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Top 20 New Hampshire Events

JULY 15-17: CONCORD, Market Days & Summer Music Festival. Sample the offerings of local merchants and restaurants. Listen to local bands and performers on the Homegrown Talent Stage; two bands take to the Main Stage each night. 603-226-2150;

JULY 17: FITZWILLIAM, Fitzwilliam Historical Society Antiques Show and Sale. Set on the picturesque village common, this annual event features dealers from many states. Refreshments will be available, along with a special exhibit on dolls and miniatures at the Amos J. Blake House Museum. 603-585-7742;

AUG. 7-15: NEWBURY, League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair. Under white tents at Mount Sunapee Resort, this annual event offers 200 individual booths of traditional and contemporary wares by juried league members. Fiber arts and furniture to jewelry, glass, pottery, and more; plus exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops. 603-224-3375 (League), 603-763-2416 (fair office);

AUG. 15: PETERBOROUGH, Medal Day at MacDowell Colony. Hidden away in the quiet countryside, this well-known artists’ colony welcomes the public for one day each summer to celebrate the presentation of a lifetime achievement award. After the ceremony, meet the artists when the various studios open their doors. 603-924-3886;

AUG. 12-14: MANCHESTER, New Hampshire Antiques Show. Explore antiques from more than 60 dealers, all arranged in room settings at the Center of New Hampshire Radisson hotel. Country and formal antique furniture, clocks, folk art, paintings and prints, textiles, woodenware, metalware, glassware, and more. 603-585-9199;

AUG. 21: JAFFREY, Festival of Fireworks. Look to the skies at this family event at Jaffrey Airport/Silver Ranch Airpark. Get comfortable and watch unforgettable fireworks; enjoy live entertainment, a sky-diving spectacle, food, kids’ games, and vendors’ wares. 603-532-4549;

SEPT. 10-12: HAMPTON, Hampton Beach Seafood Festival. Top restaurants serve lobster, fried clams, shrimp, ribs, steak tips, blooming onions, and more. Plus craft vendors, live music, and sand sculpture demo. 603-926-8718;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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