Connecticut. Strawberry Thanksgiving Celebration 2012 is June 8-9 at Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket. It includes a puppet show, crafts, and a hubbub tournament, a traditional Native American dice game. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. Adults $15; seniors (55 and older) $13; children (6-15), $10. 800-411-9671;

Delaware. Middletown BBQ Cook-Off, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, is May 18-20 at 309 Port Penn Rd., Middletown. There is also an Amateur & Kids Q event; food & craft vendors, entertainment, amusement rides, slides, and games. $10. 5-10 p.m. May 18; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 19; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20.; 717-278-9992.

Maine. Acadia Birding Festival 2012, on Mount Desert Island, in Bar Harbor, runs May 31 to June 3, and celebrates the birds of the Gulf of Maine with birding walks, lectures, a visit with puffins and pelagic birds at sea, and observing peregrine falcons at an active breeding site in Acadia National Park. 207-233-3694; schedule of events at

Maryland. The 19th annual Festival of the Arts runs June 2-3 on East Church Street in Frederick. The open-air festival features 115 artists from across the country. June 2 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; June 3 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 301-662-4190;

Massachusetts. Cape Cod Maritime Days 2012 runs through June 10 and celebrates the Cape's maritime history with lighthouse and walking tours, art exhibits, lectures and kayak excursions.

New Jersey. NJ Fleet Week & Tall Ships Dining Cruises on Spirit run May 23-30. Ships depart from Lincoln Harbor in Weehawkin or Chelsea Pier in New York City. Reservations start at $44.90. 866-483-3866; Groups of 20 or more, call 866-433-9283.

New York. 2012 Long Island Mozart Festival is May 26-28 at Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Gardens. The festival includes children's activities, dance, fencing, tours of the Gardens, lectures, carriage rides, wine tasting, a fools' court and more. The main stage concerts will be at 2:30 p.m. May 26; 1:30 and 4 p.m. May 27; and 1:30 and 4 p.m. May 28. Tent seats are $25 for all ages. Lawn seating is $10; $8 for seniors (over 62); and $5 for children (7-17).

Pennsylvania. Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts runs May 25-26 in Shamokin. There will be historical trolley and carriage rides, train rides, fireworks, entertainment, and exhibits. Plus, artisans and vendors will line Market Street. May 25 6-10 p.m. and May 26 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 570-850-9121;

Rhode Island. The Great Chowder Cook-Off is June 2 at the Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Festivalgoers will taste traditional and exotic chowders, then vote for the best in three categories: Clam, Seafood, and Creative. Live bands and cooking demonstrations. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the gate. Children under 12, free. 401-846-1600;

Virginia. OpSail 2012 Virginia runs June 1-12 and commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a fleet of tall navy and military war ships. Many additional events are planned, included air shows, fireworks, festivals, live entertainment, and parades, all along the Virginia coastline in Cape Charles, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Onancock, Portsmouth, Tangier Island, Virginia Beach, and Yorktown.