It’s the Insider’s summer guide!


June 12

92nd Laconia Motorcycle Week

The tradition continues. 2015 means it’s the 92nd Laconia Motorcycle Week, and many have made it their tradition to spend it at The NASWA throughout the years. Our resort is the perfect home base for catching all the events and action throughout the week since you can ride (or walk) down to the Weirs right from our resort, but don’t miss the daily events at The NASWA, either! There is no cover charge for the live music on the beach at the NazBar & Grill and Late Night at the Blue Bar! Staying with us is the best way to get the most out of your Bike Week experience. Where: 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Info: 366-4341,

June 13

Pats Peak Mountain Bike Festival

The 14th Annual Pats Peak Mountain Bike Festival features three events. There are lots of options to choose from including 24.12.6 Hours, Cross Country and Downhill (with many categories). Bicycle riders from all over come to Pats Peak to participate in this exhilarating bike weekend. Online registration is open. 7 a.m. Event fee: Free to watch, depends on event to enter. Where: 686 Flanders Road, Henniker. Info: 428-3245,,

Hampton Beach Catamaran Regatta

Hampton Beach Catamaran Regatta has become a highlight of the summer as champions and (relatively) new sailors alike converge on Hampton Beach for a weekend of sailing. The weekend is well organized, with races throughout the day, and held close to the shores so that visitors and non-sailors can admire the spectacle. If you want to sail you need to get in contact with the organizers through the details provided here. If you’re just watching, simply get yourself a good bit of sand, a camera and relax and enjoy the proceedings. 9 a.m. Where: 170 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. Info: 502-7451,,

Harmonium Music Fest

An outdoor music extravaganza. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., please carpool. Eight bands beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Ballroom Thieves, The Ghost of Paul Revere, The Soggy Po’ Boys, The Reconstructed [feat. Martin England], Rabbit in the Rye, Black Marmot, Annalise Emerick w/Brian Dunne Morrison. 10:30 a.m. Event fee: $15-40. Where: 664 First Crown Point Road, Strafford. Info: 566-0755,,

Henniker Brewing Company Kickoff to Summer

Save the date – we will be hosting our 2nd annual Kickoff to Summer Event here at the brewery  for the release of our summer seasonal, Artisan Ale! We will have free beer samples, brewery tours, games, live music, local vendors, food trucks, raffle prizes and more! Last year we had nearly 700 attendees so we will look to make this year’s event even bigger! Bring the whole family and enjoy the day with us. Noon. Where: 129 Centervale Road, Henniker. Info: 428-3579,

Waterville Valley offers “Brazil In Waterville” Festival

The event will feature Brazilian music, barbeque, and other Brazilian food and drink as well as activities. The fun begins on Saturday at noon with a live concert in the Town Square featuring the “Brad Ricardo Pablo Trio” playing the best of Bossa Nova – a fusion of Samba and Jazz flute. Local restaurants will offer a traditional Brazilian churrasco-style barbecue in the square. After barbecue, at 5:30 p.m., the 5-person Grupo Carmarote will fill the square with Brazilian dance music from Forro to Samba. On Sunday, Waterville Valley will offer a pick-up soccer games on the resort’s regulation-size soccer field, and children’s events will be offered during some games at the resort’s recreation department. Noon. Event fee: Free admission, charge for food and drink. Where: Waterville Valley Town Square, Village Road, Waterville Valley. Info: 800-438-2553,

New Castle Village Walk and Garden Tour

Visit a variety of exquisite gardens at Pontine Theatre’s annual New Castle Village Walk and Garden Tour. The self-guided walking tour takes participants on a leisurely stroll through the quaint seaside town and into several private gardens, some on the water’s edge. Tickets purchased in advance are $15 and may also be purchased online at On the day of the event, tickets may be purchased for $20 at the Coast Guard Station in the parking area off Route 1B, New Castle. The New Castle Village Walk will take place rain or shine. Event fee: $15 in advance, $20 day of. Where: Coast Guard Station, Off Route 1B, Newcastle. Info: 436-6660,

June 18

Sand Sculpting Competition

The fun starts June 18 when 300 tons of imported sand is used by 10 World Master Sculptures used to create astonishing works of art out of shapeless heaps of sand. When completed they are sprayed with windscreen (a solution of school glue and water) to protect them from the elements and remain standing for viewing for weeks creating a free museum of masterpieces on the beach. They will be lighted for viewing until July 5. The awards ceremony will take place on the Seashell stage June 20 at 8 p.m.  followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. 9 a.m. Where: 170 Ocean Blvd., Hampton. Info: 926-8718,,

