September in New England

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

Big E Opens Each September in New England
••• September is fair season in New England, and no fair is bigger than the Big E in West Springfield, where you can cheer on the Swifty Swine Racing Pigs daily at Pork Chop International Speedway. Media photo courtesy of the Big E.

September is a transitional month in New England... a 30-day stretch of anything-goes weather and reestablishing routines. Even after Labor Day signals playtime is over, some September days feel decidedly summerlike with temperatures flirting with 90º Fahrenheit. And then, one eve or early morning, you feel it: That crisp tingle in the air that heralds fall's arrival. If you've not yet planned your fall foliage getaway, it's time to stop procrastinating.

Lodging for peak weekends may already be tough to find.

Kids are back in school, and that makes September an ideal month to travel in New England if you're the proud parents of preschoolers or if your parenting days are in the past. It's a delightful month for a New England honeymoon, too! The first two or three weeks of the month are a best-kept secret: Lodging rates tend to be low during this brief window. That's because many families aren't able to travel, and fall foliage season is not yet in full swing. You may spy some early hints of autumn color, and you'll avoid crowds this time of year.

If you have school-age children, you may not be able to spend a week in New England in September, but consider a weekend getaway or day trip. The region's calendar is loaded with fun events this month: agricultural fairs, festivals, restaurant weeks, sporting events. Gradually shorter days and bursts of cool weather are a reminder to savor New England's harvest and to spend as much time as possible engaged in outdoor pursuits.

So, what is the weather typically like during September in New England?

Average September Temperatures (Low / High):

Hartford, CT: 54º / 75º Fahrenheit (12º / 24º Celsius)
Providence, RI: 55º / 74º Fahrenheit (13º / 23º Celsius)
Boston, MA: 57º / 72º Fahrenheit (14º / 22º Celsius)
Hyannis, MA: 56º / 71º Fahrenheit (13º / 22º Celsius)
Burlington, VT: 51º / 70º Fahrenheit (11º / 21º Celsius)
North Conway, NH: 46º / 70º Fahrenheit (8º / 21º Celsius)
Portland, ME: 50º / 70º Fahrenheit (10º / 21º Celsius)

Top 13 September 2017 Events in New England

It's the most wonderful time of the year for outdoor festivals and celebrations. Here are some events you won't want to miss this September in New England. Find more in my weekend-by-weekend guide to top fall events in New England.

September 5-10: Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts

September 8-10: 28th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

September 8-10: Oyster Festival in Norwalk, Connecticut

September 9: Maine Open Lighthouse Day at lighthouses statewide

September 10: Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge in Windsor, Vermont

September 15-17: 42nd New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival in Lincoln, New Hampshire

September 15-October 1: The Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts

September 16: HarvestFest and Chowdah Cookoff in Bethel, Maine

September 21-24: Acadia Night Sky Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine

September 21-24: Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival in Newport, Rhode Island

September 22-24: Scallop Fest in East Falmouth, Massachusetts

September 23 (Rain Date - September 24): Fluff Festival in Somerville, Massachusetts, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the invention of Fluff

September 23 and 30: WaterFire in Providence, Rhode Island

September Holidays in New England

Labor Day: September 4

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September 9: National Teddy Bear Day

Tour the Vermont Teddy Bear factory and learn how these cuddly companions are made.

September 11: 9/11 Anniversary
Honor those who perished at Connecticut's 9-11 Living Memorial.

September 13: National Pet Memorial Day
Pay tribute to a dear departed animal friend at the Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury, Vermont

September 16: Mayflower Day
Mark the day the Pilgrims sailed for America by seeing a replica of their ship, the Mayflower II, currently under restoration at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Mayflower II will return to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 2020.

September 26: Johnny Appleseed Day
Celebrate the birthday of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) by exploring Johnny Appleseed Country in north central Massachusetts.

Best Destinations for September in New England

September offers options galore for travelers. Starting the day after Labor Day, coastal areas quiet and shoulder season deals kick in. By month's end, if you head to the far northern reaches of the region, you'll see the foliage colors for which New England is so well known.

One way to spend a memorable September vacation is to start out with a weekend in Bethel, Maine, where leaves should just be starting to change as the town hosts its annual harvest celebration. Then, venture south and east to the sparkling Maine coast, where summer lingers on. In Rockland, visit the Project Puffin Visitor Center, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Maine Lighthouse Museum, and go lobster fishing aboard the Captain Jack.

If you avoided Cape Cod all summer because you didn't want to pay premium prices and contend with traffic, September's an optimal time to enjoy Cape delights like golf, biking, shopping and seaside dining. Sandwich on the Cape is one of New England's best secret fall escapes.

Would-be leaf peepers who want to visit New England in September won't do much better than Greenville, Maine. A rustic stay at The Birches Resort on Moosehead Lake will put you back in sync with nature.

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