From its beaches to its granite hills, New Hampshire is a rugged land filled with history and adventure. Although it's one of the smaller states, New Hampshire boasts a diverse landscape. With many fiercely independent towns dotting its rural landscape, this state is filled with unique festivals, events and attractions. Despite its sleepy appearance, visitors to New Hampshire won't lack for things to do.
Festivals within a festival, this event runs from late June through August. Promoting theatre, dance, film, and music, organizers bring outstanding performances to the public. The Schaffe Warehouse Gallery showcases seacoast artisans' paintings, sculptures and other works. There are various food festivals as well.
- Keene, New Hampshire in Keene, NH
This is a fun-filled day for all. From morning's mile-long race to evening's Dump Derby clean-up, the festival is a joy. Children's faces beam as they parade in costume. Jack-o-lanterns line the streets, as hundreds of others form a huge pumpkin tower. Pumpkin bowling is hilarious!
- Portsmouth, New Hampshire in Portsmouth, NH
Every December, Portsmouth visitors drift back in time. Life in the 1600s is on display. Neighborhood walkways are lit with candle boxes. Decorations of garden materials grace the doors. Historic homes and gingerbread houses are on display. Outside, carolers fill the air with the songs of the season.
The Weirs Beach section of Laconia is the place to be every June. Riders rev their motors as a series of vintage and custom motorcycles take part in races and exhibits amid concerts and fireworks displays. This 90 year-old event is still going strong.
For 80 years, New Hampshire area craftsmen have participated in this nine-day showcase. Held every August at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, the fair consists of hundreds of booths selling traditional and modern crafts. Demonstrations in furniture, jewelry, pottery-making and more are offered by craft professionals.