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

Informational Listings Courtesy of VisitNewEngland.com

Cornish Fair 2014

Town House Road Cornish, NH Phone: 603-675-5714

August 15-17, 2014

Family fun, livestock displays and competitions, live music, magic, karaoke, midway, rodeo, swing dance, raffles, crafts. New this year: go for a ride in a helicopter!
Admission: Adults (ages 12 and up), $10. Ride bracelets cost $20 for each 4-hour session. Sessions are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Midway opens at 10 a.m. each day.

League of NH Craftsmen's Fair 2014

Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH Phone: 603-224-3375

August 2-10, 2014

The Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair is a nine-day event that showcases the work of more than 350 craftspeople’s items made by hand. It's the place to see an incredible variety of beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative, and built to last. You can meet and talk to the craftsmen, learn about their techniques, and purchase from them. Do-it-yourselfers (adults and children) can sign up for workshops -- including basket weaving, tools for kids, and glassblowing -- and make their own handmade treasures. Admission: See event website. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Belknap County Fair 2014

Mile Hill Road, off Route 106 Belmont, NH

August 9-10, 2014

This county fair's schedule is jam-packed with non-stop entertainment and live demonstrations. Enjoy live performances by musicians and a magician, blacksmithing, sheep shearing and karate demonstrations, farm animals, weaving, pottery and much more while you browse the exhibits, crafts and entertainments and check out the pulls and concession stands. Kids will love the animals, games, face painting, and bike rodeo. Consult website for schedule of events. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults, $7; children under age 10, free.

Lakes Region Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 2014

Mill Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH Phone: 603-279-6121

August 23-24, 2014

Eighty juried artists and craftsmen present their creations to the public. Featuring live music and food on-site.

Woods, Water and Wildlife Festival 2014

Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road Milton Mills, NH Phone: 603-978-7125

August 9, 2014

This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities. Take a hayride to the river, observe and learn about NH wildlife, explore the corn maze, take a discovery walk, watch demonstrations of traditional skills, try your hand at fishing, do crafts with your kids, and more! Admission: $5 per person; $10 per family; free to kids age 12 and younger. Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: $5 per person; $10 per family; children under 12, free.

Concord Market Days 2014

July 17-19, 2014

Concord Market Days are full of fun for everyone: There's free live music and entertainment performances and street competitions to be seen, and plenty of shopping to be done! There shouldn't be a dull moment at this capital-city-wide summer festival, which features activities for all ages. You may just get distracted on your way from the beer tent to the fresh food. This event draws a large crowd, with plenty of refreshments and parking for all.

Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest 2014

Pat's Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road Henniker, NH Phone: 603-428-3245

August 24, 2014

Local chefs cook up chili of every imaginable kind for prizes and bragging rights, Also, craft vendors, games, live musical performances, and a children’s activity area. Visitors can feast on other foods, like ribs, pulled pork, and barbecue.

Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair 2014 Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair 2012 Hillsborough NH

Grimes Field, Preston Street Hillsborough, NH 03244 Phone: 603-464-0377

July 17-20, 2014

Visitors will delight in balloon launches, hot air balloon rides, the colorful Hometown Parade on Sunday, and an art fair. Admission is free; parking fee charged. See some of New Hampshire's best Saturday night fireworks!

American Independence Festival 2014

American Independence Museum, Ladd Street near Water Street Exeter, NH Phone: 603-772-2622

July 12, 2014

On July 16, 1776, the Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence arrived in Exeter from Philadelphia. Today, Exeter celebrates this momentous occasion. Join the crowd escorting President Washington down Water Street, see the horseback delivery of the Declaration of Independence and listen to the public reading (complete with hecklers!), chat with historic role-players, step to the stirring music of the Lincoln Fife and Drum and delight in the maneuvers and cannon firings of the militias. Enjoy plenty of food, music, sidewalk sales and children’s activities, then stay for the town’s evening fireworks and live music. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; youth, $5. Information: www.independencemuseum.org

Cochecho Arts Festival 2013

Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Central Avenue Dover, NH Phone: 603-742-2218

July 9-August 22, 2014

This festival will be filling downtown Dover with the sound of music. Back again will be the Friday Night Headliner Series, the Shark in the Park Classic Rock Luncheon Series, the Farmers’ Market Acoustic Stage, Tuesday Morning Children’s Shows and a Movie Night.

