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Top New England Events 2006 - Part 2

More of New England and New York's Best Festivals and Events for 2006


August 4-6, 2006
Litchfield Jazz Festival
Goshen, Connecticut
(860) 567-4162

The Litchfield Hills come alive each summer with the sounds of classic and modern jazz. In addition to three days of live music, the festival, held at the Goshen Fairgrounds, features arts and crafts and food.

September 8-10, 2006
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
(603) 926-8718

Summer lasts an extra weekend in New Hampshire, where this annual seafood festival draws crowds back to the beach after Labor Day. New England's largest seaside festival features sidewalk sales, children's entertainment, concerts, cooking demonstrations and seafood prepared by more than 50 of the area's top restaurants. Plan your visit with my complete guide to Hampton Beach.

September 15-October 1, 2006
The Big E
West Springfield, Massachusetts
(413) 737-2443

The Eastern States Exposition, better known as "The Big E," is back for the 85th time in 2006. The fair, which celebrates the bounty of all of New England, runs for 17 days and features top-name entertainment, rides, shopping, foods from around the region and a daily Mardi Gras Parade.

September 22-24, 2006
New Hampshire Highland Games
Contoocook, New Hampshire
(603) 229-1975

Bring the whole clan! The New Hampshire Highland Games are the premier Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast, according to the ABA. This event features entertainment from Scotland and North America and combines the best of Celtic and Gaelic cultures. There will be bagpipe bands and Highland dancers on hand to entertain visitors. Competitions include contests of strength, sheepdog trials and a fiddling championship. The Highland Games make the ABA's Top 100 Events list for the sixth consecutive year.

September 23-25, 2006
36th Annual Bourne Scallop Festival
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
(508) 759-6000

Held rain or shine under the Big Top, this annual celebration features tasty breaded scallops, along with live music, arts and crafts, a home expo, midway rides and more.

October 1-8, 2006
156th Annual Fryeburg Fair
Fryeburg, Maine
(207) 935-3268

An autumn tradition for 156 years, the Fryeburg Fair showcases Maine's bounty. You'll see 4,000 animals, harness racing, crafts, grandstand acts, agricultural and forestry exhibits, competitions, a parade and much more during the fair's eight-day run.

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