September 2

Sat/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Labor & Leisure Day

Discover work and fun on the farm during a day packed with activities and programs for every generation. Help build a split rail fence, wash laundry in the farmhouse basement using a washboard and wringer, and lend a hand cranking (and sampling) delicious ice cream. In the farm fields, join in or watch an exciting game of historic baseball.

>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $4 to $14

>> billingsfarm.org

 

September 3

Sun/2 p.m.

Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series Finale

Pack a picnic basket and partake in the last of a series of summer concerts. The performances carry on a tradition by Augustus Saint-Gaudens who often held concerts in his studio for family and friends.

>> Little Studio, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint-Gaudens Road, Cornish, N.H.

>> Age 16+ $10, 15 and under free

>> nps.gov/saga

 

September 9

Sat/1 to 3 p.m.

Wings of Hope Butterfly Release

This annual community event brings together families to celebrate life and honor loved ones who have passed away. Also features live music, free refreshments, face painting, kids’ activities. Proceeds support VNH Hospice programs and services, which are provided to all, regardless of ability to pay, in more than 160 communities in Vermont and New Hampshire.

>> Colburn Park, North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> Free

>> vnhcare.org

 

September 9 and 10

Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sun/10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

25th Annual Glory Days Festival

Fun for the entire family — train excursions along the Connecticut River, a tractor show, live music, children’s rides and entertainment, food, Lego display, and railroad engines. Interactive displays include railroad horns, trivia questions, workable signals and an engineer’s stand.

>> Downtown White River Junction, Vt.

>> Free admission

>> vtglorydaysfestival.com

 

September 10

Sun/10 a.m.

11th Annual Tour de Taste: A Pedaling Picnic

Enjoy the autumn foliage and beautiful scenery at your own pace, meet local food producers and community members, and stop at local farms and restaurants along the way to taste delicious harvest bounty. Proceeds benefit the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.

>> Samuel Morey Elementary School, School Street, Fairlee, Vt.

>> $27.50

>> uvtrails.org

September 16

Saturday/8 to 10 p.m.

Star Party

Stellafane Observatory sets up its solar telescopes on the grounds of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, N.H., to co-host the park’s annual star party.

>> Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint-Gaudens Road, Cornish, N.H.

>> Adults $10, 15 and under free

>> nps.gov/saga

>> stellafane.org

 

September 23

Sat/9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Museum Day Live!

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, Museum Day Live! is an annual event in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket.

>> 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. Free for Museum Day Ticket holders.

>> thefells.org

 

September 23 and 24

Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival

This annual event features informative programs and activities in the forest and at the farm. Meet notable furniture makers and wood artisans and watch demonstrations of their intricate skills. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the forest, make your own woodcrafts, and explore the property with NPS Ranger tours.

>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.

>> Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $4 to $14

>> billingsfarm.org

 

September 24

Sun/11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival and Apple Pie Baking Competition

Bring the whole family to a harvest festival featuring face-painting, live music and an apple pie contest. Meet farm animals, make cider in an antique press, and taste heirloom apples, fine artisan cheeses, ice cream and homemade apple pie. Play period games, hike the lookout trail and play Valley Quest. Admission includes lunch.

>> Justin Smith Morrill Homestead, 214 Justin Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford, Vt.

>> Adults $10, children under 15 $5

>> morrillhomestead.org

 

September 24

Sunday/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harvest Moon and Naturefest

Celebrate the harvest and see how Native Americans lived harmoniously with nature. There will be live animal demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids as well as Native American food, music, storytelling and craft demonstrations. Proceeds benefit the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and The Little Nature Museum.

>> The Little Nature Museum and Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H.

>> Adults/students age 13+ $10, children 6 to 12 $5, children under 6 free (family $30 max.), members $5, member children under 12 free, native Americans and active military free.

>> littlenaturemuseum.org

>> indianmuseum.org

 

September 24 to 30

Daily/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take a Child Outside Week

The Fells participates in Take a Child Outside Week, an international program created to help and encourage children discover the natural world. Be part of this national movement and bring a child to The Fells to experience the beauty of our natural world.

>> The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H.

>> Adults $10, seniors $8, children free. Bring a child, receive one free adult admission.

>> thefells.org

 

September 24

Sun/9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Antique Tractors and One-Lungers

Volunteers at The Ice House will pull out some of the museum’s one-lunger engines to get them running. Some antique tractors will get moving as well. Join the fun!

