Grafton Food Festival in Grafton, VT, on July 13
The Grafton Inn is the epicenter for this burst of taste with food and drink samplings from 36 local vendors. Enjoy tastings, workshops, and a special grand finale dinner at The Grafton Inn at the end of the day. Noon.-5 p.m. Map.
Guilford Craft Expo on Guilford Green, Guilford, CT, on July 19-21
Almost 200 national-caliber craft artists display their work at this juried show. Other activities of the day are craft activities for children, a silent auction, and a food court. Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. -7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Map
Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, MA, July 26-28
Watch sand sculpture marvels take life under the hands of master sculptors. Get your kids into the spirit by joining sand sculpting lessons for kids. Fireworks are part of the fest, along with food trucks, live entertainment, local vendors. Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Map.
Old Lyme Midsummer Festival in Lyme, CT, on July 26-27
This celebration of the arts happens indoors and outdoors all along Lyme’s main street. Hop from gallery to gallery and don’t miss the outdoor exhibition with paintings hung on snow fencing. Florence Griswold Museum hosts music by Nekita Waller on Friday; Saturday brings the Market En Plein Air. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Map
Sunflower Festival at Copal House Farm, Lee, NH, om July 27- August 4
Blooming sunflowers welcome you to this week-long festival open to the public. The farm has built pathways in a traditional Native American Circle of Life pattern for visitors to navigate and view the flowers from all angles. Marvelous for photographers. Map.
Charlestown Seafood Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI, August 2-4
Lobster rolls and tons of other seafood (steamers, chowder, fish and chips, clam cakes or raw bar) will send your palate to heaven. For kids, there’s the bungee jumping, wall climbing and karaoke. Tribute bands play the sounds of Guns and Roses, AC/DC and others. Friday: Noon-11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Map.
Shoreline Wine Festival at Bishop’s Orchards, Guilford, CT, on August 10-11
This ticketed event welcomes you to taste the work of all Connecticut wineries; tour the Bishop’s Orchards Winery; hear seminars by wine experts; and visit with local vendors and artisans. Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Map.
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT, on August 11
Vermont’s cheese makers invite you to learn about and enjoy their food passion. Come for cheese, wine, beer, cider, spirits, food, and tastings of all kinds. Expand your knowledge with cooking demonstrations and workshops. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Map.
SteamPunk Fest at Mount Washington Cog Railway, Bretton Woods, NH, on August 17-18
Jules Verne and SteamPumk attitude arrive at The Cog. Wear your Steampunk fashions for the costume parade with prizes, Steampunk art, antique bicycling, steam exhibits and more. End the day with a ride to the moon on the Steampunk Express. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Map.
Salem Antique & Classic Boat Festival 2019 at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem, MA, on August 24-25
See old motor yachts and sailboats of all kinds from elegant 1920s to ’50s era mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers. Tour the boats and meet their captains and crews. A Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday add more spirit to this colorful event. Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Map.
Camden Windjammer Festival in Camden, Maine, on August 30-31
The windjammer fleet gathers in Camden Harbor to celebrate the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Guests can watch the parade of sail, flag-raising ceremonies, and fireworks. Map.