Events Calendar 2016

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25th Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Festival - Meredith, NH

May 28, 2016 - May 30, 2016 312 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH
Over 100 juried craftspeople and artisans from all over New England will display and sell their handmade work. Come and sample the culinary delights of kettle corn, herbal dips, maple, sauces, jams, jellies, lemonade, salsas and more. The fair is held rain or shine, handicap accessible and admission is free.
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 603-332-2616

All Ages

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 in Waterville Valley - Waterville Valley, NH

May 28, 2016 - May 30, 2016 Waterville Valley Town Square, Village Road Waterville Valley, NH
On Saturday, kids can try to catch Corcoran Pond’s elusive Kirby and win a prize during the annual Casting for Kirby Youth Fishing Derby. Registration starts at 8 a.m.. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., family entertainment will be provided, including Wildlife Encounters, face painting, boat rentals, a bounce house and a visit with Bruce the Moose. On Sunday, sample a variety of chowders from local restaurants at the Chowderfest & Brews. Noon to 2 p.m. From noon to 4 p.m., seasonal ales from New Hampshire will be available in the brew tent, along with live music on the Gazebo Stage. On May 30, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents a free one-hour live animal program about the Owls of New Hampshire at 10 a.m. in Waterville Valley Town Square.
Time: See description above
Telephone: 800-468-2553

Arts & Crafts Shows

League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Craftsmen’s Fair 2016 - Newbury, NH

Aug 6, 2016 - Aug 14, 2016 Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103 Newbury, NH
The Craftsmen's Fair showcases the work of 300 of the finest craftspeople in the country. See and shop for one-of-a-kind fine craft that is both beautiful and functional. The fair offers shopping for handmade crafts, daily craft demonstrations, workshops for all ages, including all-day pottery classes and Tools for Kids, fashions and accessories at the CraftWear Exhibition, a Sculpture Garden, strolling performers like puppets, magicians, mind readers, and musicians. No pets are allowed on the fairgrounds or left in vehicles.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: General admission, $12; seniors,students, military, veterans, $10; children age 12 and younger, free

Beach events

Sand Sculpture Competition - Hampton Beach, NH

Jun 15, 2016 - Jun 15, 2016 Hampton Beach, Route 1A Hampton Beach, NH
The fun starts June 15, when 250 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach and expert sand sculptors go to work. The work and competition take place all weekend, but the entire area is illuminated for night viewing through July 4. See past winners.
Time: All day
Admission: Free

Children & Families

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


Cruise Lake Winnipesaukee on the M/S Mount Washington - Laconia, NH

May 28, 2016 - May 30, 2016 211 Lakeside Avenue Laconia, NH
Military personnel, public servants, and families are invited to celebrate Memorial Day weekend aboard the M/S Mount Washington with discounted rates. Cruises depart from Weirs Beach, Alton Bay and Wolfeboro for 2.5-hour trips around Lake Winnipesaukee. The Salute to Service Rock, Roll & Remember Dinner Cruise on Saturday, May 28, will honor police officers, firefighters, EMTs, veterans and military personnel. This cruise is open to all at the special rate of $35 per person. It departs Weirs Beach at 7 p.m. 
Time: Check website for cruise times
Admission: $10 for day cruises; $35 for dinner cruise
Telephone: 603-366-5531

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.


Historical Society of Cheshire County’s Farm Fest - Keene, NH

Jun 4, 2016 - Jun 4, 2016 The Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street Keene, NH
Connect with farming of the past at Keene’s Farm Fest. Old tractors, farm vendors and music is abound while the whole family can enjoy a day playing games, listening to stories and remembering a simpler time. Free Email: hscc@hsccnh.org
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Telephone: 603-352-1895


Laconia Motorcycle Week 2016 - Laconia, NH

Jun 11, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016 Various locations Laconia, NH
Laconia Bike Week celebrates the 93rd Anniversary of the World's Oldest Motorcycle Rally. This weeklong event will feature racing, hill climbs, music, wild contests, bike shows, and top of the line vendors.
Time: All day

New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival 2016 - Lincoln, NH

Sep 16, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH
highland games in lincoln nh Come and join this 3-day celebration of Scottish music, food and drink, athletics, dance, and heritage. Watch athletes compete in hearty Scottish games. Scottish and Celtic performers will be playing everything from traditional piping to bagpipe-infused rock ‘n’ roll. Explore the Clan Village to see the clothing and customs of 65 clans and to learn their history. Children will love the sheep dog trials and the special Youth Program. Adults can savor tastings of authentic Scotch whiskies and beers. A full schedule including off-site events will be available in August.
Time: Daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Telephone: 603-229-1975


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


Memorial Day Parades in New Hampshire - New Hampshire towns, NH

May 29, 2016 - May 30, 2016 Various locations New Hampshire towns, NH
May 29
Memorial Day Hometown Parade in Bedford
1 p.m. -- Parade starts at Bedford High School, moves along County Road to Liberty Hill Road, and ends at McKelvie Intermediate School. Details: http://goo.gl/lYMncA

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Fremont
9 a.m. -- Parade begins at Main Street and ends at the Village Cemetery in Fremont.

May 30
Memorial Day Parade in Somersworth
11:30 a.m. -- Parade starts at the American Legion and travels to Memorial Park in Somersworth. Details: http://goo.gl/bA7dZa

Memorial Day Parade and Honors Ceremony in Newton
11 a.m. -- Parade starts from the fire station then continues up Main and Highland Streets ending at the Whittier Street Cemetery.

Memorial Day Parade in Hudson
2 p.m. -- Parade starts at the Hannaford parking lot and continues to Derry Road to the Hudson Common. After a ceremony in the Common the parade continues to the American Legion.

Memorial Day Barbecue and Parade in Bow
5:30 p.m. -- The barbecue is at the Bow Community Center from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Bow Memorial School, along Bow Center Road to White Rock Road, ending at Bow High School.

Memorial Day Parade in Durham
10 a.m. -- Parade starts at Mill Pond Road and heads to downtown Durham and Memorial Park. Details: https://goo.gl/V7hDMx

Memorial Day Parade in Exeter
10 a.m. -- Parade begins at Swasey Parkway in Exeter, NH

Memorial Day Parade in Greenland
10 a.m. -- Parade starts in the Town Hall parking lot and heads to the town Green in Greenland.
Time: See description above

Science & Nature

Spring Birding at Squam Lakes Science Center - Holderness, NH

May 27, 2016 - May 27, 2016 Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, 23 Science Center Road Holderness, NH
Explore a variety of habitats in the Lakes Region looking for birds as you learn identification by sight and sound, building on your bird ID skills each week. Advance registration is required by noon the day before the program. Walk-ins may be accommodated if space is available. For adults and children ages 14 and older.
Time: 7-10 a.m.
Admission: $15
Telephone: 603-968-7194

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