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All Ages

Wildquack Duck River Festival 2017 - Jackson, NH

May 28, 2017 - May 28, 2017 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, release of ducks. See event website for detailed schedule.
Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Telephone: 603-383-9356

Arts & Crafts Shows

Memorial Day Weekend Craft Festival - Meredith, NH

May 27, 2017 - May 29, 2017 312 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH
Over 100 booths of arts, crafts, specialty foods and live music. Free admission. Rain or Shine. 
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.0-4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 603-332-2616

Children & Families

Youth Fishing Derby - Waterville Valley, NH

May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017 Corcoran Pond, 1 Village Road Waterville Valley, NH
Kids can grab parents and tackle for a fishing derby on the shores of Corcoran Pond! Prizes awarded across age groups.
Time: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Admission: $6-$10
Telephone: 603-236-4695

Comedy

Jordan Carlos - Portsmouth, NH

Jun 2, 2017 - Jun 2, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Jordan Carlos recently served as a writer and on-air contributor for Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. He is well known for his hilarious commentary on various MTV and MTV2 series, including; Guy Code, Girl Code, Guy Court, Charlamagne & Friends and Ain’t That America. Jordan Carlos
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $20

Jay Leno - Portsmouth, NH

Jun 3, 2017 - Jun 3, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Come enjoy an evening with the former Tonight Show with Jay Leno host. Laugh it up for this special night with one of the world’s best raconteurs.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $99; $125; $150

Fred Marples’s Humorous Guide to New England - Intervale, NH

Jun 10, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017 Believe In Books, 41 Observatory Way Intervale, NH
Fred Marple--also known as humorist Ken Sheldon--has appeared on New Hampshire Chronicle, on radio, in the pages of Yankee Magazine and New Hampshire Magazine, and in his own variety show Frost Heaves. He has been called “hilarious,” “a hoot,” and “…the voice of New Hampshire as Bert I once were to Mainiacs.”
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Admission: $14 in advance; $20 at door
Telephone: 603-356-9980

Dance

Riverdance 2017 U.S. Tour - Manchester, NH

May 22, 2017 - Jun 22, 2017 SNHU Arena, 555 Elm Street Manchester, NH
You've heard all about it; seen the YouTube clips; maybe seen earlier tours. Now, Riverdance is is back for its 20th year with new costumes, lighting, projections and a new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring women dancers performing to a capella music.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $35-$87
Telephone: 603-644-5000

Festivals

The Thing in the Spring 2017 Music and Arts Festival - Peterborough, NH

Jun 7, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017 Various locations Peterborough, NH
More than 30 musical groups will perform at six ticket events at downtown venues. Music is by an eclectic cross-section of artists, from free-form jazz to punk, noise, folk and rock and roll. The weekend also includes Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair, where 50 artists will sell their creations for under $50. Free performances, a reading series, film-screenings and art exhibits will also be taking place.
Time: See event website for details
Admission: $10 to $15; weekend passes, $50

Gardens

Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth Tour - Portsmouth, NH

Jun 23, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017 South Church, 292 State Street Portsmouth, NH
Beginning at South Church's own lovely garden sanctuary, the tour heads towards Portsmouth's vibrant West End for a behind-the-scenes exploration of ten special private gardens in and around the Cabot Street neighborhood. Pick up your tickets at South Church. Tickets
Time: Friday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: $20 in advance and $25 the weekend of the tour

Home & Studio Tours

Doorways, Porches & Side Walk Stroll - Throughout Jackson Area, NH

Jun 17, 2017 - Jun 17, 2017 Various locations Throughout Jackson Area, NH
This is a self-guided tour of doorways and porches adorned with flowers throughout Jackson. With your event ticket you will receive a map of the tour. Each property host will serve a beverage and a light snack. On Jackson Loop Stroll, enjoy musicians, face painting, crafts, artists, side walk sales. The Jackson Loop is from the bridge to the northern side of Route 16A.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; children, $5

Music

Zac Brown Band - Gilford, NH

May 26, 2017 - May 29, 2017 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane Gilford, NH
Three-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum Zac Brown Band IS one of music’s most heralded acts. Their latest platinum-certified album Jekyll + Hyde marks the band’s fourth consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Dates: May 26, 28, 29.
Time: 7 p.m.
Telephone: 603-293-4700

