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

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.

To find more events, visit the NH Events Calendar.

Antique cars at Sandwich Fair-credit-NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Winnipesaukee Pier Fireworks - Lakes Region Association - New Hampshire
Lakes Region Tourism Association

61 Laconia Road Tilton, NH, 03276 Phone: 603-286-8008 Toll-Free: 800-605-2537

Get into the festival mood this autumn and winter with community events in the Lakes Region

Fall and winter are exciting times in the Lakes Region, with gorgeous foliage followed by world-class winter sports. Plus: festivals! Join the townspeople of Laconia for the annual Pumpkin Fest, where they strive to recapture the record for most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place. There’s the Lakes Region Tri Festival for triathletes and aqua-bikers in late September. Craft fairs start cropping up in October, at Gunstock Mountain Resort and in Hampton Falls, among other places. Those fairs continue into November with the Silver Bells Craft Fair at the Tanger Outlets in Tilton. Winter festivals are celebrated throughout the area in February, including the Wolfeboro Bay Winter Carnival with skating and sleigh rides and the Squam Lakes Winterfest, with pond hockey and a community bonfire.
Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Event 2023

Hampton Beach, Route 1A Hampton, NH Phone:

June 15-17, 2023

Two hundred tons of sand are dropped on Hampton Beach and expert sculptors start shaping marvelous sand creations. See event website for details.
Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair - Hillsborough, NH - Credit Hillsborough Summerfest
Hillsborough Summer Festival 2023

Grimes Field, 29 Preston Street Hillsborough, NH Phone:

July 13-16, 2023

Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday; midway and carnival rides every day; fireworks on Saturday; 5k road race on Friday; car and truck show on Sunday; parade on Sunday at noon. Full Schedule
Time: Thursday 6-10pm; Friday 5-11pm; Saturday Noon-11pm; Sunday Noon-5pm.
Admission: Parking is $10 per carload, Unlimited Ride Wristbands are $20.
Concord Winter Festival - Concord, NH
Concord NH Winter Festival 2023

Various Downtown Locations Concord, NH, 03301 Phone: 603-226-2150

January 27-28, 2023

Concord’s Winter Festival features ice carving, food, hockey, performances, games, and tours of the historic NH State House. On Friday, some of the most talented ice carvers in New England will demonstrate their considerable skills; on Saturday, enjoy tons of live music performances and festivities up and down Main Street.
Time: Friday, 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Keene Snow & Ice Festival - Keene, NH
Keene Ice & Snow Festival 2023

Central Square and Railroad Street Keene, NH, 03431 Phone:

February 4, 2023

All activities are free during this day of family fun. Come enjoy Ice carvers (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); cocoa hot spots; Find the Yeti scavenger hunt; illuminated ice sculptures (after 4 p.m.) Meet Snowman, Olaf, Polar Bear (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.); face painting happens inside the Marriott Fairfield Hotel lobby (11 a.m.-3 p.m.); and Roaming Railroad is offering train rides off of Railroad Street (1l:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; campfire smore's available starting 11 a.m. and donuts and maple syrup also will be served.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dartmouth Winter Carnival - Dartmouth, NH
Dartmouth Winter Carnival 2023

Dartmouth College Hanover, NH, 03755 Phone:

February 9-12, 2023

Known as the oldest collegiate winter festival, Winter Carnival is a celebration of winter, snow, and fun in the outdoors. Polar bear swims, races, competitions, ice and snow fun. A big part of the fest is the ice sculpting competition. The theme for 2023 is "Winter CAAARRRnival: Shiver Me Timbers". See the event website for schedule of activities.
Cheshire Fair 2023

247 Monadnock Hwy (Route 12) Swanzey, NH Phone:

August 3-6, 2023

The Cheshire fair is back with lots to see and do for the entire family, including demolition derby, ATV rodeo, bull riding, fireworks, magic shows, performing animal shows, singers, dancers, bands, arts and crafts, karaoke shows, puppet shows, 4-H exhibits, draft horse pulls, oxen and tractor pulls, woodsmen and pie eating contests and more. Midway opens at noon.
Admission: Adults, $10; children age 5-12,$5; seniors, $5. Time: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Newport Winter Carnival 2023 - Newport, NH
Newport Winter Carnival 2023

Newport Town Common - Main Street Newport, NH, 03773 Phone: 603-863-1332

February 8-12, 2023

The theme for the Newport Winter Carnival 2023 is “Aloha Newport”. There will be a mac n’ cheese contest, a fishing derby, ice hockey games, skijoring, murder mystery dinner, fireworks and more. Admission is free, but be sure to bring your wallet for food, souvenirs and certain events.
Event Times: See website for details.