Fairs & festivals in NH entertain with music, food, art, outdoor fun

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King Pine Ski Area, 1251 Eaton Road (Route 153) East Madison, NH Phone: 603-367-8896

February 16-27, 2015

The fun-filled King Pine Carnival offers sleigh rides, snowshoe tours, silly slalom & belly bag races, family challenge races, gold rush, kids fun race, fireworks over (Thursday, February 19), and a kids light parade (Friday February 27). Check the calendar for more details. Email: info@kingpine.com

Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH Phone:

January 16 to February 15, 2015

A Big Tasting on January 16 with Tom Gannon, master sommelier candidate; a Grand Vintner’s Dinner on January 15 with winemaker Laura Diaz Munoz of Jackson Family Wines and Chef Ken Lingle of Wentworth by the Sea; Bubbles & Jazz Sunday Brunch on January 18; Shell-Shocked Oyster and Wine Celebration on January 22; Grand Vintner’s Dinner – Pigs & Pinot on January 24; Flight Nights every Monday through Thursday during the festival; and much more.

Prescott Farm, 928 White Oaks Road Laconia, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-366-5695

February 14, 2015

Activities include sleigh rides, a bonfire & s'mores, face painting, crafts, sledding, a snow sculpture contest. There will be lots to do for families and friends and all can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa by the bonfire after a nice snowshoe hike or another activity. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Various locations Portsmouth, NH Phone:

February 12-16, 2015

Ice bars, fire pits, hearth cooking/wood fire grilled food, dog sled rides, ice skating, ice sculptures/demonstrations, winter movies, opera and live music.
Ice Skating at Strawbery Banke Puddle Dock Pond. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (daily through fest)
Kick Off Party. 5-7 p.m.
Ice Fest Charity Night at Portsmouth Gas Light Deck. 5 p.m.
Men in Motion at Portsmouth Gas Light Night Club, 7 p.m.
PMAC Jazz Night 2015 at Music Hall Loft. 7 p.m.
Mike MacDonald Comedy Xxtravaganza at Music Hall Historic Theater, 8 p.m.
Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) & Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartok) at Music Hall Historic Theater. 12:30 p.m.
Ice Fest at Portsmouth Gas Light Deck, 5 p.m.
Ed Gerhard Valentine Concert at Seacoast Rep. 8 p.m.
Dog Sled Rides at Strawbery Banke. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday and MOnday
Performances by Patrick Dorow at Player’s Ring. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ice Fest At Portsmouth Gas Light Deck, Noon
Fire & Ice Bar Crawl 2-6 p.m.
Performances by Patrick Dorow at Player’s Ring. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Squam Lakes Association, 534 Route 3 Holderness, NH Phone: 603-968-7336

February 14, 2015

Enjoy an afternoon of ice skating and sledding, cross-county skiing, ice hockey, Nordic skating demos, winter mini-golf and more! Also prepare of belly up to our chili contest. There will be an outdoor bonfire, marshmallows to roast and hot cocoa to sip. 

The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road Tamworth, NH Phone:

February 7, 2015

See the work methods of the past as you learn to cut and stack ice as it was done in the days before refrigeration. Enjoy hot food, winter carnival games & crafts for the family. Also, watch a master ice carver at work. Admission: $10 age five and older. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Phone: 603-646-3399

February 5-8, 2015

Known as the oldest collegiate winter festival, Winter Carnival is a celebration of winter, snow, and fun in the outdoors. Polar bear swims, races, competitions, ice and snow fun. A big part of the fest is the ice sculpting competition.