Fall Farm Festivals! Your guide apple-pickin’, hay-ridin’ donut-eatin’ fun near you!
When the calendar hits September, the farm and festival weekend event start up in full swing! It’s a great time to grab your brood and head down to the farm for some good ‘ol family fun.
Want to stick to the basics of apple and pumpkin picking? Check out the “Pick-Your-Own Farm Directory”.
Weekend Festival Farm Guide
Applecrest Farm Weekend Festivals
133 Exeter Road (Route 88), Hampton Falls NH (603) 926-3721
Saturdays & Sundays through October; 11:00am – 5:00pm
Since 1974, Applecrest has invited the community to celebrate and share in the harvest. Weekend Festivals offer a break from the tangle of everyday living with pure and simple, honest-to-goodness family fun. They’re a time when moms and dads, grandparents and grandchildren, can reconnect with each other and with the land to make memories that last a lifetime. So, grab the gang and come visit Applecrest where, as always, admission and parking is FREE. See you at the farm!
In addition, Applecrest’s fall festivals run from 11:00am to 5:00pm, both Saturday and Sunday, every weekend, through the end of October. Here’s what you can expect:
- Pick-Your-Own Apples, Raspberries, Peaches & Pumpkins. Cut-your-own flowers too!
- FREE live Bluegrass music (beginning at 1:00p)
- Old-Fashioned ice cream barn with 25 local-made flavors featuring our own grown-on-the-farm fruits.
- Horse-drawn Hayrides (last ride at 4:00p)
- Children’s Petting Zoo
- Face Painting & Balloons
- Pie Eating Contests
- Apple Pie & Ice Cream
- Old-Fashioned Hot Cider Donuts
- Make-your-own Scarecrow
- Our Famous Corn Roast featuring: grilled gourmet sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers, fire-roasted corn, Maine clam chowder, fresh pressed apple cider and more.
DeMeritt Hill Farm
66 Lee Road (Route 155), Lee NH (603) 868 – 2111
Open 7 days a week, 10:00am – 6:00pm
DeMeritt Hill is on a beautiful 20 acres and offers pick-your-own fruits (apples are in season!), hiking/nature trails, picnic tables, children’s play areas and farm animals every weekend. Hay rides are given on the weekends 11am to 4pm from September through October (and are FREE). The wagon will take you on a tour of the farm until it reaches the orchard where it will stop and let you off to pick apples or other produce.
You can even bring your pup as dogs are welcome on a leash. The farm store features fresh picked fruit, pumpkins organically grown produce and a large variety of locally made New Hampshire crafts. Just looking for a nice place to hang out? Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the views from the pond!
US Route 4, Durham NH 603-742-8495
Corn maze and farm stand open daily 7:00am – 7:00pm
(The corn maze opening date TBA)
The Emery Farm is a small family-owned facility right off of Route 4 in Durham and has lots to do and see on a beautiful fall day. Make your way through their tricky corn maze (prices are $4 per person, 2 and under free) or check out their hayride on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm- 4:00pm.
Emery Farm also has a great petting barn where kids and adults can meet the animals of the farm! They have an array of farm animals including goats, chickens, and donkeys. They also feature Scottish Highland cows who roam the different fields around the farm. Don’t forget to check out their farm stand for some fresh produce and locally made products. Yum!
Smolak Farms in offers something fun for everyone—blending a 300 year old New England Farm complete with orchards, berry fields and family activities. This year they are so excited to be adding to their festival line up with the creation of a brand new activity area for older guest while making improvements to our tried and true children’s area.
Weekend festival activities include:
- Corn Maze
- Little Farmers (Includes: Hay Crawl, Milk Bottle Knock Down, Spin Art, Face Painting, Duck Races, Tattoo Parlor, Bubble Zone, Bouncy House, Super Slide & Corn Crib and up close time with our cuddly animals!)
- Corn Cannon
- Apple Launcher
- Apple & Pumpkin picking
- Farm and Ice Cream Stand
- Animal Area