Find a New Hampshire fall festival to attend in 2020. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2020 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.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Lancaster Fair - Lancaster, NH - Jan 1 to Sep 7, 2020
The 148th annual has been canceled for 2020, but look for its return in 2021. Normally: The Labor Day week extravaganza spotlights agriculture activities, a large midway, 4-H exhibits, diverse musical entertainment and motorized competitions (pulling events and the ever-popular Demolition Derby). Free parking.
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Hilltop City Bluegrass Festival - Somersworth, NH - Sep 15, 2018
Enjoy a day of bluegrass music, food vendors and craft beers in the beer garden.
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!
Seacoast Country Fair - Epping, NH - Sep 12 to Sep 15, 2019
Rodeo-fair hybrid from Kenny Churchill, with rodeo events and traditional county fair staples all in one place for fun for the whole family.
New Hampshire Poetry Festival - Henniker, NH - Sep 14, 2019
Celebrates the reading and writing of poetry, as well as panels, workshops and more.
Sausage Fest - Portsmouth, NH - Sep 15, 2019
A celebration of marzen and sausage.
Dover Oktoberfest - Dover, NH - Sep 21, 2019
A Dover Oktoberfest pub crawl sponsored by Sam Adams.
Oktoberfest at Anheuser-Busch - Merrimack, NH - Sep 21, 2019
Head to the Anheuser-Busch location in Merrimack for an authentic Beerhall for an entertaining night of live music, food, and beer
Ammonoosuc Oktoberfest at Schilling Beer Co - Littleton, NH - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
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. Don’t miss the Bluegrass and Bottles party on Friday night, a new addition
Attitash Oktoberfest - Bartlett, NH - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest 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 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
Mount Sunapee Fall Festival & Pig Roast Weekend - Newbury, NH - Oct 12, 2019
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. Duck drop and 5k (more information in separate event listings on the event website). All activiites are free excpet for pumpkin carving contest ($5 per pumpkin)
NH Fall Festival - Portsmouth, NH - Oct 12, 2019
Strawbery Banke’s Fall Festival showcases traditional New England handmade crafts, heritage breed and farm animal demonstrations, and the museum’s heirloom gardens and seed-saving program. The event also incorporates the 5th Annual Children’s Book Festival, featuring 20+ local authors and illustrators
Cornish Fair - Cornish, NH - Aug 21 to Aug 23, 2020
Fairgoers come from all over to see the fruits and vegetable exhibits, horse and oxen pulling, 4-H, crafts, children’s activities, live entertainment, vendors, amusement rides and more. The Cornish Fair is also home to the largest dairy show in all of New Hampshire. Since 1950.
Bike MS: New Hampshire Seacoast Escape - Stratham, NH - Aug 22 to Aug 23, 2020
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Hopkinton (New Hampshire) State Fair - Contoocook, NH - Sep 4 to Sep 7, 2020
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 - Sep 5 to Sep 7, 2020
Annual arts & crafts show – free admission! Goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome.
Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair - New Boston, NH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Annual agricultural fair with fun for the whole family, including fireworks, exhibits, midway, rides, log cabin, truck pulling, dog show, live entertainment and more. There is a coupon for admission on the event’s website (orange button).
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival - Hampton, NH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
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 13, 2020
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.
NH Highland Games & Festival - Lincoln, NH - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
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.
Hampton Falls Arts & Craft Festival - Hampton Falls, NH - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
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.
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival - Portsmouth, NH - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
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.
Deerfield Fair - Deerfield, NH - Oct 1 to Oct 4, 2020
New England’s “oldest family fair” has been going on for 140 years. Amusement rides
Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival - Exeter, NH - Oct 3, 2020
Nearly 40 breweries serving craft beers. 20 restaurants participate in the People’s Choice Cook-Off. Advanced general admission tickets available.
Autumn Craft Festival on the Lake - Meredith, NH - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
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 - Oct 4, 2020
Delicious menu of German food and live Oompah music at the Inn at East Hill Farm
Milford Pumpkin Festival - Milford, NH - Oct 9 to Oct 11, 2020
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 9 to Oct 11, 2020
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. Since 1947.
NH Brew Fest - Portsmouth, NH - Oct 10, 2020
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.
The Sandwich Fair - Sandwich, NH - Oct 10 to Oct 12, 2020
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.
Lincoln Fall Craft Festival - Lincoln, NH - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Annual arts & crafts show – free admission! Goes on rain or shine. Friendly leashed pets welcome.
White Mountain Oktoberfest - Lincoln, NH - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
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 15 to Oct 18, 2020
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 16 to Oct 17, 2020
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!
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