The 2023 Exeter UFO Festival was a huge success!! See you in 2024: Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st!!

Many thanks to the Exeter Kiwanis Club for sponsoring this event.

Thanks also to Trends Gift Gallery, the Exeter Police Department, Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Huge thanks to Sam Paolini (…their art was a tremendous draw in selling our merchandise.

Thank you to our Speakers, who enlightened and entertained with their fascinating presentations.

Thanks to all the Exeter merchants, who all got into the spirit and decorated their storefronts with UFO and alien themes.

Many, many thanks to our volunteers from the Exeter High School Key Club, Middle School Builders’ Club and from the Community Children’s Fund.

Finally, thank you to all our visitors and guests who attended the Festival. Please note that all of the proceeds are donated to Seacoast charities and non-profit service groups focused on children and families.

See you at the 2024 Exeter UFO Festival!


The festival is based on the famous “Incident at Exeter,” which occurred on September 3rd, 1965 in nearby Kensington. At that time, 18-year-old Norman Muscarello reported to the Exeter Police his sighting of an unidentified flying object behind a barn in Kensington. As the police investigated the site, they too saw the object hovering where Muscarello had seen it. Headlines nationwide told the story. The rest became history as the police and investigators nationwide tried to determine what young Muscarello saw that night.

The Incident at Exeter is one of the most well-documented UFO sightings in history. It has been investigated by numerous experts, and there is still no consensus on what the object was.

The Exeter UFO Festival is a great opportunity to learn more about the Incident at Exeter and other UFO-related topics. The festival features a variety of speakers, panels, and activities, all of which are designed to educate and entertain visitors. For more information about our speakers and their presentation topics, go to the SPEAKERS page on this website.

In addition to the educational programming, the festival also features a variety of fun activities for kids, such as face painting, rock painting, games, and crafts including the popular UFO Crash Site for the younger kids. For details on the activities planned, go to the EVENTS page on this website.

The Exeter UFO Festival is a great way to spend a day or a weekend in beautiful Exeter, New Hampshire. Exeter is a quintessential New Hampshire seacoast town,,,and the Festival is a fun and educational event for people of all ages.

At the Festival, we will be offering collectables such as tee shirts, hats, sweat shirts, art posters, tote bags, mugs and other items displaying this year’s UFO Festival art.

Trolleys will run on Saturday and Sunday offering guided trips to the Kensington site where Norman Muscarello saw the UFO. See the EVENTS page on this website for more information about our UFO Festival Trolley tours.

Proceeds from the Festival benefit multiple Seacoast charities The Exeter UFO Festival is run by the Exeter Area Kiwanis Club, with help from many volunteers. Kiwanis is a global organization that is dedicated to serving the children of the world. All the proceeds from the UFO Festival are donated to support scholarships and local Seacoast family and children charities. For more information about Kiwanis International and the Exeter Area Kiwanis Club, go to the about us page on this website.

Guest Speakers

  • Ralph Blumenthal

    Ralph Blumenthal, a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College of the City University of New York, and summer journalism instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy. He was an award-winning reporter for The New York Times from 1964 to 2009, and has written seven books on organized crime and cultural history. He led...
  • Peter Robbins

    Peter Robbins is an investigative writer, author and lecturer best known for his books, columns, articles, radio commentaries, interviews and conference talks He has appeared as a guest on and been consultant to numerous television programs and documentaries. Robbins was born in Queens New York and studied art, design, and...