Best Spring Events in New England
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 blossoms (such as the daffodil, lilac, and peony), baby animals, Maine moose, and a host of other regional sights, tastes, and sounds that make the region great. Don’t delay — mark your calendar today for one or more of some of our picks for the best spring events in New England!
Hancock Shaker Village Opening Day: Baby Animals
April 13 – May 6, 2013
Hancock Shaker Village – Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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.
Daffodil Festival Weekend on the Island of Nantucket
April 26-28, 2013
Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
A sight to behold — over three million daffodils fill the roadsides, gardens, doors and window boxes throughout Nantucket for the Annual Daffodil Festival, which includes an Antique Car Parade and Daffodil Tailgate Picnic. Other highlights include the Nantucket Garden Club’s Daffodil Show, The Annual Daffy Dog Parade and The Daffy Hat Pageant.
Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum
May 12, 2013
Arnold Arboretum – Boston, Massachusetts
The oldest public arboretum in North America sets aside one day each year to celebrate the fragrant, purple flower we all know is a sure sign of spring. Don your favorite purple and take in tours of the lilacs, dance performances, picnicking (allowed on this one day only), and other family activities.
Brimfield Antique and Flea Market Show
May 14-18, 2013
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.
Moose Mainea – Greenville Maine
May 18 – June 16, 2013
Moosehead Lake, Maine
Each spring the Moosehead Lake Region hosts a month-long celebration of the region’s local celebrity – the Maine moose! Events include the Moosterpiece Craft Fair, Moose Mainea Kid’s Fun Day, Famous Moose Tales, a Quest Fest, and the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Moose Photo Contest. Grab your camera (spring is the best time for moose-spotting) and get in on the moose fun!
Billings Museum Farm Cheese & Dairy Celebration
May 25-26, 2013
Billings Museum & Farm – Woodstock, Vermont
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.
Wildquack Duck River Festival
May 26, 2013
Jackson Village Park – Jackson, New Hampshire
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!
Taste of Block Island
May 31 – June 2, 2013
Block Island, Rhode Island
Over 60 Block Island businesses have joined together to celebrate the best of Block Island. Including gallery openings, wine & beer tastings, shopping discounts, hotel and restaurant specials, kayak tours, and more! What time could be better to visit?