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Parks, Trails & Recreation

Community Events

Throughout the year, the Recreation Center offers a wide variety of community events for all ages! Take a minute to browse our upcoming and past events and mark your calendars so you don't miss out on the fun! 

  • Winter Festival

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    Each year we host a Winter Fest where we gather for outdoor games, music, hot cocoa, s'mores by the fire, sledding, and ice skating (if the ice is ready)! Due to the recent rain, this year's Winter Fest was canceled; however, we plan to do a pop-up sledding and hot cocoa event at the park if we get another big snow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned by checking our Facebook and Instagram accounts!

  • Easter Egg Hunt

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    Our annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Wheelock Park and is divided by age group for youth ages 4-9. The Easter bunny makes an appearance for pictures and each age group gets a chance to find the Golden Egg and win a prize! The 2024 hunt will take place on March 30th. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for registration information coming soon!

  • Kids to Parks Day

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    Our Kids to Parks Day event is quickly becoming a community favorite! Over the past two years the event has taken place at Robin Hood park with a goal of gathering community members together and celebrating outdoor play. This event is one you won't want to miss, so check back for 2024 details!

  • Movies Under the Stars

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    We have been lucky to partner with Monadnock International Film Festival to host a series of 'Movies Under the Stars' during the summer months! Viewers gather at dusk on the lawn of Fuller Park to enjoy the PG rated movies displayed on our giant, blow-up screen. Admission is free and there is typically a food truck present for dinner or snacks. Bring a chair and join us for our 2023 lineup!

    6/29 - Lightyear

    7/13 - Top Gun Maverick

    7/27 - Zoo

    8/2 - Avengers

  • Concerts on the Common

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    When summer rolls around you can expect to hear the sounds of music coming from downtown Keene. During the months of July and August we host a handful of concerts at Central Square, which are free and open to the public. Concerts typically begin around 7:00PM. Bring a chair and join us for our 2023 lineup!

    6/28: Sheepdip Rock n' Roll

    7/5: Westmoreland Town Band

    7/12: Dragon Fly

    7/19: Tom Foolery Band

    7/26: Tumbledown Shack

    8/2: In Clover *Rescheduled to September. Stay tuned for details!

  • Recreational Bike Race Series

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    We partner with Alpine Bike Works, with support from NEMBA volunteers, to host a recreational race series at the Keene Bike Park! Races typically take place every Thursday night in August and participants are divided into categories by age. Prizes are awarded each week as well as a series grand prize at the last race! Race dates and registration can be found HERE.

  • Peanut Carnival

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    For this fan favorite event we have novelty games, prizes, and concessions! The festivities take place at Fuller Park and promise hours of FUN! 2023 Peanut Carnival will take place August 10th. Details to come!

  • International Festival

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    SEPTEMBER 23RD - FULLER PARK - 11am-3pm

    Keene International Festival showcases and celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Keene, NH community through activities that engage and connect people to each other. The Festival is a free, multi-generational, family-friendly event. We are continuously proud to host an event that celebrates the diverse cultures of our community and hope to see you at this year's event! 

  • Fall Fest at the Bike Park

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    SAVE THE DATE! We're hosting a Fall Fest at the Keene Bike Park on October 28th from 1-3:30pm! This is a free community event for all ages and skill levels. Grab your bikes and join us at the park for an afternoon of fun! Don't have a bike? We'll be showcasing our new BMX bikes for attendees to use. Here's what we have planned:

    -A scavenger hunt through the park on your bike.

    -A bike course for riders who don't want to ride in the bike park.

    -A fire for gathering and roasting s'mores.

    -Halloween movies on our projector.

    -Come in your Halloween costume or decorate your bike for a chance to win a prize.

  • Tour of Lights

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    We participate in the Southwest NH Tour of Lights each December. City of Keene residents can enter their decorated homes to be a part of Keene's Light up the City Tour and viewers will vote for their favorite lights! The 2024 entry form will be released in early November.

    When the tour kicks off, we hold a First Stop at the Rec Center where cars can drive through to see our lights, receive a light tour map, and grab some hot cocoa, popcorn, and a candy cane to enjoy along the tour! This event is free and open to the public.

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