You can plan now to attend these weekend events, occurring within a few weeks and a day's drive of Philadelphia.
1. Audubon Festival. Hawley, Pa. July 18-19. Live birds will be on display, and educators will be on hand to answer questions. Also, craft exhibitors and artists from 13 states and Canada will be selling woodcarvings, leather carvings, weavings, and metal works. 484-256-4485; www.audubonfestival.com.
2. New Jersey Ice Cream Festival. Toms River, N.J. July 18. Ice cream lovers will join together to sample and judge flavors from local and national creameries. 732-341-8738; www.icecreamfest.com.
3. Vermont Brewers Festival. Burlington, Vt. July 17-18. Sample and buy more than 30 beers from breweries across New England. The outdoor event takes place at the Burlington Waterfront with scenic views of Lake Champlain. 802-885-1262; www.vermontbrewers.com.
4. Ocean State Reggae Festival. Charlestown, R.I. July 18-19. Headliners of the New England musical event include Toots and the Maytals, Sister Carol, Beres Hammond, and Yellowman. 860-536-9832; www.oceanstatereggae.com.
5. Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival. Surry, Va. July 18-19. In addition to samplings of the event's namesake food items, there will be an arts and crafts area featuring more than 150 artisans, live music on two stages, and children's activities. 757-294-3625; www.porkpeanutpinefestival.org.
6. Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. Hartford, Conn. July 17-19. At one of New England's largest free outdoor jazz festivals, world-renowned artists and the local musicians perform contemporary, smooth jazz, Latin, and more. 860-727-0050; www.hartfordjazz.org.
7. Green Festival. Carver, Mass. July 17-19. With a focus of innovative ways and products to promote green living, there will also eco-friendly activities including sand- sculpture competitions. 508-866-8190; www.edaville.com.
8. Mollyockett Day Festival. Bethel, Maine. July 18. This mountain village festival - named after a legendary Native American princess - has an art action, parade, road races, live entertainments, a frog- jumping contest, and concludes with fireworks at dusk. 207-824-3575; www.mahoosucarts.org.
9. Long Lake Regatta. Long Lake, N.Y. July 18. All-day events include oar, paddle and sailing races, followed by a historic boat parade with antique inboards, canoes, and guide boats. 518-624-3077; www.longlake-ny.com.
10. Oak Ridge Festival. Attica, Ohio. July 18-19. Outdoor festival with costumed craftsmen and demonstrators, food, entertainment, plus reenactors portraying life in the early 1800s. 419-426-0611; www.oakridgefestival.com.
- Erica Lamberg