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

For more fun activities, see New Hampshire Events page

Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road Milton Mills, NH Phone: 603-978-7125

August 8, 2015

Take a hayride to the river and look for wildlife living in its clear waters, observe rescued wild NH animals, try fishing with your kids or let them explore a corn maze or petting zoo, go on a guided walk with nature experts, watch demonstrations of traditional rural skills, take your child on a discovery walk in the woods and much more! Rain or shine; no pets please, rest rooms and most events are wheelchair accessible. Adults, $5; family, $10; kids age 12 and younger, free 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

516 Main Street Lancaster, NH Phone: 603-788-4531

September 2-7, 2015

The fair combines all of the activities of an old-fashioned country fair with plenty of variety to keep everyone in the family entertained. Children will love the colorful midway with exciting rides and train rides. The Lancaster Fair is all about agriculture: working cattle demonstrations; livestock competitions, including horse pulls, sheepdog trials, and an oxen log obstacle course; 4-H exhibits; and exhibitions of homemade crafts and fresh vegetables and flowers. Admission: Wednesday-Friday and Monday, $15; Saturday and Sunday, $16; rides included. Time: All day.

Colebrook (Friday and Sunday); Canaan Community Recreation Park, Canaan, and Pittsfield (Saturday) Colebrook, NH Phone: 603-237-8939

August 28-30, 2015

A weekend of fun showcasing all the North Country has to offer! Events take place in Colebrook, Canaan, and Pittsfield, Car show, craft fair, outdoor & family activities, and much more. Schedule of events/ Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: Free

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Route 11A Gilford, NH Phone: 978-346-4577

August 6-8, 1015

Don't miss this year's line up, which include The Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Third Day, For King & Country, Tenth Avenue North, Unspoken, Big Daddy Weave, Moriah Peters, Tedashii, Propaganda, We As Human, For Today, War of Ages, and many more! Camping available; see event website. Artist lineup.
Admission: July purchase, adult, 3 day, $120; youth, 3-day and weekend for all ages, $75; August/Gate, adult, 3 day, $135; youth, 3-day and weekend for all ages, $90. Adults is age 12 and older; youth and serior at age 7 to 11 and over 62.

247 Monadnock Hwy (Route 12) Swanzey, NH, 03446 Phone: 603-357-4740

July 29-August 2, 2015

The Cheshire fair is back with lots to see and do for the entire family, including demolition derby, ATV rodeo, bull riding, fireworks, magic shows, performing animal shows, singers, dancers, bands, arts and crafts, karaoke shows, puppet shows, 4-H exhibits, draft horse pulls, oxen and tractor pulls, woodsmen and pie eating contests and more. 

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone:

August 15-16, 2015

The 2015 juried exposition should feature works by more than 40 artists presenting sculpture, glass and wood arts, ceramics, fiber arts, fine arts and jewelry for sale at all prices. There will be live musical performances starting on Saturday and continuing on Sunday with local musicians, along wit food vendors. Arts and crafts activities for children could include sand sculpting, beading, temporary tattoos and t-shirt decorating. Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 10-August 7, 2015

More than a month of wonderful music! Monadnock Music’s 50th season features great programs, wonderful artists, and is being performed throughout the Monadnock region. Among the many distinguished artists whose work Monadnock Music has presented or commissioned are Aaron Copland, Peter Sellars, Richard Goode, Sanford Sylvan, James Maddalena, Russell Sherman, John Adams, Elliott Carter, Virgil Thomson, Dominick Argento, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Craig Smith, and Ursula Oppens. Festival schedule

Hampton Beach, Ocean Blvd. Hampton Beach, NH Phone:

August 17-21, 2015

The Hampton Beach Children's Festival opens on August 17 with a magic show by BJ Hickman on the Hampton Beach Seashell Stage at 10 a.m., and builds up to a Giant Costume Parade that marches almost the length of Hampton Beach on Friday, August 21. Each day will be filled with activity, including mini-golf, ice cream, dancing, story tellers, balloons, and more. There's even a kids' bumper sticker contest. All festival activities are free and open to the public.

Sugar Shack Campground, Route 175 Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3867

August 14-16, 2015

The festival features award-winning blues artists, food vendors, craft vendors, a climbing wall and many fun activities for children including Saturday night fireworks. Guests can browse craft and food vendors and dare to reach for the top on the climbing wall! Cost: $40 per day; children under age 12 admitted free with a parent.

Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Central Avenue Dover, NH Phone: 603-742-2218

July 10-August 21, 2015

This festival will be filling downtown Dover with the sound of music. Back again will be the Friday Night Headliner Series, the Shark in the Park Classic Rock Luncheon Series, the Farmers’ Market Acoustic Stage, Tuesday Morning Children’s Shows and a Movie Night. See full schedule here. .

Sugar Shack Campground Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3471

July 30-August 2, 2015

Family weekend of acoustic country and bluegrass music, camping, workshops, dance, swimming, tubing, food and musical vendors. Family activities include movies in the clubhouse and a children's music academy hosted by other professional musicians. The kids will attend daily classes culminating with a children's academy performance on the main stage on Sunday afternoon.

Mill Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH Phone: 603-279-6121

August 29-30, 2015

This outdoor, juried arts and crafts exhibition and sale of fine arts and fine crafts, celebrates its 36th year in 2015. Featuring high quality works of over 80 artists and craftspeople, the Festival is held outdoors in Meredith, among the Meredith Village Shops and the Mill Falls Marketplace. Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic for this special event. A highlight of the summer, this festival creates an exciting weekend of art, crafts, music, entertainment and food.

Town House Road Cornish, NH Phone: 603-675-5714

August 21-23, 2015

Family fun, livestock displays and competitions, live music, magic, karaoke, midway, rodeo, swing dance, raffles, crafts. New this year: go for a ride in a helicopter! Parade on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, 17 High Street Plymouth, NH Phone:

July 7-August 6, 2015

The New Hampshire Music Festival is a summer music festival that honors the tradition of classical music while exploring new artistic paths. ​See festival website for schedule of events.