The Best Events Happening in July

This month brings a variety of events, from theatre to concerts to hot sauce festivals
Notfadeaway3 Vernon Family Farm

Every second Saturday of the month from May to October, Vernon Family Farm is open for live music from bands like High Range and Superfrog, and delicious local food from their very own farm-to-table restaurant, Vernon Kitchen. Photo by Whitewave Photography

New Hampshire Music Festival, Wolfeboro and Plymouth, July 1-29

Classical music lovers, your season has arrived. Venues throughout Plymouth and Wolfeboro come alive to celebrate 70 years of this festival with the sounds of orchestras, choruses and professional soloists on instruments and voice. Highlights of the four-week fest include Polivnick’s “Carmina Burana” and “American Creations and a Tchaikovsky Masterpiece.” (603) 238-9007;

2022 Bank of New Hampshire Children’s Summer Series, Manchester, July 5-August 26

Are you a Disney fan? This summer play list is for you. This Summer Children’s Series boasts a variety of well-known and loved stories that include music, dancing, audience participation and more. Even better? Your kiddos have the opportunity to meet the characters at the end of every show. This year’s lineup includes Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Rapunzel and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (603) 668-5588;

Atlantic Grill Music by the Sea Concerts, Rye, July 7-28

This summer long concert series brings some of New England’s hottest bands to the Seacoast on Thursday nights. Enjoy great tunes from bands like Jumbo Circus Peanuts or Joshua Tree and the seaside setting while supporting the Center and their ocean education mission. Bring a blanket or chair, pack a picnic or purchase freshly grilled dinner beverages on site. Concertgoers can also enjoy the Center and its exhibits, free with concert admission. (603) 436-2235;

Hillsboro Summerfest, Hillsboro, July 7-10

From live music and a parade to a fairway full of carnival rides, this legendary festival is packed with activities. This year, there will also be a beer tent, 5K road race, car and truck show and more. For a free spectacle, stick around till dusk on Friday night.  (603) 464-5858;

The Prouty, Hanover, July 8-9

If you enjoy outdoor recreation of just about any kind, then you’ll find something to suit your tastes at this annual mega-fundraiser for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Cyclists can opt for 20- to 100-mile rides or the 200-mile, two-day Prouty Ultimate; walkers can traverse anything from a 3K stroll through Hanover to a 10K walk in the woods; rowers can hit the Connecticut River for 5-20 miles; and golfers can enjoy a four-person scramble at the Hanover Country Club. Don’t like any of those? They also need volunteers.

Keep NH Brewing Festival, Concord, July 9

For a beer fest that’s all New Hampshire, all the time, look no further than this annual fête. The event features more than 50 Granite State breweries and over 130 craft beers on tap, making it the largest single collection of NH breweries found at any event in 2022. (334) 603-2337;

Loon Mountain Race, Lincoln, July 10

This Granite State race is the race to end all races. It is 6.02 miles, 10.62 kilometers, has an elevation gain of 3,125 feet and an average slope of 14 percent. It has a reputation as one of the country’s toughest mountain races in large part due to the kilometer ascent of North Peak known as Upper Walking Boss. “The Boss,” as it’s known, is around a kilometer of grassy slope with angles that exceed a 40-percent grade. Voted as one of the five classic vertical trail races in the US, this race is no joke. If you are feeling daring this summer, be sure to check this one out.

“Cabaret,” Lincoln, July 14-30

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.” (603) 745-2141;

14th Annual Concert & Silent Auction, Derry, July 15

This benefit concert featuring 33 ⅓ live’s Killer Queen Experience and auction raises critical funding to support uninsured children, adolescents, and adults with direct access to comprehensive emergency, clinical and medical services, case management, substance use treatment, and community-based counseling support. New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event

Ribfest & Food Truck Festival, Merrimack, July 15-17

This amazing festival will feature great food, music, kids’ activities and beer. While you enjoy pulled pork, other delicious barbecue and games, your kids can take part in bounce houses, obstacle courses and more. Proceeds from the event will support the Merrimack Rotary Club. The new organizers are hoping to attract about 20,000 visitors, so don’t forget to snag your ticket before they are gone.

American Independence Festival, Exeter, July 16

If you didn’t get all the patriotism out of your system on the Fourth of July, then try this later homage to America. Activities at this 31-year-old fest include battle reenactments, lawn games, live music and enough kids’ activities to keep the little ones entertained all day. (603) 772-2622;

32nd Annual Craft Fair at the Bay, Alton Bay, July 16-17

Celebrate summer by attending this crafty event. The Lake Winnipesaukee waterfront will come alive with color, flavor and music. Over 75 artisans from around New England will display and sell their handmade arts and crafts. Delicious specialty foods will also be available to sample. (603) 332-2616;

RibFest 5 Miler, Merrimack, July 17

This course starts at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and heads north up Daniel Webster Highway, makes a slight right onto D.W. Drive before turning right on Island Drive, then turns back onto D.W. Drive before turning left on Pondview Drive, and finally heading south on Daniel Webster Highway for the journey back to the brewery. Your registration also includes free entry into the Great American RibFest, where all 21 and over participants can redeem complimentary beer tickets.

