September NH Grand Events Calendar:
A day spent visiting northern New Hampshire during its magnificent foliage season is a day to be savored and remembered. Combine your excursion with the
North of the Notches ATV & Brewfest
in Colebrook, the September 26 event that benefits CASA of NH, and you have a winner of an outing.
This month we highlight two of the Grand North’s oldest and best-loved attractions,
Mt. Washington Auto Road
A visit to
each year is a tradition for many families, and Santa’s summer home is ready to welcome you with all of the old favorites, like the Reindeer Carousel and visits with Santa, and plenty of exciting new ones, like the “You Tubing” ride.
Hailed as America’s Oldest Manmade Tourist Attraction, the
Mt. Washington Auto Road
has been traveled by visitors for more than 150 years, eager to experience the breathtaking scenery and unpredictable weather of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast.
You’ll also find dozens of other suggested activities and itineraries, along with dining and lodging options at
A spectacular end-of-summer event for 145 years, the Lancaster Fair celebrates its roots with traditional agricultural activities like 4-H animal exhibits, a horse show, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Add in an exciting and colorful midway, the Big Rig Truck Pull and a Demolition Derby, enticing fair food, and a Grandstand performance by country singing star Jo Dee Messina and you have all of the ingredients for an extravagant six-day celebration. Ticket price includes all Midway rides and the concert. General admission on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday costs just $15. On Saturday and Sunday admission costs $16. Free admission for seniors 70 and older, and $2 off admission for current/active military. The Lancaster Fair is located on Route 3, one mile north of the junction of Routes 2 and 3.
(for a complete schedule of events)
(603) 237-8143 (Camping Reservations)
Muster in the Mountains
This weekend long event is a colonial encampment of re-enactors representing various individuals of the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man periods from 1750 through 1840. Participants demonstrate the use of appropriate tools, clothing, and firearms for their respective time periods. Activities include 1800s Firearms & Cannon Display & Competition, Woods Walk Competition, Tomahawk and Knife Throwing, Cooking and Competition. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Free. The gathering takes place in the fields of the Mount Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch (Route 16), Gorham. Please: no dogs.
Wingzilla is an all-day fun occasion you and your family won’t want to miss, featuring a Barbeque Chicken Wing Cook-Off Competition and “Luck of the Draw” Horse Shoe Tournament! Cash prizes are awarded to the winners of both competitions. Activities include a Luau ATV Poker Run, beer tent, barbecue, hamburgers, and hot dogs, and face painting for the kids. Capping off the event is the band StraightAway at 6 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. Free admission. Northern Forest Heritage Park, Route 16, Berlin.
The Cog Railfans Day
Join the Mount Washington Cog Railway for a day of coal-fired steam train and photo opportunities, visits with the steam crew as they service the trains, and a guided museum tour. The regularly scheduled 9:15 a.m. steam trip will stop at Waumbek Switch (about halfway up) for a photo run-by. At the summit of Mount Washington and upon return to the base the steam crew will be available for discussion. There will be a guided museum tour at 12:30 pm.
(800) 922-8825 or in New Hampshire at (603) 278-5404
Dixville Half Marathon
An annual North Country event, the Dixville Half Marathon draws runners from near and far to run the USTAF-certified half-marathon, the four-person and two-person relay races, and the three-mile fun walk. The course takes competitors for a scenic downhill run along the Mohawk River where the beautiful scenery and peak fall foliage add to the day’s enjoyment. The race starts at 10:30 a.m. at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown and ends at the North Country Community Recreation Center on Lynch Road in Colebrook. Music, burgers and brew, and recreational opportunities at the Center round out the day. Event fees vary depending on category. (photo courtesy of Colebrook News & Sentinel)
Errol Heritage Day & Professional Lumberjack Competition
Bring the family to celebrate the rich history of the tiny but vibrant town of Errol. Begin the day over a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m., then enjoy an array of activities including a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, vendors, food, bouncy house, and games and surprises for the kids. Watch world record holders compete in the Lumberjack Competition from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in events like axe throwing, chopping, and sawing. Get a bird’s eye view of the town by taking a Fall Foliage Helicopter Ride. The 3rd Annual Errol Heritage Day wraps up with a Spaghetti Supper at the Errol Fire Station beginning at 4 p.m. All the action takes place at the Errol Consolidated School’s ballfield, with free parking across the street at Bear Country Powersports.
North of the Notches ATV & Brewfest
Fun is brewing in Northern New Hampshire! Let the trails be your guide to a day of adventure and excitement. Join CASA of NH, in collaboration with Bear Rock Adventures and Metallak ATV Club, for the North of the Notches ATV & Brewfest on Saturday, September 26, on the grounds of Bear Rock Adventures in Colebrook. Held during New Hampshire’s colorful foliage season, the outstanding event helps support the mission of CASA of NH as it seeks to advocate on behalf of 100 percent of the state’s abused and neglected children.
Enjoy riding your own ATV on 1,000+ miles of Ride the Wilds interconnected trails, rent an ATV from Bear Rock Adventures for a full or half-day, or explore the trails on a guided tour and see the magnificent foliage up close and personal.
At the North of the Notches ATV & Brewfest, you can look forward to a day packed with spectacular vistas, outstanding events, and a fun time for the entire family! Don’t ride? Don’t worry. Plenty of activities are planned for non-riders, too.
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