The Insider’s Guide to Summer in N.H.

June 9

The Thing In The Spring

The Thing In The Spring is a four-day spectacle, June 9-12, featuring music, an arts fair, readings and the Kubb Classic. Event Fee: $10-50. Where: Downtown Peterborough. Info:


June 11

Laconia Motorcycle Week

It’s the world’s oldest motorcycle rally and it’s happening just up the road. Motorcycle Week runs from June 11-19 and is filled with bike shows, swap meets, poker runs, contests, vendors and music. Event fee: Prices vary. Where: Lakeside Ave., Weirs Beach, Laconia. Info: laconia


Mountain Bike Festival

Participants ride for 24, 12 or six hours. Cross-country and downhill events. Bicycle riders from all over come to Pats Peak to participate in this exhilarating bike weekend. Kids races and food vendors. Event also happens on Sunday. 9 a.m. Event Fee: Free for spectators. Where: 686 Flanders Road, Henniker. Info:, 428-3245.


Kids Con New England

Kids Con New England is the first and only comic book convention just for kids in New England. Promoting art education and literacy through comics, with fun activities for the whole family, artists, face painters, balloonists, Jedi training, play with pirates, superheroes meet and greet, fun games, costume contests, coloring & activity tables, Lego building contest, learn cartooning, kids sketch-off, and more. 10 a.m. Event Fee: Children 5 and up, $10. Children under 5, free. Adults, $12. Includes workshops and materials. Where: Holiday Inn, 172 N. Main St., Concord. Info:, 224-9534.


The Fells 25th Annual Plant Sale

Buy quality, well-established plants now before the heat of summer. We have an outstanding selection of plants and shrubs propagated and field dug from The Fells very own gardens as well as plants from the finest regional nurseries. Early bird opening for members from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sale opens at 9:30 a.m. Event Fee: Free. Where: The Fells Gatehouse, 456 Route 103A, Newbury. Info:, 763-4789.


Tie-Dye Demo with Kait Armstrong

The League of N.H. Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery is pleased to host a Spirit of the Maker demonstration with Kait Armstrong, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Armstrong will demonstrate the fabulous art of tie dye. Watch and learn the various techniques used to achieve vibrant and interesting patterns. Cotton fabric, dye and detailed instruction will be available for anyone who wants to create their own small tie-dye masterpiece. Event Fee: Free. Where: 279 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith.,  279.7920.


Steven Wright

Steven Wright, a prototype comedian, actor and writer, will perform at the Lebanon Opera House. Wright has appeared in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan, Canadian Bacon and Coffee and Cigarettes, and also lent his voice to a collection of films including Reservoir Dogs as the voice of DJ K-Billy. Wright has been a regular guest with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel among others, and continues to tour internationally. Event Fee: $35-49.50. Where: Lebanon Opera House, 51 N. Park St., Lebanon. Info:, 448-0400.


Digitization Workshop

Learn from the experts how to get started on digitizing your family documents and photographs at the N.H. Historical Society. Representatives from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will be leading this workshop and addressing such issues as how to prepare documents and photographs for digitization, best practices for digitization, choosing appropriate equipment based on your budget and computer set-up, and tips for making quality digital images of the documents and photographs you want to preserve for generations to come. Registration is required. Event Fee: $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers. Where: N.H. Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord. Info:, 856-0621.


Official Pollyanna Glad Day

Stroll through the gateway, visit the Pollyanna of Littleton sculpture, New Hampshire’s most welcoming attraction, and take a keepsake photo. Free event for all ages, rain or shine. 11 a.m. Event Fee: Free. Where: Main Street, Littleton. Info:


Henniker Brewing Kickoff to Summer

Join Henniker Brewing Company from noon to 4 p.m. at the brewery in Henniker for its 3rd Annual Kickoff to Summer event. This year we will be debuting a brand new dry-hopped Sour Ale, Sour Flower! The event will feature brewery tours, beer samples, food trucks, games, local musicians, vendors and more. No tickets or admission charge. It is an all ages event and we are pet friendly so bring out the whole family to enjoy the day. Musicians to be announced. Event Fee: Free. Where: 129 Centervale Road, Henniker. Info:, 428-3579.