Get Ready, Grow! (Fishways Fundays)

Which animals grow up in and around the river? What do they eat? Where do they sleep? Discover who raises young on the banks of the Merrimack and search for their signs around the Fishways. For children ages 4-5 accompanied by an adult. Programs include outdoor exploration and indoor crafts. 9:30 a.m. Event fee: $8 per family, registration required. Where: 4 Fletcher St, Manchester. Info:,

June 19

Rotary Rock’N Ribfest

The Nashua West Rotary Club’s 13th Annual Rock’n Ribfest will take place at the Anheuser-Busch facility. Last year, there were more than 30,000 attendees at this community based event. Sunday will be Military Appreciation Day. Active duty, reserve, ready reserve service members or National Guardsmen, and up to four of their family members will be admitted free of charge. Military personnel will simply need to show a Department of Defense photo ID to receive free admission. This year, bike in our 25 family fun ride on Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. with free admission into Ribfest after the ride and run or jog in the 5-miler road race on Sunday morning. 4 p.m. Event fee: $10 at the door, $7 purchased online in advance. Where: 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack. Info: 490-5397,,

June 20

27th Annual Walk for the Animals

Every year, animal lovers fetch their sneakers, leash up their pooches (or walk without a pooch) and take a walk together on this special day. Walkers raise money by finding friends, family, colleagues, businesses, co-workers, any animal lovers, to sponsor them. Get a team together or come as an inpidual participant. Teams are a great way for groups, businesses and organizations to get involved and a lot of fun for groups of friends, but every inpidual walker can make a difference too. All of the information and tools you need to get started will be posted at 10 a.m. Where: Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport, 80 Airport Road, Keene. Info: 352-9011,,

New Hampshire Dairy Day

Learn all about cows and dairy goats and taste the best of New Hampshire’s dairy products. Help churn the cream into butter, make ice cream and learn to make a soft cheese. Take barn and farmhouse tours, and visit the blacksmith shop. Free ice cream served from noon until it runs out! Ice Cream donated by our favorite place, Lone Oak Ice Cream Rte. 125 Rochester. 10 a.m. Event fee: $7 adult, $4 child 4-17, museum members free. Where: 1305 White Mountain Hwy/Route 125, Milton. Info: 652-7840,,

Summer Solstice Sizzle

Get ready for a mix of fun for the whole family – yes, even that reluctant teenager. Settlers’ Green is starting off the official first day of summer with giveaways and activities for the entire family! Head to the event to enter to win a pair of tickets to Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour stop in Foxborough, Mass., in July. We’ll be opening our History Walking Tour of Settlers’ Green to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the town of Conway. Explore the history of our property along a four-stop walking tour of Settlers’ Green, which was once the location of the White Mountain Airport. Pick up a tour map and commemorative wooden glider airplane at the event or anytime all summer long at Settlers’ Green Customer Service. We welcome members of the community and shoppers alike to follow along as we tip our hat to our town’s big anniversary. “What Makes Me Happy” Public Chalkboards To stay in check with our 250 Days of Happy Campaign, we’ll be unveiling our “What Makes Me Happy” Chalkboard Project at the Courtyard near Talbots Outlet. We want to know one thing that makes our shoppers happy and we welcome you to share that on these public chalkboards that will be on display throughout the summer. 10 a.m. Where: 2 Common Court Unit C13, North Conway. Info: 888-667-9636,,

Granite State Music Festival

Don’t miss this two day, non-camping, non-profit festival held in Concord. The 2015 GSMF will be the best ever, with some of the most amazing local and national musicians! Some of the highlights include killer bands, a solar powered beer garden, large stages, pro sound, KidZone, expanded food choices and great memories. Event fee:  $60 for 2-Day Pass, $30 for 1-Day Pass. Where: Kiwanis Riverfront Park, 15 Loudon Road, Concord. Info: 534-3592,,

