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

Fairs and festivals in the White Mountains let you enjoy this wonderful region in many ways and great things to do. Be Scottish for a day at the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival and enjoy traditional piping and drumming music and bagpipe-infused rock ‘n’ roll, unique athletic events, food and tastings of authentic Scotch whiskies and beers. The annual White Mountain Boogie ‘n' Blues Festival features award-winning blues artists, food and craft vendors, and many fun activities for children. Fun festivals happen year-round, indoors and out, in sunshine and in the ice-and-snow months.

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.

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

August 18-20, 2017

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. Lineup of performers. Cost: $70-$100.

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone:

August 19-20, 2017

This 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 with 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.

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

August 31-September 4, 2017

Lancaster Fair celebrates agricultural activities like 4-H animal exhibits, horse and oxen pulls, sheep dog trials, a horse show, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Also, an exciting midway, the Big Rig Truck Pull and a Demolition Derby, enticing fair food, and a grandstand performance in 2017 by country music band Sawyer Brown. One price includes admission, midway rides and concerts. Fair highlights include the Pig Scramble, Firemen’s Muster, Cruise Night of antique and classic cars. Admission: $15-$17; senior discounts every day. Children under 36 inches tall get in free with a paying adult.

Mount Washington Cog Railway, off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH Phone: 603-278-5404

August 19, 2017

Jules Verne and SteamPumk attitude arrive at The Cog. Wear your Steampunk fashions for the costume parade with prizes, Steampunk art, antique bicycling, steam exhibits and more. End the day with a ride to the moon on the Steampunk Express at 3:30 p.m. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Festival admission is free; there is a fee for Cog rides. Tickets. Directions to the Cog Railway.