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

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85 North Policy Street Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-3560

Canobie Is a Wraparound Festival Every Day of the Season

You could argue that every day is a festival day at Canobie Lake Park, since the place brims with rides, games, summer indulgence food, and fun. Even so, the festive atmosphere ramps up with a calendar of events stretching from April to October. At the Dancehall Theater's two stages and The Gazebo, guests can enjoy dances parties, musical tribute acts and the weekly Battle of the Bands, along with magic shows, juggling and circus acts, and game shows. At other locations, extreme BMX bicycle stunt riders will astonish the kids and Chinese acrobats will have some of the young ones planning to run away and join the circus. Every Saturday throughout July and August there's a stunning fireworks display. And throughout the season we'll have special recognition days to honor members of the armed forces, moms, dads, and other heroes. Festivity is Canobie’s specialty!

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

Beefy Athletes and Brilliant Tartans add drama to this fest

New Hampshire and the White Mountains are rich with interesting festivals all year long, but few can surpass the New Hampshire Highland Games for their dramatic immersion into a colorful, hearty culture. Come to the Highland Games this September to watch beefy Scotsmen compete in games like the caber toss, hammer throw, weight over bar, stone carry. Explore the Clan Village to see the attire and customs of 65 clans and learn their history. Learn some Scottish words and hear some historic stories. Live music cover an enormous range, from traditional piping and drumming to bagpipe-infused rock ‘n’ roll. Children will love the sheep dog trials and foot races. Adults can savor tastings of authentic Scotch whiskies. The backdrop of the White Mountains adds an extra, brisk shiver to the fun.
Event Dates & Times: September 16-18, 2016 - 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

August 6-14, 2016 - 10am - 5pm daily, rain or shine!

Anyone who has browsed the retail stores of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen recognizes the distinction between this group’s work and simple hobby production. Each piece of glassware, pottery, textiles, jewelry and other forms of high craftsmanship is exquisite, showing the hand of a master. The League was founded during the Great Depression to support and promote craft makers’ art; this deep history assures shoppers that these products are of the first quality. Besides enjoying and buying crafts, visitors to the annual fair can see craft demonstrations; join a workshop or class, including classes for kids; try on fashions and accessories at the CraftWear Exhibition; walk through the Sculpture Garden; and enjoy entertainment by strolling musicians, giant puppets, magicians, mind readers, and much more!

Waterville Valley Chowderfest 2016

Village Center Waterville Valley, NH Phone: 603-236-8175

May 29, 2016

Restaurants bring their chowders to Town Square to vie for the Golden Clam Award. Tastings booths will be open from noon to 2 p.m. with tickets available throughout the morning. Guests receive ample-sized taste of each chowder and a ballot. Guests age 21 and older are invited to the beer tent to taste local brews out of New England by Smuttynose. Noon to 4 p.m. Live entertainment on the Gazebo Stage from noon to 3 p.m. by Do's Monkey's
Admission: $7.50 for age 13 and older; $5 for children age 12 and younger.

9 Thorne Road Kingston, NH Phone:

May 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2016

Gallant knights; fantastical fairies; lots of Renaissance-era entertainment; a Children’s Glen with games, crafts, and jousting; archery range; craft demos, knight encampments, Charity Wench & Lad Auction; Maypole. Time: Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. 

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone: 603-383-9356

May 29, 2016

Come see this wild and zany event that has been a favorite for more than a quarter century. The plunge into the Wildcat River of 3,500 yellow rubber ducks is just part of a day-long festival that includes vendors, a silent auction, train rides, kids games, a parade (2:30 p.m.), release of ducks  (2:45 p.m.) and the Jackson Cake Boss competition. See event website for detailed schedule. Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone: 603-745-6621

June 24-26, 2016

The New England Brewfest is a blend of beer-infused social events, workshops, and tastings. Events on June 24 are the Cafe Lafayette Craft Beer Train, a two-hour train ride along the Pemigewassett River with foods and beer, and the One Love Brewery Beer Pairing Dinner. Events on June 25 are The Hop Talks and Saturday Night: ON TAP at Loon Mountain Resort, the weekend’s main tasting. Events on June 26 are Brewers Brunch and a non-denominational service at the top of Loon Mountain. Minister Marcus Corey will discuss the connection between beer, history, culture, and religion. All Access Weekend Pass is $182; individual events are priced separately.

Deerfield Fairgrounds Deerfield, NH Phone: 603-744-3851

May 14-15, 2016

A family weekend of fun, speakers, demonstrators, workshops, sheep dog trial, youth sheep shows. More than 150 vendors. Great food. A safe and fun environment to bring the family to learn about agriculture in New Hampshire. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Adults, $7; seniors, $7; youth, $5; under age 12, free.