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Michelle is the Digital Media Producer for The Telegraph and NH.com. She spends her workdays searching for things to do in New Hampshire and then putting them into the NH.com event calendar. Michelle is originally from St. Louis but has been in New Hampshire for over 15 years, "I love my home state, but New Hampshire has the mountains, the seacoast and perfect summer days!" She is the mother of 5 children varying in age from 20 to 8 and loves to find inexpensive things to do with her kids. Michelle enjoys New Hampshire's music scene and is always on the lookout for new bands and new places to enjoy them. She also enjoys her dogs, cats and, when possible, a day of nothing but movies and sleeping!

What to do Columbus Day weekend in New Hampshire

Friday, October 8, 2010

New Hampshire in the fall is famous for its spectacular foliage. Why not take a drive up North and have a look this weekend. Or, visit one of the many fall harvest festivals, craft fairs and Octoberfests taking place all over New Hampshire.

For a detailed report of where to best view fall colors this weekend check out our Fall Foliage Report

Merrimack Valley Region

Friday, October 8, 2010
Customer Appreciation Day at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport: On Friday, October 8, 2010, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will host "MHT Customer Appreciation Day." The event will be held on the first floor of the airline terminal building from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Manchester
The Craftworkers' Guild Harvest Craft Shop: (All Weekend) Open daily, free admission and parking. Over 50 juried craftspeople and artisans participate in this seasonal shop located in the historic Kendall house. Bedford
Boys Choir of St. Thomas Church: The Choir of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue is the leading ensemble in the Anglican choral tradition in the United States. Concord
Get Out the Vote: Come meet the candidates and ask them the questions that matter most to you! There will be food at the event. Nashua
NH Coin and Currency Show - Now with Stamps: (All Weekend) Visit and look at these great examples of history of our nation's coinage! FREE APPRAISALS - Cash buyers on site. Manchester
Altar Boyz: ( All Weekend) A foot stomping musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band consisting of five small-town boys - Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham - trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Manchester
Little Women, the Musical: StageCoach Productions will begin their 5th season on October 8th with Little Women, the Broadway Musical. Nashua

Saturday, October 9, 2010
4th Annual Haunted House: Join us for a terrifying evening in a haunted 6000 square foot building! Experience illusions like never before, and complete darkness where your mind will play tricks on you.... or will it??? Boscawen
Indoor Flea Market: Flea market and book sale junkies, clear your schedule for Saturday October 9. Numerous local residents and organizations will have various items on sale. Chester
Something to Crow About: Participants will stuff garments with hay and accessorize their creations in the good old fashion autumn tradition of scarecrow making. Concord
Best of Concord Chili Cookoff: Fifth Annual Stephen Prescott Best of Concord Chili Cook Off! Sample and Vote for Concord's Best Chili. Concord
Moonlight Festival: Under the moonlight families from all backgrounds gather for a festival of fun! Comes to Arms Park in Manchester to enjoy carnival games, face painting, food, crafts, and a fire-spinning performance by the Grasshopper Collective! Manchester
Annual Ciderfest: (Saturday-Sunday)Public will view historic 1908 cider press in operation and enjoy some great fresh pressed cider. All proceeds will benefit the NH Food Pantry. New Boston
Pawtuckaway Music Festival: The festival will have 6 bands and several solo acts. There will also be local artists selling and displaying work along with games and prizes. Nottingham
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Youth Safe Gun Handling and Introduction to Shooting: Sunset Mountain Fish and Game Club sponsors a monthly program to expose youths of all ages to safe gun handling and an introduction to shooting.
Young Author Book Signing: Local young author Dan Elliott will hold book signing, for his new book, David's Shield. The second book in a series of four, this book is for kids/teens who are siblings of crime survivors. Nashua
Facing Climate Change: Noted science journalist and author Dianne Dumanoski will speak on Sunday, October 10th at the SHARE Center in Milford, NH at 7 PM.
So You Think You Can Dance: Featuring Finalists from the hit television show performing their hottest routines in Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Ballroom, Tango, Broadway, Salsa and more live on stage!!! Manchester
Sullivan Farm Apple Fest: Events include pony rides, hay rides, train rides, pumpkin painting, face painting, scarecrow making, a huge game area complete with prizes, arts and crafts, emergency vehicle demonstrations, an apple pie contest, musical entertainment all day long and much more!! Nashua