June 25

41st Annual Market Days

Enjoy Intown Concord’s 40th Annual Market Days Festival. For three days, a half-mile of Main Street and side streets are closed to vehicle traffic, transforming downtown Concord into a pedestrian boulevard lined with more than 140 vendors offering a vast array of food and shopping options. The unique festival experience is enhanced by the participation of dozens of downtown businesses that bring their wares out into the street and serve up delicious local food. The Market Days Festival features seven program areas with some 36 hours of entertainment for all ages. Popular festival attractions include live music and entertainment in Bicentennial and Eagle squares, Free Family Fun activities on the State House Lawn, a beer and hospitality tent, an outdoor movie, community performances, the Concord Arts Market, and much more, including a Krazy Kids play area and Market Days Mini Golf course on City Plaza. New to the festival for 2015 is a free Touch-a-truck feature, with an assortment of vehicles on display each day at the northern end of the festival. And, as part of the celebration of the City of Concord’s 250th anniversary, members of the Abbot-Downing Historical Society will bring an authentic, beautifully restored Concord Coach to State House Plaza from 1 to 5 pm all three days of the festival, weather permitting. Free. 10 a.m. Where: Main Street, Concord. Info: 226-2150,,

June 26

New England Brewfest

New England Brewfest has found a new home at Loon Mountain! More than 100 craft beers from 30+ breweries will be on tap at this event, which is being held for the first time at Loon this summer. In what’s shaping up to be the ultimate craft beer weekend, participants will enjoy brewery tours, educational seminars on craft brewing and tasting, and Saturday Night On Tap, the biggest beer tasting event in the White Mountains. 11 a.m. Event fee: $60 per person for Saturday night On Tap beer tasting. Where: 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. Info: 800-229-5666,

Phantom Gourmet BBQ and Country Music Festival

Bands, brew and BBQ! Three days of live country music and line dancing! BBQ vendors serve up their succulent, finger-lickin BBQ specialties (a la carte pricing). Beer and wine garden, mechanical bull riding competition, hot dog eating competition, racing pigs at the Hog Speedway, Kiddieland family-friendly fun. 4 p.m. Event fee: $10, children under 10 free. Where: Rochester Fairgrounds, 72 Lafayette St., Rochester. Info:,

Country Rock Dinner Cruise Aboard the M/S/ Mount Washington

If you enjoy dancing to today’s country music, which combines the features of Rock ‘n’ Roll and country, this cruise is for you. Add a romantic evening aboard the M/S Mount Washington with a sumptuous buffet dinner and see the sun set on Lake Winnipesaukee. From Weirs Beach, 7-10 p.m.. From Meredith, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Event fee: $50 adult; $40 seniors 60+; $40 child. Where: 211 Lakeside Ave., Weirs Beach, Laconia. Info: 366-5531,,

June 27

2nd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival

“Creations Under Cover,” held on New Hampshire Covered Bridge No. 1 in Ashuelot. Featuring blue ribbon food vendors, handmade wooden toys, stained glass, photos, soaps, handmade doll clothes, quilts, rag rugs, jams and jellies, and more. 9 a.m. Where: NH Covered Bridge No. 1, Rt 119, Ashuelot. Info: 239-6310,,

Dash to the Palace

Dash to the Palace is the 1st annual Palace 5K/3.1 mile race. The race starts and ends at the Palace. Open to all ages! Prize money and medals will be awarded. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. 9 a.m. Where: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Info: 668-5588,

Summer Fun Craft Fair

Come and enjoy this fabulous arts and crafts fair with more than 80 exhibitors displaying a wide variety of juried crafts. Some of the exhibits will include gourmet dips/salsas/oils/vinegars, glass art, metal art, quilts and quilted table decor, pillow quilts, primitive crafts, folk art, fabric bags, fine jewelry, photography, wearable art, wooden crafts and lots more. Rain or shine, under canopy. Music. 10 a.m. Where: Tanger Outlets, 120 Laconia Road, Rte. 3, Tilton. Info: 528-4014,,

Summer Solstice Craft Festival on the Plains

The picturesque Kingston Plains along Main Street in Kingston will host the Summer Solstice Craft Festival on the Plains. 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, primitive and folk art, hand crafted soaps, country wood, quilts, doll clothes, fine jewelry floral designs and more. 10 a.m. Where: 150 Main St., Kingston. Info:,

