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; www.pequotmuseum.org.
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. middletownbbqcookoff.com/home; 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 acadiabirdingfestival.com.
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; frederickartscouncil.org.
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. www.ecapechamber.com/MaritimeDays.
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; spiritofnewjersey.com/New-Jersey/fleet-week-tall-ship-cruises-nj. 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). www.longislandmozartfestival.org/
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; www.anthraciteheritage.com.
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; http://www.newportwaterfrontevents.com/great-chowder-cook-off/.