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10 things to do in N.H. this weekend: More fairs, brewings, fall foliage, Portsmouth Pride

Dan Tuohy
Fall foliage as seen from Mount Sunapee, N.H.

Make the most of your Indigenous Peoples’ Day / Columbus Day weekend in New Hampshire.

Looks like good weather for the long weekend in New Hampshire.

Scroll below for our weekly 10 things to do — plus a little extra for fun, and check out NHPR's community calendar for more events, ideas, and activities.

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  • 32nd Milford Pumpkin Festival on Friday, Oct. 8, to Sunday, Oct. 10, downtown Milford. Learn more.
  • Dover Dog Howloween on Saturday, Oct. 9, noon to 4 p.m., at Henry Law Park in Dover. Learn more.
  • 13th Annual NH Brewfest on Saturday, Oct. 9, noon to 5 p.m., Cisco Brewers in Portsmouth. Learn more.
  • Portsmouth Pride on Saturday, Oct. 9, noon to 6 p.m., Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth. Learn more.
Symphony NH opening night is Oct. 9.

  • Opening Night with Symphony NH on Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at keefe Center for the Arts in Nashua. Learn more
  • White Mountain Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct.. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10, at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln. Learn more.
  • Bedrock Gardens Fairy & Hobbit House Festival on Saturday, Oct. 9, to Monday, Oct. 11, at Bedrock Gardens in Lee. Learn more.
  • Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour on Saturday, Oct. 9, to Monday, Oct. 11, at various locations. Learn more. Related event: Monadnock Art Tour.
  • 2021 Granite State Blues Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. at the Stone Church in Newmarket. Learn more.
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day - Erasure and Reclamation on Monday, Oct. 11, 1-3 p.m., at Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner. Learn more.
    Grain Thief at Bank of New Hampshire Stage


  • Fall Foliage Fest on Saturday, Oct. 9, to Monday, Oct. 11, at Waterville Valley Resort. Learn more.
  • The Sandwich Fair on Saturday, Oct. 9, to Monday, Oct. 11. Learn more.
  • The Strand Salsa Spook-over on Saturday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m. at The Strand in Dover. Learn more.
  • New Boston Rail Trail Expansion Project Ribbon Cutting on Sunday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lang Station in New Boston. Learn more.
  • Grain Thief, with Green Heron perform Friday, Oct. 8, at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage, Capitol Center for the Arts, in Concord, 8 p.m. Learn more.
Zoey Knox is NHPR's newsroom engagement producer. She has spent most of her radio years at college radio stations in Madison, WI (WSUM) and Seattle, WA (KXSU).

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