Pumpkin Festival Keene
It was recently announced that this may be the last year for the festival, so it may even more crowded than usual. The display of the lighted pumpkins at night is very cool. There are food vendors on Main Street in addition to the restaurants downtown who are mostly non-profits selling a variety of food/drinks. Here's the link to the festival's home page. http://www.pumpkinfestival.org/index....
Our current favorites are not in Keene proper. Pearl Restaurant and Oyster Bar http://pearl-peterborough.com/Home.html in Peterborough (Rt.202 just off Rt. 101) has great Asian fusion cuisine, fresh oysters and great cocktails.
Cantine Mexican Kitchen (in the same strip mall as Pearl) http://cantinemex.com is not the usual Tex/Mex restaurant and has interesting entrees and cocktails.
Burdick's Chocolates/Restaurant in Walpole (north of Keene) is nice for a special dinner or weekend brunch. http://www.burdickchocolate.com
Sunflower's Cafe on Main Street in Jaffrey (southeast of Keene) http://www.sunflowerscatering.com is a nice place for lunch or dinner
If you're looking for a casual lunch/beverage on the way and are on Rt. 101 in Dublin, the Dublin General Store is a great place to stop.
I think it might be tough to get a nice restaurant meal in Keene proper during the festival due to the crowds. We usually just snack from the various vendors on the street when we go. Have fun!
118 Main St, Keene, NH 03431