With free nightly outdoor concerts and stars like Billy Idol and the Beach Boys playing the landmark Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach is New Hampshire's hottest hangout for summer music fans. It's just one place to let the music wash over you, though. Michael Bolton plays an intimate show at the historic Music Hall.
The state that holds the longest-running craft fair in America is a treasured place to gallery-hop. While the nine-day League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair at Mount Sunapee is annual, the League's seven fine craft galleries showcase handmade works year-round. The New Hampshire Stores at north and southbound rest areas in Hampton are also places to find Granite State-made keepsakes.
Art lovers can organize a weekend around the Monadnock Visual Arts Tour, which highlights galleries, artists' studios, an eclectic artisans cooperative and even restaurants displaying works by local painters and photographers. Or plan your own route by scanning our Event Calendar for exhibits at Museums & Galleries.
We have museums devoted to skiing, snowmobiling, telephones, farm life, history, science, aviation and art. The Currier is a gem with 13,000 works by Monet and more and tours of the only publicly open Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in New England.
New Hampshire's 15 State Historic Sites range from a Revolutionary-era fort to the homes of a beloved poet and a president to the Tip Top House: the sole survivor of a 1908 fire that engulfed Mount Washington's "City Among the Clouds." Many other intriguing properties, like Moultonborough's storied Castle in the Clouds, are operated by non-profits and local historical societies. Our 54 covered bridges, protected by state law, are a tribute to Yankee ingenuity and a lovely addition to our landscapes made by human hands.
Summer stock theater is alive and well in New Hampshire. Dramas, musicals and comedies will unfold on stages statewide. The Barnstormers, founded in 1931, is the world's last theater to still stage eight different plays in eight weeks during its summer run. Our Event Calendar lists productions you won't want to miss.
And filmmakers find our state alluring. Our theater tradition is strong and our scenery more dazzling than any Hollywood set. New Hampshire's Film & Television Office works with production companies, and the result is many scenes from beloved flicks were shot here. Find star locations with this Film Tour, which also spotlights film festivals and old-school cinemas that screen classic and indie movies.