New Hampshire Festivals:
New Hampshire’s Festivals will give you a taste of the New England flair that often times accompanies them. You’re in for a wonderful surprise as we look at the festivals of this region. Be prepared for good food, music and very artful crafts.
Manchester Brewfest: Our mission is to support Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center by raising funds for cancer research and patient supportive services by increasing awareness of our NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and by acting as ambassadors for the Cancer Center and the communities it serves. Norris Cotton Cancer Center is a world-renowned cancer treatment and research facility affiliated with The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Volunteers raise money, produce events, and facilitate community outreach to find a cure for cancer. Usually held at the end of July. in Manchester.
SoulFest: Celebrating Music, Love & Action, this fest is held the first full weekend in August in the picturesque mountains and lakes region of Gilford, at the Gunstock Mountain Resort. Gunstock provides an idyllic setting for this one-of-a-kind celebration gathering 8,000 attendees and more than 100 artists and speakers. As New England’s largest Christian music festival, SoulFest has become a summer staple to numerous families throughout the New England area. “The purpose of SoulFest is to celebrate God’s love and encourage all who attend to live from the inside out as soul-connected, risk-taking Believers in God’s love.” Dan Russell, Co-Founder of SoulFest.
8th Annual Blueberry Fest: Join us Saturday, August 3 for this event which includes a Cornhole Tournament, Face Painting by Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum, Blueberry Pie Baking Contest, and Eating Contest, and an assortment of Blueberry BBQ, Treats, and Elixirs. All this is topped off with a live performance by CRUSH, a Dave Matthews Tribute Band. It is free to attend, although tickets to the Attitash Resort Summer Attractions Park are an additional cost. Attitash Mountain Resort, in Bartlett.
27th Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Festival: The Village Shops and Town Green along Main Street in Lincoln will burst into color and flavor for this Craft Festival. Over 100 artisans will display and sell their traditional American-made works. A variety of delicious specialty foods will also be available to try. There is free admission and held rain or shine. Friendly pets on leash are welcome. August 10 – 11.
6th Annual New Hampshire Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival: Food Truck Festivals of America is heading back to Portsmouth for the 6th year at Cisco Brewers! Featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites; along with the dozens of craft beers the Cisco Brewers offers. This ultimate food truck experience will be in Portsmouth only on Sunday August 18 from noon to 5pm.
New Hampshire Highland Games: This event displays the largest and most diversified games in the country! You’ll witness Massed Bands, Sheepdog Trials, Celtic World Music Concerts, the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship, International Scottish Athletics, New England Highland Dance Championships, New England Solo Piping Drumming Championships, Scottish Harp other instrumental competitions. Held at the Loon Mountain Resort, Sep 20 – Sep 22.
Outlaw Music Festival: This is a great chance to hear artists like Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss and others. This is a free event, depending on where you choose to sit, but if you are a fan of these wonderful performers just let us know and we will be able to help you. Witness this country music festival at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, on Sept. 6
Portsmouth is a New Hampshire port city on the Piscataqua River. Nearby, the 1855 North Church presides over downtown’s Market Square. Prescott Park has riverside gardens and boat docks. Northwest, former research submarine USS Albacore is in a park, alongside a visitor center. Don your walking shoes, breathe in the ocean air and set out to discover this picturesque maritime town. You can join one of several organized walking tours or explore on your own. Portsmouth is filled with old homes and museums, and you’ll have your pick of fascinating historic sites. View an 18th-century garden, striking stairway and period furniture at the Moffatt Ladd House, the home of William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence If you know architecture, Portsmouth’s array of Colonial, Federalist and Neo-classical styles will dazzle you. Weary of walking? Sit down for a meal at one of Portsmouth’s fine eateries or relax on a narrated harbor or whale-watching cruise.
Strawbery Banke: This museum located in the South End historic district of Portsmouth, where costumed staff demonstrate traditional crafts. It is an open-air museum consisting of numerous old, historical houses – most of which were always there, a couple were moved there. In the space of an afternoon one can experience over 300 years of life in Portsmouth, with houses from each era faithfully restored and filled with period pieces. One will also find guides often dressed in period clothing and they are all very knowledgeable. The convenience store is the cutest of all with all the candies, can foods, and convenience items that one would find from the old days. You will totally enjoy your visit! The grounds are particularly nice to stroll as well.
USS Albacore Museum: Kids love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle. The Albacore is why subs look the way they do today. It’s a cozy little museum and park tucked away on the fringe of Portsmouth NH that offers a glimpse at how submarines developed. Perfect way to fill a few hours for those interested in historic Naval architecture. Great self-guided tour with recordings at stations throughout the submarine. This was the cutting edge of technology when it was in service. This museum is outstanding for anyone who wants to get a feel of what life on a submarine feels like, or for anyone interested in modern Naval history or the history of the Seacoast area.
Portsmouth Harbor Trail: Among other must-see sites are Market Square, Moffatt-Ladd House, USS Albacore, 1817 U.S. Custom House, Prescott Park, Strawbery Banke, Governor John Langdon House, City Hall, Wentworth-Gardner House, John Paul Jones House, Rundlet-May House, Warner House, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Point of Graves. Check out the Portsmouth Harbor. It is lovely! A band may be playing right by the harbor and people bring their lounge chairs and sit nearby the calm water! Nearby there are local restaurants, bars, boutique shops, spas, ice cream shops and a bakery shop! Amigos is a great place for dinner and had a chicken quesadilla with rice and beans! They also have a kid’s menu — tortilla chips are awesome!! The views of the bridge and the Kittery coastline are wonderful.
Prescott Park: This park is great, there are picnic tables and benches to rest, and there are some nice little beach and wood trails. It’s a special place with beautiful gardens off the Portsmouth harbor. In the summer months there are various types of entertainment including plays, outdoor music, and summer theater camps for young people. Wonderful!!
Warner House: The Warner House, also known as the MacPheadris-Warner House, is a historic house museum located in Portsmouth. Built in 1716-1718, it is the oldest urban brick house in northern New England and one of the finest examples of early Georgian brick houses in New England. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The house, which was built for Captain Archibald MacPheadris, a Scottish/Irish sea captain who settled in Portsmouth, is a 2 1/2-story brick structure with walls 15 inches thick laid in Flemish bond. The interior follows a typical Georgian four-room plan with an added kitchen wing in the rear. The walls of the central hall and stairway are decorated with four murals that are the oldest extant Anglo-American wall murals in the country. This historic home has Delft and English tiles, the family’s original furnishings and serving pieces, and portraits documenting 300 years of history from 1700s Whig to American Revolution Era. Tour guides are very knowledgeable, and the one-hour tour is enjoyable.
You are going to fly from Tampa into Manchester, rent a car and drive to Portsmouth. Give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make this a special vacation for you and yours.