The Insider’s guide to Spring in New Hampshire


April 1

Learn to flyfish

Discover this unique pastime! Members of Trout Unlimited will be our instructors, teaching us about fly fishing equipment, fly-tying, strategies and techniques, where fish live and how to read the water. For Beginner and Intermediate, four consecutive Wednesday sessions. 

$5 per person. Ages 9 and up. Advance registration with payment required. 6 p.m. 4 Fletcher St., Manchester. 626-3474,

Portraits In Groove: KSC Percussion Ensemble

The KSC Percussion Ensemble will focus on groove for their Spring concert. This includes: fusion feels of Béla Fleck and Spyro Gyra, dance rhythms of John Cage, the war drum rhythms of faculty composer Andrew Smith, polyrhythmic structures of student composer Joseph Warren, and the Jeff Porcaro Shuffle which is the foundation of ensemble director Christopher Swist’s composition Ternary Stereo which features a double row of drum sets, timpani, marimbas, congas, woodblocks and triangles. Craig Sylvern will join the ensemble on saxophone for Spyro Gyra’s legendary Morning Dance. Come take a tour of groove and style with the ensemble and directors Amy Garapic and Christopher Swist. 

$5-$10. 7:30 p.m. 229 Main St., Keene. 358-2177,

April 2

Fifth Annual Wine, Women & Wisdom

This is our annual ladies night out. It is a women’s health event with two featured speakers, a light supper buffet, a wine tasting, and a lot of fun tossed in. This event is by women, for women . . . about women. Our first speaker for this year’s event will be Dr. Erinn Fellner, Psychiatrist with Speare Primary Care. Her presentation will be “Beyond Medications; Alternative strategies for managing stress and depression.” Our second speaker will be Leslie Sturgeon, the founder of Women Inspiring Women. Her presentation will be “Behind the Cape: Lessons Learned from a Recovering Superwoman” Advanced tickets are recommended and tickets on the night of the event will be limited. Tickets are available for purchase online and at Speare Memorial Hospital’s front desk, Dressers Unlimited in Plymouth, and Oglethorpe Fine Arts & Crafts in Meredith. 

$10. 5 p.m. Common Man Inn, Plymouth. 238-6468,

April 3

Mount Washington Observatory Overnight Climbing Trip

Climb Mount Washington and stay at the Observatory! The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory, which has operated the legendary weather station atop 6,288-foot Mount Washington since 1932, offers this exclusive overnight adventure. Learn essential mountaineering skills as you ascend the tallest peak in the Northeast, then enjoy the comfort of a warm bed and a home-cooked meal inside our famous summit weather station. You won’t find another mountaineering experience like this! 8 a.m. 2779 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. 356-2137,

Opening Reception: “Imagining The Universe”

McGowan Fine Art announces the opening of “Imagining the Universe” featuring the art of Bruce Campbell, Mark Johnson and Shiao-Ping Wang. The show will run from March 31 through April 24. This is free and open to the public. Imagining the Universe offers three unique interpretations of the artists’ physical and intellectual worlds. Seascapes, pure abstraction and wire sculpture bring the viewer into the personal realms of these artists. 

Free. 5 p.m. 10 Hills Ave., Concord. 225-2515,

April 4

‘80s Day

Celebrate the return of spring by heading back to the ‘80s! Break out your straight skis and hop in your DeLorean for this celebration of big hair and bold fashion choices. Post your pics (#80sDayLoon). ‘80s Day is a complete throw-back party with an outdoor DJ, on-snow bar, photo booth, costume contest and so much more. It’s all capped off with a legendary après-ski performance from ‘80s cover band Fast Times in the Paul Bunyan Room. This is a day you don’t want to miss. 

Free with lift ticket. 9 a.m. 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. 229-5666,

The New Hampshire Maple Experience

Maple tours are back on tap at The Rocks Estate this spring. Discovering the history of maple sugaring, participating in the process of tapping trees and making syrup, horse-drawn wagon rides through the scenic Rocks property, and tasty treats have made these tours a favorite springtime tradition. Reservations are recommended. Visitors learn how to identify the sugar maple trees that produce the sweet sap for making syrup, hear the history of maple sugaring, and see part of the process demonstrated at the on-site New Hampshire Maple Experience. In continuing its tradition of partnering with area businesses, The Rocks has again teamed up with the famous Polly’s Pancake Parlor in nearby Sugar Hill to offer a tasty twist to the popular sugaring program. Polly’s will offer an abbreviated menu at The Rocks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day of The New Hampshire Maple Experience. Polly’s waffle and pancake mixes will be available for sale again this season. Kingdom Kernels Kettle Corn of Lower Waterford, Vt., will also be onsite, offering fresh-popped corn in two varieties. 

