Light refreshments will be available for purchase; picnicking is encouraged. Map.
BIG MASS Tiny House Festival 2018 – Sept. 28-30 in Marshfield, MA
BIG MASS Tiny House Festival will offer activities, workshops, lectures and tiny houses not seen at any other tiny house event in the Northeast. See vintage campers, skoolies (converted buses), gypsy wagons, yurts, and new model tiny homes. The United Tiny House Association hosts some of the biggest names in the tiny house movement as speakers. The fest is dog friendly. Map.
Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair 2018 – Sept. 29-30 at Middletown, RI
This old-time fair have plenty of fun: the “Mabel Express” barrel train, monkey bridge, mud pit, midway games and children’s crafts tent are the start. Crafters and artisans sell their work, giving fairgoers a chance for holiday shopping. Food and beer vendors offer appetizing selections, and live music rounds out the festive atmosphere. Map.
Pemaquid Oyster Festival 2018 – Sept. 30 in Damariscotta, MEPhone:
A celebration of the working waterfront featuring the Damariscotta River’s bounty of fresh oysters. Day long music, poetry contest, touch tank, shucking contest, educational exhibits, boat rides to oyster beds. Oysters available raw on the half shell, cooked in a variety of choices and served with a gourmet selection of condiments. Map.