Fairs & festivals in NH entertain with music, food, art, outdoor fun

Informational Listings Courtesy of VisitNewEngland.com

New Hampshire Renaissance Faire 2014

9 Thorne Road Kingston, NH

May 10,11, 17, and 18, 2014

Gallant knights; fantastical fairies; lots of Renaissance-era entertainment; a Children’s Glen with games, crafts, and jousting; archery range; craft demos, knight encampments, Charity Wench & Lad Auction; Maypole; Beltane Celebration on May 10, 5 to 5:30 p.m. Time: Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $12; kids, $8’ active military or veterans with IDs, $2 off.

Wentworth-Coolidge Lilac Festival 2014

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, 375 Little Harbor Road Portsmouth, NH Phone: 603-271-3556

May 24, 2014

Activities include lilac lectures & sales, art projects, treasure hunts, and an alpaca petting zoo. Artists participating in a plein air event will be onsite during the Festival and their work will be feature in an onsite gallery. Parking is available on site and on Little Harbor Road. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: Free. Information: wentworthcoolidge.org

Fields of Lupine Festival 2014

Franconia, Easton, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Littleton and Lisbon, NH Phone: 603-823-5661

June 4-20, 2014

Gorgeous purple and pink lupines in bloom are reason enough to visit New Hampshire's Franconia region each June. The annual Fields of Lupine Festival provides added incentive for travelers, including special tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, a parade, concerts and more. Lots of wonderful events; see website for schedule at www.lincolnwoodstock.com/events/lupine.php

Wildquack Duck River Festival 2014

Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH Phone: 603-383-9356

May 25, 2014

Join the cheering crowd when 3,000 yellow rubber ducks are released down the Wildcat River. Buy your own duck(s) and take a chance in winning some of the $10,000 in cash and prizes to be given out that day. Other fun at the festival are the Jackson Cake Boss competition, the Five 5 Minutes of Fame competition, games and a parade. Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a wide variety of foods At Jackson Village Park. Information: http://bit.ly/1gCI3Mn