A&E Weekend Top 10

Weekend Top 10 Planner: September 30-October 2, 2016

As foliage season approaches and the weather gets crisp, we are finding some fun outdoor harvest festivities and traditional fall events for the whole family to enjoy. And some 'Date Night' events too! Hit up our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend!

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3rd Annual New Hampshire Food Truck Festival

Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
We can hear your stomach growling with hunger from here. Our advice? Head to the 3rd Annual New Hampshire Food and Truck Festival at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth this weekend. The event will include some of New England's most popular food trucks serving New England's most popular food trucks serving up everything from gooey grilled cheese, to fall-off-the-bone ribs, lobster rolls, whoopee pies, and more. Among the trucks you'll find Bon Me, Boston Burger Company, Sante Mobile Cafe, Teri-Yummy, the Cookie Monstah, The Happy Taco, North East Pie Company and many more. While the food trucks dish out fan favorites, Redhook Brewery's ales and beers will be available for sale, and children's activities will also be on site. Tickets are $5-$20. Don't forget dessert - take it to go if you must!

Deerfield Fair

Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Saturday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

It's getting downright chilly outside but the weather is perfect for the 140th Annual Deerfield Fair. The fun begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday. This one of the most attended agricultural fairs in New Hampshire and features horse shows, 4H Exhibits, tractor pulls, the Miss Deerfield Fair Pageant, horse pulls, truck pulls, pig scrambles, disc dogs, sheep dog herding demonstrations, Woodsman's Competition, a huge midway, a children's zoo, live entertainment, and the ever-popular demolition derby, and so much more. Bring the family and have some fun! Tickets are $10 for adults, (13 and older). Children 12 and younger are free and so are all military - active, reserves, and veterans with identification.

Apple Harvest Day

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Perfect for fall and family, Apple Harvest Day will fill the streets of downtown Dover. This day-long family event, features 400 crafters, great food, live entertainment, and more. Now in its 31st year, the celebration draws more than 50,000 people to the City of Dover's downtown, making it one of the most popular regional festivals. The Apple Harvest Day 5K Road Race kicks off the Seacoast's premier autumn street festival. The 5K Road Race starts on River Street and ends on Washington Street in downtown Dover. The USTAF certified course runs directly through the Apple Harvest Day festival site on Washington Street and Central Avenue, and then winds through historic Dover on a rolling course that is suitable for beginner walkers and runners, as well as advanced racers. Admission is free.


Friday, 8 p.m.
Musician Chris Daughtry is best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry and as the fourth-place contestant on the fifth season of American Idol.
Live, of course, is where Daughtry really shines. This band has always made its bones on stage and the coming year will be no exception as they hit the road to support their latest album, "Break the Spell." "Bon Jovi, U2, and Aerosmith are certainly big influences on us musically and just seeing how they can still go out and play for the masses after all these years is really inspiring," Chris says. Tickets are $35-$59.

Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The 5th Annual Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival will be held this weekend at Swasey Parkway in Exeter. There will be beers on tap from Allagash Brewing Company, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Ipswich Ale Brewery, 603 Brewery, Downeast Cider House, Henniker Brewing Company, Moat Mountain Brewing Company, Martha's Exchange, Narragansett and many others. Many of the beers on tap are inspired by the Autumn season, with names like Apple Brown Betty, Cranberry Wit, Pumpkin Blend, Indian Summer Watermelon Gose, Foggy Amber, Firestarter, Smashed Pumpkin, Cinnful Apple, and Jack O Traveler. In addition to all the tasty brews, there will be a chili festival with chilis from local restaurants, caterers and breweries. Who will take the win? Tickets are $15-$30.

Mike Birbiglia

Friday, 7 p.m.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia, who will take the stage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth this weekend, declares that a joke should never end with "I'm joking." In his all-new comedy, Birbiglia tiptoes hilariously through the minefield that is modern-day joke-telling. Join Mike as he learns that the same jokes that elicit laughter have the power to produce tears, rage, and a whole lot of getting yelled at. Ultimately it's a show that asks, “How far should we go for the laugh?” Tickets are $28.50-$38.50.

Harvest Day

Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A Harvest Day celebration will be held at the Muster Field Farm Museum in North Sutton this weekend. Come celebrate the summer's harvest at Muster Field Farm Museum. This event is free to all - it is a time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season. Special events include guided tours of the historic Matthew Harvey Homestead, forest tour with Tim Wallace, and live music in the Pillsbury Barn. There will be horse drawn hayrides (tractors too), cider making, a honey bee display, basket making, a steam powered peanut roaster, working blacksmith shop, old-time games, exhibits, and demonstrations for all to enjoy. A warm meal can be purchased in the Pillsbury Barn: homemade soups, fresh bread and cider. While you are there, pick up some produce at the farm stand. Admission is free.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
George Thorogood & The Destroyers are Badder Than Ever and they will make a tour stop at the Colonial Theatre in Keene this weekend. For George and his longtime band – Jeff Simon on drums and percussion, Bill Blough on bass, Jim Suhler on rhythm guitar and Buddy Leach on saxophone – their new Badder Than Ever Tour is indestructible proof that staying true to yourself and the music can still mean something. And with a catalog of classics that includes “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Bad To The Bone” and more, being able to share it with audiences is what will always matter. Ultimately, the 2016 Badder Than Ever tour is 50 per cent celebration, 50 per cent declaration and 100 per cent Thorogood throwdown. But after 4-plus decades as one of the most consistent – and consistently unique – careers in rock, can a guitar-slinger still at the top of his game make this a moment that brings it all home? Find out! Tickets are $49.50-$75.50.

Wags to Whiskers Festival and Oktoberfest

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Running alongside Anheuser-Busch's Oktoberfest in Merrimack is an event that is for everybody - including your pet! The Wags to Whiskers Festival takes place this weekend and offers activities for the whole family such as carnival games and prizes for the kids, a cat toy craft area known as "Kitty City," Dock Diving Dog Competitions, Agility demos for your dog to try, and an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most dogs brushing their teeth at the same time - a sight you don't want to miss - and more. Tickets, which will benefit pets at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, will be $10 with a $20 max per family. Also, Oktoberfest kicked of on September 17 and will run through October 15 at the Brewery and will feature live music with Chad LaMarsh, the chance to roast s'mores on the patio and stick horse races on the grounds on Friday. Oh, and don't forget to check out the Biergarden for a taste of Oktoberfest as well as traditional Oktoberfest games like barrel rolling and stein relays. Admission for Oktoberfest is free.

Red, White and Brew Festival

Saturday, 2-5 p.m.
It's not just the harvest, or foliage season or even autumn, really. It's beer season! More beer can be found at the Red, White and Brew festival (also known as the Lakes Region Brewfest) this weekend at Funspot in Laconia. All proceeds benefit Veterans Count, which supports our military and their families with a targeted care program for veterans and their families who may be "falling through the cracks" as a result of service to their country. They address emergency needs and provide assistance to veterans and active service members with more chronic challenges. They provide food, clothing, housing, counseling, and many other personal needs to veterans and their families. The beer and wine festival will feature live music, food, a car show and local artisans and vendors. Admission is $25 for general admission and $40 for VIP admission.

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