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FALL FESTIVALS

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2019 marks the 45th year running that Applecrest has invited our community to celebrate and share in the harvest. Our 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, sisters and brothers, and kids of all ages can reconnect with each other and with the land to make memories that last a lifetime. So, grab the gang and come visit us at Applecrest where, as always, admission and parking are FREE. See you at the farm!

Summer marks the beginning of our Festivals and Celebrations of all things fruit, from sun-ripened strawberries to plump blueberries and the juiciest of peaches; our Fall Festivals launch on the first weekend in September and run from 11:00am to 5:00pm, both Saturday and Sunday, every weekend, through the end of October. Here's some of the family fun that you might expect to find (please be sure to call the Farm Market or visit our website for the most up-to-date event details, weather, and picking conditions):

  • Pick-Your-Own Strawberries, Blueberries, Apples, Raspberries, Peaches, Pumpkins, & Cut-Your-Own Flowers (depending on the season)
  • FREE Live Music
  • FREE Pie-Eating Contests
  • FREE Tractor Rides
  • Beer Garden, Serving Local Craft Beers, Wine, Hard Cider, & Soft Drinks
  • Food Trucks
  • Farm-style BBQ
  • Old-Fashioned Creamery, Featuring Locally-Made Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, & Sorbets Made with Our Own Grown-On-The-Farm Fruits
  • Our Famous Apple Cider Donuts
  • Barnyard Animals
  • Face Painting
  • Bouncy House
  • Apple Pie & Ice Cream
  • Scratch-Made Baked Goods
  • Free Tastings & Samplings
  • Traditional Corn Roast, Featuring Grilled Sausages, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fire-Roasted Corn, New England Clam Chowder, Fresh Pressed Apple Cider, & More
  • Corn Hole & Other Lawn Games
  • And More...

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Saturday, June 22nd & Sunday, June 23rd (10am-3pm)

Five rolling acres of juicy berries and a cool spring-fed pond provide the backdrop for our 14th Annual Strawberry Festival. Enjoy a fun-filled day of Pick-Your-Own strawberries, free live music, tractor rides, face painting, beer garden & farm-style BBQ, our famous apple cider donuts, a bevy of strawberry-inspired delicacies from our very own scratch kitchen and bakery, a chocolate dipping fountain, plus free samplings and tastings.

BLUEBERRY CELEBRATION KICK-OFF: Saturday, July 13th (11am-3pm)

Kick-off blueberry season with a day of picking your own plump berries from our patch and stay to enjoy a bounty of family-fun activities!

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: Saturday, July 20th & Sunday, July 21st (10am-3pm)

Acre after acre of low-hanging ripe blueberries are the focal point for our 4th annual Blueberry Festival—come beat the summer-time blues with us for a fun-filled day of everything blueberry!

BLUEBERRY BASH CELEBRATION: Saturday, July 27th (11am-3pm)

Celebrate the height of blueberry season with a fun family day of Pick-Your-Own berries! Enjoy FREE live music & tractor rides, grab a drink at our Beer Garden, stock up on our famous apple cider donuts, and check out a generous spread of blueberry-inspired treats from our scratch bakery with FREE samplings, tastings, and more.

PEACH CELEBRATION KICK-OFF: Saturday, August 10th (11am-3pm)

Welcome in juicy, sun-ripened peach season with a fun-filled day of Pick-Your-Own Peaches, FREE live music & tractor rides out to the peach orchard, grab a beer or glass of wine at our beautiful Beer Garden, enjoy our famous apple cider donuts, sample every peach-inspired yummy under the sun, and more.

PEACH FESTIVAL: Saturday, August 17th & Sunday, August 18th (10am-3pm)

Our 13th annual celebration of all things peachy! Applecrest is home to more than 20 distinct varieties of succulent tree-ripened peaches, nectarines and plums. Come spend the day and pick 'em straight from the tree.

JUST PEACHY CELEBRATION: Saturday, August 24th (11am-3pm)

Grab the last of our juicy, sun-ripened peaches with a fun-filled day of Pick-Your-Own Peaches and loads of family-fun activities!

MISSION PORTSMOUTH POP-UP BARRE CLASS: Saturday, August 24th (10am start)

Join us and MISSION Portsmouth for a just-peachy barre class in our 200-year-old post-and-beam barn. Awaken your muscles and mind with one of their signature sessions, then stay for a day of PYO and Celebration activities! Sign up here and get a free1/4 peck bag of peaches (redeemable in the Farm Market).

