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Weekend Top 10 Planner: August 26-28, 2016

Summer is winding down just as the events are popping up everywhere. In the short few weekends left, try to make those weekends count. The kids will be back to school very soon - find some family fun with our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend. Please note: Last week 

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Cirque du Soleil OVO

Friday, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

This weekend the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester will be filled with adventure and magic when Cirque de Soleil "Ovo" comes to town. OVO, meaning 'egg' in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye - and the feeling is mutual. With a 50 person cast of performers from 12 countries, the acrobatics are nothing short of spectacular. Don't miss this one! Tickets start at $35.

25th Annual North Country Moose Festival

Friday, 12-8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

It's all about moose this weekend at the 25th Annual North Country Moose Festival this weekend in Colebrook and Pittsburg, NH and Canaan, VT. Held annually the weekend before Labor Day, this year's festivities include a moose calling contest, moose chili, bluegrass music, local crafters, as well as family favorites like carriage rides, a dog show, and maple syrup tasting contest- not to mention the antique car show "Moose Cruise-In" and fireworks! This always makes perfect "last hurrah" for summer. Call the North County Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Dover Mini Maker Faire

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This is not a regular arts and craft fair - although some of the items you'll see are art-related. Celebrate kids' creativity at the Dover Mini Maker Faire this weekend at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. The Makers Faire is a day long festival where people of all ages show what they are making, and share what they are learning. This isn't your typical New England fair, although we will have great food. More than 1,600 people attended last year to interact with robots, play with rockets, try their hands at science experiments, geek out with innovative technology, create arts and crafts and more. Tickets at the door are $12 per person. Kids 5 and under are free. Early bird tickets are on sale online for $10.


Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Enjoy some mystery and some theater too - with Sherlock! at the Peterborough Players' Second Company Production for children of all ages. Written and directed By Gus Kaikkonen, based on the character of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Children of all ages will love this new adaptation of a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Adapted and directed by Gus Kaikkonen, Sherlock! will keep children (and their parents and grandparents) guessing 'whodunit?' again and again. Can you solve the mystery? or will you leave it to Sherlock!, the detective of detectives. Tickets are $39.

Vintage Racing Celebration

Thursday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
Friday, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Vintage Racing Celebration returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon this weekend. The celebration is a tribute to the race cars of yesteryear. This 26th annual event is focused around its participants and their love for maintaining the history of auto racing. The cars featured in the track sessions include vintage midgets, modifieds, sprints, Indy cars and stock cars on our 1.058-mile oval. Each day will offer Toyota Pace Vehicle Rides during lunch for $25 a person. The garage will also be open to visitors. Celebrate the history of racing at the one-of-a-kind event. Call 603-513-5726 for more information.

Celtic Thunder

Friday, 8 p.m.
Check out a new show by Celtic Thunder this weekend at the Capitol Centr for the Arts in Concord. 'Legacy' is an exciting new live show that celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world and the imprint that such music has made. The recently-revised cast is Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne, Emmet Cahill and new member Michael O. Dwyer, making it a show you likely haven't seen before. Lively, fast paced and upbeat songs 'A Place in The Choir' “Galway Girl” and 'Raggle Taggle Gypsy' represent the fun loving nature of the Irish while the slower classic ballads, 'Black Velvet Band,' 'Noreen,' and 'Mountains of Mourne' play to their nostalgic and romantic side. Featuring all new recordings, the songs on 'Legacy' are varied in style and run the gamut from classic Irish folk songs and ballads such as 'Danny Boy' and 'Buachaille On Eirne' to the more contemporary hits 'Falling Slowly' and 'Ride On' and rousing anthems 'Caledonia' and 'Ireland’s Call.' Legacy offers music lovers a wide variety of solo selections and fan favorites. Tickets are $48-$88.

Classic Tractor Expo

Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Bring the family and join the fun at the Classic Tractor Expo this weekend at Hillsborough County Youth Center in New Boston. Previously known as the New England John Deere Expo, the name has changed to the Classic Tractor Expo. As the event has grown over the years it now includes all makes, models and colors of antique tractors. You do not need to own a tractor as you step back in time to enjoy the many displays and events. In addition to displays of antique tractors, there will be parades, tractor games, antique equipment demonstrations, a large kid’s activity area, tractor pulls, seminars, a silent auction, history tours, raffles, vendors, a chicken BBQ and more. Tickets are $5 per person, children under 12 are free.

Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Pembroke and Allestown Old Home Day is a two town-wide celebration. The parade theme this year is 'Game Night' which will provide for some interesting floats in the parade. All day activities are being planned at Pembroke’s Memorial Field to include Live Bands on two stages, a petting zoo, face painting, handmade crafts and demonstration area, 9-hole mini golf, 3 on 3 Basketball competition, balloons, inflatables, food booths, Antique Cars, Doodlebugs Tractor Pull Competition, and some fabulous fireworks at dusk. Call 603-340-1487 for more information.

Family Fest

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Intown Manchester and TD Bank are excited to present our 4th Annual FREE Family Fest! Family Fest will be held on Saturday, August 27th in Downtown Manchester at beautiful Veterans Park. This year’s theme is 'Under The Sea' and will feature activities, crafts, healthy snacks, and more from local businesses and organizations. There will also be interactive on-stage performances all day long. This FREE event is for families with children all ages. Bring the family out for one more summer weekend before Labor Day Weekend is upon us.

Hot Import Nights

Saturday, 1 p.m.
Hot Import Nights is the leading producer of touring automotive lifestyle events and the events are attended by thousands of automotive and entertainment enthusiasts each year. Hot Import Nights and its drifting club partners’ event series will take place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon this weekend. The event features the rising stars of the drifting world in a lifestyle festival that includes car shows, industry models, a vendor midway, and live entertainment. The event will be located in the infield and include drifting on part of our road course (a fan favorite event), along with the addition of the Moat Mountain Legends Road Course Series. Tickets are $15.

Altar Boyz

Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Altar Boyz, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, will wrap the summer season at Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln. Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band from Ohio on the last night of their national ‘Raise the Praise’ tour. Come and "Raise the Roof" with this excellent cast. Tickets are $30 adults, $25 seniors, $16 for children/students.

2016 Hampton Beach Talent Competition

Friday-Sunday, 7-9:30 p.m.
The 2016 Hampton Beach Talent Competition hits the Sea Shell Stage with a slew of talented local singers in two separate competitions - the Juniors, which are for anyone under 18 - and the "Seniors" - for anyone over the age of 18. There is a ton of talent here, but competitors can also be visitors to the beach so they are really from all over. This one seems to get better and better every year. Admission is free.

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