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Concert at the Dow Gazebo, Franconia
Courtesy photo: Lafayette Recreation Dept.
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The White Mountain region hosts annual events that promote the lifestyle and culture of its villages and people for a wide variety of reasons and purpose. Sporting and recreational events are held to not just challenge the ruggedness of the area, but to provide a venue to educate or help fund worthwhile causes and opportunities. Annual festivals, tours, and weekend events honor local products and harvests, celebrate seasons, and display beautiful and collectible works of artisans, artists and musicians- all geared to attract participation and visitors throughout New Hampshire, New England and beyond, to share exhibitions and demonstrations unique to the Franconia Notch Region.

Our yearly calendar displays dates that celebrate our ethnic diversity, its history, and the legends and legacies of our founders and heroes. In true New Hampshire spirit and fortitude, you will find annual events that even celebrate adversity and poke fun at the hardscrabble survival from discovery to recovery, because we can, and we'll share it with you! Visit our Events Calendar often for additional events, times and places, posted by our collaborative Chambers of Commerce. 
 
 
Winter  

Christmas Around Franconia Notch 
November 28 - December 24, 2014
The Franconia Notch region is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays. Cut your own tree, visit beautifully decorated inns, homes, shops and craft fairs. The holiday Parade on the Friday after Thanksgiving on Littleton NH's Main Street is always a highlight of the start of the season's activities and a special holiday shopping day in the area. One-of-a-kind stores will answer your need for unique gifts for family and friends. No one says Christmas better than the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, NH- Wagon and Dog Sled Rides, market place with 40+ New Hampshire artisans, "Eco" Santa for children and other weekend activities throughout November's end and all month long in December- Inns & Arts Tours, Cookie Tours, Special 3D movies, Concerts, decorating contests, numerous outdoor recreation from skiing to sleigh rides, skating, caroling and special church services, children's events and concerts- all the holiday events and activities of the tradition and spirit of the holiday in the hospitality mecca of northern New England in the Western White Mountain area of the Franconia Notch Region of New Hampshire.

Spring 

The New Hampshire Maple Experience Weekends: March 16 - April 12, 2014
Each weekend The Rocks Estate will feature several educational and hands on experiences for entire families from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Get your sweet tooth ready! Maple sugaring marks the end of a long New Hampshire winter and brings bright thoughts of spring. Join us  to hear the legend of how maple sugaring began, why sap flows, and how to ID a tree. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon, help tap a maple tree and learn the process of how sap changes to syrup. Tour includes a donut, sour pickles and maple syrup. A visit to the New Hampshire Maple Museum is included in the cost of entry. A rotating exhibit of Maple artifacts can be viewed throughout the year in the newly renovated 1906 building.  Come for breakfast with Polly’s Pancake Parlor at the Rocks Estate and shop in the newly expanded Market Place at the Rocks. Reservations for the tours are advised. Cost: Adults $10, Children $7.  

33nd Annual Wildflower Festival at Rocks Estate  June 7, 2014 
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests invites wildflower enthusiasts to kick off the annual Fields of Lupine Festival at the Rocks Estate. The day will mark the 33nd Annual Wildflower Festival, with a full slate of fun activities planned at the turn-of-the-century Estate. From photography to crafts and floral identification to use as a food, wildflowers will be highlighted on this early summer day. Several workshops and tours are planned to keep visitors engaged with all aspects of flowers from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Forest Society staff and volunteers will lead walks on the beautiful Mile Path, a hidden woodland trail from a bygone era. The Mile Path Walks are limited (only 20 per walk) and fill quickly, so reservations are strongly advised. The cost for the day-long Wildflower Festival is $15, includes lunch and all programs. A $5 discount is given with each Lupine Festival book presented.

Celebration of Lupines  June 1 - 30, 2014
This time honored event, formerly known as the Fields of Lupine Festival, has changed to celebrate the famous Lupine Fields for the entire month of June.  This colorful pageant is celebrated throughout the Franconia Notch Region in the towns of Sugar Hill - the origin of the event where the fields were first established- Franconia, Easton, Lisbon, Littleton, Bethlehem, Twin Mt., Bretton Woods, Whitefield, North Woodstock, Lincoln, Bath and beyond here among the villages of New Hampshire's North Country.  Sugar Hill, famous for its Lupine Fields, scenic vistas and events, continues to lead the month long celebration now in its 21st year. The lupine carpets local fields and pastures in a rolling sea of vibrant purples, pinks, blues and whites. The long-lasting blossoms create a breathtaking floral display against the majestic backdrop of the Franconia, Presidential, and Kinsman Mountain ranges.  The month will be filled with a variety of events throughout the region. including some traditional events and new ones with entertainment, markets, tours and more, plus the annual award winning photo contest open all month.  A free booklet containing a map, calendar of events and coupons good for attractions, hospitality venues and shopping will be available at the Information Booth in Franconia, and from participating members.  Click on the link for coming events and details of this annual celebration!  
 
 
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Pollyanna Day  June 7, 2014

Summer
 
Live Theatre  July 1 - August 30, 2014
 
White Mountain Music Festival Concerts
 
Old Home Day  July 5, 2014
 
2nd Annual Golden Moose Golf Tournament

BodeBash '14

Fall
 
Reach the Beach Relay
 
NH (Scottish) Highland Games
 
Autumn Festival in Sugar Hill
 
Simmer 'N Brew Fest  November 1, 2014
 
Wobble 'n Gobble 5K Road Race  November 27, 2014
 
Check these Destination Calendar of Events for year-round Seasonal Events throughout the Franconia Notch Region.


 


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Franconia Notch Region Chamber
Franconia Notch Region Chamber