Seacoast Region

Friday, October 8, 2010
Walk With Washington: Walk the streets of Portsmouth just like George Washington. During his visit in 1789, Washington took tea with his secretary's mother, Mrs. Lear, attended Mass at St. John's Church, and was feted at a reception at the Langdon House. Portsmouth
Portsmouth Portraits: A Walking Tour: Portsmouth's historic houses are full of portraits of individuals who made and observed the city's past. Take this opportunity to tour these grand homes at your own pace, focusing on the portraits in each museum. Portsmouth
Seacoast Fringe Festival: (All Weekend) Assorted venues will showcase singles to troupes in comedy, music, mask, puppets, performance art, clowns, dance and magic. Innovative performers will give audiences something original to experience. Portsmouth
Come Night Fall History Theatre: (All Weekend) From "Pirates or Patriots", to "Lamplight Dialogues", and now with "Come Night Fall", the History Theatre Project at Strawbery Banke Museum continues to entertain audiences with a living history theatre experience like no other.
Rent: (All Weekend) The UNH Department of Theatre & Dance is bringing together guest artists and new faculty to produce the Broadway bohemian rock musical "Rent." This much-loved musical is of one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. Durham
Race Into Winter" Grass Drags & Water Cross (Friday-Saturday) Side-By-Side Drag Racing Exhilarating Water Cross Racing Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Display Bigger & Better Swap Meet and more. Fremont
Macabaret: (Friday-Saturday) Macabaret, by Scott Keys & Robert Hartmann, is an evening of "gallows humor, song & dance." Portsmouth

Saturday, October 9, 210
Touch A Truck: Head to the Dover Moose Lodge at 45 Chestnut St on Saturday, October 9th from 10-2 for a Touch-a-Truck fundraiser to benefit Dover Toys for Tots and Dover Police Charities. Dover
Money Mammals: Thanks to Service Credit Union, kids have an awesome opportunity to learn about saving money and spending smart. Dover
Harvest Moon Festival: (Saturday-Sunday) * Arts & Crafts Booths * Entertainment * Fireworks Display. Hampton Beach
New England Walkers for Knockers Ride for the Cure and After Ride Bash : Join New England Walkers for Knockers (NE-W4K) and their Grand Marshall, legendary motorcycle spokesperson, Brenda Fox on October 9th (Rain or Shine) for the 1st Annual New England Walkers for Knockers Ride for the Cure and After Ride Bash.
NH Fall Festival: Come enjoy four centuries of traditional home and farm harvest festivities and experience a traditional New England country fair like no other! Portsmouth
8th Annual Somersworth Pumpkin Festival: Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Painting, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Scarecrow Making, Potato Launch, Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Basketball, Pumpkin Mask Making, Pumpkin Catapult, Hay Rides, Face Painting, Pumpkin Smashing. Somersworth

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Family Fun Day: Craft fair and Family Fun day at the Masonic Hall. We hope to have lots of Craft folks with quality crafts and some fun and entertainment as well. Hampton
The Don Campbell Trio in Concert: ACT ONE's 4th Annual Festival of Fun presents an evening of great folk, country and popular music with the Don Campbell Trio. Portsmouth
I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight: New Hampshire Theatre Project will present a reading of I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight by NH playwright James Patrick Kelly. Portsmouth

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Harvest Festival Dinner: Norwegian Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Squash, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Coffee, Tea

Assorted Homemade Pies! Claremont
25th Anniversary Community Celebration: A public celebration in honor of the Hood Museum's twenty-fifth anniversary as a place for teaching and learning. Hanover
2nd Annual Fall Festival Pig Roast & BBQ: (Saturday - Sunday) Summer is coming to a close and what's a better way to enjoy the changing of the seasons than family, friends, and food! Newbury
An Evening with Geraldine Brooks: Geraldine Brooks will accept the Sarah Josepha Hale Award on October 9, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at the Newport Opera House. Ms. Brooks will read, answer questions and sign her books.
Community Health Fair: Information & Education, Demonstrations, Screenings, LSRVNA Flu Shot Clinic, music, healthy refreshments, door prizes. New London

