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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
Athletics - NH Highland Games & Festival - 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! - September 20-22, 2019

Discover the rich culture of Scotland – no passport required - at the NH Highland Games & Festival. The Games will be hosting the 2019 Scottish Highland Games World Championships showcasing the top world Highland athlete’s strength, speed, agility and skill for the title. Enjoy the pageantry and excitement of massed bands, pipes & drums, Highland dance, fiddle, harp, sheep dog trials and much more. Explore Clan Village and the Living History Encampment to search your Scottish roots and understand everyday life in the Highlands from 1317-1746. Scottish and Celtic performers will be playing traditional ballads to tribal beats and bagpipe rock. Children can participate in the Bairns & Weans program, which features games, crafts, storytelling, and more. Adults can savor tastings of authentic Scotch whisky and beer. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit nhscot.org.
North Conway Strawberry Festival 2019

First Church of Christ Congregational, 2503 White Mountain Hwy. North Conway, NH Phone:

June 29, 2019

This festival serves summertime treats like strawberry smoothies, strawberry shortcake, strawberries dipped in chocolate. This event is and will also showcase music, games, a strolling magician, display of antique cars and wagons, as well as a raffle, local crafters and a White Elephant Table.
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lupine Festival and Market 2019

Sugar Hill Town Meeting House, 1448 NH Route 117, and Carolina Crapo Building Sugar Hill, NH Phone:

June 8-9, 2019

Come enjoy an open-air market, free concerts, artisan demonstrations, historic museum and lupine festival inn tours. Take wagon rides through the lupine fields or a helicopter ride above the fields with White Mountains Helicopter. will be offering rides at the Lupine Festival on June 8 & 9. You’ll find parking behind the Meeting House. Festival time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Other lupine events during June include:
Lupine Inspirational Walk on a specially mowed path through the Sugar Hill Sampler’s Lupine Fields, with poetry along the way.
Franconia Heritage Museum, 552 Main Street. Open Saturdays, 1-4 p,m. “A Visit to an Old Fashioned Country Store”
Sugar Hill Historical Museum, 1402 Route 117. Open Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. “It’s About Time” timepiece collection
Wildquack Duck Race & Music Festival 2019

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone:

May 26, 2019

Come see this wild and zany event that has been a favorite for more than a quarter century. The plunge into the Wildcat River of 3,500 yellow rubber ducks is just part of a day-long festival that includes vendors, a silent auction, train rides, kids games, a parade, ice cream and cake, release of ducks, and live music. Bring blankets, chairs and your dancing shoes for a potential dance off.
Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; duck launch is at 2 p.m.
Taste of the Nation 2019

Strawbery Banke Museum Portsmouth, NH Phone:

June 19, 2019

Seventy Portsmouth restaurants serve their best chow under tents on the grounds of the Strawbery Banke Museum to raise money for the "No Kid Hungry" campaign. The evening also includes a silent auction, and VIP lounge, and dance music.
Time: 6:30-10 p.m.
Admission: General admission, $85; VIP admission, $150.
Chowderfest and Brews 2019

Village Center Waterville Valley, NH Phone:

May 26, 2019

Head to Town Square just in time for lunch as area restaurants vie for the coveted title of best local chowder! Admission fee covers generous samples of chowder and a voting ballot. And, enjoy tastings of local brews sampling and free live music outdoors in the Town Square Gazeb.
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Admission: Over age 12, $7.50; children age 12 and younger, $5
Piscataqua Riverfest 2019

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

June 1, 2019

A day full of activities celebrating the history and culture of the river. Most events are at Strawbery Banke Museum; some are at off-site partner organizations. Activities include public sails aborad the Piscataqua, Chantey singing, remote controlled sailboat racing, demos of boating skills, stories from the sea, and lives music – folk, maritime, and roots. See schedule for full listing of events. Festival schedule