Dates for this year's NH pumpkin festivals
Charmingfare Farm's Pumpkin Festival
Dates: Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1; Saturday, October 7 – Monday, October 9, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Charmingfare Farm, Route 27 in Candia, NH.
Admission: $19, children; 23 months and younger get in free, includes all activities and unlimited rides
More information: (603) 483-5623, visitthefarm.com
Enjoy sack races, pumpkin spoon races and a pumpkin-rolling contest. Kids can test their skills at Charmingfare's new Cow Milking Contest and try their hand at the Cow Pie Fly! Get your friends together or be part of a team and see if you can “Out Pull The Oxen”. Enjoy live music and even decorate your own pumpkin.
28th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival
Dates: Friday through Sunday, October 6-8, 2017
Location: Most events are held in the area surrounding the Milford Oval in Milford, NH.
Admission: The Milford Pumpkin Festival is free to attend.
More information: www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org
This popular festival is presented by the Milford Improvement Team and typically attracts more than 35,000 people over Columbus Day Weekend. Weekend festivities include food vendors, two stages, a craft fair, carved pumpkins, the infamous Haunted Trail, beer and wine tasting for adults and a spectacular fireworks display. For the kids, don't miss pumpkin painting and carving, face painting, scarecrow making, bounce houses and more.
Date: Saturday, October 13-14, 2017
Location: Downtown Laconia, NH.
Admission: Admission is free.
More information: www.nhpumpkinfestival.com
Join more than 40,000 attendees and view more than 20,000 jack-o-lanterns for two days of fall fun in beautiful Laconia. Enjoy a parade, scenic train rides, haunted attractions, a 5/10k road race and local craft vendors.
Somersworth Pumpkin Festival
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Wristbands are required to participate and are $12 for kids, adults are free.
More information: www.nhfestivals.org
This is a family-oriented event is designed to celebrate all thing pumpkin during New Hampshire's most beautiful season. Attendees can enjoy pumpkin carving and painting, the popular pumpkin catapult, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin mini golf, and the delicious the pumpkin pie baking contest. There are also hay rides, music and live entertainment on two stages and plenty of delicious and seasonal foods.
Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2017
Location: Main Street area in Goffstown, NH.
Admission: Admission is free.
More information: www.goffstownmainstreet.org
Watch as local pumpkin growers vie for the state weigh off championship and then laugh when these massive gourds are turned into boats and float down the river. Enjoy food, fun, kids activities and more.
Monadnock Pumpkin Festival
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 12-8 p.m.
Location: Cheshire Fairgrounds , located at 247 Monadnock Highway in Swanzey, NH.
Admission: $5 for everyone over 5 years old
More information: www.monadnockpumpkinfestival.org
Kids will love the costume parade and the kids activity tent filled with arts and crafts (and definitely don't miss the Keene Public Library booth where you can grab a free book!). Enter the baking or pumpkin carving contest and don't miss the great food and fun amusement rides.
Pumpkin Patch Express
Date: Friday-Sunday, October 20-22 and October 27-29, 2017
Location: Conway Scenic Railroad on Norcross Circle in North Conway, NH.
Admission: For more information on fares and departure times, call 356-5251 or visit the website: conwayscenic.com
More information: conwayscenic.com
All aboard for this fun pumpkin picking adventure! Families can enjoy a leisurely round trip ride aboard vintage train coaches to the White Mountain Cider Company in Glen, where each child can visit the “Pumpkin Patch” and select their own pumpkin.
Keene Pumpkin Festival
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 1-7 p.m.
Location: Central Square in downtown Keene, NH
Admission: Free to attend
More information: pumpkinfestival.org
Although the Pumpkin Festival is back again in Keene, it's not exactly back to the way you remember it. The focus in 2017 is keeping it small, keeping it local and keeping it safe for everyone. 2017 is for rebranding and regrouping this beloved festival. The focus this year is on the children of SAU 29 and activities include pumpkin bowling, children's costume parade, live entertainment, dance performances and a downtown trick-or-treat.