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Chamberworks: Pentamerous: Flutist Alex Ogle, oboist Kirsten Lipkens, clarinetist David Schneider, French hornist Jean Jeffries and bassoonist Rebecca Eldredge perform the playful, beautiful and touching masterpiece Quintet Op. 43. Hanover

Monadnock Region

Friday, October 8, 2010
Milford Pumpkin Festival: (All Weekend) The 21st Milford Great Pumpkin Festival features the Pumpkin Festival Talent Show, pumpkin weigh-in, pumpkin painting, catapult, arts & crafts, scarecrow making, haunted trail, face painting, storytelling, 2 stages of music and entertainment, food vendors, chili contest and more. Milford
BBQ Pulled Pork Dinner: A bar-b-que pulled pork dinner will be served at the 1st Congregational Church in Milford from 5pm-7pm. Milford
Frost Heaves: (Friday-Saturday) The Frost Heaves players return with another season of music, comedy, and nonsense. Peterborough
Mayhem at Spa So-La-Ti-Do: A humorous look into the lives of four reality tv contestants as they sign-up for six weeks of team weight loss by singing, dancing and using those As Seen on TV weight loss machines that we all love to laugh at! Derry

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Annual Fire Prevention Open House: Meet your Firefighters. See Fire Engines. Experience our Fire Safety Exhibit. Fire Extinguisher Training. Refreshments, Prizes and Fun & Games. Derry
Harvest Fair Benefit: Matt McKay performs at Farmsteads of New England for their Harvest Fair benefit. Family fun with food, games, scarecrow contest, music and more! Hillsborough
Tortoise Vs. Hare: This free weeklong theatre experience with the preeminent children's theatre company comes with everything to present a play - except for the cast, made up of dozens of local schoolchildren. Keene
Rummage Sale: The Amherst Junior Women's Club is holding their annual rummage sale on Saturday October 9th from 9am to noon at the SHARE building located on 1 Columbus Ave. in Milford.
Celebrating the Hmong Culture: They will share the dance, song and costume of their culture as seen at the Hmong New Year Festival in Fitchburg in early September.
37th Annual Harvest Fair: The Rindge Woman's Club's 37th Annual Harvest Fair will be held on Saturday, October 9 at the historical Rindge Meeting House from 9am to 2pm. Rindge
Wilton Lions' Community-Wide Yard Sale: The Wilton Lions Club is hosting a community-wide yard sale! Maps will be sold at the Wilton Post Office on the day of the sale at 7 am. Wilton
Scarecrows on the Common: Families are invited to come and build scarecrows which then live in the downtown district for two weeks. All scarecrow supplies are provided. Jaffrey

Sunday, October 10, 2010
CommonWalk Arts Festival: This year's CommonWalk Arts Festival: Art for a Sustainable Future takes place on Sunday, October 10 from 11a.m. to 6p.m. at the Fitzwilliam Inn, and is free and open to the public.
Monadnock Music Fall Foliage Concert: Monadnock Music presents the 3rd Annual Fall Foliage concert on Sunday, October 10th at 4:00pm at the Hancock Congregational Church. Hancock
Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster Cult turned out some of the more listenable music of the hard rocking seventies. They remain legends of rock, having sold milliions of records, toured the world and with an influence and reputation that have endured to present day. Keene

Great North Woods

Saturday October 9, 2010
22nd Annual Pittsburg Firemen's Auction: Large selection of antiques, collectibles, many new & used items including some Ethan Allen furniture. Pittsburg
Live Entertainment & Pig Roast: Live Entertainment & Pig Roast at the Colebrook House Inn. 50/50 Raffle to benefit Ski-Bees. Colebrook

Lakes Region

Friday, October 8, 2010
James Cotton Blues Band: Known as "Superharp" for his unique and powerful harmonica playing, Cotton is one of the most respected names in blues! Franklin
Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project: The John Lennon Song Project produces, a thoughtfully re-imagined tribute that celebrates the genius and artistry of Lennon's music.

