The 10 Best Free Events Happening in June

Where you can have fun on (less than) a dime this month




Escape to the White Mountains and enjoy the beautiful lupines. The annual Celebration of Lupines runs from June 2-17.

Keene Art Walk, Keene, June 1-10

This Monadnock Region classic has brought art to downtown Keene for nearly three decades, and they're gearing up for another great year in 2018. Stroll Main Street and the surrounding areas to see local artwork displayed in nearly every window, and enjoy live music, meet-the-artist mixers and more during the festival's two Saturdays. (603) 533-0478; keeneartwalk.com


Celebration of Lupines, Sugar Hill, June 2-17

Another New Hampshire summer classic, this long-running festival celebrates the stunning purple flowers that carpet the North Country at this time of year. Free special events are scheduled all month — including a Lupine "Inspirational Walk" and concerts galore — or you can take advantage of daily poetry walks or horse-drawn wagon rides through the lupine fields. Don't forget to turn in your best snaps of the blooms for a chance at cash prizes in the annual lupine photo contest. franconianotch.org


75th Anniversary NH State Soap Box Derby Championship, Dover, June 3

Bring your chair and take a seat along the course as you cheer on over 30 racers. The winner will be named a "Local Champion," and is eligible to compete in the First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship in Akron, Ohio. (603) 953-3086; 603champ.com


Pollyanna Day, Littleton, June 9

If Anne of Green Gables can get her own Netflix reboot, maybe our local literary heroine is due for a resurgence soon too. Snag a selfie with the Pollyanna statue (which turns 16 this year) and celebrate the Littleton-born character on Glad Day and all weekend long with events including live music and a production of "Pollyanna the Muiscal." (603) 444-5741; golittleton.com


Hampton Beach Master Sculpting Classic, Hampton, June 14-16

This Father's Day weekend extravaganza boasts 200 tons of imported sand transformed into sand sculptures that will put yours to shame. World-class master sculptors come together to create their own unique sculptures and compete for the $15,000 grand prize. Their masterpieces will be illuminated at night for an unforgettable walk down the boardwalk. hamptonbeach.org


New Hampshire Appreciation Day, Tamworth, June 16

Celebrate your dad and the great state of New Hampshire at the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm. Since we "live free" in the Granite State, you can visit the museum for free on this day and partake in activities like goat hand-milking and farm chores. You can also walk through the herbal and children's gardens and enjoy the historic house and barns. remickmuseum.org


New Hampshire's 230th Birthday, Portsmouth, June 17

Celebrate New Hampshire's 230th birthday (a little early -- the actual date is June 21) with free admission for all NH residents at Strawbery Banke Museum. Explore all the buildings, visit with the re-enactors and bask in the glory that is downtown Portsmouth in June. strawberybanke.org


Market Days Festival, Concord, June 21-23

With tens of thousands of attendees annually descending to downtown Concord, this three-day free festival is one of the state's largest. Festivities for the weekend include art vendors, concerts, a downtown beer tent, Irish dancers, and so much more. (603) 226-2150; intownconcord.org


Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show, Gilsum, June 23-24

Got some cool rocks sitting at home? Want some new ones? Your moment has arrived. More than 65 dealers and swappers will be on hand, showcasing everything from beryl and quartz crystals to geodes and semi-precious stones. The swap is currently in its 54th year, so, while admission won't be charged, donations are appreciated to keep things rockin' for many more years to come. (603) 357-9636; gilsum.org


"The White Mountain: Rediscovering Mount Washington's Hidden Culture," Concord, June 26

Hop over to Gibson's Bookstore to listen to Dan Szczesny as he discusses his book about turning a veteran journalist's eye toward exploring Mount Washington's place in the collective consciousness of the country. He also discusses how this rugged landscape has reflected back a timeless history of our obsession and passion for exploration and discovery. (603) 224-0562; gibsonsbookstore.com

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