From parentingnh.com, a list of great fall themed activities for the entire family to partake in (original link, click here).
14th Annual Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth Village, NH
About: Families are invited for an annual celebration of agricultural life and accompanying historic crafts, trades, traditions and pastimes. Kids will love the wagon rides, scavenger hunt, live music and apple cider pressing.
Admission: $10 for ages 11 and over, $5 for children ages 5–10 and ages 4 and under are free
More information: www.remickmuseum.org
The Deerfield Fair
Date: Thursday – Sunday, September 27-30, 2018
Location: Fairgrounds in Deerfield, NH
About: This is perhaps NH’s most popular and beloved fair. This year marks 142 years of agricultural fun and festivities. There’s horse and oxen pulling, a midway of games and amusement rides, food galore, barns filled with quilts, commercial goods and giant pumpkins and, of course, plenty of animals and 4-H fun.
Admission: $10 for ages 13+; ages 12 and younger are free. Advanced tickets are available for $8.
More information: www.deerfieldfair.com
Date: Saturday-Monday, October 6-8, 2018 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Charmingfare Farm, Route 27 in Candia, NH
About: Spend a day at the farm as we celebrate the mighty pumpkin. Bring the whole family and join in all the festivities. The kids will love the Funny Farm bounce house plus Pumpkin Festival games. Sack races, pumpkin spoon races and a pumpkin-rolling contest. Enjoy live music, face painting, decorate your pumpkin, tractor train rides, horse-drawn hay rides.
Admission: $22, children; 23 months and younger get in free, includes all activities and unlimited rides.
More information: (603) 483-5623, visitthefarm.com
Dover’s Apple Harvest Day
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Downtown Dover, NH
About: The biggest outdoor festival and artisan fair in NH’s seacoast during the beautiful fall season. There are multiple stages filled with live entertainment and music, a 5k road race for all ages, more than 400 artisans selling their goods and more.
Admission: Free to attend.
More information: dovernh.org
29th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival
Date: October 5-7, 2018
Location: Downtown Milford and Milford Oval areas in Milford, NH.
About: The Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival features a craft fair, beer tasting, talent show, a haunted trail, music, plenty of delicious food, the giant pumpkin weigh-in and more. The event takes place at the Milford Oval and free parking is available at the Milford High School with free shuttle rides to the festival. This marks the 29th annual pumpkin festival so you can bet this one will be bigger and better than ever!
Admission: The Milford Pumpkin Festival is free to attend.
More information: www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org
71st Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival
Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5-7, 2018
Location: Downtown Warner, NH.
About: The Warner Fall Foliage Festival is Warner’s invitation to share the natural splendor of fall while enjoying food, entertainment, carnival rides and fine crafts along the main streets of Warner. The festival also includes a children’s fun run and dance party, parades, 5k road race, concerts and barbecue.
Admission: Admission is free and parking is $5
More information: www.wfff.org
21st Annual Attitash Oktoberfest
Date: Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 12 – 6 p.m.
Location: Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, NH.
About: Head to Attitash for the annual Annual Oktoberfest which happens each Columbus Day Weekend. Festivities include live Bavarian music from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band, dancing, kids’ activities and games, authentic German food and, of course, the Oktoberfest Biergarten featuring brewers from around the region.
Admission: $12 for adults and $7 kids 6-20. Ages 5 and under are free.
More information: attitash.com/events.html
The Sandwich Fair
Date: Saturday through Monday, October 6-8, 2018
Location: Fairgrounds in Sandwich, NH.
About: This traditional country fair dates back to 1887 and is celebrated every Columbus Day Weekend in New Hampshire. Special events include a lumberjack competition, tractor pulling, a dog show and more.
Admission: $10 for adults and $3 for children 8-12. Under 7 free. (Rides and carnival not included.)
More information: www.thesandwichfair.com
Fall Foliage Celebration
Date: Saturday, October 6 through Monday, October 8, 2018
Where: Waterville Valley, NH.
