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

Informational Listings Courtesy of VisitNewEngland.com

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.

Keene Pumpkin Festival 2014

Downtown Keene, NH

October 18, 2014

On this day every year, Keene's public square will abound with jack-o'-lanterns in a tower that rivals the neighboring church steeple. The day also includes live music, a Food & Craft Court, apple crisp and maple cotton candy. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per adult plus a carved pumpkin.

Milford Pumpkin Festival 2014

1 Union Square Milford, NH Phone: 603-249-0676

October 10-12, 2014

Come see some of the largest pumpkins in New Hampshire and enjoy musicians and entertainers, food, crafts and lots of events for kids. Children can make their own scarecrows and get their faces painted. Dive into delicious soup, hot cider, doughnuts, waffles or smoked ribs. New events this year at a corn hole toss competition and raffle for a family ski pass worth $1,500.

Oktoberfest with Live Oompah Music 2013

Inn at East Hill Farm, 460 Monadnock Street Troy, NH Phone: 800-242-6495

October 5, 2014

Enjoy a German dinner and live oompah music! Hors d'oeuvres begin at 5 p.m. and a sit-down dinner begins at 6 p.m. Both will feature great German fare. Reservations required. This is a BYOB event. Time: 5 p.m.

New Hampshire Fall Festival 2014 at Strawbery Bank Museum

Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street Portsmouth, NH Phone: 603-433-1100

October 11, 2014

Experience a traditional New England country fair complete with demonstrations from craftspeople, farm animal exhibits, livestock demonstrations, autumn activities in the Children’s Garden, presentations on heirloom seeds, canning and food preservation, fiber arts, demonstrations on historic crafts and industries, coopering, harvest-themed crafts in the Family Discovery Center, garden tours.
The Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off will again be held in conjunction with Strawbery Banke Museum's New Hampshire Fall Festival. A dozen restaurants serve up their best chili in decorated booths for sampling. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $15; youths age 12 and younger, $6. Information: www.strawberybanke.org/

Attitash Oktoberfest 2014

Attitash Ski Resort, Route 302 Bartlett, NH Phone: 603-374-2600

October 11- 12, 2014

This annual Oktoberfest, held on Columbus Day weekend, is a family event with live Bavarian music by King Ludwig's Band, dancing, stein hoisting and keg toss competitions for adults, kids' activities & games, authentic German food and the Biergarten tent featuring local and regional brewers. Children’s fun will include slack lines, corn hole decks, kinderplatz, and a bouncy house at a children’s are within the outdoor festival area. Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times. Admission: Age 21 and older, $10; ages 6-20, $5. Valid I.D. required; food and beverage not included in admission fee.

Oktoberfest 2014 at Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH Phone: 800-229-5666

October 11-12, 2014

Both days the party kicks off at 11 am when the grills fire up at the Octagon Lodge. Traditional German food and fun. Kid can enjoy games like corn hole tournament, stein holding, and more. There will be a water balloon launching contest both days. Gondola skyrides are available from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost: No admission charge; food and beer is a la carte.

Waterville Valley's Fall Foliage Festival 2014

Town Square, 33 Village Road Waterville Valley, NH

October 11-12, 2014

Celebrate the arrival of fall with Waterville Valley’s Fall Foliage Fest over Columbus Day Weekend, October 12-14. A weekend of fun family events is planned including kids’ games, pumpkin painting, and a pie-eating contest. For those looking for a deal, there will be merchant tent sales and the annual BBTS ski and snowboard swap. On Sunday October 13, the Waterville Valley Resort is hosting a 5K run/walk.