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.

Sugar Hill Meetinghouse, the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building, the Sugar Hill Museum, Route 117 Sugar Hill, NH Phone:

September 30-October 1, 2017

The October Autumn Celebration is an open-air market of 50 vendors, featuring music, artisan demonstrations, history and more. Find food, household items, wear-ables, and artwork. Live music at 1 p.m. on Sunday by Maple Leaf Seven, playing traditional jazz and swing inspired by Louis Armstrong and New Orleans style; classic swing in the Ellington small-band style Parking in the field behind the meetinghouse.

various locations Littleton, NH Phone:

September 23-24, 2017

Saturday: Littleton Area Art Festival, Penny Sale at The Littleton Senior Center, Schilling Oktoberfest, Antique Car Parade, Daughters of Corn Nicaragua Dance Troupe at the Littleton Opera House. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday: Pancake Breakfast, Penny Sale at The Littleton Senior Center, Littleton Farmers Market. 8 a.m. -1 p.m.

Murro Green on the Ammonoosuc, 77 River Glen Lane Littleton, NH Phone:

September 23, 2017

Bring the kids and enjoy the early session of Oktoberfest including access to the beer hall tent, free use of lawn games, access to the marketplace and food vendors, as well as free viewing of all live entertainment. Time: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults, $45; children ages 4 and older, $7

Throughout Peterborough Peterborough, NH Phone: 603-924-7234

October 14, 2017

Features this year include restaurant and food specials throughout town, live music. free hayrides, merchant sales and specials everywhere, farmer’s Market, concert at Monadnock Center for History & Culture, kids activities. This event is handicapped-accessible and it is held rain or shine. Free admission and parking.

Inn at East Hill Farm, 460 Monadnock Street Troy, NH Phone: 800-242-6495

October 1, 2017

This is more a farm dinner with German music that a full-fledged festival, Enjoy a German dinner and live oompah music. Hors d'oeuvres begin at 5 p.m. and a sit-down dinner begins at 6 p.m. Both will feature great German fare. Reservations required. This is a BYOB event. Time: 5 p.m. Fee: $27.

Bridge Street Bridge Manchester, NH Phone:

September 23, 2017

See and join artists working with paint, chalk, graffiti, horns, drums and all forms of music and dance. Dozens of vendors, food trucks, a kids area, and more. Featured artist is Eric Escobart, with a live Graffiti Art Mural. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

September 30, 2017

Celebrate the autumn harvest with horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, a hay stack treasure hunt, cider making, butter churning, ice cream cranking, candle dipping, traditional crafts including broom making, farm animals, musical entertainment, and tours. Cost: Adults, $12; youth ages 13 to 17, $8; ages 12 and younger, $5; Families of three or more $20. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone:

October 7-8, 2017

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. Gates open at 11 a.m.

King Pine Ski Area, 1251 Eaton Road Madison, NH Phone:

October 7, 2017

At the King Pine Brew Ha Ha guests can sample a wide variety of craft beers produced throughout New Hampshire and New England. Enjoy great live music featuring The Lifters, playing Texas-style blues rock and some classic cover tunes. Kids are welcome, and they can enjoy a bounce house, cornhole decks, face painting , and disc golf. Admission is free. Commemorative glass and three 6 oz. beer samples are $15 at the festival. Time: 1-6 p.m.

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

September 23, 2017

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.
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.

Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road Warner, NH Phone:

September 24, 2017

A day full of exhibits, games, good food and fun times, including wildlife encounters of animals from around the world; storyteller Debra Ballou; Raptor Rapture with Kevin Wall of the NH Audubon; flintknapping; atlatl throwing; basketmaking, drumming, medicine woods walk, and more. Native Foods can be purchased all day at the food tent on the Powwow field. Admissions to the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, Little Nature Museum and all activities are included. Admission: Age 12 and older, $10; children age 6-12 and seniors, $5; families $30. Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road Tamworth Village, NH Phone: 603-323-7591

September 23, 2017

Activities that show and teach about old-time farm life, like fall harvesting; historic crafts and trades ; fiber arts; apple cider pressing; bee keeping; wood turning; farm animals; antique and modern tractors; wood shop displays; dairy barn; seasonal games like scavenger hunt and hay jump; tractor-pulled wagon rides; lunch from the farmhouse kitchen; tours of barns and buildings. Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission: for age 11 and older, $10; kids age 5 to 10, $5.

Northern Forest Heritage Park, 942 Main Street Berlin, NH Phone:

October 14, 2017

Riverfire presents fun activities for all ages, including an an ATV Poker Run, hot air balloon and hay rides, a Halloween costume parade and a not-so-scary Halloween party. At dusk the Androscoggin River is set aglow with the spectacular RiverFire lighting ceremony and jack-o-lanterns on the bridge. Time: 2-10 p.m.

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

October 7-8, 2017

The two-day event will feature traditional Bavarian music from the world-renowned King Ludwig's Band, authentic German fare plus a Biergarten featuring 20 breweries serving beers and ciders. On Sunday, children will have a Kinderplatz tent with crafts, face painting, a giant inflatable obstacle course. Sunday’s schedule features an apple slingshot and a kid’s schnitzel toss. Admission: Adults over age 21, $15 in advance and $20 at the door; under 21, $7 in advance, $10 at door.

Village Road Langdon, NH Phone:

September 23, 2017

The Historic Town Hall and Meetinghouse will be decorated with quilts galore and a historic display by the Langdon Heritage Commission. Forty vendors will present handmade crafts. A hike will be offered along the western slopes of Glover’s Ledge. Join this moderately strenuous 1.5-mile hike of an extensive trail network and views of Vermont. Meet at at 10 a.m. at 212 Cheshire Turnpike in Langdon. Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Granite Gorge, 341 Route 9 Keene, NH Phone:

September 23, 2017

Enjoy live music all day starting at noon, local food, local brewers, local businesses and vendors. Try your luck in the raffles and silent auction. There will be entertainment and fun activities for the kids. Time: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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

October 6-8, 2017

Three days of concerts, parades, a road race, kids’ run and dance party, oxen and woodsmen’s contests, fresh lobster and chicken barbecue, rides, street performers, and many artisans, farmer’s market, and food vendors.