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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. 

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.


The New Hampshire Maple Experience Weekends: March 16 - April 12, 2015
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.  

Celebration of Lupines  June 1 - 30, 2015
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 22nd 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!  

Official Pollyanna Glad Day
Pollyanna of Littleton - New Hampshire's Most Welcoming Attraction Visit the jubilant bronze sculpture in her welcoming pose on the lawn of the Littleton Public Library, Main Street, Historic Downtown Littleton.  It's Happening Here... Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for the premiere Pollyanna archway! Signature Award Presentation - Guided Walking Tour for All Pollyanna Admirers! Be Glad. Be Cheerful! Free event for all ages, rain or shine, downtown Littleton. More information available at 603-444-5741.


Old Home Day  July 4, 2015
Bring the family to the historic village of Franconia and experience an old time Fourth of July celebration. Enjoy the parade on Main Street, browse through the flea market tables, and compete in the famous Rubber Duck Race along the scenic Gale River. After a full day of activities, what better way to spend a balmy summer evening than listening to music outdoors, under the stars. To make the celebration complete, delight in the magic of the fireworks display. The Old Home Day Celebration and Parade for the Towns of Franconia, Sugar Hill and Easton are a long standing tradition that you won't want to miss. 

6th Annual Miss Littleton Area Scholarship Pageant  - TBA
The 2014 theme of Glitz and Glamour as young ladies from Grafton, Coos & Carroll Counties compete for this title and opportunity to move on the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Pageant, under the Miss America Pageant.  Special guests include 2014 Miss New Hampshire, past Miss Littleton Area winners and the addition of the 2013 Littleton Area Outstanding Teen and special entertainment. Pageant will crown an Outstanding Teen for 2014 as well. Held at the Littleton High School Auditorium at 7 pm; $12 per person general admission. This annual pageant is sponsored By Miss Littleton Area Scholarship Program, Inc. and Littleton Civic Booster Club.
Annual Golden Moose Golf Tournament  TBA
Chamber event held at Maplewood Golf Club in Bethlehem, NH.  A 4-person team scramble, with a noontime shotgun start. Challenge 2013 champs to claim the Golden Moose Rotating Trophy for 2014!  Many specials, awards, raffles and Apres Golf refreshments. 4 golden opportunities for a Hole in One on the course, topped by a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic!  Click on the event for a poster of details.  To register a team or to sign up to be on one, open this registration form, download and print, or forward to info@franconianotch.org.  Promote yourt business and chamber support by sponsoring a hole sign.  Details are on the application form.  

Autumn Festival in Sugar Hill  September 26 & 27, 2015
More than a Market! Music, Artisan Demonstrations, History, more. . . Rain or Shine - 10 am - 3:30 pm - This market has turned into an annual tradition in our area. Over 40 vendors will be joining us, you'll be able to find delightful handmade items along with local businesses with their products:  Alpaca Wool to Zelda's Piccallili Relish. Check out our market page to see who's coming. You can also check the webpage during the upcoming holiday season to contact the vendors or locate them at area holiday craft fairs.

Reach the Beach Relay
NH (Scottish) Highland Games
Simmer 'N Brew Fest  
Wobble 'n Gobble 5K Road Race  -Thanksgiving Day morning
Check these Destination Calendar of Events for year-round Seasonal Events throughout the Franconia Notch Region.



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