The Lakes Region hosts a wide variety of special events each year.  They range from small and simple all the way to events so large that they gain national attention. From the oldest motorcycle rally in the world, to world championship sled dog races, to an ice fishing derby that draws people from every state in the country; there are always some happenings going on.

Laconia Bike Week

Laconia Bike Week is the worlds oldest motorcycle rally and one the largest events of its kind in the country. It's been running strong for over 90 years and this year will be no exception.  When making your hotel or campground reservations this year, take note that the event starts on Fathers Day instead of ending on it like it usually does.  Also, don't forget to request your copy of the rally news, which is the offical publcation that will give you all the details and the full entertainment schedule.  The link is located down at the bottom of this article. Lets all collectively cross our fingers and hope for dry and sunny weather this year!

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Meredith Ice Fishing Derby

Meredith is host to one of our biggest winter events; the Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. Presented by the Meredith Rotary Club, this event brings ice fisherman from across the country to Meredith for a weekend of fun, fishing, and seeing what your tolerance for cold and frostbite is. In the end, the payoff is being one of the lucky few who gets to experience the pride of having their catch hung up on the wall of fame, and winning an amazing grand prize.  

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Event Calendars

The Lakes Region hosts a wide variety of special events each year.  They range from small and simple all the way to events so large that they gain national attention. From the oldest motorcycle rally in the world, to world championship sled dog races, to an ice fishing derby that draws people from every state in the country; there are always some happenings going on.

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Lakes Region Fine Arts & Crafts Show

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend the 35th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. This festival is held outdoors among the quaint town streets and shops of Meredith, where over 80 talented artists and craftspeople from all around the country will gather and display their finest work.

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Ironman Triathalon

What started 13 years ago as a small event has grown over the years into an Ironman Triathlon that attracts approximately 2000 triathletes, making it one of the summers biggest events and a memorable experience for all involved.  There are two courses: the half ironman and the sprint triathlon.  The half ironman entails a swim of 1½ miles, biking for 56 miles, and a 13.1 mile run. It is a challenging course indeed. The sprint triathlon entails a swim of a 1/3 of a mile, biking for 15 miles, and a 3 mile run.

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Sled Dog Derby

Each year in the heart of a New England winter, Laconia hosts the World Championship Sled Dog Derby.  Held in early or mid February, this world class ISDRA sanctioned event competes race teams for three days on a rigorous sixteen mile course over the lakes and into the woods. Dubbed as the greatest show on snow, the sled dog derby makes for a different, entertaining and exciting way to spend an afternoon with the family.

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Days Until Selected Events

Because everyone loves counting down to things, here are some countdowns to most of the major events that take place each year in the Lakes Region, including bike week, the fishing derbies, and Soulfest.

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The Winni Derby

The Winni Derby began in 1980 as an attempt to reduce the number of Landlocked Salmon in Lake Winnipesaukee.  The lake had been overstocked, and it tipped mother natures delicate balance, leading to a decline in population of other species of fish and aquatic wildlife.  Other rumored ideas for lowering the population was a lowering the minimum legal length to 14 or 12 inches or perhaps raising the fishing limit.  In the end, the derby was the solution that pleased everyone, and it continues to please fisherman and the local economy today.

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Nascar at NHMS

You may be asking yourself why we have Nascar racing at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on our events pages when the races don't actually take place in the Lakes Region.  While they technically do not occur up here, the Lakes Region is where the majority of the 100,000 race fans are staying when the race is not actually in progress.  The Lakes Region acts as a staging area and provides you with a place to stay, places to eat, and plenty of other things to do for when the races end.

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