Summer fairs and festivals
Save the date for the best family-friendly summer fairs and festivals in New Hampshire
New Hampshire agricultural fairs
52nd Annual Stratham Fair
When: Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2019
Where: Stratham Hill Park
Route 33 in Stratham, NH
More information: www.strathamfair.com
75th Annual North Haverhill Fair
When: Wednesday, July 24 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
Where: 1299 Dartmouth College Highway in Haverhill, NH
More information: nohaverhillfair.com
81st Annual Cheshire Fair
When: Wednesday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4, 2019
Where: Monadnock Highway in Swanzey, NH
More information: http://cheshirefair.org
Belknap County 4-H Fair
When: Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11, 2019
Where: Mile Hill Road in Belknap, NH
More information: www.bc4hfair.org
When: Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18, 2019
Where: Town House Road in Cornish, NH
More information: www.cornishfair.org
Hopkinton State Fair
When: Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2, 2019
Where: State Fairgrounds in Contoocook, NH
More information: www.hsfair.org
When: Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2, 2019
Where: 516 Main Street in Lancaster, NH
More information: http://lancasterfair.com/
Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair
When: Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, 2019
Where: 15 Hill Dale Lane in New Boston, NH
More information: www.hcafair.com
143rd Annual Deerfield Fair
When: Thursday, September 26 – Sunday, September 29, 2019
Where: Deerfield Fairgrounds
Route 43 in Deerfield, NH
More information: www.deerfieldfair.com
When: Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2019
Where: Sandwich Fairgrounds
Route 109 North in Center Sandwich, NH
More information: www.thesandwichfair.com
Family-friendly annual festivals
Wildquack Duck River Festival & Jackson Cake Boss Competition
When: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Where: Jackson Village, Jackson, NH
More information: visit www.jacksonnh.com or call 603-383-9356
About: More than 3,000 yellow ducks float their way down the Wildcat River to the finish line where those holding winning tickets compete for $2,500 and great prizes like spa packages. Jackson’s Cake Boss contest draws bakers and pastry chefs from around the region competing with their most outlandish cake creations. Food vendors, kids’ games.
Market Square Day
When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Where: Market Square in Downtown Portsmouth, NH
More information: www.proportsmouth.org or call 603-433-4398
About: This event has all of the things you love about a street fair – food, live entertainment, hundreds of craft booths and much more. The event kicks off with the Market Square Day 10K Road Race.
19th Annual Master Sand Sculpting Competition
When: Thursday, June 20 – Saturday, June 22, 2019
Where: Hampton Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH
More information: www.hamptonbeach.org or call 603-926-8717
About: Watch sculptors transform sand into magical works of art. This three-day event also features sand sculpting lessons, live music and fireworks. The entire area is illuminated for night viewing through Thursday, June 27.
45th Annual Market Days Festival
When: Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22, 2019
Where: Downtown Concord, NH
More information: intownconcord.org
About: This three-day street festival draws thousands of people to Main Street for food, artisans, vendors, live entertainment and more.
Hillsborough Balloon Fest & Fair
When: Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14, 2019
Where: Grimes Field in Hillsborough, NH
More information: www.balloonfestival.org
About: More than 30,000 people attend the annual Balloon Festival & Fair. Balloon flights, carnival midway, parade, road race, food, live entertainment and fireworks.
American Independence Festival
When: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Where: American Independence Museum
1 Governor’s Lane in Exeter, NH
More information: independencemuseum.org
About: Step back in time as your family roam the Museum’s grounds to see colonial living in action, learn to muster, play colonial games, enjoy re-enactments, explore the artisan’s village and more.
38th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally
When: Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4, 2019
Where: Drake Field on Route 28 in Pittsfield, NH
More information: suncookvalleyrotary.org
About: This is a free event with free entertainment. Check out the hot air balloons, super night glow, pancake breakfast, carnival and midway rides,food, live entertainment and fireworks.
