BLOG: Autumn in the Monadnock Region

15 Sep 2017 3:40 PM | Claire Moorhead (Administrator)

Contributed by: Pam Lorimer,  Museum of NH History Class of 2003

Autumn is a time of harvest and abundance. Such is the case for the adventurer in the Monadnock Region. There are many exciting events and activities to choose from as you explore the natural beauty that is Monadnock in the fall.  


Make your plans now to enjoy early foliage and BEER! The 15th Annual Schnitzelfest in Hillsborough brings authentic German food, Oompah entertainment, drink and more to their “Bier Garten” on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23, Noon – 5pm. 

 Monadnock Fall Festival 

The following weekend celebrate music, food, crafts and kid fun Monadnock Style at the Monadnock Fall Festival in Keene on Sept. 30. From 10am – 4pm

Candlelight Open House

October 6 is a special opportunity to step into the past, when two house museums in Keene hold a joint Candlelight Open House on Main Street. Just a few blocks apart, experience the Historical Society of Cheshire County’s Revolutionary era Wyman Tavern and the 19th century Horatio Colony House as they were before electricity – by candlelight! Re-enactors and colonial gaming enliven your time at this free event from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Open Studio Arts Tours are an amazing chance to see an artist’s personal work space. Artists in many disciplines open their private studio space for you to view, allowing you insights into their inspirations and methods. With several tours going on Columbus Day weekend, you can choose to explore by town, type of art, or happenstance as you drive the back roads enjoying the foliage. Each tour has its own map detailing locations and each open studio will have signs leading you in.

Yes it is the 22nd year for this Monadnock Arts Event. Maps can be obtained at any stop, or by clicking here Also check out this great video about the art Tour experience. Oct. 7-8-9, 10am-5pm

The Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour, has artist information on their website as well as a map for this year’s participants. Oct. 7-8-9    10am-5pm

The 34th Annual Wool Arts Tour features a great variety of vendors at four sites in Hillsborough County. Oct. 7 9am-5pmOct. 8, 9am-4pm

Pumpkin Festival

 What better way to round out the season than with pumpkins?! The Monadnock Pumpkin Festival gets back to the roots of this annual celebration with an emphasis on family fun and agriculture. Head on down onto the Cheshire Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 21, Noon-8pm and don’t forget to bring your carved pumpkin to add to the display.

And keep in mind – any visit to the Monadnock Region in the Autumn is a feast for the senses as you mosey along two lane highways among trees ablaze with fall color, listen for the call of the Canada Geese as they migrate, maybe even stick a toe in a quickly cooling lake, pond or river!

This Monadnock Region fall update was brought to you by Granite State Ambassador Pam Lorimer from the Jack Daniels Motor Inn in Peterborough.

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