The first "County" Fair isn't really a county fair at all, but it is the Stratham Fair, which is held at Stratham Hill Park this weekend. That's how we know that the dog days of summmer are at their peak. Now in its 51st year, this fair always marks the beginning of fair season. Enjoy all the fair has to offer, including entertainment for all ages, 4H activities and exhibits, midway rides, music and magic acts, lots of opportunities to interact with the animals, a pie eating contest, horse pulling, the Flying High Frisbee Dogs, and so much more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children age 6 and under.
NASCAR is here, folks! The hottest ticket of the summer is the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Race and it's taking place this weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. There is no shortage of activities taking place at the "Magic Mile" this weekend. From a pre-race concert with Loverboy on the frontstretch stage to the "Wicked Good" Live Auction on Friday night. Toss in a few qualifying races, helicopter rides, a track walk, and Triple Header - that's the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in the Eastern Propane and Oil 100 and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in the United Site Services 70 plus the Lakes Region 200 Nascar Xfinity Series race, featuring a mix of NASCAR's next wave of stars, along with cameo appearances from some of the top drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Tickets are $35 - $55 for the Triple Header, while tickets for Sunday's Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Race will run you $30 - $140.
Friday, 5 p.m. - midnight,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The 2018 12th Annual Live Free or Die Tattoo Expo will be held at The Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly The Radisson Hotel) in Manchester this weekend. The Live Free or Die Tattoo Expo is one of the largest tattoo conventions around, featuring an eclectic mix of tattoo artists and vendors from all over New England, as well as tattoo contests, art contests, live music and more. Friday night, the debauchery begins with the Marlo Marquise Burlesque show followed by the Old City Sideshow (which will also be performing throughout the weekend). There will be contests in various categories for the artists, a beard and moustache competition, a pin-up pageant, a lingerie fashion show and more! Admission is $15 - $25, and 3-day tickets are available.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join the fun at the 41st Annual Loon Festival at The Loon Center in Moultonborough this weekend. There’s something for everyone at the Loon Festival – crafts and balloons for the kids, slide presentations by loon biologists for the adults, and food, beverages and wildlife exhibits for everyone. Take the Loon Facts quiz and win 3 throws at the dunk tank! Other activities include face painting, live music, and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Discovery Table with animal exhibits. This event is rain or shine. Admission is free so bring the kids out for a day of fun, facts and family!
Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 5 p.m.
42nd Street is bringing the big city to a small stage near you this weekend. The New London Barn Playhouse, to be precise. 42nd Street is the ultimate show-biz musical. Small-town Peggy Sawyer is on the hunt for her big break in a depression-era New York City teeming with savvy chorus girls, imperious aging divas, and cut-throat directors. Bursting with show-stopping dance numbers and countless beloved Broadway standards including We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and 42nd Street, this Tony Award-winning favorite will knock your tap shoes right off. Tickets are $20+.
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Grammy-Award winner Patty Griffin will perform her Acoustic Tour Show at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend. Griffin, who has achieved great acclaim for her songwriting as well as her powerful voice. Her first two albums, "Living With Ghosts" and "Flaming Red" are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre, while "Children Running Though" won Best Album and led to her being named Best Artist at the 2007 Americana Music Awards. She won the Grammy for "Downtown Church," her 2010 gospel album. Her songs have been covered by a myriad of artists including Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez and Bette Midler. Very much in the traditions of American transcendental writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, and mystical poets like Rumi and Rainer Maria Rilke, Patty Griffin grounds her themes of love and mystery in the experience and rhythms of the everyday, the stuff of life. "Servant Of Love" takes on big ideas, but does so in the vernacular of folk tales, blues cants and jazz gestures. Griffin’s characteristic expressive vocals – equal measures passion and poignancy – and her potent songwriting blur the lines between the personal, the spiritual and the political. These songs move and persuade while they dive deep. Tickets are $25 - $35.
Sunday, 12 p.m.
Food Truck Festivals are becoming nearly a weekly event but combine this with a free tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack and you are in for more than a few treats. This weekend, the brewery will welcome Hickory Stix BBQ, Crescent City Kitchen, Pomaire, Teddy's Lunchbox, Kona Ice, Curb Appeal and Clyde's Cupcakes to the grounds for an afternoon of fun and food. There will also be lawn games, live music by 'The Slakas' and cold beer. Who knew? Be sure to take a tour of the brewery while you are there! Admission is free.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Flying Monkey in Plymouth welcomes the Kingston Trio to their stage this weekend. If you were lucky enough to have seen or heard the original Kingston Trio in the 1950’s and ‘60's, come now and experience some classic moments of Déjà-vu that you'll always treasure. Or, if you were never able--or just not around--to see what all the commotion was about back then, here's your chance to come experience a hand-clapping, sing-along, modern day version of the Kingston Trio sensation in person. From day one, there were three young kids literally growing up at the elbows of The Kingston Trio: Josh Reynolds, the son of Nick Reynolds. Mike Marvin, Josh’s cousin and "adopted" son of Nick and Tim Gorelangton, Josh and Mike's lifetime friend and one of the only people outside the Kingston Trio with whom Nick Reynolds ever recorded. Josh, Mike and Tim have emerged onto today's music scene as The Kingston Trio 3.0. No mere tribute band, but a true musical heritage continued. Complete with striped shirts and genes. Within this new group thrives the lively joy of music performance and infectious humor that won over audiences throughout the world. A Trio concert was one of the all-time great live show experiences, and these three disciples are following in their very large footsteps. Tickets are $39 - $79.
Saturday, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit the Back Room at the Mill in Bristol this weekend for a performance by Lindsey and her Puppet Pals. Lindsay Aucella’s comedic animation and timing, high energy, and uncanny knack for silly voices electrifies young crowds (and mastery of gentle crowd control will bring them back!) She believes the visual and interactive nature of puppetry can access the imaginations of even the youngest children. Through thoughtful storytelling she hopes to inspire creative play, self-confidence, and empathy. She also believes the experience of shared joy and laughter can strengthen a community. This show is appropriate for children from 3 to 8 years old but anyone who is young at heart will enjoy it. Kids get in free! Adults accompanying the kids are only $3.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
It's Arts Week at Canterbury Shaker Village this weekend. This special time at the historic site is intended to harness the Shaker impulse to create, innovate and collaborate into a contemporary framework. Through the week, five artists of varied genres have been invited to immerse themselves in the peace and solitude of The Village during which time they’ll install existing works, imagine new works or simply begin something to be continued in their own work space. Throughout the week, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the creative process unfold. There will also be a variety of performances throughout the week which include dance, music, and theatre. The week culminates in a ticketed Saturday evening dance and music performance in the iconic Meeting House. For more information, call 603-783-9511.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Spend An Evening with the Cowboy Junkies at the Music Hall in Portsmouth this weekend. For more than 20 years, the Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. Their albums chronicle a creative journey reflecting the independent road the band has elected to travel. The band has appeared on countless major television shows in North America from Saturday Night Live to Late Night with David Letterman and the Tonight Show. Their music has been featured in dozens of television programs and feature films. Tickets are $32 - $42.
Saturday/Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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