The bridge filled with jack-o-lanterns during Berlin, NH's RiverFire event
The bridge filled with jack-o-lanterns during Berlin, NH's RiverFire event




Just as the nights are getting colder in New England, the City of Berlin will be warming things up with one of the best fall festivals around—RiverFire! Come to “the city that trees built” to catch a full day of fun, ending with some dramatic fires on the river.

RiverFire burns bigger and brighter every year, and this year there are some fun new activities for everyone. The gates of the Service Credit Union Heritage Park (942 Main Street, Berlin, NH) will open to activities and vendors for visitors of ALL ages. Admission to the park is FREE. Date is October 16, 2021.

RiverFire features fun, family-oriented activities such as:

  • Pumpkins on the bridge
  • Hay rides
  • Helicopter rides
  • The “Not So Scary” Halloween Party
  • A costume parade
  • Live Music
  • Mouth watering food
  • Spectacular fires on the water

RiverFire Highlights

Record Breaking Attendance in 2019 – 6,000 people! We are grateful to our sponsors (see below) and volunteers — you helped make this event a success! Event highlights include:

  • 350+ ATVs participate in the Zombie ATV Poker Run. Riders come from NH, MA, RI, CT, VT, ME and NY! All proceeds of the Zombie ATV Poker Run go to Operation Warm’s “Keep the Fires Burning”
  • The RiverFire 5K attracts many runners and add to the excitement of the day’s activities
  • Children can enjoy the bouncy houses at the Logging Camp at Heritage Park, pumpkin carving, face painting, the Little Hooves Traveling Petting Zoo, and so much more!
  • Antiques tractors continuously travel from the Heritage Park to the 12th Street Bridge and back with a full load of people! Close to 1,000 rides are given during the event!
  • The Not So Scary Halloween Party is in its 4th year and growing! Last year, Service Credit Union occupied 2 buildings for the party to do crafts and play Halloween-themed games
  • More than 400 carved pumpkins on the Androscoggin River Bridge



Lighting of the Fires on the River

At dusk, the Androscoggin River will be lit up with fires that appear to be floating on the water! The blazes will actually burn on the historic boom piers that dot the river. These piers were used during the height of the logging era, when they separated and guided the many trees that were sent down the river to the mills of Berlin. For RiverFire, these old piers will be stacked with skids, which when set aflame create a dynamic contrast of light over the dark waters. Take a walk along the bridge and admire the wonderful glowing carved pumpkins on the bridge.

RiverFire is the hottest event of the season.  It is a spectacle you won’t want to miss!
For more information, call 603-752-6060 or find RiverFire Berlin, NH on Facebook.


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Thousands of people enjoyed RiverFire 2018 on a brisk Fall day! More pictures on Facebook!