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

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There is simply no end to the great things to do in the Granite state. From mountains to lakes, in cities, quaint towns and villages, you’ll find celebrations of music, arts and crafts, local food and drink, balloon rides, history and heritage. Take part in ethnic and religious events and enjoy the fireworks and parades, amusement rides and much more. Bring the family and stay near it all for the time of your life.

44 Jones Rd, 301 2nd NH Turnpike, 18 E Washington Rd, 5 Center St. Hillsborough, NH Phone: 603-464-5858

August 19-20, 2017

At the Living History event, historic figures come to tell their stories. This year's guest is President Ulysses S. Grant. Venture on a trip through Hillsborough and discover the historic villages, the heritage museum, stone arch bridges. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride; talk with period artisans; hear the 2nd South Carolina String Band; follow a battle through the woods. Sew a flag with Betsy Ross, make butter and ice cream, pan for gold. Enjoy a dozen children and family hands-on activities. Dine on grilled chicken, pulled pork, Plowman’s Lunch, homemade pastries, and watermelon.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $12; children age 6-17, $5.
Times: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-229-1975 Toll-Free: 800-358-7268

Come celebrate all things Scottish!

New Hampshire and the White Mountains are rich with interesting festivals all year long, but few can surpass the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival for a dramatic immersion into a colorful, hearty culture. Be part of this 3-day celebration of Scottish music, food and drink, athletics, dance, heritage and more! Watch world-class athletes compete in games like the caber toss, hammer throw, weight over bar, stone carry. Scottish and Celtic performers will be playing traditional piping and drumming to bagpipe-infused rock ‘n’ roll. Explore the Clan Village to see the attire and customs of 65 clans and learn their history. Children will love the sheep dog trials and the special Festival Youth Program, which features games, crafts, storytelling, and more. Adults can savor tastings of authentic Scotch whiskies and beers.
Event Dates & Times: September 15-17, 2017 - 8am - 5pm Daily. A full schedule including off-site events will be available in August.

Mount Sunapee Resort - 1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH, 03255 Phone: 603-224-3375

Rain or shine! August 5-13, 2017 at Mt Sunapee Resort, 10am-5pm daily

Discover New Hampshire’s creative side at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair. Shop for quality, one-of-a-kind craft that will take your breath away. Serious collectors and casual visitors alike will find distinctive craft in all media areas and price ranges. Connect with the makers and learn their stories. Watch stimulating demonstrations such as glassblowing, basket weaving, and wood turning. The Fair engages kids of all ages with activities to spark their creativity, including our all day pottery workshop, printmaking, beading and fiber workshops. Craft your style with inspiration found in the Living With Craft, CraftWear, and the Sculpture Garden exhibitions. Live, original music provides a wonderful soundtrack to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair experience.

2017 Kiwanis Waterfront Park Concord, NH Phone:

July 22, 2017

Join 45 breweries from across the state pouring 100 craft beers. Also, the festival will feature music by 92.5/102.3FM The River, many food trucks, a brewers dunk tank. This event is for guests age 21 and older, No children or pets allowed. Time: noon-4 p.m. Cost: VIP admission (noon-4 p.m.), general admission (1-4 p.m.), $40; designated drivers, $15.

Hillsboro County 4-H Fairgrounds, 15 Hill Dale Lane New Boston, NH Phone:

August 5, 2017

The Barnful of Blues Festival is a family-oriented music event. It is held rain or shine. If rain threatens, the festivities are moved inside into the huge barn on site. Bring chairs, blankets, coolers, sun block, bug spray and dancing feet. No glass, grills or hibachis, or pets. Performances by The Michael Vincent Band, Veronica Lewis, The Chris Fitz Band, Skip Philbrick, Erin Harpe and The Delta Swingers, Arthur James, The Delta Generators featuring Brian Templeton, and The Roomful of Blues. Tickets are $25; children age 12 and younger admitted free.

Sugar Shack Campground, 2010 Route 175 Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3471

August 2-5, 2017

Enjoy music from national bluegrass bands like The Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Gibson Brothers, The Boxcars, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Special Consensus, The Karl Schiflett & Big Country Show, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Skip Gorman and the Waddie Pals, Southern Rail, Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters, Michelle Canning Band, Merrimack Valley, NewFound Grass, Monadnock. Camping encouraged! Cost: Daily admission is $20 to $50; higher for multiple days. Tickets and fees

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

August 3-5, 2017

Don't miss this year's line up of top Christian artists like For King & Country, Matthew West, TobyMac, Temth Avbenue North. Rmed Collective, Crowder, Jars of Clay, Matt Mayer, Sidewalk Prophets, and many more. See website for details. Admission, from $47 for single days to $119 for three days.

Hebron Common, north end of Newfound Lake Hebron, NH Phone:

July 29, 2017

Festivities include more than 100 craftspeople, pony rides, children's games, rummage, white elephant, delicious foods, baked goods, plants, books, lunch with homemade baked beans, a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a live auction at 1 p.m. End your day with the chicken barbecue at 5:30 p.m. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Jaffrey Airport / Silver Ranch Airport, 190 Turnpike Road (Route 124) Jaffrey, NH Phone:

August 19, 2017

The fireworks are a family event, the best fireworks show in New England. Live entertainment, sky divers, vendors. This year’s theme: Motown Express. Time: 4-11 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission: Walk-Ins, $10; cars, $60.

The Naswa Resort, 1086 Weirs Blvd. Laconia, NH Phone: 603-366-4341

July 28-30, 2017

Parrothead Weekend and Margaritaville can be found on Lake Winnipesaukee. Live Jimmy Buffett-style music fills the air both days. Changes in Attitude are sure to occur as the warm, relaxing environment and gracious hospitality takes your cares away. High Attitude performs Saturday at 4 p.m.; Brandy performs Sunday at 4 p.m.

Peterborough, Deering, Milford, Keene, Wilton, Greenfield, Temple, Marlborough Lyndeborough, Nelson Monadnock region, NH Phone:

July 9-August 16, 2017

Deering, Milford, Keene, Wilton, Greenfield, Temple, Marlborough Lyndeborough, Nelson Monadnock Music presents live classical music performances in intimate and informal settings around the Monadnock region, and headquartered in Peterborough, NH. Find schedules and information for Village Concert settings at the Town House feature concerts .