If there is one season New England does better than any other, it’s fall. Not only do we have the most beautiful foliage on earth (no brag) just fact, but the temperature is just right. It lands perfectly between the heat and humidity of summer and the snowy cold of winter. This sweet chilly season weather means two things in New England: flannel and fall festivals.
We may love the pumpkins, apple cider, and morning fires crackling away in the woodstoves. But we love fall festivals most of all! There’s nothing like getting outside to enjoy the weather before it’s too cold.
From the revival of a Keene classic to a spooky circus show in Brattleboro, there’s no shortage of fun to be had during the crisp days of autumn. So grab your flannel and let’s get going to some of these amazing New England Fall Festivals!
Enter the Jack ‘o Lanterns
Started in 1991 as the Harvest Festival, the Keene Pumpkin Fest has been lighting up faces on both pumpkins and people for over 30 years. The event was originally created by downtown businesses in Keene’s Central Square. The city was aiming to grow its economy, and the Pumpkin Fest was proposed as a great way to bring excitement.
As anyone who has visited Keene today will know, the city is thriving and then some. The goal of the Pumpkin Fest remains simple: carve as many jack ‘o lanterns as possible! People flock to Keene to see the glowing pumpkins lining Main Street. They’re even stacked high into the air on a tower of scaffolding on the common. In 2013, Keene broke the World Record previously held by Boston, by lighting a whopping 30,581 jack o’ lanterns!
For a time, the event went on hiatus in Keene due to rising costs and the need for significant coordination of services to meet the arrival of thousands of festival goers. But it couldn’t be put on pause for long. Now it has returned, much to the delight of pumpkin-carving families across the county.
On Saturday, October 21, starting at 2pm, members of the public can head to downtown Keene and stare in amazement at the literal miles of pumpkins lining the streets. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Businesses will be open, and there will be plenty of vendors, including face painters.
Please consider making a donation to Let it Shine, the non-profit organization that runs the Pumpkin Fest. Every dollar earned in donations goes right back into the festival and the community so that the Pumpkin Fest can continue for years to come.
Did Somebody Say, Bacon?!
Yes, you read that right. Bacon! In fact, it’s the 2023 Twin State Bacon Festival at Frogg Brewing Company’s new location at 581 Sawyers Crossing, in Swanzey, NH. This carnivore-lovers event is presented by M&T Bank, and hosted by The Peak, 93.5 WEEI, Vermont and NH Oldies KOOL FM, and The Greater Monadnock Collaborative.
There will be over a dozen food trucks creating mouthwatering bacon creations. And, of course, the taps at Frogg will be open for anyone looking to try their renowned brews. There will also be a raffle for a cooler filled with North Country Smokehouse bacon, presented by our friends at The Greater Monadnock Collaborative.
This event is free to the public and 100% family friendly. So hop on over to Frogg Brewing on Saturday October 28. This fall festival runs from 11 am to 4 pm. Be sure to bring your appetite!