A&E Weekend Top 10

NH Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: September 21-23, 2018

The clock is ticking toward the Autumn Equinox this weekend. Soon we'll be watching the trees change color for fun, but this weekend brings motor sports, fairy houses, food trucks, beer, and many cultures celebrating in the Granite State, plus an invasion of everything Scottish. Please peruse out our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire. And don't forget, enter to win tickets to some of the hottest events and contests by visiting unionleader.com/contests.

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New Hampshire Highland Games

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

Grab your kilt and be a part of the 43rd annual New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival this weekend at Loon Mountain in Lincoln. The Highland Games are now a New Hampshire tradition and have become one of the largest Scottish festivals in the country and the most diverse Highland Games held in North America. The festival will feature top Scottish bands, classic Highlander cuisine, Scottish heavy athletics, and dozens of other unique cultural attractions. The popularity of the Heavy Athletics is one of the big draws to this festival. You'll watch pure physical strength and skill as top athletes from the United States, Canada, Iceland, Scotland and across Europe take part in the Scottish Heavy Athletics. Don't miss the thrill of the Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Weight Over Bar, Stone Carry and more. There are plenty of family-friendly activities during the weekend too. Visit one of the 65+ clans in clan village, experience Scotland's history, run the kilted mile race, take in a seminar, engage the youngsters in the youth program, or participate in a whisky tasting or other ticketed events. In addition, the festival will include top-notch live music and entertainment in several locations. Historical re-enactors will also bring the history of Scottish culture and tradition to the festival. Stop by and learn about the Historic Highlanders, and how they lived life in the Highlands from 1314 - 1746. Check out the kilts, piping supplies and other
Scottish goodies at the Vendor Village. Visit one of the 30+ vendors to find that must-have item for yourself or someone else. There will even be a "Try It" section where you'll have the chance to be the Drum Major, take a drumming class, learn how to cook Scottish dishes, play the harp, be a Highland dancer, test your strength with The Swingle Tree, learn about the secrets of stone lifting, and a number of other seminars too. Tickets are $20 - $30.

Full Throttle Weekend

Saturday, 8 a.m.
It's a weekend of firsts for the Inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This must-see, must-attend short track spectacular is headlined by three of NASCAR's regional series creating memorable moments at "The Magic Mile" that will provide more action and unprecedented infield access for fans. The 1.058-mile oval will be burning rubber for 475 laps of grassroots racing. The main event, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Musket 250, will be the longest mileage and richest purse in series history. The Saturday triple-header also features the Apple Barrel 125, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship points race that gives fans their first look at the sport's stars of tomorrow, as well as the first appearance
outside of Canada for NASCAR Pinty's Series as they race for the first time in America at the Visit New Hampshire 100. Check out the "Fan Zone" - tickets now include access to the infield. You'll find kids activities, food trucks, a beer garden, live music, carnival-style games and amusement rides. If you grab a pit pass, you will have unprecedented access to the garages and pits all weekend for $40 for adults, $20 for kids ( 12and under). There will also be several fundraising events, including a Charity Clay Shoot, to help children in need across New England. Tickets are $10 - $40.

12th Annual Concord Multicultural Festival

Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This weekend, the 12th Annual Concord Multicultural Festival will be held at the New Hampshire State House in Concord. The festival has grown since its inception - and has become a celebration of all cultures, featuring more than 4 hours of entertainment performed by local musicians and dancers, more than 20 food vendors selling delectable cuisine from their home countries, local artists selling their unique crafts, traditional arts demonstrations from Native
American basket weaving to Russian Matryoshka Nesting Dolls and more, activities for all ages, an international flag parade with more than 40 countries represented, and so much more. Come for the Burundi Drumming, Argentinian Tango, traditional Irish Dancing, Wadaiko (traditional Japanese drumming), Filipino dancing and more. Everyone is welcome and invited. Admission is free.

Portsmouth Fairy House Tour

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The 14th annual Friends of the South End (FOSE) Fairy House Tour will take place this weekend in Portsmouth. The Portsmouth Fairy House Tour is the world's largest fairy house tour and features more than 250 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs, club members, businesses, families and local school children. The proceeds of this long standing collaborative community event benefit Strawbery Banke, Prescott Park Arts Festival, the Governor John Langdon House, Prescott Park and the Portsmouth Elementary Schools. Since the Fairy House Tour began, FOSE has reinvested more than $300,000 in these important South End organizations and in the Portsmouth community as a whole. Inspired by local author Tracy Kane's Fairy Houses Series®, and produced by Friends of the South End with the assistance of Canoe Harbor Consulting, the annual Fairy House Tour attracts 6,500-8,000 families and fairies each year. This year, Tracy Kane, the Fairy Houses Series® author and illustrator will be on hand both days of the Tour to greet ticket holders and sign autographs. This year's event will also feature the Artist Invitational, a judged competition among 10 fairy houses built by creative professionals as well as performances by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and the NH Theatre Project. Admission is $4 - $30.

