Columbus Day Weekend Happenings

Columbus Day is just around the corner and the White Mountains region is gearing up for a busy holiday weekend. The fall foliage will be top notch and we will be jam-packed with fall-related events that you won’t be able to pass up.

Leaf 20th Annual Oktoberfest-Attitash Mountin Resort- October 7 and October 8


Attitash Mountain Resort will host its 20th Annual Oktoberfest which will feature traditional Bavarian music from the world renowned King Ludwigs Band, authentic German fare as well as a Biergarten featuring 19 different local and regional breweries serving a host of seasonal beers and ciders. A wide variety of activities will be available for kids and adults.

Leaf The Ghoullog-Cranmore Mountain-October 6-8 (weekends through October 28)

North Conway

Now in its 10th season, this is one you don’t want to miss. Navigate your way through 4 individual haunts, be chased through the dark woods and embrace the horror that’s waiting for you behind every twist and turn. While you’re there, visit the Haunted Playground! Scream the night away with unlimited rides on the Giant Swing, Soaring Eagle Zip Line, and Mountain Coaster. Special effects and the occasional ghost or ghoul can be found along the way.

Leaf The Fryeburg Fair- October 1-October 8

Fryeburg, Maine

Just over New Hampshire’s border in Fryeburg, Maine, the 167th annual Fryeburg Fair will be taking place. This 8 day agricultural fair will include many traditional events such as livestock and agricultural displays and competitions, midway rides, food and craft vendors, live music, and much more.

Leaf Harvest Express and Cornstalk Critters-Hobo Railroad-October 6-9 (Daily until October 15)


For those looking to enjoy the fall foliage by train, the one hour and twenty-minute round-trip train rides along the Pemigewasset River afford wonderful views of the fall colors. Passengers will be treated to “a taste of New Hampshire” with complimentary samples of New Hampshire made items such as Maple Drops, Pumpkin Granola or Apple Cider. In addition, the Hobo Railroad’s life-sized “Cornstalk Critters” will be on display and available to pose with. Created for the Hobo Railroad by the Annalee Doll Co. in Meredith, NH, this year’s theme is “Scarecrows of Sports”.

Leaf Return of the Pumpkin People- October 1-October 30

Jackson and surrounding towns

The town of Jackson and surrounding communities are celebrating 33 years of hosting this unique fall event. The Pumpkin People will be displayed at participating businesses and homes and with the help of the Pumpkin People official map, you can take a self-guided tour of more than 80 different locations hosting Pumpkin People. Map can be found at participating businesses, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, and on their Facebook page.

Leaf I and You-Jean’s Playhouse-October 6, 7, and 9


This is the final show for Jean’s Playhouse’s professional season. This two person drama revolves around classmates Anthony and Caroline. Anthony arrives unexpectedly at Caroline's door with a copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months. They both let down their guards and share their secrets, and unlock a much deeper mystery that has brought them together.

Leaf Lincoln Fall Craft Festival-Village Shops Parking Lot-October 7-9


Juried craftsmen and artisans will display and sell fine jewelry, quilts, pottery, folk art, stained glass, handmade soaps and more. Free Admission.

Leaf White Mountain Oktoberfest-Loon Mountain October 7 and October 8


Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps right here at Loon Mountain during this celebration of German food, drink, and music. An Oompah band will provide the soundtrack to a stein-hoisting contest, keg toss, and kids’ activities - including a root beer keg toss and pumpkin painting.

Leaf Brew Ha-Ha –Purity Spring Resort- October 7


Purity Spring’s Resort will be hosting the Brew Ha-Ha Festival, a celebration of craft beer, food, live music, and fun for the whole family. Along with beer samplings, there will also be Giant Board Game Madness, face painting, field games, and more.

Leaf Plymouth Fall Art Show- October 7


For 33 years, the Plymouth Fall Art Show is held in the college town of Plymouth in the beautiful Town Common. View, and perhaps purchase art by local artists and PSU students, and listen to live music.

Leaf The Sandwich Fair- October 7-9


This annual fall agricultural fair is held in the quintessential New Hampshire village of Sandwich and showcases local livestock, agriculture, photographers and more. There will be midway rides, helicopter rides, vendors, live music, and magic shows.

Leaf Fall Foliage Photo Cruise-Squam Lakes Science Center-October 7


This fall morning cruise for adults will set out to capture images of the brief, colorful foliage season on Squam Lake. Participants will photograph from the water as well as from different shore locations (weather permitting). Learn about lighting, composition, perspective, and subject matter (depending on comfort level and knowledge of participants). This trip is for beginning and amateur photographers alike.

Leaf Fall Foliage Celebration -October 7-October 9

Waterville Valley

To compliment the brilliant fall foliage, head to Waterville Valley for a weekend of family fun, including free outdoor concerts, merchant tent sales, ski swap, 5K road race, 1.6 K fun run, 10-mile trail race and more activities such as kid’s games, pumpkin painting and more.