Broke, the Affordable Arts

Broke, The Affordable Arts Fair will have 50-plus artists selling work for under $50. Food, music and fun. Event Fee: Free. Where: Downtown Peterborough. Info:


June 12 New Castle Village Walk/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. 1 p.m. Event Fee: $18, $23 day of. Where: Coast Guard Station, Off Route 1B, Newcastle. Info:, 436-6660.


The MoCo Minutemen

The era leading up to the Revolutionary War is filled with interesting stories and local lore that has inspired the fictional vignettes in this original production written especially for Storytime Theatre performers. MoCo Arts will collaborate with area artists and educators to bring the music, dance, costumes and history of the period alive while the children work together to create a musical theatre performance set in the late 18th Century. 2 and 4 p.m. Event Fee: $10. Where: 76 Railroad St., Keene. Info:, 357-2100.


World Oceans Day Celebration

The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces most of the oxygen we breathe, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! Join us to celebrate our one world ocean and learn about the important role ocean health plays in our everyday life, through fun, hands-on, family-friendly activities. All activities are free with admission. 10:30 a.m. Event Fee: $10/adults, $8/seniors, $5/children. Where: 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye. Info:, 436-8043.


June 15

Special Fireworks Displays

Come watch 18 spectacular fireworks displays shot from Hampton Beach over the ocean, this family event is free of charge and is always fun for all ages. Wednesdays, special events and holidays at 9:30 p.m. on the beach near the Sea Shell Stage. Event Fee: Free. Where: 170 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. Info:, 926-8718.


June 16

Sand Sculpting Competition

The fun starts June 16 when 250 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 master pieces on the beach. They will be lighted for viewing until July 5. The awards ceremony will take place on the Seashell stage June 18 at 8 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Event Fee: Free. Where: 170 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. Info:, 926-8718.


Best of NH Party

Join us for the 15th Annual Best of NH Party and sample food and drink from more than 70 booths while you enjoy a night outside at the ballpark listening to music, live entertainment and ending the night with an amazing fireworks display. You can feel good about partying with the best of ‘em because ticket sale proceeds benefit the NH Food Bank. One lucky event attendee will win an all-inclusive week’s vacation, including housekeeping and meals, for four at Squam Lake provided by RDC Resort. 6:30 p.m. Event Fee: $65, children 4-10: $19. Where: One Line Drive, Manchester. Info: /Best-of-NH, 413-5125.


June 18

Model Yacht Soling Regatta

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is excited to host this two-day championship model yacht regatta on Back Bay of Lake Winnipesaukee. Race is held on the Bridge Falls Path in Wolfeboro. 9 a.m. Event Fee: Free for spectators. Where: 399 Center St. (Rte. 28/109 North), Wolfeboro Falls. Info:, 569-4554.


Hampton Beach 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. Races are held throughout the day, and close to the shores so that visitors and non-sailors can admire the spectacle. Special fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. 9 a.m. Event Fee: Free for spectators. Where: 170 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. Info:, 502-7451.


Herb & Garden Day

Join us as herbal educators and seasoned growers from all walks of life will come together to share their unique knowledge and build upon a tapestry of age old wisdom about herbs and natural medicine, native plants, organic gardening, permaculture, traditional homesteading practices, fermentation, brewing and the power of nature to heal. If you are a curious seeker, intrepid plant lover, herbal entrepreneur, earth lover, or natural health advocate, this event is for you. Features 12 workshops on topics such as mushrooms, invasives, GERD, growing and using peaceful plants, flower essences for pain, community herbalism, fermentation and more. Between workshops, attendees can browse the herbal market and vendor fair, featuring over 30 vendors. 9 a.m.

Event Fee: $35 (workshops and market, $5 (just market). Where: McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord. Info:, 568-5740.


