Local pumpkin festivals and events lineup

Dates for this year's NH pumpkin festivals

(Happy Fall! Please note that not all pumpkin festivals are happening  in 2020, or they have become virtual events, due to COVID-19. Before you go, check out the event’s website or Facebook page for complete information.)


Dates: Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: DeMeritt Hill Farm, 20 Orchard Way in Lee, NH

More information: demeritthillfarm.com

This family-friendly event is dedicated to all things pumpkin. The farm’s pumpkin patches will be open for PYO pumpkins or grab a pumpkin that’s been already picked. In addition to kid-friendly things like face painting, there will be pumpkin painting. Free to attend.

Charmingfare Farm’s Pumpkin Festival

Dates: October 3-4 and October 10-12, 2020 | Choose your time when you purchase tickets online

Location: Charmingfare Farm, Route 27 in Candia, NH

More information: (603) 483-5623, visitthefarm.com

Kids can test their skills at the Cow Milking Contest and decorate their own pumpkin.  Enjoy live music from Lynda Nelson and Dan Morgan. Take a tractor or a horse-drawn wagon to the pumpkin patch.

31st Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival (Virtual in 2020)

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020

Location: Virtual

More information: www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org

Local music and entertainment presented on virtual stages. 14th Annual Pumpkin Festival Variety Show presented on virtual stages. Online raffles and fundraising for the 2021 Milford Pumpkin Festival.

Pumpkins and Scarecrows Fall Festival

Date: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020; 1 to 4 p.m.

Location: Different Drummer Farm in Candia

More information: www.differentdrummerfarm.com

Everything from the scarecrow-building contest (go to website for details) to the arts and craft tent is guaranteed to keep you busy and having fun. Scavenger hunts, animal petting, optional pony rides, wagon rides, country games, entertainment and more. Plenty of snacks, sweets and treats. Crafty fall items, costume accessories and more can be found in the boo-tique.

Monadnock Pumpkin Festival (Cancelled in 2020)

Date: Returns in 2021

Location: Cheshire Fairgrounds, located at 247 Monadnock Highway in Swanzey, NH.

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.

Somersworth Pumpkin Festival (Cancelled in 2020)

Date: Returning in 2021

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.

New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival (Cancelled in 2020)

Date: Returns in 2021

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 pancake breakfast, beer garden, children’s activities, duck derby, hay rides, pumpkin bowling, a 5k and 10k road race, local craft vendors and much more.

Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta (Cancelled in 2020)

Date: Returns in 2021

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 a mini muster, pumpkin cook off, talent show, food, fun, kids activities and more.

Keene Pumpkin Festival (Cancelled)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020,  noon to 8 p.m.

Location: Central Square in downtown Keene, NH

More information: pumpkinfestival.org

The focus is on a family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of children’s activities (face painting, pumpkin carving, etc.), live music and entertainment, artist and yes, plenty of jack ‘o lanterns and pumpkins. Free to attend.

Categories: Fall Fun