Photo of international festival

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! 

  • Concerts on the Common

    Photo of summer concerts


    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. 

  • Movies Under the Stars

    Movies under the stars photo


    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. 

  • International Festival

    International Festival photo


    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 next year's event!

  • Peanut Carnival

    Peanut Carnival Photo


    For this fan favorite event we have novelty games, prizes, and concessions! The festivities take place at Fuller Park and promise hours of FUN!

  • Kids to Parks Day

    Kids to parks day photo


    Our first ever Kids to Parks Day event took place at Robin Hood park last year! The goal is to gather community members and celebrate outdoor play. The event was well attended and filled with fun, including water balloon activities, a park scavenger hunt, Gaga ball, Kona Ice, music, yard games, and more!

  • Winter Festival

    Winter Fest Photo


    Winter Fest takes place at Fuller Park where we gather for outdoor games, music, hot cocoa, and s'mores by the fire!

  • Tour of Lights

    Light Up the City picture


    We participate in the Southwest NH Tour of Lights each December. Participants can enter their decorated home to be a part of the tour and viewers will vote for their favorite lights! The Recreation Center is the first stop on the tour -- drive through to see our lights, receive a tour map, and grab some hot cocoa, popcorn, and a candy cane to enjoy along the ride! 

    Register your home HERE by December 4th!

    Tour Maps will be available starting 12/10. Community viewing and voting will take place from 12/10-12/23, and winners will be announced on 12/24!

  • Easter Egg Hunt

    Easter Egg Hunt photo


    We host an annual Easter Egg Hunt at Wheelock Park for ages 4-9. Come get a picture with the Easter bunny and attempt to find the Golden Egg and win a prize! 

  • Recreational Bike Race Series

    Bike Park Race Series


    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!

Bike race series photo