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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.

Antique cars at Sandwich Fair-credit-NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Flag Boy - NH Highland Games - Lincoln, NH
New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival

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.
2018's festival has come & gone, but fret not! The festival will be back in September 2019!
New Hampshire Renaissance Faire 2019

Brookvale Pines Farm, 154 Martin Road Fremont, NH Phone:

May 11, 12, 18, 19, 2019

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. Schedule and map.
Admission: Adults, $15; kids age 5 to 12 and active military or veterans and seniors over age 54, $10
Canterbury Maple Festival 2019

Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH Phone:

March 23-24, 2019

Tour local sugar houses, browse artisan shops, and visit the Village for an assortment of maple-themed activities: pancake breakfast, children’s crafts, maple production demonstrations. See festival website for schedule of events.
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Pancake breakfast is $20 per family; reservations not required
Deerfield Sheep and Wool Festival 2019

Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road Deerfield, NH Phone:

May 11-12, 2019

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. Please do not bring pets.
Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Adults, $7; seniors and youth under age 12, free.
The New Hampshire Camping & RV Show - March 29-31 at the NH Sportsplex in Bedford - Click here for more information
New Hampshire Maple Experience 2019

The Rocks, 4 Christmas Lane Bethlehem, NH Phone: 603-444-6228

March 23, 24, 30, 31 and April 6, 2019

The New Hampshire Maple Experience takes visitors on a tour through time and taste. Maple Tours, offered the last three weekends of March and the first weekend of April, are a chance at hands-on learning. Guests will learn the history of sugaring, help tap a sugar maple tree, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the property, and get a taste of the syrup made at The Rocks. Email: info@TheRocks.org
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Admission: Adults, $15; children, $10
New Hampshire Maple Weekend 2019

various sugarhouses Statewide, NH Phone:

March 23-24, 2019

More than 60 sugarhouses across the state participate in this open house. Learn how maple syrup is made; plus free samples, horse-drawn rides, sugar on snow, pancake breakfasts, and more. See website for participating sugarhouses and what activities to expect at sugarhouses.