>> The Ice House Museum, 91 Pleasant Street, New London, N.H.

>> Donations accepted.

>> wfkicehouse.org

 

September 30

Sat/9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sculptural Visions Special Event

Meet with artists demonstrating different sculptural techniques, such as modeling with clay, carving wood and stone, working with metal and wire, fabric paper to form sculptures.

>> Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint-Gaudens Road, Cornish, N.H.

>> Free in celebration of National Public Lands Day

>> nps.gov/saga

 

September 30

Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shaker Harvest Festival

Celebrate the autumn harvest with horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, a hay stack treasure hunt, cider making, butter churning, ice cream cranking, candle dipping, traditional crafts including broom making, farm animals, musical entertainment, and Museum tours.

>> Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 N.H. Route 4A, Enfield, N.H.

>> Adults $12, age 13 to 17 $8, age 12 and under $5, families of three or more $20

>> shakermuseum.org

 

September 30 and October 1

Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pumpkin and Apple Celebration

Lend a hand pressing cider and making pumpkin and apple ice cream, take the apple tasting test, have fun with pumpkin bowling and apples on a string, and stop by the farmhouse kitchen as we cook apple butter on the woodstove. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm.

>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $4 to $14

>> billingsfarm.org

October 1

Sun/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harvest Day

Enjoy the beauty of fall on the farm. The Homestead will be open for tours and hayrides will be available. Watch as artists demonstrate and exhibit their skills and crafts. Fresh produce and homemade soups will be on sale.

>> Muster Field Farm, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H.

>> Free

>> musterfieldfarm.com

 

October to December

Fri/3 to 6 p.m.

Doughnut Fridays

Cider doughnuts, raised doughnuts, product samples, coffee and hot cider bring the farm stand to life in the chilly temperatures. A fun way to close the school week and kick off the weekend.

>> Cedar Circle Farm, 225 Pavillion Road, East Thetford, Vt.

>> Free

>> cedarcirclefarm.org

 

October 7

Sat/8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Born to Run 5k

Enjoy a beautiful run through the roads and the woods of Cornish, N.H. This unique hybrid race raises funds to prevent child abuse by supporting TLC Family Resource Center in Claremont, N.H. This is a family and pet friendly event. For kids, there’s a free Pumpkin Patch Dash Obstacle Course.

>> Town Hall, 294 Town House Road, Cornish, N.H.

>> Registration $25, under 12 free

>> tlcfamilyrc.org

 

October 7 and 8

Saturday/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Women of the Fort

Various activities in various places within the museum including: defending home and family, women garrison the fort, natural (plant) dye display, putting food by, walking wool and more.

>> The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, N.H.

>> Adults $10, seniors 55+ $8, age 13 to 17 $8, age 6 to 12 $6, 5 and under free

>> fortat4.org

 

October 7 and 8

Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harvest Weekend

Help the farm prepare for the winter months. Learn how to harvest root vegetables, the key to preserving and storing food long-term, and join in a husking bee and barn dance, featuring live music. Delicious spiced cider and homemade doughnuts will be for sale.

>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $4 to $14

>> billingsfarm.org

 

October 6 to 8

Fri to Sun/All day

70th Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival

Since 1947, the people of Warner have come together at the height of autumn color to welcome old and new friends to their community. This tradition, with roots that reach back to the 1870s with Warner’s first street fair, has evolved to the present-day festival of crafts, parades, country bazaar, entertainment, oxen pull, woodsmen’s contest, farmers’ market and midway.

>> Warner, N.H.

>> Admission free; parking $5

>> wfff.org

 

October 7 to 9

Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mount Sunapee Fall Festival

Enjoy the change of seasons with family, friends, and food!  Skyrides will be running food will be available. The whole family can play old fashioned games; winners will get to spin the wheel for free Mount Sunapee lift tickets and other prizes. Activities include a pumpkin carving contest, face painting, hay rides, obstacle course, and inflatable slide.

>> Mount Sunapee, Route 103, Newbury, N.H.

>> Free admission, $5 per pumpkin.

>> mountsunapee.com

 

October 8

Sun/1 to 4 p.m.

Harvest Sunday

The Village comes to life with hands-on harvest activities including cider making, corn shucking, butter churning, plus music, crafts and “olde tyme” kids’ games.

