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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
Fairgrounds - League of NH Craftsmen 85th Annual Craftsmens Fair - Newbury, NH
League of NH Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen's Fair 2019

Mount Sunapee Resort - 1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH, 03255 Phone: 603-224-3375

Rain or shine! August 3-11, 2019 at Mt Sunapee Resort, 10am-5pm daily

Discover New Hampshire’s creative side at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair. Shop for quality, one-of-a-kind craft that will take your breath away. Serious collectors and casual visitors alike will find distinctive craft in all media areas and price ranges. Connect with the makers and learn their stories. Watch stimulating demonstrations such as glassblowing, basket weaving, and wood turning. The Fair engages kids of all ages with activities to spark their creativity, including our all day pottery workshop, printmaking, beading and fiber workshops. Craft your style with inspiration found in the Living With Craft, CraftWear, and the Sculpture Garden exhibitions. Live, original music provides a wonderful soundtrack to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair experience.
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.
Hebron Church Fair 2019

Hebron Common, north end of Newfound Lake Hebron, NH Phone:

July 27, 2019

Festivities include more than 100 craftspeople, pony rides, children's games, rummage, white elephant, delicious foods, baked goods, plants, books, lunch with homemade baked beans, a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a live auction at 1 p.m. End your day with the chicken barbecue at 5:30 p.m. New this year: helicopter rides!!
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hampton Beach Children’s Festival 2019

Hampton Beach, Ocean Blvd. Hampton Beach, NH Phone:

August 12-16, 2019

Hampton Beach Children's Festival is the family fun event of the summer. Each day will be filled with non-stop activity and entertainment, including mini-golf, a Ronald McDonald show, free ice cream, dancing, story tellers, balloons, and more. A Giant Costume Parade travels almost the length of Hampton Beach. All Children's Festival activities are free and open to the public. See event website for schedule.
SteamPunk Fest 2019 - Railway To The Moon

Mount Washington Cog Railway, off Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH Phone: 603-278-5404

August 17-18, 2019

Jules Verne and SteamPumk attitude arrive at The Cog. Wear your Steampunk fashions for the costume parade with prizes, Steampunk art, antique bicycling, steam exhibits and more. End the day with a ride to the moon on the Steampunk Express at 3:30 p.m. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Festival admission is free; there is a fee for Cog rides. Directions to the Cog Railway.
NASWA Reggae Fest 2019

NASWA Resort, 1086 Weirs Blvd Laconia, NH Phone: 603-366-4341

August 10-11, 2019

Let the live music and cool island drinks relax you into the perfect vacation. You’ll be transported to Jamaica, where every little thing is gonna be all right. Don’t forget to wear your yellow, green and black to show your Jamaican pride, or just your favorite tie-dye will do. Free live music by Jah Spirit at 4 p.m. each day.
Woods, Water and Wildlife Festival 2019

Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road Milton Mills, NH Phone:

August 10, 2019

This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities including hayrides to the river, rescued wild animals, fishing in the pond, a petting zoo, demonstrations of traditional rural skills, a kids’ discovery walk in the woods, guided nature walks, a Permaculture Garden, making Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes, and Here Comes the Sun — all about solar panels. Held rain or shine; no pets please.
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; family, $10; kids age 12 and younger, free.
White Mountain Boogie ‘n' Blues Festival 2019

Sugar Shack Campground, Route 175 Thornton, NH Phone:

August 16-18, 2019

The festival features award-winning blues artists, food vendors, craft vendors, a climbing wall and many fun activities for children including Saturday night fireworks. Guests can browse craft and food vendors. Lineup of performers.
Admission: Weekend pass, $75; single-day tickets, $40-$75.
Rumney Old Home Day 2019

Main Street Rumney, NH Phone: 603-786-2926

August 10, 2019

Community and kids parade, kids games, food, library and book sale, Rumney Historical Society displays of Rumney's past, 50/50 drawing and raffles, events and entertainment. Day wraps up with a free ice cream social, frying pan toss and fireworks, more entertainment at the Russell School. Time: Activities start at 8 p.m., through dusk.
Festival of Fireworks 2019

Jaffrey Airport / Silver Ranch Airport, 190 Turnpike Road (Route 124) Jaffrey, NH Phone:

August 17, 2019

The fireworks are a family event, the best fireworks show in New England. Live entertainment, sky divers, vendors. See event website for more details.
Time: 4:30-10 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.
Admission: Walk-Ins, $10; cars, $50; VIP, $165.
Parrot Head Weekend 2019