Mutt Strutt Dog Walk

Grab your tennis shoes and your four-legged friend for the 6th annual Mutt Strut! Make plans to enjoy the day with your pup and other animal lovers walking around Derryfield Park to benefit the Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter. Registration begins at 10 a.m., walk begins at 11 a.m. Raise $50 and receive a Mutt Strut T-shirt. Prizes awarded to the top three fundraisers. Pet fair vendors, live entertainment and goodies galore. 10 a.m. Event fee: $15; free for children 12 and under. Where: Derryfield Park, Louis Israel Martel Drive, Manchester. Info:, 628-3544.


All Aboard Claremont!

The Amtrak Exhibit Train is pulling into the Claremont Junction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet us at the station and come aboard for a free self-guided tour through Amtrak’s past, present and future. For the youngest rail fans, stop off at Chuggington Depot, featuring toy train and coloring tables. Enjoy family-friendly activities including performances by Claremont’s Off Broad Street Players, live music and food vendors. The city will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Moody Park. Meet at 8 a.m. and enjoy a guided bird walk. Event fee: Free. Where: Claremont Junction, Plains Road and Maple Ave., Claremont. Info:


June 19

Fathers Day Special at Conway Scenic Railroad

A special day for dad where he rides free in coach when accompanied by one or more of his children; Free in first class when accompanied by another paying adult. Complimentary appetizers served on board first class car. The dining car is not part of this special event. 11:30 a.m. Event fee: Fees vary. Where: 38 Norcross Circle, North Conway. Info:, 356-5251.


Badger’s Natural Perfumery Basics

Create your own customized botanical perfume at W.S. Badger. Learn the basics of traditional aromatherapy and the French system of fragrance classification. This is a hands-on workshop inspired by the work of Jeanne Rose, led by Rebecca Hamilton. Supplies will include an exotic range of essential oils, extracts and enfleurages along with organic spirits and perfume bottles. 1 p.m. Event fee: $25-$40 (includes supplies). Where: 768 Route 10, Gilsum. Info:, 283-5275.


June 23

Market Days Festival

Intown Concord’s 42nd Annual Market Days Festival returns to historic downtown Concord, June 23-25, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. all three days. Market Days is central New Hampshire’s biggest free community event of the year. A half-mile of Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic, transforming beautiful downtown Concord into a gigantic street fair with more than 160 vendors offering a vast array of food, shopping and entertainment. 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, Touch-a-Truck, Krazy Kids zone and Market Days mini golf. On Thursday evening, 102.3 The River will present a live music stage on North Main Street. And, new for 2016, the 10th Annual Concord Multicultural Festival will take place on Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m. on the State House lawn and Capitol Street. Market Days regularly attracts more than 50,000 attendees over the course of three days. This year’s festival features more vendors, more entertainment and a beautifully transforming Main Street. We invite everyone to come all three days and discover something new and different each day. Event fee: Free. Where: Main Street, Concord. Info:, 226-2150.


New England Brewfest

More than 100 craft beers from 30-plus breweries will be on tap for this ultimate craft beer weekend. The three-day festival features educational seminars on craft brewing and tasting, a beer dinner aboard the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train, and Saturday Night ON TAP, the biggest beer tasting event in the White Mountains. Event fee: Ticket prices vary. Where: Throughout Lincoln/Woodstock. Info:


The History of Fire Towers in NH

Join us as a former long-time forest fire lookout watchman shares his experiences helping prevent forest fires in New Hampshire. Learn how the watchmen communicated with the Forest Rangers and local fire wardens and fire departments and because most towers were located in remote areas, learn how the primary source of communication was using land-line telephone. 6:30 p.m. Event fee: Free. Where: New Hampshire Telephone Museum, 1 Depot St., Warner. Info:, 456-2234.


June 25

Art in Bloom – A Walking Tour

The Mountain Garden Club’s annual gift to Mount Washington Valley is this walking tour of the quaint village of Jackson, where pieces of art, and accompanying floral interpretations, are located at a variety of Jackson businesses (parking available at each location). From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m nearly 50 exhibits will be displayed. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., refreshments will be served. This highly popular tour is offered free of charge. Go through the Covered Bridge and follow signs in Jackson Village. Event fee: Free . Where: Village of Jackson, Route 16 A, Jackson. Info:, 264-9068.