Miranda Lambert -- The Cadillac Three -- Tucker Beathard - Gilford, NH

Jun 2, 2017 - Jun 3, 2017 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane Gilford, NH
Miranda Lambert brings two nights of energetic, fun and emotional live performances. She presents the Grammy winning “The House that Built Me,” “Only Prettier,” “Little Red Wagon,” and “Vice.” The Cadillac Three has created a sound all their own comprising country anthems, hard rock and Southern folk. Tucker Beathard is one of country music’s up and coming artists.
Time: 7 p.m.
Telephone: 603-293-4700

Adam Ezra Group - Intervale, NH

Jun 3, 2017 - Jun 3, 2017 Believe In Books, 41 Observatory Way Intervale, NH
Adam Ezra and his group are beginning to be compared to a social-movement as much as a traditional music fan-base.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 603-356-9980

America - Concord, NH

Jun 11, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017 Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH
Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell met in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song "A Horse With No Name.” America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $49.50 – $64.50
Telephone: 603-225-1111

John Mellencamp - Emmylou Harris -- Carlene Carter: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour - Gilford, NH

Jun 30, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane Gilford, NH
During John Mellencamp’s 35-year career he has shifted from pop stardom to a deeply revered songwriter and singer. Emmylou Harris is known for her eloquently straightforward songwriting and her emotional singing.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 603-293-4700

Tedeschi Trucks Band -- The Wood Brothers -- Hot Tuna - Gilford, NH

Jul 1, 2017 - Jul 1, 2017 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane Gilford, NH
Tedeschi Trucks Band is an American roots-rock legend headlined by a powerful vocalist and guitarist. The Brothers are hailed for their profound vocals and tight musical workmanship. Hot Tuna has played together through years of inventive Psychedelic rock to its current electric blues mode.
Time: 7 p.m.
Telephone: 603-293-4700

Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald - Gilford, NH

Jul 2, 2017 - Jul 2, 2017 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane Gilford, NH
Boz Scaggs’s remarkable career dates back to the late Sixties with the Steve Miller Band. Distinctive and harmonic, Michael McDonald’s voice is one of the most emotional instruments of our times.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 603-293-4700

Pink Martini - Portsmouth, NH

Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 10, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Spend a colorful and classy evening with Portland’s favorite “little orchestra” and its blend of vintage pop, jazz, classical, and global styles. Hear songs from the band’s newly released album “Je dis oui”, as well as fan favorites such as “Je ne veux pas travailler.”
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $34-$70

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Recycled Percussion - Portsmouth, NH

Jun 8, 2017 - Jun 8, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Legendary drumming group Recycled Percussion is back in New England with an incredible turbo-charged performance.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $32; $39

Shopping & Sales

Tanger Outlets Memorial Day Sale - Tilton, NH

May 26, 2017 - May 29, 2017 Tanger Outlets,120 Laconia Road Tilton, NH
Find savings and discount offers from your favorite brand name stores. Download the Tanger App on your iPhone or Android for more offers!
Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Telephone: 603-286-7880

Theater

“Avenue Q” - North Conway, NH

May 18, 2017 - Jun 3, 2017 Willow Place, 1857 White Mountain Hwy. North Conway, NH
This musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, this is not an ordinary neighborhood.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website

“The Rocky Horror Show” - Meredith, NH

Jun 14, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017 Winnipesaukee Playhouse,50 Reservoir Road Meredith, NH
Sweetie pies Brad and Janet seek shelter at a mysterious old castle and there they encounter Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, his perfect creation, Rocky, and an assortment of other zany characters. Audience members are welcome to dress up, but not bring their own props. Some props will be provided. The golden rule for the show is “participation; not distraction.”
Time: Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Midnight performance on June 17. Matinee at 2 p.m. on June 19. No Sunday performances.
Admission: $20-34
Telephone: 603-279-0333

"Godspell" - New London, NH

Jun 14, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 New London Barn Playhouse, 84 Main Street New London, NH
The Gospel according to St. Matthew take center stage, explaining the story of Jesus and his teachings in irresistible dance and song. Created by alum Stephen Schwartz (“Pippin,” “Wicked”). Schedule
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 603-526-6710

"The Secret Garden" - New London, NH

Jun 28, 2017 - Jul 9, 2017 New London Barn Playhouse, 84 Main Street New London, NH
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this show brings to the stage the Victorian classic of a lonely girl who discovers the magic of the natural world and the need for friendship. Schedule
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 603-526-6710

