Here in the White Mountains, we love to celebrate all things fall, and one of our favorite ways to do that is to attend a fall fair or festival. Luckily, we have quite a few to choose from! Come enjoy all things pumpkin, all things beer, fair food, farm animals, lawn games, and simply enjoying the beautiful fall foliage in the White Mountains.
The New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival-Loon Mountain-September 21-23
Join Scots and Scots at heart for one of the largest Highland Games in North America. 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!
Bring the wholy family to this classic New Hampshire Fall Foliage Experience. 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 the Small Screen”, will feature a variety of popular TV stars from across the generations!
14th Annual Harvest Festival-Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm-September 22
Seasonal Festivities and Old-Time Fun for All Ages!
A celebration of agricultural life and the historical crafts, trades, traditions and pastimes that accompany it. Enjoy trade and craft demonstrations, historic agricultural exhibits and displays, live music, friendly farm animals, a skillet toss, seasonal games, crafts, hands-on activities and more. Vendor products and lunch will be available for purchase; Remick produce, meats and gift items available at the Museum Store.
Fell Into October! Autumn Festival-Bretton Woods Adventure Center-September 29 & 30
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 family games, facep painting, uphill bike race and other outdoor adventures. There will be artisans showing their crafts, and delicious food to enjoy.
The Fryeburg Fair-Fryeburg, Maine Fairgrounds-September 30-October 7.
This impressive agricultural fair is held just over the border of New Hampshire and has been a White Mountains fall tradition since 1851. The fair offers exhibitions for farming, livestock, and over 3,000 heads of large animals being shown. Watch the popular Skillet Throw competition, and over 150 musical acts and live entertainment. There is also a parade, Midway, crafters, and all the fair food you can eat!
All Things Pumpkin Festival and the Return of the Pumpkin-Jackson and Surrounding Towns-The Month of October
This festival takes all things fall very seriously. Tour the Mount Washington Valley’s “Return of the Pumpkin People”, where nearly 100 businesses will create and display pumpkin creatures and people on their lawns. On October 20, there will be hourly “All Things Pumpkin Tours” where visitors will take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Jackson Village and taste and take home pumpkin edibles and keepsakes. The New England Pumpkin Carving Competition is the weekend of October 19-20, and snow sculpting artists come and show what they can do with pumpkins. There are many other fun events happening including pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed roasting, business open houses, and much more.
The Sandwich Fair-Sandwich Fairgrounds-October 6-8
This annual agricultural fair is held Columbus Day weekend, and 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.
21st Annual Oktoberfest-Attitash Ski Resort-October 6 & 7 This family-friendly 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!
Brew Ha Ha Festival-Purity Spring Resort-October 6
Hosted by Purity Spring Resort and held at the base of King Pine Ski Area, 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.
Fall Foliage Celebration-Waterville Valley-October 6-8
A great family event that includes free outdoor concerts, road races, kid's games, pumpkin painting, beer samples, a BBQ, live animal presentaitons and so much more!
Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps at Loon Mountain during White Mountain Oktoberfest, the region's largest celebration of German food, drink, and music. All weekend long, an Oompah band will provide the soundtrack to a stein-hoisting contest, keg toss, and kids' activities - including a root beer keg toss water balloon launching, and pumpkin painting. It's the perfect weekend to reconnect with old friends and make new ones during the weekend's full lineup of activities and entertainment.
RiverFire Festival-The Androscoggin River in Berlin-October 13
At dusk, the historic logging boom piers that dot the Androscoggin River will be lit with fires. For RiverFire, these old piers will be stacked with skids, which when set aflame, create a dynamic contrast of light over the dark waters. Take a walk along the bridge and admire the wonderful glowing carved pumpkins on the bridge. Other activities that evening include: Pumpkins on the bridge, hay rides, duck races, Riverfire 5K race, Zombie ATV Poker Run, hot air balloon rides, the “Not So Scary” Halloween Party, costume parade, live music, food vendors, and more.