May 26

Sat/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open Fields Medieval Festival

The Thetford Green comes alive with the sights and sounds of a medieval village. There will be food, performances, crafts, games and other activities for kids large and small. Costumes encouraged.

>> The Green, Academy Road, Thetford, Vt.

>> $7/person, age 4 and under free

>> vtmedfest.com

June 1
Fri/6 to 9:45 p.m.
Branch Out Teen Night
Artistree Community Arts Center and Spectrum Teen Center offer an evening of themed activities planned by and for teens in grades 7 to 12.
>> Artistree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret, Vt.
>> Free
>> artistreevt.org

June 2
Sat/10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bike Rodeo
Get your wheels ready for summer with bicycle safety checks, registrations, an obstacle course, helmets, snacks and prizes! Join in an escorted trail ride at 1 p.m.
>> CCBA Witherell Recreation Center, 1 Taylor Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> Free
>> lebanonnh.gov

June 2
Sat/Three seatings: 5, 6 and 7 p.m.
Covered Bridges Half Marathon Pasta Supper
Load up on a community pasta dinner before running (or cheering) through some of Vermont’s most beloved covered bridges during the Covered Bridges Half Marathon. Local Chefs prepare sauces and pasta along with salad bar, desserts, cash bar and coffee.
>> Suicide Six Ski Area, 247 Stage Road, South Pomfret, Vt.
>> Adults $20, children $10
>> woodstockvt.com

June 9
Sat/11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Discover the Magic of the Campfire
Learn to build a campfire the way it was done more than 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece and Rome — using the sun and sparks. For kids age 11 and up. Call (603) 746-6121 to register.
>> The Nature Discovery Center, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H.
>> $20 ($15 for members)
>> ndcnh.org

June 9 and 10
Sat and Sun/Various times
Vermont Days
Celebrate the arrival of summer! Visit a state park, fish at any Vermont Fish & Wildlife fishing access (no license required for the day), enjoy free entry at State Historic Sites and free admission to the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.
>> Throughout Vermont
>> Free
>> vermontdays.com

June 15 to 17
Fri to Sun/Gates open 3 p.m. Fri, 5:30 a.m. Sat and Sunday
39th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival
Don’t miss one of the longest running festivals in New England featuring as many as 20 hot air balloons. Enjoy music and entertainment for all ages, craft artisans, commercial and food vendors. Train rides, bounce house, Kid’s Zone, historical reenactors, Pups in the Air and more.
>> Festival Grounds, 70 Village Green Circle, Quechee, Vt.
>> Adults, $15; children age 6 to 12, $5; 5 and under free
>> quecheeballoonfestival.com

June 17
Sun/9 a.m. Brady’s 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, 10 a.m. Skip’s 4 Mile Run
Skip Matthews Memorial Run
This annual race honors the life of an exceptional coach, parent, husband and personality. All proceeds benefit Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Post-race massages provided by River Valley Community College. Awards and barbeque after the race. Online registration recommended.
>> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> Adults 19+ $25, 18 and under $20, fun run/walk free
>> skipsrun.org

June 18 to 22
Mon/8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tues to Thu/8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fri/8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Summer Tech Camp
Open to students entering grades 7 to 9. Explore 10 hands-on STEM activities in one week! Programs may include: basic welding, forces of flight, photography, engine operation, community service, health and fitness, electric drag cars, cardboard animations and more!
>> Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, 1 Gifford Road, White River Junction, Vt.
>> $30
>> hactc.com

June 22
Fri/5 pm to 9 pm
Food Truck Festival
Kick off the weekend with dinner from a variety of New England food trucks, drinks from Salt hill Pub and live music by Brooks Hubbard Band! Adult tickets include admission, access to purchase food and drinks at the food trucks and a free sample at the food truck of your choice.
>> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> Adults $10, children 6 to 12 $5, age 5 and under free
>> LebanonNH.gov

June 23
Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4th Annual Strawberry Festival
New London’s Annual Strawberry Festival promises yummy fun for the whole family. New this year: an Arts Vendor and Demo Fair. Also enjoy live music, classic cars, vendors and lots of strawberries from Spring Ledge Farm.
>> New London Town Green, Main Street, New London, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> nl-nh.com

