October Event Picks: Fall Fun

Marvel at this year’s fall colors while you paint a pumpkin and enjoy live tunes at the Fall Foliage Celebration in Waterville Valley.
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Break out your flannel and Lands’ End boots because it’s officially fall festival season in the Granite State, and New Hampshire’s museums, ski mountains and pumpkin-loving towns are celebrating in style.

Five, not-to-miss October events:

Milford Pumpkin Festival
October 11-13, 2019
Milford, NH
milfordpumpkinfestival.org

It’s pumpkin season, and what better way to honor our state fruit than with this 30-year-old fête. A record-breaking 45,000 people were estimated to have attended last year, so head to Milford this year to help them break the record once again. Highlights include a giant pumpkin weigh-in contest, a scarecrow-making tent and a midway full of carnival rides.


NH Fall Festival
October 12, 2019
Portsmouth, NH
strawberybanke.org

For a glimpse of how our ancestors celebrated the harvest season, look no further than this fest from the state’s living history museum. At this recreation of a traditional New England country fair, you’ll meet craftspeople, watch livestock demos and appearances by heritage breed animals, and learn about everything from food preservation to fiber arts.


Fall Foliage Celebration
October 12-14, 2019
Waterville Valley Resort, NH
waterville.com

What’s leaf-peeping season without a festival to commemorate it? At this one, enjoy live tunes from The Boneshakerz and Rhythm Method, a ski swap, pumpkin painting and kids’ games. For those who want to enjoy the fall foliage by racing through it, the weekend also features a 10K trail race.


NH Pumpkin Festival
October 18-19, 2019
Laconia, NH
nhpumpkinfestival.com

Get into the fall spirit by enjoying thousands of carved pumpkins, food, rides and fun for the whole family. Create, carve and experience your way through this street festival, and enjoy booths from vendors like Sweetest Memories, Mr. Jack’s Catering, Pat’s Apple Crisp and so much more. Your pets are also welcome — make sure to bring a leash and waste removal bags per request of the Laconia PD.


Somersworth Pumpkin Festival
October 12, 2019
Somersworth, NH
nhfestivals.org

For autumn fun without the chaos of the state’s largest festivals, try this low-key alternative. The event’s smaller profile doesn’t mean they skimp on activities. The packed schedule includes everything from hayrides and pumpkin putt-putt to a pumpkin pie-baking contest, plus your kids’ new favorite October activity: a costume parade where they can show off their Halloween finery weeks before trick-or-treating begins.

Categories: Seasonal Guides – Fall

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