New England is a place uniquely defined by its vastly different seasons: the gothic atmospherics of fall, the unyielding punishment of winter, the muddy thaw locals casually call "spring." Yankees are so resilient to cold because they share a single conviction: Summers make everything else worth it. When Patriot's Day is in the rear-view mirror and baseball season is in full swing, New England shines like no place else in the nation.
In the most northerly hamlets of Vermont and Maine, men wear Carhartt T-shirts and roll down the windows of their vintage pickups. In Connecticut, golfers opt for more breathable polos. Everyone has his own way of celebrating the season, but our favorite way to take advantage of a New England summer is by attending the amazing events taking place in every state. Here are our favorites.
Maine Lobster Festival
Maine's claim to the world's best lobster is not disputed – at least not by anyone with credibility. If you're more interested in consuming butter and reddish meat than waiting for your seafood to be ruined by a fancy saucier, then head to Rockland for the Maine Lobster Festival.
Held from July 31st through August 4th, the Lobster Festival is a full-fledged to-do revolving entirely around the state's most beloved crustacean. In addition to gorging on a small percentage of the 20,000 pounds of lobster served during the event, attendees can watch a wide range of musical performances, a parade, and crate races. Consider it.
More information: Admission to the first day of the festival is $5 for adults, and $2 for children. August 1–3 is $8 for adults, while the closing day is Family Fun Day, and is free to all attendees.
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