For an exhaustive list of events beyond those listed here, check http://events.frommers.com, where you'll find a searchable, up-to-the-minute roster of what's happening in cities all over the world.
New Year's and First Night Celebrations, region-wide. Portland, Portsmouth, and Burlington, among other cities, celebrate the New Year with family activities at venues across the city. Inevitably, there are fireworks at midnight. Ask local tourist offices for details. December 31 to January 1.
U.S. National Toboggan Championships, Camden, Maine. Raucous and lively athletic event where being overweight is an advantage. Held at the Camden Snow Bowl's toboggan chute. Call tel. 207/236-3438. Early February.
Dartmouth Winter Carnival, Hanover, New Hampshire. Huge, elaborate ice sculptures grace the green during this festive celebration of winter, which includes numerous sporting events and other winter-related activities. Call tel. 603/646-1110. Mid-February.
Stowe Derby, Stowe, Vermont. The oldest downhill/cross-country ski race in the nation pits racers who scramble from the wintry summit of Mount Mansfield into the village on the Stowe Rec Path. Call tel. 802/253-7704. Late February.
Maine Boatbuilders Show, Portland. More than 200 exhibitors and 9,000 boat aficionados gather as winter fades to make plans for the coming summer. A great place to meet boatbuilders and get ideas for your dream craft. Call tel. 207/774-1067. Late March.
Annual Basketry Festival, Stowe, Vermont. A weeklong event with displays and workshops by talented artisans. Call tel. 802/253-7223 or 800/344-1546. Mid-May.
Spring Shearing, Woodstock, Vermont. A celebration of spring and an educational event. Learn all about what happens on a traditional farm, from sowing to shearing. Call the Billings Farm Museum, tel. 802/457-2355. Late May.
Old Port Festival, Portland, Maine. A daylong block party in the heart of Portland's historic district with live music, food vendors, and activities for kids. Call tel. 207/772-6828. Mid-June.
Market Square Day, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This lively street fair attracts hordes from all over southern New Hampshire and Maine to dance, listen to music, sample food, and enjoy summer's arrival. Call tel. 603/433-4398. Early June.
Annual Windjammer Days, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. For nearly 4 decades, windjammers have gathered in Boothbay Harbor to kick off the summer sailing season. Expect music, food, and a parade of magnificent sailboats. Call tel. 207/633-2353. Late June.
Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex and Colchester. Displays are only part of the allure of New England's largest quilt festival. Attend classes and have your heirlooms appraised. Class and event descriptions at www.vqf.org. Late June to July.
Independence Day, region-wide. Communities throughout all three states celebrate with parades, greased-pole climbs, cakewalks, cookouts, road races, and fireworks. The bigger the town, the bigger the fireworks. Contact chambers of commerce for details. July 4th.
Moxie Festival, Lisbon Falls, Maine. A quirky community festival celebrating a soft drink that once outsold Coca-Cola. Call tel. 207/353-5354 or 207/939-8057. Mid-July.
Marlboro Music Festival, Marlboro, Vermont. This popular 6-week series of classical concerts has talented student musicians performing in the hills outside Brattleboro. Call tel. 802/254-2394 or 215/569-4690. Weekends from mid-July to mid-August.
Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland. Fill up on the local harvest at this event marking the importance and delectability of Maine's favorite crustacean. Enjoy a boiled lobster or two and take in the entertainment during this informal waterfront gala. Call tel. 800/LOB-CLAW or 207/596-0376. Usually held in first week of August.
Southern Vermont Art & Craft Fair, Manchester. Over 200 artisans show off their fine work at this popular festival that also has creative food and good music. Held at Hildene. Call tel. 802/425-3399. Early August.
Craftsman's Fair, Sunapee, New Hampshire. Quality crafts from a range of New Hampshire artisans are displayed and sold at this weeklong festival in Sunapee State Park. Call tel. 603/224-3375. Early to mid-August.
Wild Blueberry Festival, Machias, Maine. Marks the harvest of the region's wild blueberries. Eat to your heart's content. Call tel. 207/794-3543 or 255-6665. Mid-August.
Blue Hill Fair, Blue Hill, Maine. A classic country fair outside one of Maine's most elegant villages. Call tel. 207/374-3701. Late August.
Windjammer Weekend, Camden, Maine. Visit Maine's impressive fleet of old-time sailing ships; open houses all weekend at this scenic harbor. Call tel. 207/236-4404. Early September.
Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival, Brunswick, Maine. New England's best roots-music festival, held at Thomas Point Beach State Park. Bring your instrument and join a fireside song circle; musicians jam and improvise late into the night. Call tel. 207/725-6009. Early September.
Vermont State Fair, Rutland. All of Vermont seems to show up for this grand event, with a midway, live music, and plenty of agricultural exhibits. Call tel. 802/775-5200. Early to mid-September.
Harvest Day, Canterbury, New Hampshire. A celebration of the harvest season, Shaker-style. Lots of autumnal exhibits and children's games. Call tel. 603/783-9511. Mid-September.
Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine. An old-time state fair with a twist: Emphasis is on organic foods, recycling, and wholesome living. Call tel. 207/568-4142. Late September.
Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg, Maine. Cotton candy, tractor pulls, live music, huge vegetables, and barnyard animals at Maine's largest agricultural fair. Harness racing in the evening. Call tel. 207/935-3268. Early October.
Victorian Holiday, Portland, Maine. From late November until Christmas, Portland decorates its Old Port in a Victorian Christmas theme. Enjoy the window displays, take a free hayride, and listen to costumed carolers sing. Call tel. 207/772-6828 or 780-5555. Late November to Christmas.
Chester Greenwood Day, Farmington, Maine. Help this Maine town celebrate Chester Greenwood -- the inventor of the earmuff! Daylong festival includes a parade and earmuff-related fun. Call tel. 207/778-4215. Early December.
Christmas Prelude, Kennebunkport, Maine. This scenic coastal village greets Santa's arrival in a lobster boat and marks the coming of Christmas with street shows, pancake breakfasts, and tours of the town's inns. Call tel. 207/967-0857. Early December.
Candlelight Stroll, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Historic Strawbery Banke gets in a Christmas way with old-time decorations and more than 1,000 candles lighting the 10-acre grounds. Call tel. 603/433-1100. First 2 weekends of December.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.