Population: 23,409

Settled: 1736

Keene is the Monadnock region’s “city”. While shoppers will find the usual collection of big box stores, both the downtown and outlying areas feature a great variety of unique shopping and dining experiences. Culturally Keene is home to the renowned Pumpkin Festival, the Monadnock International Film Festival, the Keene Music Festival, Art in the Park, and other special events, as well as year round activities involving music, art, film, and more. The town is home to three colleges.

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5 Fun Activities this Halloween Weekend 🎃

October 24, 2023

Looking for fun ideas to celebrate Halloween and show off your awesome costume? Here is a roundup of fun, artsy, scary activities and events to keep you on your toes this Halloween weekend. Be sure to check out the Discover Monadnock events calendar for the latest on arts and cultural events in the Monadnock region

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Colleges in the Monadnock Region

October 17, 2023

Boston, Massachusetts is one of the more well-known college towns in the country. However, the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, a couple hours away, has its own education hub to boast about. Three out of four of these institutions are located in one town that’s lovely to visit: Keene! The well-known Keene State College Keene State

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Arts Spotlight: Historical Society of Cheshire County

September 26, 2023

NICOLE S. COLSON Dusty objects on museum shelves are relics of the past. In order to become a community resource for tourism statewide, the county historical society’s goal is to bring its collection to life in the 21st century.  Jennifer Carroll is director of education at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, a private educational

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