June in New England

A Guide to Weather, Events and the Best Things to Do in June

June on the Massachusetts North Shore
© 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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.

So, how warm is the weather during June in New England?

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's the Coolest New Thing To Do in June?

Believe it or not... 2018 may be the year that you can do something cool and unusual in New England in June: Ski on snow. As of mid-May, Vermont's Killington resort was still operating Friday through Sunday with plans to stay open until the last of the snow melts. Some are predicting this may not be until June. Even if the white stuff vanishes before the calendar page flips, you can definitely ski downhill and snow tube in June at the year-round 365 Synthetic Snow Park at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Connecticut.

Top 12 June 2018 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.

June 1-3: Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro, Vermont

June 1-10: Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, Vermont

June 1-30: Fields of Lupine Festival in Franconia, New Hampshire

June 2: National Trails Day at locations throughout New England

June 2: Great Chowder Cook-off in Newport, Rhode Island

June 9-17: Laconia Motorcycle Week in Laconia, New Hampshire

June 9-23: International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut

June 15-17: Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival in Quechee, Vermont

June 18-24: Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut

June 22-24: Newport Flower Show in Newport, Rhode Island

June 23: Maine Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

June 24-30: 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 17
Treat Dad to tickets to a Boston Red Sox game!

Less "Official" Holidays Worth Celebrating in New England

June 1: 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)

Head to a New England beach! Here are your best bets in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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 14-16, 2018.

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.