New Hampshire Fairs and Festivals

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Check the list below for dates, times and locations for our favorite fairs, food and brew festivals, arts and music celebrations and more.

Please note that we do our best to keep this list updated and accurate, but mistakes and typos do happen to the best of us. If you notice some incorrect information (or a great event that’s missing from our list), then we welcome you to let us know.

New Hampshire State and Agricultural Fairs

52nd Annual Stratham Fair
Date: Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2019
Location: Stratham Hill Park
Route 33 in Stratham, NH
Tickets: $8 for adults, ages 6-12 and seniors are $5, children under 6 are free
More information: strathamfair.com

75th Annual North Haverhill Fair
Date: Wednesday, July 24 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
Location: 1299 Dartmouth College Highway
Haverhill, NH
More information: nohaverhillfair.com

81st Annual Cheshire Fair
Date: Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4, 2019
Location: 247 Monadnock Highway in Swanzey, NH
Tickets: $10 for adults, ages 5-11 are $5 and children under 4 are free
More information: cheshirefair.org

Belknap County 4-H Fair
Date: Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11, 2019
Location: Mile Hill Road in Belmont, NH
Tickets: $7 for ages 10+, children under 10 are free
More information: facebook.com/bc4hfair and bc4hfair.org

Cornish Fair
Date: Friday, August 16– Sunday, August 18, 2019
Location: Town House Road in Cornish, NH
More information: cornishfair.org

Lancaster Fair
Date: Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2, 2019
Location: 516 Main St., Lancaster, NH
Tickets: $15 (including rides) on Thursday, Friday and Monday; $17 on Saturday and Sunday; seniors are free on Thursday and Monday and $10 on Friday-Sunday; children under 36″ are free with paying adult.
More information: lancasterfair.com

Hopkinton State Fair
Date: Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2, 2019
Location: State Fairgrounds
Kearsarge Avenue in Contoocook, NH
Tickets: $12 for ages 13-59, $10 for seniors 60+, $8 for youth ages 5-12, children under 4 are free. Four day passes are also available.
More information: hsfair.org

61st Annual Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair
Date: Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, 2019
Location: 15 Hill Dale Ln., New Boston, NH
Tickets: $10 for adults, children 6-12 and seniors are $5, children under 6 are free
More information: hcfair.com

Rochester Fair
Date: Thursday, September 12 – Sunday, September 22, 2019
Please note: The fair will be closed Monday (9/16), Tuesday (9/17) and Wednesday (9/18)
Location: 72 Lafayette St., Rochester, NH
Tickets: $9 for adults and children under 8 are free
More information: rochesterfair.com

Deerfield Fair
Date: Thursday, September 26 – Sunday, September 29, 2019
Location: Deerfield Fairgrounds
Route 43, Deerfield
Tickets: $10 for ages 13+; ages 12 and younger are free
More information: deerfieldfair.com

Sandwich Fair
Date: Saturday, October 12 – Monday, October 14, 2019
Location: Sandwich Fairgrounds
Route 109 North, Center Sandwich
Tickets: $10 for adults, ages 8-12 are $3 and children under 7 are free
More information: thesandwichfair.com


New Hampshire Food and Drink Events and Festivals

Annual Chowderfest & Brews
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Location: Town Square, Waterville Valley
More information: waterville.com

35th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Location: Fishing Pier on Peirce Island
Marcy Street in Portsmouth, NH
More information: prescottpartk.org

18th Annual Best of NH Party
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Location: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the NH Fisher Cats
1 Line Dr., Manchester
More information: bestofnh.com

6th Annual Newport Nano Brewfest
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
This brewfest only features New Hampshire nano breweries.
Location: Newport Town Common
More information: Facebook

New England Brewfest
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Location: Lincoln Village Shops
More information: nebrewfest.com

NH PoutineFest
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Location: Anheuser-Busch, Merrimack
More information: nhpoutinefest.com

6th Annual NH Brewers Festival
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019; 12-4 p.m.
Location:  Kiwanis Waterfront Park, Concord
More information: granitestatebrewersassociation.org

Manchester Brewfest
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019; 1-5 p.m.
Location: Arms Park
Commercial Street, Manchester, NH
More information: manchesterbrewfest.com

20th Annual Chocolate Fest and Live Music
Date: TBD for 2019. Generally, held at the end of July.
Location: Waterville Valley’s Town Square
Tickets: The concert is free and desserts are sold by the piece (cash only).
More information: waterville.com

Wyman Tavern Brew Fest
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Location: Wyman Tavern Museum
339 Main St., Keene, NH
More information: hsccnh.org

Mahrajan Festival
Date: TBD for 2019. Generally, held in mid-August.
Location: Our Lady of the Cedars Church
140 Mitchell St., Manchester, NH
More information: mahrajan-nh.com

7th Annual Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019; 1-5 p.m.
Location: Holman Stadium
67 Amherst St., Nashua, NH
More information: gatecitybrewfestnh.com

17th Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest
Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019; 12-4:30 p.m.
Location: Pats Peak Ski Area
Flanders Road, Henniker, NH
Tickets: Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under
More information: chilinewhampshire.org

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Date: Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, 2019
Location: Hampton Beach
Ocean Boulevard, Hampton
More information: hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com

Claremont Brewfest – Battle of the Brews
Date: TBD for 2019. Generally, this event is held in September.
Location: Visitor’s Center Green, Claremont
More information: claremontbrewfest.com

Passport Craft Beer & Food Tour
Date: Saturday, September 14
Location: Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hanocock St., Portsmouth
More information: nhptv.org/passport

8th Annual Exeter Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Swasey Parkway in Exeter, NH
More information: powderkegbeerfest.com