HARPOON BREWFEST 5k: Sunday, September 8th (10am start)

Our way of getting the season off to a running start? The 4th Annual BrewFest 5K, which starts and finishes right here at the farm. The rolling course is designed for just about any runner or walker and takes you through many of our fields and orchards. Runners can warm up with a session led by MISSION Portsmouth and, at the finish, enjoy fresh-baked apple pie and ice cream and a tall glass of our famous wood-pressed apple cider. Of-age registered runners are welcomed to sample from a variety of craft brews from our friends at Harpoon Brewery. Family and friends can also purchase tickets for post-race food and beer, so they can enjoy the full BrewFest experience too! Must be 21 years old to sample beer.

For more info or to register, CLICK HERE

GREAT PUMPKIN RUN: Saturday, September 21st

Celebrate the best season of all by tackling 3.1 miles with us this Fall! Run, walk, skip, or jog the 5K course through the orchard before cooling off with some apple cider and a take-home pumpkin at the finish line, then stay the day to enjoy our harvest festivities. All participants receive a bevy of race day goodies — get more info or secure your spot here!

GREAT PUMPKIN CARVE: Saturday, October 5th & Sunday, October 13th

Prepare to be astounded as our master carver gets after it with an 800lb giant jack-o-lantern. No one knows just what he'll whittle that pumpkin into.... come and be surprised!

STORYBOOK HAYRIDES: October 19th & 20th and 26th & 27th (11am- 4pm)

Beloved fairy tale characters take to our orchards, performing sweet vignettes for children perched on a roving tractor-drawn hay wagon. In eight lively scenes, kids partake in the classics, warning Little Red of the approaching wolf, watching Humpty Dumpty have his great fall, helping Dorothy and The Scarecrow along the yellow brick road and much, much more.

A note to all Kiddos: costumes, though not required, are always warmly welcome!

Fee: $8.00 per/person (infants ride free). Proceeds help finance the Sanborn Regional High School Drama Club's yearly sojourn to The Big Apple for a Broadway show. Come support the students and enjoy some good, old-fashioned Halloween fun.

ORCHARD CROSS BIKE RACE: Sunday, October 27th

Our very own sprint to the finish! Applecrest is proud to once again host NorEast Cycling for the 11th Annual Orchard Cross bike race. This unique 100-year-old cycling tradition is a real treat to watch. With plenty of sleek spandex, suped-up bikes and a 2-mile looped, multi-terrain orchard course, this cyclocross event is one not to be missed. It also features a kid's race and an all-ages costume rally.

2019 Festival Schedule & Musical Performers:

Note: As Mother Nature sometimes dashes our best intentions, please call ahead for up-to-the-minute Festival info and picking conditions.

Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 22nd Cold Spring
Sunday, June 23rd Taylor River Band

Blueberry Celebration

Saturday, July 13th Band TBD—Stay Tuned for More Info!

Blueberry Festival

Saturday, July 20th Taylor River Band
Sunday, July 21st Taylor River Band

Blueberry Celebration

Saturday, July 27th Dan Walker

Peach Festival

Saturday, August 17th Merrimack Valley Bluegrass
Sunday, August 18th Merrimack Valley Bluegrass

Labor Day Weekend Festival

Saturday, August 31st Taylor River Band
Sunday, September 1st Granite Grass
Monday, September 2nd Taylor River Band

Harvest Kick-Off

Saturday, September 7th Monadnock Bluegrass Band
Sunday, September 8th Bow Junction

Indian Summer Festival

Saturday, September 14th Granite Grass
Sunday, September 15th Monadnock Bluegrass Band

Autumn Equinox

Saturday, September 21st Backwoods Road Band
Sunday, September 22nd Bolt Hill Band

Fall Foliage Spectacular

Saturday, September 28th Bow Junction
Sunday, September 29th Bolt Hill Band

Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 5th Monadnock Bluegrass Band
Sunday, October 6th Bolt Hill Band

Columbus Day Weekend Festival

Saturday, October 12th Bolt Hill Band
Sunday, October 13th Bow Junction
Monday, October 14th Bolt Hill Band

Storybook Hayrides

Saturday, October 19th Bow Junction
Sunday, October 20th Monadnock Bluegrass Band

Storybook Hayrides & Harvest Closer

Saturday, October 26th Taylor River Band
Sunday, October 27th Taylor River Band

Applecrest Farm | 133 Exeter Road (Rt.88) | Hampton Falls, NH 03844 | Phone 603.926.3721 | info@applecrest.com