Top 10 events happening in October



Ahhhh. Foliage festivals, hot cider donuts and pumpkin-spice everything. We LOVE October. Before the leaves fall off the trees and the ground is covered with a blanket of snow, make sure you get outside and take in the splendid site that is October in the Granite State. This month's top events

Here are the top 10 events happening in New Hampshire this month:

OCTOBER 6-8: 70TH ANNUAL FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL IN WARNER

This festival is a Columbus Day weekend favorite and residents and visitors will enjoy a long weekend of open-air concerts, two parades, a 5-mile road race, kids’ fun run, dance party, oxen and woodsmen’s contests, fresh lobster and chicken BBQ, amusement rides, street performers, and a host of artisans, farmer’s market, and food vendors. The event is free to attend but many local lots may charge around $5 for parking.
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OCTOBER 6-8: 28TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL IN MILFORD

The Milford Pumpkin Festival offers a little bit of everything for everyone of all ages. Kids will love carnival rides and bounce houses, along with the pumpkin catapult, face painting and the haunted trail. Adults will love the beer, wine and spirits tastings as well as local craft vendors and live music. Fun for all ages are the giant pumpkin weigh-off and scarecrow making and zombie walk. Admission and parking are free. Editor's tip: Visit with our friends Kathleen and Brad Barlow from the Milltown Cakes booth for a cake pop, cupcake or other treat while they last (your sweet tooth will not be disappointed!).
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OCTOBER 7: APPLE HARVEST DAY IN DOVER

Apple Harvest Day is an annual, family-friendly event, featuring more than 400 crafters, delicious food, live entertainment, music, 5k road race and more. 2017 marks the 33rd year for this popular fall tradition. This event is free to attend and is held annually on the first Saturday in October.
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OCTOBER 7-9: THE SANDWICH FAIR IN SANDWICH

The Sandwich Fair is bittersweet for us because it officially wraps up fair season here in New Hampshire. This family-friendly fair is focused on 4-H and agriculture, so the kids will love visiting with hundreds of animals spread across many barns. The antique auto show and parade as well as chainsaw carving are popular for all ages. Our favorite events on the weekend schedule include the miniature horse demonstration, oxen cart obstacle course and gentlemen's keg toss. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for ages 8-12 and free for kids under 7.
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OCTOBER 13-14: NEW HAMPSHIRE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL IN LACONIA

The popular Keene pumpkin festival moved to Laconia in 2015 and has since been a smashing success; in fact it's been so successful that the event now spans across two days. Your family can expect the usual pumpkin themed activities like carving and painting, but there's also a 5/10k road race, costume parade, zombie walk, beer garden and monster golf.  Attendees are invited to bring their jack o' lanterns to be a part of more than 20,000 lit pumpkins on display. This event is free to attend.
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OCTOBER 14: RIVERFIRE IN BERLIN

RiverFire might be one of the most unique events happening this month. During the day, there are family-friendly activities and things to do including a duck race, zombie ATV poker run, 5k road race, hot air balloon rides, hay rides and a children's costume parade. When nighttime hits, floating fires appear on the river and will leave all spectators in awe (the blazes actually burn on the historic boom piers along the Androscoggin River. The piers were once used during the height of Berlin's logging era, when they separated and guided lumber as it floated down the river to the mills of Berlin). The Piers are stacked with skids and set on fire creating a dynamic contrast between the dark waters and the bright orange flames. Along with the bonfires, the River Walk Bridge will be decorated with hundreds of creatively carved jack-o-lanterns. This event is free to attend.
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OCTOBER 14: HALLOWEEN HOOT 'N' HOWL IN HOLDERNESS

The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a great place if you've never been before. They offer special programs and trail walks throughout the year, but we especially love this Halloween-themed event. Guests big and small will venture out on an eerily entertaining 40-minute guided tour around the Science Center grounds. Trail walks feature live skits with a seasonal theme and depart every 10 minutes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Children are invited to come in costume, but reminded to dress suitably for outdoor weather. After the outdoor journey, warm up with Halloween games and tasty treats. Advanced registration is required as the event usually sells out ($8 for members; $11 for non-members).
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OCTOBER 14: OCEAN DISCOVERY DAY AT UNH IN DURHAM

The University of New Hampshire welcomes families to its marine research laboratories fo ra day of kid-friendly, hands-on demonstrations, tours and talks. Guests can check out the hand-powered wave talk, waltch animations of whale movements and operate mini remotely operated vehicles. Demos and talks on topics such as ocean renewable energy, aquaculture, seafloor mapping and underwater exploration are offered. Little ocean lovers will enjoy marine touch tanks, lobster banding and fish printing. This event is free to attend.
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OCTOBER 28: GHOSTS ENCOUNTERS IN CANTERBURY

Canterbury Shaker Village welcomes families to experience the other-worldly feel of the 200-year-old historic Shaker Village on the weekend before Halloween. This event is just spooky enough and guests will take a ghost tour through the village and hear true, spine-tingling stories. Children are also invited to trick-or-treat at the different houses.
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WEEKENDS IN OCTOBER: APPLECREST FALL FESTIVAL IN HAMPTON FALLS

Applecrest Farm Orchards is a lovely place to visit any time of the year but fall is especially fun because of the weekly fall festival events. Each Saturday and Sunday in September and October, visitors are invited to visit and spend the day sipping cider, carving pumpkins, listening to bluegrass music and enjoying a horse-drawn hayride. Don't miss the car show on October 9 or the special storybook hayrides October 22, 23, 29 and 30.
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