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Top 20 New Hampshire Events

Top 20 New Hampshire Events
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by in May 2010

JUNE 12-20: LACONIA, Motorcycle Week. Grab your favorite leather jacket and head to Weirs Beach for this annual event, a bustling bike showcase. Watch or participate in races, hill climbs, scenic touring, wild contests, shows, and more. 603-366-2000;

JUNE 13: NEW CASTLE, Village Walk and Garden Tour. A self-guided stroll through private gardens. Hop on the trolley at Maude Trefethen School and enjoy light refreshments, too, all to benefit the Pontine Theatre. 603-436-6660;

JUNE 18-19: PORTSMOUTH, Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth. Sponsored by South Church, this annual walking/biking tour takes enthusiasts through private gardens in one of the town’s most charming neighborhoods, including the gardens of a selected historic home. Enjoy light refreshments and live music at several stops. 603-436-4762;

JUNE 22-AUG. 24: SULLIVAN, Apple Hill Chamber Music Concerts. World-class guest soloists join Apple Hill’s string quartet in concert during the summer on Tuesday evenings. Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy on the grounds before each concert, or reserve a seat for the preconcert dinner each evening. 603-847-3371;

JULY 8-11: HILLSBOROUGH, Balloon Festival. Entertainment on the ground and in the sky at Grimes Field: hot-air balloons, midway, music, parade, road race, artists’ fair, and Saturday-night fireworks extravaganza. 603-464-0377;

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;

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.

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