Strawberry Fest

Enjoy a day of delicious strawberry delights and free family fun. Strawberry shortcake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry smoothies, hot dogs and chips will be savored by all along with live music, games, antique car show and raffle prizes. Event fee: Free. Where: 2503 Main St., North Conway. Info: 356-7104.


CHaD East-West Shrine Game

Kids playing for kids! More than 80 of the best graduating seniors will meet up for one final game to raise money for the families and services at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The 2016 CHaD East-West NH High School All-Star Football Game will be played at St. Anselm College. Kick-off is 5:35 p.m. Event fee: $10. Where: 100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester. Info:,


Odyssey Science Fiction and Fantasy Slam

The Odyssey Writing Workshop, a six-week summer program for fantasy, science fiction and horror writers, presents its 21st annual short story slam at the Nashua Barnes & Noble. Fifteen up-and-coming writers of fantastic fiction will read their original short stories, each five minutes or less in length. 3 p.m. Event fee: Free. Where: 235 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua. Info: 888-0533.


Exeter Summerfest

Join the family fun at the 2016 Exeter SummerFest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine) in downtown Exeter on Swasey Parkway. This year’s festival boasts “something for everyone,” from the young to the old. Live music, magic, storytelling, face painting, train rides and plenty of animals are some of the live entertainment throughout the entire day. Add in over 80 craft vendors and food vendors, this year’s festival is something you don’t want to miss! Additionally, there will be a pancake breakfast starting at 8 a.m., a chicken BBQ with entertainment starting at 4:30 p.m. and finally a movie under the stars at 8 p.m. Event fee: Free. Where: Swasey Parkway, Exeter. Info:, 772-2411.


June 26

Wedding Vow Renewal Service

Cathedral of the Pines annual vow renewal service is Sunday, June 26. Please call the office to register. N.H. Justice of the Peace Patricia Trow Parent officiating. 2 p.m. Event fee: Free, donations accepted. Where: Cathedral of the Pines, 10 Hale Hill Road, Rindge. Info:, 899-3300.


Capital City Classic 10K

Join Runner’s Alley and all your running friends for the 1st Annual Runner’s Alley Capital City Classic 10K Road Race! This race brings the 10K distance to the heart of downtown Concord, with a great course that starts and finishes on Concord’s historic Main Street right in front of the New Hampshire State House. The Capital City Classic will cap off Concord’s traditional three-day Market Days festival. 9 a.m. Uniquely designed T-shirts for the first 500 registrants. Event fee: $25-40, free for spectators. Where: North Main Street, Concord. Info:, 715-5854.


July 2

Independence Day Fireworks

Jackson Village & the surrounding communities come together to celebrate Independence Day. Join us as we light up the sky with a spectacular fireworks display Saturday, July 2, at approximately 9 p.m. The fireworks will be going off from our Jackson Village Park and will be easily viewable throughout Jackson Village but we do recommend that you come early to get a good spot. There will be ice cream, popcorn, glow necklaces, balloons and other fun stuff available. Event fee: Free. Where: Jackson Village Park Area, Rt. 16A, Jackson. Info:, 383-9356.


4th of July Weekend Craft Fair

Celebrate America at this fabulous arts & crafts fair with more than 80 exhibits inside and outside under canopies. Live music and food. 10 a.m. Event fee: Free. Where: 719 Cherry Valley Road, Rt. 11A, Gilford. Info:


4th of July at Waterville Valley

Spend the 4th of July weekend at Waterville Valley for a weekend full of excitement for the whole family. Enjoy fireworks, a parade, concerts and lots more. The fun starts on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with an Independence Day Family Carnival. Event fee: $10 for children’s wristband. Where: Waterville Valley Town Square, Waterville Valley. Info:


July 3

Loon Mountain Race

Named the “Most Competitive Hill Climb” by Runner’s World magazine, this tough course climbs more than 3,000 vertical feet in less than seven miles. The final mile of the race features a punishing climb up Upper Walking Boss, a black diamond ski slope with a 40 percent grade. 8 a.m. Event fee: $30-40. Where: 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. Info:


July 4 Celebration at Strawbery Banke

An old-fashioned family Fourth of July at Strawbery Banke outdoor history museum that starts with a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony and offers an old-fashioned filled day of family games and a decorated bicycle parade. Costumed role-players, historic house tours, 300-plus years of American history on the 10-acre museum site. Gov. Maggie Hassan reads the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Event fee: $20, free for children under 17, veterans, military and their families. Where: 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. Info:, 433-1114.


