Festivals, Events & Fairs
Each year, Keene residents and other citizens from around the area attempt to amass the largest number of lit jack-o'-lanterns in one place, trying to meet or beat the world record. It all started in 1991: The first festival produces 600 jack-'o lanterns. In 2009, 29,762 Pumpkins lined the streets
in Keene. Visit pumpkinfestival.com for more information on this event, as well as photos & history of festivals past, and much more halloween fun.
This year's festival will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Scarecrows on the Common festival is held annually on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. The event included the scarecrow building, children’s games, art, food, an apple pie baking contest and more.
Jaffrey’s signature event, Scarecrows on the Common, brought more than 900 people to downtown Jaffrey October 10, 2009 and built 256 scarecrows. Visit www.jaffreycommons.org.
The ninth annual Keene Ice and Snow Festival was held February 6th 2010. The festival, presented by the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Keene. Some festivities were: ice art, a snowball throwing clinic, Horse-drawn wagon rides, fire truck display, food, and entertainment. For more information on future Ice & Snow Festivals visist www.keenechamber.com/iceandsnow.html
The Keene Music Festival began in the summer of 2001. Bands and Solo Performers play a wide variety of music on five stage locations and three sidewalk areas.
The Festival traditionally takes place in September, for more information go to www.keenemusicfestival.com.
This year's festival will be held on September 4, 2010.
Brought to you by The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southwestern N.H. The Home Show takes place at the Cheshire Fair grounds. Information about the vendors attending, can be found at www.homeandgardennh.com
A fun filled family day with Artisans Craft Fair, music, food, "Musical Chairs on Main", antique cars, tethered hot air balloon rides, fast ptich courtesy of the JR Rotary Club, movies and much more....brought to you by TEAM Jaffrey in parnetship with Monadnock nonprofit organizations. Located in downtown Jaffrey at Community Field and Blake Street. Event Date: July 31, 2010 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
For more information www.jaffreycommons.org
This event is an old-fashioned town fair. The Winchester’s annual Pickle Festival is fun for all. Downtown Winchester becomes the fairgrounds, with Main Street (Route 10) the parade route. Kids march along with the parade, which features local pickle-themed floats, plenty of pickle costumes and marching bands. Along the route are craftsmen (many demonstrating), food booths, and a lively competition among local cooks for the best jar of pickles. There are free pickles for everyone.
Live music goes on all day, with everything from blues and country-western to a barbershop quartet and violin ensemble.
Festival is usually held in September.
August 14-15, 2010
Animal exhibits/judging, tractor pulls, food, children’s entertainment and live music.
Directions: Belknap County 4-H Fairgrounds, Bishop Road.
August 1-5, 2012
Music, pony-pulling, crafts, animal shows, children’s activities, midway rides.
Directions: Cheshire Fairgrounds, Route 12 South.
September 30 - October 3, 2010
Animal shows, cattle pull, tractor pulls, woodsmen contest, children’s activities, music, midway rides.
Directions: Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road.
September 10-12, 2010
Tractor pull, children’s shows, 4-H shows, log-skidding.
Directions: 4-H Youth Center, Route 13 from Goffstown to New Boston.
September 2-6, 2010
Midway rides, tractor pull, demolition derby, lumberjack show, livestock shows/judging, Kiddieland.
Directions: Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, Interstate-89 to Exit 7.
September 17-26, 2010
4-H displays, animals, draft horses, lumberjack competition, a midway, tractor pulls, rodeo and music.
Directions: Rochester Fairgrounds, Route 101E to 125N or Route 202 from Concord.
August 19-22, 2010
Midway rides, agricultural exhibits, cattle/sheep/horse shows/judging, tractor pulls, crafts, live entertainment, demo derby.
Directions: Baker Field, Route 9W to Beaver St.
September 5-6, 2010
Live music, carnival rides, crafts, children’s games, animal exhibits/judging.
Directions: Guilford Fairgrounds, Route 91 to Exit 1, Weatherhead Hollow Road
September 3-12, 2010
Live music, carnival rides, demo derby, horse pulls, truck show, animal exhibits and more.
Directions: South Main Street, Rutland.
September 17 – October 3, 2010
Agricultural exhibits, animal shows, live entertainment, Mardi Gras parade, rides and Avenue of States.
Directions: I-91S to Exit 13B. 1305 Memorial Avenue (Route 147)
September 9-12, 2010
Agricultural exhibits, animal and craft shows, circus performers, demo derby, live entertainment, rides.
Directions: Route 9W to I-91S to Exit 26. 2A to Wisdom Way.
(413) 774-7476 ext. 18
June 19-20, 2010
September 18-19, 2010
November 19-20, 2010
Craft exhibits and demonstrations, tours of historic village and museum and American Girl tea parties.
Directions: Route 9W to I-91S to Exit 25.