Events Calendar 2016

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All Ages

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Circus Xtreme - Manchester, NH

May 5, 2016 - May 8, 2016 Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm Street Manchester, NH
The Greatest Show On Earth returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena – getting XTREME!
Time: Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; Sunday at noon
Telephone: 603-644-5000

Arts & Crafts Shows

The Craftworkers Guild Spring 2016 Fair - Bedford, NH

Apr 28, 2016 - May 7, 2016 Oliver Kendall House, 5 Meetinghouse Road Bedford, NH
From seasonal decor to beautifully crafted jewelry and accessories the spring seasonal shop is the perfect place to find unique handmade items for you, your home or for gift giving. The Guild’s has welcomed several new, juried artisans to its membership. Nearly 80 craftspeople will be showcasing their talents.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 603-472-5821

Mothers Day Weekend Craft Fair - Hampton Falls, NH

May 7, 2016 - May 8, 2016 Town Common, Route 1 Hampton Falls, NH
Seventy-five vendors open the arts and crafts shows season The fair is held rain or sine.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission

Dunbarton Arts On The Common - Dunbarton, NH

May 7, 2016 - May 8, 2016 Town Common, 1004 School Street Dunbarton, NH
A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, this is a juried festival of fine art and crafts.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission

Children & Families

“Amber Brown is Not a Crayon” - Concord, NH

May 10, 2016 - May 10, 2016 Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH
Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. ArtsPower’s funny and forthright musical portrays a feisty young girl who refuses to let her problems get the better of her. Watch as Amber learns lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of friendship.
Time: 10 a.m.
Admission: $7

KIDZ BOP Kids - Concord, NH

May 21, 2016 - May 21, 2016 Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH
The KIDZ BOP Kids are the face and voice of KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids in the U.S. These talented young performers—Ashlynn, Bredia, Grant, and Matt—sing on the best-selling KIDZ BOP albums, star in national KIDZ BOP TV commercials and music videos, and host KIDZ BOP Radio.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $49.50 (Gold Circle with meet & greet) and $24.50 (orchestra/mezzanine/balcony).
Telephone: 603-225-1111

Wildquack Duck River Festival 2016 - Jackson, NH

May 29, 2016 - May 29, 2016 Jackson Village Park Jackson, NH
Come see this wild and zany event that has been a favorite for more than a quarter century. The plunge into the Wildcat River of 3,500 yellow rubber ducks is just part of a day-long festival that includes vendors, a silent auction, train rides, kids games, a parade (2:30 p.m.), release of ducks (2:45 p.m.)..
Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 603-383-9356


v - Concord, NH

May 5, 2016 - May 5, 2016 Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH
Wayne Brady has been entertaining by singing, acting and improvisation for well many years. He began his career at Florida theme parks and local theater. This is where his love for improvisation was sparked as he was a member of the Orlando improv comedy theater. His career took off with “Whose Line is it Anyway?” for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $39-$59

Dinner Theater

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Castle In The Clouds - Moultonborough, NH

Jun 29, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road (Route 171) Moultonborough, NH
Join Castle in the Clouds and Get-A-Clue Productions for a 1960s-style beach party with a picnic, a volleyball game and murderous intentions. This is no “Gidget meets Johnny” so bring your beach towel and your brains to help us solve this murder! Come dressed in your best beach attire circa 1960 if you like! Costumes are optional. A cash bar will be available.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Cocktail hour is from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and the actors will mingle with the crowd. Bring your funniest personalities if you’d like to be part of the show! Dinner will at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $60 per person for dinner and the show.


Heifer Parade with Food & Fiddle at Canterbury Shaker Village - Canterbury, NH

May 7, 2016 - May 7, 2016 Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH
Cows from Brookford Farm will parade to the historic pastures at Canterbury Shaker Village at approximately 11 a.m. Maypole dancing, food, outdoor barn dancing, and make-your-own head wreaths and May baskets will be available throughout the day. Self-guided exhibits at the Village will be open to guests and guided tours will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for $10 per person.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free

Dancing of the Ladies at Stonewall Farm - Keene, NH

May 8, 2016 - May 8, 2016 Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Road Keene, NH
At beginning of May, when the pastures are ready for grazing, Stonewall Farm lets the cows out of the dairy barn for the first time after the winter. Guests gather to watch “the ladies” dance with joy as they leave the barn. After, everyone heads over to the Learning Center for breakfast of pancakes with farm-made maple syrup!
Time: 8:30-11 a.m.
Admission: Free admission; breakfast is $7; $5 for children under age 10

Art at the Farm - Keene, NH

May 22, 2016 - May 22, 2016 Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Road Keene, NH
Local plein air artists are invited to paint or draw for the afternoon at Stonewall Farm. People are invited to walk the grounds to see artists in action and enjoy the sights and sounds of the farm. Families! Why not bring your own art supplies and spend the afternoon creating your own masterpieces?
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 603-352-1895


Film Club: Great Comedies at the The Music Hall - Portsmouth, NH

Jan 26, 2016 - Jun 21, 2016 Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street Portsmouth, NH
http://www.themusichall.org/community/explore_and_learn/film_club Loft This film series is moderated by Kent Stephens, a theatre artist and cinema aficionado, who will be your host and guide through six beloved comedies. Over the course of six months, this series will be focusing on a particular outstanding director, genre, or artist.
“Safety Last!” (1923) (plus, Buster Keaton short) on January 26
“Duck Soup” (1933) (plus, W.C. Fields short) on February 16
“To Be Or Not To Be” (1942) (plus, short cartoon) on March 15
“Some Like It Hot” (1959) (plus, “What’s Opera Doc?”) on April 26
“The Producers” (1968) (plus, Mel Brooks short) on May 17
“The Jerk” (1979) on June 21
Time: 7 p.m.
Telephone: 603-436-2400


