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Weekend Top 10 Planner: September 23-25, 2016

It's race weekend in New Hampshire. But that's not all that's happening. We have a weekend filled with music, fairs, fairies, plus a whole lot more! We've wandered the state - from Berlin to Concord and Rochester to Claremont and pulled together our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend! See what's happening!

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New England 300

Sunday, 2 p.m.
It's race weekend! That's right. Summer went by so fast we're already at the second race weekend of the year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Come cheer on your racing heroes as the spin their wheels at the Magic Mile. The race will again serve as the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, where it functions as a stepping stone for aspiring champions. The playoff-style NASCAR Chase Grid will feature 16 championship hopefuls in the second race of the Challenger (First) Round of the Chase. In addition to Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race, the Camping World Truck Series, Whelen Modified Tour and American-Canadian Tour will run a triple-header on Saturday. Race fans will be able to take a helicopter ride and enjoy qualifying races on Friday too! Visit their website to purchase tickets or call New Hampshire Motor Speedway at 603-783-4931.

17th Annual Waterville Valley Chili Challenge

Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Take the challenge! It's chili competition time and Waterville Valley is hosting theirs this weekend. Come try out the different chili recipes from area restaurants who will be competing in the Town Square for the title of Best Chili around! There will also be a brew tent and live musical entertainment with the Uncle Steve Band. Attendees pay a sampling fee of $7.50 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under) to taste all contenders' chili and then vote for a favorite chili starting at 12 p.m.

Camp RZR® New England

Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Attend Camp RZR® New England this weekend at Jericho State Park in Berlin. This popular off-road event has been scheduled in different locations across the country and has been moved to New England this year. In addition to more than 80 trails in the park and more than 1,000 miles of integrated trails, this event brings riders from all over the country for a two-day extravaganza filled with live music, free demonstrations, thousands of giveaways, the High Lifter Mud Grudge featuring down and dirty competition in the mud pit, fireworks, booths with products to try and to buy, a scavenger-type hunt called "Searchin' for Sasquatch," a live concert with country stars Big & Rich and more. Try the Fox Proving Grounds if you really want to be a part of the fun. If you want to participate, you need to register and have your RZR registered in the State of New Hampshire (if you're from out of state). Buying tickets online can't hurt either. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 17 and under. Oh, and in case you are wondering what a RZR® is, it's a 2-4 seat off-road vehicle. Come to Jericho and watch all of the four-wheel fun!

Portsmouth Fairy House Tour

Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Bring on the world's largest fairy house tour surrounded by the beauty of the Piscataqua and history of downtown Portsmouth. The tour takes place on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House, Prescott Park and Peirce Island in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Now in its 12th year, the Tour features more than 150 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs club members, businesses, families and local school children. Back for a third year is the Artist Invitational competition where 10 select fairy houses build by creative professionals will be judged by a panel of three judges, including Fairy Houses Series® Author/ Illustrator Tracy Kane. Last year, the Fairy House Tour attracted more than 8,500 families and fairies each year and occurs rain or shine. The event is produced by Friends of the South End and benefits local nonprofits and schools. Admission is $25 for families, $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 3-12.

White Mountain Storytelling Festival

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Sunday, 9:30 p.m.

As the colors of fall approach, the White Mountain Storytelling Festival draws families to the always picturesque Waterville Valley. This is the 6th year of the event. More than a dozen storytellers along with featured storyteller Sharon Kennedy will tell a variety of tales for children, families and adults. Come Friday night for ghost stories, stories all day on Saturday, a special evening concert with Sharon Kennedy and sacred stories on Sunday. Admission varies for daytime and evening events but range from $5-$25 for adults. Children under 12 are free.

47th Annual Littleton Art Festival

Friday, 7 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sunday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The 47th Annual Littleton Art Festival will take place this weekend in downtown Littleton. Join us in Littleton as regional art floods the sidewalks of Main Street! The 2016 Art Festival will feature live music, family-friendly activities, and the return of the Littleton Lions Annual Antique Car Parade starting at 1:30 p.m. The White Mountain Quilt show will also be held inside the Opera House from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. We hope you can join us for a great day to support the arts! The weekend kicks off on Friday with a live musical performance by Ana D'leon and a kickoff party at 42 Maple Arts Center in nearby Bethlehem. In addition, enjoy the Schilling Oktoberfest outside on Schilling plaza in Littleton’s River District experience specialty beers, outdoor dining and live music. Admission is free.

