Best in the State

In 2007, the Newmarket Heritage Festival was recognized by the editors of New Hampshire magazine as the best festival in the Granite State.

WELCOME to the 13th annual Newmarket Heritage Festival, a lively celebration of the arts, culture, history, and community spirit. The Seacoast’s favorite international block party honors the rich diversity of tradition, past and present, that defines this small New England mill town. It’s a diversity we share with countless other communities, as Americans and as world citizens. It’s a diversity that makes for a proud heritage—and a great party! Standing watch over the festivities are the buildings that first shaped this town. The mills, where so many labored so hard, are tangible reminders that by working—and celebrating—together it is possible to achieve a sense of community, a place of belonging. We hope you’ll join us!



Festival Committee

Past Festivals

Keeper of the Heritage


“What a great festival this year!  ‘A lot of other towns have blended into one,’ said Gary Sredzienski, the accordion player, at the close of his performance. ‘Newmarket, you’ve still got a lot of character.’  I couldn’t agree more.  And we keep our character through unique, community-minded events like the Heritage Festival.  Proud to be from Newmarket!” –Lisa Fisher Henderson, festival attendee

“Wow.  I just wanted to extend my deepest gratitude for .  .  . all you’ve done with this wonderful Heritage Festival.  As a vendor, it was the best venue I’ve been in — every need met and really well thought out.  As a participant, I watched [my husband and daughter] have such a great time taking part in what they were able to attend. I can only imagine what it must take to pull something of this magnitude off….  Really a job well done…..  Sign me up for next year ’cause this is one event that is so very worthwhile being a part of.” –2009 Vendor

“I moved to Newmarket last year and my first experience with your festival definitely had me wanting to return for this year.  I can only state that this year’s festival was even better than my first one!  From the quality of the performers, to the activities for all ages and the wide range of quality crafts for sale, everything was well done. I know how much time and effort went into organizing and creating this festival, so I wanted to take a moment and say Thank You.” –2008 Festival attendee responding on an evaluation form

Photo Gallery (frames 8-22)
[Seacoast Media] Sept. 09
Culture Explored at Newmarket Heritage Festival
[Seacoast Media] 9.29.09
Festival Moves Indoors on Final Day
[Fosters] 9.28.09
Art, history on display
[Fosters] 9.27.09
Big Line-Up Planned for 12th Annual Heritage Festival
[Fosters] 9.22.09
Newmarket Heritage Festival Names Honoree
[Seacoast Media] 9.27.07
Heritage Festival Celebrates New England Roots
[Seacoast Media] 9.25.09

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Keep up with us
  • 2014 Festival in the Mills!

    THE HERITAGE FESTIVAL is back–in a new location inside the newly renovated Newmarket Mills at 55 Main St. in historic downtown Newmarket. Come join the celebration on Saturday, May 31, 10 am- 8 pm. The event features multicultural music and dance, artisans at work, and festival vendors–plus dozens of participating businesses in the Newmarket Mills and along Main Street in downtown Newmarket!

  • Festival News

    HERITAGE HIATUS–BUT WE’LL BE BACK! After 15 years, the award-winning Newmarket Heritage Festival, which has grown to be one of the Seacoast region’s most anticipated annual events, will be on hiatus in 2013. Read more here: http://www.heritage-festival.org/index.php/press-release/

  • Thanks, Everybody!

    HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2012 was a smashing success–the biggest single-day attendance in the event’s 15-year history! Thanks to our sponsors and community partners, whose support makes the festival possible. Thanks to our fabulous participants, who shared their many talents.  Thanks to the volunteers who pitched in so enthusiastically. And thanks, especially, to everyone who came out to enjoy the day. See you in 2013!

    Newmarket Laotian Dancers
    Photo: Love Grows Photography

Heritage Festival 2010 Pictures!