Local Current Events
Around Lake Winnipesaukee

The NH lakes region of New Hampshire has some really fun local current events that let you enjoy the region all year round.  There are so many activities to keep you busy, you won't be able to keep up with them.

Halloween Events - You'll find many activities for young and old alike to enjoy the scary season.

Christmas Events - Many activities for everyone to enjoy this magical, holiday season.

I have included a list of events by the season.  The summer local current events will be posted in the spring and the winter local current events will be posted around the holidays.

May 8, 2016 - Mother's Day brunch cruise on the M/S Mount Washington

Take your mother out on a special 2 1/2 cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee this Mother's Day.  Mom will enjoy breathtaking views, a buffet brunch and live entertainment.

Cruises depart from Weirs Beach at 10:00am and 2:00pm

Boarding time is 30 minutes before departure

Adults $44; Children $22

For more information, call (603)366-5531

May 13-15, 2016 - 34th Annual Winni Fishing Derby - THE DERBY HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR 2016

Due to extenuating circumstances, the 34th Annual Winni Fishing Derby will not take place in 2016. Please contact event organizers at 603-848-3474 or email winniderby@yahoo.com for more information.


This is one of the popular local current events in the area.  They work closely with the New Hampshire Fish and Game to make this a successful event.  Come join the fun and register for the Winni Fishing Derby.  Perhaps you could win one of the great prizes.  Check out the Winni Fishing Derby for more information

May 19, 2016 - Family Car Cruise Night Postponed to May 26th

Come see a variety of antique and classic cars on display at the Gilford Community Church parking lot, Potter Hill Rd., Gilford - 5pm.  There will be DJ music and a barbecue catered dinner.  For more information and dinner tickets call 524-6057.

May 28-30, 2016 - 25th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Craft Festival

At Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith

Show Hours - Sat 10-7; Sun 10-5; Mon 10-4

Jun 4, 2016 - Annual Kainen M. Flynn Fishing Derby

This fishing derby is for the kids and is held at Gunstock from 8:00am - 1:30pm.


Jun 11-19, 2016 - Laconia Bike Week

Bike week is one of the most popular local events in this area.  For more information check out my page on Bike Week

Laconia Bike Week kicks off with vintage motorcycle races June 11-12 at the NHMS in Loudon.

Jun 13, 2016 - 18th Annual Genesis Foundation Golf Tournament NEW

Come be a part of the 18th annual Genesis Foundation Golf Tournament.  This event is held at the Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club in New Durham. Registration begins at 9:30am.  All proceeds benefit the Genesis Foundation for Children.  Go to the Genesis Foundation for more information.

Jun 17-19,, 2016 - Granite State Legends at Loudon Classic

Laconia Bike Week finishes with the Loudon Classic.  There will be two Granite State Legends races. These cars resemble classic cars from the 1930s and 1940s, but are powered by motorcycle engines. Drivers can be as young as 12 years old.

Family Party Nights - M/S Mt. Washington

Family Party Nights are on Wednesdays June 29th - August 24th from 6-8:30pm.  These cruises on the M/S Mount Washington are great entertainment, the kids have a great time and it is one of our favorite local current events..


Jul 2-3, 2016 - Gunstock Craft Fair

Gunstock is holding a craft fair July 2nd and 3rd from 10am-4pm both days.  There will be all kinds of crafts, live music and more.  Admission is free.


Jul 3, 2016 - 4th of July Celebration at Weirs Beach

Fireworks at midnight

Jul 4, 2016 - Laconia July 4th Celebration

Come watch the parade through downtown Laconia to Opechee Park.

Fireworks at 10:00pm.  Rain date July 5th.


July 9, 2016 - Antique and Classic Automobile Event

Held at Castle in the Clouds in Moutonboro from 10am - 3pm. Antique cars through 1979 will be on display.  Car entries - $20 registered by Jun 27th; $25 after Jun 27th. Admission comes with admission to the Castle or $5 for the Classic Automobile Event only.

July 15-17, 2016 - NASCAR Series

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  Whelan Modified All Star Shootout, New England 100, Lakes Region 200, New Hampshire 301.  Check out NHMS for details.

July 16-17, 2016 -  27th Annual Craft Fair at the Bay - Alton

This event takes place at the Community House and Grounds on Route 11 in Alton Bay

Show is from 10:00am - 5:00pm

Free admission.

July 23, 2016 -  Craft Beer Relay - Gunstock

The New England Craft Beer Relay is a 5k-ish 4 person relay that will test your will and palate as you race through team games and individual challenges to compete for bragging rights and prizes all while sampling the best craft beers in New England. There is a limited number of teams and the event WILL sell out, so reserve your spot today and figure out your team name/costumes later!

This event takes place from 11:00am - 8:00pm.  Check out Gunstock for more details.


July 30, 2016 - 43rd Annual Antiques and Classic Boat Show - NEW LOCATION

This event takes place at the Wolfeboro town docks.

