Top 10 events happening in October




Ahhhh. Foliage festivals, fresh 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.

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

OCTOBER 5-7: 71st ANNUAL FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL IN WARNER

This festival is a Columbus Day weekend favorite and residents and visitors alike 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 5-7: 29th 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.
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OCTOBER 6: 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. 2018 marks the 34th 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 6-8: 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 12-13: NEW HAMPSHIRE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL IN LACONIA

Your family can expect the usual, fun pumpkin-themed activities like carving and painting, but there's also a 5/10K road race, costume parade, Riverside Duck Derby, beer garden and much more.  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 13: 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 19-20: ENCHANTED FOREST IN CONCORD

Head to the McLane Audubon Center in Concord for an enchanted evening of spooky, non-scary fun. Guests will take a walk through the woods among lit jack-o-lanterns and enjoy fun skits, live animals and campfire stories. This family-friendly event is best for ages 4 and older and is $10 for non-members and $7 for NH Audubon members.
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OCTOBER 19-21 AND 26-28: PUMPKIN PATCH EXPRESS IN NORTH CONWAY

This event travels to the “Pumpkin Express” in Conway, where passengers are invited to get off the train and participate in family-friendly, seasonal activities. Each child can pick out his or her own pumpkin and enjoy a few games, such as “Corn Cob Toss.”  There are two departures daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., plus there is a 3 p.m. train on both Saturdays.
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OCTOBER 26-27: GHOSTS ON THE BANKE IN PORTSMOUTH

Head to Strawbery Banke Museum in historic, downtown Portsmouth and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at the museum's family-friendly Halloween celebration. Long-dead sea captains, 17th-century shopkeepers and wayward pirates haunt the streets and houses of Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood as you trick-or-treat safely from house to historic house. The cost is $8 per person and takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. each day.
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OCTOBER 27: 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 ($9 for members; $11 for non-members).
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