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Arts & Crafts Shows

Memorial Day Weekend Craft Festival - Meredith, NH

May 23, 2015 - May 25, 2015 Mill Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Highway Meredith, NH
Over 100 juried craftsmen and craftswomen from all over New England will display and sell their work. Come and sample the culinary delights of herbal dips, maple, sauces, jams, jellies & more. 
Time: Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 603-332-2616

At the Beaches

Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition 2015 - Hampton, NH

Jun 12, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015 Hampton Beach, Route 1A Hampton, NH
Hampton NH See master sand sculptors at work at this popular annual event.
June 12 -- 250 tons of sand are dropped on Hampton Beach
June 18-20 -- Solo competition of 10 world-class master sand sculptors
June 19- 20 -- Professional sand sculpting lessons, 1-3 p.m.
June 20 -- Judging and voting for People's Choice Award, 1-4 p.m.
June 20 -- Awards ceremony on Sea Shell Stage at 8 p.m. and fireworks 9:30 p.m. The sculptures are lighted for nightly viewing through July 5.
Time: See description above

Children & Families

The Berenstain Bears Live! - Portsmouth, NH

May 29, 2015 - May 29, 2015 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, everyone’s favorite bear family comes to life in a thrilling musical-theatrical experience. This show gives kids the chance to fall in love with these characters just as their parents did when they were growing up. Appropriate for Grades pre-K to Grade 2. All performances last approximately one hour.
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Telephone: 603-436-2400

Wings and Wheels at Skyhaven - Rochester, NH

Jun 13, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015 238 Rochester Hill Rd. Rochester, NH
Come and enjoy a wide variety of concessions and products, free plane rides for kids, helicopter rides, live music, car/motorcycle/aircraft show with public voting, displays and exhibits, games, contests, live kids’ entertainment and fun amusements, police, fire department and military activities, and more.
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission: Donation
Telephone: 603-335-0011

Pirate Picnic & Tinkerbell Tea - Portsmouth, NH

Jun 27, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015 Prescott Park, 105 Marcy Street Portsmouth, NH
Join Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, and our other friends from Neverland for a fun-filled afternoon fueled by activities, lunch and a chance to meet the cast of Peter Pan. We’ll have games, crafts, and more available before serving lunch and introducing you to our Neverland friends.
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: Tickets are $15 or family 4 pack available for $50

Comedy

Hilarity @ The Music Hall Loft Presents Darwin's Waiting Room - Portsmouth, NH

May 29, 2015 - May 29, 2015 The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street Portsmouth, NH
Featuring a slew of fan-favorites never before seen at the Loft, this family-friendly sketch comedy group returns with another hilarious show! Sketches include five fast-talking truckers, alien body snatchers, New Jersey housewives, a musical number, and more!
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $20
Telephone: 603-436-2400

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group - Keene, NH

May 30, 2015 - May 30, 2015 Colonial Theatre, 95 Main Street Keene, NH
The popular stars of Who’s Line Is It Anyway? are here with an evening of extraordinary improv comedy. Colin and Brad will take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes…just like a live version of Whose Line! This is a rescheduled date; tickets from March 28, 2015 will be honored at the door.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $48, $58, $62
Telephone: 603-352-2033

Comedian Dave Attell - Plymouth, NH

Jun 12, 2015 - Jun 12, 2015 The Flying Monkey, 39 South Main Street Plymouth, NH
Dave Attell has been named one of the 25 Funniest People in America by Entertainment Weekly. His caustic wit, rapid-fire delivery and choice of material, which can best be described as "very adult," have earned him his reputation as a comic's comic.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $34 and up
Telephone: 603-536-2551

Juston McKinney - Portsmouth, NH

Jun 19, 2015 - Jun 19, 2015 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
In this special Father’s Day show, comedian Juston McKinney tells jokes and stories about being a dad in New England. This is a show for anyone that’s ever had a Dad, been a Dad, or thinking about being a Dad. Some content not recommended for anyone under 14.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $26
Telephone: 603-436-2400

Cruises

Portsmouth Harbor Light Sunset Cruise - Rye, NH

Jun 19, 2015 - Jun 19, 2015 Depart from Rye Harbor State Marina, Route 1A Rye, NH
Join this summer solstice cruise aboard the M/V Granite State past Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, Whaleback Lighthouse, and White Island Lighthouse in the Isles of Shoals. This is always a fun trip with lots of raffle prizes. It will be narrated by lighthouse historian Jeremy D’Entremont. There is a snack bar on board. There is a large parking lot ($5 fee) at the marina.
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $25 per person

