We don't know about you but we can't get enough of fall in New Hampshire. We love how crisp the air gets and when colors of trees pop before our eyes each September and October. (We also love how delicious and refreshing beer tastes at the local Oktoberfest events!)Milford Pumpkin Festival
October 5-7, Milford.
Featuring a craft fair, beer tasting, talent show, a haunted trail, music, food, the giant pumpkin weigh-in and more. The Milford Oval. Parking at the Milford High School with free shuttle rides to the festival.
Visit www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org for more information.Warner Fall Foliage Festival
October 5-7, Warner.
The festival is Warner's invitation to share the natural splendor of fall while enjoying food, entertainment, carnival rides and fine crafts along the main streets of Warner.
Visit www.wfff.org for more information.15th Annual Attitash Oktoberfest
October 6-7, Bartlett.
Join Attitash for their 15th Annual Oktoberfest happening Columbus Day Weekend at Bear Peak. Enjoy live Bavarian music from the world renowned King Ludwig's Band, dancing, kids' activities, games, authentic German food and, of course, the Oktoberfest Biergarten featuring brewers from around the region. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 21.
Visit attitash.com/events.html for more information.Annual Oktoberfest at Loon Mountain
October 6-7, Lincoln.
What could be more fun than sharing a beautiful day with your friends and the Alpiner Oom-Pah Band? Check out German music, food, and beer at this Oktoberfest event. There is no charge to enter the event; food and beer is a la carte. Both days the party kicks off at 11 am when the grills fire up at the Octagon Lodge. Close your eyes and smell the sauerkraut, stew, strudel, bratwurst, and knockwurst. Musical charis for the kids, Stein Holding for the adults, Lawn Game Tournaments and a Water Balloon Slingshot Contest for sweet prizes!
Visit loonmtn.com for more information.The Sandwich Fair
October 6-8, Sandwich.
Traditional country fair dating back to 1887. Sandwich Fairgrounds, 7 Wentworth Hill Rd. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children.
Visit www.thesandwichfair.com for more information.Somersworth Pumpkin Festival
October 13, Somersworth.
An all-day family-oriented event focusing on all things pumpkin. Tickets are $10 for kids, adults are free. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Somersworth Plaza, Main St.
Call (603) 817-9751 or visit www.nhfestivals.org for more information.Fall Foliage Festival
October 6, Waterville Valley.
To complement the brilliant fall foliage, Waterville Valley has scheduled a weekend of family activities, free outdoor concerts, merchant tent sales, ski swap, 5K road race and 1.6K fun run, kids games and more. All day in the Town Square.
Visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com for more information.October Festival
October 6, Rochester.
This is the fourth annual October celebration held in downtown Rochester. The main stage on Hanson Street will feature entertainment throughout the day. This family fun event offers food, fun, games, demonstrations and a petting zoo. Admission is free.
Visit rochestermainstreet.org for more information.NH Fall Festival/Chili Cook-Off
October 13, Portsmouth.
Celebrate harvest time with Strawbery Banke's fourth annual New Hampshire Fall Festival. Experience a traditional New England country fair complete with demonstrations from craftspeople, heritage breed and farm animal exhibits, farm animal and livestock demonstrations, special autumn activities in the Children's Garden, presentations on heirloom seeds, canning and food preservation talks, fiber arts, demonstrations and exhibits on historic crafts and industries, coopering, harvest-themed crafts in the Family Discovery Center, garden tours and demonstrations. Once again the festival has teamed up with the Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off. The Cook-Off features more than a dozen restaurants from the Seacoast and beyond who serve up their best chili. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children under 12.
Visit www.strawberybanke.org for tickets and more information.Hudson PumpkinFest
October 12-14, Hudson.
The event is patterned after the Keene PumpkinFest, with a day filled with kids activities, vendors, food, a full midway with rides and more all capped off with jack-o'-lanterns aglow on the bleachers. Hills House Grounds, Rte. 102.
Visit www.hudsonpumpkinfest.com for more information.Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta
October 13-14, Goffstown.
The giant pumpkin weigh-off is day one, followed by the regatta on the following day. Also featuring pumpkin catapults, giant pumpkin drop, races and more.
Visit www.goffstownmainstreet.org for more information.Celebrate Samhain
October 20, Peterborough.
Celebrate Samhain is dedicated to the ancient Celtic celebration of the final harvest and "day of the dead." 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Main St. Admission is $7.
Visit www.celebratesamhain.com for more information.Keene Pumpkin Festival
October 20, Keene.
See if Keene can haul in its ninth Guinness World Record for "Most Jack-o'-lanterns in One Place at One Time." Bring along your carved pumpkin and help the community win another. From 12 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Visit www.pumpkinfestival.org for more information.Oktoberfest
October 21, Troy.
At Oktoberfest in Troy, you can enjoy traditional German fare and live oompah music. Hors d’oeuvres begin at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m. Reservations required. East Hill Farm, 460 Monadnock St. Tickets are $24.
Visit east-hill-farm.com for more information.Harvest Festival
October 27-28, Littleton.
A two-day festival featuring pumpkin carving, kids activities at an Old Home Day, Main Street trick- or-treating, chili contest, dance and movie night are all happening on Saturday. On Sunday at dusk come to Littleton’s downtown area to have fun in the haunted Riverwalk, hear gazebo music, see jack-o-lanterns and hop on a hayride. Admission is free.
Visit littletonareachamber.com for more information.
This article appears in the September 2010 issue of New Hampshire Magazine