Local pumpkin festivals and events lineup
Dates for this year's NH pumpkin festivals
30th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival
Dates: Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, 2019
Location: Most events are held in the area surrounding the Milford Oval in Milford, NH.
Admission: The Milford Pumpkin Festival is free to attend.
More information: www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org
This popular festival is presented by the Milford Improvement Team and typically attracts more than 35,000 people over Columbus Day Weekend. Weekend festivities include food vendors, two stages, a craft fair, carved pumpkins, the infamous Haunted Trail, beer and wine tasting for adults and a spectacular fireworks display. For the kids, don’t miss pumpkin painting and carving, face painting, scarecrow making, bounce houses and more.
Dates: Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: DeMeritt Hill Farm, 20 Orchard Way in Lee, NH
Admission: Free to attend.
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.
Carriage Shack Farm’s 6th Annual Pumpkin Fest
Dates: Saturday, October 11 through Monday, October 13, 2019
Location: Carriage Shack Farm, 5 Dan Hill Road in Londonderry, NH.
Admission: $10 for ages 16 and older, $8 for children, seniors and military.
More information: (603) 716-0629, www.carriageshackfarm.com
Bring your family to this 6th annual event and enjoy tractor drawn wagon rides, pumpkin decorating (one, small pumpkin is included in the admission cost), kid-friendly Halloween inflatables and a bubble station. For an additional fee, kids can get their faces painted or enjoy sand art and scratch art.
Charmingfare Farm’s Pumpkin Festival
Dates: October 5-6 and October 11-13, 2019 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Charmingfare Farm, Route 27 in Candia, NH.
Admission: $22, children; 23 months and younger get in free. Admission includes all activities and unlimited rides.
More information: (603) 483-5623, visitthefarm.com
Enjoy sack races, pumpkin spoon races and a pumpkin-rolling contest. Kids can test their skills at the Cow Milking Contest and try their hand at the Cow Pie Fly. Get your friends together or be part of a team and see if you can “Out Pull The Oxen”. Enjoy live music from Dan Morgan and even decorate your own pumpkin.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
Date: Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2019
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.
Monadnock Pumpkin Festival
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 1-8 p.m.
Location: Cheshire Fairgrounds, located at 247 Monadnock Highway in Swanzey, NH.
Admission: $10 per person, $5 for ages 5-12. Admission price includes pumpkin carving, fireworks, costume parade, fright fest, pumpkin bowling, bonfire, hayrides and more.
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
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Wristbands are required to participate and are $12 for kids, adults are free.
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.
Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta
Date: Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2019
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.
Pumpkin Patch Express
Date: October 18-20 and October 25-27, 2019
There will be two departures daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., plus 3 p.m. trains on both Saturdays.
Location: Conway Scenic Railroad on Norcross Circle in North Conway, NH.
Admission: For more information on fares and departure times, call 356-5251 or visit the website: conwayscenic.com
More information: conwayscenic.com
All aboard for this fun pumpkin picking adventure! Families can enjoy a leisurely round trip ride aboard vintage train coaches to the White Mountain Cider Company in Glen, where each child can visit the “Pumpkin Patch” and select their own pumpkin.
Keene Pumpkin Festival
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1-7 p.m.
Location: Central Square in downtown Keene, NH
Admission: Free to attend
More information: pumpkinfestival.org
The Pumpkin Festival is back in Keene, but it’s not exactly back to the way you remember it from the early 2000s. 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.