9. Exeter UFO Festival Exeter, New Hampshire
Home to a particularly unusual alien abduction in 1961 and a UFO sighting in 1965, Exeter, New Hampshire, has hosted this festival for the past five years. One night in 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were driving through New Hampshire’s White Mountains when they saw a spacecraft and were convinced that they were abducted for a brief period of time.
Initially, they claimed they had amnesia about the entire event. However, both received hypnotherapy which revealed the couple suddenly had eerily similar stories about their abduction.
In 1965, several locals of Exeter (including police officers) witnessed unusual lights and flying objects on the same night. Thus, the small New England town received a reputation for being a UFO hot spot.
Many experts in the field flock to Exeter each year for the event. Even better, 100 percent of the profits from the Exeter UFO Festival go to local children’s charities. In 2017, it will take place on Saturday, September 2, and Sunday, September 3.
Speakers, food, music, and souvenirs are available for extraterrestrial believers of all ages. A free trolley ride is available to escort patrons to the spot of the 1965 incident, if you’re extraterrestrially curious.