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Top New England Events 2010 - Part 2

More of New England and New York's Best Festivals and Events for 2010

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Big E Mardi Gras Parade Photo

Daily Mardi Gras parades are a highlight of the Big E: New England's largest fair.

© 2009 Kim Knox Beckius
August 1-September 6, 2010
Vermont Festival of the Arts
Mad River Valley, Waitsfield, Vermont
802-496-6682/800-517-4247

The towns and villages of the Mad River Valley in Vermont celebrate the arts during this month-long festival, which celebrates its 13th anniversary in 2010. Events, which are held at 50 venues, include open studios, concerts, gallery exhibits, theater performances, demonstrations and workshops.

August 5, 2010
Pilgrim Monument Centennial Anniversary
Provincetown, Massachusetts
508-487-1310

The Pilgrim Monument, located at the tip of Cape Cod—site of the Pilgrim's first landfall in New England—marks its 100th anniversary in 2010. President William Howard Taft dedicated the 252-foot granite monument in 1910, and if a letter writing campaign is successful, perhaps President Barack Obama will be on hand for the centennial rededication.

August 28-September 6, 2010
Champlain Valley Fair
Essex Junction, Vermont
802-878-5545

Vermont's largest agricultural fair is an entertainment extravaganza. Back for its 89th year in 2010, the 10-day fair features everything from farming exhibits and cooking demonstrations to midway rides and concert performances by headliners including Keith Urban.

September 4-5, 2010
National Buffalo Wing Festival
Buffalo, New York
716-565-41441

Buffalo, New York, is the birthplace of a beloved appetizer, and in addition to sampling more than 100 different flavors of chicken wings at this annual event, visitors can cheer on competitors in the U.S. Chicken Wing Eating Championship. More than 400,000 wing nuts are expected to devour more than 2 million chicken wings prepared by nearly 200 restaurants during this two-day wingfest.

September 10-12, 2010
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Hampton, New Hampshire
603-926-8718

The Seafood Festival in Hampton Beach—one of New Hampshire's largest annual events—celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2010. More than 50 restaurants serve up mouthwatering seafood dishes. The three-day event also features continuous entertainment, crafts, sidewalk sales, children's activities, cooking and sand sculpting demonstrations and fireworks.

September 17-October 3, 2010
The Big E
West Springfield, Massachusetts
413-737-2443

The Eastern States Exposition, better known as "The Big E," is back for the 89th time in 2010. 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.

November 21, 2010
UBS Parade Spectacular
Stamford, Connecticut
203-348-5285

It's a parade to rival Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! You'll see more than 22 giant balloons when you head for Stamford, Connecticut, for the Parade Spectacular the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The parade also features marching bands, floats, and more. There's entertainment, too, at the Inflation Party held from 3 to 6 p.m. the day before the parade.

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