Funtober Fall Festivals

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.

Last Major Update:


September 2015:

New Hampshire (Hopkinton) State Fair – Contoocook, NH September 4-7, 2015
Celebrating 100 years of fun this year. Carnival rides, livestock exhibits, wagon rides, demolition derby, fair food and more.

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.

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival – Hampton, NH – September 11-13, 2015
26th anniversary of the event. Food court, beverage tent, arts & crafts, chef demo, lobster eating contest, live music, skydiving, kiddie land and fireworks.

NH Highland Games & Festival – Lincoln, NH – September 18-20, 2015
The largest Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast. Starts on the third Friday of September.

Rochester Fair – Rochester, NH – September 18-27, 2015
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 – September 19, 2015
Enjoy a day of bluegrass music, food vendors and craft beers in the beer garden.

Merrimack Fall Festival – Merrimack, NH – September 19, 2015

October 2015:

Deerfield Fair – October 1-4, 2015
New England’s oldest “family fair” has been going on for 139 years. Amusement rides, Miss Deerfield pageant and more. Adult admission is $10 ($8 advance).

Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival – Exeter – October 3, 2015
Nearly 40 breweries serving craft beers. 20 restaurants participate in the People’s Choice Cook-Off. Advanced general admission tickets are $40.

Milford Pumpkin Festival – Milford, NH – October 9-11, 2015
35,000 attend this annual event. Giant pumpkins, live music, craft fair, make your own scarecrows for kids, corn hole toss competition and more.

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.

Warner Fall Foliage Festival – Warner, NH – October 10-11, 2015
68th 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 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.

The Sandwich Fair – Center Sandwich, NH – October 10-12, 2015
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 15-18, 2015
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 17, 2015
Three sessions at Redhook Ale Brewery. Admission includes entry, sampler cup, beer samples, live music and entertainment.

Keene Pumpkin Festival – Keene, NH – October 24, 2015.  Held in downtown Laconia, New Hampshire.

November 2015:

New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair – Salem, NH – Nov 13-15, 2015
Adult admission is $7 and good for all three days. Kids under 12 are free. Location is Rockingham Park Racetrack.

Last Year’s Events:

Piscataqua Oysterpalooza – Rye, NH – September 11, 2014
Wicked Wine and Brew – Litchfield, NH – September 6, 2014
Langdon Fall Festival – Langdon, NH – September 27, 2014
Monroe Harvest Festival – Monroe, NH – September 26-28, 2014
Hudson Pumpkin Fest – Hudson, NH – October 17-19, 2014
PizzaFest – Dover, NH – Nov 15, 2014
NH Fish & Lobster Festival – Portsmouth, NH – Did not happen in 2014

Celebrate Samhain – Peterborough, NH

Find other fun things to do in New Hampshire in October:

Oktoberfest in New Hampshire
New Hampshire Corn Mazes
New Hampshire Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in New Hampshire
Pumpkin Patches in New Hampshire


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