Friday Night Headliner Series on Fridays, 6-9 p.m. at the Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Henry Law Avenue
July 11 -- The Spectras (with Jon King)
July 18 -- Jah Spirit (with Roots, Rhythm & Dub)
July 25 -- Wooden Eye (with Poor Howard)
August 1 -- Occidental Gypsy (with Carol Coronis)
August 8 -- Entrain (with Joel Cage)
August 15-- The Mallett Brothers Band (with Andrea Szirbik)
August 22-- Ryan Brooks Kelly (with Hilton Park)

Shark in the Park Classic Rock Series, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Henry Law Avenue
July 9 -- Rosie
July 16 -- Red Sky Mary
July 23 -- Truffle
July 30 -- On Tap
August 13 -- Blue Matter

Farmers Market Acoustic Stage, Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. at Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, 550 Central Avenue
June 16 -- The Torrenz Duo
June 23 -- Nice & Naughty
June 30 -- North River Trio
August 6 -- Tom Schena
August 13 -- Meg Josalen
August 20 -- Martin England

Tuesday Morning Children’s Series, Tuesdays, 10:30- 11:30 a.m. at Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Henry Law Avenue
July 15 -- Sammie Haynes
July 22 -- BJ Hickman
July 29 -- Rob Duquette
August 5 -- Wayne From Maine
August 12 -- Susie Burke
August 19 -- Silly Man Todd Wellington

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival 2014

1 Lafayette Road Hampton Beach, NH Phone: 603-926-8718

September 5-7, 2014

About sixty of the seacoast's top restaurants will be serving world famous New England seafood; lobsters, fried clams, shrimp, BBQ ribs, steak tips, scrumptious desserts, and so much more. Guests will also enjoy several dozen arts and crafts vendors. Cooking demonstrations, live music and entyertainment, Kiddieland, fireworks on Saturday night. Time: visit website for full schedule. Cost: adults, $5 on Friday and Sunday / $8 on Saturday; kids under age 12, free.

BlueberryFest 2014 at Attitash

Attitash Mountain Resort, 775 U.S. 302 Bartlett, NH Phone: 800-223 SNOW

August 2, 2014

Attitash gets it name from the region's Native American Abenaki word for blueberry and early August is when New Hampshire's wild blueberries are in full bloom. The BLUEBERRYfest will feature a craft fair & farmers' market, field games, live music, barbecue-style food, seasonal brews, and blueberry pie baking & pie-eating contests. Live music 3 to 6 p.m. by the Dean Machine. Free admission includes access to the craft fair and live music and all field games and baking contests. Use of Attitash attractions is a separate charge.

New Hampshire Highland Games 2013

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone: 603-229-1975

September 19-21, 2014

Take your whole clan to New Hampshire for the largest Scottish festival in the Northeast. This event features bagpipe bands, Highland dancers, whisky tastings and intriguing competitions including tests of strength, sheepdog trials and fiddling and drumming contests. The Highland Games made the ABA's Top 100 Events list for the 13th time in 2013.

North Country Moose Festival 2014

Stewartstown/Canaan Columbia, Colebrook, Pittsburg, NH 03576 Phone: 800-698-8939

August 22-23, 2014

A week of fun events to celebrate the beloved moose. Activities include an art show, clown, music at the bandstand, chicken barbecue, and the grand classic car parade. Also peruse crafters and vendors, check out the photography contest, enjy family fishing adventures, historical horse and wagon tours, entertainment at the bandstand, moose stew cook-off, dog show, moose calling contest, and rubber ducky race. See event website for detailed schedule.

White Mountain Boogie ‘n' Blues Festival 2014

Sugar Shack Campground, Route 175 Thornton, NH Phone: 603-726-3867

August 15-17, 2014

The festival features award-winning blues artists, food vendors, craft vendors, a climbing wall and many fun activities for children including Saturday night fireworks. Guests can browse craft and food vendors and dare to reach for the top on the climbing wall! Cost: $40 per day; children under age 12 admitted free with a parent.