Cherished seasonal events that transpire over the course of several weeks or even months dominated the finalists for Best Event in the first New England Travel Readers' Choice Awards. All five of these annual happenings are worthy of your bucket list, but only one could run off with top honors.
The winner and runners-up for Best New England Festival or Event are...
In a word, WaterFire is mesmerizing. Those who have experienced Providence, Rhode Island's signature event--which takes place on select evenings in the summer and fall--know that there is incredible power in the interplay of fire and water, as this art installation's 97 bonfires draw people from near and far to the city's riverbanks.
4. The Big E
The Big E in Springfield, Massachusetts, is the Northeast's largest fair, and 2012 marks its amazing 91st year! The 2012 Big E runs from September 14 through 30, and, as usual, there will be headline entertainment, carnival games and rides, foods and products from all six New England states, agricultural displays and a daily Mardi Gras Parade.