10 a.m. $15 adults, $12 children. The Rocks Estate, 4 Christmas Lane, Bethlehem. 444-6228,

Easter on the Green at Settlers’ Green

Join us for Easter egg decorating and more! The volunteers from the Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum will be hosting a wooden egg decorating event at Suite C22 (next to Customer Service) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Customer Service, just next door from the craft event, for a free coloring book, crayons and Easter chocolate. While supplies last. Plus, participating stores will have Easter treats available, so be sure to make your way around to the shops after you decorate an egg! 

Free. 10 a.m. 2 Common Court, North Conway. 356-7031,

Charmingfare Farm’s Egg-Citing Egg Hunt

Be sure to join us for the Egg-Citing Egg Hunt with over $75,000 worth of prizes. The Egg-Citing Egg is geared for children 2 to 10 years of age. Each child will hunt for eggs to fill their egg cartons and then visit with our Famous Prize Hen to receive their golden prize egg. There will be horse-drawn hayrides, tractor rides, visit the barnyard and meet our spring baby animals, take your photo with the Easter Bunny and lots more. Reservations are required and can be purchased online. 

10 a.m. $19 per person. 774 High St., Rte. 27, Candia. 483-5623,

Red Bull All Snow

Inspired by concrete skate parks and hand-dug halfpipes, this series will challenge competitors to throw down various tricks on snow only features focusing on flow and rhythm. No rails, no boxes, no wall rides . . . only snow features. From doubles, step ups, hand dug transitions, table tops, hips, and berms, this unique course is sure to challenge skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Divisions for free skiers and snowboarders. 

Free. Noon. 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. 229-5666, loon

Clydesdale Camera Day

The Anheuser-Busch Merrimack brewery offers guests the opportunity to bring a camera and pose for photos with a world-famous Budweiser Clydesdale. These “gentle giants” have been an Anheuser-Busch symbol of tradition since the first Clydesdale hitch and a red beer wagon paraded to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. While visiting, enjoy a free tour of our brewery. 

Free. 1 p.m. 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack. 595-1202,

Full Moon Ski

Come ski under the light of the moon. Ski into the warming cabin, meet up with others and do a loop or two through the woods, venture to the top and grab a view from the tower depending on weather. Free hot cocoa at the cabin. 

6 p.m. 427 Milan Hill Road, Milan. 752-4916.

April 5


Load the gondola and ride to the top of Loon Peak for an Easter sunrise service. Loon Mountain Ministry hosts a non-denominational service complete with stunning views, refreshments at the Summit Café and first tracks down the mountain. Kids can follow up their sunrise service with a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed egg hunt. Candy-filled eggs will be hidden at a few different locations around the resort for kids to get their mitts on. See the schedule online ( for ages & times. 

Free. 6 a.m. 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. 745-8111, loon

April 8

New Hampshire Youth Band

The University of New Hampshire Department of Music presents the New Hampshire Youth Band in concert in the Johnson Theater of the Paul Creative Arts Center on the Durham Campus. The New Hampshire Youth Band provides an enrichment experience to dedicated players of concert band instruments in middle school and high school, grades 6-12. The band is conducted by Professor Mark DeTurk, Coordinator of Music Education at UNH, and Eric Kobb, Band Director at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, N.H. 

Free. 7 p.m. Johnson Theater Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way, Durham. 862-2404,

April 11

YMCA Paddle Plunge and Family Fun Day

Southern District YMCA supporters will don their best costumes and plunge into the freezing Kingston Lake waters to benefit The Paddle Plunge. The Paddle Plunge is an annual event that raises money for the YMCA Scholarship Fund, which helps make YMCA programs more affordable for families in need. In addition to the Paddle Plunge itself, there are a lot of free activities for families and friends to do at camp: climb the treadwall, challenge a friend in carpetball, make s’mores and enjoy a healthy lunch. 

Free. 10 a.m. YMCA Camp Lincoln, 67 Ball Road, Kingston. 642-3361,

Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair

Buy American Made! Don’t miss this wonderful spring fair with beautiful arts and crafts including spring floral arrangements, gourmet foods, glass art, fine jewelry, folk art, garden decor, wood crafts, birdhouses, quilts, totes/pocketbooks, photography and lots more! Huge Raffle for N.H. Humane Society. 

