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.
Top 12 June 2019 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.
May 31-June 9:Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, Vermont
June 1-2: Cape Ann Artisans Spring Studio Tour, Gloucester and Rockport, MA
June 1-30: Fields of Lupine Festival in Franconia, New Hampshire
June 1:National Trails Day at locations throughout New England
June 7-9: Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro, Vermont
June 8-16: Laconia Motorcycle Week in Laconia, New Hampshire
June 8-22: International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut
June 14-16: Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival in Quechee, Vermont
June 17-23: Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut
June 21-23: Newport Flower Show in Newport, Rhode Island
June 22: Maine Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
June 23-29: Windjammer Days Festival in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
June Holidays in New England
Flag Day: June 14
See one of the oldest and most famous American flags at the Bennington Museum in Vermont.
Father’s Day: June 16
Treat Dad to tickets to a Boston Red Sox game!
Less "Official" Holidays Worth Celebrating in New England
June 7: National Donut Day
Enjoy a free donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage at Dunkin' Donuts shops. Krispy Kreme will also give away free donuts: no purchase necessary. (Call ahead to verify individual shops' participation in this annual promotion.)
June 21: First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice)
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.