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Fun Fall Fairs & Festivals

What do you get when you pair crisp fresh air and dazzling fall foliage with great local food and nostalgic family fun? New Hampshire fairs and festivals! For generations, Granite Staters have perfected the art of celebrating this one-of-a-kind season. Now’s your chance to plan an unforgettable autumn getaway and get a taste for yourself.

Photo courtesy of Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

September 7-9
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Hampton, NH

Fried clams and fireworks. Lobster rolls, live tunes and tax-free sidewalk sales. There’s a reason the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has been voted “One of the Top 100 Events
in North America” 12 times. It’s a wicked awesome way to welcome the fall season and enjoy fresh-as-can-be seafood along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  

Photo courtesy of NHSCOT

September 21-23
Highland Games & Festival
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH

In one of the biggest celebrations of Scottish heritage in North America, The New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival brings three days of bagpipes, kilts and even caber toss (pretty much a contest to see who can heave the most trees in three minutes!) and hammer throw competitions to Loon Mountain. There will be traditional Scottish food, sheep dog trials, games, dancing, and whiskey and beer tastings. And the wee lads and lasses 14 and under are free!

Photo courtesy of Winchester Pickle Festival

September 22
Winchester Pickle Festival
Winchester, NH

Two words: Free Pickles! Yep. Come and get ‘em at the 21st annual Winchester Pickle Festival. In addition to all the crunchy, vinegary-goodness, there will be music, a parade, pickling contest and 50 artisans and vendors with locally made goods and crafts. And while you’re there, pop over to Main Street and pick up some fresh fruits and veggies at the Farmers Market from 10-2 pm.

September 27-30
Deerfield Fair
Deerfield, NH
Four days of fall family fun. That’s what you’re in for at the historic Deerfield Fair—New England’s oldest family fair. We’re talking pig scrambles and tractor pulls. Pumpkin weigh-offs and carnival rides. Live bands and magicians. Scavenger hunts, horse shows and high wire acts. And let’s not forget the hearty food, gourmet goods and sweet treats like maple doughnuts and cotton candy.

Photo by: Karen Stancik

October 1-21
Return of the Pumpkin People 33rd annual
Jackson, NH

In its 34th year, Return of The Pumpkin People is a self-guided leaf-peeping and pumpkin display tour of approximately 70 different properties throughout the town of Jackson. Creativity and artistry abounds, and you simply grab a map and go—you can even vote for your favorite displays. And if you’re doing a New Hampshire day trip to pick your own apples or enjoy some tax-free outlet shopping, this is a great route to take along the way.

Photo by: @aislinn_kalob

October 5-7
Warner Fall Foliage Festival
Warner, NH

The Warner Fall Foliage Festival has been delighting families for 70 years, and it’s no wonder why. This one’s nestled right in the center of a quaint small town painted with fiery leaves, and is packed with everything you love about fall in New Hampshire. There will be oxen and woodsmen’s contests, a road race and kid’s fun run, parades, lobster and fried fair foods.

Photo by: Robert Clifford Photography

October 12-13
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival
Laconia, NH
If you come hungry, you’ll leave happy at the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival. Downtown Laconia makes way for incredible local food vendors making fresh meat pies, apple crisp, cider donuts and kettle corn. And of course with 20,000 jack-o-lanterns, it’s a towering pumpkin paradise. And from haunted happenings, games and rides to road races and live music, there’s something for everyone at this fall festival.

Photo by: Mark R. Ducharme Photography

October 13
RiverFire Festival
Service Credit Union Heritage Park
942 Main Street
Berlin, NH

Just as a mid-autumn chill hits the New Hampshire air, things start heating up in the town of Berlin—literally. This free event treats visitors to fires ablaze along a historic mill section of the Androscoggin River, a bridge glowing with pumpkins, and hot air balloon rides. A Halloween party, hayrides, costume parade and great food and music are also in store at the RiverFire Festival.