Rubber Duckie Race

Over 4,000 rubber ducks tumble down Mill Falls in Meredith, travel under Rt. 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. 4 p.m. Event fee: $5 for one duck, $20 for five ducks. Where: Meredith. Info: 279-6016.


Fireworks at Hampton Beach

Come watch a spectacular fireworks display shot from Hampton Beach over the ocean. 9:30 p.m. Event fee: Free. Where: 170 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. Info:, 926-8718.


July 8

Splash & Wag DockDogs

The dockdogs competition is a fun-filled weekend for competitors and spectators. It will feature three days of high-flying dogs. Anyone with a dog and a toy can participate. This world-wide event is open to both professional and amateur competitors. Event fee: Free. Where: 304 Daniel Webster Hwy., Belmont. Info:


July 9

Auto Show

Castle In the Clouds is hosting its annual Antique & Classic Automobile Show with a gathering of automobiles from the past. Come view stunning examples of autos dating from the turn of the century through 1979. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Event fee: $5 for spectators, $20-25 to register vehicle. Where: 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough. Info:, 476-5900.


Monster Mud Run

A fast and filthy 5k featuring more than 20 obstacles and 1,000 feet of climbing over 3.1 ruggedly muddy miles. Kids can get in on the action with the Mini Monsters Run, a fun romp through a pint-sized obstacle course. 9 a.m. Event fee: $68. Where: Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln. Info:, 745-5666.


July 10

Miss Weirs Beach/Miss Winnipesaukee

Preliminary to Miss America Pageant. Come watch the girls compete. Scholarships awarded help contestants achieve educational goals. 7 p.m. Event fee: Free. Where: 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford. Info:, 387-0271.


July 15

NASCAR Weekend

NASCAR takes over the New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 15-17 for its annual pit stop in the Granite State. Events and races all weekend. Event fee: Prices vary. Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106 North, Loudon. Info:


July 16

New England Vintage Boat & Car Auction

Boats and boating memorabilia and maritime antiques will be auctioned at the N.H. Boat Museum. New this year will be a selection of vintage cars for sale. Preview items on Friday, July 15, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, July 16, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Event fee: Free. Where: 399 Center St., Wolfeboro Falls. Info:


Rochester Blues/ BBQ Festival

Rochester Main Street volunteers will host their fifth annual Rochester Blues/BBQ Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the North Main Street/Cocheco Riverwalk area in downtown Rochester. Guests are asked to bring a lawn chair and enjoy some blues. In addition there will several other acts throughout the day, face painting, arts, crafts and a bounce house. A BBQ Cookoff Contest will feature local restaurants vying for plaques in the categories of ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, and the people’s choice award with a $100 cash prize. The restaurants will be offering their BBQ specials for sale. Event fee: Donation. Where: North Main Street/Rochester Riverwalk, Rochester. Info:


July 22

Day Out with Thomas

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 Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum, plus engine tours, mini golf, bouncy houses, and more. Percy joins Thomas in North Conway again this year. July 22-24, 29-31. Event fee: $20 ages 2 and up. Where: 38 Norcross Circle, North Conway. Info:


N.H. State Police K-9 Demonstration

The K-9 Unit has been part of the State Police since 1963. The teams, composed of a specially trained trooper and dog, are geographically assigned to all troops within the state. Are you curious about how these teams communicate with one another? Join us as a N.H. State Police officer shares how these relationships are formed, the various training techniques, use and operation of K-9 Units throughout the State. This presentation will include live demonstrations working with a dog. 6:30 p.m. Event fee: Free. Where: New Hampshire Telephone Museum, 1 Depot St., Warner. Info:


July 23

Uncanoonc Mt. 25th Annual Open House

Wander thru 2 acres of colorful display gardens and stock beds. Enjoy the formal Rose Garden. Extensive daylily collection in peak bloom. Over 900 varieties of perennials, roses, vines, choice shrubs, grasses and berry bushes available July 23-34. 9 a.m. Event fee: Free. Where: 452 Mountain Road,Goffstown. Info:, 497-3975.