>> New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, NH

>> Members free, non-members $3, children under 12 free

>> newlondonhistoricalsociety.org

 

October 14 and 15

Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend

Admire the autumn display first-hand on narrated horse-drawn wagon rides around our fields. Interactive programs and activities will be offered, including programs with our Jersey cows and Southdown sheep.

>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $4 to $14

>> billingsfarm.org

 

October 15

Sat/12 to 4 p.m.

Cider Festival

Explore a variety of New England crafted artisanal ciders, both hard and natural, at this festival tasting event. Locally harvested apples and award winning artisan cheese will also be set-up for tasting and purchase. Children’s activities, a farmer’s market and music are all part of this fall afternoon event.

>> Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 N.H. Route 4A, Enfield, N.H.

>> Adults $12, ages 13 to 17 $8, ages 12 and under $5, families of three or more $20

>> shakermuseum.org

 

October 17

Weds/10 a.m.

The Money Tree

Shasta is devastated to learn that plans for her upcoming birthday party must be downsized. She and a friend meet a mysterious Traveler who gives her a seed to grow a money tree. In the end, they learn that friends and family are more valuable than lavish celebrations and the toys. This play introduces children to financial literacy and the difference between need and want while affirming the power of imagination. Recommended for grades 1 to 6.

>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> $4 to $10

>> lebanonoperahouse.org

 

October 18

Wednesday/5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

TLC Family Resource Center 25th Anniversary Celebration

New York Times best-selling author Andre Dubus III returns to share his story of growing up in New England mill towns in the 1970s.

>> The Common Man Restaurant, 21 Water Street, Claremont, N.H.

>> $50 per person

>> tlcfamilyrc.org

 

October 29

Sun/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Family Halloween

Pumpkin carving, doughnuts-on-a-string, wagon rides, cranking pumpkin ice cream, plus “not-too-scary” Halloween stories, pumpkin games, and animal programs will be featured. Costume parades around the farm will be held at 12 and 2 p.m. Free admission for children in costume when accompanied by an adult (adults pay the regular admission fee).

>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $4 to $14

>> billingsfarm.org

November 3

Friday/6 to 9 p.m.

Vermont Geography Bee

Youth in grades 5 to 8 and adult three-member teams answer questions relating to the geography of Vermont and New Hampshire. This year’s theme is Vermont Critters. Great prizes, friendly competition, refreshments.

>> Thetford Historical Society, 16 Library Road, Thetford, Vt.

>> Free

>> thetfordhistoricalsociety.org

 

November 4 to 12

Daily/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas at The Fells

Tour The Fells Main House and get inspired! Professional interior designers, floral artists, decorators and talented volunteers sprinkle their magic throughout to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas showcase.

>> The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, 456 New Hampshire 103A, Newbury, N.H.

>> Adults $18 (through Oct. 29); after Oct. 29 Adults $23, children $5

>> thefells.org

 

November 11

Sat/10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Craft for All Ages: Wreath Making and Decorating

Learn tricks and tips from talented Fells Nursery Manager, Sue Ellen Weed-Parkes, who will teach you to create your own wreaths from natural materials. Make beautiful bows and decorate your wreath to take home for the holidays. Register by Nov. 8.

>> The Gatehouse Classroom, The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H.

>> Members $25, nonmembers $35, includes materials and supplies. Children under 12 free with an adult.

>> thefells.org

 

November 11 to December 23

Tuesday to Friday/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gallery of Gifts

The art and craft of 100+ juried makers from the region presented in the gallery for handmade holiday shopping.

>> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.

>> Free admission

>> libraryartscenter.org

 

November 14

Tuesday/10 a.m.

Chicken Dance

A bully in the barnyard? Yup, and two plucky chickens — Marge and Lola — will not stand idly by. Join the dynamic duo’s musical adventure as they compete in the barnyard talent show in hopes of winning tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! Recommended for kindergarten to grade 2.

>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> $4 to $10

>> lebanonoperahouse.org

 

November 23

Thu/8 a.m.

11th Annual Turkey Trot 5K

Grab your family and friends, throw on a costume (optional, but highly encouraged), work off some calories, and make this great event a part of your Thanksgiving tradition. Kids are invited to run a 1K Chicken Run down Lake Avenue and every participant receives a medal. All proceeds go to the Recreation Department.

>> Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee, N.H.

>> $20 registration by Nov. 7

>> sunapeeturkeytrot.com