Top 10 events happening in September




Many of us have a love-hate relationship with September. New Englanders typically love the cooler air temps, but it also means that it's time for the kids to head back to school and that Old Man Winter will soon be knocking on the door. While the weather is still on the warmer side and the leaves are nothing short of magical, make sure you get outside and appreciate the beauty of early autumn in New Hampshire. Oh, and we also recommend that you squeeze in a couple agricultural fairs and cider donuts into your weekend itineraries.

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

AUGUST 30 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3: LANCASTER FAIR IN LANCASTER

The Lancaster Fair has been delighting the North Country for more than 145 years and is one of our favorite Labor Day weekend traditions. The annual fair has your usual fair staples: food, agricultural animals, midway rides and carnival games as well as a cruise night. One kid-friendly event that we're particularly fond of is the Power Wheels Derby which takes place on Saturday for kiddos ages 3-8 (it's about as cute and hysterical as it sounds!).
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AUGUST 31 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3: HOPKINTON STATE FAIR IN CONTOOCOOK

Another beloved Labor Day tradition is the annual Hopkinton State Fair, which has been a NH favorite for more than 100 years. There are tons of things especially for kids to do including a children's tent, animals to pet courtesy of the Charmingfare Farm Traveling Barnyard and a Saturday evening demolition derby.
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SEPTEMBER 7-9: HAMPTON BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL IN HAMPTON

Don't let summer slip away without one last trip to Hampton Beach. The water might not be warm enough for a dip, but there's still plenty of fresh seafood, activities for the kids, fireworks and a skydiving demo at this beloved, annual festival. Food and vendor booths line Ocean Boulevard for New England's largest beach party (and it's also been awarded one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association). If you have a big appetite (or just love watching a good competition), then you might want to check out the Lobster Roll Eating Contest that takes place on Saturday.
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SEPTEMBER 8: AUBURN DAY AND THE 26TH ANNUAL DUCK RACE IN AUBURN

This is one small town festival that really goes all out. Each September, thousands of Auburn and Merrimack Valley residents flock to Auburn Village for a day of local artisans, delicious food, and, of course, the famous duck race, which has a top prize of $1,000. There's something for all ages, including: Wildlife Encounters and Roaming Railroad (among other arts, crafts and duck-related fun for the kids), artisan demonstrations, Pinkerton Academy's Marching Band, Duckling Dash 5k road race and even a Civil War encampment. Don't miss entering your apple pie in the Salmon Falls Apple Pie Contest or brining your favorite hen to participate in the Pretty Chicken Contest. This event is free to attend and event proceeds will benefit the Auburn Historical Association.
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SEPTEMBER 15: BIOBLITZ! AT THE SEACOAST SCIENCE CENTER IN RYE

 

If you have a budding biologist, or just a child who loves to get his or her hands dirty and involved in nature, then don't miss BioBlitz! at the Seacoast Science Center. Started in 2003, this event is basically a day-long scavenger hunt across Odiorne's 135 acres and over the years more than 2,000 species of marine life, plants, mammals and insects have been identified. Kids can participate in particular programs or stay for a day of fun and learning. Fun fact: In 2017, 417 participants identified 601 species, 26 of which were new to the Seacoast Science Center's list.
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SEPTEMBER 16: 10TH ANNUAL GREAT NH PIE FESTIVAL IN MILTON

If you love pie (and who doesn't?!), then this event is for you. Attendees will indulge on all kinds of pies, including fruit, apple, savory and more and vote for their favorite. The competition will include professional bakers, at home bakers and junior bakers (kids 13 and younger). The cost is $10 for ages 3 and older and free if you bring your own pie to submit for the competition.
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SEPTEMBER 21-23: NH HIGHLAND GAMES AND FESTIVAL IN LINCOLN

This three-day, Scottish celebration includes strength competitions, more than 60 clans in attendance and entertainment for all ages. Visitors can also enjoy the pageantry and excitement of live piping and drumming, highland dancing, sheep dog hearding, and traditional Scottish athletic competitions.
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SEPTEMBER 22: 14TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL IN TAMWORTH

The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth marks harvest time with a special celebration of agricultural life in New Hampshire. All ages can take part in traditional harvest activities including cider-making and corn-grinding. Afterward, visit the barnyard animals and take part in crafts and traditional harvest games like cornhole.
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SEPTEMBER 22-23: FAIRY HOUSE TOUR IN PORTSMOUTH

Self proclaimed as the world's largest fairy house tour, this event boasts more than 150 fairy houses on display on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House and Prescott Park in Portsmouth. This event is perfect for kids with big imaginations and a sense of adventure. And, for the parents, this is a perfect excuse to explore Portsmouth's gorgeous South End neighborhood. Award-winning fairy author Tracy Kane will also be there signing her books.
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SEPTEMBER 27-30: 142nd DEERFIELD FAIR IN DEERFIELD

While we love all of New Hampshire's amazing fairs, The Deerfield Fair has a special place in our hearts. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why this fair takes top nods (in our humble opinion), but there's just something about bright fall days and crisp autumn nights paired with hot apple cider and, of course, a side of fried dough. This agricultural fair has hundreds of animals spread across dozens of barns as well as an extensive midway area filled with games and rides and countless food vendors. It also has some great local artisans and concession areas for when you need a break from ice cream, funnel cakes and onion rings. Don't miss the Flying Wallendas Family Circus which performs multiple times each day or Magician BJ Hickman.
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