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
Flag Boy - NH Highland Games - 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!

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.
Event Dates & Times: September 21-23, 2018 - 8am - 5pm Daily. A full schedule including off-site events will be available in August.
Fairgrounds - League of NH Craftsmen 85th Annual Craftsmens Fair - Newbury, NH
League of NH Craftsmen 83rd Annual Craftsmens Fair

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

Rain or shine! August 4-12, 2018 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.
Festival of Fireworks 2018

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

August 18, 2018

The fireworks are a family event, the best fireworks show in New England. Live entertainment, sky divers, vendors. This year’s theme: Motown Express. Time: 4-11 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission: Walk-Ins, $10; cars, $60.
NASWA Reggae Fest 2018

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

August 11-12, 2018

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.
American Independence Festival 2018

American Independence Museum, Ladd Street near Water Street Exeter, NH Phone: 603-772-2622

July 14, 2018

On July 16, 1776, the Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence arrived in Exeter from Philadelphia. Today, Exeter celebrates this momentous occasion. Enjoy a Colonial artisan village and food and craft vendors; taste Red Hook Brewery's Independence Ale in the Folsom Tavern; ask questions at a militia encampment, cannon firings, and battle portrayal; see a horseback arrival of a re-enactor who reads the Declaration. Cost: Adults, $10; kids, $5.
North Conway Strawberry Festival 2018

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

June 30, 2018

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.
Celebration of Lupines 2018

Sugar Hill Sampler, Sunset Hill Road, and other sites Sugar Hill, Franconia, Littleton, NH Phone:

June 1-30, 2018

Paying homage to the annual blossoming of this captivating wildflower, the Celebration of Lupines is a time-honored regional event. See website for schedule. Highlights:
Lupine Inspirational Walk on Sugar Hill Sampler’s Lupine Fields.
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Through the Lupines.
Open Air Market with Artisan Demonstrations.
Pollyanna Gladfest Weekend June 8-10.
Vintage Baseball Game on June 10.
Living History Event 2018

44 Jones Rd, 301 2nd NH Turnpike, 18 E Washington Rd, 5 Center St. Hillsborough, NH Phone: 603-464-5858

August 18-19, 2018

Meet George Washington; chat with and watch period artisans; enjoy music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band; follow a battle through the woods. Suttlers, crafters, and the blacksmith will be selling their wares. Guests may make butter and ice cream, pan for gold, press cider, sample some maple syrup, and more. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, or a stroll around the Old Historic Center. Tour stone-arch bridges. Feast on traditional foods. The festival encompasses four locations .
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $12; children age 6-17, $5.
Times: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.