July 30

Little Miss Hampton Beach Pageant

Little/Jr. Miss Hampton Beach, a sister pageant to Miss Hampton Beach, will be crowning a Little Miss and Jr. Miss Hampton Beach on July 30. 2 p.m. Event fee: Free. Where: 170 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. Info:, 512-5257.


July 31

Miss Hampton Beach Pageant

Join us this year for the 69th Miss Hampton Beach Pageant at the Seashell Stage Saturday, July 31st. 2 p.m. Event fee: Free. Where: 170 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. Info:, 512-5257.


Aug. 5

Stewartstown Day

Sugar-on-snow, chili dogs, homemade baked goods, music, entertainment, family-friendly. Friday: Coronation of Queen at 7 p.m., music, dancing, kids activities, vendors and fireworks at dusk. Canana men’s softball tourney at 6 p.m. Friday, on through weekend. Parade on Saturday. Event fee: Free. Where: Fletcher Park/Stewartstown Park, Main Street, Stewartstown. Info: 237-8939.


Aug. 6

Jericho ATV Festival

If you love off-road riding, this festival is for you. Join a poker run, try your luck in the mud, tackle the obstacle course or join the crowd in cheering on the mud runners competing in the popular Jericho Mud Races. Downtown Bock Party on Friday. Concert in the Park on Saturday. Aug. 5-7. Event fee: Nominal fee. Where: Jericho Mountain State Park, Berlin. Info:, 752-6060.


Craftsmen’s Fair

Make the Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair and the Lake Sunapee Region 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. Aug. 6-14. Event fee: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, free for children 12 and under. Where: Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103, Newbury. Info:


Aug. 11

Boathouse Tour

Visit historic and new boathouses on Lake Winnipesaukee in the only tour of its kind! Three ways to take the tour: on water in a vintage wooden boat, by land in your own car, or by land in an antique automobile. 9 a.m. Event fee: $40-150. Where: 399 Center St., Wolfeboro. Info:, 569-4554.


Aug. 13

Rock on Fest

Second annual event put on by the Rock On Foundation. Music, food, vendors and lots of family fun. 2 p.m. Event fee: Free. Where: White Park, Concord. Info:


Alton Bay Boat Show

This informal, non-judged vintage boat show is held at the Alton Bay town dock as part of the Alton Old Home Day. No advance registration necessary. All “woodies” welcome on a first-come-first-served basis. 9 a.m. Event fee: Free. Where: Rtes. 11 & 28, Lake Winnipesaukee, Alton Bay. Info:, 569-4554.


Lincoln Summer Craft Festival

The Village Shops and Town Green, along Main Street in Lincoln, will burst into color, flavor and sound for the 24th Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Festival, Aug. 13-14. Over 150 juried artisans from over 15 states will display and sell traditional American made crafts. Event fee: Free. Where: 138 Main St., Franconia. Info:


Aug. 15

Hampton Beach Children’s Festival

The family fun event of the summer kicks off on Monday, Aug. 15, and each day will be a blockbuster, filled with non-stop activity and entertainment, including mini-golf, a Ronald McDonald show, free ice cream, dancing, story tellers, balloons, a costume parade and a giant costume parade. Event fee: Free. Where: Hampton Beach. Info:


Aug. 20

Pittsburg Old Home Day

Celebrate Pittsburg’s 175th birthday on Old Home Day with events held all day. Festivities will be along Main Street, at the town park next to the church, and at the school. Event fee: Free. Where: Main Street, Pittsburg. Info: 538-7184.


Aug. 21

Fire on the Mountain

Two chili contests for professional and amateur chili makers highlight this family-friendly festival which also includes a Car Cruise-In, KidZone activity area, live music, food and craft concessions, beer tent. Noon. Event fee: $12 adults, $6 for children 10 and under. Where: Pats Peak, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker. Info:


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