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

Informational Listings Courtesy of VisitNewEngland.com

Harvest Moon Festival 2014

Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road Warner, NH Phone: 603-456-3244

September 28, 2014

Join the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum to celebrate the fall harvest with a day of hands-on activities, Native American living history displays, an educational herbal walk, music, crafts, and Native American foods. Visitors can interact with Native artisans as they demonstrate traditional crafts and cooking, experience a northeast woodlands encampment and play Native American musical instruments. Native American breads, stews and desserts will be for sale. Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

North Country Moose Festival 2014

Main Street Colebrook, NH

August 22-24, 2014

A weekend of fun showcasing all the North Country has to offer! Car show, craft fair, outdoor & family activities...and much, much more!

Labor Day Craft Fair on the Bay 2014

Alton Bay Community House, Route 11 Alton, NH

August 30 to September 1, 2014

Labor Day by Alton Bay offers a refreshing outdoor fair featuring fine arts and crafts. Here you'll find unique treasures and one-of-a-kind creations from regional artists and craftspeople. Take in the sunshine, sea breeze, and creative inspiration at this late summer arts and crafts festival. This is an outdoor, rain or shine event. To get there from nearby Spaulding Turnpike, take Exit 15 onto Rte. 11.
Dates and Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Event is held mainly outdoors.

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.

Rochester Fair 2014

72 Lafayette Street Rochester, NH Phone: 603-332-6585

September 12-21, 2014

Monster trucks, enlarged midway, Hollywood Racing Pigs, Circus Hollywood, Royal Friestian Stallions, Geoffrey the giraffe, acrobats. Admission: $14 pay-one-price includes all mechanical rides. New this year: children under 36 inches tall admitted free. Monday through Friday admission is free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Midway and shows will not be open.)

Sandwich Fair 2014

7 Wentworth Hill Road (Route 109 North) Center Sandwich, NH Phone: 603-284-7062

October 11-13, 2014

Animal exhibits and competitions; live music; baked goods auction; skillet throw; grand street parade; antique auto parade. Admission: Adults, $10; youths age 8-12; $3; children under age 7, free; all events free with admission; rides and carnival are an extra charge.

Apple Country Craft Fair 2014

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Peabody Row and Mammoth Road Londonderry, NH Phone: 603-437-8333

September 6-7, 2014

The area’s popular fall craft fair features dozens of juried crafters from all over New England, as well as regional treats like apple crisp, maple syrup, and fresh popcorn. Kids can enjoy fun activities while adults browse aisles of handmade fine crafts like African jewelry, apparel, and other unique gifts. Crafts at the fair are juried based on originality and quality of the craftsmanship. A quilt, handmade by a member of the church, is raffled each year and is on display at the fair. Hours: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: Free.

Deerfield Fair 2014

Routes 43 and 107 Deerfield, NH Phone: 603-463-7421

September 25-28, 2014

Livestock exhibits and competitions, live music, family circus, magician, pig scramble, scavenger hunt, strolling performers, live entertainment. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors on Thursday and Friday, $7; children age 12 and younger, free. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.

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 County Agricultural Fair 2014

15 Hill Dale Lane New Boston, NH Phone: 603-391-7821

September 5-7, 2014

Events include Horse log skidding, amusement rides, lawn tractor pull, horseshoe pitching, gymkana, sheep and rabbit shows, falcony flight demo, pie auction, mo the clown, poultry show, cowboy mounted shooters, big truck pull. Entertainment on the main stage includes the Tammy Lynn Myles High Band, Bow Junction, Cold Comfort, Dan Morgan Trio and Johnnie Bubar & Dan Morgan. Rides by Amyland Amusements. Admission: General $10; children age 6-12, seniors over age 64, military and veterans, $5; children under age 6, free.

Hopkinton Fair 2014

Near I-89 at Exit 7 Contoocook, NH Phone: 603-746-4191

August 29 - September 1, 2014

Livestock exhibits, home and garden exhibits, the Morrill Family Farm Museum, maple sugarhouse, midway by Fiesta Shows, demolition derby, monster trucks, motocross bikes, horse and ox pulling competitions, live entertainment. Hours in 2014: Gate opens at 8 a.m. and close 7 p.m. on Monday and 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Amenities include three public restrooms, handicap accessibility, Cost: Admission fee, $5-$10; parking, $2-4

Antrim Home & Harvest Festival 2014

66 Main Street Antrim, NH Phone: 603-620-8300

September 12-14, 2014

This traditional New England harvest festival features arts & crafts, a home-made parade, fireworks, games for kids, live music and lots of food. Also, the festival includes at skateboard race, the Antrim Can/Am Slalom Championships. Admission to most events is free; food is sold.

Cochecho Arts Festival 2014

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
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
August 13 -- Blue Matter

Farmers Market Acoustic Stage, Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. at Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, 550 Central Avenue
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
August 12 -- Susie Burke
August 19 -- Silly Man Todd Wellington

Dover Greek Festival 2014

Hellenic Center, Long Hill Road Dover, NH

August 28-30, 2014

Traditional food and pastries make this Greek Festival an authentic experience for the whole family. In addition to the food there is live dancing, non-stop music, raffles and children’s games. Time: Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission and parking: Free.

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.

New Hampshire Highland Games 2014

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.

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.