One of the greatest things about living in New England is that you get to experience all the seasons, and for many, this time of year is their favorite of all. Thatís not just because itís the perfect balance of summer and fallóa time of year that really deserves to be considered its own separate seasonóbut because its festival season. Here are five of the best arts and craft shows, fall festivals and fairs throughout New England.
Hampton Falls Craft Festival (New Hampshire)
If you are looking for the perfect gift for anyone in your life, the Hampton Falls Craft Festival is the best place to go. You will be able to browse among the booths of over 75 juried craftspeople who travel from all across New England to display their very best work. Up for sale is art, maple products, fudge, jams, jellies and crafts. While you shop you can listen to live music each day of the festival. Itís all happening from Sept.19-20 at the historic Hampton Falls Town Common. Learn more at https://castleberryfairs.com/event-calendar/.
Townsend Historical Society Arts & Crafts Fair (Massachusetts)
From Sept. 19-20, the Townsend Historical Societyís Arts & Crafts Fair returns to the charming historic town of Townsend. You will find great items among the juried wares from the approximately 50 vendors, and everything is hand-made. Thereís more than just shopping at this fair; demonstrations are held on both days. This yearís entertainment includes JeffJam and Oivan Ilo. Breakfast is served right when the fair opens, and the other food and refreshments are available through closing. The fair wraps up with a performance by the Townsend Military Band. Find out more details at http://www.townsendhistoricalsociety.org.
Fall Festival on the Green (Vermont)
Head to Chester on Sept. 19-20 for a charming craft festival with a great selection for you to choose from, whether you are looking for gifts for a friend, a family member or a treat for yourself. Youíll find quilts, woodwork, jewelry, pottery and artwork that all add a special atmosphere to your home. Vermont does fall festivities like no place else, so make sure to bring a big enough shopping bag to fill while you listen to the live music, enjoy the beer garden and treat your taste buds to a variety of delectable local food. Learn more about the Fall Festival on the Green at http://www.chesterfallfestival.org.
WaterFire Providence Full Lighting and Chinese Culture Night (Rhode Island)
The name WaterFire is famous throughout New England. If you havenít seen it before and donít know what all the fuss is about, make this your year to attend. WaterFire is an award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans that takes the form of a series of fires installed over the waters of three of Providenceís riversóone through Waterplace Park and two downtown. It is lit on several occasions during the season, but the full lighting at sunset on Sept. 26 is the perfect night to go. It is the very popular Chinese Culture Night and Salute to Educators with a variety of fun and interactive exhibits that teach visitors about Chinese culture. You can find the full WaterFire schedule at http://waterfire.org/schedule/2015-waterfire-providence-event-schedule/.
Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival 2015 (Connecticut)
Embrace the spirit of the Highlands without having to leave the Hartford area by making a trip to the Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival 2015 on Sept. 26. Your spirits will be lifted by all the lively sights and sounds, including the pipe bands, Irish step dancing and Celtic rock bands. Birds of prey and sword demonstrations, puppetry, children's activities and Highland cows round out the schedule. You wonít find a better Celtic Festival than this; that is, unless youíre prepared to head overseas. Find out more details at http://www.visitconnecticut.com/state/fairs-and-festivals/.
Celebrate the transition between summer and fall and the perfect weather that comes with it at one of these five festivals and fairs.
This article is presented by Colonial Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Hudson in Hudson, Massachusetts.