Best Outdoor Summer Events in New England
Each year when summer rolls around we New Englanders have our pick of numerous activities to keep us entertained in the great outdoors. From farmers’ markets to concerts to impromptu pizza parties — make the most of the warm weather days and nights by enjoying some of our picks for best outdoor summer events in New England from our Editors’ Picks List for 2012.
BEST FARMERS’ MARKET
Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market – Coventry, CT
The state’s largest opportunity for fresh food and fun: From June to October, booths line the grounds of the Nathan Hale Homestead, showcasing weekly themes such as wine, art, honey, and salsa.
2299 South St. 860-742-1419; coventryfarmersmarket.com
BEST OUTDOOR SHOPPING
Sowa Open Market – Boston, MA
It’s one-stop shopping: Artisans making everything from jewelry to leather accessories to glassware pitch their tents in the parking lot between Harrison Avenue and Albany Street. Even the Fashion Truck shows up, with walk-in couture. Some half-dozen food trucks also serve the market, and a separate farmers’ market sells seasonal produce. Antiques and collectibles also available.
460 Harrison Ave. 800-403-8305; sowaopenmarket.com
BEST SUMMER TUNES
Lowell Summer Music Series – Lowell, MA
This eclectic series of more than 20 concerts might include legends of rock and soul music, alt-rockers, a reggae rapper, or a Newfoundland folk-rock trio. Shows go on, rain or shine.
Boarding House Park, 40 French St. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org
BEST OUTDOOR FLICKS
Ballard Park Movies on the Rocks – Newport , RI
A path of tiki torches lights the way to a meadow where free movies are screened on Wednesday nights in August. Films are family-friendly PG- or G-rated, splashed against the rocks, with couples and families spreading their blankets and picnics at this three-acre nature preserve.
Jct. Hazard & Wickham Roads. 401-619-3377; ballardpark.org
BEST DIY PIZZA NIGHT
Orchard Hill Breadworks – East Alstead, NH
Every Tuesday during the summer, pizza enthusiasts may bring their own toppings, while Orchard Hill provides the crust, a pot of sauce, and cheese for $5.
121 Old Settlers Road. 603-835-7845; orchardhillbreadworks.com