As the season changes from summer to fall, we realize just how lucky we are to live, work, and play in the White Mountains. Not only are we surrounded by spectacular scenery, stunning mountain views, and the best foliage display, we also have some pretty awesome events to keep us out and about pretty much every weekend through October. Here’s a sneak peek at the fun we’ll be having the next couple of months.
North Country Moose Festival in Colebrook-August 23 & 24
Celebrate all things Moose at the 28th annual North Country Moose Festival! Held annually the weekend before Labor Day, this year’s festivities include a moose calling contest, moose chili, live music, artisan craft vendors, as well as family favorites like horse wagon rides, a dog show, and maple syrup tasting contest - not to mention the classic car show!
Guided Evening Lantern Tours at Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves-August 23-25, 28, Aug, 30-Sept. 1, Sept. 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12
The mystery of the boulder caves and rock formations become even more dramatic under the flicker of lantern light and headlamps. These 1.5 hour guided evening tours begin at dusk and are followed by s’mores around the campfire.
Lancaster Fair-August 29-September 2
The Lancaster Fair features agricultural activities, a large midway, 4-H exhibits, motorized competitions, food, and live music and has been a North Country favorite for 149 years.
Waterville Valley End of Summer Bash-September 1
Waterville Valley sends summer out with a bang and rings in its colorful fall season. Outdoor concerts, kids’ games, the annual Duck Race on Corcoran Pond, fireworks, and more!
Rubber Ducky Regatta in North Woodstock-September 2
Come to the 23rd annual (almost) World Famous Rubber Ducky Regatta and watch over 2,000 ducks float down the Pemi River! Ducks can be adopted online at or on site the day of the event. There will be face painting, games, and other activities happening during the event, and your duck also has a chance of winning a fabulous prize.
This gathering features a colonial encampment of reenactors representing the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man periods. There will be cooking, tomahawk throwing, and cannon competitions, archery, wood carving games, and other period activities.
New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival-September 20-22
Grab your kilt for the 44th annual New Hampshire Highland Games Festival! One of the largest Scottish festivals in the country, the Highland Games will feature top Scottish bands, classic Highlander cuisine, Scottish heavy athletics, and dozens of other unique cultural attractions.
Littleton Arts and Cultural Festival-September 21
Come to downtown Littleton and enjoy live music, historic tours, art and craft vendors, kid’s activity area, food, and Main Street shopping deals.
Enjoy a celebration of historic agricultural life with seasonal food and festivities, harvesting and gardening demonstrations, historic agricultural exhibits and displays, live music, tractor rides, vendors, seasonal games and crafts for kids of all ages.
Celebrate fall at Settlers Green with free, family-friendly activities including face painting, pumpkin painting and horse-drawn hay rides. Pumpkin carving demonstration by local artist William Janelle, plus free apples and cider!
To ring in Schilling Beer Co.’s 6th anniversary, they are inviting you to help them celebrate with over 20 breweries, live music, and great grub from their food truck.
The Fryeburg Fair-September 29-October 6
Held just over the border of New Hampshire in Fryeburg, Maine, this fair has been a fall tradition since 1851. Events include 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 Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain-Weekends September-October 26, October 31
Are you ready to be scared? Back for its 13th season, the Ghoullog is North Conway’s premier haunt and has been rated as one of New England’s Top Haunts. Featuring over 15,000 square feet of haunted rooms, hallways, and mazes with spooks and ghouls around every corner.
This is New Hampshire’s Classic Fall Foliage Experience! Take the 1.5 hour foliage train ride, then stay to pick the perfect pumpkin at the Hobo Farm Stand. The Hobo Farm Yard is turned into a family-friendly playground with games like pumpkin bowling, ring toss, horse shoes, bean bag toss, sack races and corn hole. Check out the Super Hero themed Cornstalk Critters as well!
Celebrating 35 years of hosting one of New Hampshire’s premiere fall events. Take this self-guided tour of more than 80 different locations hosting Pumpkin People displays. Maps and People Choice Award Ballots will be available by September 1st.
The Sandwich Fair- October 12-14
This 3-day annual fair includes 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.
Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps while enjoying beer and brats alongside stunning mountain views. An Oompah band will provide the soundtrack to a stein-hoisting contest, keg toss, and kid’s activities–including a root beer keg toss.
Fall Foliage Fest at Waterville Valley-October 12-14
To complement 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!
Welcome to the 22nd Annual Oktoberfest at Attitash Mountain Resort! This two-day event features traditional Bavarian music from King Ludwigs Band, authentic German fare as well as a Biergarten featuring 20 local and regional breweries serving a host of seasonal beers and ciders.
RiverFire Festival-October 19
Watch the Androscoggin River in Berlin light up with the glow from hundreds of jack o’lanterns. 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.
Travel to the “Pumpkin Patch” in Conway, where passengers are invited to get off the train and participate in fun, fall activities. Each child can pick out their own pumpkin and enjoy some “Trunk or Treat” displays and barrel car rides.
Silly Spooky Halloween at Santa’s Village-October 26
It’s silly. It’s spooky. It’s Halloween at Santa’s Village! There are “spooky” areas for the older children and “fun” areas for the younger goblins. It’s a treat not to be missed. Shops cater to the Trick or Treaters, and it’s much more fun if you arrive in costume. Santa is usually around to see all the children in their costumes and those thinking ahead to Christmas.
WANTED: Grape Stompers with big feet and good balance! Head to the Seven Birches Winery, located at the RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain for a day of grape stomping, wine tasting, winemaker tours, live music, and more.
Littleton Gathering of the Jack O’ Lanterns-October 26
Community members and visitors alike are invited to enjoy family-friendly Trick or Treating on Main Street, a haunted walk along the Ammonoosuc River, bonfire, and food vendors as well as hundreds of pumpkins illuminated along the river!
It’s murder, mayhem and merriment aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Murder Mystery Dinner Train! Passengers can participate as much or as little as they like in the tongue in cheek humor and zany antics that will keep everyone on their toes as they work the clues to determine the killer on board.
For a full list of upcoming events, head to over to our Events Calendar, jam packed with fun events and happenings year-round.