Fall New Hampshire Festivals
Here are some of the fall festivals in New Hampshire this year. You’ll find that there are festivals which will help you celebrate your favorite activities with others. From fall foliage to pumpkins, there’s a festival awaiting you in New Hampshire. Once you have finished with New Hampshire’s Oktoberfest, of course.
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New Hampshire (Hopkinton) State Fair - Contoocook, NH - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016
Celebrating 100 years of fun this year. Carnival rides, livestock exhibits, wagon rides, demolition derby, fair food and more.
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival - Hampton, NH - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
27th anniversary of the event. Food court, beverage tent, arts & crafts, chef demo, lobster eating contest, live music, skydiving, kiddie land and fireworks.
Henniker Brewing Oktoberfest - Henniker, NH - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
NH Highland Games & Festival - Lincoln, NH - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
The largest Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast. Starts on the third Friday of September.
Rochester Fair - Rochester, NH - Sep 16 to Sep 25, 2016
140th annual event. New Hampshire’s largest carnival midway. Grandstand events, demolition derby, livestock and more. Free rides and free circus.
Hilltop City Bluegrass Festival - Somersworth, NH - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Enjoy a day of bluegrass music, food vendors and craft beers in the beer garden.
Dover Oktoberfest - Dover, NH - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
A Dover Oktoberfest pub crawl sponsored by Sam Adams.
Oktoberfest at Anheuser-Busch - Merrimack, NH - Sep 17 to Oct 15, 2016
New Hampshire Poetry Festival - Manchester, NH - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival - Portsmouth, NH - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
Schilling Beer Oktoberfest - Littleton, NH - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Schnitzelfest - Hillsborough, NH - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
The Greater Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce presents their annual Schnitzelfest at Butler Park in the heart of the downtown in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. They say it is the best German food outside of Germany, right in downtown Hillsborough, NH! Authentically prepared schnitzel, sauerkraut, potato salad, breads and incredible cakes and pastries served under the tent. Beer and wine bar, souvenirs, and craft vendors. Entertainment. Enjoy tasty German cuisine, oom-pah music, and shopping in beautiful historic Hillsborough. Buy your tickets early and avoid the lines.
Sausage Fest - Portsmouth, NH - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2016
Deerfield Fair - Deerfield, NH - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016
New England’s oldest “family fair” has been going on for 140 years. Amusement rides, Miss Deerfield pageant and more. Adult admission is $10 ($8 advance).
Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival - Exeter, NH - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Nearly 40 breweries serving craft beers. 20 restaurants participate in the People’s Choice Cook-Off. Advanced general admission tickets available.
Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo - Merrimack, NH - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
East Hill Farm Oktoberfest - Troy, NH - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
Milford Pumpkin Festival - Milford, NH - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
35,000 attend this annual event. Giant pumpkins, live music, craft fair, make your own scarecrows for kids, corn hole toss competition and more.
Warner Fall Foliage Festival - Warner, NH - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Annual event with proceeds donated to community organizations and projects. Pie baking contest, craft fair, farmers market, 5 mile road race, fun run, live entertainment and kids corner.
Mount Sunapee Fall Festival & Pig Roast Weekend - Newbury, NH - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Live music, beer and food. Skyrides will be running. Games include water balloon toss, wheelbarrow races and donut on a string. Other activities include pumpkin carving contest, face painting, hay wagon rides, inflatables and more. Free admission.
NH Fall Festival - Portsmouth, NH - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Strawberry Banke Museum’s fall festival and the Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off. Best of New Hampshire Magazine Editor’s Pick.
The Sandwich Fair - Sandwich, NH - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2016
A family fair on Columbus Day weekend. Gates open at 8 AM daily. Parade, antique auto show, 4-H livestock shows, tractor pull, photo contest, art and more.
Attitash Oktoberfest - Bartlett, NH - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Annual Attitash Oktoberfest to Bear Peak at Attitash Mountain Resort on Columbus Day Weekend. It features German music, food, and a biergarten with local breweries. They are having a stein hoist competition on both days and a keg toss contest once again. Children’s activities will include bouncy house, climbing wall, inflatable adventure course, slackline, kinderplatz and cornhole deck. In the past, there has been an annual Hills & Hops 5K Trail Run on Saturday to benefit the Attitash Alpine Education Foundation. Location: 775 U.S. 302, Bartlett, NH 03812
White Mountain Oktoberfest - Lincoln, NH - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Loon Mountain Resort hosts this Oktoberfest with beer, bratwurst, and Alpiner Oom-pah Band. Contests have included children’s games, cornhole tournament, water balloon tossing, stein holding and keg toss. In the past, they have had a climbing wall, bike rentals and bungee trampoline. It’s the final weekend of their summer attractions, and timed to coincide with peak foliage season. Location: 60 Loon Mountain Rd, Lincoln, NH 03251
New Hampshire Film Festival - Portsmouth, NH - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2016
Screens more than 100 films during the event. Includes Young Filmmaker’s Workshop and closing ceremonies with presentation of the Granny Awards.
NH Brew Fest - Portsmouth, NH - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Three sessions at Redhook Ale Brewery. Admission includes entry, sampler cup, beer samples, live music and entertainment.
Keene Pumpkin Festival - Laconia, NH - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
Held in downtown Laconia, New Hampshire. This is a huge festival.
New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair - Salem, NH - Nov 11 to Nov 13, 2016
Adult admission is $7 and good for all three days. Kids under 12 are free. Location is Rockingham Park Racetrack.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
NH Coffee Festival – Laconia – Sept 19, 2015
Coffee ice cream, coffee cake, coffee popcorn and more. Games include coffee bean bag sack race, coffee bean toss and more.
Merrimack Fall Festival – Merrimack, NH – September 19, 2015
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