Tour of Fairy Houses in Portsmouth, NH 2017

World’s largest Fairy Houses event!

The 11th Annual Tour!

Saturday & Sunday 
September  23 & 24, 11am till 3pm Rain or Shine

Pictures from the 2016 Tour

Artist’s Fairy Houses Pictures

DSC_0541aThe Portsmouth Fairy House Tour is the world’s largest fairy house tour. Now in its 11th year, the Tour will feature over 200 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs club members, businesses, families and local school children.

Inspired by local author Tracy Kane’s Fairy Houses Series®, and produced by Friends of the South End with the assistance of Canoe Harbor Consulting, the annual Fairy House Tour attracts more than 8,000 families and fairies each year.

The Tour will take place on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House, Prescott Park and Peirce Island in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Tracy Kane, the award-winning author and illustrator of the Fairy Houses Series® of books – which popularized fairy house building worldwide – served as the original inspiration for the Portsmouth Fairy House Tour. Tracy will be on hand both days to greet fairy fans and sign books.

In addition, visitors can expect to see performances by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and the NH Theatre Project.

The centerpiece of the Tour is the Artists Invitational competition. Ten select fairy houses build by creative professionals will be judged by a panel of three judges, including Fairy Houses Series® Author/ Illustrator, Tracy Kane.

Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships are donated to the nonprofit organizations, schools and civic groups that participate in the Tour. Since the Fairy House Tour began, more than $200,000 has been reinvested in the community.

Tickets will go on sale this summer. 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.

For more information, to register to build a fairy house or to purchase tickets, please visit

Tour Summary

  • Ticket includes entrance to Strawbery Banke and Governor John Langdon House!
  • Meet Tracy Kane, author/illustrator of the multi-award winning Fairy Houses Series® of books and video.
  • Artists Invitation
  • Excepts from “Fairy Houses–the Ballet” performed both days on the Prescott Park Arts Festival Stage
  • See the magic of Tracy Kane’s books brought to life by the NH Theatre Project in the Langdon grove
  • Build your own Fairy House on Peirce Island and help create the World’s Largest Fairy Houses Village!
  • The Amazing Bubble Machine!
  • All within walking distance
  • FREE PARKING available at Peirce Island


Tickets and tour maps are available by the flag pole at Prescott Park, Governor John Langdon House, and on Peirce Island (by the main parking areas) for those who have not bought them in advance.

Sorry, no pets allowed.

For more event information, please visit

Suggested Directions

(to avoid congestion)
From I95 take exit 3, Rte 33 towards Portsmouth along Middle Road. Soon after crossing Rte 1 take a right on South Street.
Take a left on Marcy Street.
Take a quick right to stay on Marcy Street.
Take a right on Peirce Island Road for parking.

For more information and a schedule of activities, please visit:

Contacts & Media Opportunities

Advance interviews can be arranged with Tracy Kane, children’s book author and illustrator of the award-winning Fairy House Series and author/photographer, Barry Kane.
Contact [email protected]

Complimentary Press tickets are available with credentials at the information booth by the flagpole on Marcy Street, across from Prescott Park.

Media Contacts
Caroline Piper  e-mail

Media Information
Visit the Media Center for media related documents and images.

Pictures from 2016 Tour

Click on an image below to see full-sized pictures!

Local Artists Fairy Houses

Click on an image below to see full-sized pictures!

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  1. judy nerbonne
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    The pictures of the wreaths are lovely…thank you Barry for taking them.

  2. Michelle Landry
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    Would you please add my wreath to the album. Thanks so much! Wonderful event.

  3. Denise Manchester
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    I just love the beach house! Lots of detail. Great job.

  4. Doran Garland
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    I have been going every year with my two girls. We have not missed a year yet. My oldest is now 15 years old n still is very excited for this every year. It is a way to reach the inner child no matter how old. We look forward to another year.

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