Fall Festivities for the Family | Upcoming Events in NH & ME

October 05, 2018 / Local News

Festive display from our neighbors over at the Ogunquit Wine Cellar.


It’s hard not to ‘fall’ in love with autumn in New England. Whether you’re looking forward to decorating your front steps with pumpkins and mums, going apple-picking with friends, or taking a trip to find the best foliage landscapes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy (not to mention pumpkin-spiced everything). If you’re ready to fully embrace the season, there are plenty of fall festivals coming with fun activities, local entertainment, and a lot of cider donuts! See the list below for a few of our favorite local and state events!

OCTOBER 6 | DOVER: APPLE HARVEST DAY

“Apple Harvest Day is a day-long family event, featuring 400 crafters, great food, live entertainment, and more. The event was first held in 1985 and now draws more than 50,000 people to the City of Dover’s downtown, making it one of the most popular regional festivals.”

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OCTOBER 6 | EXETER: POWDER KEG & CHILI FESTIVAL

“Breweries and beer enthusiasts from the region gather for a day of sampling beers of all styles and tastes. Local restaurants share the spotlight with tastes of their best chili recipes in hopes of winning the much sought after title of “People’s Choice.” This year we are also excited to welcome to the stage the funky offerings of the Portsmouth-based band Rhythm Method.”

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OCTOBER 6 | PORTSMOUTH: STRAWBERY BANKE’S FALL FESTIVAL & CHILDREN’S BOOK EVENT

“Strawbery Banke’s Fall Festival showcases traditional New England handmade crafts, heritage breed and farm animal demonstrations, and the museum’s heirloom gardens and seed-saving program. This year the event also incorporates the 4th Annual Children’s Book Festival, featuring 20+ local authors and illustrators.”

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OCTOBER 7 | PORTSMOUTH: WHEB CHILI COOK-OFF AT PRESCOTT PARK

“Every October, folks come to enjoy generous samplings from some of the Seacoast’s best restaurants and to experience one of the greatest Chili Cook-Off events around. Held on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the WHEB Chili Cook-Off presents more than a dozen restaurants from the Seacoast and beyond who serve up their best chili in decorated booths for all.”

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OCTOBER 12 – 13 | LACONIA: NH PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

“The NH Pumpkin Festival is a community-hosted, family friendly celebration of fall and what is unique about New Hampshire. It is a celebration of artistry and creativity and all things pumpkin!”

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OCTOBER 19 – 20 | OGUNQUIT: OGUNQUITFEST

OgunquitFest includes a variety of events including trick-or-treat in downtown shops, a movie at the Leavitt Theatre, an autumn bazaar at the beach, a “Dogtoberfest” beach walk, a car show, a pumpkin presentation, a run for fallen heroes, and much more!

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OCTOBER 13 | YORK: HARVESTFEST & KIDSFEST

“This festival includes a variety of activities including live music from the Don Campbell Band & Friends and Dan Blakeslee/Dr. Gasp, local food vendors, juried crafters and old-fashioned market vendors from all over New England. Kidsfest includes storytelling, interactive musical activities, a roaming railroad, pumpkin carving & painting, pumpkin stroll, face painting, and horse-drawn wagon rides.”

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OCTOBER 13 | KENNEBUNK: HARVESTFEST

“HarvestFest is a free, family friendly fall festival. Bring the whole family and join us for a fun time starting with a family Halloween walk/parade down Main Street, bounce houses, face painting, treat bag decorating, decorate your own pumpkin, apple cider, games, goodies, candy and much more!! Costumes are encouraged!”

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