June 23
Sat/3:30 p.m.
15th Annual June Jam
This annual musical fundraiser features an exciting line-up of local folk, blues, jazz and rock musicians. Bring a picnic or enjoy food available onsite.
>> Muster Field Farm Museum, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H.
>> Adults, $15; children 14 and under free
>> musterfieldfarm.com

Jun 23 and 24
Sat/6 p.m. in South Pomfret, Vt.
Sun/6 p.m. in Norwich, Vt.
Summer Revels
Summer Revels is a family friendly event featuring choral and community singing, dancing, toe-tapping fiddles, giant puppets and a Mummer’s play. Craft activities, roving performers and food stalls offer locally produced food for purchase to round out the festival-like atmosphere.
>> ArtisTree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret, Vt.
>> Norwich Green, 22 Church Street, Norwich, Vt.
>> Free
>> revelsnorth.org

June 23 and 24
Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sun/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Art in the Park
This outdoor arts festival features fine art and crafts, demonstrations, live performances, children’s activities, face painting and specialty foods. Hosted by the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce.
>> The Norwich Green, 22 Church Street, Norwich, Vt.
>> Free admission
>> hanoverchamber.org

June 23 and 24
Sat/8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun/8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
54th Annual Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show
This annual event attracts thousands of rock and mineral enthusiasts each year. Examine minerals and crystals from all over the world, crack a geode, and try panning for minerals! Proceeds benefit youth recreation and community programs.
>> Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center, 640 Route 10, Gilsum, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> gilsum.org/rockswap

June 24
Sun/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Billings Farm & Museum’s 35th Anniversary Celebration
Enjoy a full day of special programs, hands-on activities, music, food, a farm animal parade, historic baseball, special guests, and more.
>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.
>> Free admission (today only!)
>> billingsfarm.org

June 27
Wed/1 to 2 p.m.
Raptor Encounter
A first-hand encounter with visitors from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science enables participants to understand what makes a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials. Suitable for all ages.
>> The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H.
>> Adults $10, seniors and students $8, children ages 6 to 17 $4, 5 and under free, families of 2 adults and 2 or more children ages 6 or above $25
>> thefells.org

June 28
Thu/5:30 to 7 p.m.
Interplay Jazz Art in the Park
Jazz musicians turn the Woodstock History Center Back Lawn into an all-American music concert and interactive art party. Jazz is improvisational and the audience is invited to create artwork to the music. Materials, paper and paints will be provided or bring your own sketchpad.
>> Woodstock History Center Back Lawn, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, Vt.
>> Free
>> pentanglearts.org

June 30
Sat/9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
6th Annual Lake-a-Thon and Cardboard Boat Regatta
This annual event raises funds to provide scholarships for local kids to attend camp. Activities include N.H. Fish & Game watershed information, exhibits on aquatic life, migratory bird and wildlife, fly fishing and tying demonstration, wood duck lecture and box building class.
>> Pleasant Lake Dam, Elkins Road, New London, N.H.
>> By donation
>> elkinsfishandgame.net

June 30
Sat/1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.
Artistree Musical Theatre Camp attendees travel down the rabbit hole to bring Lewis Carroll’s wonderful and wacky adventure to life. From the Cheshire Cat to the Mad Hatter, this rendition of Alice’s adventure in Wonderland is zany, fantastical, and lots of just plain fun!
>> The Grange Theatre, 65 Stage Road, South Pomfret, Vt.
>> $10
>> artistreevt.org

July 4
Wed/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Old Vermont 4th
A patriotic family celebration featuring the reading of the Declaration of Independence, a historic debate, wagon rides, making 1890 flags, spelling bees, sack races, baseball, and more.
>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.
>> $4 to $16
>> billingsfarm.org

July 4
Wed/9 a.m. Fun Run, 9:30 a.m. 5k and 10k
Red, White & Blue 6.2
Celebrate the 4th in patriotic colors! Start your day with a 5k, 10k or fun run along the perfectly picturesque Rail Trail and Mill Road.
>> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H
>> Adults $25, youth 13 to 17 $20, 12 and under $15, fun run free
>> LebanonNH.gov

