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

Cookout & Meetup | June
Rochester Main Street and Rochester Economic Development host a barbecue outdoors at City Hall in appreciation of Rochester's downtown businesses. Call 603-330-3208 or visit

Free Comic Book Day | May
Presented by JetPack Comics, you may visit participating merchants to receive a complimentary comic book. Features include exhibit hall, artists, costumed role players, and more! For more information, visit

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


Wings & Wheels at Skyhaven | June
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 
Held every Tuesday at the Rochester Commons on the ball field from 3pm - 6:00pm. For more information, visit

Lilac Family Fun Festival | July
A day of family fun activities ending with a spectacular fireworks display at the Rochester Community Center. Visit

Concerts on the Commons | July-August 
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
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



Rochester Pride Rally | August
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 | September
Join Rochester Performance & Arts Center for Porchfest. Bands are placed on outdoor stages throughout downtown and attendees can walk around and hear a little of everything. For information, visit:

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

Seacoast Area Job Fair | Spring/Fall
Presented by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the Seacoast Area Job Fair provides businesses in the seacoast area an opportunity to meet potential employees to fill job openings. It also provides job seekers with a venue to meet and learn about job opportunities in the area. Call (603)332-5080 or visit

Trunk-or-Treat & Zombie Walk | October
Presented by Rochester Main Street, youngsters can dress for Halloween at a trunk-or-treat event. Adults can then participate in a Zombie Walk. Call (603)330-3208 or visit


Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | December
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 | December
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 | December
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
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:

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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