Folk Festivals & Fiddle Contests in New England

Celebrate! All of the festivals listed below present a healthy amount of traditional or contemporary folk music. Most are outdoors, rain or shine, and many offer camping. Being festivals, and desiring to attract the largest possible audiences for their events, they may also support folk dance, childrens’ activities, arts & crafts and other types of music, both folk and non-folk styles. Annual fiddle contests are also popular in New England, and can be rather festival-like, so they are listed here, as well. The events are listed by calendar date, January to December.


New Hampshire


Northern Roots Festival
January, Brattleboro
Summit School Winter Folk Festival
January, Montpelier
Dandelion FiddleFest
May, Newport
Roots on the River
June, Bellows Falls
Festival on the Green
July, Middlebury
Old Time on the Onion
July, Plainfield
Solar Fest
July, Manchester
Peacham Acoustic Music Fest
August, Peacham
Plymouth Folk
Labor Day Weekend, Plymouth Notch
Roots on the Rails
Autumn festivals on a train!
Organizer located in Bellows Falls

March Mandolin Festival
March, Concord
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
Sept, Portsmouth


March, Topsham
Acadia Trad Festival
June, Bar Harbor
Ossippee Valley Music Festival
July, S. Hiram
Sweet Chariot Music Festival
August, Swan’s Island
American Folk Festival
August, Bangor

Mystic Sea Music Festival
June, Mystic
Connecticut Folk Festival
Sept, New Haven
Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival
Oct, Milford

Rhode Island

Brown University Folk Festival
April, Providence
Newport Folk Festival
July, Newport


April, Mansfield
Brandeis Folk Festival
April, Waltham
Passim Campfire Fest
May, Cambridge
New Bedford Folk Festival
July, New Bedford
Green River Music Festival
July, Greenfield
Lowell Folk Festival
July, Lowell
Bolton Fiddle Contest
August, Bolton

Folksoul Music Festival
August, Greenfield
Johnny Appleseed Fiddle Contest
Labor Day Sunday, Phillipston
Bread & Roses
Labor Day, Lawrence
Passim Campfire Fest
Labor Day weekend, Cambridge
Northeast Fiddlers Convention
Sept, Hancock
Wachusett Valley Music Festival
Sept, Lancaster
North Americana Festival
Sept, Cambridge

Lowell Banjo & Fiddle Contest
Sept, Lowell
Joe Davies Folk Festival
Sept, Middleboro
Revels RiverSing
Sept, Cambridge
American Music & Harvest Festival
September, Newbury
Working Waterfront Festival
every other Sept, New Bedford
Fiddle Hell
Nov, Westford

last updated 16 September 2018
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