July 5
Thu/6 to 7:30 p.m.
Animal Sounds
Meet three live animals native to New Hampshire. Learn about the sounds they make and why they make them.
>> Learning Center, Lake Sunapee Protective Association, 63 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, N.H.
>> Free
>> lakesunapee.org

July 5, 12, 19 and 26
Thu/10:30 a.m.
Summer Performances for Kids
Enjoy free family friendly performances outside the library on the lawn. Bring a blanket or chair.
>> Side Lawn, Richards Free Library, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.
>> Free
>> newport.lib.nh.us

July 6
Fri/7 to 8 p.m.
Old Fashioned Band Concert and Ice Cream Social
Come listen to old-time favorites played by the South Royalton Town Band while you enjoy a dish of ice cream. Bring a blanket or chair on which to sit.
>> Woodstock History Center, 26 Elm Street, Woodstock, Vt.
>> Free. Donations gratefully accepted.
>> woodstockhistorycenter.org

July 7
Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday at the Village
Tour the historical village and spend the day immersed in hands-on historic crafts. Try out hearthside cooking, block prints, drying fruit, knitting, spinning, and more.
>> New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H.
>> Adults $5, members and children 12 and under free
>> newlondonhistoricalsociety.org

July 13 and 14
Fri and Sat/6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Prouty
Be part of the biggest charity fundraiser in northern New England! Enjoy great food, kids’ activities, fundraising prizes, live music and more!
>> Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H.
>> Free for cycling, walking, rowing and virtual, $50 registration fee for the Ultimate or Golf
>> theprouty.org

July 15
Sun/1 to 5 p.m.
Lebcity Luau
Bring famly and friends to celebrate summer with a Hawaiian-themed splash!
>> Lebanon Memorial Pool, 67 Pumping Station Road, Lebanon, N.H.
>> $1
>> LebanonNH.gov

July 18
Wed/10 to 11 a.m.
Valley Quest
Join Vital Communities for a guided Valley Quest through history in downtown White River Junction. Follow the clues in search of a hidden treasure box! Expect to walk for 30 minutes on mostly flat pavement and grass.
>> Engine 494, Train Station, 102 Railroad Row, White River Junction, Vt.
>> Free
>> hartfordrec.org

July 21
Sat/1 to 3 p.m.
Fairy House Festival
Celebrate the wonder and beauty of nature at the Morrill Homestead’s Fairy Village. Build fairy and elf houses and gnome forts with natural materials. Search the flower garden for Gnomes, Elves and Fairies. Author Michael Caduto will share music and tales from around the world.
>> Justin Morrill Homestead, 214 Justin Morrill Highway, Strafford, Vt.
>> Adults $10, children under 15 $5
>> morrillhomestead.org

July 25
Wed/3 to 6 p.m.
Let’s Go Fishing Workshop
A hands-on aquatic resource education program that focuses on introducing people of all ages — with an emphasis on families — to fishing and water resources in Vermont. Reconnect with the land and experience the beautiful outdoors.
>> Clifford Park, West Hartford, Vt.
>> Free
>> hartford-vt.org

July 25
Wed/1 to 2 p.m.
Owls and Their Calls
Did you know that not all owls hoot? This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics and adaptations for life as a nocturnal predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials. Suitable for all ages.
>> The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H.
>> Adults $10, seniors and students $8, children ages 6 to 17 $4, 5 and under free, families of 2 adults and 2 or more children age 6 or above $25
>> thefells.org

July 27 to 29
Fri to Sun/Various times
10th Annual Bookstock
This three-day event supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Upper Valley and celebrates authors and poets from the region. Check out the book sale, performances, speakers, and an art exhibit.
>> The Village Green, Woodstock, Vt.
>> Free admission
>> bookstockvt.org

July 28
Sat/11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Discover How to Identify Animals by Their Tracks
Learn how to identify native New Hampshire animal tracks. For kids age 10 and older. Call (603) 746-6121 to register.
>> The Nature Discovery Center, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H.
>> $25 ($20 for members)
>> ndcnh.org

