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Music Festivals In New England

electric guitar playerCheck out our growing list of music festivals in New England! Among the oldest and most well known-- the Newport Jazz Festival (est. 1954) and the Newport Folk Festival (est. 1959), both co-founded by legendary jazz producer, George Wein. Other popular outdoor music venues in New England include The Litchfield Jazz Festival in Connecticut, North Atlantic Blues Festival in Maine, Roots On The River in Vermont, and the Green River Festival in Massachusetts. Each year families and individuals from age 0-99 gather to enjoy live music and entertainment at one of New England's many outdoor summer music festivals. One can find arts and craft activities for kids, tasty food and good drink provided by local vendors, as well as an array of artisans selling specialty, New England-made  products and gifts. What better way to get outdoors and enjoy summer in New England?

Connecticut  Music Festivals


Connecticut Music Festivals in June:

Mystic Sea Music Festival in Mystic, CT.

New England Fiddle Contest in Manchester, CT.


Connecticut Music Festivals in July:

Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen, CT.

Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival in E. Hartford, CT.

Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival in Bridgeport, CT.


Connecticut Music Festivals in September:

2 Left Feet Blues Festival in East Hartford, CT.

Connecticut Folk Festival in New Haven, CT.

The Last Green Festival in Brooklyn, CT.



Maine Music Festivals


Maine Music Festivals in July:

Bar Harbor Music Festival in Bar Harbor, ME.

North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland, ME.


Maine Music Festivals in August:

American Folk Festival in Bangor, ME.

Kah Bang  Festival in Bangor, ME.

Portland Harbor Museum Maritime Fest in South Portland, ME.


Massachusetts Music Festivals


Massachusetts Music Festivals in June:

Paulie's New Orleans Jazz n' Blues Festival in Worcester, MA.


Massachusetts Music Festivals in July:

Green River Music Festival in Greenfield, MA.

Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, MA.

Nouveau Revue in Becket, MA.

New Bedford Summerfest in New Bedford, MA.

Plymouth Harbor Folk Festival in Plymouth, MA.

Plymouth Independent Music Festival in Plymouth, MA.

Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls, MA.


Massachusetts Music Festivals in August:

Naukabout Music Festival in Cape Cod, MA.

Salem Maritime Festival in Salem, MA.


Massachusetts Music Festivals in September:

Boston Folk Festival in Boston, MA.

Cape Cod Music Festival in Barnstable, MA.

Life is Good Festival in Canton, MA.


Massachusetts Music Festivals in October:

Riverside Blues & BBQ Festival in Greenfield, MA.


New Hampshire Music Festivals


New Hampshire Music Festivals in July:

White Mountain Boggie and Blues Festival in Thornton, NH.


New Hampshire Music Festivals in August:

Bach Festival in North Conway, NH.


New Hampshire Music Festivals in September:

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival in Portsmouth, NH.


Rhode Island Music Festivals


Rhode Island Music Festivals in August:

Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI.

Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI.


Rhode Island Music Festivals in September:

Ryythm and Roots in Charlestown, RI.


Vermont Music Festivals


Vermont Music Festivals in June:

Rockinghill Music Festival in Rockingham, VT.

Roots on the River in Bellows Falls, VT.


Vermont Music Festivals in August:

Peacham Acoustic Music Festival in Peacham, VT.


Vermont Music Festivals in September:

Roots on the Rails in Bellows Falls, VT.



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Comments (14)
14 Sunday, 16 March 2014 16:10
Tweed fest in Vermont is pretty great and really we'll run.
13 Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:14
The Rhythm and Roots Festival is quite spectacular, my first time was about 6 years ago, and I've been back every year since. I love that there are lots of kids activities too. Face painting, music lessons, movies, dance and parades.....
And the grownups just get to dance and eat great food! LOVE IT!
12 Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:20
My wife and I were vacationing in Portland, Maine last summer when we heard about the Saltwater Celtic Music Festival at a local Irish pub in Portland. We were able to attend the first day and were shocked that we hadn't heard of this festival(my wife's family is Irish). The tickets were well worth price, if you last the 8 hours of non-stop music. It was held at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick. The setting was Maine's pristine coastline and we definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Maine in July...we will surely be back this summer, this time with the whole family!
11 Tuesday, 05 February 2013 13:23
Alive@Five Music Concert Series in Stamford, CT! Every summer!
10 Sunday, 20 January 2013 19:36
Newly formed Crossroads International Celtic Festival http://crossroadscelticfestival.com will be held across Oxford & Franklin counties in Maine, September 11-15, 2013.
9 Monday, 24 September 2012 09:49
Northern Music
In 2012 the Bolton Fair had a bad turnout because of 3 days of rain, this created financial trouble. The Bolton Fair (est 1874) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

Sat, Oct 13, 2012 ~ Gate 11 AM, Shows 12-6PM
B.Y.O.B. ~ Rock & Blues Benefit Festival
6 Bands & Firefly's Bodacious Bar-B-Que
The Fairgrounds at Lancaster
318 Seven Bridge Rd (Rt 117), Lancaster, MA 01523
8 Tuesday, 04 September 2012 19:16
Eric Sutter
The Garlic and Arts Festival is coming to Orange, MA on Sept. 29 + 30. check it out at garlicandarts.org. Peace, Love + Garlic!
7 Monday, 03 September 2012 21:19
Eric Sutter
Great and informative... Thank you! There exists some great music festivals in Springfield, MA in the form of the Stone Soul Festival(www.stonesoulfestival.com) and the Hoop City Jazz Festival.
6 Friday, 17 August 2012 13:50
Does anyone know about music Festival happen in Manchester NH
5 Friday, 20 July 2012 12:29
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County
And the 4th annual NEWPORT BRIDGEFEST which "Bridges" the gap between the prestigious Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals for a continuous 10 days of music! Newport Jazz Fest founder Mr. George Wein will be joining us for his 3rd year in a row! Dates are Monday July 30th through Thursday August 2nd. LIVE LOCAL MUSIC & Music Education featuring Jazz, Folk, Rock, Tropical, Concert Band & More! www.NewportBridgeFest.com for full lineup & more info.
4 Tuesday, 10 July 2012 17:52
Great site keep it up. Sign me up if you have a newsletter- Mal Fraser
3 Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:39
Deborah Sims
Come  visit The Dream Away Lodge's Nouveau Revue 3 too! ...featuring The Sweetback Sisters, Erin McKeown, Mike and Ruthy, Railbird, Heather Maloney, Namoli Brennet, Richard Buckner and Joe Fletcher. Free but please tip the musicians! Food, Drink, Camping. In Becket, MA July 13 - 15 www.thedreamawaylodge.com
2 Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:56
Sure Thing! Will Do!
1 Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:53
Hi, Could you add us to your list... we're going into our 4th season on Cape Cod, MA .... Thanks !!! 09 headliner - Rusted Root 10 headliner - Bela Fleck

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