Fairs & festivals in NH entertain with music, food, art, outdoor fun

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various locations Newport, NH Phone:

February 5-14, 2016

Dinners, breakfasts, skating, snowman making, a formal ball, belly flop contest, horse drawn wagon rides, magic show, a Pageant Queen, and plenty more fun. Schedule of events.

Various locations Portsmouth, NH Phone:

February 10-15, 2016

Ice skating, ice bars, fire pits, hearth cooking, dog sled rides, ice sculptures/demonstrations, entertainment on stage and screen.
February 10 – Festival Kickoff Party at The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street, 4-6 p.m. Later that evening, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will take place at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater, Chestnut Street.
February 11 -- Ice skating at the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke Museum. Evening entertainment includes “Satchmo at the Waldorf” at Seacoast Repertory Theatre (several performances all weekend) or Chris Botti at The Music Hall.
February 12 -- Ice skating, “Antigone” at Players Ring (several performances all weekend), and Mike MacDonald’s Comedy XXtravaganza at The Music Hall.
February 13 -- Portwalk Place opens up the entire block to an ice carving demonstration, fire dancers and special surprises. The Fire & Ice Bar Crawl and Cocktail Competition will kick off at Row 34 at 1 p.m.; in the evening The Music Hall will feature the Neoteric Dance Collective.
February 14 – Dog sled rides will be offered at Atlantic Grill in Rye, NH. Later that day, The Music Hall Loft will feature Juanito Pasquel New Flamenco Trio.
February 15 -- The Fire & Ice Festival continues with dog sled rides from 1-4 p.m. and skating at the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond until 9 p.m.

Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Road New Castle, NH Phone: 603-373-6566

January 22 to February 21, 2016

This top-notch wine series in a magnificent seaside setting includes multi-course Grand Vintner’s Dinners, a Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom, weekday Flight Nights, the oyster event known as Shell-Shocked, and lavish Bubbles and Jazz Brunches.
Grand Vintner’s Dinners. Dinners star with a wine reception and hors d'oeuvres. With the guest winemaker as your evening's host, the chef serves a dinner with ingredients chosen to bring out the full flavors and perfectly complement each wine. January 23, 30; February 6, 13, and 20. $105 per person.
Big Tastings. This is a walk-about evening when guests may taste from a large selection of wines. Mediterranean-influenced cuisine at chef action station. January 22; February 12. $49.95. Grand Ballroom. 6-8:30 p.m.
Flight Nights. Order the featured flight of wine along with antipasto and small plate foods from the chef's bar. Monday-Thursday. January 25-28; February 1-4, 8-11, and 15-18. 5-7 p.m.
Shell-Shocked: An Oyster and Wine Celebration. East Coast oysters, fresh from the waters of Maine, are offered multiple ways. January 29; February 19. 5-10 p.m. No reservations or tickets required.
Bubbles & Jazz Sunday Brunch. Enjoy premium sparkling wines from around the world with a relaxed meal. January 24 and 31; February 7, 14, and 21. $44.95. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dartmouth College Hanover, NH Phone: 603-646-3399

February 11-14, 2016

Known as the oldest collegiate winter festival, Winter Carnival is a celebration of winter, snow, and fun in the outdoors. Polar bear swims, races, competitions, ice and snow fun. A big part of the fest is the ice sculpting competition.