10 Things To Do In New Hampshire This October

There's more to fall in New Hampshire than leaf-peeping.

Fall Fun in New Hampshire

While leap-peeping has it’s charms, there’s more to New Hampshire in the fall than the changing colors. Here are our picks for family fun in October.

1. Take The Family To Toscana Fest

Tuscan Kitchen Salem is serving up free fall family fun at their annual Toscana Fest on Sunday, October 8. Enjoy live music, pumpkin carving, hay rides and carnival games. When you get hungry, savor gelato, panini, and other Italian specialties from Tuscan Kitchen. Gelato doubles as an excellent bribe for good behavior from cranky kids.

2. Put On Your Dancing Shoes

Giorgio’s in Manchester hosts themed dine, drink, and dance nights on select Thursdays. On October 26th, get dressed in your Halloween best for their costume contest and brush up on your ballroom dancing. You can check out their full list of theme nights here.

3. Appreciate Art with AMC

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center is hosting “The Painted Sketch: Crawford Notch,” exhibition by artist, Michael E. Vermette, from September 1–October 29. Enjoy these plein air contemporary painted sketches after a day hiking in the mountains that inspired them!

Appalachian Mountain Club Presents White Mountain Art Exhibit By Master Plein Air Painter, Michael E. Vermette, in Crawford Notch
Appalachian Mountain Club presents White Mountain Art Exhibit by Master Plein Air Painter, Michael E. Vermette, in Crawford Notch. Painting by Michael E. Vermette, image courtesy of AMC.

4. Party New England Style With Flag Hill

On Saturday October 28, Flag Hill is hosting a release party for their Single Select 11-Year Apple Brandy. This flannel-friendly event features a true NH farm-to-table fall menu: a Flag Hill Pasture-Raised Pig Roast, Apple Cider Donut Dessert Bar, and an oyster bar. Guests can expect live music, fun farm games, and some smooth-sipping apple brandy.

5. Raise A Stein At Smuttoberfest

Smuttynose Brewing’s take on Oktoberfest is a Seacoast favorite filled with live music, lawn games, and of course great food and beer. Smuttoberfest is set for Saturday October 21 from 1-5pm. Pre-sale tickets are only $15 and include your first beer and a glass stein.

6. Scare Up a Pumpkin

Bedford Village Inn is holding its first Scarecrow & Pumpkin Festival on October 19. You can submit a pumpkin or scarecrow, or take a tour of the entries October 16-19 to vote on your favorite. Live music, cozy fall food, and warm apple cider will accompany the awards ceremony on October 19.

Submit a pumpkin or scarecrow for Bedford Village Inn's first annual Pumpkin & Scarecrow Festival.
Submit a pumpkin or scarecrow to BVI’s festival and you could win an overnight stay.

7. Climb Aboard The Pumpkin Patch Express

Take a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad to the pumpkin patch where each child can pick their own pumpkin. The train leaves from North Conway October 20-22 and 27-29. Costumes are encouraged! Get your tickets here.

8. Get Silly Spooky With Santa’s Village

Perfect for families with small children, Santa’s Village opens for their annual Silly Spooky Halloween Extravaganza on October 22 and 28. The whole park is transformed for Halloween, with spooky spots for older children and spirited (but not too scary) areas for the littles. Costumes are encouraged and shops have treats for Trick or Treaters. Children ages three and younger are free!

9. Travel the Northern Rail Trail

The Northern Rail Trail is New Hampshire’s longest rail trail at 58 miles. Fall is the perfect season to travel the trail. You’ll get to see lots of wildlife, rivers, and historic places along the way. Check out our post on the Northern Rail Trail for our must-see spots.

10. Cruise with the MS Mount Washington

Tour Lake Winnipesaukee in style! Fall foliage dinner cruises run through October 15 and include a buffet-style turkey dinner. Save the date now for the Halloween Masquerade Ball on October 21. There’s a costume contest prize with your name on it.