The kids are almost headed back to school, so gather the family for one last hoorah!

Check out our list of top 5 events you won’t want to miss in the Granite State this weekend. And don’t forget to share your favorite NH summer memories with us in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Happy Weekending!

1. Garden Days of Summer

Looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and make an impact in our community? Head to Prescott Farm and enjoy some gardening with one of the farm’s staff members. And be sure to bring some friends!

Date: Saturday, August 17

Time: 8AM-10AM

Location: Prescott Farm - 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia, NH


Admission: Free

2. Planefest!

Students who attend this event are invited to test their knowledge of geography by matching vintage airline air sickness bags to the countries they came from.

Contestants in the fast-paced Student Geography Bee will face off until a final winner emerges, or until the Aviation Museum runs out of air sickness bags!

The winner will be crowned the Aviation Museum’s 2019 Geography Champion, receiving a trophy, prize package, and bragging rights until next year’s competition.

PlaneFest! is  designed to bring people of all ages closer to local aviation. The event includes access to vintage and home-built planes that owners fly in for the occasion, special exhibits and activities including a drone-photo workshop, seminars on plane-building techniques, food trucks, raffles and more.

Date: Saturday, August 17

Time: 10AM-4PM

Location: Aviation Museum of NH - 27 Navigator Rd., Londonderry, NH


Admission: Adults $10, Children ages 6-12 $5, Children 6 and under Free

3. NH Permaculture Day

Through hands-on workshops, demos, discussions, and guided walks, you can learn about local food systems, enhanced soil health, indigenous wisdom of plants as food and medicine, and sustainably-raised livestock. Climate change, social justice, sustainable energy, natural building, and earth-friendly agricultural practices are all part of the permaculture outlook.

Date: Saturday, August 17

Time: 9AM-5PM

Location: Canterbury Shaker Village - 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH


Admission: Adults $40, Children ages 6-18 $15

4. Steampunk Festival - Railway to the Moon

The Mount Washington Cog Railway (The Cog), the first mountain–climbing cog railway in the world, is celebrating 150 years of operation!

The Steampunk Festival is a celebration of the inventiveness of Cog entrepreneur, Sylvester Marsh, and his undaunted will to build a “Railway to the Moon.” 

In its 4th year, this exciting festival is a treat to the senses with steampunk fashion, live music and Victorian lawn games. There will be kid-friendly activities as well as the headliner, a steam train experience in which participants will enter a whimsical steampunk world on the train ride up to the summit.

Date: Saturday, August 17 - Sunday, August 18

Time: 10AM-5PM

Location: Mount Washington Cog Railway - 3168 Base Station Rd., Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, NH


Admission: Free

5. Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest

This annual event is a celebration of all things spicy! It’s a family-friendly afternoon filled with food, beverages, entertainment and activities for the kids.

Attendees are invited to judge two chili tasting competitions: one for area restaurants and another for individuals and service organizations. Contest entrants will be judged on the creativity of the recipe, the overall taste and appeal of the chili and the ability for the chili to be produced in mass quantities. The public will crown the “Peoples’ Choice” award winners in both categories.

This event includes chili sampling and voting, barbecue, classic car show, activities for kids and a variety of chili-inspired booths and vendors.

Date: Sunday, August 18

Time: 12PM-4:30PM

Location: Pat's Peak - 686 Flanders Rd., Henniker, NH


Admission: Adults $12, Children ages 10 and under $6


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