Gardens

Visit Hancock Gardens - Hancock, NH

Jul 18, 2015 - Jul 18, 2015 The Tour begins at the Vestry on Main Street Hancock, NH
Want to be inspired with fresh ideas for your garden? Eleven unique gardens in the village of Hancock and surrounding countryside will be featured, such as a Japanese garden, a pollinating garden and beautiful flower gardens. Email: hancockwomansclub.nh@gmail.com
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $15 in advance; $20 day of the tour
Telephone: 603-525-8011

Historic

Tour Pulpit Rock Observation Tower! - Rye, NH

May 23, 2015 - May 23, 2015 Neptune Drive Rye, NH
Pulpit Rock Tower was built during World War II to assist in the defense of the New Hampshire seacoast. It is an eight story cylindrical concrete tower. All levels will be open to the public for viewing except the roof deck. Visitors may climb the stairs, learn about the tower’s involvement in WWII and take in the  views from the observation windows.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Per person, $5; family, $10
Telephone: 603-373-0646

Hobbies

Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show - Gilsum, NH

Jun 27, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015 640 Route 10 Gilsum, NH
This show features more than 65 rock and gem dealers and collectors from around the world offering beryl, quartz crystals, fossils, meteorites, semi-precious stones, gemstone and wire-wrap jewelry, and rocks and minerals of all sorts. Displays range from newly found specimens in the rough to fossils, prized collector’s pieces and hand crafted jewelry. This family event includes panning for minerals, a chicken barbecue, ham and bean dinner with homemade pies and more.
Time: Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m
Admission: Donations Welcome
Telephone: 603-357-9636

Home & Studio Tours

Palace Theatre Kitchen Tour - Bedford, NH

May 31, 2015 - May 31, 2015 Granite State Cabinetry, 384 NH Route 101 Bedford, NH
The day begins with registration starting at 9:30 am at Granite State Cabinetry, where brochures will be handed out along with maps to guide you to each home on the tour. Pick up brochures by noon. Homes will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and tour goers may visit the homes in any order!
From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Baron’s Major Brands in Manchester will host an open-seated luncheon catered by O Steaks and Seafood. The day will conclude with an after party at LaBelle Winery, with wine tastings presented with paired appetizers.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $45 (includes tour, lunch, and after-party)
Telephone: 603-668-5588

Jackson's Christmas in June and Jingle Bell Chocolate Challenge - Jackson, NH

Jun 6, 2015 - Jun 6, 2015 Throughout Jackson Area Jackson, NH
Take this self-guided tour of up to 15 Jackson properties. Each ticket entitles you to chocolate treats, a Jingle Bell, a Festive Bag, a Jingle Bell Chocolate Card to guess the property's secret ingredient. You can drop your card off at the last property you are visiting. Cards listing all the secret ingredients will go into a drawing to win a Jackson vacation package. For a list of participating properties please check the event website.
Time: Tours run from Noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: Tickets are $15 per person

Behind-The-Scenes Tour of The Rocks Estate - Bethlehem, NH

Jun 6, 2015 - Jun 6, 2015 The Rocks Estate, 4 Christmas Lane Bethlehem, NH
The Rocks will offer a guided tour of an area of the historic Rocks Estate normally off limits to visitors, discussing the plants, birds, and history along the way. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch to carry on the tour. The Rocks features several walking trails open to the public year-round and is a favorite local birding site. The Rocks Estate was established by International Harvester founder John Jacob Glessner and his family at the turn of the 20th Century. The Glessners built two mansions, elaborate formal gardens, and many other amenities E-mail info@therocks.org .
Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person
Telephone: 603-444-6228

Memorial Day weekend

The Blind Boys of Alabama - Portsmouth, NH

May 23, 2015 - May 23, 2015 Music Hall Historic Theatre, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
The Blind Boys of Alabama first raised their voices together in 1939. Blending traditional gospel music with contemporary spiritual material this iconic group has performed with artists from Aaron Neville to k.d. lang.
Time: 7 p.m. $49; $38
Admission: $49; $38
Telephone: 603-436-2400