Thomas Rhett

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Current multi-CMA nominee and ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett will take the stage at SNHU Arena in Manchester this weekend. Rhett is responding to the overwhelming demand for his 'forward thinking' (Sioux City Journal) live show, announcing his headlining Life Changes Tour 2018 set to hit 30 cities. The announcement comes as his debut headlining 'Home Team Tour,' which was "one of the best Country concerts of the year," according to the Peoria Star Journal, marks 27 sold out shows so far this year. The extraordinary multi-Platinum artist will bring his show to fans across the country with CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Brett Young as well as a combination of Country Music's freshest talent including Jillian Jacqueline, Carly Pearce and Russell Dickerson. Rhett, who launched his first headline arena tour in 2017, has promised that they will be having the time of their lives every single night, and that goes for the audience members too! Tickets are $32.75 - $77.75.

3rd Annual Southern NH Food Truck Festival

Saturday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
iUGO Nashua presents the 3rd Annual Southern NH Food Truck Festival will roll into Holman Stadium this weekend in Nashua. This year we're featuring more of your favorite food trucks from New England, live music (The Rampage Trio), a live DJ, giant yard games, a corn hole tournament, craft beer and more! Come to this historic stadium for some good eats and a great time. Some of the trucks you can expect to see include Empanada Dada, Clyde's Cupcakes, Chez Rafiki's Mediterranean Food, Let's Roll Eggrolls, Made with Love Food Truck, Souped Up Food Truck, Phoenix Rising and many more. Tickets are $5 for general admission ($10 at the gate). $50 for a Cornhole Team Ticket, $20 for VIP Tickets, $25 for Day of Show VIP Tickets. Children 6 and under are free.

Almost Queen

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Tribute Band 'Almost Queen,' will perform this weekend at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth. The most authentic Queen live show since the days of Queen themselves, these musicians really capture the heart and soul of Queen and their live performances. This deliberate 4-piece band boasts an undisputed live show consisting of four part harmonies and genuine costumes while captivating the live energy that is the ultimate Queen experience. Come check out the show. If you're a fan of Queen's music, you will love this show. Tickets are $25 - $65.

Lewis Black

Friday, 8 p.m. (The Music Hall),
Saturday, 8 p.m. (Colonial Theatre)

Known as the 'king of the rant,' comedian Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. Black's "The Joke's on Us" Tour will come alive at the Music Hall in Portsmouth on Friday and Saturday at the Colonial Theatre in Keene. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life - with topics that include current events, social media, politics, and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. Tickets are $49 - $79 at the Colonial Theatre and $58 - $69 at the Music Hall.


Saturday, 12 p.m.
It's Smuttoberfest this weekend at Smuttynose Brewing Company and Hayseed Restaurant in Hampton! For one day only, the field will be transformed into a traditional German Biergarten. Guests will enjoy music by Red Tail Hawk, Andrew Merzi, and Joppa Flatts, games, and classic
German foods while they sip from their 22 ounce commemorative steins with Smuttynose Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ale. There will be a stein holding competition as well as a mustache competition, so start growing out your mustaches now. Polish Prince Pierogi, The Cow Mobile
Ice Cream Parlor, and Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery will also be vending at the event. Admission is free.

Welcome East Moto Show

Saturday, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
In its 5th year, the Welcome East Moto Show, held at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth will welcome spectators, motorcyclists, and enthusiasts to see sweet rides from all over New England on display. The goal is for everyone to come together to celebrate the common thread of motorcycling as a sport, hobby, craft, and business. Over a hundred motorcycles are expected, so come check them all out. Explore the event and view the motorcycles and vendor displays inside and outside the venue. Enjoy tacos and beer, in ample supply from Barrio Tacos and beer from their featured brewery, Moat Mountain. Visit the art displays in the gallery of local industrial-vibe artwork. Cast your "People's Choice" vote for Best In Show, Best Restoration, Best Rat Bike, and more. The show is a benefit to support local nonprofit New Heights: Adventures for Teens. Their STEM team will be on site with a highly sophisticated, hopefully-not-evil robot. There will also be an after-party at 8 p.m. featuring: Arlie and These Wild Plains. Admission to the motorcycle show is free. The after-party will cost $10 - $15.

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