Nature By Rail Aboard the Hobo Railroad at Lincoln

All aboard the Hobo Railroad’s “Rolling Classroom” where naturalist instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness provide a unique opportunity to learn about the environment that surrounds you during your one hour and twenty minute round-trip excursion along the Pemigewasset River. You’ll also enjoy a live animal presentation in our Choo Choo Theater where you’ll meet animals native to our region up close and personal! Recipient of “Best of NH” award in 2014. 10 a.m. Event fee: $16 adults, $12 children 3-11, free children 2 and under. Where: Hobo Railroad, 64 Railroad St., Lincoln. Info: 745-2135,,

June 28

Mount Sunapee Aerial Sky Rides

Enjoy the beautiful scenery at the summit of Mount Sunapee! Ride the Sunapee Express chair to Mount Sunapee’s 2,743-foot summit for a spectacular view. Weather permitting. Food and refreshments will be available from Mount Sunapee’s culinary services. 10 a.m. Event fee: $7 adult, $6 young adult, $5 junior, free children 3-5. Where: 1398 Rte. 103, Newbury. Info: 763-3564,,

June 29

Walks & Talks – Bird Watch

Come and explore the Castle grounds with Bob Ridgely, distinguished ornithologist. Walk the Castle’s meadows and woods as Bob Ridgely brings well known and exotic birds alike into view. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and notebook to record your finds. Limit 20 participants. Please note this special start time – our bird walk will depart from the Carriage House at 8:30 a.m. Event fee: $8 per person, free to friends of the Castle. Where: Castle in the Clouds, Rte. 171, 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough. Info: 476-5900,,

6th Annual NASWA Day

In 2010, former Gov. John Lynch named June 29 “NASWA Day” in New Hampshire for our 75th anniversary. Not only is it an honor, but it’s also a wonderful excuse to celebrate, so join us for NASWA Day. This year, we are celebrating 80 years, and you won’t want to miss the party or the live music on the beach! Live entertainment! 11:30 a.m. Where: 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Info: 366-4341,


July 2

Jazz at Sunset

Jazz at Sunset 2015 showcases favorite musicians from previous years along with some first-time Castle in the Clouds performers. This year’s duos consist of local and national musicians singing and playing saxophone, piano, guitar, upright bass and vibraphone. Jazz at Sunset is organized by guitarist Brad Myrick. Tickets required in advance; 476-5414. 5:30 p.m. Event fee: $10. Where: Castle in the Clouds, Rte. 171, 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough. Info: 476-5900,,

Front Porch Concert Series

Check out this collaboration with the Lebanon Opera House, and The Point Radio Station for another summer of great free music. It is our 10th summer of the Front Porch! Returning favorites and a new artist to kick off the series. Performances are Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Enjoy shopping and music at the Lebanon Farmers’ Market from 4 to 7 p.m. See full schedule online. 7 p.m. Where: Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon. Info:,

July 3

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

At 11 am, the community gathers for a traditional 4th of July parade. All are welcome to participate. For more information contact the Waterville Valley Recreation Department at 236-4695. Catch the 4th of July fireworks at 9:30 p.m. in Town Square follow a free outdoor concert. 11 a.m. Where: Village Road, Waterville Valley.

Summer Lobsterfest Aboard the M/S Mount Washington

A New England summer is not complete without a lobster dinner. Experience the romance of Lake Winnipesaukee at night aboard a cruise on the M/S Mount Washington. Dancing to live music and lobster dinner is included. BBQ Chicken is also served. Music on two dance floors. From Weirs Beach 7-10 p.m., from Meredith 7:30-10:30 p.m. Event fee: $54. Where: M/S Mount Washington, 211 Lakeside Ave., Weirs Beach & Meredith. Info: 366-5531,,

July 4

July 4 Freedom Celebration with Sam Adams

Happy Birthday to America! What better way to celebrate our nation’s history than to catch some rays on a gorgeous sandy beach at our annual event sponsored by Sam Adams Brewery? Join us for an afternoon of plentiful giveaways from Boston Brewing Company as well as fun, games and contests! We have a perfect view of the Weirs Beach fireworks from our docks and plenty of live music, too. We can’t help thinking the Founding Fathers would approve! Free live entertainment! 11 a.m. Where: 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Info: 366-4341,

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! 1 p.m. Where: 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack. Info: 595-1202,,

