We are so excited to enjoy the 2023 summer season in the Lake Sunapee Region. Below are some ideas for things to do and summer events to attend. We’ll continue adding to the event list as more are announced. If you know of an event that should be included, send it our way!
LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
Live Music at the Livery
Live music, great venue, lots of fun! Featuring Lara Herscovitch, Cantrip, April Cushman Duo w/Brad Myrick, Eric Lindberg and Charlie Chronopoulos. Visit Thelivery.org to buy your tickets.
New London Barn Playhouse
2023 shows include: Spelling Bee, Guys and Dolls, Fully Committed, Beautiful-The Carol King Musical, The Wedding Singer, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Shows sell out so don’t wait to purchase your tickets!
Newbury Summer Concerts
Enjoy live music on Thursday evenings, June through August in Newbury Harbor. Check out the schedule on the Town of Newbury website.
Concerts on the Newport Common
A live music concert series held every Sunday in July and August. Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. Check out the concert line-up here.
Music on the Bandstand
A Saturday evening concert series held in the picturesque town of Wilmot, New Hampshire. Presented by the Wilmot Bandstand Committee, view the show schedule here.
LAKE SUNAPEE REGION SUMMER EVENTS
QUICK LINKS: JULY, AUGUST
The Exchange, a Vintage and Farm Inspired Market
Vintage finds, handcrafted items, home decor, live music food trucks and more! If you can’t make it on June 3rd, they have two more scheduled events on July 22 and September 16. Visit their website or learn more on The Exchange – Andover, NH Facebook page.
Dominique Dodge, Harpist
Pack a picnic and head to John Hay Estate at the Fells and listen to the beautiful music of Dominique Dodge. Advance registration is required.
Workshop: Creating Outstanding Summer Containers
Join Shayna Levesque, former Nursery Manager at The Fells to create beautiful flower container combinations. BYOC (bring your own container) all other supplies including flowers and doil will be provided. Learn more.
9th Annual Newport Nano Brewfest
Sample some of the best brews and ciders from local nano brewers and brewpubs. Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce.
A Bright Future for Lake Sunapee: A Conversation with Laura Knoy and Lake Scientists
Join the LSPA for an informative panel discussion at Colby-Sawyer College. For more information and to register, click here.
3rd Annual Newport Wings & Wheels Car Show
Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce this event features cars, trucks, motorcycles, and planes! Enjoy great food and music while you enjoy the show.
Save a Stray 5k
Stretch your legs in this 5k road race. The race will take you through the historic Corbin Covered Bridge, and post race festivities include raffle prizes, an awards ceremony and BBQ. View race details.
For dates and times on parades, fireworks and community celebrations, check out our Fourth of July post here to get all the details!
July 5 - 23
U-Pick at Pumpkin Blossom Farm Lavender Fields
Stroll through the lavender fields and pick your own lavender bundles! A trip to this beautiful farm is not complete without a visit to their barn store and a glass of their lavender lemonade. If you’re looking for a tranquil experience, take a look at their Candlelight Yoga Class schedule--make sure to book classes in advance as they do sell out.
Newbury Old Home Day
An annual event held on the second Saturday in July. This event is always so much! Enjoy live performances, activities, games, crafts, great food and more! Check out the Newbury Old Home Day Facebook Page for updates on the event.
Naturally New England Art Show and Sale
Hosted by Center for the Arts, enjoy works by more than 80 of the best Vermont and New Hampshire Artists at the Livery in Sunapee Harbor. Opening Reception: July 15, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Closing Reception: July 22, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
The Exchange, a Vintage and Farm Inspired Market
Vintage finds, handcrafted items, home decor, live music food trucks and more! Visit their website or learn more on The Exchange – Andover, NH Facebook page.
Murder Mystery on the Lake Queen
The Newport Opera House teams up with Sunapee Cruises to offer a thrilling murder mystery "whodunit" performance aboard the M.V. Lake Queen. This comedic interactive performance is one you don't want to miss. Purchase tickets in advance as the show will surely sell out.
Summer Concert with Deep Blue C
Enjoy the sounds of a studio orchestra of woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings at the beautiful John Hay Estate at the Fells. Registration required.
League of NH Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen’s Fair
Held at Mount Sunapee Resort, August 5-13, engage with more than 200 craftsmen at this iconic arts event. Enjoy curated exhibitions and an impressive display of fine crafts as well as demonstrations. Purchase tickets at the gate.
97th Annual Hospital Days
Enjoy midway rides and a Story Book Celebration parade. Although the majority of events take place on August 5, don't miss out on the Community Forum with NLH President and CEO, Tom Manion on August 3rd. See what's scheduled for the 2023 Hospital Days.
Beaconfest, A Community Celebration
Enjoy an afternoon of music, magic, games, activities and great food! Hosted by one of our local community newspapers, the Andover Beacon! Learn more.
Summer Concert with New Legacy Swing Band
Dance the night away to the New Legacy Swing Band at John Hay Estate at The Fells. Registration required.
Join the Wilmot Community Association from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on the Wilmot Town Green for live music, great food, activities, exhibits and more!
DAY TRIP IDEAS
The following are some fun events taking place outside of the Lake Sunapee Region that are worth noting.
June 16 - 18
Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival
Head to Vermont and watch the skies fill with hot air balloons! The festival features live music, entertainment, artisan crafts, delicious food, and of course, balloon rides! Check out the 2023 schedule.
June 22 – 24
49th Annual Market Days Festival in Concord, NH
A three-day street festival taking place downtown Concord on Main Street. There will be live entertainment, shopping, great food and more. Click here for the 2023 Market Days schedule.
Lebanon Food Truck Festival
Visit Colburn Park in Lebanon and get your fill of delicious foods at the Lebanon Food Truck Festival.