Fall New Hampshire Festivals

Find a New Hampshire fall festival to attend in 2019. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2019 has things to do across New Hampshire including activities in Nashua, Manchester, and Keene. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

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2019 Festivals

Hopkinton (New Hampshire) State Fair - Contoocook, NH - Aug 30 to Sep 2, 2019
Carnival rides, livestock exhibits, wagon rides, demolition derby, fair food and more. A Labor Day weekend tradition since 1915.

Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair at the Bay - Alton, NH - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2019
Annual arts & crafts show – free admission! Goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome.

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival - Hampton, NH - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Over 50 of the area’s best restaurants serving mouthwatering seafood, beverage tent, arts &crafts, chef demo, lobster roll eating contest, live music, skydiving, kiddie land and fireworks.

Harpoon Brewfest 5K - Hampton Falls, NH - Sep 8, 2019
The Harpoon Brewfest 5k is returning to historic Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls for another Autumn day of scenic New England running! But this is more than just a road race – you’ll get treated to an after-party featuring fresh apples, pie, ice cream, cider, and plenty of UFO and Harpoon beer.

Rochester Fair - Rochester, NH - Sep 12 to Sep 22, 2019
New Hampshire’s largest carnival midway plus grandstand events, demolition derby, livestock and more. Free rides and free circus. Held for over 140 years!

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival - Portsmouth, NH - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
The streets of Portsmouth will ring with the music of the sea. Singers and musicians wander the sidewalks downtown, and the sounds of sea shanties and forebitters waft through the doorways of nearly a dozen venues all within a block or two of Market Square. The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festiva is an annual celebration of the city’s rich maritime heritage, which dates back to the original English settlement in 1630 and continues today in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, across the Piscataqua River in Kittery, and with maritime businesses on both sides of the river. Sea shanties, the rhythmic work songs that helped sailors coordinate their efforts while raising or lowering sails and anchors, recall the whalers and other wooden ships that were built along the Piscataqua and sailed out of Portsmouth in the 19th century. Since 1999.

NH Brew Fest - Portsmouth, NH - Oct 12, 2019
Held on the grounds of beautiful Cisco Brewers Portsmouth, formerly Redhook Ale Brewery, this event is presented each year as a special fundraiser for the Prescott Park Arts Festival in partnership with Master Brewers Association of America and WHEB’s The Morning Buzz. Admission includes entry to the event, 5 oz. souvenir sampler cup, beer samples and live music and entertainment. VIP ticket gets you early admission to the first of two sessions.

Past Events

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Oktoberfest at Anheuser-Busch - Merrimack, NH - Sep 17 to Oct 15, 2016

Mount Sunapee Fall Festival & Pig Roast Weekend - Newbury, NH - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
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.

Hilltop City Bluegrass Festival - Somersworth, NH - Sep 15, 2018
Enjoy a day of bluegrass music, food vendors and craft beers in the beer garden.

New Hampshire Poetry Festival - Henniker, NH - Sep 15, 2018
Celebrates the reading and writing of poetry, as well as panels, workshops and more. Linda Pastan, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize Winner for lifetime achievement, will be closing out the day with with a reading.

Hampton Falls Arts & Craft Festival - Hampton Falls, NH - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
10th annual. Over 75 juried artisans from across New England display their work, including a wide variety of media. Food and live music round out this free family-friendly event, which goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome.

Sausage Fest - Portsmouth, NH - Sep 16, 2018
A celebration of marzen and sausage.

NH Highland Games & Festival - Lincoln, NH - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
The largest Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast. Starts on the third Friday of September. Enjoy tapping events leading up the Highland Games and competitions, plus musical and dance performances, kilted mile race, seminars, youth programming, whisky tasting and more.

Dover Oktoberfest - Dover, NH - Sep 22, 2018
A Dover Oktoberfest pub crawl sponsored by Sam Adams.

Deerfield Fair - Deerfield, NH - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
New England’s oldest “family fair” has been going on for 140 years. Amusement rides, Miss Deerfield pageant and more. Adult admission is $10, seniors are $7, children 12 and under are free!

Ammonoosuc Oktoberfest at Schilling Beer Co - Littleton, NH - Sep 29, 2018
Schilling Beer Co and 17 guest brewers keep the beer coming, plus food, kids’ programming from the Littleton Parks and Rec and Littleton Studio School, and live music. Proceeds go towards Remich Park Playground. Free admission, 21+ only after 8pm.

Autumn Craft Festival on the Lake - Meredith, NH - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
20th annual arts & crafts show – free admission! Goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome. Over 75 juried artisans from all over New England display their work.

East Hill Farm Oktoberfest - Troy, NH - Sep 30, 2018

Milford Pumpkin Festival - Milford, NH - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
35,000 attend this annual event. Giant pumpkins, live music, craft fair, make your own scarecrows for kids, haunted trail, corn hole toss competition and more.

Warner Fall Foliage Festival - Warner, NH - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
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, kids corner and more

NH Fall Festival - Portsmouth, NH - Oct 6, 2018
Strawbery Banke Museum’s fall festival and the Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off. Enjoy demonstrations from crafts people, agriculutural exhibits, gardening and food preservation tips, fiber arts, and demonstrations of historic crafts and industries like coopering and candle making, plus more. Since 2009.

Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival - Exeter, NH - Oct 6, 2018
Tentative date – please confirm with event website to see if construction delays have impacted the event they previously provided! They will provide full refunds if the event is canceled. (Note – Funtober is not the organizer of this event). Nearly 40 breweries serving craft beers. 20 restaurants participate in the People’s Choice Cook-Off. Advanced general admission tickets available.

The Sandwich Fair - Sandwich, NH - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2018
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 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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

Lincoln Fall Craft Festival - Lincoln, NH - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2018
Annual arts & crafts show – free admission! Goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome.

New Hampshire Film Festival - Portsmouth, NH - Oct 11 to Oct 14, 2018
Screens more than 100 films during the course of the event. Includes Young Filmmaker’s Workshop and closing ceremonies with presentation of the Granny Awards.

NH Pumpkin Festival - Laconia, NH - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
Two day festival in downtown Laconia, with over 40,000 attendees, 20,000 Jack O Lanterns (carve at home or at the festival!), food and craft vendors, 10K/5K, beer garden, live music, kids activities, zip line and climbing wall, horse drawn hay ride, and more!

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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