25th Annual Rubber Duckie Race

More than 4,000 rubber ducks tumble down Mill Falls in Meredith, travel under Rte. 3 and finish in Meredith Bay. First prize is $1,000 with four other top cash prizes followed by 23 prizes donated by local restaurants and merchants.Ticket sales end by mail on June 30 and race day at the park at 3:30 p.m. Event is at 4 p.m.  Event fee: $5 for one duck or 5 for $20. Where: Mills Falls, Meredith. Info: 279-6016,

4th of July Family Party Train Aboard the Hobo Railroad

Join us aboard the Hobo Railroad’s annual 4th of July Family Party Train! Your ticket includes our one hour and twenty minute train ride plus hot dogs, chips, a cold beverage, ice cream and a party favor aboard the train! Entertainment aboard the train is provided by Mr. Phil the Clown. Following the train ride, enjoy the Lincoln-Woodstock Fireworks Show from our parking lot at 9:30 p.m., just bring your folding chairs and cooler to enjoy the show. This special 7 p.m.  train is by reservation only. Boarding starts from our Hobo Junction Station in Lincoln at 6:30 p.m. Event fee: $20 per person, ages 2 and under free. Where: Hobo Railroad, 64 Railroad Street, Lincoln. Info: 745-2135,,

July 5

Loon Mountain Race

Named the “Most Competitive Hillclimb” by Runner’s World Magazine, this ridiculously tough race will force you to climb 2,100 vertical feet in less than six miles. The last kilometer of the race climbs straight up Upper Walking Boss, providing one of the toughest, most awe-inspiring finishes in the fast-growing sport of mountain running. This year’s race will be especially exciting, as it will serve as the 2014 USATF Mountain Running Championship. The top six men and four women will win a spot on the U.S. Mountain Running Team that will travel to the World Championships in Italy this summer! 8:30 a.m. Event fee: $25 pre-registration, $35 race day registration. Where: 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. Info: 800-229-5666,,

Lost River Gorge Evening Lantern Tour

Astonishing during the day this is a whole new adventure at night! Caves are lit by lanterns and boardwalks are lit by headlamps. Guided tour begins at dusk on weekends throughout the season. By reservation only; space is limited. Recommended for ages 5 and up due to safety concerns. 8 p.m. Event fee: $29. Where: 1712 Lost River Road, North Woodstock. Info: 745-8031,

July 10

On The Green Arts and Crafts Festival

Don’t miss the biggest and best arts and crafts festival on Lake Winnipesaukee. There will be more than 125 juried exhibitors including folk art, metal art, glass art, fine jewelry, water colors, acrylic paintings, photography, gourmet foods, wooden cabinets, personalized signs, scarves, quilts and fabric crafts, American girl doll clothing and accessories, wooden toys, pottery and lots more. Live Music. Food. Rain or shine under canopy. 10 a.m. Where: Brewster Academy, 80 Academy Drive, Rte. 28, Wolfeboro. Info: 528-4014,,

July 11

5th Annual Monster Mud Run

Home to some of the muddiest, gnarliest terrain in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Monster Mud Run will spank you with more than 20 obstacles and 1,000 feet of climbing over 3.1 rugged miles. Along the way you’ll crawl through culverts, drag snowmaking hoses through the mud, and swim across a snowmaking pond guaranteed to give you a full-body brain freeze. Past racers have called the Monster Mud Run the toughest obstacle course race in New Hampshire – and for good reason. But there are a few things you won’t find at the Monster Mud Run. You won’t find 12,000 other runners crowding the course, big egos, or ridiculous fees for parking and spectators. The Monster Mud Run is enough of a challenge; we don’t want all those other obstacles slowing you down. 9 a.m Event fee: Inpidual $68, duo $136, team of four $272. Where: 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. Info: 800-229-5666,

Antique and Classic Automobile Event

Join us for our annual Antique and Classic Automobile Event with a gathering of automobiles from the past at this classic country estate. Come view stunning examples of autos from the turn of the century through 1979. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Meadows by Shannon Pond, where the show will take place. All production automobiles built before 1980 are welcome! 10 a.m. Event fee: Free with Castle admission, $5 for auto event only. Where: Castle in the Clouds, Rte. 171, 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough. Info: 476-5900,,

New England Vintage Boat Auction

Boats and boating memorabilia and maritime antiques will be auctioned at the N.H. Boat Museum. Preview items July 10 from noon to 5 p.m. and July 11 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Donations and consignments welcome with a deadline of July 1 for consideration. 10 a.m. Where: 399 Center St. (Rte. 28/109 North), Wolfeboro Falls. Info: 569-4554,,

