The weather might be cold in New England, but there’s still plenty to do — even after the major holidays have ended. Whether you’re looking to go out and have some fun, find a place to take the kids, or have an exhilarating outdoor adventure, be sure to check out these top upcoming festivals and other special events in the region.
Winter Brew Fest (Rhode Island)
A 21+ event perfect for anyone who loves to sample some delicious craft beers, Rhode Island is hosting its second annual Winter Brew Fest on Feb. 1. This celebration of American craft brews will host more than 35 different breweries, with more than 125 varieties available for sampling. The Pawtucket event will also feature live music, throughout its two three-hour sessions. For more information, visit ribrewfest.com/winter/. Please remember to drink responsibly.
The Big Y Kids Fair (Connecticut)
Families with kids of all ages can enjoy an afternoon of fun at the Big Y Kids Fair, featuring a variety of entertainment, exhibits, prizes and games. From Feb. 1–2, the annual event will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, musicians, a kids’ play area, and much more. Visit jenksproductions.com/kidsfair.html for more information.
Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest (New Hampshire)
Known as one of the premier climbing events in the country, New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest has been a North Conway tradition for more than 20 years. Ice climbers and winter mountaineers from all over the east coast flock to this special event, taking place on Jan. 31–Feb. 2, to network and socialize with other climbers, try new gear, and take advantage of a variety of demonstrations and courses. Attendees can enjoy one-day technical clinics, privately guided climbs and much more, featuring climbers and guides from all around the world. For more information, visit mwv-icefest.com/about/.
The Snowmobile Snodeo (Maine)
Nothing says Maine like snowmobiling over a blanket of fresh snow, and the Snowmobile Snodeo is a celebration of this favorite local pastime. Attendees gather in Rangeley, Maine for all sorts of winter-centric events and family fun — like a chili and chowder cook-off, sleigh rides, obstacle courses, and much more. This year’s Snowdeo will take place on Jan. 23–25, so get ready and find out more information at rangeleysnowmobile.com/snodeo.htm.
From the mountains of New Hampshire to the sprawling city of Boston, New England is full of fun festivals and events to enjoy when the weather gets cold. So bundle up, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and get ready for some of the best upcoming local festivities.