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Community events throughout New England
Today, we are adding more events and programs to connect with our neighbors—and encourage water quality awareness—in cities and towns throughout New England. We hope you’ll join us! We love to hear about an participate in events supporting heathly water environments where the public is invited. Here are just a few currently on our radar:

National Parks Centennial: Free Entrance Days
Jan 18, Apr 16-24, Aug 25-28, Sep 24, Nov 11, 2016
Happy Centennial to the National Parks Service! As a way to celebrate, the entry fees at all parks are waived on certain days in 2016. Get outside, learn about land and water, and all of the great natural wonders that the country has to offer. More information can be found on the National Parks website.

Riverfront Scramble
August 25, 2016
 Get ready to Scramble this summer! Runners battle wet sand, dirt paths, rocky hills, grassy knolls, stair climbs and even a little asphalt, followed by beer, food and live music. Run in costume and you could win the coveted best costume prize. Click here for more information.

Menace of Marine Debris

September 7 & 10, 2016 — Be Part of International Coastal Cleanup 2016! Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the largest volunteer effort of its kind. Every September for more than 30 years, ICC has motivated over 11.5 million people from around the world to pick up over 210 million pounds of trash from nearly 390,000 miles of shoreline. Learn more here.


Saco River Cleanup 
September 10, 2016 — Volunteers clean assigned sections of river to clean for the day.  Canoes and equipment provided and good food at end of the day, bring a lunch and camping supplies. For more information email here:

Paddle Battle

September 3, 2016 — Paddle Battle is The Nonantum Resort’s annual Kennebunk River race for kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and any non-motorized vessels. Drawing both competitive and recreational paddlers, plus a kids’ fun race, the event is an awesome afternoon out on the water. Then enjoy BBQ, live music and family activities on the resort’s back lawn. Click here for more information.

Slide the City
August 27, 2016 — Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. Click here for more information.

Merrifest 2016 
August 27, 2016 — Merrifest is a celebration of the magnificent Merrimack River hosted by the Merrimack River Watershed Council! It is a gathering of people, artists, businesses, and bands from all around the area. People recognize and learn about the incredible ecosystems and communities along the river and celebrate together. For more information click here.

New Hampshire
Lantern Tour
July 20-October 15 2016 — 
Lost River is astonishing during the day and is a whole new adventure at night! The caves are lit by lanterns and boardwalks are lit by headlamps (feel free to bring your own or we will provide one for your use during the tour). This guided tour takes about 2 hours and begins at dusk. When we are finished exploring the boulder caves and boardwalk, we hope you’ll join us around the campfire for s’mores. Click here for more information

Weekend on the Water

September 24 & 25, 2016 — The annual Weekend on the Water is coming back to Concord! Organized by the Rotary Club of Concord in partnership with Concord Parks and Recreation, and Concord Crew, this two day event will have something for everyone. Celebrate Concord’s stretch of the Merrimack River. Participate in the exciting dragon boat races. Watch beautiful rowing shells speed down the river as several schools compete in the Concord Crew regatta. Take a tour of the city in one of Boston’s Super Tour Duck Boats. Enjoy a craft brew at the Capitol Cup Brewfest. Listen to local musicians. Cheer on your duck in the rubber duck race! Click here for more information.


Rhode Island
WaterFire Events

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park on the below scheduled evenings. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight. Learn more here.

September 4, 2016 — The full lighting of the WaterFire with tango music and tango dancers

September 24, 2016 — The full lighting of the WaterFire with Chinese culture night

October 1, 2016 — The full lighting of the WaterFire

November 5, 2016 — The full lighting of the WaterFire


Mad River Valley Craft Fair

September 3-4, 2016 — For over forty years, the Craft Fair has hosted over 100 of the region’s top artisans and craft people each Labor Day weekend. Decorative and functional items as well as handmade clothing, furniture, baskets, jewelry, flower arrangements, pottery and more dazzle shoppers each year. It’s a family day in the heart of scenic central Vermont where the kids can have lots of fun Click here for more information.


NEWEA hosts more than ten events for Members every year—event access is one of the top benefits of membership

Annual Conference & Exhibit

Specialty Conference Series

— Operation Challenge Golf Tournament

See our Calendar for a complete listing by topic and date. 

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