“The Secret Garden” - New London, NH

Jun 28, 2017 - Jul 9, 2017 New London Barn Playhouse, 84 Main Street New London, NH
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. An orphaned girl sent to live on the windswept Yorkshire moors with her reclusive uncle unexpectedly discovers friendship and the natural world. This is a tale of redemption that adults and kids love.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 603-526-6710

“High Society” - Meredith, NH

Jun 28, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017 Winnipesaukee Playhouse,50 Reservoir Road Meredith, NH
“High Society” is Cole Porter's classic feel-good musical. Tracy Lord, a wealthy socialite, is planning her lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband appears to try and win her back. Mike Connor a tabloid reporter, arrives to cover the nuptials, takes a liking to the bride-to-be. Who will the bride choose?
Time: Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m. on June 29, July 6, July 10. No Sunday performances. No performances July 3 and 4.
Admission: $20-34
Telephone: 603-279-0333

“Souvenir” - New London, NH

Jul 12, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017 New London Barn Playhouse, 84 Main Street New London, NH
An awful opera singer and her long-suffering accompanist take center stage in this hilarious play about the infamous Florence Foster Jenkins, a good natured by horrendous singer with delusions of greatness. A funny look at artistic passion and person determination.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 603-526-6710

“The Hound of the Baskervilles” - Meredith, NH

Jul 19, 2017 - Jul 29, 2017 Winnipesaukee Playhouse,50 Reservoir Road Meredith, NH
Sir Hugo Baskerville was the picture of aristocratic excess, drunkenness, and debauchery until he was struck down by a demonic hound sent to punish his wickedness. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson take on their most famous case. From the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Time: Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m. on July 20 and July 24. No Sunday performances.
Admission: $20-34
Telephone: 603-279-0333

“West Side Story” - New London, NH

Jul 19, 2017 - Aug 6, 2017 New London Barn Playhouse, 84 Main Street New London, NH
With a Bernstein-Sondheim score considered one of the greatest of all time, this is the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers who struggle to stay together in a city disfigured by violence and prejudice.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Telephone: 603-526-6710

“The Graduate” - Meredith, NH

Aug 2, 2017 - Aug 12, 2017 Winnipesaukee Playhouse,50 Reservoir Road Meredith, NH
California in the middle 1960s is the setting for romantic imbroglio when an aimless college graduate becomes entangled in a love triangle with a mother and daughter. This production may contain a brief moment of nudity.
Time: Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m. on August 3 and August 7. No Sunday performances.
Admission: $20-34
Telephone: 603-279-0333

“Round and Round the Garden” - Meredith, NH

Aug 16, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017 Winnipesaukee Playhouse,50 Reservoir Road Meredith, NH
“Round and Round the Garden” is part of a trilogy of stories about a Romeo whose romantic cravings create zany misunderstandings and mismatched relationships.
Time: Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m. on August 17 and August 21. No Sunday performances.
Admission: $20-34
Telephone: 603-279-0333

“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” - Meredith, NH

Aug 30, 2017 - Sep 9, 2017 Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 50 Reservoir Road Meredith, NH
Journey West in this classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. A young traveler scholar faces a choice: to turn and run or to stand for what he believes, to become the man who shot Liberty Valance.
Time: Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m. on August 31 and September 4. No Sunday performances.
Admission: $20-34
Telephone: 603-279-0333

Trains

Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Matrimony, Mayhem and Murder - North Conway, NH

Jun 10, 2017 - Jun 17, 2017 Conway Scenic Railroad, 38 Norcross Circle North Conway, NH
Love is in the air and wedding bells are ringing as guests gather to celebrate the love of two brothers, three ex-wives, a new bride and a killer. Before the evening’s end, “forever hold your peace” takes on a whole new meaning for one guest. Conway Scenic Railroad presents an evening of food, superior service and dinner theater aboard the elegant dining car Chocorua or Hattie Evans. Passengers can participate as much or as little as they like. Murder and mayhem is a formal affair, so dress the part and join the fun. This is an adult only event. The train departs promptly at 6 p.m. Board early for cocktail hour. Reservations are required. Dates: June 10 and 17
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Admission: $125 fare includes 3-hour excursion, 4-course dinner, live performance, taxes, tips.
Telephone: 603-356-5251