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Weekend Top 10 Planner: May 6-8, 2016

This weekend it's all about mom. Make her feel special by spending time with her. Whether she wants to spend time outdoors or indoors, there's something for everyone here. Bring along this list of the "Top 10" Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend! Happy Mother's Day, NH! 

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Circus XTREME

Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m.

The Greatest Show on Earth returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena this weekend in Manchester with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Circus XTREME. You are invited to bring mom - and your imagination - to one of these special performances. Your family will be astonished by UN-XPECTED circus spectacles you've never seen before. Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals, like our big cats! It’s time to awaken the spirit of Children Of All Ages and stir the imagination of your family. Let yourself get caught in the X-CITING X-PERIENCE of the circus and make memories you won't soon forget. This year is also the last time the elephants will perform before they head off into retirement. Tickets are $27-$52.

The New Hampshire Renaissance Faire

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This is a sign that summer is just around the corner. The first big festival of the year, the New Hampshire Renaissance Faire, opens this weekend in Kingston. Taking place over two weekends, the fair is a mashup of marvels - you'll see jousting, knights, belly dancers, live music, a May Pole and great comedy acts. There will be a children's area and more than 60 merchants and craftsmen (some of whom will be demonstrating their craft). Meet the Shire Queen and her Court. Try your hand at archery, and don't forget to visit the real dragons at the zoo. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 seniors and Vets, $8 for children.

Heifer Parade with Food & Fiddle

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Celebrate the return of the spring to the village pastures at Canterbury Shaker Village with a parade of heifers to their first spring grass. Maypole dancing, food, and outdoor barn dancing. Learn to make your own head wreaths and May baskets will be available throughout the day. Free admission for the parade, activities and self-guided exhibits. Guided tours are also available for $10 per person.

Curtains - The Musical Comedy Whodunit!

Friday, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Everybody loves a good mystery. So it goes without saying that you can't miss a performance of Curtains - the Musical Comedy Whodunit at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts in Milford this weekend. Set in 1946 Boston, the cast and crew of a Broadway-bound musical all become suspects after someone is murdered on stage. Detective Frank Cioffi is called in to solve the murder. While investigating, Cioffi finds himself in the middle of theatrical egos and eccentricities, deceit, and a budding love affair. In a collision of theatrical traditions – Agatha Christie meets 42nd Street – Curtains is a backstage whodunit with a clever and contagiously catchy score. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.

Spectacular Fireworks Display

Saturday, 8 p.m.
The New Hampshire Pyrotechnic Assoc will be having three Fireworks Displays starting at dusk on Friday at the Deerfield Fairgrounds. There will be two consumer product shows followed by a main display which is accompanied by music. The New Hampshire Pyrotechnic association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the artful and safe and legal use of various pyrotechnics. Join them as they paint the sky this weekend! Admission is free.

The Pirates of Penzance

Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m.

The Pirates of Penzance will be performed by the Community Players of Concord at the Concord City Auditorium this weekend. Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera in two acts is a musical classic - an audience-pleasing favorite since its debut in London in 1880. A love struck hero and his heart's desire, a major-general's daughter, a band of merry pirates, a chorus of bumbling policemen, and other memorable characters bring the brilliant rhymes and effervescent tunes of Gilbert and Sullivan to hilarious life. Tickets are $18-$20.

Exeter's 1st Annual Kids' Day

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
It's a great weekend to be a mom - or a kid - for those who decide to attend Exeter's 1st Annual Kids' Day. This jam-packed event is sure to bring smiles on the littlest faces. The day starts off at the Exeter Area YMCA, where Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. At 10 a.m., the American Independence Museum will open it’s doors. On this special day, NH residents with a valid id will be able to explore the museum, free of charge. At noon time, in the downtown area, there will be a lot of action including a mini Touch-a-Truck on Swasey Parkway, a demonstration by the NH State Police Canine Unit, a visit from Ladder the 64′ inflatable fin whale (courtesy of Blue Ocean Society), a magician, a juggler, mascots, creatures, crafts and more. Find a map of events and activities at all of your favorite Water Street establishments. Admission is free.

Charmingfare Farm's Shearing Day

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Head to Charmingfare Farm in Candia for Shearing Day. This event will be filled with lots of educational and fun demonstrations and activities for people of all ages. Come see sheep & alpaca shearing demonstrations, wool processing demonstrations, local spinners will demonstrate how they turn the wool into yarn, and more. The Candia Clovers, the local 4H club, will be conducting a presentation on "WOOL." Visit with their animals and see all the new babies born at the farm this spring. Take a ride on our horse-drawn wagon and the tractor train. The ponies are ready to give your little equine lovers a pony ride, too. The day will be filled with educational fun and activities for all ages. Tickets are $19, with includes unlimited rides. Children under 2 are free.

Chris Isaak

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Chris Isaak will take the stage at the Lebanon Opera House this weekend. With a stellar reputation as one of the best and funniest live performers out there, Isaak’s vocal style has earned him enormous acclaim, and his vast catalog of hits include “Wicked Game,” “Forever Blue,” “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” He has appeared on many TV shows – most recently Hot in Cleveland, has acted in several films and starred in Showtime’s The Chris Isaak Show and The Chris Isaak Hour on the Biography Channel. In November 2015, Isaak released his 13th studio album, First Comes The Night, his first recording of all original songs in more than six years. Tickets are $60-$99.

7th Annual Mother's Day Weekend Craft Festival

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The 7th Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Craft Festival takes place this weekend in the scenic Town Common of Hampton Falls. Over 75 Juried craftspeople from all over New England will display and sell their American made works including stained glass, original watercolors, photography, pottery, carved wildlife, folk art, hand crafted soaps, country wood, quilts, doll clothes, fine jewelry, floral design and more. Come and sample the culinary delights of herbal dips, kettle corn, maple, pickles, jams, jellies, lemonade, homemade fudge, oils, sauces and more. There will also be live musical entertainment on the bandstand each day. Admission is free.


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