From May through September, communities across New England stage
dozens of special events, festivals and fairs. Following is a
1 to Nov. 6 (two to three times monthly). Waterfire. Saturdays
from sunset to past midnight, Providence, R.I.'s rivers are
illuminated in an extravagant display of 40 bonfires accompanied by
taped music. (401) 272-3111.
16 to June 12. MooseMainea. Regional celebration of the moose
with moose safaris, educational exhibits, family fun day and the
River Canoe Race. Maine's Moosehead Lake Region. (207)
22 to 24. New Hampshire's Annual Lilac Festival. Carnival rides,
flea market, fireworks, a parade, entertainment and a golf
tournament in celebration of the annual floral display. Lisbon.
29 to 31. 15th Annual Lobsterfest. Old-fashioned outdoor lobster
bake on the banks of Connecticut's Mystic River. Mystic Seaport,
Conn. (860) 572-5315.
1 to 6. Newport (R.I.) International Film Festival. Major
independent films make their debut. (401) 245-0121.
18 to July 3. Fourth Annual International Festival of Arts &
Ideas. World-class event with theater, classical jazz and popular
music, children's activities and a street festival. New Haven,
Conn. (203) 498-1212.
19 to 20. Vermont Heritage Weekend. Three dozen historical
societies in central and northeastern Vermont open their doors this
weekend in conjunction with the 80th anniversary of Cabot Creamery.
Cabot and neighboring communities. (877) 229-5941.
29 to July 5. Boston Harborfest. Some 170 events celebrating
history include Jazzfest, fireworks, children's day,
chowderfest, historic reenactments and more. (617) 227-1528.
4 to 10. Festival on the Green. Five days of free musical
performances of virtually every genre. Middlebury, Vt. (802)
23 to 25. Lowell (Mass.) Folk Festival. Performances by
musicians, dance troupes, storytellers and puppeteers on six
outdoor stages. (978) 970-5000.
30 to Aug. 11. Festival de Joie. Multicultural celebration
focusing on Franco-American heritage. Lewiston, Maine. (207)
31 to Aug. 8. 66th Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's
Fair. More than 200 crafters and artists display their wares.
Sunapee, N.H. (603) 224-3375.
4 to 8. 52nd Annual Lobster Festival. Heritage festival
featuring exhibits, crafts, marine tent, boat rides, children's
activities, ship tours, train rides and thousands of pounds of
Maine lobster. Rockland, Maine. (800) 562-2529.
19 to 22. Weekend of Coaching in Newport. Occurring only once
every three years, this event recalls the gilded age of horse-drawn
carriages; four days of pageantry, parades, drives of historic
coaches, gala parties and exhibitions on the grounds of The Elms,
one of Newport's historic mansions. Newport, R.I. (401)
10 to 12. 22nd Annual Norwalk (Conn.) Oyster Festival.
Waterfront festival celebrates the seafaring past of Long Island
Sound. (203) 838-9444.
16 to 18. New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain. Largest
Scottish festival in the Northeast, with displays by over 30 clans.
Lincoln, N.H. (800) 358-SCOT.
17 to Oct. 3. The "Big E." New England's largest agricultural
fair includes a big-top circus, horse show, agricultural exhibits,
daily parades, lumberjack show, rodeo and children's activities.
West Springfield, Mass. (413) 737-2443.