“Mamma Mia!” New London, July 20-August 7

“Mamma Mia!” is the mega-hit Broadway show about a daughter’s dream, a mother’s secret and a trip down the aisle you will never forget. The show is packed with 22 ABBA hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes It All” that will have you dancing in the aisles. This show is among the world’s most popular musicals and you won’t want to miss it. (603) 526-6710;

“The King and I,” Meredith, July 20-31

This 1952 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, a classic by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is based on “Anna and the King of Siam,” a 1944 novel by Margaret Landon. Anna is a widowed British schoolteacher brought to Siam to tutor the King’s many children. When she arrives, though she enjoys an instant connection to the students, she struggles with cultural differences and with the headstrong King. Through her kindness and persistence, Anna eventually connects with the King, helping to fuel mutual feelings of social understanding and cultural acceptance and openness. (603) 707-6035;

Vernon Family Farm Live Music Series: Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones, Newfields, July 22

This favorite family farm is known as a one-stop shop for shopping local, but they’re outdoor music series is one for the books, too. Head over to the farm for live music from Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones, a band that blends old-time, bluegrass, jazz, and country, these handsome gentlemen generate a sweet, salty, and soulful Americana sound. Grab your friends and family and head over for a night of community, fried chicken and music at a space that nurtures the human desire to connect and love. (603) 340-4321; New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event

Designing With and Blending Tea Garden Herbs with John Forti, Lee, July 29

Why shop for tea at your local supermarket when you can grow your own herb garden in your backyard and create your own concoctions? John Forti will teach you how to create your own tea creations and there will be a tea luncheon to follow the workshop. Feel free to hang around and stroll through the formal Parterre Garden, the Garish Garden, the Dark Woods and more while pausing to admire the Japanese teahouse, a gazebo, the 200-foot water works called the Wiggle Waggle and, of course, plant species from all over the world.

Billy Prine & the Prine Time Band, Plymouth, July 29

Billy Prine is a natural-born storyteller just like his late, great brother, John Prine. During these concerts celebrating John’s life in song, Billy will tell stories about or surrounding some of John’s most beloved songs before leading his band through his version of John’s timeless masterpieces. As an example, fans will get to hear the first time John played his classic song “Paradise” for their father as the family sat around the kitchen table. You won’t want to miss this. (603) 536-2551;

The New London Antique Show and Sale, New London, July 30

The New London Garden Club will hold its annual antique show and sale on the New London town green. The Garden Club’s Café will be serving wonderful sandwiches, soups, salads and pies, and the Flower Tent will be full of creative bouquets. The club has joined with Goosefare Antiques and Promotions of Saco, Maine, to bring over 50 quality dealers to the show. The proceeds of the event help keep the pocket gardens of New London beautiful and support scholarship projects.

New England Hot Sauce Fest, Hampton, July 30

This hot sauce festival is for hot sauce and non hot sauce lovers alike. Partake in activities ranging from hot pepper and wing competitions to bouncy houses to sampling from over 25 hot sauce vendors and multiple craft vendors. There will be 80s themed music playing throughout the day, and your four-legged family members are welcome to join in on the fun, too. Proceeds will support the Blue Ocean Society and Seacoast Science Center. New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event

23rd Annual Chocolate Fest, Waterville Valley, July 30

Enjoy an evening of chocolate temptations in Town Square accompanied by a free outdoor concert as the sun sets. Pack a picnic or just bring a bottle of your favorite red or white libation and enjoy an indulgent evening in the square, on a blanket, or with your toes in the sand.

Hebron Fair, Hebron, July 30

This fair boasts that it’s the place to be for the last Saturday in July. Festivities include more than 100 craftspeople, pony rides, children’s games, white elephants, delicious foods, baked goods, plants and a silent auction. It’s held on the picturesque Hebron Common at the north end of Newfound Lake and will happen rain or shine. (603) 744-5883;

13th Annual Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington, Gorham, July 31

Get your hiking shoes and cameras ready, this is an event that you won’t want to miss. Before sunrise, teams ascend the Mount Washington Auto Road to reach the 6,288-foot summit. Each team includes an adaptive athlete and “mules” who will help an athlete needing assistance or accompany an independent athlete as he or she climbs the 7.6 miles to the summit. This inspirational outing benefits the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. (603) 823-5232;

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