New Hampshire is rife with the energy, thrills and flavours of the great outdoors. Valleys, lakes, mountains and more – it’s a great state for adventure lovers and adrenaline seekers, with opportunities to ski, walk, swim and trek. But that’s not all – The Granite State also offers a great amount of varied and vibrant festivals throughout the entirety of the year.
The Maple Sugaring Festival takes place throughout the whole of New Hampshire, with more than sixty state-wide sugar houses offering visitors the chance to get their mouths and minds around the delectable uses of mouth-watering maple. In these sugar houses, where maple is transformed into the much-loved syrup, you can learn about the creation process, taste the different varieties, and buy and try some of the most delicious samples of maple-covered treats, such as donuts and candies. With such a broad amount of locations throughout the state, it’s impossible to predict exactly what the festival might have in store, but you can guarantee it’ll be sweet, syrupy and difficult to resist.
Laconia Motorcycle Week is considered to be the original US riding rally, and will soon be reaching the prestigious occasion of its 100th anniversary. If it rides on two wheels and it revs along on its engine, then it’s honoured here. Almost half a million attendees come together to celebrate the adrenaline-pumping roar of motorcycles, with rides, races, stunt shows, exhibitions, demonstrations, competitions, rare models and more. It’s a perfect event for bike fiends and fans, and also offers food, music and entertainment.
If gastronomy is more your thing, then you might fancy the sound of Hampton Beach Seafood Festival. Throughout the event, seafood makers, suppliers and restaurants offer the very best of their tasty treats, fresh from the ocean. So whether you want to gobble a clam, chow down on a lobster or guzzle some shrimp, here you can have your fill. And when you’re not seeking sustenance, there’s a program of music, entertainment and arts and crafts. The event is hosted right in the heart of Hampton Beach, which serves as an appropriately-beautiful background for such a gut-busting affair.
Other New Hampshire events celebrate pumpkins, Scottish culture, local history, traditional fairs, artisan foods, music, crafts, arts, sand sculptures and more. So come to the land of the great outdoors and treat yourself to a fun few days!