Days filled with delicious food, warm summer nights filled with sweet music and live theatre and then, fireworks. New England summers can't be beat. Here are some fun ways to spend sweet August days and nights
6-7 Friday, 9 am – 7 pm and Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm. Experience Gardner Summer Festival and Sidewalk Sale. Downtown Gardner turns into a pedestrian mall filled with vendors, entertainers, raffles, games for the kids and more.
7 Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm. The Beast of the East Massachusetts State Chili Cook-Off at Bentley Field, Winchendon. Cooks from across the nation compete for the state title to qualify for entry into the world chili championship. Enjoy chili tastings, music, games and family fun. Call 978-297-1815.
8 Sunday, 10 am - 8 pm. Wachusett Valley Folk Festival at the Wachusett Village Inn, 9 Village Inn Rd,, Westminster. Artists include Ashbrook Haynes, Brooks Williams, Don White, Maeve, Mustard’s Retreat, Pesky J. Nixon, Susan Werner, and Vance Gilbert. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 after August 1, $90 VIP. Call Denise Hurley at 978-365-2043.
11-15 Wednesday–Sunday. Bolton Fair at The Fairgrounds at Lancaster, Route 117. An old-fashioned agricultural fair with animal shows and contests, an exhibit hall, entertainment, fireworks, and an expanded midway. “Midway preview night” on Wednesday, fair opens Thursday. Free parking.
13-14 Friday & Saturday, 8 pm. Broadway Sensation The Wedding Singer at Theatre at the Mount, 444 Green St., Gardner. If you believe in “true love” you’ll “walk down the aisle” with excitement for our summer musical spectacular! Due to contract requirements and a national tour this winter, we can’t tell you the title just yet. Call 978-632-2403. Repeats Aug. 20-22.
14- Saturday, Richmond Blueberry Fiddle Festival, Cheshire Fairgrounds, Swanzey NH. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. There will be fiddlin', pickin’, jammin', grinnin', eatin’, dancin' and singin' at this day of old-fashioned, wholesome family fun. There is a lineup of great performers, music workshops, dancing, traditional folk games and races, a blueberry bake-off, auction and other events. 603-239-6495. Free entrance, $5.00 parking.
21- Saturday, Festival of Fireworks, Jaffrey NH, Live music, dancing, tons of food and novelty items, sky diving exhibition and games for children of all ages! And of course - Atlas PyroVision's award-winning fireworks!!!