Lake Champlain Maritime Festival at Waterfront, Burlington, VT, on July 25-28 — Vermonters know how to make their own fun, year-round, but summer is especially joyful. This fest at a beautiful lakeside park will be packed with vendors, crafts, exotic food, beer tent, kids rides and activities. See the online schedule to hear music by Lake Street Dive, The Wood Brothers, Tumble Down Twiddle.
Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA, on July 26-28 — Join thousands of art-loving spectators to watch expert sand sculptors create their artworks. Also, come for authentic beach-town food trucks, live entertainment, vendors, children’s sand sculpting lessons, and fireworks. Take the MBTA Blue Line to the Wonderland or Revere Beach stops. Free parking and shuttle service to the T from Suffolk Downs.
Deerfield Valley Blueberry Parade and Splash in Wilmington, VT, on July 27-August 4 — Bueberry madness! The Blueberry Festival Parade is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a craft fair, barbecue, music, vintage cars. Can you escape the temptation of the blueberry pie-eating contest? Just try! On Sunday the festivals moves to Lake Whitingham for the Blueberry Splash and floating music, a boat parade and more.
Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival at Narragansett Towers Narragansett, RI, on July 25-27 — Rhode Islanders love their fishing and seafood-eating traditions. Thursday through Saturday, come dine on New England-prepared seafood, vendors, a carnival, beer and wine, and live music. The Blessing of the Fleet is Saturday at the Port of Galilee. Decorated boats parade past clergymen for a blessing and judging in many categories.
Maine Logging Festival and Parade at Maine Forestry Museum, Rangeley, Maine, on July 26-27 — Join these hearty and proud Mainers to celebrate the tough and sometimes-artistic logging industry. See museum displays, vendors, cloggers, live music. Dine at the Bean Hole Dinner on Saturday. The Logging Festival Parade is at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Don’t miss the Lumberjack and Lumberjill competitions – these are sights you won’t forget.
Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, on July 27-28 — Come see high-quality antique vessels, including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. About four dozen classic vessels will create a colorful gathering all weekend. Ask questions of the boat owners and dig into this wonderful hobby. There will be a boat parade on Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the many other great displays of Mystic and the Sea.