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.
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
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New Hampshire (Hopkinton) State Fair – Contoocook, NH September 2-5, 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 – September 9-11, 2016
27th anniversary of the event. Food court, beverage tent, arts & crafts, chef demo, lobster eating contest, live music, skydiving, kiddie land and fireworks.
Rochester Fair – Rochester, NH – September 16-25, 2016
140th annual event. New Hampshire’s largest carnival midway. Grandstand events, demonlition derby, livestock and more. Free rides and free circus.
Hilltop City Bluegrass Festival – Somersworth, NH – September 17, 2016
Enjoy a day of bluegrass music, food vendors and craft beers in the beer garden.
NH Highland Games & Festival – Lincoln, NH – September 16-18, 2016
The largest Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast. Starts on the third Friday of September.
New Hampshire Poetry Festival – Manchester, NH – Sept 24, 2016
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival – Sept 24-25, 2016
Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival – Exeter – October 1, 2016
Nearly 40 breweries serving craft beers. 20 restaurants participate in the People’s Choice Cook-Off. Advanced general admission tickets available.
Deerfield Fair – Sept 29 – 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).
Warner Fall Foliage Festival – Warner, NH – October 7-9, 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.
Milford Pumpkin Festival – Milford, NH – October 7-9, 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.
The Sandwich Fair – Center Sandwich, NH – October 8-10, 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.
New Hampshire Film Festival – Portsmouth, NH – October 13-16, 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 – October 15, 2016
Three sessions at Redhook Ale Brewery. Admission includes entry, sampler cup, beer samples, live music and entertainment.
Keene Pumpkin Festival – Keene, NH – October 22, 2016. Held in downtown Laconia, New Hampshire. This is a huge festival.
New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair – Salem, NH – Nov 11-13, 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
NH Fall Festival – Portsmouth, NH – October 10, 2015
Strawberry Banke Museum’s fall festival and the Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off. Best of New Hampshire Magazine Editor’s Pick.
Mount Sunapee Fall Festival & Pig Roast Weekend – Newbury, NH – Oct 10-11, 2015
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.
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