Summer officially arrives in June, and even industrious New Englanders slip into a more laidback mode. Highways clog on Friday afternoons, as urban dwellers escape to summer homes or vacation rentals, and Mondays always come too soon in June.
Want to know one of the best things about June in New England? It’s strawberry season. Pick-your-own farms offer the chance to pluck ripe berries from their vines, and churches host strawberry festivals, where the strawberry shortcake is divine. New England’s landscape is lush, its rivers team with fish, its beaches begin to attract sun worshippers. And if you visit in the first few weeks of June before kids are out of school, you can still find deals on lodgings and avoid peak summer crowds.
You’ll also have the chance to be first to see new sights, ride new rides and rest your head in new beds when New England's newest hotels and attractions debut in time for the summer season. Then, instead of dreading Monday, you can look forward to sharing your adventures with envious colleagues.
Be aware that June also marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and coastal areas like Cape Cod are particularly vulnerable if dangerous storms are forecasted.
New England Weather in June
Average June Temperatures (Low / High):
Hartford, CT: 59 / 79 F (15 / 26 C)
Providence, RI: 58 / 78 F (14 / 26 C)
Boston, MA: 60 / 76 F(16 / 24 C)
Stockbridge, MA: 52 / 77 F (11 / 25 C)
Burlington, VT: 55 / 76 F (13 / 24 C)
North Conway, NH: 52 / 75 F (11 / 24 C)
Portland, ME: 54 / 73 F (12 / 23 C)
What to Pack
If you're visiting New England in June, think summer apparel, but know your own temperature tolerances. Do you tend to feel chilly when the air conditioning is cranking? Then, you'll want to have a light jacket or sweater with you wherever you go. It can be downright chilly after dark, too, even when daytime temperatures approach 80 degrees. Even if it's warm enough to wear shorts by day, pack long pants or jeans to wear at night. Black fly season lasts into June, so be prepared with insect repellent if you'll be spending time outdoors up north. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are also a must this time of year: June is an optimal month to be out and on the go.
June Events in New England
School’s out for summer, and New England is ready to party! With all of these fun festivals and events happening in the region, there's no excuse for boredom.
- Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington, Vermont: A jazz festival dating back 37 years showcases musicians from Vermont and the northeast.
- Cape Ann Artisans Spring Studio Tour, Gloucester and Rockport, MA: One of the oldest open studio tours in the country, the artisans of Cape Ann welcome visitors to their studios for three days each year.
- Fields of Lupine Festiva, Franconia, New Hampshire: Each June, lupine fields bloom and this festival celebrates the flowers with food, demonstrations, musical performances, and a market.
- Strolling of the Heifers, Brattleboro, Vermont: This annual parade of cows, chickens, llamas, goats, and some people too was established to promote and support local farmers.
- Laconia Motorcycle Week, Laconia, New Hampshire: Nearing 100 years, Laconia Motorcycle Week is touted as the world's oldest motorcycle rally with demonstrations, live music, and bike shows.
- International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut: New Haven welcomes artists, musicians, writers, and scholars for a week of workshops, lectures, food, open galleries, and more.
- Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, Quechee, Vermont: 20 hot air balloons take to the skies for this annual festival. Other highlights include live music, artisans, a wine garden, and a bouncy house.
- Travelers Championship, Cromwell, Connecticut: A stop on the PGA Tour, proceeds from this golf championship are donated to the community of Cromwell.
- Newport Flower Show, Newport, Rhode Island: Florists and horticulturalists compete with themed arrangements. There are also lectures, plenty of vendors, and live demonstrations.
- Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine: This one-day festival celebrates the iconic dessert with a 3K walk, vendors, rides, and eating contests.
- Windjammer Days Festival, Boothbay Harbor, Maine: Each year windjammer schooners descend upon Boothbay Harbor, marking the start of summer. The celebration includes fireworks, pirates, parades, and a cod relay.
Best Destinations for June in New England
June is a perfect month for a New England getaway. Whether you’re looking to escape with the family or to steal some downtime for two, here are a few destinations you should consider in June:
- A week on the Massachusetts North Shore makes for a fun family vacation. The beaches are gorgeous and free of pesky greenhead flies that pop up later in the summer. And even on rainy days, there is so much to do in Salem, Gloucester and beyond.
- A bit farther north, New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach has all of the classic amusements families love. The best reason to visit this month is the annual Master Sand Sculpting Classic scheduled for June 20-22, 2019.
More June in New England Travel Advice
- The Tanglewood summer concert season gets underway in June, so be sure to order tickets for performances at this perennially popular venue.
- June is LGBT Pride Month, and there are a number of multi-day Gay Pride Events in New England locations including Boston and Portland, Maine.