The Hippo


Jul 22, 2019








Auburn Day. Courtesy photo.

Want more fall festivals?

The annual NH Highland Games and Festival returns to Loon Mountain in Lincoln, Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, as. The festival features food, live music, and intense athletic, music and dance competitions. Check out the St. David’s Episcopal Church Craft Fair at the church in Salem on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18; the Loving Life Expo Autumn Celebration will return to the Executive Court Function Center in Manchester, also on Sept. 18. One of the longest-running county fairs in the state, the Deerfield Fair returns for four days of festivities Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. The Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo will set up shop at James Mastricola Upper Elementary School in Merrimack on Oct. 1; Lil’ Iguana’s will return to Nashua High School South for their annual Family Fun Day, also on Oct. 1. Rochester’s annual October Festival returns to Central Square for its eighth year Oct. 8.  And don’t miss the return of the giant pumpkins as their growers compete in the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Regatta in Goffstown on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16.

Fairs and Festivals


9. Don't miss the annual Auburn Day event in Auburn Village (22 Hooksett Road) by the elementary school and public library on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A full day of activities is planned, including the 24th annual duck race, an antique car show, local artisans and vendors, a barbecue by the Auburn Fire Department, an apple pie contest, children's activities, and more. Kids' activities will include a kids-only duck race, animals to pet from Wildlife Encounters, a climbing wall, a children's tent with blow-up ducks, face painting and duck fishing, and special live performances from the Pinkerton Academy Marching Band and Ameri-Kids. Dozens of products will be available for purchase from local vendors, including maple syrup, quilts, wool items, honey, glassware, crafts and much more. The event is the main fundraiser for the Auburn Historical Association. Admission is free but costs vary for food and other products sold. Call 483-2547 or visit

10. The Canterbury Artisan Festival returns to Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury) for a day of crafts, food, music, and several family activities and demonstrations on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature juried crafts from artisans specializing in fabric, hand knits and wovens, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, painting, toys and more. There will also be a mini farmers market offering produce, prepared foods, and handcrafted soaps and oils. A variety of arts and agricultural demonstrations are planned and will include basketry, pottery, wood carving, herbal presentations, and farm animals, permaculture, heirloom breeds and seed saving. Music acts the Cold River Ranters and The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio will also be performing sets at the festival. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6 to 17, and free for kids ages 5 and under and for members. Visit or call 783-9511.
11. The annual Weekend on the Water event returns to Riverfront Park at the Everett Arena in Concord on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day event is organized and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Concord in partnership with Concord's Parks and Recreation department, and features dragon boat races, live music, a rubber duck race, craft brews, and much more. The event also includes the fourth annual Capital Cup Brew Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. More than 20 craft breweries will sample local craft selections and hard-to-find beers from across the country. At the duck race Sunday, nearly 6,000 rubber ducks will speed down the Merrimack River; the first 10 ducks to make it down win cash prizes. General admission is free but some of the special events require a fee. Visit for more details.
12. Don't miss the 36th annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival & Nature Art Show, a two-day event to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Maple Hill Farm (117 Ridge Road, Hollis). The festival is the signature annual event of the Beaver Brook Association and will feature artwork from dozens of regional artists on display. Other events planned include garden tours, guided hikes, a beekeeping demonstration, homemade food, a hot dog roast and more. There will be nature crafts and a petting zoo for children, as well as animal presentations from Wingmasters, Eyes on Owls and Wildlife Encounters. Caroline Burns, who was a contestant on NBC's hit show The Voice last season, will perform at the festival. Call 465-7787 or visit
13. Celebrate the fall season with Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia) at their annual Pumpkin Festival, with festivities held on Saturday, Oct. 1, Sunday, Oct. 2, Saturday, Oct. 8, Sunday, Oct. 9, and Monday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include sack races, pumpkin spoon races, and a pumpkin-rolling contest. Kids will get to decorate their own pumpkins using yarn, glitter, markers, stickers and colored paper. New this year will be a cow-milking contest and a cow pie fly. Other traditional activities include live music, pony rides, tractor train rides, and horse-drawn rides to Carlton's Hay Maze. As always, hot dogs and hamburgers will be served off the charcoal grill from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Tickets cost $19 per person, which includes most activities and all rides. Food and pumpkin decorating are available at an additional cost. Children under 23 months get in free. Call 483-5623 or go to
14. The Milford Pumpkin Festival returns to the Milford Community Lawn (5 Union St., Milford) for its 27th year from Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9. The event is presented by the Milford Improvement Team and usually attracts more than 35,000 fairgoers. Festivities begin on Friday evening with food and craft vendors, a carved pumpkin lighting, the famous Haunted Trail, a beer and wine tasting, and a fireworks display. Throughout the weekend, there will be pumpkin painting, face painting, scarecrow making, bouncy houses, food, a talent show, a craft fair and more. The event will be held on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit 

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