26th Annual Craft Fair at the Bay

The Lake Winnipesaukee waterfront along Alton Bay will come alive with color, flavor and music for the 26th Annual Craft Fair at the Bay. More than 75 Juried Craftsmen and women from all over New England will display and sell their American made works. Free admission and free parking. This event is held rain or shine. Handicap accessible and pets are welcome. 10 a.m. Where: Alton Bay Community House and Waterfront, 24 Mt. Major Highway, Alton Bay. Info: 332-2616,,

15th Annual HK Powersports Land and Lake Poker Run

Travel by land or lake to have fun and win prizes while raising money for Easter Seals N.H.! Competitors navigate checkpoints throughout the Lakes Region and receive a poker card at each one. Whoever has the best poker hands at the end wins! More than $700,000 has been raised for Easter Seals New Hampshire since the event started in 2000. We’ll be hosting the party for all the participants after the end of the run with live music and fun, so come join us! 11:30 a.m. Where: 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Info: 366-4341,

July 12

18th Annual Jewish Food Festival

You’ll be surrounded by the luscious smells and tastes of rich blintzes, kugels, potato latkes, meat and potato knishes, stuffed cabbage, a variety of amazing deli meats including brisket, pastrami and corned beef, as well as desserts such as rugelach and strudel, and more. Come to share the memories and family stories that the food of this rich Jewish tradition evokes and eat ‘til you can’t eat any more! The “Nearly New Boutique” is also definitely worth the stop as well. Check the Temple website for menus and details. 11 a.m. Event fee: Items range $2-$10. Where: 210 Court St., Laconia. Info: 524-7044,,

July 16

NASCAR Weekend

Whether you’re actually attending the New Hampshire 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway or just want to see the action from the best spot in the state, our big screens are the perfect place to watch during the race. Pre- and post-race activities are planned throughout the weekend, including live music Thursday through Sunday. 11:30 a.m. Where: 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Info: 366-4341,

July 17

Mount Washington Seek The Peak Hike-A-Thon

The largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory, Seek the Peak welcomes hikers of all ages and abilities to the rugged, windswept trails of Mount Washington. Boasting world-class alpine trekking and stunning views to the Atlantic Ocean, Canada, the Adirondack mountains and beyond, Mount Washington is the pinnacle of the New England hiking scene. Scaling its windswept summit as a participant in Seek the Peak offers an immensely rewarding physical challenge. 6 a.m. Where: 2779 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. Info: 800-706-0432,,

Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour

Join Thomas the Tank Engine, everyone’s No. 1 engine, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train led by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Enjoy storytelling, live music, unlimited motorcar rides, a fabulous Imagination Station organized and staffed by the Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum, engine tours, mini golf, bouncy houses, and more. New this year: Percy is joining Thomas in North Conway! 8:30 a.m. Event fee: $20 for ages 2 and up for a ride with Thomas and all event activities. $10 add on for ride with Percy. Where: 38 Norcross Circle, North Conway. Info: 356-5251,,

July 18

Adventure Park Crafts 1 at Gunstock

Approximately 30 arts and crafts exhibitors will be intermingled among the fabulous Adventure Park! This is a beautiful mountain resort with very popular family entertainment in the tourist area of the Lakes Region and Lake Winnipesaukee. Come and enjoy the beautiful arts and crafts and all that Adventure Park has to offer. 10 a.m. Where: Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Rte. 11A, Gilford. Info: 528-4014.,

July 19

12th Annual Reggae Day

If you didn’t think you could find a tropical paradise in New Hampshire, think again! Reggae Day is a favorite event of our guests, and if you come you’ll see why: order your favorite tropical drink and dance along while the band plays your favorite reggae music at the NazBar & Grill. Relax in the sun, grow out your dreadlocks and get your reggae on in style! So no woman, no cry – come stir it up with us on the beach, mon. Live entertainment! Jah Spirit at 4 p.m. Event starts at 11:30 a.m. Where: 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Info: 366-4341,

New Hampshire 301

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 23nd consecutive year July 19 in the form of the New Hampshire 301. This crucial Race for the Chase can play a big role in building a driver’s momentum toward a championship run. From 2010-14, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski used wins in this race to carry themselves into the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. 1 p.m. Event fee: Tickets range $35-$125. Where: 1122 Rte. 106 North, Loudon. Info: 783-4931,,

