A&E Weekend Top 10

NH Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: August 24-26, 2018

Our romance with summer is nearing its end but that doesn't mean you have to stop having fun. This weekend you can watch Doodle Bugs tractor pulling, taste smoked ribs, watch a music concert, try your hand at stilt walking, see a demonstration by the NH State Police K-9 Unit, call a moose, check out a dance-off, take a selfie with a Stormtrooper and meet Red Riding Hood. As we always say, there is something for everyone! Find out what's happening this weekend with out list of the Top 10 Things to Do in NH.

27th Annual Moose Festival

Friday, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Colebrook, NH)
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Canaan, VT)

Celebrate all things Moose at the 27th annual North Country Moose Festival at multiple locations throughout Colebrook, NH and Canaan, VT. Held annually the weekend before Labor Day, this year's festivities include a moose calling contest, moose chili, live music, artisan and craft vendors, as well as family favorites like horse and wagon rides, a dog show, and maple syrup tasting contest - not to mention the classic car show, the Moose Cruise Parade and Fireworks at dusk on Friday. This event is the North Country Chamber of Commerce's premier fundraising event, drawing thousands each year. It provides a venue for residents, second homeowners and tourists alike to enjoy old-time family fun as well as showcase the many diverse talents and services that are located right here in the North Country. Admission is free.

5th Annual Downtown Arts Fest

Saturday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Downtown Arts Fest, presented by Positive Street Art, is taking it to Main Street this weekend. The 5th Annual Downtown Arts Fest will be held on Main Street in Nashua between Pearl and Temple Streets. PSA's Downtown Arts Fest is a mix of dance, art, and music expression. The festival will feature a DJ competition, an all-styles dance off, a Live Art Battle, a PSA Showcase, a vendor fair, performances, an interactive art wall, food trucks and PSA's KidZone. Admission is free, but registration is required as space is limited.

Chris Stapleton

Friday, 7 p.m.
One of the biggest shows of the year - Chris Stapleton - will take place this weekend at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford. Stapleton boldly introduced himself to the public at-large in 2015 with the release of his breakthrough debut album, Traveller. The album initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it one of the bestselling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. The album also received extensive critical acclaim and has landed him bookings on multiple national TV shows including recent appearances on Saturday Night Live and CBS News Sunday Morning. Following a historic turn on the CMA Awards - where Stapleton became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards. The album became the first to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where it stayed for two straight weeks. The breakthrough success continued at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, where Stapleton took home two awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance. Most recently, Stapleton won six awards at the 51st Annual ACM Awards. With the six wins, Stapleton ties the record with Garth Brooks and Faith Hill for most ACM Awards won in a single year. With a mix of country, blues, rock and R&B, Stapleton's music resonates with fans of all stripes. Tickets are $90.75 - $107.75.

Farm Days

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Muster Field Farm Museum in North Sutton will host its annual Farm Days celebration this weekend. Held at the farm on Harvey Road, the festivities include horse drawn & tractor hayrides, a kiddie tractor pull, a slow tractor race, and many demonstrations of traditional farming skills and crafts. Antique tractors and engines will be on display all weekend. Children can try their hand at ice cream churning, blacksmithing, stone splitting and stilt walking if they dare. Both days feature a grand parade at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature sled dogs on display and a morning 4H Oxen Show. Visitors to Farm Days are encouraged to explore all the farm buildings and enjoy the 250 acres of gardens, farm and forest land. Admission is $5.

Town of Mason 250th Anniversary and Old Home Day

Saturday, 10 a.m.
This weekend the town of Mason will celebrate their 250th Anniversary and rural New England life at the Town Center. Enjoy a pancake breakfast at the church, view the marching of the Revolutionary Sixth Military Militia and their musket firing, stroll the village green, meet with Little Red Riding Hood, Uncle Sam. There will also be traditional artisans displaying and selling their wares such as fly tying, basket weaving, stone wall building and more. Grab a lunch and enjoy the music from the Town's gazebo. There will be old-fashioned children's games, a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids. Admission is free.

