Canterbury Shaker Village presents its Vintage Car Show on Saturday, October 12 from 10 am to 1 pm, in partnership with the White Mountain Chapter of the Ford Model A Club of America. This always-popular event attracts automobile and motorcycle owners and enthusiasts from across the region.  With the colorful fall foliage as a backdrop, the car show offers an ideal occasion to see Shaker Village and its quintessential country setting, handsome architecture, and inspired design.

Anyone can bring their antique car or motorcycle (25 years and older) to this family-friendly car show.  There is no pre-registration or entry fee for vintage car owners who also receive free admission to the museum and its amenities for the driver and one passenger.  There is a cash raffle.

Visitors pay regular admission to the Village. Current museum members are admitted for free.  Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door.  Join the fun as you admire automobiles and motorcycles from many eras, meet with the owners and other vintage car enthusiasts, enjoy Village tours and exhibits, and shop for local handcrafts at the Museum Store. Food truck fare will be available as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods at the Creamery Café located in the heart of Shaker Village.

Later in the month, Shaker Village has some fun with its evening Spirit Encounters Tour, a chance to hear stories of ghosts and spirits that were part of life in the community over the last 200 years. Advance reservations are required.  The tours are offered on four evenings: Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, and Friday and Sunday, Oct 25 and 27.  Book online at up to 48 hours before each tour, buy tickets over the phone (603-783-9511 x284), or sign up at the Museum Store the night of the event starting at 6 pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 6 – 17, but the tour is recommended for ages 12 and up. Groups of 10 or more may book private tours on other evenings.  Contact Shaker Village to make arrangements.

On Saturday, October 26 from 3 – 8 pm, traditional music will liven up the Village at the second annual Harvest Music Festival, sponsored, in part, by the NH State Council on the Arts.   Two outdoor stages will host a variety of talented traditional music performers including High Range BandLiz Faiella with Lindsay Straw, The Wholly Rollers, the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki TrioJim Prendergast with Hanz Araki, and Rose Hip Jam.  If you like bluegrass, Celtic, folk and lively traditional fiddle playing, this is an event you won’t want to miss.  Throughout the event, you can also learn about the musical traditions of the Canterbury Shakers.  We are showcasing the newly restored 1887 Hook & Hastings pipe organ in the Chapel of the Dwelling House. 

When you get hungry, sample the fare at our Creamery Cafe and quench your thirst with local brews from Canterbury Aleworks or Meetinghouse Hill sodas. 

Admission is $12 for Adults, $6 for children (6-17). Members of Canterbury Shaker Village pay half price. Under 5 free.  Book online at until 48 hours before the event.  Tickets will also be sold over the phone (603-783-9511 x285), and at the door.  Library passes will not be honored for this event.

Enjoy the fall season and make some great memories with the festivities and friendship at Canterbury Shaker Village in October, a premier NH historic site.  

Canterbury Shaker Village is open daily from 10 – 5 through October 20, then weekends only through November.  Groups of 20 or more receive discount admission if booked in advance.  Opportunities for private rentals of various facilities are available year-round.