July 25

The Hebron Fair

On the picturesque Hebron Common at the north end of Newfound Lake, rain or shine, over 100 craftspeople, pony rides, children’s games, rummage, white elephant, baked goods, plants, books, lunch with homemade baked beans, auction 1 p.m., chicken BBQ 5:50 p.m. 9 a.m. Where: Hebron Common, 16 Church Lane, Hebron. Info: 744-5883,,

12th Annual Parrot Head Weekend

You can be in Margaritaville, but you don’t have to waste away! Instead, you can order the perfect Cheeseburger in Paradise (better known as the NazBar & Grill) and lounge on the beach while live Jimmy Buffett-style music fills the air both days. Changes in Attitude are sure to occur as the warm, relaxing environment and gracious hospitality take your cares away. The perfect weekend for all Parrot Heads – party on the lake Friday night then laze on the beach Saturday and Sunday. Free Live Entertainment! 11:30 a.m. Where: 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Info: 366-4341, 

Parrot Head Festival of New England

A weekend-long celebration for Parrot Heads across New England sharing the love of Jimmy Buffet, tailgating, grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts and ice-cold adult beverages in a phun island-inspired atmosphere. Two days of non-stop bands featuring Bluffett, the most incredible re-creation and tribute to the “beach-master” himself, Jimmy Buffett! Games, contests, giveaways, food vendors and merchants! Make sure you dress for the occasion; awards will be given for Best Jimmy Buffett look-alike, Best Island Attire, and Best Parrot Head. 4 p.m. Where: Rochester Fairgrounds, 72 Lafayette St., Rochester. Info: 978-361-2124,,


August 1

82nd Annual League of N.H. Craftsmen’s Fair

Make the Annual League of N.H. Craftsmen’s Fair your summertime destination. Bring your family and friends and experience fun and creativity during the nine-day Annual Craftsmen’s Fair. You can shop for one-of-a-kind craft in all price ranges, see demonstrations by master craftsmen, participate in do-it-yourself workshops, get ideas from indoor and outdoor exhibitions, and learn how to start a craft collection. It all happens at the scenic Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. 10 a.m. Event fee: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and groups of 20 or more, free for children 12 and under. Where: Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103, Newbury. Info: 224-3375,,

5th Annual 80s Weekend

Come have a totally tubular time at The NASWA! For the third year in a row, we’ll be blasting the most radical 80’s tunes all weekend. Come just to veg out or party hearty on the beach! We’re stoked to the max to see you looking bodacious in your 80s gear for our gnarly 80s costume contest. Come visit us to celebrate and pay tribute to the best decade, like, ever! Here are a few ideas for you as your 80s weekend checklist: leg warmers, neon clothes, acid washed jeans, banana clips, hair spray for sky high bangs, fingerless gloves, and swatch watches. Free Live Entertainment. 11:30 a.m. Where: 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Info: 366-4341,

16th Annual Chocolate Fest

An evening of chocolate temptations in the Town Square courtyard is accompanied by a free outdoor concert and fireworks. 6 p.m. Free. Where: 33 Village Road, Waterville Valley. Info: 236-8175,

August 6

58th Annual New Hampshire Antique Show

The New Hampshire Antiques Show is considered “the best show of its kind in New England” (Maine Antique Digest). The 67 professional antiques dealers who exhibit at the show save merchandise throughout the year in order to assure that the show maintains its longstanding reputation for “fresh-to-the-market” antiques. Exhibitors offer a wide range of both country and formal antique furniture and accessories including clocks, folk art, paintings and prints, textiles, woodenware, nautical and scientific items, metalware, glassware, pottery and ceramics, early lighting, samplers, Shaker furniture and accessories, decoys, architectural and garden ornaments, and books about antiques. 10 a.m. Event fee: $15 Thursday, $10 Friday and Saturday. Where: Radisson Hotel Manchester, 700 Elm St., Manchester. Info: 876-4080,,

August 8

23rd Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Festival

The Village Shops and Town Green along Main Street in Lincoln will burst into color, flavor and sound for The 23rd Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Festival. More than 150 juried Artisans from over 15 states will display and sell traditional American made crafts. Free Admission and plenty of free parking. The festival is held rain or shine. 9 a.m. Where: Village Shops and Town Green, 138 Main St., Franconia. Info: 332-2616,,

