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Festivals & Events In The Upper Valley

The Upper Valley hosts a wide variety of annual festivals and events. Whether you hit up a local farmers' market, a food truck festival, or agricultural fair to take in the traditions of livestock shows, live entertainment, and fried dough, or you sign up for a half marathon to raise funds for a cause, you are bound to have fun, enjoy the beauty of the area and meet new friends along the way!

NEXUS Music And Arts Festival - August
Lebanon, NH
Festival & Events, Local Flavor

Description: FREE outdoor festival takes place throughout downtown Lebanon and features live music—including reggae, blues, rock, folk, jazz, West African, and bluegrass—on three stages.

Link: https://lebanonoperahouse.org/nexus-music-and-arts-festival/

Maple Month in NH & VT - March
Festival & Events, Local Flavor

Description: Maple sugar open houses in the Upper Valley generally happen in March. Sugar makers may hold their own individual events, deals, and promotions throughout the sugaring season. Keep an eye out for new details posted to the links below.

Link: https://vermontmaple.org/mohw
Link: https://nhmapleproducers.com/directory/categories/maple-weekend

Canaan Fair Speedway
Canaan, NH
Event

Description: The Canaan Fair Speedway Facility comprises a 1/4 mile dirt track and a 1/3 mile asphalt track. Come watch exciting races, featuring both local competitors and national stars.

Link: http://www.canaanfairspeedway.com/

Tunbridge World’s Fair - September
Tunbridge, VT
Festivals & Events

Description: The Tunbridge World's Fair features a wide array of rides and attractions.

Link: http://www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com/schedules/fair/

Cornish Fair- August
Cornish, NH
Festivals & Events

Description: The Cornish Fair features live entertainment, rides, fresh food, and other attractions.

Link: http://www.cornishfair.org/

Circus Smirkus - July
Description: Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit arts and education organization operating in Greensboro, Vermont. Our mission is to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus, and to inspire youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.

Link: http://www.smirkus.org/

Summer Revels - June
Arts & Culture, Festivals & Events

Description: Revels North educates the community through theatrical, dance, and musical experiences that bring the world’s cultural traditions and celebrations to life.

Link: http://revelsnorth.org/summer-revels/

Christmas Revels - December
Festival & Events, December

Description: The Christmas Revels, a beloved Upper Valley tradition for the whole family, is presented annually by Revels North. Celebrate the holiday season and the turning of the year with singing, dancing, and traditions that span the centuries and the globe.

Link: http://revelsnorth.org/christmas-revels/

LebFest - September
Lebanon, NH
Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation, Festivals & Events

Description: LebFest is a free celebration of Lebanon area community in Colburn Park. Enjoy food from local food trucks, music, family activities, raffles and more! This event is hosted by Upper Valley Business Alliance and co-hosted by Lebanon Recreation, Arts, and Parks.

Link: https://lebanonnh.gov/1534/LebFest

The Prouty - July
Festivals & Events

Description: The Prouty is a sponsored athletic event that raises funds for cancer research.

Link: http://theprouty.org/

The CHaD Hero Half Marathon - September
Festivals & Events

Description: The CHaD HERO is the premier fundraising and athletic event benefiting CHaD, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Starting in 2006 as just a half marathon run, it has grown to also include a competitive 5K run, Cam's Course 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K walk, a 5 mile hike, a 25 or 50 mile bike ride, and a Virtual Quest where participants can complete their own unique activity and support CHaD from anywhere in the world. There is something for everyone, everywhere!

Link: https://getinvolved.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/site/TR/CHaD/CHaDHero?pg=entry&fr_id=1750

Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival - June
Quechee, VT
Festivals & Events

Description: the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire will be filled with hot air balloons ushering in the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England.

Link: https://www.quecheeballoonfestival.com/

Glory Days of the Railroad Festival - September
White River Jct., VT
Festival & Events

Description: Come relive the high point of the northern railroads. The Glory Days Festival is a family oriented, fun-filled, festival of the railroading and transportation modes of the past, present & future. Festival includes excursion rides ($), model railroad show, Mini-Steam Engine, Touch-a-Truck, Fall Harvest Craft Fair, Food Vendors, Children’s Games ($), and more.

Link: https://glorydaysfestival.org/

Food Truck Festival - June
Lebanon, NH
Festival & Events

Description: Enjoy food from a variety of New England food trucks and prepared food vendors, drinks from Salt hill Pub, and musical entertainment!

Link: https://lebanonnh.gov/1132/Lebanon-Food-Truck-Festival

Norwich Fair - July
Norwich, VT
Festival & Events

Description: Family-friendly summer fun with rides and attractions presented by the Norwich Lions Club for patrons of all ages.

Link: The Norwich Lions Club

Skating on Occom Pond - Winter
Hanover, NH
Natural Wonders & Outdoor Recreation, Festivals & Events

Description: Delightful year-round, but known for ice skating and the Winter Carnival in February (weather dependent – the ice has to freeze solid).

Link: http://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/activities/natural_areas/occom_pond.html

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