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Children & Families

Cranapalooza 2017 - North Conway, NH

Dec 24, 2016 - Mar 11, 2017 Cranmore Mountain Resort, 1 Skimobile Road North Conway, NH
Cranmore’s signature winter event takes place every Saturday from December 24, 2016, to March 11, 2017. Find family entertainment, s'mores and DJ dance parties in Schneider Square with C-More the Penguin, face painting, family games and activities, giveaways and so much more. Adults can enjoy live music in Zip's Pub and Grill then gather the family back together for an early fireworks show at 6:30 p.m. at the base of the South Slope. Fireworks schedule for December 31, January 14, February 18, March 11.
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Telephone: 603-356-5543

Winter Carnival at King Pine - Madison, NH

Feb 20, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017 King Pine at Purity Spring Resort, 1251 Eaton Road, Route 153 Madison, NH
Celebrate February Vacation Week on the slopes at King Pine with sleigh rides, snowshoe tours, silly slalom and belly bag races, family challenge races and a kids light parade and fireworks. Dates: February 20-24 and February 27-28
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 800-373-3754

WildQuest Winter Camp During February School Vacation - Laconia, NH

Feb 27, 2017 - Mar 3, 2017 Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Road Laconia, NH
Depending on the weather, the week will be a mix of: Animal tracking and snowshoeing adventures, sledding, winter games such as “Weasels & Voles,” building igloos, a Winter Quest, exploring the frozen pond, winter-themed art & craft projects, maple sugaring, and stories around the campfire. For children ages 6-12. Extended care is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: $235/week or $47/day. Prices increase for registrations received after February 21

Music

Weekly Live Music at Wildcat Tavern - Jackson, NH

Jan 17, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017 Wildcat Inn & Tavern, 94 Main Street Jackson, NH
Hoot Night at Wildcat Tavern Every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Hoot Night at The Wildcat Inn and Tavern is the longest running open mic night in The Mount Washington Valley.
Al Shafner every Friday at 7-9 p.m. Al ( “the Rev”) Shafner is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. The music is classic songs you know by heart.
Croon at the Moon with Jonathan Sarty every Sunday 7-9 p.m. From Maine, Jonathan Sarty has performed throughout the country. His style is a blend of classic American roots, country, and folk rock, often referred to as Americana.
Time: See description above
Telephone: 800-228-4245

March Mandolin Festival 2017 - Newmarket and Concord, NH

Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 See description below Newmarket and Concord, NH
This year’s festival presents two concerts with a lineup of virtuoso mandolinists, whose musicianship showcases the range and expressive qualities of the mandolin. These performances will feature Italian classical mandolinist Carlo Aonzo, Tim Connell, Steve Roy, and David Surette, with guest\, Susie Burke.
Friday, March 3, at the Stone Church, Zion’s Hall, Newmarket, at 7 p.m. $10-$12. Tickets: www.stonechurchrocks.com or call 603-659-7700
Saturday, March 4 at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15, Tickets: www.ccmusicschool.org or call 603-228-1196.
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10-$15

The Country Jamboree: A Celebration of Classic Country Music - Keene, NH

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 4, 2017 Colonial Theatre, 95 Main Street Keene, NH
This outstanding concert features the music of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and more. The Country Jamboree will take you from all-out hoedown to poignant love song and everything in between.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $29.50 - $39.50

Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - Portsmouth, NH

Mar 8, 2017 - Mar 8, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Pat Benatar has always been a rule-breaker and a trailblazer, she remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on records. Neil “Spyder“ James Giraldo has been changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s with his collaborator, muse and wife, Pat Benatar.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $87; $68; $48; VIP, $300

Spirit of Johnny Cash - Rochester, NH

Mar 10, 2017 - Mar 10, 2017 Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street Rochester, NH
Crowd pleasers Harold Ford as Johnny Cash, Laura Lucy as June Carter Cash, and the Red Hot Cash Band enthrall fans of the legendary Johnny Cash and his music. The spirit of Johnny Cash emanates through tribute artist Harold Ford with his deep baritone and striking resemblance to the country music icon.  
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $20, $22, $25
Telephone: 603-335-1992

Spirit Of Johnny Cash - Rochester, NH

Mar 10, 2017 - Mar 10, 2017 Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street Rochester, NH
Harold Ford as Johnny Cash, Laura Lucy as June Carter Cash, and the Red Hot Cash Band enthrall fans of the legendary Johnny Cash and his music. The spirit of Johnny Cash emanates through tribute artist Harold Ford with his deep baritone and striking resemblance to the country music icon.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $20-$25

The Ten Tenors - Portsmouth, NH

Mar 12, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Celebrated for their wonderfully vast repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The Ten Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical tenors and composers, but also contemporary music’s most popular artists. From Bowie to Bocelli, an evening with The Ten Tenors is guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure.
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: $35; $48; $58

Outdoor Activities

Moonlit Walks at Prescott Farm - Laconia, NH

Jan 13, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Road Laconia, NH
Environmental educators will guide you on a moonlit walk to explore Prescott Farm. You will learn to identify several constellations, discuss the habits of several nocturnal animals, and practice your night vision. Wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be available. All ages welcome. Dates: January 13, February 10, March 11.
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10/person with pre-registration; $12 at the door.

