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  • Applecrest Harvest Days
    (Oct.) - Year-round family owned orchards with fall festival, music and food. Applecrest Farm, Route 88. Hampton Falls. 603-926-3721. Free. MAP

  • Apple Harvest Festival
    (First Saturday in Oct.) - Downtown festival with food, crafts, contests. For info contact Dover Chamber of Commerce. Dover. 603-742-2218. Free. MAP

  • Barbecue Festival
    (July) - Sponsored by Redhook Brewery, Pro Portsmouth and many others 603-431-5388. MAP

  • Bow Street Fair
    (July) - A gathering of craftspeople, artisans and merchants on Bow St. Portsmouth. 603-433-4793. MAP

  • Children's Festival of Hampton
    (Aug.) - Games, animals, exhibits, prizes, parade, pony rides, face painting, music and much more. Sponsored by Hampton Chamber of Commerce. Seashell Stage. Free. 603-926-8717. MAP

  • Chili Cook-off
    (Oct.) - Sample recipes from over 30 area restaurants. Live music. Prescott Park. Portsmouth Prescott Park Arts Festival. 603-436-2848. Admission. MAP

  • Chowder Festival
    (June) - Sample recipes from over 30 area restaurants. Live music. Prescott Park. Portsmouth. Prescott Park Arts Festival. 603-436-2848. Admission. MAP

  • Cochecho Arts Festival
    (July-Aug.) - Weekly concerts and performances. Cochecho Millworks Courtyard, downtown Dover. Dover Chamber of Commerce. 603-742-2218. Donations. MAP

  • Exeter Bandstand Concerts
    (Summer) - Oldest brass band in the country performs here selected Monday nights. Downtown. Exeter Chamber of Commerce. 603-772-2411. Free. MAP

  • Fireworks at Hampton Beach
    Large display of fireworks can be seen from entire beach area. Every wednesday at 9:30pm from late June to end of August. MAP

  • First Night Portsmouth
    (New Year's Eve)
    Alcohol-free, community festival. 100 indoor and outdoor performances. Midnight fireworks. Downtown Portsmouth. Admission. Sponsored by Pro Portsmouth. 603-431-5388. MAP

  • Market Square Day
    (2nd weekend in June) - Street festival with over 300 vendors, food, arts, crafts, entertainment, 10K road race, evening fireworks and concert. Sponsored by Pro Portsmouth. 603-431-5388. Free. MAP

  • Portsmouth Blues Festival
    (3rd Saturday in August) - Two day gathering of local, national and international blues artists. Strawbery Banke Museum. Admission. Blues Bank Collective. 603-929-0654. MAP

  • Prescott Park Arts Festival
    (July-August) - Summer events including outdoor theatre, music, art shows. Prescott Park. Portsmouth. Donation. 603-436-2848. MAP

  • Revolutionary War Festival
    Always the 3rd weekend in July. Sidewalk sale, music, art exhibits, historic reenactments. Downtown Exeter. 603-772-2622. Free. MAP

  • Rochester State Fair
    (Sept.) - 11 day, state agricultural fair with midway, rides, games, exhibits, livestock judging, food, etc. 72 Lafayette Rd., exit 13, Spaulding Turnpike. Rochester Fair Association. 603-332-6585. Admission. MAP

  • Seacoast Jazz Festival
    A day of jazz in June along the Piscataqua River at Prescott Park. Top area bands. Donation. Sponsored by Prescott Park Arts Festival 603-436-2848. MAP

  • Seacoast Repertory Theater
    (Weekend after Labor Day)- 40-50 restaurants gather to show off their talents. Crafts, music, kid's events. Ocean Blvd. Hampton Beach Chamber of Commerce. 603-926-8717. Admission MAP

  • Seashell Stage
    (Evenings from May to Sept.) - Site of open air summer concert series. Family entertainment sponsored by the Hampton Chamber of Commerce. Fireworks every Wednesday evening. Hampton Beach. 603-926-8717. Free. MAP

  • Seafood Festival
    (Sept) - Over 50 Restaurants and Crafts, three stages of entertainment and sidewalk bargains stretch along Ocean Blvd. (closed to traffic). Sample the delicacies! Children's activities and street performers. Free admission. Over 125,000 people celebrate the last blast of summer! Free. MAP

  • Somersworth International Children's Festival
    (3rd Saturday in June) - International foods, games, music, crafts for all ages. Downtown Somersworth. 603-692-5869. MAP

  • Stratham Fair
    (Last full weekend in July) - A classic country fair with games, rides, ox and horse pulling, pig scrambles, food and more. Admission. Located at Stratham Hill Park on Route 101. Sponsored by the Stratham Volunteer Fire Dept. 603-772-4977 for info. MAP

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