Summer fairs and festivals

Dates for the best summer fairs and festivals in New Hampshire

New Hampshire fairs

Stratham Fair
When: Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23, 2017
Where: Stratham Hill Park
Route 33 in Stratham, NH
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North Haverhill Fair
When: Wednesday, July 26 – Sunday, July 30, 2017
Where: 1299 Dartmouth College Highway in Haverhill, NH
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Canterbury Fair
When: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Where: Baptist Road in Canterbury, NH
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Cheshire Fair
When: Wednesday, August 3 – Sunday, August 6, 2017
Where: Monadnock Highway in Swanzey, NH
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Belknap County 4-H Fair
When: Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, 2017
Where: Mile Hill Road in Belknap, NH
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Cornish Fair
When: Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Where: Town House Road in Cornish, NH
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Hopkinton State Fair
When: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4, 2017
Where: State Fairgrounds in Contoocook, NH
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Lancaster Fair
When: Thursday, August 31 – Monday, September 4, 2017
Where: 516 Main Street in Lancaster, NH
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Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair
When: Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10,  2017
Where: 15 Hill Dale Lane in New Boston, NH
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Deerfield Fair
When: Thursday, September 28 – Sunday, October 1, 2017
Where: Deerfield Fairgrounds
Route 43 in Deerfield, NH
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Sandwich Fair
When: Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9, 2017
Where: Sandwich Fairgrounds
Route 109 North in Center Sandwich, NH
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Family-friendly festivals

Wildquack Duck River Festival & Jackson Cake Boss Competition
When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Where: Jackson Village, Jackson, NH
More information: visit or call 603-383-9356
About: More than 3,000 yellow ducks float their way down the Wildcat River to the finish line where those holding winning tickets compete for $2,500 and great prizes like spa packages. Jackson’s Cake Boss contest draws bakers and pastry chefs from around the region competing with their most outlandish cake creations. Food vendors, kids’ games.

40th Annual Market Square Day
When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Where: Market Square in Downtown Portsmouth, NH
More information: or call 603-433-4398
About: This event has all of the things you love about a street fair – food, live entertainment, hundreds of craft booths and much more. The event kicks off with the Market Square Day 10K Road Race.

Master Sand Sculpting Competition
When: June 15-17, 2017
Where: Hampton Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH
More information: or call 603-926-8717
About: Watch sculptors transform sand into magical works of art. This three-day event also features sand sculpting lessons, live music and fireworks.

Hillsborough Balloon Fest & Fair
When: Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 9, 2017
Where: Grimes Field in Hillsborough, NH
More information: or call 603-464-0377
About: More than 30,000 people attend the annual Balloon Festival & Fair. Balloon flights, carnival midway, parade, road race, food, live entertainment and fireworks.

Fairy Land Festival
When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Where: Cate Park in Wolfeboro
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About: Cate Park in Wolfeboro turns into a magical and enchanted place for the annual Fairy Land Festival.

Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally (formerly, the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally)
When: Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6, 2017
Where: Drake Field on Route 28 in Pittsfield, NH
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About: This is a free event with free entertainment. Check out the hot air balloons, super night glow, pancake breakfast, carnival and midway rides,food, live entertainment and fireworks.

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
When: August 5 through August 13, 2017
Where: Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH
More information: or call 603-224-3375
About: More than 350 crafts-people showcase their work at the Craftsmen’s Fair. If it’s made by hand, you can find it here — jewelry, textiles, wood, furniture, glass, pottery and much more. Don’t forget to pick up a limited-edition annual holiday ornament.

26th Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Where: Jaffrey Airfield in Jaffrey, NH
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About: Live entertainment, food, games, 35-minute firework show; $8-$325 depending on group size and vehicle

Hampton Beach Children’s Festival
When: Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 18, 2017
Where: Ocean Boulevard (Hampton Beach boardwalk) in Hampton, NH
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About: A week's worth of free fun and events for the kids all leading up to a costume parade on Friday.

North Country Moose Festival
When: Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27, 2017
Where: Downtown Colebrook, NH
More information: or call 603-237-8939
About: The North Country Moose Festival weekend-long event includes craft booths, classic car show and a moose-calling contest along with food and live entertainment.

New Hampshire Highland Games
When: Friday, September 15 – Sunday, September 17, 2017
Where: Loon Mountain on Route 112 in Lincoln, NH
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About: Watch traditional highland games as well as enjoy live music, demonstrations and special kids events like storytelling, crafts, games and the junior games.

Annual Fairy House Tour
When: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017
Where: The grounds of the Governor John Langdon House, Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park and Pierce Island in Portsmouth, NH
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About: Bring your kids and enjoy the world's largest fairy house tour.

Food and drink events

Annual Chowderfest & Brews
When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Where: Waterville Valley Town Square in Waterville Valley, NH
More information: or call 603-236-8175
About: Area restaurants compete for the coveted Golden Clam for the best chowder. Regional brewers serve locally made beer. Live music.

WOKQ Chowder Festival
When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Where: Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH
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About: Each year, more than 4,000 people help kick off the Prescott Park Arts Festival summer season by enjoying more than 500 gallons of piping hot chowder served up for tasting.

16th Annual Best of NH Party
When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Where: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive in Manchester, NH
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About: The annual Best of NH Party is a tasting event that celebrates New Hampshire Magazine's readers' poll and editor's pick winners. More than 60 booths will have award-winning food and beverages and there is also live music and entertainment.

Rock’n Ribfest
When: Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18, 2017
Where: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Merrimack, NH
More information: or call 603-589-2333
About: The Rock’n Ribfest has local “ribbers” serving up barbecued ribs and other specialties, competing for the New Hampshire State Barbeque Champion title. Live music, children’s activities.

Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest
When: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Where: Pat’s Peak Ski Area, Flanders Road, Henniker, NH
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About: Head to Pat's Peak for a celebration of all things spicy and hot. This is an annual fundraiser for the Henniker Rotary Club.

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
When: Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10, 2017
Where: Hampton Beach on Ocean Boulevard in Hampton, NH
More information: or call 603-926-8718
About: The only place you’ll find fresher seafood and more variety is in the ocean itself! This festival features 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serving everything from fried clams to lobster along with landlubber fare like BBQ ribs, onion blossoms and desserts. Craft vendors, music and fireworks add to this not-to-miss event.

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