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Top 15 New Hampshire USA Events and Festivals

This list of Top Events USA presents only the top 15 New Hampshire USA events, festivals and fairs throughout the year.

Two of the main New Hampshire USA events are the statewide event of Maple Sugaring in March and the mid June Laconia Motorcycle Week known as “America’s Original Riding Rally”.

See below for a complete list of the main 15 New Hampshire US events.

Maple Sugaring in New Hampshire
New Hampshire

Just one of the top 15 New Hampshire USA events and festivals, a statewide event in which more than 50 sugar houses across New Hampshire open their doors to visitors, offering plenty of opportunities to tour maple orchards and sugar houses, learn how maple syrup is made, taste free samples of maple products and fill up on pancake breakfasts. Each year, the New Hampshire maple industry produces close to 90,000 gallons of maple syrup. Maple sugaring time in New Hampshire runs from mid-February to mid-April.

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Fields of Lupine Festival
early to mid June
Franconia, Sugar Hill and Easton, New Hampshire

top floweer and garden eventsin the USAHeld every summer, this regional festival, one of the main New Hampshire US events,celebrates the blossoming of the lupine, a captivating and bountiful wildflower. The communities of Franconia, Easton, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Littleton and Lisbon join together in this 3-week event to showcase a number of colorful events including a special pageant. There are also a number of events such as historic tours, garden workshops, concerts, contests, and performances. Artists and crafters using all types of media, whose work is inspired by regional flowers and plants, exhibit their work.

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Laconia Motorcycle Week
mid June
Laconia, New Hampshire

The Laconia Motorcycle Week, known as “America’s Original Riding Rally”, now considered to be one of the top 15 New Hampshire USA events and festivals, has been going strong for 90 years. Honoring every thing to do with two-wheeled motorcycles in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, the event attracts up to 300,000 visitors who come to take part in rides, short track races, meetings, parades, demos and various competitions. Popular parts of the event also include live music, karaoke contests,and even a “hot-legs” contest.

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Great Waters Music Festival
late June
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

A non-profit summer festival, Great Waters Music Festival presents over eight performances of both classical and popular music highlighting a distinguished array of choral, symphonic, folk, pops, jazz, Broadway, dance, as well as vocal and instrumental artists attracting more than 7,000 music lovers every year.

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Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Competition
late June
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

This event began in 2001 with 220 tons of imported sand and a 3-day competition of 10 world class masters creating their own unique sculptures. Since then, this invitational only event has grown in leaps and bounds making it the largest Masters competition in the Northeast United States. Hampton Beach has attracted millions of visitors who come to watch something which is part sculpture part performance art.

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Prescott Park Arts Festival
late July
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

For over 37 years, the Prescott Park Arts Festival has presented music, art, theater and dance on the banks of the Piscataqua River, providing quality family entertainment including the juried exhibition of original artwork by NHAA members and Seacoast Area artists with a fantastic variety of sculpture, painting, pastels, collage, and photography. The art exhibit is located at the historic Sheafe Warehouse, near the waterfront at Prescott Park. Admission is free.

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League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
early August
Newbury, New Hampshire

One of the main 15 New Hampshire US events, and the country’s oldest craft fair, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the finest, most prestigious craft events in the country today. This annual 9-day event features both traditional and contemporary fine craft work by state-juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Features include more than 200 individual craft booths, the museum-quality Living With Craft Exhibition, the new Sculpture Garden Exhibition, demonstrations, children's, teen & adult Workshops.

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Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
early September
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

New England’s largest seaside event and one of the main New Hampshire US events, features more than 60 of the Seacoast's top restaurants serving an abundance of mouthwatering seafood delicacies. Attractions include 80 arts & crafts vendors promoting locally made products, end-of-the-season Sidewalk Sales, a Kiddie Land with the region's most notable celebrities in children's entertainment, continuous culinary chef demonstrations, and two stages of continuous entertainment with 15 Bands and Orchestras. Highlights of the festival are the spectacular fireworks display and an amazing Sky Diving extravaganza.

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Canterbury Artisan Festival
mid September
Canterbury, New Hampshire

The Canterbury Artisan Fair celebrates traditional arts with an Artisan Craft Fair & Farmers’ Market, music, artisan food and demonstrations.

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Rochester Fair
mid September
Rochester, New Hampshire

One of the main 15 New Hampshire US event, and a popular event for over 136 years, the Rochester Fair, believed to be the oldest fair in New Hampshire, features everything from carnival rides, dog shows and rabbit shows, to music, bands, clown acts, food, the ever-popular Hollywood Racing Pigs show, a circus and various other animal contests, and a demolition derby.

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New Hampshire Highland Games
late September
Lincoln, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Highland Games, the largest Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast, is presented by The New Hampshire Gathering of the Scottish Clans, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the furtherance of the music, dance, athletics and customs of the Scottish people and to the continuance of the Gaelic culture. Known for its diverse program, highlights include the Gathering of the Scottish Clans, with over 60 clans and societies, Massed Bands, Sheepdog Trials, Celtic World Music Concerts, the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship, Heavyweight Scottish Athletics, National Highland Dance Competition, Solo Piping & Drumming, Scottish Harp (Clarsach) and other instrument competitions.

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Keene Pumpkin Festival
mid October
Keene, New Hampshire

The street’s of downtown Keene light up each year as visitors from all over New England (and abroad) carve and illuminate thousands of jack-o-lanterns. The event holds eight world records for “the most illuminated jack-o-lanterns, in one place, at one time”. Other attractions at the festival include a craft fair, food vendors and adventure activities, dancing and live musical entertainment on three stages, a parade and the ever-popular, seed spitting contest.

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Candlelight Stroll
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The quaint lanes of Strawbery Banke, New Hampshire's oldest waterfront neighborhood, are a-glow with hundreds of candles. The historic homes are festively decorated, and the alluring scents and sounds of the holiday season fill the air. Through its restored houses, its featured exhibits, its historic landscapes and gardens, and its interpretive programs, Strawbery Banke tells the stories of the many generations who lived in this Portsmouth neighborhood from 1695 to 1954. Today, visitors travel from all over the state in December to experience American midwinter traditions past and present.

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