Annual Events

Balloon Festival & Fair

The Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair has become a major four day event since it was created by merging the former Hillsborough Firemen's Weekend and Hillsborough Balloon Festival. There is also an Artist's Fair during Balloon Festival weekend, sponsored by the Hillsborough Area Artisans. The Hometown Parade includes many civic groups with marching bands, floats, military personnel and a wide assortment of fire apparatus from all over New Hampshire. But the thrill of the weekend is the Hot Air Balloons piloted and crewed by regional balloon enthusiasts. Balloon flights over New Hampshire's beautiful Monadnock Region are available to the general public along with tethered flights for the more cautious.

Living History Event

Try your hand at panning for real gold, help throw a pot on the potter’s wheel, be a student in a real 1800’s schoolhouse, cast your own pewter spoon, press cider and more. Immerse yourself while the cannons roar, a Cavalry charges down a field and you watch a battle in the woods. Meet Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, dance to the 2nd S Carolina String Band and watch magic tricks performed by an 18th C Magician. These are just some of the exciting and interesting things to do on 4 action-packed sites all for one modest ticket price over two exciting days. Come experience what living in America was like 100-200 years ago.


Schnitzelfest recently celebrated its 12th year of entertaining and successfully bringing authentic German food to thousands. It’s a fun event held each year in late September during the beautiful New England fall foliage season.