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 winter and spring!

Join us in the Lakes Region in 2023 for some great late winter & early spring festivities!
  • March: The Wolfeboro Winter Carnival runs through March 4th with family activities, skating, skiing and sleigh rides. On March 11, stop off at The Inn on Main for great music, food & drink, and snow tubing at Chill on the Hill. And March 18-19 is Maple Sugar Weekend throughout the state, so stop by one of the local sugarhouses for some sweet treats!
  • April: Wolfeboro Area Restaurant Week runs from the 14th to the 22nd, featuring great dining and specials at nearby restaurants.
  • May: Events really start to heat up leading into Memorial Day, starting with the New England Coffee Festival on May 19-20 in Laconia and the 39th Annual Winni Fishing Derby on the 19th-21st. Then, make the trip to Meredith from May 27-29 for the Memorial Day Weekend Craft Festival at Mill Falls Marketplace.
Sunflower Festival 2023 - Lee, NH
Sunflower Festival 2023

Copal House Farm - 118 North River Road Lee, NH, 03861 Phone: 603-659-3572

July 29 - August 6, 2023

Get up close and personal with these beautiful blooming sunflowers in this week long festival open to the public. This will be during the optimal blooming period, and the farm has created pathways in a traditional Native American Circle of Life pattern for visitors to navigate and view the flowers from all angles.
Cheshire Fair - Swanzey, NH
Cheshire Fair 2023

247 Monadnock Highway - NH Route 12 Swanzey, NH, 03446 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.
Laconia Motorcycle Week - Laconia, NH
Laconia Motorcycle Week 2023

Various Locations Laconia, NH, 03249 Phone:

June 10-18, 2023

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023, Laconia Motorcycle Week is the premier gathering of bikes and riders in New England. Come celebrate with fellow riders from across the country, and enjoy riding through the scenic New Hampshire scenery. There's be lots of great food, live music, commemoration, and even some racing!
Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic - Hampton Beach, NH
Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Classic 2023

Hampton Beach at 180 Ocean Boulevard Hampton, NH, 03842 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
Hillsboro Summer Festival 2023

Grimes Field - 29 Preston Street Hillsboro, NH, 03244 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.
Vintage & Vine Wine Festival - Portsmouth, NH
Vintage & Vine Wine Festival 2023

Strawbery Banke Museum - 14 Hancock Street Portsmouth, NH, 03801 Phone:

September 9, 2023

Vintage & Vine fine wine and food festival and silent auction is Strawbery Banke Museum’s major yearly fund-raiser. Chefs serve original tastes from centrally located grills and grazing locations. A wine raffle and silent auction covers many greats treats from travel to shows. Checks the website for chefs’ names and items in the auction.
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Admission: General $95; Designated Drivers $35.