One of our favorite things to do in the fall is to go to a Fall Fair or Festival. Who doesn’t love eating fair food, petting farm animals, playing lawn games, and enjoying the beautiful fall foliage of the White Mountains? Coming up this fall, there is a Fair, Festival, or an Oktoberfest just for you.
The New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival at Loon Mountain is just around the corner! Join Scots and Scots at heart September 15-17 for one of the largest Highland Games in North America. Come listen to live music, from pipe bands playing traditional Scottish tunes and ballads, to tribal beats and “bagrock”. Visit one of the 65 clans, run a kilted mile race, take in a seminar, watch Irish step dancers, or participate in a whiskey tasting. Don’t miss the Heavy Athletics Competitions which includes the Caber Toss and Hammer Throw. There is also a special athletic competition category for kids! For Game of Thrones lovers, "The Mountain" will be making an appearance to sign autographs as well as compete in the Stone Carry. Don’t miss out on the food, fun, music, and excitement of this annual White Mountains event.
The Hobo Harvest Time Express at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln is a classic New Hampshire Fall Foliage Experience. From September 16-October 15, passengers will embark on a one hour and twenty minute round-trip excursion through the woods along the Pemigewasset River. Delight in the beautiful fall foliage as well as complimentary samples of NH MADE seasonal items and specialty products aboard the train. Enjoy on-site activities including the Hobo Harvest Farm Stand & Farm Yard, pumpkin bowling, ring toss, sack races and bean bag toss. Make sure to bring your camera as you won't want to miss the "Corn Stalk Critters" – life-sized Scarecrows that have been created by the Annalee Doll Co. This year’s theme, “Scarecrows of Sports”, will feature a variety of popular sports stars from across the generations!
A bit of Bavaria will come to Schilling Beer Co. in Littleton during the Ammonoosuc Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 23. Enjoy Bavarian-inspired foods, lawn games, live entertainment, and much more. Head into the beer tent, which will be well stocked with special reserve beers from breweries from the Northeast, Midwest, and the West coast. This event is being held in conjunction with the Littleton Arts Festival as a way to celebrate the Littleton community.
If you’re looking for some old-fashioned fall fun, check out the 13th Annual Harvest Festival at Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth on Saturday, September 23. Celebrate agricultural life by playing seasonal games, viewing historical agricultural displays, testing out historic saws and pressing cider, and learning about historic trade with live demonstrations. There will be animals to meet and greet and live music.
The Bretton Woods Adventure Center at the Omni Mount Washington Resort will present its first annual Fell Into October Autumn Festival on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. This celebration honors all things New England and will have you “falling” in love with Autumn in the White Mountains. The weekend will offer a variety of events for the whole family. Take part in a Fat Bike Demo, family games, and other outdoor adventures. There will be artisans showing their crafts, and a Brews at the ‘Woods beer tasting event.
The Fryeburg Fair is held just over the border of New Hampshire in Fryeburg, Maine, and has been a fall tradition since 1851. The fair runs from October 1-8 and offers farming, livestock, and agricultural exhibits along with over 3,000 heads of large animals being shown. Watch the popular Skillet Throw competition, and over 150 musical acts and live entertainment. Take in the parade, Midway, crafters, and all the fair food you can eat!
The Town of Jackson is celebrating 33 years of the Return of the Pumpkin People. From October 1-31, take a self-guided tour of more than 80 different locations in Jackson and surrounding towns that will be hosting Pumpkin People displays. You will see Pumpkin People doing all kinds of things from flying across yards to deep sea diving.
The Sandwich Fair in Sandwich is an annual agricultural fair that is held Columbus Day weekend, October 7-9. The weekend’s events include a Midway, agricultural competitions, food vendors, live music, an antique auto show, and much more. Take the back roads to the historic village of Sandwich and marvel at the beautiful fall foliage that surrounds you.
Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett will be celebrating its 20th Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 7-Sunday, October 8. This event will feature a biergarten with local breweries, delicious German fare, traditional Bavarian music, and games and activities for adults and children. Test your strength during the Samuel Adams Stein Hoist Competition!
Join Purity Spring Resort in Madison as they host the Brew Ha Ha Festival on Saturday, October 7. Come celebrate with craft beer, delicious food, live music, and fun and games for the whole family. Sample beer from local breweries, enjoy festival-style food, and be a kid again while playing giant versions of Connect Four and Battleship. All of this set against the mountains and Purity Lake.
The White Mountain Oktoberfest at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln will be held Columbus Day weekend, October 7-8. The entire mountain becomes part of the festivities. There are several packages to choose from that include a Gondola Skyride, Beer College, and more. Relax with some Mountaintop Yoga before indulging in traditional Bavarian food, beer, and games. Kids can get in on the activities too with a water balloon toss, Corn Hole tournament, and a root beer keg toss. Enjoy music by the Alpine Oom-Pah Band while you soak in the mountain scenery during this annual event.
Watch the Androscoggin River light up during the annual RiverFire Festival in Berlin on Saturday, October 14. After a full day of fall inspired activities, the logging boom piers in the river are set ablaze and the bridge is decorated with hundreds of brightly lit, carved pumpkins. The day’s activities include hay rides, duck races, hot air balloon ride, costume parade, a “Not So Scary” Halloween Party, live music, a 5K race, and a Zombie themed ATV Poker Run.