Boat show is from 9:00am - 2:00pm

It's worth going to and you can enjoy the views of Lake Winnipesaukee. 

July 30, 2016 - Lakes Region Rotary Car Show

Held at Faro Italian Grille, Laconia. from 10am - 2pm.  This will be the People's Choice and Owner's Choice Awards. Official Doge judges will pick top three Dodges for all eras.  Other awards in 20 year periods from 1900-2000. Separate awards for Corvettes, Mustangs, Trucks, Specialty vehicles and Rat Rods.

Aug 4-6, 2016 - 12th Annual Soulfest in the Lakes Region

Another one of our local current events in the NH lakes region is Soulfest.  This huge multi-day music event attracts over 15,000 people.  It takes place at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford.  Come and enjoy some wonderful Christian music plus outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, mountain biking and more.  For more information check out Soulfest at Gunstock.


Aug 13, 2016 - Belmont Old Home Day - at Belmont Village off Rtes 140 and 106

This year Belmont Old Home Day will hold everything on the same day.  The theme is "Bridging Our Generations." The 48th running of the 10-Mile Road Race and 2nd running of the Cow Pie (10-Mile) Relay Race will kick off the day at 8:30am.


Aug 13-14, 2016 - Annual Belknap County 4H Fair - Rte 106, Belmont on Mile Hill Rd.

Please check schedule for official date. This fair offers entertainment, animal shows, food, exhibits and loads of fun.


Aug 19-21, 2016 - Timberman/Ironman Triathlon

The race starts at Lake Winnipesaukee, Ellacoya State Park, Gilford.

The short course begins on Aug. 20th at 7:30am.

The full course starts on Aug. 21st at 7:00am.

Log onto www.timbermantri.com for more information.


Aug 20, 2016 - 4th Annual Cruise In to the Wright

Held at the Wright Museum of World War II, Center St., Wolfeboro from 10am - 2pm. Limited to 100 vehicles. It features antique autos and motorcycles.  There will be music and food available.  Admission into the museum gets you into the Cruise In.

Aug 25-26, 2016 - Vintage Racing Celebration

Held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  Cars will race on the oval.  Applications can be made to drive.

Aug 27, 2016 - Tuftonboro Old Home Days Antique Car Show

Held at Davis field, Tuftonboro from 1-3pm.

Aug 27, 2016 - Gilford Old Home Day - at Gilford village of Rte 11A.

This all starts with a pancake breakfast at 7am and a parade at 10am.  There are many vendors, food, entertainment in Gilford Field as well as a road race in the late afternoon.  The evening ends with a performance at 8pm and fireworks directly after.

Sep 3-5, 2016 - Alton Bay Craft Fair - Community House, Rte. 11

This event takes place at the Community House and Grounds on Route 11

Show Hours - Sat 10-6; Sun 10-5; Mon 10-4

Free admission.


Sep 10, 2016 - Laconia Multi-Cultural Market Day

This festival goes all day with many nations represented through arts, crafts and food. 

Sept. 17, 2016 - Canterbury Artisan Festival at Shaker Village


Experience an Artisan Country Fair with crafts, farmer's market, demonstrations, Americana, roots, music, food and drink.  It's open from 10am to 5pm. Admission:  $12-Adults, $6-kids (6-17), under 5 is free.  For more information, call (603)783-9511.


Sept. 16-18, 2016 - The New Hampshire Highland Games

This is a Scottish cultural festival that is presented by the New Hampshire Gathering of the Scottish Clans, Inc.  There's music, dance, athletics, food and more.  This event takes place at Loon Mountain.  For more information see www.nhscot.org

Sep 23- 25, 2016 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

UNOH Camping World Truck Series, F.W. Webb 100, Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational, Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Check out NHMS for more information.


Sep 29 - Oct 2, 2016 - Deerfield Fair

This fair is worth going to, even though it's not really in the lakes region.  There are all kinds of activities.  There are horse shows, stock pulls, music, food, magic, animals and more.  For more information call (603)463-7421.


Oct. 1 - 2, 2016 - 18th Annual Autumn Craft Festival

Mill Falls Marketplace Route 3.
Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

Oct. 8 - 10, 2016 - Sandwich Fair - in Center Sandwich

This is one of the local current events that everyone likes to go to.  Get some fresh air, listen to live usic, go on some carnival rides, enjoy some food, competitions, animals, antique cars, tractors, arts and crafts, home made goods and more.  The gates open at 8:00am each day.  There's a Friday night special as well.  The fair is open from 4:00pm-9:00pm on Friday night with free admission.  For more information go to www.thesandwichfair.com


Oct 15, 2016 - Canterbury Shaker Village Vintage Car Show

Takes place from 10am to 1pm. This event is co-presented with the White Mountain Region chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America. Admission to museum gets you into the car show.

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