Despite being located in the middle of the White Mountain National forest, Waterville Valley offers a plethora of cultural activities year-round. Many of these activities center around the H.A. and Margret Rey Center, named after the creators of the beloved Curious George series, who spent their summers in Waterville Valley and wrote several of their stories there.

The Reys were a "Renaissance couple," and the Rey Center carries on that tradition by hosting books clubs, writing groups, visiting lecturers, discussion groups, and regular astronomy nights. (The town has a "dark skies" ordinance, which guarantees that it will always be a great location for stargazing.) Local astronomers trade off with visiting experts from the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to introduce folks of all ages to the wonders of the night skies. All of the Rey Center's activities are open to the public. (In keeping with the Rey's love of nature, the Center also offers a wide variety of nature activities including hikes, walk-talks--guided nature lectures along Waterville Valley's many trails--and activities for children. The Center even supports a cooperative farm called Curious Gourds Garden, and small flower gardens around town tended by volunteers through the Margret's Hat Garden program.)

Waterville Valley's town recreation department also offers a full slate of activities for children and adults, open to visitors as well as locals.  In addition to the usual sports programs (lots of them) There are ice cream socials, day-long family events, holiday celebrations, field trips, game nights, and more. The recreation department has recently added an indoor climbing wall and offers public climb times.

Summer weekend evenings feature the popular Shakespeare in the Valley, which presents Shakespeare in the original style--simple sets, lots of audience interaction, and frequent hilarity.  Shakespeare in the Valley also hosts free, family-oriented interactive programs Friday and Saturday mornings during July and August.

In the summer, there are free outdoor concerts at Town Square, the award-winning Papermill Childrens Theatre, music camp at the Waterville Valley Music Center, and special events such as the annual Chili ChallengeFall Foliage Festival and Bluegrass Festival.

A short drive away from Waterville Valley is Plymouth State University, which also offers a variety of arts and cultural opportunities at the Silver Center for the Performing Arts--folk, jazz, dance, and other events. The Silver Center is also one of the locations for the NH Music Festival, which offers over 30 concerts every summer, featuring first and second chair musicians on break from their regular orchestras. The Festival presents symphonies, chamber music, and pops concerts.