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The Weekender, September 23-29: Capital Arts Fest, Keene International Festival, Oktoberfest and more…


MANCHESTER, NH – The air is crisp and the leaves are just starting to turn, which means we have plenty of events for you to choose from to hang out and enjoy all that New Hampshire has to offer! Take a look at the list of events we’ve organized just for you – you won’t want to miss them.

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Multi-day events

September 24 – 25

Capital Arts Fest, Concord NH- The NH Craftsman League is host a free event on South Main Street in Concord from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the Capital Arts Fest, there will also be other community events throughout the weekend, including a children’s activity tent, live music, food and a historic downtown walking tour. city ​​of Concord. View the full program here!

September 29 – October 1

Deerfield Fair, Deerfield, NH – The Deerfield Fair is back for its 145th year as New England’s oldest family fair. Check entertainment, programand buy your tickets in advance. Parking is free for this fun family event!

September 23

Teen Cupcake Wars, Manchester NH – The Manchester City Library hosts a Teen cupcake wars from 3:30 p.m.! Teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 can compete to design a cupcake to earn some fame and glory. Teens can decorate a cupcake and vote for a winner. For more information, contact Dori at 603-624-6550 ext. 7628


September 24

Red, White and Brewed Craft Beer and Wine Festival, Laconia NH – veterans account will organize a craft beer and wine festival in fun spot. It’s a paid event, and admission includes sampling tickets. Come enjoy craft beer and wine as well as food, a car show, auctions, raffles and live music.

To share Oktoberfest, Manchester NH – To share will celebrate Oktoberfest from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.! Come enjoy beer kids, snack boards and pretzels from hop knot while enjoying To Share’s seasonal Altbier Oktoberfest.

Queerlective End of Summer Queer Art Takeover and Hop Knot Birthday Bash, Manchester NH – Queerlective will be host a celebration of local artists and queer/BIPOC businesses while celebrating Hop Knot’s 3rd Anniversary! This event is open to anyone of all backgrounds, sexualities and cultures which will feature vendors, food trucks, live music and art installations.

Keene International Festival, Keene NH – Free family event, the Keene International Festival showcases and celebrates Keene’s cultural diversity. There will be several musical performance, food, global marketand Activities. This event will take place at the Keene Recreation Center, Find out how to get there and information on parking. Among KIF, businesses and nonprofits have been working on a collaborative celebration of diversity in 603. This will include a celebration of photographs, stories, presentations and conversations. You can see more information here learn more about the work featured by photographer Becky Field.

Night Maze with Flashlight, Lee NH – Coppal House Farm will host a Night maze with flashlight September 24, October 8 and October 22. This is a paid event and tickets must be purchased online. Bring your flashlight and roam the corn maze at night!

Hope Recovery Festival, Manchester NH – Hope for New Hampshire’s recovery will host its Hope Recovery Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. This festival will celebrate and honor the power of recovery for people with various addictions and their loved ones. 40 representatives from various health organizations, treatment and recovery centers and recovery residences will participate in this event accompanied by music and fun. You can check out more information about this community event here.


September 25

Northwoods Brewing Company Fall Festival, Northwood NH – Northwoods Brewery will welcome their second annual fall festival! There will be several beer releases, a craft market, live music and demonstrations. One dollar from every pint sold will go directly to dawn wings.

New England BIPOC Festival, Portsmouth NH – This is a free event which will be held at the Vida Cantina car park in Portsmouth from 12pm to 6pm. This festival will include a celebration food, art and culture from the wide range of members of the coastal community. Consult the calendar of events and how to get there!

The Great MassabeSEEK, Auburn NH – The Grand MassabeSEEK will take place at NH Audubon Massabesic Center in Auburn from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is an all-ages event where the goal is to use the given clues to find hidden objects and complete team tasks. There will also be a snack shack, bonfire, live animal exhibit, garden games and raffle prizes. You can buy your tickets here!

Seacoast Lumberjack Competition, Portsmouth NH – Cisco Brewers will welcome their Second Annual Lumberjack Competition! There will be live music, food trucks, beer and fun for the whole family! This is a paid event where tickets can be purchased at the door, children under 12 are free!


Plan ahead?

October 1st: The Witches GalaManchester, New Hampshire

October 8-9: White Mountain OktoberfestLincoln, New Hampshire

October 15: Celebrating 100 years of the Red ArrowManchester, New Hampshire