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 11-13: Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, Hampton
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 18-20: Highland Games & Festival, Lincoln
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!

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September 26: Winchester Pickle Festival, Winchester
Two words: Free Pickles! Yep. Come and get ‘em at the 23rd 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!

October 1-4: Deerfield Fair, Deerfield
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 courtesy of Karen Stancik

October 1-31: Return of the Pumpkin People, Jackson
Return of The Pumpkin People is a self-guided tour of over 80 different locations throughout the town of Jackson. Creativity and artistry abounds as these pumpkin people can be found doing all kinds of crazy things...from flying across yards to deep sea diving!  Simply grab a map and go—you can even vote for your favorite displays.

Photo courtesy of @aislinn_kalob

October 9-11: Warner Fall Foliage Festival, Warner
The Warner Fall Foliage Festival has been delighting families for over 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 courtesy of Robert Clifford Photography

October 16-17: New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, Laconia, NH
With 20,000 jack-o-lanterns, the NH Pumpkin Festival is a towering pumpkin paradise. The pumpkins aren't the only stars of the festival though. If you come hungry, you’ll leave happy as Downtown Laconia makes way for incredible local food vendors making fresh meat pies, apple crisp, cider donuts and kettle corn. From haunted happenings, games and rides to road races and live music, there’s something for everyone at this fall festival.

Photo courtesy of Mark R. Ducharme Photography

October 17, RiverFire Festival, Berlin
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.