June 11 to 27
Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Festival
Two hundred tons of sand will be imported to the beach and invited sculptors will compete for $25,000 in prizes. Judging and people’s choice awards will be distributed on June 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. with an award ceremony at 7 p.m. that night. The area is illuminated for nightly viewing.
June 12 to 20
The 98th Laconia Motorcycle Rally and Race Week will offer dozens of events scattered throughout the state, especially for motorcycle enthusiasts. It is the oldest motorcycle rally in America, with roots stretching back to the summer of 1916, when a so-called “Gypsy Tour” gathered for several days at Weirs Beach on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Concord Arts Market
This summer, the award-winning Concord Arts Market, founded in 2008, will move to a monthly event in Rollins Park. The city park provides us with a sprawling green space, allowing the arts market to grow both in the number of talented art and artisan vendors, but also in the variety of vendors and opportunities, including food, musicians and more.
Rollins Park, 33 Bow St., Concord
June 19 to 20
Father’s Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival
This New Hampshire Craft Show will have fine art, fine craft and crafts exhibitors, and 4 food booths. Admission tickets are $5-$7.
July 8 to 11
Hillsboro Summer Festival
Enjoy a midway with carnival rides, live music on Friday and Saturday, and fireworks on Saturday night. You can also check out the car and truck show, parade Sunday at noon and a 5k road race on Friday. Hours will be Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
NH Brewers Festival
The NH Brewers Festival showcases nearly 45 breweries. This “For the Brewers, By the Brewers” Festival is a one-of-a-kind event, featuring the largest single collection of New Hampshire’s breweries anywhere in the state this year. The festival will be held along the grassy shore of the Merrimack River at Kiwanis Waterfront Park in Concord (behind the Everett Arena).
Aug. 6 to 8
39th Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally
For over 30 years the Suncook Valley Rotary Club has successfully presented a great weekend of hot air balloons, entertainment, food, rides, arts and crafts and more.
Fri: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat: 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun: 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; 47 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield
Aug. 7 to 15
Annual Craftsmen’s Fair
Event will display products and services like handmade crafts, fashions and accessories, handmade furniture, wall hanging, basket, kids tools and many more related products and services etc. at the Mount Sunapee in Newbury.
New England BBQ and Food Truck Fest
The family-friendly event will feature live music, cornhole tournament, eating contests, crafters and artisans, kid’s zone, libations tent, food trucks, and more. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hampshire Hills Athletic Club, 50 Emerson Road, Milford
Aug. 19 to 21
47th Annual Market Days Festival
A free three-day street festival right on Main Street in downtown Concord. There will be live entertainment, delicious food, and fantastic shopping each day from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. This is a fun event for the whole family! Market Days will be following CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 to ensure all attendees, vendors, and volunteers are safe throughout the event.
Aug. 20 to 22
Since 1950, The Cornish Fair remains a traditional, family-friendly, educational, agricultural fair located in Cornish, NH. Fair-goer’s come from all over to see the fruits and vegetable exhibits, horse and oxen pulling, 4-H, crafts, children’s activities, live entertainment, vendors, amusement rides and more.
Aug. 20 to 22
24th annual White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Festival
The three day festival will feature award-winning blues artists, craft vendors, food vendors, fireworks and more. Kids will enjoy climbing wall and various other fun activities.
NH Route 175, Thornton
Concord Gun and Knife Show
Attendees can buy, sell or trade. You will find a variety of firearms, knives, ammo and accessories. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bektash Shrine Center, 189 Pembroke Road, Concord
Celebrate International Arts
Concord Multicultural Festival joins Intown Concord to present cultural performances and artist demonstrations throughout the day in Eagle Square. Activities will include African drumming; Colombian dancing; Irish dancing; Salsa, Bachata, Tango; Zumba; artist demonstrations; immigrant stories; recipe presentations; and kids activities, and more.
Sept. 2 to 6
Hopkinton State Fair
The Labor Day weekend state fair is expected to make a full return in 2021 with Fiesta Shows midway, agricultural showcases, contests, food and shopping.
Sept. 10 to 12
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
More than 50 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serve an abundance of mouthwatering delicacies. There are also arts and crafts vendors, merchants, chef demonstrations, and live musical entertainment. The weekend concludes with the lobster roll eating competition and fireworks display.
Sept. 10 to 12
Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair
Have some old-time NH fun with truck & tractor pulls, draft horse & oxen pulls, 4 -H animal shows, horseshoes, games and rides. There will also be a stage with live performances.
15 Hilldale Lane, New Boston
Sept. 17 to 19
New Hampshire Highland Games
While the event will be different from past years, festival attendees will find many of their favorite aspects of the Games: hearing the pipes play, seeing athletic feats of strength and endurance, enjoying fantastic Celtic musical acts, sheep dogs, trying their hand at curling or sipping some whisky. Our friends at Clan Village and some of our fantastic vendors and so much more – will be there! This year, there will be a limit set on capacity and will include onsite parking only for all ticket holders. All attendees must purchase a ticket in advance.
Hooksett Old Home Day
A craft fair event with parades and bounce houses for families while they browse a variety of local vendors and food booths.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Main Street, Hooksett
14th Annual Concord Multicultural Festival
Each year, the Concord Multicultural Festival features a full lineup of performances, food vendors, craft vendors, artists and activities that represent the many cultures from around the world, presented by folks who live and work locally.
Keach Park/Heights Playground, 7 Newton Ave., Concord, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
concordnh multicultural festival.org
Winchester Pickle Festival
A day of fun, food, music, a parade and lots of pickles! 2 to 8 p.m.
Sept. 30 to Oct. 3
New England’s oldest family fair will be back with all traditional activities and attractions.
Oct. 8 to 10
Warner Fall Foliage Festival
The WFFF committee is planning to to bring back one of Warner’s most beloved traditions in full swing. As we draw nearer to the event, more information will be posted.