2018 NEW HAMPSHIRE: September, October 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(see also: 2016 - 2015 - 2013)
August 31-Sept 3, 2018 Hopkinton State Fair - Contoocook, New Hampshire
September 7-9, 2018
29th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
60 of the seacoast's top restaurants serving our world famous New England seafood. Arts & crafts, continuous entertainment, chef demonstrations, lobster roll eating contest, kiddie land, skydiving and fireworks.
September 8, 2018 Vintage & Vine - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Strawbery Banke Museum presents Vintage & Vine, offering guests a rare opportunity to taste hundreds of wines alongside selections created by some of the Seacoast’s best chefs and restaurants. The New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets representatives and wine brokers are active participants in the event, providing tasting notes and suggestions and will be selling wines at a special discount good only at the event.
September 29, 2018 20th Annual Chili Challenge & Brews
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Waterville Valley area restaurants compete in Town Square for the title of the best chili around! Attendees pay a sampling fee to taste all contender’s chilis and then they can vote for their favorite chili. The event starts at noon, accompanied by a free outdoor concert.
October 5-7, 2018 - 29th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival
Milford, New Hampshire
Milford Great Pumpkin Festival is held each year in the fall. Featured are some of the largest pumpkins in New Hampshire on display, musicians and entertainers, food, crafts and lots of events for kids. Other events and activities include: kids can make their own scarecrows, face painting on the Community House Lawn and live music on two stages. If you’re feeling hungry for soup, hot cider, doughnuts, waffles or smoked ribs, there is no shortage of food!! Attendance: 45,000.
October 6, 2018 Annual Apple Harvest Day - Dover, New Hampshire
Apple Harvest Day takes place on the first Saturday in October and welcomes over 25,000 visitors to Dover for the biggest autumn craft fair in the Seacoast. With over 300 vendors, four stages filled with entertainment, Orchard Alley, kids activities and wonderful food, Apple Harvest Day is a can't miss. Attendance: 25,000.
October 6, 2018
NH Fall Festival
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Strawbery Banke’s NH Fall Festival, presented each Columbus Day weekend since 2009, creates 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, demonstrations and exhibits on historic crafts and industries, coopering, candle-making workshop in the Horticultural Center, garden tours and demonstrations. Event admission is the same as regular daily admission with children under 5, members and active duty military/families admitted free. Adults $19.50, children 5-17 $9. Under 5, free. Family (2 adults/2 children) $48.
October 6, 2018 7th Annual Powder Keg Beer & Chili Fest
Exeter, New Hampshire
Love beer? So do we! Come join us sample over 65 breweries along with many New Hampshire Restaurant's Chili at the Annual Exeter Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival. Gates opens at 11 am. Everyone entering must have a ticket. This is the only family friend brew fest you will find in the area! Bring the whole family, Youth and Designated Driver tickets available.
October 12-13, 2018 NH Pumpkin Festival - Laconia, New Hampshire
Over 20,000 carved pumpkins, costume parade, seed spitting & pie eating contests, music on three stages, Beer Garden, kiddie rides, horse drawn hay ride, crafts and fireworks. A new World Record of 30,581 carved pumpkins was set at the 2013 festival!!! Attendance: 40,000.
October 20, 2018 Monadnock Pumpkin Festival
Swanzey, New Hampshire
The Monadnock Pumpkin Festival is keeping the tradition of the Keene Pumpkin Festival alive just minutes south of it’s original location. Since 1991, the Monadnock region has been playing host to thousands of carved gourds, smiling faces and loads of laughter.
October 20, 2018 10th Annual Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser
Manchester, New Hampshire
A night of live music, wine and chocolate, and live and silent auctions! All proceeds from this event will be used to provide daily and medical care for the stray and abandoned animals of Manchester. Despite our small size and staff, we have helped over 20,000 animals since 1996. This event, which is our biggest yearly fundraiser, is an integral part of our continued ability to provide care for these animals.
October 15-19, 2018 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.