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.
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.
- Franconia, Sugar Hill and Easton, New Hampshire in Easton, NH
A wildflower is the centerpiece of this June festival. Exquisite shades of blues, purples and pinks blanket the fields of the Franconia area. A photographer's paradise emerges as butterflies flutter through the flowers. Open air markets, food tastings and an art show inspire the crowds.
- Benton family's Sugar Shack Campground Thornton, NH 11109 in Thornton, NH
At the Sugar Shack Campground in Thornton, family fun and musical education come together. For four days in early August, main stage performers delight the crowds. Jam sessions occur frequently. Workshops for adults and children teach playing instruments by ear. Participants perform on stage as well.
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.
- Hampton Beach, New Hampshire in Hampton beach, NH
Five days in August are for kids only in Hampton Beach. Youngsters will marvel at the magician, be enraptured by the storytellers, and thoroughly enjoy the free ice cream. They will compete in sand castle contests, and they will strut in costume down Ocean Boulevard.
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.