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You don’t get to be one of the most popular summer vacation spots in all of New England and not have a festival or two for the people to enjoy. Lake Winnipesaukee festivals, which go on all year long, really crank it up in the summertime. Vacation rentals in Wolfeboro and the surrounding area, get taken up quickly, as vacationers make their way into New Hampshire for the season. In addition to festivals, unique restaurants, and local events, there is a lot to do in this vacation paradise.
Wolfeboro boat rentals can help visitors get out on the water, and rental opportunities for fishing tackle in New Hampshire can help young fishers catch their very first fish. It’s great for experienced anglers as well, with over a dozen species including land-locked salmon and rainbow trout, just waiting to be caught. No matter what your interest, there’s a little something for everyone at beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. From motorcycle weeks to art festivals, ice fishing derbies in the winter to the annual boathouse tour in August, you will never run out of interesting things to see and do when you visit New Hampshire.
The Winni Derby (May)
This fishing festival is the summer’s answer to the popular ice fishing derby in the winter. Initially launched as an attempt to reduce the landlocked salmon population back in 1980 after overstocking had messed with the balance of other aquatic wildlife and fish, the festival still goes on to this day and has become a Lake Winnipesaukee favorite! Everyone agrees that the derby is a great way to keep the waters healthy and prevent overpopulation. It is also great for local and visiting fishermen, as well as the economy in the local area.
Laconia Bike Week (June)
Over 100 years ago in June of 1916, a gathering of motorcyclists came together at Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. This tradition continued and grew from a couple hundred at the very first meeting to a weeklong event by 1935, which is when the Laconia Bike Week was first named. Today, it is still the world’s oldest bike week and has grown to become one of the biggest bike rallies in the nation, with now over 300,000 in attendance.
Antique Boat Show (July)
This ever-moving antique boat show has grown by leaps and bounds since it got started over 40 years ago. It began in Weirs Beach, where it continued for 29 years. However, it moved to Meredith in 2003 and remained there for 13 years. Just recently, in 2016, the boat show made its way to Wolfeboro. This event is presented by the Antique & Classic Boat Society and is a big draw for those who love and appreciate antique and classic boats.
Annual Craft Fair at the Bay (July)
Another long-running craft fair is held at Alton Bay, providing a two-day craft fair and festival that has been entertaining visitors for over 25 years. This fair invites New England artists to exhibit their work, which includes a wide variety of arts and crafts, as well as paintings and sculptures. Live music, specialty food vendors, and lots of great things for visitors of all ages are planned for this lively craft fair, which offers free admission and free parking.
Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts & Crafts Festival (August)
For nearly 40 years, this outdoor festival has been held near the shops and streets in the town of Meredith. Artists and artisans from all over the country come together to display and sell their work. In 2017, over 80 artists will be participating in the annual event, which attracts visitors from all over the Lakes Region – and beyond. Live music, entertainment, and lots of great food will also be available to attendees who come to see everything from paintings and metal sculptures to wood products and weaving, pottery and jewelry to quilting, leather, baskets and everything in between.
Annual Boathouse Tour (August)
See brand new and historic boathouses out on Lake Winnipesaukee in this fantastic and popular tour. The tour can be taken by land or out on the water. Vintage wooden boats take participants out to see the boathouses on the water, while antique automobile tours take people to see them on the land. You can also take the tour in your own car, which is good because the vintage boat and antique car tours sell out fast! Before heading to Lake Winnipesaukee in August, see if you can buy some tickets in advance.
Alton Bay Boat Show (August)
For over 40 years, people have been coming out to enjoy a non-judged and very informal vintage boat show at the docks of Alton Bay. This boat show is part of the overall “Old Home Day” celebration for the town of Alton Bay. All “woody” boats are welcome, and no advance registration is required for participants. A “People’s Choice Awards” is voted on by visitors who want to rank their favorite vintage boats.
Vacation Rentals in Wolfeboro
Come to beautiful New England and enjoy the Lake Winnipesaukee festivals, fairs, and events, which draw visitors from all over the world each year. Reserve your Wolfeboro boat rentals early by calling the Hole in the Wall at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653). We can also provide you with live bait, proven lures, custom rods and reels, as well as fishing tackle in New Hampshire, so just pack a bag and prepare to be impressed with all that this beautiful region has to offer!