NH Festival and Fair Fun


Plan your fall schedule that includes visits to New Hampshire’s best festivals and fairs that are family friendly and have no shortage of pumpkins, brews, and seasonal treats!

The New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival

September 21-23, Lincoln NH

The Highland Games evokes Scottish Culture with a fun day of eating, drinking, and competition.
Eat, drink, and watch the Highland Games that evoke Scottish culture. Photo courtesy of Sullivan Creative.

Immerse yourself in Scottish culture at the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival.  Watch some of the world’s top athletes compete in traditional games like Hammer Throw, Stone Carry, and Caber Toss. Bite into authentic Scottish cuisine while listening to a performance by the Red Hot Chili Pipers.

Tickets are $65 to attend the whole weekend, with discounted prices for one-day only attendance. https://nhscot.org/festival/events-details

Deerfield Fair

September 27-30, Deerfield NH

A New Hampshire staple for fair fun, the Deerfield Fair is home to amusement rides, local vendors, talented musicians, and animal exhibits. Signature events include tractor pulls and horse shows.

Tickets are $10 for Adults, and all Military and children 12 and younger are free. https://www.deerfieldfair.com/

21st Annual Attitash Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest fun is found at the Attitash Mountain Resort. Image courtesy of Oktoberfest by Attitash Mountain on Flikr.
Celebrate fall and all its beauty at the 21st Annual Attitash Oktoberfest. Image courtesy of Oktoberfest by Attitash Mountain on Flikr.

October 6-7, Attitash Mountain Resort, Bartlett, NH

The two-day annual event at Attitash Mountain Resort gives its visitors a taste of Germany with a Biergarten that features seasonal favorite brews from 20 different local and regional breweries. Iconic King Ludwig’s Band will be performing traditional Bavarian music and yard games like corn hole and big checkers provide hands-on entertainment.

Ticket prices vary. Visit the event’s website here for detailed pricing and event activities.

Fall Foliage Celebration

October 6-8, Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville Valley, NH

Celebrate the peak of fall foliage season with Waterville Valley Resort. The weekend festivities include a 5k road race, tent sales, pumpkin painting, beer samplings, and much more. Free face painting and a live animal show presented by the Squam Lakes Natural Science bring nature fun to the Fall Foliage Celebration.

It is free to attend the Fall Foliage Celebration, but there are costs for different event activities. Find more detail here.

The Sandwich Fair

October 6-8, Center Sandwich, NH

Held annually each Columbus Day Weekend, The Sandwich Fair is a local favorite. Get your camera ready and capture moments from unbelievable shows including the Antique Auto Parade, Granite State Disc Dogs, and the Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull.

Tickets to the fair are $10 for adults $3 for youth 8-13, and children under 7 years old are free. Find more information about admission here.

NH Pumpkin Festival

October 12-13, Laconia, NH

One of the most talked about events of the year, NH Pumpkin Fest continues to attract 40,000 attendees, all with a love of pumpkins. Gigantic jack-o-lantern towers, hay rides, 60+ food and craft vendors, and musical performers make the festival unforgettable.

Click here to visit the website for more information about the festival.

New Hampshire Brew Fest

October 13, Cisco Brewers Portsmouth (formerly Redhook Ale Brewery), Portsmouth, NH

Get your brew on during the NH Brew Fest at Cisco Brewers Portsmouth. The festival is a special fundraiser for the Prescott Park Arts Festival and in partnership with Master Brewers Association of America and WHEB’s The Morning Buzz. The purchase of admission includes a 5 oz. sampler cup, beer samples, and live entertainment.

Regular tickets are $40 and VIP are $55. Purchase your tickets here.

Keene Pumpkin Festival

No shortage of pumpkins is found at the Keene Pumpkin Festival. Image courtesy of Keene Pumpkin Festival by Jeffrey Newcomer via Flikr.
Keene Pumpkin Festival has no shortage of pumpkins. Image courtesy of Keene Pumpkin Festival by Jeffrey Newcomer via Flikr.

October 28, Central Square, Downtown Keene, NH

Ring in the fall season with pumpkin bowling, professional fall portraits, costume parades, and more at the Keene Pumpkin Festival. The community driven event features thousands of carved pumpkins, Halloween spirit, and endless tradition that makes the event one not to miss.

Keene Pumpkin Festival is free to attend. Visit their website here to learn more about the history of Keene’s largest event.

Do you have a favorite fair or festival you attend each year? Let us know by commenting on our Facebook page at @nhflavors.