NH State Police K-9 Demonstration

Friday, 7 p.m.
The NH State Police K-9 Demonstration at the NH Telephone Museum in Warner is back by popular demand this weekend. The K-9 Unit has been part of the State Police since 1963. The teams, comprised of a specially trained trooper and dog, are geographically assigned to all troops within the state. Are you curious about how these teams communicate with one another? Join us as a NH State Police Officer shares how these relationships are formed, the various training techniques, use & operation of K-9 Units throughout the State. This presentation will include a live demonstrations working with a dog. Admission is by donation.

The Wailin' Jennys

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Wailin' Jennys will perform this weekend at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth. The Wailin' Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin' Jennys have grown over the years into one of today's most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances. Tickets are $49+.

Smuttynose BBQ Smoke Show

Sunday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Smuttynose Brewing Company will host its first barbecue competition, the Smutty BBQ Smokeshow, to support the Hampton Fire Fighters Charitable Organization this weekend in Hampton. The competition will feature professional and "backyard" barbecue teams that will compete to smoke the best ribs. The professional competitors are: Hayseed Restaurant, Messy Mike's BBQ, Huntspoint BBQ, Boogalows BBQ, Ore Nell's, The Goat, and Smokin' Bettys. These contestants will be joined by teams from the Hampton Fire Department and Hampton Police Department. There will be no admission fee to this event, and guests are encouraged to try the specialty ribs from each vendor and judge for themselves. Guests will enjoy live music provided by local band Red Tail Hawk, delicious Smuttynose and Smuttlabs beer, and food from each professional vendor during this outdoor event. Admission is free. The cost to purchase food is additional and if you want to participate in the Cornhole Tournament, the cost is $50 per team.


Saturday, 8 p.m.
The band Fuel will be on stage this weekend at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry. Fuel formed in 1993 while playing the club circuit in and around Harrisburg, Penn. The band signed to Sony Records and in 1998 released their critically lauded, debut album Sunburn with the massive hit single "Shimmer." Their second album "Something Like Human" took the band to a new level of stardom, hitting multi-platinum status driven by the singles "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage," which remained at #1 for ten weeks. By the time they released their third album, they had sold over 3.5 million records in the U.S alone and had scored a trio of releases with top five singles. The band had headlined its own sold out tours, as well as supporting the likes of Aerosmith and Kid Rock. In 2014 Fuel released the album, "Puppet Strings." Catapulted by the first single, the driving, hypnotic "Soul To Preach To," the album entered the Billboard rock charts at #1. The fans spoke loud and clear to the band and "Cold Summer" became the second single and a staple on rock radio cracking the top 20 at rock radio throughout the summer, with a video that is a classic throw back to when rock videos were fun. Tickets are $45 - $59.

NH Maker and Food Fest

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Be a part of the 6th annual New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest this weekend at the Children's Museum in Dover. This is an all ages celebration of creativity and innovation. The Fest is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists, to scientists to chefs, the Maker & Food Fest is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and for all of us to enjoy fantastic food. Play with robots, experiment with science, learn new skills, enjoy local food truck goodies, take a selfie with a Stormtrooper and so much more. Tickets are $1 - $12 per person.

FREE: Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day

Saturday, 9 a.m.
The Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day celebration will be held this weekend at Memorial Field in Pembroke. Beginning with a Parade with floats and marching bands, the event offers something for all ages. Bring the whole family for a day fill with fun. There will be live bands and lots of performers on two stages, a vendor and crafts area, food vendors, a bounce house and other inflatables like water slides at the event. There will also be a kids' petting zoo, children's games, 9 hole mini-golf, Doodle Bugs tractor pulling, Antique cars, Touch A Truck, pony rides, Hay wagon rides, Arts & Crafts, Food Concessions, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, paint ball, and more. The family-friendly event will top off the day with fabulous Fireworks at dusk. Admission is free.

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