John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band - Londonderry, NH

May 23, 2015 - May 23, 2015 Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road Londonderry, NH
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band started out as a New England bar band based out of Narragansett, Rhode Island and established a huge following up and down the Northeast corridor
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $45-$60
Telephone: 603-437-5100

Memorial Weekend Craft Fair - North Conway, NH

May 23, 2015 - May 24, 2015 North Conway Community Center, 2628 White Mountain Hwy. (Route 16) North Conway, NH
More than 75 exhibitors offer crafts including fine jewelry, wearable art, wooden crafts, quilts and quilted home decor, gourmet foods, glass art, floral arrangements, and lots more. Rain or shine indoors and under canopy. Email: joyceendee@gmail.com
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free admission and parking.
Telephone: 603-528-4014

Wildquack Duck River Festival 2015 - Jackson, NH

May 24, 2015 - May 24, 2015 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.) and the Jackson Cake Boss competition. See event website for detailed schedule.
Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Telephone: 603-383-9356

Music

Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival - Portsmouth, NH

May 1, 2015 - Jun 5, 2015 Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street Portsmouth, NH
May 1 -- Great Lake Swimmers. Surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars. $24
May 9 -- Luluc. Guitars and voices blend with piano, percussion, sax, trumpet, and trombone to create melodies and delicate harmonies. $15
May 16 -- Chris Trapper. Chris Trapper has written songs with/for Canadian band Great Big Sea, including their #1 single “Sea Of No Cares” from the Sea Of No Cares album. $18
May 30 -- Alejandro Escovedo. Authentic Austin sound encompassing a breadth of musical styles. $38
June 5 -- Dan Mangan. Drawing inspiration from the music of Peter Gabriel and other progressive rockers, Dan Mangan has shared the stage with The Walkmen, Decemberists, Okkervil River, and others. $16
June 18 --The Secret Sisters. Vocalists Laura and Lydia Rogers are a traditional American country music duo with a zeal for country music. $18
June 27 -- Kristin Hersh (solo) . This singer-songwriter and post-punk pioneer is the founder of Throwing Muses and she performs with her hardcore punk-influenced power trio 50 Foot Wave. $20
July 9 -- Ben Caplan (solo) . Ben Caplan’s music is fuelled by melodrama and powerful lyricism either solo or backed by his band, The Casual Smokers. $8
Time: 8 p.m.
Telephone: 603-436-2400

Heritage at the Mills - Akwaaba African Dance and Drum Ensemble - Newmarket, NH

May 30, 2015 - May 30, 2015 Millspace, 55 Main Street Newmarket, NH
Drum enthusiasts can attend a drumming workshop for children (ages 4-12) at 2 p.m. or for adults (ages 13 and up) at 3 p.m. Come and enjoy the workshops or just come for the performance at 4 p.m.
Time: 2-5 pm.
Admission: $5; children under 4 are free.
Telephone: 603-659-1038

Devonsquare - Wolfeboro, NH

Jun 5, 2015 - Jun 5, 2015 Anderson Hall, 205 South Main Street Wolfeboro, NH
For 30 years these three talented singer songwriters -- Alana MacDonald , Tom Dean, and Herb Ludwig -- from Maine and New Hampshire toured the US and Europe and released five CDs.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25, $20, & $12
Telephone: 603-569-7710

Kingsley Flood @ The Stone Church - Newmaket, NH

Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 11, 2015 5 Granite Street Newmaket, NH
On June 11, Kingsley Flood brings its signature high energy to The Stone Church in New Market.
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 and $!2
Telephone: 603-659-6321

The River House Restaurant Concert Series 2015 at Prescott Park - Portsmouth, NH

Jun 17, 2015 - Aug 19, 2015 Prescott Park, 105 Marcy Street Portsmouth, NH
Held in Prescott Park each Wednesday night and other nights throughout the season, you'll find some top-notch and riveting performers from around the globe. All offered in a gorgeous setting.
June 17. Neko Case w/ Jennifer O'Connor -- Canadian indie rock
June 24. Richard Thompson -- British folk rock legend
July 1. Yonder Mountain String Band -- Bluegrass music
July 4. The Steel Wheels -- Soulful mountain music
July 8. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down -- Alternative folk-rock
July 12. Milk Carton Kids -- Back-porch Americana and classic folk
July 15. Steve Earle & The Dukes -- Legendary songwriter
July 22. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn -- Banjo maestros
July 24. The Devil Makes Three -- Finger-picked strongs and upsurging harmonies
July 29. Trampled By Turtles --
August 12. Matt Andersen -- Blues guitarist and singer
August 19. Bruce Cockburn -- Guitar prowess
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Suggested donation of $8 to $10