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Octoberfest: Music, food, crafts, demonstrations, games and fun for all. Storyteller Joanne Piazzi wikll be on hand, along with local author Patti Hetticher. visit the petting zoo, paint a punkin', munch on street food and browse local shops in a historic downtown. Rochester
Paul D'Angelo: Paul D'Angelo keeps the audience in hysterics with is quick improvisational comedy and hilarious observations of everyday life. Rochester
Third Annual Costume Closet Sale: (Satuday-Sunday) Are you ready for Halloween? Do you need that special costume, or just some fabric to make a costume? Rollinsford
Two Old Friends: Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins are once again delighting audiences young and old with a combination of Irish music and American country music. Wakefield
Just Breathe: The quest for a little piece of mind - and chocolate: A hilarious adult musical comedy performed by Lesley Smith, world class ventriloquist, comedian, actor, singer and writer. Musical Director Cheryl Lynne Stromski. Wolfeboro
Penny sale and raffle: Rochester Community Center, benefit community sight program, food, fun and cool items for all ages. Rochester

Sunday, October 10, 2020
Annual Live Auction: Live Auction of hundreds of items including themed gift baskets, gift certificates, handmade items and more. Preview begins at Noon. Tilton
Colonial Gala: Musical by pianist Joe Frascetti of Tuftonboro. Refreshments: hearty hors d'oeuvres, Coffee and a cash bar & live auction. Wolfeboro
Brookford Farm Quark Festival: Brookford Farm will be hosting an event in celebration of real food & local culture with a harvest festival we are calling the Quark Festival, in honor of one of our favorite cheeses. Rollingsford

White Mountain Region

Friday, October 8, 2010
Return of the Pumpkin People: (All Weekend) Here they come... first to arrive were the Organic Garden Chefs and their Awesome Scarecrow with crows at the Wentworth, An Elegant Country Inn. Jackson
The Great American Trailer Park Musical: (All Weekend) "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," a brisk, bawdy one-act set in the not particularly picturesque environs of Armadillo Acres, a trailer park in Starke, Fla. North Conway
Popcorn & PJ's Movie Night: Join us to watch everyone's favorite monkey starring in his first feature length film - the Curious George Movie! Waterville Valley

Saturday, October 9, 2010
13th Annual Oktoberfest: (Saturday-Sunday) Join us for a weekend-long event that includes live Bavarian music from the world renowned King Ludwig Band, dancing, children's activities, games, authentic German food and of course, the Oktoberfest Bier Garten. Bartlett
10th Annual Fall Festival of the Arts: Community wide arts festival featuring local artisans along Main Street, a People's Art Show, live entertainment all day, quilt show, activities for the kids and local food favorites! Lisbon
Oktoberfest: (Saturday-Sunday) It's the 2010 Loon Mountain Oktoberfest. German music, German food, and German beer. There is no charge to enter the event; food and beer is a la carte. Lincoln
Scarecrow Decorating Contest: From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Lisbon Farmers' Market, Main Street, Lisbon.
Bike For Books: Bike for Books, the North Conway Library's annual fall foliage mountain bike tour takes place to day on trails around the Mount Washington Valley. North Conway
Gibson Center Crafts and Artisans Festival: New England Crafters at their best!

We have fine jewelry, photography, art, pottery, Gourmet specialty foods, stained glass, doll clothes, kettle korn, clothing, quilts, pillows, woodcrafts, Adirondack chairs, wood signs and furniture. North Conway
Bethlehem Heritage Society - Yard Sale: Bethlehem Heritage Society will hold a Yard Sale at the Visitor's Center starting at 9:00 am. There will be a Bake Sale as well. Bethlehem
Fall Foliage Festival: (Saturday-Monday)To complement the brilliant fall foliage, the weekend is set to include family activities for all ages, free outdoor concerts, merchant tent sales, and more. Waterville Valley
Lincoln Fall Craft Festival: (Saturday-Monday) Outdoor Arts and Craft Festival in the heart of the White Mountains. Featuring 150 Booths of American made arts, crafts, food and live music. Lincoln

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Waterville Valley Community Yard Sale: All are welcome to set up a table or search for treasures at this Waterville Valley tradition. Waterville Valley


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