A&E Weekend Top 10


Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: October 20-22, 2017

Okay, leaf peepers, this week certainly has peaked in some parts of the state. With all that beautiful foliage around, this is the perfect backdrop for some of the weekend's events. We have hand picked some treats for the Top 10 (or 12 this time) Things to do in New Hampshire this weekend. Now go scare up your family and friends and get in on the fun!

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Monadnock Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Monadnock Pumpkin Festival will provide some Halloweeny fun for the whole family this weekend. The event will take place at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey and will feature free pumpkin carving, but if you have already carved a pumpkin, please bring it and help create the magic. There will also be a children's activity tent, pumpkin bowling, fireworks, a costume parade, L'arping quests, two stages of live music, a community bonfire, hayrides, towers of jack-o-lanterns, pony rides, a craft fair, amusement rides ans so much more. Admission is $5 per person, free for children 5 and under.

N.H. Oktoberfest

Friday, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.,
Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

After the success of their June food truck festival, McIntyre Ski Area is hosting their inaugural New Hampshire Octoberfes this weekend. They will be offering up almost 15 of the best food trucks from throughout New England, with German food, Puerto Rican delicacies, fair food, Mediterranean food, a taste of N'Awlins...and more! It's going to be an amazing weekend. Bring the kids and your friends and enjoy the food trucks and what they have to offer. They will be joined by delicious craft beers and bands all weekend. For more info, visit nhoctoberfest.com. A portion of the proceeds from the event supports the Special Olympics of New Hampshire. Tickets are $5 for general admission and up to $35 with a combination of offers including meals, beers and desserts. The Stein Hoisting Contest on Saturday is $25.

Rusted Root

Sunday, 6 p.m.
The Lebanon Opera House welcomes Rusted Root to town this weekend as they celebrate 25 years since their first album, Cruel Sun was released. Rusted Root is still going strong. With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide and a winning blend of percussive, world beat rock, the band transcends age, generation, culture and musical style. The powerhouse ensemble's reputation for sweat-inducing and hypnotic live performances has landed them coveted tours with everyone from Santana and Dave Matthews Band to The Allman Brothers Band and Robert Plant/Jimmy Page. The Pittsburgh-based band's platinum-selling breakthrough, When I Woke, spawned the Top 40 hit “Send Me On My Way” and set the course for a life on the road. As they have in the past, Rusted Root is currently working on their next record by honing their new songs while on tour. Tickets are $25-$45.

3rd Annual New England Pumpkin Carving Competition

Friday, 12 p.m.,
Saturday until 7 p.m.

The Town of Jackson is bringing back the sculptors from their winter snow sculpting event to carve pumpkins for their 3rd Annual New England Pumpkin Carving Competition this weekend. Carvers begin working on their pumpkins any time after noon on Friday October 20th. Competitors have until 7 p.m. on Saturday evening to work on their displays. Once they finish, there is a lighting ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to come and watch the process, meet the sculptors/carvers and enjoy all the other things going on in Jackson Village Park and the surrounding areas for their 3rd annual "All Things Pumpkin" Festival and Pumpkin Carving Competition. Share in this exciting weekend as more than a dozen teams come to compete for first place overall and people's choice. Each team has a special talent creating some of the most amazing pumpkin carvings, sculptures and more. You can watch as they take their pumpkins from start to finish. While you are inJackson, we recommend you get out in search of the very funny "Pumpkin People" set up around town. There are now more than 80 of them! Grab a map at any of the participating businesses or download it here: http://www.jacksonnh.com/Press-releases/2017%20Map.pdf

Silly, Spooky Extravaganza!

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Go to Santa's Village this weekend in Jefferson to celebrate Halloween! That's kind of funny isn't it? But it's true! Your whole family is invited to get dressed in costume, get silly, and enjoy all that the park has to offer. Santa is usually here at this time, to see all of the children in costume, and those thinking ahead to Christmas. The entire park is transformed into a magical Halloween adventure. Bring your children to celebrate this holiday in a safe and friendly atmosphere. There are "spooky" areas for the older children; some "fun" areas for the younger goblins. It's a treat not to be missed. Shops cater to the Trick or Treaters, and it's much more fun if you arrive in costume. Even many of the Silly Helpers are dressed for the occasion. Rides and food shops will be open too. It's silly. It's spooky. It's Halloween at Santa's Village. Admission for the entire day is $27 per person; as always children ages 3 and younger are free. This includes all the rides and festivities for the day.

