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The 20 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals of 2014

Get out and enjoy the summer sun—we've compiled a list of the best ways to enjoy the summer splendor across North America

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What would summer be without a fantastic festival? Whether it’s celebrating the bounty of fresh produce or haggling with a vendor selling Victorian furniture at an antique show, there’s a plethora of summer festivals you won’t want to miss. We’ve taken care of the guesswork, rounding up the top 20 festivals of the season.  

The Brimfield Antiques Show

May 13-18, 2014; July 8-13, 2014; September 2-7, 2014

A one-mile stretch on Route 20 in Brimfield, MA.

Put your haggle face on. For more than 50 years, collectors have convened at The Brimfield Antiques Show, the largest outdoor antiques show in the country. You’ll find over 5,000 dealers from around the globe selling everything from inexpensive jewelry and 1920s French postcards to luxury Victorian furniture. Don’t forget to bring cash—most dealers don’t accept credit cards. Your best bet is to arrive early, and be prepared to brace the crowds—the rural New England town’s population of 3,000 swells to more than 250,000 during the show. Be sure to check out the New England Motel, which hosts the largest and most popular food court, complete with lobster rolls, BBQ and falafel.

Admission: Most fields are free, but some require an entrance fee between $5 and $10. Visit brimfieldshow.com

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