June 3-12, 2012: Dragon Boat, Irish, Ice Cream, Car, Steampunk Fests, w/ Fireworks, Bonfire, Parades and Model Rockets

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Boston Dragon Boat Festival

Charles River Cambridge, MA

Boston Dragon Boat Festival at Boston Events INSIDER

ROWRR! On Sunday these dragon boats come with a lion dance, martial arts demos, Japanese drumming, live music, and Chinese yo-yo. So it’s a real festival. Saturday: racing only.

Boston Irish Festival

200 New Boston Drive Canton, MA

Boston Irish Festival at Boston Events INSIDER

Top ‘o the morning to you! The largest Irish festival on the East Coast features four stages of music and dance, and a few booths. When I went, I didn’t find particularly innovative, unlike the Scottish Festivals I’ve been to. But then, I did go on a rainy Sunday.

Essex River Day and Bonfire

Memorial Park Essex, MA

Essex River Day and Bonfire at Boston Events INSIDER

I love a bonfire! Sometimes the smallest New Englandy town festivals are the best. Make this one your excuse to travel.

Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Festival

Boston City Hall Plaza Boston, MA

Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Festival at Boston Events INSIDER

Not for dieters! I went once to this all-you-can-eat fest for charity and ate so much ice cream I nearly hurt myself. Oh, my tummy. It’s the biggest event of its type in the world. 12-8pm daily.

Corvette Day at Larz Anderson Museum

15 Newton Street Brookline, MA

Corvette Day at Larz Anderson Museum at Boston Events INSIDER

Honk if you love car shows! Not only is there a world-class car museum in Boston, they have a dozen annual car shows on their lawn. 9am-3pm.

Steampunk Industrial Revolution

Holiday Inn Nashua 9 Northeastern Blvd Nashua, NH

Steampunk Industrial Revolution at Boston Events INSIDER

Going backwards through history, dress up as though Jules Verne wrote about the “future” from the 19th century point of view!

Bunker Hill Parade

Boston, MA

Bunker Hill Parade at Boston Events INSIDER

One more reason why Boston is awesome: we defeated the British at Bunker Hill. You’re welcome, America! See this a re-enactment encampment and parade that kicks off a whole week of activities.

Gaspee Days & Fireworks

Warwick, RI

Gaspee Days & Fireworks at Boston Events INSIDER

Tea parties are decently brave, but Rhode Islanders actually attacked a British ship that ran aground before the Revolutionary War! Meet crazy historians who camp out dressed in 18th century military gear, and they’ll have fireworks!

Rhode Island Highland Scottish Festival

Washington County Fairgrounds, Richmond Townhouse Rd. Richmond, RI

Rhode Island Highland Scottish Festival at Boston Events INSIDER

A haggis hurl? I hope hurl means ‘throw’ and not ‘vomit’. Going even further back in time, you’d have to be crazy not to go to this Scottish festival. There will be dancing, music, booths for all the clans, the Society for Creative Anachronism, competitions of all sorts and wacky sports.

Boston Pride Week

Various Boston, MA

Boston Pride Week at Boston Events INSIDER

Put on an Obama mask and LGBT people to buy you beer at this entire week of events! Once I knew this guy with a New York Fire Department t-shirt, and people kept buying him beers even though he was never a firefigthter, and they seemed so happy that he was too embarassed to tell them.

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Meet Dr. Warren, Patriot Leader
Portuguese Flag Raising Ceremony and Reception
Flash Forward Festival
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Shelburne Falls Riverfest
Wakefield Festival By the Lake
Cape Cod Maritime Festival
106 WCOD Cape Cod Chowderfest
Topsfield Strawberry Festival
Taste of Cambridge
Taste of Allston
West Side’s Taste of the Valley
Revere Beach Summer Fest
Randolph Country Fair
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In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti
Masterworks Chorale Summer Sings
Block Island Annual Music Festival
Private Lives – our review
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Literary Death Match
T: An MBTA Musical at OBERON
Magic For Smart People
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Strawberry Park Cajun/Zydeco Festival
New England Fiddle Contest
CT Open House Day
Back to the Beach Corvette Weekend
Margaretta Days Festival
Maine Antique Power Show
NorEasters Monthly Kite Fly
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Roots on the River
Kids Pirate Festival
Vermont Days
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Transit of Venus
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