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What To Do In NH: Last September Weekend 2012 - Fall Fun For All!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Welcome to our second weekend in fall, and out last weekend in September! Can you believe October begins on Monday? I can't! My schedule has been overflowing this past month! Lots of fun, but you know what they say about fun and time!

So here we are at another great weekend sure to set your time to flight! The Deerfield Fair returns for this weekend only with outdoor arena events and midway attractions!

Also exciting this weekend, are all of the autumn oriented events coming up! Saturday and Sunday this weekend, bring the family to the Autumn Craft Festival in Kingston Plains, 32nd Annual Fall Festival and Nature Art Show in Hollis, or the Autumn Festival in Sugar Hill, and don't miss the Fall Festival & Scarecrow Contest in North Conway on Saturday.

Merrimack Region
Theatre

Saturday

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

LIBANA at Simple Gifts Coffee House

Sunday
Granite State Symphony Orchestra: An Afternoon With Beethoven

Community
Deerfield Fair
Deerfield, NH
Thurs-Sun, September 27-30

The Deerfield Fair is well-known for its many outdoor arena events, including horse shows, a demolition derby, tractor pulls, horse and stock pulls and its exceptional entertainment, including music, magic, singers and dancers!

32nd Annual Fall Festival and Nature Art Show
Hollis, NH
Sat-Sun, September 29-30

The Fall Festival is the signature annual event of Beaver Brook Nature Center. There are activities of interest to people of all ages. Ongoing activities include apple cider pressing, nature crafts for children including activities by Wild Salamander Art Center, fairy house building, live music, and homemade food for sale. The Maple Hill Gardeners sell original arrangements and wreaths made from the dried harvest of their gardens. They also offer dried herbs, note cards, and ornaments.

OktoberFest Concord
Concord, NH
Fri-Sun, September 28-30

Join the festivities with us as we take over Eagle Square with beer, authentic German food, lots of beer, live entertainment, some more beer, huge outside bar, German beer, live Bavarian/Polka band, more beer, live Rock and Roll band, pints of beer, contests, steins of beer, games, have I said beer yet, giveaways, draft beer, fun, and....BEER!

Lil Iguana's Family Fun Day
Nashua, NH
Saturday, September 29

The overall event will focus on health, fitness, safety and literacy for children and their families. Some activities scheduled for the event include entertainment, safety and health education, soccer shoot-out area, costume characters, bounce houses, scavenger hunt, princess characters, rock climbing (small fee), coloring contest and so much more!

National Child Safety Day
Pelham, NH
Saturday, September 29

Free Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Bounce House & Balloon Animals! Joining Us Will Be The Pelham Police & Fire Vehicles On Display, Plus Your Local Sports Team Mascots! Free Safety tools and information!

Empty Bowls Soup Fundraiser for New Horizons
Manchester, NH
Sunday, September 30

Sponsored by the NH Potters Guild, the event raises money for New Horizons for New Hampshire. Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger. NH Potters Guild members make and donate ceramic soup bowls. For $20 guests choose and keep a handmade bowl and are able to sample soups donated by 16 local restaurants. Child bowl $5. Quart to go $10 (last 1/2 hour of event).

Woman's Association Fall Rummage Sale
Amherst, NH
Fri-Sat, September 28-29

Back by popular demand, the WA Fall Rummage Sale at the Amherst Congregational Church is the perfect opportunity to purchase good merchandise at very reasonable prices. Fall and winter clothing, jewelry, toys, games, books, linens, towels, small household items, home and holiday decor, dishes, glassware, vintage and antique items, small tools and more are all for sale.

A Musical Tribute to the Fabulous Fifties
Concord, NH
Saturday, September 29
Five hundred guests are invited to come and listen to music of the era, performed flawlessly by the Capitol Center Jazz Orchestra and led by Clayton "Skip" Poole with special guest appearances by Northeastern singing all-stars, Steve Marvin and Patty Barkas. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served as well as drinks from a cash bar, courtesy of the Granite Restaurant. There will also be a raffle for the chance to win a variety of wonderful prizes including a trip to fabulous Paris, France. A portion of the night's proceeds will be used to assist veterans living in CATCH's affordable rental apartments.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged
Manchester, NH
Thurs-Sun, September 27-30

Don't miss Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children Of All Ages!

ArtWalk Nashua 2012
Nashua, NH
Sat-Sun, September 29-30

Nashua's premier arts event, featuring open studios and galleries, demonstrations, musical entertainment, children's activities, historic architecture tour, labyrinth walk, public sculpture tour, special restaurant items and more. Nashua's art scene has been growing by leaps and bounds. Come for the afternoon, do some early holiday shopping, enjoy the events and stay for dinner (it's Fall Restaurant Week in Nashua). Something for everyone!

Concord Arts Market
Concord, NH
Saturdays, through October 27

The award-winning Concord Arts Market is New Hampshire's first market of its kind - a selective, weekly, outdoor artisan and fine arts market that made its enthusiastic and successful debut in the Fall of 2008. We fill Bicentennial Square in Concord with a sea of tents full of handmade things. Participating artists come from all over the state and region to congregate in our beautiful state capital. The event is free and accessible to wheelchairs - and surrounding businesses round out the day. The Concord Farmers' Market is also right nearby!

