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

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60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone: 603-229-1975

September 18-20, 2015

Take your whole clan to New Hampshire for the largest Scottish festival in the Northeast. This event features bagpipe bands, Highland dancers, whisky tastings and intriguing competitions including tests of strength, sheepdog trials and fiddling and drumming contests.

Routes 43 and 107 Deerfield, NH Phone: 603-463-7421

October 1-4, 2015

Livestock exhibits and competitions, live music, family circus, magician, pig scramble, scavenger hunt, strolling performers, live entertainment. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors on Thursday and Friday, $7; children age 12 and younger, free. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.

66 Main Street Antrim, NH Phone: 603-620-8300

September 18-20, 2015

This traditional New England harvest festival features arts & crafts, a home-made parade, fireworks, games for kids, live music and lots of food. Also, the festival includes at skateboard race, the Antrim Can/Am Slalom Championships. Admission to most events is free; food is sold.

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.

Ocean Boulevard (Center Beach) Hampton Beach, NH Phone: 603-926-8718

September 11-13, 2015

Sixty Seacoast restaurants serving favorite New England seafood dishes; Demonstrations by chef Pat Whitley Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; arts and crafts vendors; giant beverage tent; beach cabana bar; entertainment on two stages by 15 local groups playing all varieties of music; Kiddie Land for little ones, fireworks on Saturday at 8:15 p.m.; skydiving on Sunday at 5 p.m.; lobster roll eating contest on Saturday at 2 p.m. Time: Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Adults, $5 on Friday and Sunday. $8 Saturday; children under age 12 admitted for free

Cheshire Fairgrounds, 247 Monadnock Hwy. Swanzey, NH Phone:

October 24, 2015

Celebrating time-honored traditions of community, family fun, and pumpkin abundance, the Festival features Atlas fireworks, non-profit food vendors, amusement rides, a haunted maze, a pumpkin catapult competition, displays from regional artisans, baking contests, hayrides, live entertainment, kids activities, and good old-fashioned fun. Time: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: $5; free for kids age 5 and younger

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.

7 Wentworth Hill Road (Route 109 North) Center Sandwich, NH Phone: 603-284-7062

September 9-13, 2015

Animal exhibits and competitions; live music; baked goods auction; skillet throw; grand street parade; antique auto parade. Admission: Adults, $9; youths age 6-12; $5; children under age 6, free; all events free with admission; rides and carnival are an extra charge.


Attitash Ski Resort, Route 302 Bartlett, NH Phone: 603-374-2600

October 10-11, 2015

The annual Oktoberfest will happen at Bear Peak, where guests will enjoy live, traditional Bavarian music by King Ludwig's Band, dancing, Samuel Adams stein hoisting and keg toss competitions for adults, authentic German food and a Biergarten serving brews from local and regional brewers. Kids activities & games will include slacklines, cornhole decks, kinderplatz, bouncy House and more in an area reserved for children.Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times. Admission: Online Admission, adults age 21 and older, $10; youth age 6-20, $5. Price is $2 higher at the door. Valid I.D. required; food and beverage not included. Time: Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Many locations in Portsmouth Portsmouth, NH Phone: 413-203-5467

September 26-27, 2015

The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival traditional American and English folk music at the restaurants, pubs, cafés, churches and streets of Portsmouth.
Opening the festival Saturday morning, a crew of maritime singers, shantymen, and privateers will start at 10 a.m. in front of RiRa in the Market Square, and walk through the town, singing as they go.
A full concert will be held on Saturday evening at the United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, 129 Miller Avenue. The acts in 2015 are Two Old Friends, Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy, and The Johnson Girls.
Maritime Open Sings are open to everyone. They feature sea shanties and easy choruses, and seamen’s off-duty songs, known as forebitters. Open Sings are held at pubs that are also full-service restaurants, suitable for all ages, including kids. Schedule.

Near I-89 at Exit 7 Contoocook, NH Phone: 603-746-4191

September 4-7, 2015

Livestock exhibits, home and garden exhibits, the Morrill Family Farm Museum, maple sugarhouse, midway by Fiesta Shows, demolition derby, monster trucks, motocross bikes, horse and ox pulling competitions, live entertainment. Hours: Gate opens at 8 a.m.; closes at 7 p.m. on Monday and 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Amenities include handicap accessibility. Cost: Adults, $8-$10; seniors, $7; children age 6 to 12, $5.

Depot Street and downtown Warner, NH Phone: 603-456-9775

October 9-11, 2015

Grand Parade, farmers market, craft festival surrounding the Warner Town Hall and the lower end of Kearsarge Mountain Road, kids activities, live entertainment, road race and a kids fun run.

Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone: 603-745-8111

October 10-11, 2015

Enjoy beer and brats alongside views of the White Mountains. An oompah band adds zest to a to a stein-holding contest, keg toss, and kids activities like a root beer keg toss and pumpkin painting. Prost! Admission is free for all ages. Reserve a limited-edition White Mountain Oktoberfest stein starting on September 8.

447 NH Route 4A Enfield, NH Phone: 603-632-4346

September 26, 2015

Celebrate the fall season by enjoying wagon and pony rides, cider making, butter churning, ice cream cranking, candle dipping, traditional crafts including broom making, farm animals, musical entertainment, museum tours with a cooperage exhibit, a special sheep herding demonstration and more; and a treasure hunt in the hay stack. Lunch available. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Adults, $12; youth ages 13 to 17, $8; kids age 12 and younger, $5; Families of three or more, $20; Hearth Broom Workshop, $5.