Maple Sugar Madness - Laconia, NH

Mar 4, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Road Laconia, NH
From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will have hands-on participation in every step of the syrup making process at Prescott Farm. The program involves a 20 minute walk to a sugarhouse. Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Snowshoes will be provided as needed. This program is offered only on Saturdays. Pre-register and save. Space is limited.
Time: 10 and 11 a.m.; noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Program is 90 minutes long.
Admission: $10
Telephone: 603-366-5695

Doggie Paddle Plunge - New Castle, NH

Mar 11, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 301 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH
The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Doggie Paddle Plunge is back at the Great Island Common in New Castle. Raise funds and dive into the chilly Atlantic Ocean – all for a great cause!
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: $10-$40
Telephone: 603-772-2921

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Cashore Marionettes - Plymouth, NH

Mar 5, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main Street Plymouth, NH
Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. . The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Life in Motion is a theatrically satisfying, performance for adults and young adults.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $35; seniors, $33; youth, $20
Telephone: 603-535-2787

Cirque Troupe: Seven Fingers of The Hand: Cuisine and Confessions - Portsmouth, NH

Apr 19, 2017 - Apr 19, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
Prepare to be delighted and amazed when this world-renowned cirque troupe flips their way onto the Historic Theater stage. The show is built on the real-life personal stories of each cast member and set to original music. Live cooking, countless backflips, and a set that combines childhood, current, and dream kitchens, don’t miss this show.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $25; $48; $60

Shows & Exhibits

NH Camping and RV Show 2017 - Bedford, NH

Mar 24, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017 NH Sportsplex, 68 Technology Drive Bedford, NH
NH camping and RV show This is New Hampshire’s largest camping and RV show, featuring dealers with the latest RVs, trailers, pop-ups, tents, and camping equipment. Visit with more than 50 campground owners/managers from New Hampshire and neighboring states to make your reservations for next summer. You’ll also find fun activities for the entire family in a beautiful indoor setting. Each person bringing a donation for the New Hampshire Food Bank of 2 non-perishable items will receive $2 off their admission. Last year 4,044 pounds of food was donated – help us beat this amount in 2017.
Time: Friday, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; children age 12 and younger, free when accompanied by paid adult

Ski Area Events

BodeFest 2017 - Franconia, NH

Mar 25, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 Cannon Mountain Ski Area, 260 Tramway Drive Franconia, NH
Your BodeFest entry fee includes: entry to kids' ski with Bode Run for kids age 18 and younger; fun race; autograph session; goodie bag; T-shirt; VIP pass; barbecue lunch; entry into a raffle. There will also be a silent and live benefiting the foundation. Lift ticket or Season Pass is required in addition to BodeFest event ticket. A special ticket rate will be available to all participants on event day. BodeFest at Cannon Mountain is a creation of The Turtle Ridge Foundation, which support adaptive and youth sports. Email sherry.hartford@dred.nh.gov
Time: All day
Admission: Early-bird special: $49 (February 22 - March 10); regular price: $59 (March 2 - March 23)
Telephone: 603-823-7722

Sports

Lancaster Grand Prix - Lancaster, NH

Feb 4, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 516 Main Street Lancaster, NH
Classic sleds take the spotlight at the oldest snowmobile race in America, as the 52nd Lancaster Grand Prix gets underway on February 4 and 5 at the quarter-mile oval ice track at the Lancaster Fairgrounds. Snowmobile racers from New Hampshire and beyond will bring their vintage sleds and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes.
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $10
Telephone: 603-631-6439

Harlem Globetrotters - Manchester, NH

Mar 31, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 SNHU Arena, 333 Elm Street Manchester, NH
Blinding athleticism on the basketball court. The Globetrotters need no introduction.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $40-$100

Storytelling

The Moth Mainstage - Portsmouth, NH

Mar 25, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 Music Hall Historic Theater, Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH
True stories, told live, no notes. The theme this year will be High Anxiety: The Moth in Portsmouth with host Dame Wilburn. Featuring a mix of national storytellers and local voices, including luminaries in the arts and sciences, newsmakers and news breakers, and everyday heroes (and even a few reformed villains!) this one-of-a-kind event returns to The Music Hall.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $39; $45