The 10 Best Free Events Happening in April

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

Get up close and personal with local wildlife at the free Discover WILD New Hampshire Day in Concord on April 20. Photo courtesy of NHFG

1. Easter Egg Hunts, statewide, throughout the month of April

The Easter Bunny is hopping into town this month and he’s bringing plastic eggs filled with chocolate, candy, prizes and more. There are countless egg hunts throughout New Hampshire happening in early April through Easter, so don’t miss out on the colorful fun.

2. International Mail Art Exhibition, Manchester, April 1 to 14

Lucinda Bliss and Chuck Welch invite the community to dip their toes into the Eternal Network, and send their mail art to be included alongside international artists in this group exhibition. Participants will also have the opportunity to create new contacts and trade artwork with artists abroad.

3. Exeter LitFest, Exeter, April 5 to 6

Calling all bibliophiles, this event is for you. Start the weekend off with a kick-off party, followed by a day-long schedule of events on Saturday including keynote speakers, book launches, author talks, children’s programming, art exhibits and more all around downtown. LitFest concludes with a gala poetry reading at the Word Barn.

4. Spring Craft Fair, Windham, April 6

April doesn’t only bring showers — it also brings arts and crafts to get you in the mood for spring. Celebrate the start of spring by attending the 7th Annual Spring Craft Fair in Windham. More than 80 artisans will be displaying their quality handmade arts and crafts. Shop for Mother’s Day, graduation season, birthdays, or welcome the change of seasons with new spring décor for your home or garden.

5. Milford Indoor Farmers Market, Milford, April 13

This is the last indoor farmers market of the year. Pick from a variety of goods such as produce, meats, dairy, soups, coffee, sheep pelts, baking mixes and more. There will also be live music to close the season out with a bang. (603) 654-2204;

6. 9th Annual Seacoast Veterans Conference, Portsmouth, April 13

This year’s conference theme is, “The Path to Wellness, Leaving Stigma Behind” and will include keynote speakers such as former Chief Justice John Broderick and Brig. General (Ret) Donald Bolduc. Topics will include changing the culture of mental illness and the effect of PTSD on the military. (603) 430-6983.

7. Songs of Emigration: Storytelling through Traditional Irish Music, North Hampton, April 16

Through traditional music Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki relays some of the adventures, misadventures, and emotions experienced by Irish emigrants. The focus is on songs about leaving Ireland, and the presenter will discuss the historical context of these songs, interspersing their stories with tunes from Ireland that made their way into New England’s musical repertoire. (603) 630-7890;

8. NH Next: A Summit for Young Changemakers, Goffstown, April 18

Are you a young person in New Hampshire who wants to make the Granite State (or your corner of it) a better place? Join other change makers, and those who aspire to create change, at this inspiring event. You will hear from and engage with compelling young people who have made an impact in New Hampshire in the arts, social justice, business, politics and more. You will meet others who share your passions, connect with individuals and organizations who will help you create the change you want to see, and you will gain access to information and other resources that can help you along the way.

9. 7th Annual NH Veg Fest, Manchester, April 20

You’ve already heard about the wonders of veganism from the constant posts of your one vegan Facebook friend. Come see what it’s about in real life at this free fair. All things vegan are represented in the fete, which features classes and lectures, a cookbook swap, drum circles and a wonderland of vegan vendors and food trucks. (603) 553-1349;

10. Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, Concord, April 20

There’s a lot of wild natural beauty to explore in the Granite State. Get a taste of it with this annual free expo from NH Fish and Game. The department sets up shop at their Concord headquarters with lectures and presentations, archery practice stations, and meet and greets with some of New Hampshire’s finest furry, scaly and feathered friends. (603) 721-3421;

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