Attitash Mountain Resort Annual Oktoberfest
Date: TBD for 2019. Generally, this event takes place in early October.
Location: Attitash Mountain Resort, 775 Route 302, Bartlett
More information: attitash.com/event/oktoberfest

30th Annual WHEB Chili Cookoff
Date: TBD for 2019. Generally, this event takes place in early October.
Location: Prescott Park
105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, NH
More information: prescottpark.org/event/chili

11th Annual New Hampshire Brewfest
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Location: Cisco Brewery
35 Corporate Dr., Portsmouth
More information: prescottpark.org/


Annual New Hampshire Festivals

43rd Annual Sheep and Wool Festival
Date: May 11-12, 2019
Location: Deerfield Fairgrounds
32 Stage Rd., Deerfield, NH
More information: www.nhswga.com

Laconia Motorcycle Week
Date: June 8-16, 2019
Location: Downtown Laconia, Weirs Beach
More information: laconiamcweek.com

26th Annual Celebration of Lupines (formally the Fields of Lupine Festival)
Date: June 2019
Location: Various locations throughout Sugar Hill, NH
More information: franconianotch.org

Market Days Festival
Date: Thursday, June 20 – Saturday, June 22, 2019
Location: Downtown Concord
Main Street in Concord, NH
Tickets: Admission is free
More information: intownconcord.org/events/market-days

Hillsborough Balloon Festival
Date: July 11-14, 2019
Location: Grimes Field
Henniker Street, Hillsborough
Tickets: Admission is free, parking is $5
More information: balloonfestival.org

30th Annual Craft Fair at the Bay
Date: July 13-14, 2019
Location: Alton Bay Community House & Waterfront
24 Mt. Major Highway, Alton Bay, NH
More information: castleberryfairs.com

American Independence Festival
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Location: American Independence Museum
1 Governor’s Ln., Exeter, NH
More information: independencemuseum.org/american-independence-festival

61st Annual Canterbury Fair
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Location: Baptist Road in Canterbury, NH
Tickets: Admission is free but there is a $5 parking donation fee
More information: canterburyfair.com

10th Annual Jericho ATV Festival
Date: August 2-3, 2019
Location: Jericho Mountain State Park
298 Jericho Lake Rd., Berlin, NH
More information: androscogginvalleychamber.com/jericho-atv-festival

38th Annual Suncook Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally
Date: August 2-4, 2019
Location: Drake Field
7 Barnstead Rd., Pittsfield, NH
More information: suncookvalleyrotary.org

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
Date: Saturday, August 3 – Sunday, August 11, 2019; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Location: Mount Sunapee Resort
Route 103 in Newbury, NH
More information: nhcrafts.org

62nd Annual NH Antiques Show
Date: Thursday, August 8 – Saturday, August 10, 2019
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton
700 Elm St., Manchester, NH
Tickets: $15 on Thursday, $10 on Friday and Saturday
More information: nhada.org

27th Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Festival
Date: August 10-11, 2019
Location: Village Shops & Town Green
138 Main St., Lincoln, NH
More information: castleberryfairs.com

Hampton Beach Children’s Festival
Date: TBD for 2019. Generally, this week-long event takes place in mid-August.
Location: Hampton Beach
Ocean Boulevard in Hampton, NH
Tickets: This is a free event to attend
More information: hamptonbeach.org/

White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Festival
Date: Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18, 2019
Location: Sugar Shack Campground in Thornton, NH
More information: whitemountainboogie.com

Atlas PyroVision Festival of Fireworks
Date: August 17, 2019
Location: Jaffrey Airfield Silver Ranch
190 Turnpike Rd., Jaffrey, NH
Tickets: $10-$250 depending on group size and vehicle
More information: jaffreyfireworks.com

North Country Moose Festival
Date: Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 24, 2019
Location: Downtown Colebrook
Tickets: This is a free event to attend
More information: chamberofthenorthcountry.com/moose-festival.html

Exeter UFO Festival
Date: TBD for 2019. Generally, this event takes place over Labor Day weekend.
Location: Swasey Parkway in Exeter, NH
More information: exeterufofestival.org

27th Annual Duck Race and Auburn Day
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Location: Downtown Auburn
Hooksett Road in Auburn, NH
Tickets: This is a free event to attend
More information: auburnhistorical.org

Seacoast Extreme Country Fair
Date: September 12-15, 2019
Location: New England Dragway
280 Exeter Rd., Epping, NH
More information: seacoastextremecuntryfair.com

Canterbury Artisan Festival
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Location: Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH
Tickets: $12 for adults; $6 for children ages 6-17; children 5 and under attend free.
More information: shakers.org

New Hampshire Highland Games
Date: Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22, 2019
Location: Loon Mountain
Route 112 in Lincoln, NH
More information: nhscot.org

15th Annual Fairy House Festival
Date: September 21-22, 2019
Location: Prescott Park
105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, NH
Tickets: $25 for families, $5 for children, $12 for adults
More information: portsmouthfairyhousetour.com


Fall and Foliage Festivals

30th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival
Date: Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13, 2019
Held annually each Columbus Day weekend
Location: Milford Oval in downtown Milford, NH
Tickets: This is a free event to attend
More information: milfordpumpkinfestival.org

72nd Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival
Date: Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13, 2019
Held annually each Columbus Day weekend
Location: Downtown Warner
Main Street in Warner in NH
Tickets: This is a free event to attend (parking fees may apply)
More information: wfff.org

Somersworth Pumpkin Festival
Date: October 12, 2019
Location: Somersworth Plaza
Somersworth Plaza in Somersworth, NH
More information: nhfestivals.org/pumpkin-festival.html

NH Pumpkin Festival
Date: October 18-19, 2019
Location: Downtown Laconia
Tickets: This is a free event
More information: nhpumpkinfestival.com