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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.

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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!
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Jackson Snow Sculpting Competition 2018

Black Mountain ski area, 373 Black Mountain Road Jackson, NH Phone:

January 25-27, 2018

Teams from all over the Northeast converge on Black Mountain ski area to sculpt art from snow at this popular annual event. Spectators are welcome to view the entire process and to enjoy the finished pieces. There will be a a torch light parade on Saturday, a scavenger hunt, and plenty of activities for kids all weekend.
Colebrook Kiwanis Winter Carnival 2019

Colebrook Country Club, 15 Abenaki Lane (Route 26) Colebrook, NH Phone:

February 23, 2019

A fun-filled day featuring an adult bocce tournament, children’s box sled races, dog sled rides and more.
Dartmouth Winter Carnival 2019

Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Phone:

February 7-10, 2019

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. See event website for schedule of events. The theme for 2019 is "ICE AGE: 250 Years of Winter."
Wentworth by the Sea Winter Wine Festival 2019

Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, 588 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH Phone:

January 18-February 17, 2019

The Winter Wine Festival at Wentworth By the Sea is a six-week tour of the world’s best wines, most illustrious winemakers and deliciously paired menus. The festival offers dinners, tastings flight nights, Bubbles & Jazz Brunches. Festival brochure.