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 2 and 4, 2014 - Lakes Region Singers Concerts

Listen to entertaining songs fromt he Lakes Region Singers. These exciting performances feature both adult and youth choruses as well as several guest musicians.

Show times are Friday, May 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday May 4 at 3pm at the First United Methodist Church on Rte. 11A in Gilford.  They are open to the public with a suggested donation of $8 per person or $15 per family.  For more information please call 524-0835.

May 11, 2014 - 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 $43; Children $21

For more information, call (603)366-5531

May 16-18, 2014 - 32nd Annual Winni Fishing Derby

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 24-26, 2014 - 23rd Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Festival

At Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith

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

June 5, 2014 - 9th Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival

There will be more than 150 wines and spirits from around the world to sample.  This will benefit the regional theater programs.  This event takes place on Thursday, June 5th from5:30pm to 8:00pm in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing in Meredith.  For more information, call 603-968-9330.

June 7, 2014 - Annual Kainen M. Flynn Fishing Derby

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


June 12, 2014 - Picadilly Circus   NEW

Come enjoy the fun and excitement at the Picadilly circus.  It is held at the Belknap County Fairgrounds on Thursday, June 12th at 4:30pm and 7:30pm.  Tickets are only $10.  Buy tickets online at www.thefuncircus.com

Jun 14-22, 2014 - 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


June 27, 2014 - Third Annual Lakes Region Mah Jongg Tournament

Located at the Pheasant Ridge Country Club, 140 Country Club Rd, Gilford, NH 03249. The $30.00 entry fee includes a catered continental breakfast and lunch, cash prizes, door prizes and a full day of play.  The 2014 National Mah Jongg League Official Standard Hands and Rules will be used. Entries must be received by June 13, 2014. For more information and an entry form please email  Lakesregionmahjonggtournament@gmail.com

Family Party Nights

Family Party Nights are on Wednesdays June 25 - August 27th 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..

Family Fun Day

Also, don't forget to check out Family Fun Day cruises on the M/S Mount Washington.  They're held every Friday in July and August from Weirs Beach at 10am and 12:30pm and from Wolfeboro at 11:15am.

Jul 4, 2014 - 4th of July Celebration at Weirs Beach

Fireworks at midnight

Jul 4, 2014 - Laconia July 4th Celebration

Come watch the parade through downtown Laconia to Opechee Park.

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


July 11-13, 2014 - NASCAR Series

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  New England 200, Global Rally Cross Championship, U.S. Legend Cars - New England 25, Lenox Industrial Tools 300.  Check out NHMS for details.

July 12-13, 2014 -  25th 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 19, 2014 - Nickfest   NEW

Come join the fun for the 8th annual NickFest.  It takes place on Memorial Field, Main Street, Wolfeboro on the grounds of Brewster Academy from 10am-3pm.  For more information visit www.thenick.org.

July 26, 2014 - 41st Annual Antiques and Classic Boat Show

This event takes place at the Meredith town docks.

Boat show is from 9:00am - 3:00pm

It's worth going to and you can enjoy the views of Lake Winnipesaukee.  They are including classic cars in the parking lot again this year.

July 26, 2014 - Winniskiathon   NEW

This marathon waterski event is put on by a group of avid waterskiers.  It takes place at the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club on Saunders Bay in Gilford.  You need to arrive by 6:30am. 

If you're interested in riding or skiing please contact Guy at 293-0020.

July 26, 2014 - Canterbury Fair   NEW

Come join the fun for the 56th annual Canterbury Fair.  There's a road race, live music, food, pie baking contest and more.  The fair takes place from 9am-4pm in Canterbury Center.  For more information visit www.canterburyfair.com.

August 3, 2014 - LakeFest Raft-a-Palooza   NEW

Join in for this year's hopes to break a Guinness World Record for the largest canoe and kayak raft created by joining hands on a single body of water.  This celebration takes place at Endicott Rock Park at Weirs Beach in Laconia.  There will be food, entertainment and more.  It takes place from 7am - 3pm.  For more information visit www.nhlakes.org.

Aug 7-9, 2014 - 10th 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.


Sep 6, 2014 - Laconia Multi-Cultural Market Day

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


Aug 9, 2014 - Belmont Old Home Day - at Belmont Village off Rtes 140 and 106

The theme is "To Be Announced" - It all starts with the pancake breakfast at 7am, the parade is at 1pm and it ends with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30pm.

Aug 9-10, 2014 - Annual Belknap County 4H Fair - Rte 106, Belmont on Mile Hill Rd.

This fair offers entertainment, animal shows, food, exhibits and loads of fun.


Aug 16-17, 2014 - Timberman/Ironman Triathlon

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

The short course begins on Aug. 16th at 7:30am.

The full course starts on Aug. 17th at 7:00am.

Log onto www.timbermantri.com for more information.


Aug 23, 2014 - 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.

Aug 30 - Sept 1, 2014 - 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.


Sept. 13, 2014 - 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. 19-21, 2014 - 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 19- 21, 2014 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

New Hampshire 100 and F.W. Webb 100, Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational, U.S. Legend Cars New Hampshire 25, Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Check out NHMS for more information.

Sept. 25- 28, 2014 - 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. 4 - 5, 2014 - 16th Annual Autumn Craft Festival

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

Oct. 4 - 5, 2014 - Wine Tasting

Looking for some interesting local wine?  Check out Hermit Woods Winery for a weekend of wine tasting.  The wine tasting is from 11-5pm.  For more information call 253-7968.

Oct. 11 - 13, 2014 - 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.  Admission is $10-adults, $3-kids 8-12, Free 7 and under.  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. 17, 2014 - Benjamin Hochman, Piano Concert

Come enjoy some classical music at the Sant Bani School in Sanbornton.  The concert takes place on October 17, 2014 at 7pm.  Tickets at the door $15; students free.  For more information call 603-934-4240.

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