About: It’s hard to find a place more gorgeous during the fall then Waterville Valley. This Columbus Day Weekend event is packed with family activities, free outdoor concerts, tent sales, ski swap, 5K road race and 1.6K fun run, kids games and more.
More information: www.waterville.com
Strawbery Banke’s NH Fall Festival
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH.
About: It’s time to celebrate harvest time with Strawbery Banke’s annual New Hampshire Fall Festival. Strawbery Banke invites you to experience a traditional New England country fair complete with demonstrations from craftspeople, heritage breed and farm animal exhibits, farm animal and livestock demonstrations, presentations on heirloom seeds and food preservation tips, fiber arts, exhibits on historic crafts and industries, coopering, candle-making workshop in the Horticultural Center, and garden tours.
Admission: Event admission is the same as regular daily admission with children under 5, members and active duty military/families admitted free.
More information: www.strawberybanke.org
Somersworth Pumpkin Festival
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Somersworth Plaza in Somersworth, NH.
About: The Annual Somersworth Pumpkin Festival is a seacoast area favorite. It’s an all-day family-oriented event focusing on all things pumpkin (pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, pumpkin tossing, pumpkin-themed games and more!).
Admission: Wristbands (required) are $12 for kids; adults get in free.
More information: www.nhfestivals.org
Pumpkin Patch Express
Date: Friday-Sunday, October 19-21 and October 26-28, 2018
Location: Conway Scenic Railroad on Norcross Circle in North Conway, NH.
About: All departures are from the North Conway Station for a leisurely roundtrip train ride aboard vintage coaches to the White Mountain Cider Company in Glen, where each child can visit the “Pumpkin Patch” and select their own pumpkin. Costumes are encouraged. Reservations also strongly encouraged.
Admission: For more information on fares and departure times, call or go to the website: 356-5251; conwayscenic.com
More information: conwayscenic.com
Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta
Date: Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2018
Where: Main Street in Goffstown, NH
About: The giant pumpkin weigh-off takes place on Saturday and is followed by the regatta on Sunday. The regatta is a great and humorous event where people ride down the river in their enormous pumpkins. This year the annual event also features a 10K run and kids relay, pumpkin catapults, a giant pumpkin drop, pumpkin races and more.
Admission: Admission is free.
More information: www.goffstownmainstreet.org
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 1-9 p.m.
Location: Service Credit Union Heritage Park, 942 Main Street in Berlin, NH
About: Enjoy family fun activities such as jack-o’-lanterns and lit pumpkins on the bridge, hay rides, duck races, food, and spectacular fires on the water.
Admission: Admission is free.
More information: www.androscogginvalleychamber.com
Date: Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2018
Location: Downtown Laconia, NH.
About: The Pumpkin Festival is NH’s most popular and well-known pumpkin festival. It has been a previous Guinness World Record holder for “Most Jack-o’-lanterns in One Place at One Time.” Attendees are encouraged to bring along their carved pumpkin and help the community try to win another world record. Food, music, kiddie rides, climbing wall, bungee jump, games, horse-drawn hay ride, riverside duck derby.
Admission: Admission is free.
More information: www.NHPumpkinFestival.com
Monadnock Pumpkin Festival
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 1-9 p.m.
Location: Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey
About: Celebrating the traditions of community, family fun, and pumpkin abundance, this pumpkin festival features an Atlas fireworks show, food, amusement rides, Fright Fest, displays from regional artisans, baking contests, hayrides, live entertainment, kids’ activities
Admission: $5 (5 and older); $10 parking
More information: www.monadnockpumpkinfestival.org
Gathering of the Jack O’ Lanterns
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Location: Main Street area in Littleton, NH.
About: Fun events including the Gathering of the Jack O’ Lanterns on the Ammonoosuc River, a ride with the Headless Horseman, a chance to savor family-friendly trick or treating on Main Street or a haunted walk along the Ammonoosuc River.
Admission: Free to attend.
More information: littletonareachamber.com