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Ten Fall Festivals and events in 2012


Contact:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331,


Combine fairs, foliage and food festivals for the ideal fall foliage getaway in Mt Washington Valley, NH

North Conway, NH -- The hills are alive with the colors of autumn in Mt Washington Valley.  Combine fall colors with fun festivals and you have the perfect leaf peeping excuse.  Add in pumpkin tours, country fairs and an Oktoberfest, and you’re in for the perfect foliage getaway. 

Fall colors are predicted to be spectacular after plenty of rain and a September cold snap.  Colors have already started in the Northern reaches, yet peak foliage isn’t expected until the first ten days or so of October.  Only Mother Nature knows for sure when the leaves will peak, but you can be sure to see fall colors in Mt Washington Valley throughout September and October. 

Add in a host of festivals, fairs and fun events and Mt Washington Valley becomes New England’s headquarters for the perfect fall foliage getaway.  Combine these events with your fall escape and book soon or forever hold your peep!

September 21, 22, 23: NH Highland Games & Festival: This is the largest Scottish festival in the Northeast, celebrating everything Scottish - food, music, culture, dancing, athletics and more! Three days of activities and fun for all ages as leaves begin turning in the White Mountains! 2012 is the year of Family. Children under age 15 are free when accompanied by an adult. Info: 1-800-358-7268,

September 22, October 13: Guided AMC hike on Wildcat: Combine two of the best fall activities – hiking and a scenic gondola ride when you join a naturalist from the neighboring Appalachian Mountain Club Pinkham Notch Visitor Center for a guided hike with spectacular views of fall foliage on Mount Washington. Ride the scenic gondola for an environmentally educational summit tour and optional guided hike down Wildcat Mountain. The program is free with the purchase of a scenic gondola ticket. Info: 603 466-3326,

September 28, 29 (and weekends in Oct): The Ghoullog is back: The Ghoullog is back for its 6th year of haunting at Cranmore Mountain. The color may be on the trees, but it’ll drain from your face as you experience this haunted ride! Plenty of added fun for all ages. Info:

Sept 29: Settlers’ Green Fall Festival and Scarecrow Contest: Come view dozens of handmade, unique scarecrows competing for cash awards while shopping for fall fashion at Settlers Green Outlet Village. There’ll be free horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, apple cider and apples, live music and more! Grab a $2 pumpkins for the first 100 100 kids and don’t miss the pumpkin pie contest! It’s free and open to the public, 11am-3pm. Info:

September 30-October 7: Fryeburg Fair: This is Maine's Blue Ribbon Classic and the largest agriculture fair in Maine! Eight days of entertainment and education for the whole family amidst gorgeous fall color. A variety of livestock, draft show horses and ponies, pulling horses and oxen, a forestry research center, an agricultural exhibition center, crafts, a flower show, educational exhibitions and demonstrations, sheep dog trials are all on the schedule, along with a huge parade on Saturday. A thrilling midway with amusement rides and delicious food top it all off. Live music all day and nightly entertainment too. The Fair attracts upwards of 300,000 visitors each year for fall fair and foliage fun. Click for more info:

October 6-7: 15th Annual Attitash Oktoberfest: Celebrate peak leaf peeping time on Columbus Day Weekend at Attitash Bear Peak and enjoy authentic German food, live Bavarian music, children’s activities, the infamous Keg Toss Contest and the Attitash Biergarten, featuring brewers from around the region at the 15th Annual Oktoberfest celebration, Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday, 12-5 p.m.  Children’s' activities include face painting, arts & crafts, games, the Attitash Climbing Wall, the Attitash EuroBungy Trampoline and more. For the adults (21+ to participate), compete in the traditional Stein Holding Contest and the Keg Toss, with prizes for both men and women. Tickets: Age 21+ TBA, Ages 6-20 TBA, Kids Under Age 6 FREE. Info:
603 374-2600,

October 1-21:  25th Annual Return of the Pumpkin People Tour: From October 1-21, look for quirky unique and often down right hilarious Pumpkin People displays at businesses throughout Mt Washington Valley.  Only in Mt Washington Valley will see Pumpkin faced people doing things you never thought possible; cooking, frightening you, taking photos of you, rocking, talking, driving, being tall, short, chunky, skinny, eating, skiing, running, diving, singing and so much more.  Check into the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce for a map for the self-guided tour then vote for your own favorite display.  Pumpkin people amidst fall foliage – what could be better? Info:

October 12, 13, 14: Celebrate opening of Museum of White Mountain Art in Jackson: To commemorate the opening of the museum, there will be an inaugural exhibit, "On the Road to Jackson, a Journey through the White Mountains of New Hampshire”.  Come see master artists who captured Mt Washington Valley’s landscapes with unparalleled talent.  Exquisite 19th century paintings will be on loan from private collectors. The exhibit will run through January 6th, 2013 in the new Museum of White Mountain Art. Info:

October 19, 20, 21: Take the Pumpkin Patch Express:  All aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad for a fall ride past colorful trees to Glen, NH where each child will pick out their own pumpkin in the pumpkin patch.  Costumes are encouraged! Info: 603-356-5251 or www,

Oct 19-21 & 26-27: Combine a fall B&B getaway with the newest fall event – Murder Mystery Train: This first-of-a-kind event combines mystery and intrigue with delicious food, a scenic and spooky train ride and a fall B&B getaway.  Available only through participating inns and B&Bs in Mt Washington Valley, this is one fall escape we know you’re just “dying” for – choose from a number of B&Bs offering exclusive tickets to the Murder Mystery Dinner Train.  For participating properties and packages, visit

To plan your Mt Washington Valley fall foliage holiday, visit for a complete guide to things to do, places to stay and additional events.  To talk to a Mt Washington Valley vacation planner at the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).

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