Forever Young: Laconia Motorcycle Weeks Turns 100

Deputy Director Jennifer Anderson and Executive Director Charlie St. Clair on their bikes near Weirs Beach. Motorcycle Week in Laconia has evolved over the past century, growing a bit mellower as the average age of participants has increased along with demands for creature comforts and family-friendly entertainment. This year a lot of the guests at […]

40+ NH Museums to Visit This Summer

When the summertime impulse to get out of the house encounters the drearier forces of nature, don’t just hunker down in front of a screen. Hit the road and discover the many bright worlds to be explored inside New Hampshire’s inner space. Museums, large and small, offer journeys into the past and the future and […]

Cubicle Concerts: Modern Fools

From left to right: bassist Ian Galipeau, guitarist Jon Braught, singer and guitarist Josh Blair, drummer Justin Gregory and keyboardist Nick Hayes. Photo by Ben Conant As they describe it, the formation of Modern Fools was “pretty piecemeal.” The Keene area five-piece cosmic country band came together over a series of years, slowly gravitating to […]

Best Farmstands in NH

About this special series: While we ask our readers to pick the best of the best each year in more than 100 Best of New Hampshire categories, there are many other worthy and outstanding favorites for each category, ranging from pizza and cupcakes to garden centers and home décor shops. New Hampshire Magazine wants to make […]

Portsmouth’s Chowder Festival Summer Kick-Off Returns on June 3

New Hampshire’s Seacoast has garnered a reputation as a world-renowned seafood destination, with Portsmouth’s rich restaurant scene serving up a mélange of sea-salty snacks. Its annual Chowder Fest was a seafood lover’s paradise — until the pandemic halted it, and the subsequent food industry staffing shortages prolonged that hiatus. But the dry spell has come […]

What To Do Memorial Day Weekend: Events, Parades and More

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means so is the unofficial start to summer. The three-day weekend is typically filled with days spent outdoors at the lake or beach, grills fired up to cook a variety of burgers and Memorial Day recipes, and red, white and blue desserts that Gordon Ramsey would approve of (maybe). […]

The Best Events Happening in June

An aerial view of the Bela Fleck concert at Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth. Photo by Clear Eye Photo Prescott Park Arts Festival, Portsmouth, June through October The state’s most sprawling summer arts festival returns in 2023 for yet another season of world-class entertainment for the whole family. A chili cook-off, jazz festival, movie […]

The World According to Sticklers

Illustration by Peter Noonan Jake renovated old houses. One couple wanted their new-to-them colonial restored with meticulous attention to historic accuracy.  “Alrighty,” Jake said. “Where do you want the outhouse?” Jake was a stickler. Turns out they didn’t want that much historic accuracy. I’m a stickler from a long line of sticklers. If my husband […]

A Mysterious Hand

This helpful marker was only found after navigating for hours on unmapped dirt roads. I‘m standing atop a large boulder on the east bank of the Swift Diamond River, hoping to find answers to an intriguing question. I’m at the “Hand on the Rock” site in the northern New Hampshire township of Second College Grant. […]