A sampling of some of our picks for the Best Spring Events in New England — from flowers and sheep to antiques and cheese!
Spring in New England is a time when we gratefully head outside to shake off the winter cobwebs and turn our faces towards the long-awaited sunshine. It’s a time to celebrate spring blooms, sheep shearing, baby animals, and a host of other regional sights, tastes, and sounds that make spring in New England so great. In fact, there are so many flower festivals and sheep shearing events each spring that they each have their own separate “best list” (scroll down to the end of the post for the links), but for everything else, here are some of our picks for the best spring events in New England. We know you’re ready, so mark your calendar today!
Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm at Hancock Shaker Village – Pittsfield, MA
Who can resist baby lambs, piglets, calves, goats, ducklings, and chicks making their debut at the village’s historic Round Stone Barn? Meet the baby animals and help out with chores and feedings from 10am – 4pm daily, or participate in other Shaker-themed craft activities.
April 16 – May 8, 2016; (413) 443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org
Brimfield Antique and Flea Market Show — Brimfield, MA
The largest outdoor antiques show in the country, with over 4,500 dealers and 130,000+ visitors during the course of the week, kicks off the first of its three annual events each spring. Running about a mile along Route 20 on both sides of the road and extending several hundred yards back from each side of the road, dealers show off their wares for pickers and collectors – both casual and ferocious. We dare you to leave empty handed! If you miss the spring show make sure to mark your calendar for July or September instead.
May 10-15, 2016; brimfieldshow.com
WinniFishing Derby — Center Harbor, NH (Suspended for 2016)
Enjoy a day on the lake as you gather with other competitive anglers at Lake Winnipesaukee for a chance to claim bragging rights for the biggest catch, plus a shot at the $50,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded.
Wings, Waves & Wood — Deer Isle, ME
The island’s annual bird migration festival calls to those who love nature and art with gallery opening, guided walks, lectures, boat and kayak tours, painting classes, suppers, and more.
May 20-22, 2016; 207-348-6124; deerisle.com
Billings Museum Farm Cheese & Dairy Celebration — Woodstock, VT
What could be better for cheese lovers than a weekend of sampling delicious Vermont cheeses and meeting local cheese makers? Also on the agenda are dairy education programs, making cheese, ice cream, and butter.
May 28-29, 2016; (802) 457-2355; billingsfarm.org
Love Cheese? You’ll also love the annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival in Shelburne each July!
Wildquack Duck River Festival — Jackson, NH
Head to the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire to take in a sight unlike any other, as 3,500 yellow rubber ducks race their way downstream to the finish line. Prizes for winning ducks include cash, vacation stays, dining certificates, spa treatments, gift baskets, attractions tickets, and more. Come for the ducks and stay for the food and fun!
May 29, 2016; (603) 383-9356; jacksonnh.com/event/119/Wildquack-Duck-River-Festival
“Virtu” Art Festival — Westerly, RI
Visit lovely Wilcox Park to view the works of 185 select artists from around the country, while enjoying live music, fine food, and a kids’ craft area offering “make it and take it” activities.
May 28-29, 2016; 401-596-7761; westerlychamber.org