Spring Bulb Festival at Tarbin Gardens - Franklin, NH

May 7, 2016 - May 7, 2016 Tarbin Gardens, 321 Salisbury Road (Route 127) Franklin, NH
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the gardens to see spring bulbs. A map is provided and all plants are labeled. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the Rose Garden Patio.
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $9; children and students, $7.50
Telephone: 603-934-3518


Historic American Songs and How They Came To Be - Exeter, NH

May 4, 2016 - May 4, 2016 Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street Exeter, NH
“Ramblin’ Richard” reveals the interesting stories about our most beloved American songs, starting in the mid-1700s and going forward. Richard sings the songs, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, and ukulele, and asks questions such as: What pre-Revolutionary War song mocked the Yankee militia but was sung at the British defeat at Lexington and Concord? and more.
Time: 7 p.m.

French and Indian War Encampment - Charlestown, NH

Jun 4, 2016 - Jun 5, 2016 The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road (NH Route 11) Charlestown, NH
Reenactors play the roles of British and French troops, rangers, militia, camp followers (family members, artificers, etc.), and Native Americans gather to recreate the sights and sounds of the French and Indian War with tactical battle reenactments (1:30 p.m. both days), 18th century style camp cooking, baking in a beehive oven, blacksmithing, textile production, and joinery.
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 603-826-5700

Home & Studio Tours

The Music Hall Kitchen Tour - Portsmouth, NH

May 7, 2016 - May 7, 2016 Downtown Portsmouth, NH
From refurbished retro to high-style urban, see dream kitchens in a dream location. This walking tour of selected homes in the heart of Portsmouth will showcase charmingly revived historic homes, while also welcoming the new generation of dwellings- newly renovated luxury townhouses & co-ops with stunning views and amenities. Day-of tickets may be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office starting at 9 a.m.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $27; $30 if purchased the day of the event
Telephone: 603-436-2400


Opening Weekend Celebration of American Independence Museum - Exeter, NH

May 7, 2016 - May 7, 2016 Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern, 1 Governors Lane Exeter, NH
See American Independence Museum’s new exhibits and learn about the Revolutionary War era. Explore the Children’s Exhibit at the Folsom Tavern. Learn more about the new exhibits through guided tours.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Telephone: 603-772-2622


James Montgomery's Mega Blues Trio - Portsmouth, NH

May 6, 2016 - May 6, 2016 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
When blues legend James Montgomery plays harmonica, he “brings it on home.” Montgomery will guide the audience from his early days in Detroit and Nashville through the blues clubs of New Orleans and Harlem.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $29

Chris Isaak’s First Comes The Night Tour - Lebanon, NH

May 7, 2016 - May 7, 2016 Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street Lebanon, NH
Isaak’s vocal style has earned him enormous acclaim, and his vast catalog of hits include “Wicked Game,” “Forever Blue,” “Baby Did A Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying."
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $98.50, $78.50, $59.50
Telephone: 603-448-0400

She Shall Have Music: A Mothers' Day Celebration Concert - Portsmouth, NH

May 8, 2016 - May 8, 2016 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Enjoy a Mother’s Day concert of choral music by Seacoast youth choirs along with some of the finest local musical theater talents performing Broadway and popular songs.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $10

Mariachi Sol de Mexico - Concord, NH

May 22, 2016 - May 22, 2016 Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH
This platinum-selling mariachi band has broken barriers in mariachi music, including becoming the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy. Its original rhythms, fresh sounds and inspiring ideas have energized the world of mariachi.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Road Races & Runs

Opening Day & Canterbury Shaker Village XC5K - Canterbury, NH

May 14, 2016 - May 14, 2016 Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road Canterbury, NH
Run or walk the course, which is totally unpaved and totally beautiful crossing through fields, woods, around ponds and pastures. Music is provided along the route to inspire you. Great prizes and hearty food at the finish. Proceeds benefit educational programs at Canterbury Shaker Village.
Time: Day-of registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at the Village.
Admission: Registration is $25. Children 10 and under are free.

Science & Nature

Fishways Fundays: Spring Serenade - Manchester, NH

May 7, 2016 - May 7, 2016 Amoskeag Fishways, 4 Fletcher Street Manchester, NH
Who is making all that noise? Discover which animals are calling in spring and why. We’ll try our luck at mimicking their songs and make an animal call to take home! For children ages 4 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Programs include fun outdoor exploration and indoor craft making. Advance registration with payment required.
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 per family
Telephone: 603-626-3474

Shows & Exhibits

Antique & Classic Automobile Show 2016 - Moultonborough, NH

Jul 9, 2016 - Jul 9, 2016 Castle in the Clouds, 455 Old Mountain Road (Route 171) Moultonborough, NH
a gathering of automobiles from the past at this classic country estate. View stunning examples of auto dating from the turn of the century through 1979. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Meadows by Shannon Pond, where the show will take place. All production automobiles built before 1980 are welcome! Registration to show a vehicle is $20 to $25.
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: $5 spectator fee per person for the auto show only


“Little Shop of Horrors” - Littleton, NH

Apr 15, 2016 - May 24, 2016 Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Streeet Littleton, NH
Upstage Players’ version of Little Shop promises to delight and features the new orchestrations, which were revamped for the 2003 Broadway revival, as well as an incredible set of Audrey II puppets. You may have seen Little Shop before, but we’re guessing ... not quite like this. Come for the show you know and love and be amazed.
Time: April 15, 16, 22, & 23 at 7:30 p.m.; April 24 at 2 p.m.
Admission: $14 if purchased in advance or $16 at the door