Lamson Farm Day
Mont Vernon, NH
Saturday, September 29

Sponsored by the Lamson Farm Commission, the event will also include the traditional features, ongoing until 3 P.M.: hayrides, black powder shoot, antique tractors and farm-related displays, pony rides, historical reenactments, blacksmithing demos, music, and family games. The chicken barbecue will be served at noon.

Seacoast Region
Theatre

Saturday

Who's Your Daddy?

Sunday
ACT ONE's Festival 2012 presents cellist Kristen Miller in MAYA & ME

All Weekend
The UPSIDE of Being DOWN

Community
Autumn Craft Festival on the Plains
Kingston, NH
Sat-Sun, September 29-30

Over 100 Juried Craftsmen and women from all over New England will display and sell their American made works including Stained Glass, Original Watercolors, Pen and Ink Drawings, Photography, Embroidery, Pottery, Carved Wildlife, Folk Art, Hand Crafted Soaps, Country Wood, Fleece, Pillow-Quilts, Metal Sculpture, Tree Skirts, Pewter, Blown Glass, Doll Clothes, Fine Jewelry, Floral Design, Painted Stemware and more.
Come and sample the culinary delights of herbal dips, maple products, roasted nuts, homemade fudge, kettle corn, cotton candy and more.

Haunted Lighthouse & Fort Tour
Portsmouth, NH
Saturday, September 29

Join author and radio personality Ron Kolek of the New England Ghost Project, along with author and lighthouse historian Jeremy D'Entremont, for a rare nighttime walking tour of Fort Constitution and Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. The fort and lighthouse have been featured on TV, including the popular show "Ghost Hunters" You'll hear about the paranormal investigations at the fort and lighthouse that have indicated the presence of a number of otherworldly residents.

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
Portsmouth, NH
Sat-Sun, September 29-30

Now in its 13th year, the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival features the music and songs of our maritime heritage. With concertinas, banjos, fiddles, and more, but above all, with our voices, we bring music from the Golden Age of Sail to 21st-century Portsmouth. Held in shops, cafes, pubs and on the streets of Market Square. FREE! Donations accepted. Family-friendly. Singing along encouraged!

Greenland Church Rummage Sale
Greenland, NH
Thurs-Sat, September 27-29

The Women's Alliance at Greenland's Community Congregational Church will hold a 3-day Rummage Sale on September 27, 28 and 29. The sale will open with early-bird shopping on Thursday, September 27 from 6-8 pm, then continues on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 from 8:30 am - 1 pm on both days.

Monadnock Region
Community

Hillsborough Schnitzelfest
Hillsborough, NH
Saturday, September 29

Enjoy the most authentic German food you'll experience outside Germany: Schnitzel (breaded or grilled), Bratwurst, Wieners, Homemade German Potato Salad, Rotkohl & Sauerkraut, Breads, Desserts, Beer & Wine.

Lakes Region
Theatre

Saturday

Gazpacho

Steel Magnolias

Community
Corn Maze
Meredith, NH
Through November 4

Come get lost in our 12th annual maze! The maze will remain open through early November. Admission to the corn maze is $5 per person with a special $3 rate for each child 6 and under. The last admission is one hour before the farm closes to allow explorers to enjoy getting lost and playing the trivia game that is part of the maze.

White Mountains Region
Theatre

All Weekend

A Grand Night for Singing

Community
Fall Festival & Scarecrow Contest at Settlers' Green
North Conway, NH
Saturday, September 29

Event includes dozens of handmade, unique scarecrows competing for cash awards! Free horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, apple cider & apples, live music and so much more! Pumpkins to the first 100 kids ($2 per pumpkin while supplies last) and a pumpkin pie contest! All free and open to the public.

Autumn Festval
Sugar Hill, NH
Sat-Sun, September 29-30

This festival provides a grand array of outside vendors, demonstrations and entertainment throughout the festive weekend. Booths align both sides of the street, featuring home made goods, foods and creative gift ideas. Demonstrations in "lost" arts of homemade materials, wool spinning, weaving, pottery and such, vary year to year. Entertainment from local well known musicians and others specifically for children are timed throughout the weekend. Local specials at Harman's Cheese and Country Store, Polly's Pancake Parlor and others add to this great fall weekend festival at the height of foliage in a quintessential New England village with 360 degree vistas from its Main Street and side roads.

White Mountain Storytelling Festival
Waterville Valley, NH
Sat-Sun, September 29-30

Stories for people of every age! Ghost stories, kid stories, adult stories. All told by a variety of experienced tellers, plus a special concert by nationally known storyteller Rebecca Rule. Held the same weekend as The 14th Annual Chili Challenge, The 2nd Annual White Mountain Storytelling Festival is sponsored by Waterville Valley Town Square & The Snowy Owl Inn. Produced by The NH Storytelling Alliance.

The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain
North Conway, NH
Fridays & Saturdays through Oct 28

An outbreak of haunt has spread throughout the mountain as the 6th season of the Ghoullog is upon us, with added acres of terror and two individual haunts, sure to send shards of fear through your veins.


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