July 29
Sun/1 to 4 p.m.
Fairy House Festival and Tea Party
This celebration connects children to the natural world with crafts, a whimsical Tea Party on the Veranda, and building fairy habitats in The Fells Fairy Village. Children are invited to dress in their finest fairy or gnome attire. Reservations recommended.
>> The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, 456 New Hampshire 103A, Newbury, N.H.
>> Members: adults $10, children $5; nonmembers: adults $20, children $10
>> thefells.org

July 28 to September 16
Daily/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
32nd Annual Quilt Exhibition
This juried exhibition of colorful quilts made exclusively in Windsor County will celebrate 32 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations, programs and activities for children and adults.
>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.
>> $4 to $16
>> billingsfarm.org

July 29
Sun/9 a.m.
Wildlife Encounters
Exotic animals from Wildlife Encounters of Barrington, N.H., visit the park. Which fascinating creatures will they bring this year?
>> Knights Hill Nature Park, 463 County Road, New London, N.H.
>> Free
>> theoutingclub.net

July 30 to August 3
Mon to Fri/9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Drawing & Watercolor Camp
Children age 6 to 12 explore nature and architecture through drawing, journaling and watercolor painting. Drawing will include direct observation of nature, games and techniques to improve skills. Learn new painting methods, practice watercolors. Instruction will be tailored to children’s experience and interests.
>> Justin Morrill State Historic Site, 214 Justin Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford, Vt.
>> $125 per child
>> morrillhomestead.org

July 31
Tue/2 to 4 p.m.
Dragonfly Hike
Led by Ausbon Sargent’s resident authority on dragonflies and damselflies, this annual family favorite is a fun, hands-on activity for children as they catch and release and learn about the life and function of the dragonflies. RSVP to kheath@ausbonsargent.org
>> TBA, Grantham, N.H.
>> Free
>> ausbonsargent.org

August 2 to 5
Thu to Sun/Various times
94th Annual Hospital Days and Triathlon
Four days of fun in downtown New London, featuring the midway, bands, a parade, fun family activities, great food and more!
>> New London Town Green, New London, N.H.
>> newlondonhospital.org

August 3
Fri/6 to 11 p.m.
Movie in the Park
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a fun filled night under the stars watching a family movie on the Open Air Cinema.
>> Lyman Point Park, 167 Maple Street, White River Junction, Vt.
>> Free
>> hartfordrec.com

August 4
Sat/9 p.m.
Night Skywatch
Members of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society bring gigantic homemade telescopes to the park for the public to view the night sky’s brilliant show.
>> Knights Hill Nature Park, 463 County Road, New London, N.H.
>> Free
>> theoutingclub.net

August 4 to 12
Daily/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
85th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair
This annual fair offers fun and educational activities for the entire family. Craft demonstrations, workshops for all ages, Sculpture Garden, strolling performances, featuring oversized puppets, magicians, mind readers, musicians and much more!
>> Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103, Newbury, N.H.
>> General admission $12, senior 63+/student/military/veteran $10, children 12 and under free
>> nhcrafts.org

August 5
Sun/10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Antique Tractor Day
Tractors made between the 1920s and 1970s will be displayed by the proud and talented folks who restored them. A tractor parade at 1 p.m. includes restoration details and historical information. Tractor-drawn wagon rides and tractor activities for children.
>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.
>> $4 to $16
>> billingsfarm.org

August 10
Fri/4 to 8 p.m.
Lollipop Carnival
A fun time for all ages! Games, prizes, cake-walks, pie-eating contests, face painting, dunk tank, and a fun surprise! Bring money to purchase lollipops to play games and win prizes.
>> Barnes Park, 9 Bernard Way, Claremont, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> claremontnh.com

August 11
Sat/10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Taste of Woodstock
Woodstock’s annual street festival offers more than 50 vendors on Elm Street, food, crafts, art, children’s activities, live music, beer and wine. Fun for all!
>> Elm Street, Woodstock, Vt.
>> Free admission
>> woodstockvt.com