The NASWA Resort, 1086 Weirs Blvd. Laconia, NH Phone: 603-366-4341

July 26-27, 2019

Parrothead Weekend and Margaritaville can be found on Lake Winnipesaukee. Live Jimmy Buffett-style music fills the air both days. Changes in Attitude are sure to occur as the warm, relaxing environment and gracious hospitality takes your cares away. High Attitude performs.
Cheshire Fair 2019

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

August 1-4, 2019

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.
Canterbury Artisan Festival 2019

Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH Phone:

September 14, 2019

The Canterbury Artisan Festival is a celebration of handcrafted arts with music, food, family craft activities, farm animals and demonstrations. Come admire artisans’ work and find unique gifts. The day includes a juried craft fair of art in in fabric, hand knits and wovens, jewelry, pottery, and woodworking; a farmer’s market with produce, prepared foods, handcrafted soaps, candles, and oils; historic arts demonstrations like wood carving, chair taping, broom making, and spinning; and agricultural demonstrations about farm animals, beekeeping, and gardening practices.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; children, $6
Monadnock Music Festival 2019

Peterborough, Deering, Milford, Keene, Wilton, Greenfield, Temple, Marlborough Lyndeborough, Nelson, Harrisville, Dublin Monadnock region, NH Phone:

June 21-August 18, 2019

Monadnock Music presents live classical music performances in intimate and informal settings around the Monadnock region, and headquartered in Peterborough, NH. Find schedules and information for Village Concert settings at the Town House feature concerts .
Sunflower Festival 2019

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

July 27- Aug 4, 2019

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.
North Haverhill Fair 2019

Route 10 North Haverhill, NH Phone:

July 24-28, 2019

The North Haverhill Fair features concerts, the North Haverhill's Got Talent competition, fireworks, children's events (face painting, milk mustache competition Kiddie Parade, etc.), horse and ox pulling, 4H exhibits and more. Live music by Michael Vincent Band : The Original Eagles Tribute on Saturday evening. Fireworks display at 10 p.m. on Saturday Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8; Children 5-12, $3; children under 5 admitted free.
Belknap County Fair 2019

Mile Hill Road, off Route 106 Belmont, NH Phone:

August 9-11, 2019

This county fair's schedule is jam-packed with non-stop entertainment and live demonstrations. Enjoy live performances by musicians and a magician, blacksmithing, sheep shearing and karate demonstrations, farm animals, weaving, pottery and much more while you browse the exhibits, crafts and entertainments and check out the pulls and concession stands. Kids will love the animals, games, face painting, and bike rodeo. Consult website for schedule of events. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; children under age 10, free.
North Country Moose Festival 2019

various locations Colebrook and Pittsburg, NH, and Canaan, VT, NH Phone:

August 23-24, 2019

A weekend of fun showcasing all the North Country has to offer! Events take place in Colebrook, Canaan, and Pittsfield. Dog show, ATV ride-in, moose chili, maple tasting, moose calling car show, artisans, horse-drawn wagon rides, old fashioned barn dance. See website for schedule of events.
Lancaster Fair 2019

516 Main Street Lancaster, NH Phone: 603-788-4531

August 29-September 2, 2019

Lancaster Fair celebrates agricultural activities like 4-H animal exhibits, horse and oxen pulls, sheep dog trials, a horse show, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Also, an exciting midway, the Big Rig Truck Pull and a Demolition Derby, enticing fair food, and a grandstand performance in 2017 by country music band Sawyer Brown. One price includes admission, midway rides and concerts. Fair highlights include the Pig Scramble, Firemen’s Muster, Cruise Night of antique and classic cars. Admission: $15-$17; senior discounts every day. Children under 36 inches tall get in free with a paying adult.
Soulfest 2019

Gunstock Mountain Resort, Route 11A Gilford, NH Phone: 978-346-4577

August 1-3, 2019

Don't miss this year's line up of top Christian artists like For King and Country, Switchfoot, Elle Limebear, and many more. See website for details. Admission, from $51 for single days to $160 for three days.
Cornish Fair 2019

Town House Road Cornish, NH Phone:

August 16-18, 2019

Family fun, livestock displays and competitions, live music, magic, karaoke, midway, rodeo, swing dance, raffles, crafts, and lots of live music.
Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival 2019

Sugar Shack Campground, 2010 Route 175 Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3471

August 1-4, 2019

Enjoy music from national bluegrass bands like Earls of Leicester, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Kathy Kallick Band, The Gibson Brothers, Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Nothin' Fancy, Remington Ryde, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Colebrook Road, Cane Mill Road , Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass, The Misty Mountaineers, NewFound Grass, The Feinberg Brothers, Monadnock. Camping encouraged! Cost: Daily admission is $20 to $60; higher for multiple days.