Free parking. Free. 10 a.m. Opechee Conference Center, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia. 528-4014,

Slushpool Party

It’s been a long winter, so help us celebrate spring in style with the Slushpool Party. A spring tradition here at Loon, the Slushpool Party is a magical event in which skiers and riders try (and most often fail) to skim across a pond of ice-cold water. 

Free. Registration: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., event start 12:30 p.m. 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. 229-5666,

The Bee’s Needs: Diversity and Sustainability Of Native Pollinators

The Little Nature Museum presents, “The Bee’s Needs: Diversity and sustainability of native pollinators” with Sandra Rehan, Assistant Prof., UNH, Dept. of Biological Sciences and Hubbard Center for Genome Studies. Dr. Rehan will share information on the native bees of N.H. and detailed information on their natural history, nesting biology, habitat preferences, floral associations and prospects for their status in the future. 

Free, donations appreciated. 1:30 p.m. Community Room, Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook. 746-6121,

April 12

Caribbean Night

Escape winters grip! Let local steel drum band, Tropical Sensations, chase away those winter blues. Hors d’oeuvres and band will begin at 5 p.m. A tasty Caribbean sit down dinner will be served at 6 p.m. A silent auction will be held to benefit the Monadnock Regional Baseball teams. Dinner reservations are required. BYOB. 

$24.95 per adult and $13.50 per child age 5-15, $7.50 age 2-4, plus tax and gratuity. 460 Monadnock St., Troy. 242-6495,

April 15

Taste of the Nation 2015 Manchester

From 5 to 6 p.m,  VIP with special musical guest Alli Beaudr.y New Hampshire’s biggest night for foodies and restaurateurs from across the state in Manchester at the Radisson Hotel Center of New Hampshire. Join Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, the premier culinary benefit of the year, and sample the sumptuous flavors from nearly 60 restaurants across the Granite State. Taste of the Nation Manchester raises critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in New Hampshire and across the nation. 

$50 general admission, $85 VIP. 6 p.m. 700 Elm St., Manchester. 644-3200,

April 18

Jonathan Daniels Walking Tour

On Aug. 20, 1965, Jonathan Myrick Daniels was shot and killed by an off-duty deputy in Hayneville, Ala., while saving the life of an African-American teenager Ruby Sales. Daniels was an Episcopalian pastor and civil rights activist who answered the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for clergy to come south to assist him in his work in Selma, Alabama. In 1991, Daniels was made a martyr by the Episcopal Church, one of two Americans recognized as such to date. With several stops on this walking tour, beginning at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, the public is invited to celebrate Daniels’ life by revisiting the neighborhood and community which nurtured him in Keene. 

Free. 11 a.m. Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene. 352-1895,

April 19

Back To The Eighties Plunge

The New Durham Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a plunge into Merrymeeting Lake to raise funds for the 2015 Celebrate New Durham Day town celebration. Raise $50 to take the plunge and receive an event towel. Or, raise $75 to watch from the beach and still receive an event towel. And, don’t forget to dress up 80’s style for our “Back to the Eighties” theme. Plunge registration form can printed from our website. 

Free to the public. Noon. New Durham Town Beach, South Shore Road, New Durham. 859-5666,

April 20

Spring Color Power

This program says “WOW” to the yellows, reds and hot pinks in our midst in the spring! Bill Graham, one of New England’s leading floral designers, delights in creating traditional floral expressions and exploring new and innovative designs, all the while entertaining with humorous stories and anecdotes. 

With luncheon for members, $22; non-members, $25. 11:30 a.m. 179 Carter Notch Road, Jackson. 383-6668,

April 25

Celebrate Earth Day On The Farm

Earth Day Celebration on the Farm. Bring the kids and join us at the N.H. Farm Museum to celebrate Earth day. We will make seed tapes and paper pots for planting to bring home. You can help plant peas and radishes in our children’s garden and learn about worms and compost. Hear some stories and go on a farm tour to learn all about the farm animals. Take a nature walk with Moose Mountain Regional Greenways in the woods. We will make an early harvest and make some spring vegetable soup for everyone to try.

Admission is $5 adult, $3 children ages 4-17, museum members free. 11 a.m. 1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton. 652-7840,

April 26

Color Me Rad

Color Me Rad is coming to Manchester and New Horizons will be the beneficiary of this fun run! Color Me Rad is a 5K with the sole purpose of helping people smile. The event is not competitive and not timed. Walkers and runners are both welcome. Every 0.62 of a mile there are “color stations” where volunteers throw colored cornstarch on the participants, turning them into colorful running works of art. 

