Local Happenings

Fall Fun in the Valley!

Taken from an article by Marti Mayne, Special to the Conway Sun

Mount Washington Valley offers up amazing fall festivals to add to leaf-peeping adventures. 

• Through Nov. 3: Ghoullog at Cranmore — This seasonal attraction features over 15,000 square feet of indoor space through a series of dark rooms, scary mazes and unknown places, plus an outdoor element that leads the unsuspecting through the dark woods. Recommended for ages 10 and over. The Ghoullog is open Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday, Oct. 7, and a Locals’ Night will be held, Wednesday, Oct. 24. For more: (603) 356-5544.

• Through Nov. 4 weekends, Corn Maize at Sherman Farm — Twelve acres of farm-related fun await. This year’s Maize has a “Get Outside and Play” design. Explore an intricate labyrinth of corn. Play Farm Scene Investigation, Barnyard Bing-oh! and Cornundrums (corny riddles to solve). Cider doughnuts, kettle corn, along with the Moo Express for children. For more:(603) 939-2412.

• Oct. 1-31: 34th Return of the Pumpkin People — Presented by the Jackson Area Resort Association, the event celebrates pumpkin pulchritude through Halloween at more than 80 locations in Jackson, Bartlett and North Conway. Maps and People's Choice Award Ballots became available Sept. 1. Request them by calling the office at (603) 383-9356, emailing or picking them up at participating businesses throughout the area.

This year's celebration culminates with the "All Things Pumpkin Festival," Oct. 14-31, featuring open houses, cider and wheeled sleigh rides. New England Pumpkin Carving Competition and Expo is set for Oct. 19, with judging at 7 p.m., followed by lighted display Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Once pumpkins have been lit and on display, the public can purchase their favorites and take them home. For more:; (603) 383-9356.

• Oct. 6-7: Busker Festival at Settlers Green — Discover music around every corner on Columbus Day weekend. Street musicians play noon-3 p.m. at Settlers Green and Settlers Crossing. For more:  (603) 356-7031.

• Oct. 6: King Pine Brew Ha Ha Festival: King Pine Ski Area/Purity Spring Resort in East Madison presents its annual Brew Ha Ha Festival with Amoskeag Beverages, a celebration of craft beer, delicious food, live music and fun for the whole family. FMI: kingpine.om  or (603) 367-8896.

• Oct. 6-7: 21st annual Attitash Oktoberfest — This fun two-day event features traditional Bavarian music from King Ludwig's Band, authentic German fare and a Biergarten featuring 20 breweries serving seasonal beers and ciders. Plus children’s playground, beer stein holding contests and keg toss competitions. Hours: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For more: (603) 374-2368.

• Oct. 6-8: The Sandwich Fair returns to the picturesque village of Center Sandwich the first weekend in October. Grand Street Parade on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1:30 p.m. is a highlight. Musical performances, midway, fair food, and craft and agricultural displays. For more (603) 284-7062.

• Oct. 12: Jackson Historical Association's annual White Mountain Art Sale — Opening reception Oct. 12 from 5-9 p.m. The exhibit “From Sketch to Canvas: Artists in Residence at the Grand Hotels” runs through March 31, 2019. For more: (603) 383-4060.

• Oct. 12-14: 14th annual Camping & RV Show and Open House Weekend, Danforth Bay Camping — Check out the latest in campers, park models and accessories on display by local dealers. Donations accepted for the End 68 Hours of Hunger. Vendor prize giveaways. Danforth Bay Camping and RV Resort is located at 196 Shawtown Road, Freedom, south of King Pine Ski Area. For more:(603) 539-2069.

• Oct. 19-20, 26-27: Murder Mystery Dinner Train on Conway Scenic Railroad featuring “A Talent for Murder” — Call (800) 232-5251 for reservations, or go to

• Oct. 19-21 and 26-28: Conway Scenic RR Pumpkin Patch Express: Passengers are invited to get off the train and participate in activities in Conway. Kids can pick out pumpkins and enjoy games such as “Corn Cob Toss.” Two departures daily: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., plus 3 p.m. trains on both Saturdays. For more: conwayscenic.com; (603) 356-5251.

• Oct. 20: The 10th annual Halloween Town, a benefit for The Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy, is set for Purity Spring Resort in East Madison Oct. 20. For more information, call (603) 367-8896 

• Nov. 9-12: Bring a Friend Shopping: Settlers Green presents its biggest event of the year, with special shopping bags given out to the first 2,000 shoppers on Saturday. Thousands of dollars in merchandise giveaways, entertainment, social media contests, special appearances, photos with Santa and offers at local restaurants and bars. For more: (603) 356-7031.

ACTIVITIES

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center (greatglentrails.com; 603-466-2333) offers a graded, concentric trail network, and Attitash’s Mountain Bike Park (603-374-2368) has 20 miles of lift-serviced downhill biking and rolling scenic terrain along the Saco River. The park is open weekends through Oct. 8.

Apples are a great way to celebrate the season, and many local orchards have pick-your-own offers.

Hiking and mountain biking abounds throughout the White Mountain National Forest. Go to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s website,stop by or call the AMC’s Highland Center in Crawford Notch (603-278-4453) or Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (603-466-2721); or visit the U.S. Forest Service’s Saco Ranger District (603-447-5448) on the scenic Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) in Conway.

Go horseback riding through Oct. 8 at Attitash (603-374-0961) or through mid-October at the Omni Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods (brettonwoods.com/activities; 603-278-3388).

Whether visiting Story Land; taking a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad or Mt. Washington Cog Railway; driving up the Mt. Washington Auto Road or taking a chairlift to the summits of Attitash, Cranmore or Wildcat; there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the best of the season at local attractions.

Take some time to explore all the options for fall getaways in Mt Washington Valley or call vacation planners at 800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).