Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Scavenger Hunts, Dragon Boats, Garlic Fest, Blues, OdysseyFest, and Pooches: Top Picks for Sept 2- 8, 2015

Tougas Farm Northborough MA New England Fall Events
Donuts from Northborough's Tougas Farm 
This is it--the moment you've been waiting for: Fall has arrived in New England!

Okay, we know that Sept 23rd is really the "official" first day but New Englanders can all agree Labor Day is when we turn the corner on summer and embrace our favorite season of all--fall!  

Feeling glum about turning that corner? Read New England Fall Events' Top Ten Reasons to Be Happy Summer is Over in New England and you may have a change of tune.
Besides, if you're following us this fall, you'll be in good hands with more than your fair share of terrific ideas for fall adventure.

Pawtucket Dragon Boat Race and Taiwan Day Festival coming up Saturday, Sept. 5th !
One of the most interesting events in New England is coming up this Saturday--The RI Dragon Boat Race and Taiwan Day Festival. It's a full day of family-friendly activities and performances. 

The Boston Chinese Folk Art Workshop delivered numerous traditional dances, demonstrations, and other folks arts (video left) which were a feast for the eyes and ears. Other hilarious goodies on the schedule include the dumpling eating contest (our video here) which is open to anyone--just sign up when you arrive!

If you'd like to see even more wonderful performance clips from the festival, visit the New England Fall Events You Tube Channel. We have videos of the Dragon Boat Race, the Joyful Celebrations Dance, the Peacock Dance, Spears and Sleeves, and The Beating of the Drums

The dragon boat races take place at intervals throughout the day while other festivities take place on the stage under the tent. If you're thinking about checking out this joyful event, read about our visit to last year's festival complete with insider tips for you to help you get the most from the experience.

"Pawtucket Comes Alive with Dragon Boats and Chinese Folk Art at Rhode Island's Taiwan Day Festival."

Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival New England Fall Events
Celebrating the harvest at Red Fire Farm
We've just posted our wrap up from the Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival. If you are a tomato-lover you'll drool over the photos from this event held on this picturesque farm in Granby, MA.

New England Fall Events also just posted our article on the Twilight Hikes at Sholan Farms. Click here if you missed it!

Where is New England Fall Events headed this weekend?
With the long weekend ahead we have some exciting trips lined up! New England Fall Events will be visiting King Richard's Faire opening weekend and attending the Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival. If we're lucky we'll also swing up to Lawrence for the Annual Bread and Roses Festival!

New England Fall Events' Top Recommendations for this Weekend's Fall Fun

We’ll always list our Top Picks for the weekend below but don't forget to visit your state’s Fall and Activities Guide or Food and Harvest Festival Guide for even more wonderful festivals and fun.

Here are our recommended activities for September 2nd-8th, 2015:

Family Fun Day Weekend at Old
Sturbridge Village is always special.
Linden Place Museum Scavenger Hunt
Bristol, RI    Click for details
Tuesdays through Sunday, Through October 12th

North Branch Bluegrass Festival
Bridgewater, VT    Click for details
Wednesday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 6th, 2015

KEVA Construction Challenge at the Discovery Museums
Acton, MA    Click for details
Wednesday & Thursday, September 2nd and 3rd, 2015

Odyssey: Greek Festival - FREE
Orange, CT    Click for details
Friday through Monday, September 4th- 7th, 2015

RI Dragon Boat Race Taiwan Day Festival New England Fall Events
Taiwan Day in Pawtucket, RI
RI Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival - FREE
Pawtucket, RI    Click for details
Saturday, September 5th, 2015
Read about New England Fall Events' visit to this incredible event!

Family Fun Days at Old Sturbridge Village
Sturbridge, MA    Click for details
Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Carnivorous Plant Show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Boylston, MA    Click for details
Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th, 2015
VT Herb Festival New England Fall Events
VT Garlic and Herb Festival is
coming up this weekend!

Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival
Bennington, VT    Click for details
Saturday and Sunday, September 5th & 6th, 2015

Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival
Westport, CT    Click for details
Saturday and Sunday, September 5th and 6th, 2015

Topsfield, MA    Click for details
Saturday and Sunday, September 5th & 6th, 2015

Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival - FREE
Lawrence, MA    Click for details
Monday, September 7th, 2015 (Labor Day)

Plan ahead! Read about more about some very special events coming up later this month

Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
Tennessee Williams Theater Festival Provincetown MA Creve Coeur
Ready for Creve Coeur to begin at the
Provincetown Theater Festival
Provincetown, MA  Click for festival details.
Thursday-Sunday, Sept 24-27th, 2015
New England is fortunate to host an annual festival as special and acclaimed as this one! 

We know that a trip to beloved and charming P-Town can take a little extra planning so here's your official heads up to buy your festival pass and line up your housing if you plan to stay the weekend. 

Curious what it's all about? Read our article "The Provincetown Tennessee Williams' Theater Festival is Cultural Gem in New England" to learn more about our visit and why it's an incredible annual event.

Wild Mushroom Festival Mystic CT New England Fall Events
Mystic's Wild Mushroom Festival
Wild Mushroom Festival
Mystic, CT  Click for event details
Sunday, 27th, 2015
If you fancy yourself a mushroom lover, you will not want to miss this insanely delicious and educational fungi festival.

Read about this festival
 in our piece "Fit for Foodies - Wild Mushroom Festival" where you can learn about what to expect, see photos, and find out our festival-goer and family tips for getting the most out of your trip.

Zestar Apple DeMerrit Hill Farm NH New England Fall Events
Zestar! apple from DeMerrit Hill Farm
Heading out apple picking this weekend? New England Fall Events has researched and confirmed features, maps, and contact info for your local or vacation-area New England PYO apple orchards. Here are your quick links to the apple picking guides:

Know you'll be in an area but aren't quite sure what farms are in your neck of the woods? New England Fall Events' state maps allow you to scroll to find farm locations on the interactive maps-so easy! Find orchard, farm and attraction maps for ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont.

Remember, always call ahead before heading out to PYO as some farms will adjust their hours for weather or they close to allow more time for fruit to ripen.

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