12th Annual NASWA Reggae Fest Weekend

Ya mon, we be jammin’ at The NASWA this weekend! The best drinks, the best music – the best weekend! 2015 will be our 12th celebration of everything reggae, so we’ve had lots of practice of making you feel like New Hampshire is actually a tropical island paradise. Let the live music and cool island drinks relax you into the perfect vacation! You’ll be transported to Jamaica, mon, where every little thing is gonna be alright! Don’t forget to wear your yellow, green and black to show your Jamaican pride, or just your favorite tie-dye will do! Free Live entertainment. 11:30 a.m. Where: 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Info: 366-4341,

August 15

7th Annual Living History Event N.H.

2015 promises to bring us a unique and exciting 7th Annual Living History Event in Hillsborough. We are excited to host some very special guests this year: Thomas Jefferson, authentically portrayed by Steve Edenbo; Louisa May Alcott portrayed by an artful Marianne Donnelly; and Daniel Webster via Jim Cooke. Once again, among us will be Laura Ingalls Wilder portrayed by the talented Melanie Stringer. And two return favorites: Mr. Bayly – our 18th Century Magician, and Tom Hanford and his Chimney-side Tales and a special parade led by the Traveling Troubadour! Children and adults alike will have access to many hands-on activities. Come and watch the making of maple syrup, apple cider, cooking on an old wood-fired cook stove, try your hand at the butter and ice cream churns, candle dipping, soap-making, old-fashioned laundry and ironing, pan for real gold, throw a pot on a wheel, assist a blacksmith. Learn the history, technique and tools of the trade while you watch a real stone wall being built. Sit in on a class with Ms. Brown in the one-room 1840 schoolhouse. Watch and learn from an awesome raptor program. Take afternoon tea and gingerbread with Ms. Regina, learn the minuet or how to stitch a simple sampler. Or the handcrafts of quill and ink or cornhusk dolls. Take in the history of lighting and the telephone. Visit the local historic Center Church. See what you can do with some beautiful old woodworking tools. Enjoy period music, games, magician, stories, costumes, handiwork and food. Stroll through early military encampments, witness historic battles, with mounted cavalry, and cannons roaring! Event fee: Adults $10, seniors $8, 6-17 years old $5, 5 and under, free. Where: 5 Central St., Hillsborough. Info: 464-5858,,

August 23

Fire on the Mountain: 13th Annual Rotary Club of Henniker Chili Fest

Two chili tasting contests featuring close to 40 chili recipes prepared by non-profit organizations and amateurs competing for cash prizes and area restaurants and professional chefs vying for the chance to be crowned “Best Chili in Southern NH” as determined by our panel of celebrity judges and the voting public. Your entry fee to this family-friendly event, held annually on the slopes of Pats Peak, allows you access to all the chili makers, live musical performances, local crafts and concessions, the KidZone activity area, food court, beer tent, car cruise In and much more. More than 2,000 chili lovers attend every year raising funds to support local, regional and international Rotary service and humanitarian projects. 12 p.m. Event fee: $12 adults, $6 children 10 and under. Where: 686 Flanders Road, Henniker. Info: 560-6279,,


September 11

2015 Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

Sixty food booths serving up a variety of seafood and more! Two stages of continuous entertainment featuring 15 bands and orchestras; Pat Whitley Culinary Chef Demonstrations; Kiddie Land featuring the best in children’s entertainment; a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday; also on Saturday, the third annual lobster roll eating contest . Don’t miss the thrilling skyping demonstration on Sunday; the festival will feature unique spectacular events for the entire family. 4 p.m. Event fee: $5. Where: Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach. Info: 926-8718,,

September 18

40th New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival

The New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival celebrates 40 years! Scotland so near! Come and visit the largest Scottish festival in the Northeast. Multiple music venues, more than 30 vendors with goods from “across the pond,” food, seminars and youth program. Competitions in Highland Dance, piping, drumming, pipe bands, fiddle and harp as well as heavy athletics and sheep dogs. Seminars, whiskey and beer tastings, Clan Village, and much more. 8 a.m. Event fee: $20-$35. Where: 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. Info: 358-7268, 229-1975,,

Author: Keith Testa

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