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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
Peak into Peterborough Festival 2018

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

October 13, 2018

Crafters' Market; tent sale at Huberts Family Outfitters; free hayrides between Depot Square, Town Hall and The Grove Village Shops; Monadnock Center for History and Culture special exhibit on World War I and hearth cooking demonstration; chocolate pumpkin decorating for kids; live music in Depot Square; Peterborough Art Academy & Gallery Depot Square pumpkin painting.
White Mountain Oktoberfest 2018

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

October 6-7, 2018

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.
Fall Foliage Pig Roast and Barbecue 2018

Mount Sunapee, 1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH Phone:

October 6-7, 2018

Mount Sunapee celebrate the start of fall with food, Skyrides, a duck drop, scavenger hunt, disc golf toss, donut on a string, and a obstacle course. Food choices includes pulled pork, grilled chicken, cornbread, sides and desserts served outdoors. Beer will be served on the Sunapee Patio.
Laconia Pumpkin Festival 2018

Many locations Laconia, NH Phone:

October 12-13, 2018

Tower of jack-o-lanterns,| zombie walk, pumpkin carving, food & craft vendors, 10k and 5k run and walk, live bands and performers, beer garden, children's games, kiddie rides, climbing wall, bungee jump, horse drawn hay rides, pumpkin bowling, pancake breakfast, jumpin' jack car show, riverside duck derby and more. Schedule of events.
Time: Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, noon-8 p.m.
Keene Pumpkin Festival 2018

Downtown Keene, NH Phone:

October 28, 2018

Five thousand people will design, carve and display their jack-o’-lanterns for the public to enjoy in Central Square, Downtown Keene. Also at the festival, guests may enjoy the Children’s Costume Parade and Stroll from around Central Square (1:15 p.m.); fall portraits by a professional photographer; live entertainment on the bandstand all day; a dance performance in front of Pedraza’s; pumpkin games, and pumpkin bowling.
Time: 1-7 p.m.
Milford Pumpkin Festival 2018

Downtown, the Oval, and other locations Milford, NH Phone:

October 5-7, 2018

Festivities start Friday evening with food vendors, two stages presenting live music, crafts, carved pumpkins of all descriptions, a Haunted Trail, a beer and wine tasting, and a fireworks display around the Oval. During the weekend there is pumpkin and face painting, scarecrow making, bounce houses, a talent show, a craft fair, and fun for everyone.
Rochester Porch Fest 2018

Three downtown stages Rochester, NH Phone:

September 30, 2018

Porch Fest will brings musical acts from New Hampshire and beyond to entertain and jam with audiences. Porch Fest will create several unconventional outdoor and indoor performances spaces across three sections of downtown Rochester where you can experience live music, eat local food, and see the works of vendors. See website for downtown map, music schedule, and vendors.
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Capital Arts Fest 2018

Main Street in the Arts District Concord, MA Phone:

September 28-30, 2018

Capital Arts Fest will feature Juried Members of the League of NH Craftsmen, as well as invited artisans from around New England, engaging craft demonstrations, great local music and delicious food. Capital Arts Fest will take place in front of the Headquarters of the League of NH Craftsmen and the Capitol Center for the Arts.
Time: Friday, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oktoberfest 2018 at East Hill Farm

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

September 30, 2018

This is more a farm dinner with German music that a full-fledged festival. Enjoy a German dinner and live oompah music.
Time: Hors d’oeuvres of German Fare and live oompah music at 5 p.m.; German feast at 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $26.95 Children: $13.50
Autumn in Sugar Hill 2018

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

September 29-30, 2018

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 . Parking in the field behind the meetinghouse.
Time: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Attitash Oktoberfest 2018

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

October 6-7, 2018

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. Optional scenic lift ride is available.
Time: Noon-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $17-$30 or $43 with scenic chairlift ride; kids age 7-20, $7 and free on Sunday
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival 2018

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

September 28-30, 2018

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.
Warner Fall Foliage Festival 2018

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

October 5-7, 2018

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.
RiverFire Festival 2018

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

October 13, 2018

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.
All Things Pumpkin Festival 2018

Throughout Jackson area Jackson, NH Phone: 603-383-9356

October 14, 2018

Open houses, pumpkin tasting tours (check for dates), sleigh rides, Return of the Pumpkin People displays, Pumpkin Carving Competition, silent auction, pumpkin tastings and more.