The Hippo


Jun 4, 2020








 Fun for everyone

Many of the events listed here are also in our guide to summer fun for all ages, which appeared in the May 24 issue of the Hippo. Find it at Click on “past issues”; the story starts on page 14.

Season of festivals
Find food and other fun at area fairs


 The summer months are full of events that offer family fun, from food festivals for the adventurous little eaters to fairs with rides and games especially for the younger crowd. 

• Intown Concord’s annual Market Days Festival returns to Main Street in Concord from Thursday, June 21, through Saturday, June 23. The three-day street festival features hundreds of vendors, performers and exhibitors, plus free concerts, family-friendly activities and more. Visit or call 226-2150. Find Hippo’s previews of the event in the June 14 paper by going to and clicking on “past issues.” Our Market Days stories are on pages 22 and 44.
• The Hollis Woman’s Club will host its annual Hollis Strawberry Festival on Sunday, June 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hollis Town Common (7 Monument Square, Hollis). The festival will feature strawberry shortcakes and other strawberry desserts for sale, plus a performance by the Hollis Town Band. Visit
•  The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (18 Highlawn Road in Warner;, 456-2600) will hold The Strawberry Festival Celebration: The Ripening Fruit featuring a raffle for a strawberry planter with wild strawberries, plus food samples with indigenous strawberry dishes, an herbal talk about strawberries and other summer plants on Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free.
• The New Hampshire Farm Museum (1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton) will once again host Fourth on the Farm on Wednesday, July 4, from noon to 3 p.m. There will be strawberry shortcake, flag coloring for kids, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and more. Visit
• The annual Raymond Town Fair features food, live music, carnival rides, family-friendly events and more Thursday, July 5, through Sunday, July 8, at Raymond Town Common, Raymond. Free admission and parking. Find them on Facebook.
• The annual Jewish Food Festival at Temple B’nai Israel (210 Court St., Laconia) will return on Sunday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival features a variety of home-cooked Jewish foods such as blintzes, knishes, stuffed cabbage, pastrami, corned beef, tongue, matzo ball soup and more. Admission is free. Visit
• This year’s Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair is Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15, at Grimes Field (29 Preston St., Hillsborough). The event features balloon and amusement rides, food, music and wholesome family fun. Visit
• The 28th annual American Independence Festival is happening on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Independence Museum (1 Governors Lane, Exeter). The festival features a day of historical re-enactments, children’s activities and more. Visit
• The Stratham Fair returns for the 51st year to Stratham Hill Park (270 Portsmouth Ave.) on Thursday, July 19, from 3 to 10 p.m., and Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids ages 6 to 12, and free for kids under 6. Visit
• Stop by the 60th annual Canterbury Fair on Saturday, July 28, in the town green near the Canterbury Country Store (3 Center Road, Canterbury). The fair will kick off with the Woodchuck Classic 5K Road Race and 2K Chipmunk Classic Kids Run. Stick around after and enjoy displays from local artisans and craftspeople, food, traditional Morris dancing, children’s games on the green, a What-Not “tag” Sale, a used book sale, live music, an antique tractor display including a Farmall for the kids to climb on, canoe polo on the fire pond and more. The official schedule will be published at
• Catch the 75th annual Belknap County 4-H Fair, happening on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 174 Mile Hill Road in Belmont. The festival features animal shows, demonstrations, exhibits and more, plus live entertainment and food. Admission is $7 for kids and adults ages 10 and up and free for kids under 10. Visit
• The Hampshire Dome (34 Emerson Road, Milford) will host a food truck festival on Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring more than 20 food trucks, beer, cider and wine tastings, artisan vendors, children’s activities and more. Admission is free. Email for more details.
• The annual Hampton Beach Children’s Festival will run the week of Monday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 17, during which there will be a magic show, mini-golf, dancing, storytellers, balloons, a kids’ bumper sticker contest and more. Visit
• The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are hosting a food truck festival at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (1 Line Drive, Manchester) on Friday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will feature several local food truck vendors gathering at the park, such as the Lunch Lady Food Truck of Concord, Clyde’s Cupcakes of Exeter, The Poutine Co. of Old Orchard Beach in Maine and several others. Presale tickets are $5. Visit
• Join Our Lady of the Cedars Church (140 Mitchell St., Manchester) for its annual Mahrajan Middle Eastern Food Festival, as it returns on Friday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19, from noon to 5 p.m. The festival features appetizers like tabbouleh salad, entrees like barbecue lamb, beef and chicken kabobs, and desserts like baklava, almond butter cookies and more. Admission is free and all foods are priced per item. Visit
• Hillsborough’s annual Living History event returns on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., across various locations in Hillsborough. The event features historical re-enactments, food, live music, artisan craft vendors and more. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for kids ages 6 and up. Visit
• Ujima Collective will present the annual We Are One Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park (889 Elm St., Manchester). The festival will feature ethnic food vendors from a variety of Latin American and African nations, plus live music performances, local clothing and artisan vendors and more. Admission is free. Visit
• The sixth annual Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition will be held at Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua) on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. The festival is presented by the Bellavance Beverage Co. and the Nashua Parks & Recreation Department and features tastings from dozens of local craft breweries, a chicken wing competition by several local restaurants, live music and more. For kids, the day includes a bounce house, face painting, a kids zone activities area, a balloon artist and games. The cost is $25 in advance, $35 on the day of the event, $10 for designated drivers and attendees under 21, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Visit
• The Greeley Park Art Show (100 Concord St., Nashua) will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day. The annual outdoor art show hosted by Nashua Area Artists Association features a variety of artwork for sale. As well as the competition for adults, the show features a competition for artists ages 6 to 8 and there is a “Come Paint with Us” program for kids, according to the website. Visit 
• Taste from a variety of locally made chilis and vote for your favorite at the Henniker Rotary Club’s 15th annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest, at Pats Peak Ski Area (686 Flanders Road, Henniker) on Sunday, Aug. 19, from noon to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $12 per person, $6 for kids ages 10 and under and free for infants and toddlers; your ticket grants you access to sample as many of the chilis as you want, plus all of the KidsZone activities, access to the craft vendor and Car Cruise In areas, and the live music that will also be featured. Visit
• Formerly known as the Dover Mini Maker Faire, the New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest is happening at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features more than 60 local artisans, scientists and garage tinkerers who will be there to show hobbies, experiments and projects to attendees, all as they enjoy good food. Visit
• The annual Greekfest at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (111 Island Pond Road, Manchester) is happening on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will feature several specialty Greek foods, live music and other activities. Visit
• As a Labor Day weekend tradition, the Hopkinton State Fair returns to the fairgrounds (392 Kearsarge Ave., Contoocook) on Friday, Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The fair features local vendors, classic fair food, live music, carnival rides, agricultural exhibits and more. Visit
• The Exeter UFO Festival returns to downtown Exeter on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2. The event commemorates the anniversary of the Incident in Exeter (an alleged UFO sighting on Sept. 3, 1965), by featuring a variety of educational lectures on the subject, intergalactic children’s games, food and more. It’s all to benefit the Exeter Area Kiwanis Club. Visit

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