Fall and Foliage Festivals In NH
Here's a list of New Hampshire fall, foliage and pumpkin festivals happening in 2018.
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!) Here's a roundup of some of our staff's favorite, not-to-miss foliage, pumpkin and Oktoberfest events.
Events below are organized by date.
142nh Annual Deerfield Fair
When: September 27-30, 2018
Where: Deerfield Fairgrounds on Route 43 in Deerfield, NH
One of NH's most beloved and largest fairs featuring hundreds of food vendors, multiple animal and livestock barns, large carnival and midway area and four days of live music and entertainment.
Visit www.deerfieldfair.com for more information
13th Annual Oktoberfest
When: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Where: Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, NH
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 $26.95 for adults and $13.50 for children.
Visit east-hill-farm.com for more information.
29th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival
When: October 5-7, 2018
Where: Downtown Milford and the Milford Oval (Route 101) in Milford, NH
Featuring a craft fair, beer tasting, talent show, a haunted trail, music, food, the giant pumpkin weigh-in and more. Parking is available at the Milford High School with free shuttle rides to the festival. There is also a beer and wine tasting street party complete with a corn hole competition.
Visit milfordpumpkinfestival.org for more information.
71st Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival
When: October 5-7, 2018
Where: Downtown (Route 103) in Warner, NH
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 wfff.org for more information.
10th Annual Fall Foliage Pig Roast & BBQ
When: October 6-7, 2018
Where: Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH
Grab your friends and family and head to Mount Sunapee Resort for a celebration of the end of summer and changing of the seasons. Visitors can enjoy hay wagon rides, pumpkin carving contest, 5K road race, inflatable obstacle course, live music, duck drop, disc golf, a scavenger hunt and more.
Visit mountsunapee.com for more information.
21st Annual Attitash Oktoberfest
When: October 6-7, 2018 | 12-6 p.m.
Where: Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, NH
Join Attitash for their 21st 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.
Visit attitash.com for more information and details on admission ($7-$43).
7th Annual Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Swasey Parkway in Exeter, NH
Enjoy a day of indulging in delicious chili made by local restaurants and sampling options from more than 40 breweries.
Visit powderkegbeerfest.com for more information.
New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this annual event.
White Mountains Oktoberfest
When: October 6-7, 2018
Where: Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, NH
Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps during the area's largest celebration of German food, drink and culture, White Mountain Oktoberfest. This two-day festival perfectly coincides with fall foliage season so you'll enjoy beer and brats alongside stunning views of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Admission is free for all.
Visit loonmtn.com for more information.
The Sandwich Fair
When: October 6-8, 2018
Where: Route 109 (7 Wentworth Hill Rd) in Center Sandwich, NH
Traditional country fair dating back to 1887. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children 8-12 and children under 7 are free.
Visit thesandwichfair.com for more information.
Fall Foliage Celebration
When: October 6-7, 2018
Where: Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville Valley, NH
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 waterville.com for more information.
NH Fall Festival and WHEB Chili Cook-Off
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018 (festival), and Sunday, October 7, 2018 (cook-off)
Where: Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH
Celebrate harvest time with Strawbery Banke's 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, presentations on heirloom seeds and food preservation tips, fiber arts, demonstrations and exhibits on historic crafts and industries, coopering, candle-making workshop in the Horticultural Center, garden tours and demonstrations. Once again, the festival has teamed up with the Prescott Park Arts Festival for the annual WHEB Chili Cook-Off on museum grounds the day after the festival. The Cook-Off features more than a dozen restaurants from the Seacoast and beyond who serve up their best chili.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
When: October 12-13, 2018
Where: Downtown in Laconia, NH
Guests will be in awe of the 34-foot pumpkin and jack-o-lantern tower and enjoy the 5K/10K run/walk, 60+ vendors and crafters, food, beer garden, children's games, pumpkin bowling, hayrides and much more. Admission is free and pets are welcome to attend.
Visit nhpumpkinfestival.com for more information.
Somersworth Pumpkin Festival
When: October 13, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Somersworth Plaza on Main Street in Somersworth, NH
Check out this all-day family-oriented event focusing on all things pumpkin (painting, carving, throwing, bowling, golfing and more). Tickets are $12 for kids, accompanying adults are free.
Call (603) 692-5869 or visit nhfestivals.org for more information.
Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta
Where: October 13-14, 2018
Where: Downtown and Main Street in Goffstown, NH
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 goffstownmainstreet.org for more information.
13th Annual Celebrate Samhain
When: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Where: Courtyard Marriott Nashua, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH
Celebrate Samhain is dedicated to the ancient Celtic celebration of the final harvest and "day of the dead." Admission is $7.
Visit the event's Facebook page for more information.
Monadnock Pumpkin Festival
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Cheshire Fair Grounds, 247 Monadnock Hwy., Swanzey, NH
This family-friendly event includes carved pumpkin displays, a carving contest, a children's costume parade, a pumpkin catapult, a craft fair, pony rides and a Fright Fest haunted fairgrounds area. Admission is $5 and kids 5 and under are free.
Visit monadnockpumpkinfestival.org for more information.