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Special Events

Special Events

Enjoy all Rochester NH has to offer with these special community events! For more community and Chamber events, visit the community calendar here.

Rochester celebrates the seasons with a number of special events.  Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation, several events have been cancelled, modified or rescheduled.  Please be sure to check with the hosting organization of any of these events that may be of interest to you.


National Free Comic Book Day | TBA
Presented by JetPack Comics & Rochester Main Street you may visit participating merchants to receive a complimentary comic book. Features include exhibit hall, artists, costumed role players, and more! For more information, contact Rochester Main Street at (603)330-3208 or visit or visit Jet Pack Comics at 37 North Main Street in Rochester.

Coffee with a Cop | TBA
Coffee with a Cop is an event where residents can sit down with officers and ask questions or share what’s on their mind.​ Call (603)330-3208 or visit

Memorial Day Parade | TBA
Presented by the Rochester Veterans Council annually on Memorial Day. Call (603)332-1073.

Downtown Cash Mob | TBA
On this day, go into any downtown business, spend $25+, send in a copy of the receipt, and get entered to win a variety of prizes and gift cards! Visit

Rochester Cares | TBA
Help clean up and remove trash from the downtown in preparation for summer! Visit


Wings & Wheels at Skyhaven | TBA
Presented by the Rochester Police Department and the Rochester Rotary Club, a spectacular family-friendly event held at Skyhaven Airport. Visit

Rochester Farmer's Market | June-September 2021
Held every Tuesday at the Rochester Commons on the ball field from 3pm - 6:00pm. For more information, email

The Night Before the 4th of July | July 3, 2021
Celebrate independence day on July 3rd with a spectacular fireworks display at the Rochester Community Center. Visit

Concerts on the Commons | July-August 2021
Summer outdoor music series held at the Rochester Common offering music from country to jazz to classical. Call (603)332-4120 or visit

Summer Music Series | June-August 2021
Summer Music Series in the Garden is provided at The Governor’s Inn, complete with acoustic, rock, roots, bluegrass and more. Call (603)332-0107 or visit

Mario Kart Tournament | TBA
A Mario Kart competition will be held at the Rochester Opera House. Players and spectators alike are welcome. Visit


Rochester Gay Pride Festival | August 2021
Annual community event presented by Rochester Museum of Fine Arts which looks to promote unity, visibility, inclusivity, equality, and a positive image of the LGBT community. Live music and food vendors. For information, visit:

Porchfest | TBA
Join Rochester Main Street for Porchfest. Bands are placed on outdoor stages throughout downtown and attendees can walk around and hear a little of everything. For information, visit:

Rochester Fair | September 16-26 2021
Held annually in September, the fair provides family entertainment including exhibitions, art, crafts, livestock, 4-H and more! Visit for more information.

Community Expo & Job Fair | TBD
Presented by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the Community Expo & Job Fair is a trade show opportunity to meet and learn about many of the businesses and job opportunities in the area.
Call (603)332-5080 or visit

Trick-or-Treat on the Town & Zombie Walk | TBA
Presented by Rochester Main Street, youngsters can trick-or-treat downtown at participating businesses. Adults form a Zombie Walk at 7pm and walk to the Rochester Commons for a bonfire, music and refreshments. Call (603)330-3208 or visit


Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | December 3,2021
Join the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Central Square in downtown Rochester. The evening includes caroling, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and Santa even stops by for photos! Call (603)332-5080 or visit

Elf on the Shelf | TBA
Find all 12 elves hiding around downtown. Each elf will give you a ticket and a treat. Once you receive all your tickets, visit Collec-tiques on North Main Street to enter them into the raffle. For more information, call
(603)330-3208 or visit:

Festival of Trees | TBA
Sponsored by Rochester Main Street, the Festival of Trees will take place at Studley Flower Gardens in Rochester. For more information, call (603)330-3208 or visit:

Holiday Parade | December 5, 2021
Presented by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the parade is a delight to children of all ages. Special guest, Santa Claus, hasn’t missed a year yet! Floats from area organizations and businesses join marching bands and other attractions to celebrate the Holiday Season. Call (603)332-5080 or visit:

Light Up Rochester Decorating Contest | TBD
A Holiday Decorating Contest put on by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Visit or call (603)332-5080 for more information.

A Venue for All Seasons

Rochester Opera House
Located in the Rochester City Hall building, the Rochester Opera House is a performing arts organization providing entertainment to audiences for all ages through a variety of high quality artistic programming. Main Stage series, Arts & Education series and Summer Season shows. Call 335-1992 or visit  for information on upcoming performances.

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