Registration is open now at Please use promo code: HORIZONS so we receive a portion of the registration. 10 a.m. Veteran’s Memorial Park, 889 Elm St., Manchester. 668-1877,

Kearsarge Chorale Presents Songs of Spring

Magnificat (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Choruses from The Seasons: Spring (Franz Joseph Haydn) Liebeslieder Waltzes (Johannes Brahms) Three Marian Antiphons (David L. Almond) “This Have I Done for My True Love” (Gustav Holst) “Ave Maria” (Josquin Des Prez) Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana (Pietro Mascagni).

 $10 donation requested. 3 p.m. Sawyer Center Theater at Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main St., New London. 526-4559,

Cabaret With New Hampshire Master Chorale

Shake off the winter and welcome in the spring with an evening of music and entertainment from the members of the New Hampshire Master Chorale. Before the show, socialize with the performers and place your bid on one or more of our fantastic silent auction items while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. The Cabaret, brought to you by Dan Perkins and the talented musicians of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, will feature the bawdy to beautiful music of Broadway with, who knows, maybe just a few surprises thrown in. It’s time for a Cabaret!

 Tickets start at $25. 6:30 p.m. 39 South Main St., Plymouth. 536-2551,

April 30

Craftworkers’ Guild 2015 Spring Craft Workshop

Free admission and parking. Nearly 80 juried artisans and craftspeople participate in the seasonal shop located in the historic Kendall House, 5 Meetinghouse Road, off Route 101 in Bedford, behind the Bedford Library. 

Free. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. 472-8109,


May 2

Annual Alpaca Shearing Day and Open Farm

Attend our annual Fleece on/Fleece off Shearing Event. What do we have for you? Free food and refreshments. The shop is open all day, browse our many items for sale, some handmade scarfs, other mittens, hats, fiber, roving. Mustards, jellies and many other items. While you are here you can walk around and visit the goats; it is kidding season also, we have our first batch of kids on the ground! We also have a few chickens, guinea hens, turkeys and bunnies running around. 

Free admission, donations accepted. 9 a.m. 65 Pickard Road, Canterbury. 783-9436,

Children’s Museum of N.H. 5K Road Race and Fun Run

The 5K Road Race begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue, Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue, just in front of the museum. Post-race activities, including an awards ceremony and refreshments, will take place in Henry Law Park following the race. The first 500 paid registrants will receive free race T-shirts, and the race is capped at 1,200 runners. A link to online registration can be found at Walk-up registration will be available at The Children’s Museum on race day starting at 7:30 a.m. up until 15 minutes prior to the start of each race. Children ages 12 and younger can participate in the Fun Run, which takes place at 9:45 a.m. in Henry Law Park. 

The 5K is $22 in advance, $25 day of event. Fun run is $8 in advance, $10 day of event. 6 Washington St., Dover. 742-2002,

May 3

Cycle the Seacoast

Join the American Lung Association for the 6th annual Cycle the Seacoast event in Portsmouth. There are three route options for this one-day cycling tour through the beautiful Seacoast region of New Hampshire; choose 25, 50 or 100 mile options. This ride is fully supported by volunteers, including support vehicles and rest stops along the route. 

Registration fee: $35; Fundraising minimum: $250 ($125 for ages 7 – 17). 7 a.m. 1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth. 624-0302,

May 9

Sheep and Wool and New England Alpaca Festival

Please join us this year for the New England Alpaca Fest and the 9th Annual New England Hands-On Alpaca Fleece Off! It’s all happening at the fabulous New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, where we’ll join our fellow fiber farmers and enthusiasts for a busy, fun-packed weekend chock full of livestock and fiber displays, vendors, seminars, demonstrations, and, of course, the fleece and fiber arts shows. Don’t forget to see the beautiful hand-crafted items in the Fiber Arts Show! Come to Deerfield Fairgrounds to the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival and NEAF all in one great place! There are fiber animals of all sorts, and tons of things to do. Stop by the Oxen barn to see the alpacas. 

$5 adults, $4 seniors 62 and over, children 12 and under free. 9 a.m. Deerfield Fairgrounds, 43 Stage Road, Deerfield. 783-9436,

6th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival

The scenic Town Common in Hampton Falls will come alive with color, flavor and music for the 6th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Craft Festival. More than 75 juried craftsmen and craftswomen from all over New England will display and sell their American made works including stained glass, original watercolors, pen and ink drawings, photography, pottery, carved wildlife, folk art, hand crafted soaps, country wood, quilts, doll clothes, fine jewelry, floral design and more. Come and sample the culinary delights of herbal dips, maple, pickles, jams, jellies, homemade fudge, strawberry shortcake, trail mixes and more. Live musical entertainment on the bandstand each day. 