Mary Wilson of the Supremes

Sunday, 3 p.m.
You can't go wrong with a "Motown" matinee performance by Mary Wilson of the Supremes this weekend at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth. It was a vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teen that inspired Mary Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, to found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history – The Supremes. Since then, Wilson has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry. Four decades and 40 albums later, what once started as a dream has exceeded beyond Wilson's wildest imagination. With an unprecedented 12 number-one hits, including five in a row – “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Stop, In The Name Of Love,” and “Back in My Arms Again” – The Supremes set the precedent for super group success. Tickets are $49.

The Smithereens

Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Smithereens are a power-packed band that has preserved their three-decade long career with a reputation as one of rock's hardest working live bands, a busy performing schedule and continuing to thrill the devoted fan base that stuck with them over the years. Brandishing heavy guitars and an unabashed fetish for British Invasion Pop, The Smithereens carved their niche on album rock radio and earned a reputation as a great concert attraction with sizzling pop songs including "A Girl Like You," "Only a Memory," "Blood & Roses" and "House We Used to Live In," and many others. Don't miss their performancee on Saturday at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry. Tickets are $40-$55.

Dracula

Friday, 8 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,
Sunday 2 p.m.

Just in time for Halloween, the stage at the Strand Theatre in Dover will be filled with everything Gothic as the Break a Leg Legally Theater Production Company presents Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Lately, zombies have been stealing the spotlight. We're afraid that vampires might be about to make a comeback. This production is based on the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker and will feature Rob Carroll starring as Count Dracula. Get into the spirit! (See what we did there?) Just be careful, Dracula just might get thirsty! Cue evil laughter. Tickets are $15.

Young@Heart Chorus

Saturday, 4 p.m.
You are in for a treat this weekend! Tricks to follow. The Young@Heart Chorus is coming to the Lebanon Opera House on Saturday afternoon. If you haven't heard of this phenomenally entertaining and talented act, all you need to know is that it will warm your heart and remind you that you are never too old to follow a dream. Accompanied by a rockin' band, the Young@Heart Chorus—two dozen seniors ranging in age from 76 to 89—delights audiences worldwide with poignant reinterpretations of music by Tears for Fears, Radiohead, Sam Cooke, Buffalo Springfield and more. Tickets are $39-$79.

Johnny Clegg

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Johnny Clegg is taking an opportunity during his remission from cancer to perform a final set of concerts to thank his fans for their support over the years. He will be on stage this weekend at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Through his bands Juluka and Savuka, Clegg pioneered a uniquely South African hybrid music during a time of cultural and racial segregation. His music always offered a vision of how South Africans could find each other and the possibilities of a non-racial future. He's earned millions of record sales, countless awards and nominations (including a Grammy nomination) and multiple international releases, all eagerly consumed by a truly global audience. He was the forerunner of combining Western musical styles with African ones, sparking a revolution in South African music that can be still be heard in the work of artists today. Tickets are $35-$65.

The Great New England Craft Fair

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Granite State is the site of a lot of terrific craft fairs. As we like to say, autumn marks the craft fair season. But this weekend, the Hampshire Dome in Milford is hosting the Great New England Fall Craft Fair, and we all know what holidays are coming up (hint, hint) so we think you might want to be there. This fair is back by popular demand and is touted as New England's BEST fair of the year. It might be one of the larger of the craft fairs. More than 175 crafters offering QUALITY products and homemade goods. Candles, health products, pottery , ceramics, clothing, hats, baby items. jewelry, paintings, lamps, decorative paintings, coffee, honey, scarves, ornaments, blankets and much, more. There will also be entertainment, raffles, a Crafters 'Den' for sitting and tv viewing, a Crafters Cafe for some great food offerings and more! Parking is free. Admission is $4-$5.

Graveside Manor Haunted House

Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
A free haunted house? Now, we're talking! Graveside Manor in Nashua is hosting some seriously scary fun this weekend and helping to raise money for Make A Wish New Hampshire with any donations received. Come walk through the haunted manor and creepy cemetery. Are you brave enough to explore the halls of Graveside Manor and discover the legend of Dr. Valadimir Barlow? Enter if you dare! Live actors, animatronics, and video/audio special effects make it all pretty creepy. Visit for a very creepy night of frights and scares. This one is not recommended for young children as this is a very scary haunt. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. 100% of the donations will go to Make a Wish.

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