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
When: August 3 through August 11, 2019
Where: Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH
More information: www.nhcrafts.org
About: More than 300 crafts-people showcase their work at the Craftsmen’s Fair. If it’s made by hand, you can find it here — jewelry, textiles, wood, furniture, glass, pottery and much more. Don’t forget to pick up a limited-edition annual holiday ornament.
Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks: Woodstock Legends
When: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Where: Silver Ranch Airpark in Jaffrey, NH
More information: jaffreyfireworks.com
About: Live entertainment, food, games, 35-minute firework show; $8-$325 depending on group size and vehicle.
Hampton Beach Children’s Festival
When: Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16, 2019
Where: Ocean Boulevard (Hampton Beach boardwalk) in Hampton, NH
More information: hamptonbeach.org/events/childrens-events/
About: A week’s worth of free fun and events for the kids all leading up to a costume parade on Friday.
North Country Moose Festival
When: Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 24, 2019
Where: Downtown Colebrook, NH
More information: www.northcountrychamber.org
About: The North Country Moose Festival weekend-long event includes craft booths, classic car show and a moose-calling contest along with food and live entertainment.
Auburn Day and 27th Annual Duck Race
When: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Where: Auburn Village (by the school and library) in Auburn, NH
More information: www.auburnhistorical.org
About: In addition to the famous duck race, visitors can enjoy the Salmon Falls apple pie contest, Duckling Dash 5k, Pretty Chicken Contest, New Hampshire artisans, crafters and vendors, children’s activities, food and more.
New Hampshire Highland Games
When: Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22, 2019
Where: Loon Mountain on Route 112 in Lincoln, NH
More information: www.nhscot.org
About: Watch traditional highland games as well as enjoy live music, demonstrations and special kids events like storytelling, crafts, games and the junior games.
15th Annual Fairy House Tour
When: Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, 2019
Where: The grounds of the Governor John Langdon House, Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park and Pierce Island in Portsmouth, NH.
More information: portsmouthfairyhousetour.com
About: Bring your kids and enjoy the world’s largest fairy house tour.
Food and drink events
30th Annual Chowderfest & Brews
When: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Where: Waterville Valley Town Square in Waterville Valley, NH
More information: www.waterville.com
About: Area restaurants compete for the coveted Golden Clam for the best chowder. Regional brewers serve locally made beer. Live music.
35th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival
When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Where: Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH
More information: prescottpark.org
About: Each year, more than 4,000 people help kick off the Prescott Park Arts Festival summer season by enjoying more than 500 gallons of piping hot chowder served up for tasting.
18th Annual Best of NH Party
When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Where: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive in Manchester, NH
More information: www.bestofnh.com
About: The annual Best of NH Party is a tasting event that celebrates New Hampshire Magazine‘s readers’ poll and editor’s pick winners. More than 60 booths will have award-winning food and beverages and there is also live music and entertainment.
Great American Ribfest & Food Truck Festival (formerly, Rock’n Ribfest)
When: Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16, 2019
Where: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Merrimack, NH
More information: www.greatamericanribfest.com
About: Don’t miss a weekend of live music, beer, children’s activities and, yes, plenty of food and mouthwatering ribs.
17th Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest
When: Sunday, August 18, 2019
Where: Pat’s Peak Ski Area, Flanders Road, Henniker, NH
More information: http://chilinewhampshire.org
About: Head to Pat’s Peak for a celebration of all things spicy and hot. This is an annual fundraiser for the Henniker Rotary Club.
30th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
When: Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, 2019
Where: Hampton Beach on Ocean Boulevard in Hampton, NH
More information: www.hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com
About: The only place you’ll find fresher seafood and more variety is in the ocean itself! This festival features 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serving everything from fried clams to lobster along with landlubber fare like BBQ ribs, onion blossoms and desserts. Craft vendors, music and fireworks add to this not-to-miss event.