Free. 10 a.m. Hampton Falls Town Common, 4 Lincoln Ave., Hampton Falls. 332-2616,

May 15

Spring Social Aboard the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train

Tapas-style dining on “the restaurant with the constantly changing view. This two-hour, 20-mile round trip will take you on a spur of the historic Boston and Maine Railroad laid in the late 1800’s to serve the historic “Grand” Hotels of the region. The Café Lafayette train cars offer spectacular views of the picturesque Pemigewasset River with its surrounding fields and forests. Keep your eyes peeled for moose, deer and bear while waving to canoeists and kayakers floating lazily down the river. The popular 1952 Pullman Planetarium car, the Granite Eagle, is an unusual tri-level car with an upper observation dome that also has windows fore and aft, giving the diner views forwards and back while the car is underway. The Indian Waters car is an exquisite 1924 Pullman-Standard Victorian Coach, filled with brass, stained glass and deeply aged woods. 

$90-99. 5 p.m. 3 Crossing at Riverplace, North Woodstock. 745-2141,

May 16

Spring Into Healthy Living Street Fair

We are excited to announce our 8th annual Spring into Healthy Living Fair – our annual showcase of local suppliers and farmers attended by more than 4,000 people. Supporting local and regional products is a central part of the Co-op’s mission – this annual festival is a fantastic opportunity to meet so many of your local farmers and producers. 

Free. 10 a.m. Concord Food Co-op, 24 S. Main St, Concord. 225-6840,

May 17

New Horizons Walk Against Hunger

Come join us for the 25th Annual Walk Against Hunger to benefit the hungry and homeless of Manchester. There will be food, entertainment and fun for all! Rain or shine. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and walk begins at noon at Veteran’s Park, Elm Street between Merrimack and Central Streets in Manchester. This event is pet friendly.

Donations accepted, minimum $10 per person for T-shirt. 11 a.m. Veteran’s Park, Elm Street between Central and Merrimack Streets,Manchester. 668-1877,

May 20

Heritage Plants Lecture: History of Apples and Cider in the U.S.

Author of Cider Hard and Sweet, Ben Watson will present a history of apples (and cider) in the U.S. and focus on the importance of persity and the popularization of heirloom apples for cider and dessert use — including N.H. apples like Granite Beauty and Nodhead (Jewett’s Red). This presentation will appeal to anyone who wants to enhance their “apple literacy,” has an interest in local food and biopersity, and wants to rediscover “uncommon apples of distinction.” 

Free. 7 p.m. Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene. 352-1895,

May 23

Memorial Weekend Craft Fair

Don’t miss this fabulous arts and crafts fair with more than 70 exhibitors with a variety of arts and crafts including beautiful glass globes, cedar wood beds/tables/chairs/lamps, photography, fine jewelry, wearable art, wooden crafts, gourmet foods, floral arrangements, quilted items and lots more. 

Free. 10 a.m. North Conway Community Center, 2784 White Mountain Highway Rte. 16, North Conway. 528-4014,

24th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Craft Festival

The scenic Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith will once again come alive with color, flavor and music for the 24th annual Memorial Weekend Craft Festival. More than 100 Juried craftsmen and craftswomen from all over New England will display and sell their work. Come and sample the culinary delights of herbal dips, maple, sauces, jams, jellies and more. 

Free. 10 a.m. Mills Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith. 332-2616,

May 24

Wildquack Duck River Festival

2015 is the 26th running of the Ducks and it promises to be even more exciting this year. This event offers great local and visiting food vendors, kids games and challenges, the Jackson Fire Department obstacle course, 5 Minutes of Fame Wildquack Duck Stage, Jackson’s Cake Boss Competition and more surprises. “Wildquack” the Duck will be there to welcome you to Jackson Village. Cheer, laugh and feel the excitement as over 3,108 ducks bob and splash their way to the finish line. Your Duck Race ticket could win you more than $1,000 in cash or one of more than 60 other valuable prizes. Every year more than $10,000 in cash and prizes are won. 

Admission is free, duck tickets, food, etc. sold separately. 8 a.m. Jackson Village Park, Rt. 16A, Jackson. 383-9356,

26th Annual Chowderfest and Brews

Area restaurants vie for the coveted title of best local chowder. Guests help by casting their vote! Noon to 2 p.m. Admission fee covers generous samples of chowder and a voting ballot. From noon to 4 pm, seasonal ales are available in the brew tent, accompanied by a free outdoor rock and blues concert. 

12 p.m. Village Road, Waterville Valley. 236-8175.

Keith Testa

Author: Keith Testa

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