New Breed Brass Band - Portsmouth, NH

Jun 24, 2015 - Jun 24, 2015 The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street Portsmouth, NH
New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans; infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into second-line brass band tradition.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $22

Red Molly - Wolfeboro, NH

Jun 26, 2015 - Jun 26, 2015 Anderson Hall, 205 South Main Street Wolfeboro, NH
Red Molly is known for its harmonies, crisp musicianship, and warm stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass to honky tonk in three-part harmonies.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $35, $25, & $12
Telephone: 603-569-7710

The Wailers with Aston Barrett - Plymouth, NH

Jul 18, 2015 - Jul 18, 2015 The Flying Monkey, 39 South Main Street Plymouth, NH
There is no more legendary band in Jamaican music history than The Wailers. Well into its fifth decade, The Wailers truly are living legends who embody the nobility, conviction and progressiveness of Bob Marley and his music. http://www.flyingmonkeynh.com/event-detail/the-wailers/2015-07-18/?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Flying%20Monkey&utm_content=Flying+Monkey+5%2F6%2F15
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $35 and up
Telephone: 603-536-2551

Folk Festival at Prescott Park - Portsmouth, NH

Jul 25, 2015 - Jul 25, 2015 Prescott Park, 105 Marcy Street Portsmouth, NH
Join some of the top performers in this celebration of America's truest art form at one of Prescott Park's best events, featuring The Wood Brothers, Pokey Lafarge, Shakey Graves, and the Stray Birds. Suggested donation is $8 - $10.
Time: Consult event website

Graham Nash - Portsmouth, NH

Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 14, 2015 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
First rising to fame with The Hollies and going on to form Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968, this two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will be playing career-spanning hits as well as newer material. Grahma Nash will be joined by Shane Fontayne on guitar and vocals..
Time: $49; $36
Telephone: 603-436-2400

Outdoor Activities

Laconia Motorcycle Week 2015 - Laconia, NH

Jun 13, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Laconia, NH
Now in its 92nd year, Laconia Motorcycle Week still offers an unmatched riding and rally experience. Schedule.
Time: See event website for details

Science & Nature

Night of the Living Herps! - Newmarket, NH

Jun 10, 2015 - Jun 10, 2015 The Nature Conservancy, 112 Bay Road Newmarket, NH
Join The Nature Conservancy's Dr. David Patrick for a fun and family friendly exploration of amphibian diversity at ubberland Creek Preserve. Patrick will begin the evening with some fun facts about the frogs, salamanders and other amphibians of the region. Then everyone will head out into the field at sunset. Bring waterproof footwear and clothing and a flashlight. Register online at www.nature.org/nhevents
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 603-224-5853

Shows & Exhibits

Bedford Historical Society Car Show - Bedford, NH

Jun 27, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015 Bedford Village Common Bedford, NH
This is the 10th Antique & Classic Car & Truck & Motorcycle Show hosted by the Bedford Historical Society. It will be located on the grass at the Bedford Village Common. Rain date is June 28. There will be food, drinks, prizes, raffles and trophies and so much more.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person; kids 12 & youngeer admitted free
Telephone: 603-471-6336

Theater

“Peter Pan” in Prescott Park - Portsmouth, NH

Jun 26, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015 Prescott Park, 105 Marcy Street Portsmouth, NH
Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved family favorites of all time. This high-flying TONY Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. Performed most Thursdays through Sundays from June 26 to August 23
Time: Thursday and Sunday, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8: p.m.

“As You Like It” in Prescott Park - Portsmouth, NH

Jul 12, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015 Prescott Park, 105 Marcy Street Portsmouth, NH
Seven Stages Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare's comedy “As You Like It,” a tale of adventure, kinship, exploration, courage, and romance. Enjoy an afternoon of Shakespeare and sunshine in Prescott Park by the Piscataqua River with the exiled, cross-dressing and witty Rosalind and her cousin Celia; the faithful and love-struck Orlando and his older brother Oliver; the wily Touchstone; and the melancholy Jaques. This cast of notable and beloved characters that have brought this story to life since it was first penned. Performance dates: July 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Free