Special Events

14th Annual Fairy House Tour

In collaboration with the Friends of the South End

The Portsmouth Fairy House Tour is the world's largest fairy house tour.

The 14th annual event will be held in Portsmouth's historic South End on the grounds of the Governor John Langdon House, Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park and Peirce Island. 

The Portsmouth Fairy House Tour is the world’s largest fairy house tour and features more than 250 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs club members, businesses, families and local school children. The proceeds of this long standing collaborative community event benefit Strawbery Banke, Prescott Park Arts Festival, the Governor John Langdon House, Prescott Park and the Portsmouth Elementary Schools. Since the Fairy House Tour began, FOSE has reinvested more than $300,000 in these important South End organizations and in the Portsmouth community as a whole.

Advanced tickets are $25 per family, $12 per adult, $8.00 per senior and $4.00 per child ages 3-12. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $15.00 per adult, $10.00 per senior, $5.00 per child ages 3-12, and $30 for families of two adults/ two children or one adult/ four children. Fairy House tickets include full admission to all the Strawbery Banke Museum historic houses and to the Governor John Langdon House. Click here to purchase tickets.

This year, Tracy Kane, the Fairy Houses Series® author and illustrator will be on hand both days of the Tour to greet ticket holders and sign autographs. This year’s event will also feature the Artist Invitational, a judged competition among 10 fairy houses built by creative professionals as well as performances by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and the NH Theatre Project.

Fairy house builders interested in having their house included in this year’s event have until August 15 to register at www.portsmouthfairyhousetour.com

Location

The main information/ticket booths will be located at Marcy Street across from the flagpole in Prescott Park and at the Governor John Langdon House at 143 Pleasant Street. Tour attendees can also enter through Strawbery Banke Museum entrances. Wrist bands and tour maps will be available for advance ticket purchasers only at the Prescott Park Arts Festival merchandise booth. 

All Tour attendees must check in at a ticket booth or other point of entry to receive their tour maps and wristbands - tickets will not be emailed or mailed. For online purchasers, your email confirmation is your receipt and should be presented at one of the entry points.

Parking

Very limited parking is available on Peirce Island. Free parking is available on Junkins Avenue and paid street and garage parking is available throughout downtown Portsmouth. Carpooling, biking or walking is strongly encouraged.