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will perform together at the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance House in Plymouth this weekend. The duo have created a new show to bring their fans the next chapter in their musical and personal journey. For the first time on stage, they’ll feature their children alongside dancers and singers from the traditions of their hometowns of Cape Breton and Lakefield, Ontario. The evening will highlight the unique talents, influences, and stories of the first family of traditional fiddlers through dancing, singing, and, of course, world-class music-making. Tickets are $49+.

Claremont Brewfest

Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Claremont Brewfest: Battle of the Brews and the Brewfest 5K will be a fun and competitive event for New England Brewers, runners, and beer lovers. Once again, it is a ballot and trophy affair, but their main objective is to get people together to have fun and taste great beer while raising money for local community needs. The event will feature live entertainment by Moxley Union. In the center of beautiful Claremont, sample beers from more than thirty brewers from all over New England as they compete for the top prize on Saturday. Upon entrance, visitors receive a ballot and the victor is chosen by you! Come taste a variety of microbrews, craft brews, shandies, and ciders. Enjoy a wide range of food that pairs well with beer and enjoy the live entertainment. There will also be the return of the VIP Hour with special Brews that will not be available during general admission, special music selection, and hors d’oeuvres, not to mention some quality time with the brewers. Tickets are $10 for designated drivers, $25 ($30 at the gate) for general admission and $45 for VIP.

17th Annual Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

Friday, 4-9 p.m.,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 1-5:30 p.m.

The 17th Annual Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival will come alive throughout town this weekend. Organized by local folk artists, the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival is a registered nonprofit with the mission of preserving and presenting the music of Portsmouth’s maritime heritage and keeping the Port City’s seafaring traditions alive. The festival presents traditional American and English folk music. Since the autumn of 2000, they have celebrated our local and national heritage of seafaring and maritime trades by taking nautical songs and music to the restaurants, pubs, cafés, churches and streets of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The festival offers free events on both Saturday and Sunday. Honor Portsmouth's maritime heritage and help keep the Port City's Seafaring traditions alive.

Ziggy Marley

Sunday, 8 p.m.
Singer and songwriter Ziggy Marley is the oldest son of the reggae giant Bob Marley, but he has become a talented and highly respected reggae musician on his own. The oldest son of reggae great Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley has continued the family's involvement in the music scene, making a name for himself as one of the genre's leading artists in the process. He spent some of his early years growing up in Trench Town, one of Kingston’s poorest neighborhoods as his father tried to make a success of his band, the Wailers (later Bob Marley and the Wailers). His mother, who is also a singer, joined the group in the mid-1970's. Ziggy, who will make an appearance this weekend at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, is now a 5-time Grammy Award-winning reggae artist and has released his 6th studio album, the eponymous Ziggy Marley, and will be performing some of the music from that record as well as his past hits. Tickets are $29. If heavy metal is more your thing, the 80's will come alive at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom when Ratt and Dokken perform at the venue on Friday. Tickets for that show are $25.

Buddy Guy

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Buddy Guy will take the stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend. At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Tickets are $48.50-$78.50. Buddy will also be performing at the Lebanon Opera House on Sunday. Tickets for that show are $78-$98.


Saturday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Biology class is in session at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye this weekend. BioBlitz! provides exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can sign up to participate in all or part of the day. BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to meet many passionate biologists working together. Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn. If you are not up to scouring the park, there is still plenty to explore in the Center’s Gregg Interactive Learning Studio. There, you will see samples of species collected by naturalists and learn about the identification process. You can see amazing images of the plants, animals and activities from past years on the big-screens, observe insects through microscopes, see samples of seaweeds and fungi, and connect with many spirited nature-lovers. At noontime, join us under the tent for a program presented by the Center for Wildlife. Learn about their rescue and release program and get up close to some of amazing creatures who are unable to be released back into the wild. Participate in a special squid dissection session at 3 p.m. and learn about the squid’s fascinating anatomy and physiology, hands-on. There is a $5 fee for squid dissection; please sign up when you register. Call 603-436-8043 for details.

Rochester Fair

All Weekend
It's the second and final weekend of the ten-day long Rochester Fair, which wraps up this weekend at the Rochester Fairgrounds. This fair features New Hampshire's largest carnival midway. delicious fair food, live entertainment, livestock, a gigantic exhibit hall and more. Once you’re done getting your fill of fun in the main fairgrounds, you can make your way over the track for some motor mayhem. Watch cars, buses and RVs circle each other in the pit before relentlessly smashing together in an effort to claim victory. Some fairs have demolition derbies, we have the only bus demolition derby in the northeast, and no other fair has a trailer race. Come check it out for yourself! Admission prices are generally $15. Additionally, there is another $8-$10 fee for the grandstand events like the demolition derbies. Please visit their website for additional information at www.rochesterfair.com.

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