Local pumpkin festivals and events lineup

Dates for this year's NH pumpkin festivals

29th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival

Dates: Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7, 2018

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 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 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 5th Annual Pumpkin Fest

Dates: Saturday, October 6 through Monday, October 8, 2018

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 5th 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: Saturday, October 6 through Monday, October 8, 2018 | 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 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2018

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.

Somersworth Pumpkin Festival

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 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 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2018

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.

4th Annual New England Pumpkin Carving Competition & Expo

Date: October 19-21, 2018

Location: Jackson Village Park in Jackson, NH

Admission: Free to attend.

More information: www.jacksonnh.com

Watch as teams compete for first place in a unique carving competition. In addition to the fierce competition, there's a special kid's carving competition, food and other entertainment as part of the All Things Pumpkin Festival (happening October 14-21 in Jackson).

Monadnock Pumpkin Festival

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2018 from 1-9 p.m.

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

Admission: $5 for everyone over 5 years old and onsite parking is $10. 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.

Pumpkin Patch Express

Date: October 19-21 and October 26-28, 2018
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 28, 2018 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 again in Keene, but it's not exactly back to the way you remember it. The goal in 2017 was to keep it small, local and safe for everyone. 2017 was a successful rebranding and regrouping year for this beloved festival that centered on the children of SAU 29. The 2018 Keene Pumpkin Festival activities are still being planned, but it's likely that it will be similar to 2017 and the focus will be children, music and pumpkins.

Categories: Fall Fun