Five odd events worth traveling to



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  • Artist Visions Film Festival, Lambertville, NJ

  • Artist Visions Film Festival, Lambertville, NJ

  • Fools' Rules Regatta, Jamestown, RI

  • Fools' Rules Regatta, Jamestown, RI

Artist Visions Film Festival, Lambertville, NJ

Artist Visions Film Festival, Lambertville, NJ
As if the cute across-the-river town of Lambertville weren’t already ideal for a weekend of lazing along the Delaware, at the end of July, they’re hosting this festival to celebrate the creatives who call Hunterdon and Bucks counties home. The weekend offers outdoor screenings, a student film fest, video installations, fireworks and musical performances (the one on Friday night is Chris Harford and the Band of Changes, which features Mickey Melchiondo of Ween). Plus, there’s a visual treasure hunt you can participate in by solving clues and texting in the answers. ( Thu 22--Sun 25. Festival pass $20; individual films $10, student films free.

Fools’ Rules Regatta, Jamestown, RI
More about engineering than speed, all boats in this spirited 33-year-old race must be built from nonmaritime materials and constructed on-site in two hours. Crafts are made with objects like plastic bottles, doghouses, kegs and lots of duct tape—then set to task in Narragansett Bay. Those that sink compete for the coveted Worst Example of Naval Architecture award. Aug 14 at 9am; free.

Union Fair, Union, ME
You’ve been wondering where to find a good pig scramble, we know it. You’re in luck: This midcoast agricultural fair (which dates to 1869) features porcine wrangling, as well as a poultry show, steer pulling, a demolition derby, pie-eating and muffin competitions, plus a pancake breakfast. ( Aug 21--28. Festival pass $45, three-day pass $18, daily $8.

Adirondack Balloon Festival, Glen Falls, NY
Who would’ve guessed it, but aeronauts come from around the world to this wildly popular festival, and they bring balloons in shapes that have included barn, dog and eagle. Drift over Lake George and the Adirondacks yourself for about $200 a flight, or wander around the large site to take in the colorful display for free. ( Sept 24--26. Free.

Roadkill Cook-Off, Marlinton, WV
No, the animals aren’t actual bloodied roadkill, but rather those “commonly found dead on the side of the road”—think deer, snake and opossum. Or head into Andrew Zimmern territory by sampling dishes like frog meat jambalaya, squirrel gravy over biscuits and bear sausage. Sept 25; price TBD.

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