August 12
Sun/10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hay Day Family Festival
This fun-filled day includes old-fashioned games, music, children’s art projects, a scavenger hunt, petting zoo, face painting and more. Explore nature trails, build a fairy house in Fairy Village, and take a historic tour of the Main House and gardens.
>> The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, 456 New Hampshire 103A, Newbury, N.H.
>> Adults $10, seniors and students $8, children ages 6 to 17 $4, 5 and under free, families of 2 adults and 2 or more children ages 6 or above $25
>> thefells.org

August 13 to 19
Daily/8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vermont Open Farm Week
Do you love local food and farms? Want to get to know your farmer better and get a behind-the-scenes look into Vermont’s vibrant working agricultural landscape? Visit an open farm this week!
>> Throughout Vermont
>> Free admission
>> diginvt.com

August 17 to 19
Fri to Sun/Various times
Sunapee Sestercentennial Celebration
The town of Sunapee celebrates its 250th anniversary with a live concert, fireworks, road race, parade, games, music, lake activities, a time capsule dedication and more!
>> Sunapee, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> sunapeenh250.org

August 17 to 19
Fri and Sat/7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sun/7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cornish Fair
The town of Cornish celebrates summer with its annual family friendly agricultural fair. Midway rides, food, farm animals, 4-H exhibits and more.
>> Cornish Fairgrounds, 294 Town House Road, Cornish, N.H.
>> Adults $10, children 12 and under free
>> cornishfair.org

August 18
Sat/9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
19th Model Engineering Show and Family Maker Space
See the work of New England’s finest model engineers and machinists along with demonstrations of intricate machining skills of the past, present, and future. Check out models built by hand and powered by air pressure. Visit maker tables to create, learn, and experiment.
>> American Precision Museum, 196 Main Street, Windsor, Vt.
>> Windsor Recreation Center, 29 Union Street, Windsor, Vt.
>> Adults $8, children $5
>> americanprecision.org

August 19
Sun/10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Love Your Lake Day and Antique Boat Parade
This event includes crafts, activities and games for children, a display of aquatic plant specimens, live animals from Wildlife Encounters, a scavenger hunt, loon exhibit, ice cream, popcorn, demonstrations and restored antique boats on display and in the parade.
>> Learning Center, Lake Sunapee Protective Association, 63 Main Street, Sunapee, N.H.
>> Free
>> lakesunapee.org

August 23
Thu/4 to 9 p.m.
Summer Celebration
A fun-filled evening of food, music, dancing and fireworks marks the unofficial end of summer in Lebanon. Explore the Farmers Market in Colburn Park, join the dance fest on the Mall and take in the fireworks display at Storrs Hill Ski Area.
>> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> Storrs Hill Ski Area, 60 Spring Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> recreation.lebnh.net

August 25
Sat/9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
45th Annual Apple Pie Craft Fair
One of New England’s longest running craft fairs! Enjoy 100+ booths of handmade crafts, including pottery, woodworking, glass, fiber arts and more. The fair also features live music, an apple pie contest and sale and the Firemen’s Famous Chicken Barbecue. There’s also an outstanding book sale at the Richards Library.
>> Newport Town Common, Newport, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> libraryartscenter.org

August 25
Sat/6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
A Night of Storytelling: Native Legends
Enjoy an evening of storytelling under a full moon. Museum volunteers use native legends to explain who we are and how our world came to be. As the evening progresses, guests will be invited to share a legend of their own.
>> The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, N.H.
>> $6
>> fortat4.org

August 26
Sun/10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Paws in the Pool
Celebrate the last day of the pool season with your dog(s)! Preregister for discounted price.
>> Lebanon Memorial Pool,
>> Adults $5, dogs $2, children age 12 to 17 $2
>> LebanonNH.gov

August 27 and 28
Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Muster Field Farm Days
A two-day celebration of all things agricultural, historical, and farm-related. This event features special exhibits and demonstrations positioned over the farm’s large fields and in its historic buildings.
>> Muster Field Farm Museum, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H.
>> Adults $5, free for members and children 6 and under
>> musterfieldfarm.com