The beauty of autumn in New Hampshire is unrivaled, and there are endless activities taking place across the state that encourage you to get out and enjoy it! From family-friendly festivals to 21+ events, let’s take a look at what’s happening this month.
Nashua, October 5-6
The Salvation Army of Nashua’s annual Applefest is a fun-filled, outdoor event located at the historic Sullivan Farm. Fun games and activities will highlight the weekend, from apple picking, hay rides, scarecrow making, face painting, pumpkin painting, and more. Demonstrations from local businesses and groups will take place throughout both days. And let’s not forget the food! Fresh cider, apple pies, Hayward’s ice cream, hamburgers, Kayem hot dogs and other food will be available for sale.
Milford Pumpkin Festival
Milford, October 11-13
This annual event offers the community tons of pumpkin fun with local music, food, artisans, small businesses, and community events throughout the weekend. Located in the heart of Milford, it is a family friendly celebration that is sure to please all ages.
Londonderry, October 13
Pipedream Brewing is hosting their second annual Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 13 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. There will be bratwurst sausages with sauerkraut, pretzels, and dessert pretzels—all handmade! The Pumpkin Ale & House Lager will also be on special for $5 per 16oz. during the event.
Fall Farm Fair
Springlook Farm, Derry, October 12
Springlook Farm’s inaugural Fall Farm Fair will have hayrides (weather permitting), opportunities to meet farm pets—including goats, chickens, and ducks, a costume parade, face painting, fun games including corn hole, music, popcorn, and more. Bring your family or your friends and enjoy everything fall has to offer.
Budweiser Brewery, Merrimack, October 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
Halloween will come to life at the Budweiser brewery beginning October 11. This frightful, family-friendly event is $15 for adults and includes one beer, and $10 for entrants under 21. Talking pumpkins, Jack-O-Lantern Lane, and other Halloween sights and sounds that lead to Frankenstein’s Castle (Draught House) where guests can purchase beer, cider, mini donuts, Halloween cookies, and more. There will also be hay bale/corn mazes; a psychic suds reader; kid-friendly games; face-painters; and a DJ. And, for tweens, teens, and adults, the Cobweb Corridor leads to a scarier experience after dusk with the Haunted Hop Farm, and Beechwood Cemetery.
Applecrest Farm, Hampton Falls, October 19-20, 26-27
Fairy tale characters will take to the orchards, performing scenes from their stories while children enjoy a roving, tractor-drawn hayride. In eight lively scenes, the kids will partake in the classics, warning Little Red of the approaching wolf, watching Humpty Dumpty have his great fall, helping Dorothy and The Scarecrow along the yellow brick road, and more. Costumes, though not required, are welcome! The cost is $8.00 per person and infants ride free.
Goffstown Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off & Regatta
Goffstown, October 19-20
This is a weekend of festival fall fun for the whole family! The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off takes place on Saturday, while the always-entertaining Pumpkin Drop and Pumpkin Regatta—themed A Goffstown Christmas Nightmare—take place on Sunday. In addition, the weekend will see fantastic vendors, face painting, bounce houses, pie eating contests, talent show, live music, pony rides, a doggie dress up contest at Glen Lake Animal Hospital, plus all things pumpkin! Pumpkin games, mini pumpkin race, pumpkin cook off, pumpkin prince and princess, pumpkin painting and a giant pumpkin carving demonstration!
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover, October 26
Whether you’re a kid or kid-at-heart, this event is sure to put a smile on your face. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the exhibits, meet the museum’s Wacky Scientist and check out his experiments, visit the STEAM Innovation Lab to create Halloween crafts and take photos with a fun backdrop and props, get your face painted, and more. Dress up and participate in a costume parade and try your hand at the pumpkin scavenger hunt to receive an extra special prize at the end of your visit!
Keene Pumpkin Festival
Keene, October 27
The Pumpkin Festival will return to Keene again this year, filling Central Square with jack-o’-lanterns and family-friendly fun. The event is free and open to the public, featuring a costume parade, live music and dance, HeART activities, and more, all in downtown Keene. Carve a pumpkin and bring it—5,000 jack-o’-lanterns will be a sight to see!
Corn mazes and fall go hand-in-hand, and are plentiful throughout the state. Some of the most popular locations include Coppal House Farm in Lee; J&F Farms in Derry; Elwood Orchards in Londonderry; and Trombly Gardens in Milford (which also offers fright-free nighttime experiences). Fees and open/closing times vary.
When it comes to fall and Halloween-themed events taking place throughout New Hampshire this year, we’ve only uncovered the tip of the iceberg! There are endless opportunities to explore and celebrate everything the season has to offer—what activities will you be taking part in?