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Events Calendar 2018

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All Ages

Sail Portsmouth 2018 with Parade of Sail and Tall Ships

Jul 25, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018 See description below Portsmouth and New Castle, NH

This four-day event includes a Parade of Sail, deck tours, day sails, exhibits, food, music, and souvenirs. Two Tall Ships, the Roseway and the Oliver Hazard Perry, will attend. Parade of Sail is July 25, time to be announced. After the parade, the Oliver Hazard Perry will dock at the Portsmouth Fish Pier on Pierce Island in Portsmouth and the Roseway will dock at the UNH Pier in New Castle. The Oliver Hazard Perry will be open for deck tours July 26-29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Roseway will offer day sails Thursday through Sunday. Exact times will be announced.
Boat owners are encouraged to join the Parade of Sail up the Piscataqua and escort the Tall Ships to their berths. When the weather permits, the Hampton High Flyers provide aerial cover. Good viewing spots are on Four Tree Island, the Kittery Point Yacht Club and the Memorial Bridge sidewalk in Portsmouth; the Portsmouth Yacht Club and Great Island Common on New Castle Island; and Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine.

Arts & Crafts Shows

On the Green Arts & Crafts Festival 2018

Jul 6, 2018 - Jul 8, 2018 Brewster Academy, 80 Academy Drive (Route 28) Wolfeboro, NH

One hundred exhibitors present cedar wood furniture, fine jewelry, decorative glass garden art, hand-painted furniture, chain saw wood art, gourmet foods, feather art, quilts, watercolors, wildlife photography, American girl, books, fabric creations, and lots of unique and creative products.

Car Shows

Color Works Classic Car Show

Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 1, 2018 Gorham Common Gorham, NH

The event starts with a Car Parade at 11:30 a.m. The Car Show will be noon to 2 p.m. This is part of the town's July 4th festivities

Children & Families

Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour 2018 in New Hampshire

Jul 15, 2018 - Aug 13, 2018 various towns; see details above Keene, Hanover, and Wolfeboro, NH

Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, musicians and crew, Smirkos perform Circus Smirkus’s own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show.
July 15-16 -- Cheshire Fairgrounds, Keene, NH. Four shows, at 1 and 6 p.m.
July 21-22 -- Fullington Farm Field, Hanover, NH. Four shows: Saturday ast 1 and 6 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
August 12-13 -- at The Nick, Wolfeboro, NH. Four shows: Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.; Monday at 1 and 6 p.m.

Music

Monadnock Music Festival 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 See description below Many towns in Monadnock, NH

Monadnock Music is presents world-class live classical music performances in intimate and informal settings around the Monadnock region. See schedule.
June 23 at Peterborough Town House, featuring the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn
June 24 at Walpole Unitarian Church, 14 Union Street. Monadnock Music Piano Trio performs the music of Schubert
June 28 at Ahavas Achim, Keene Synagogue, 84 Hastings Avenue. Monadnock Music Piano Trio performs the music of Dvorak
July 1 at Deering Community Church, 63 Deering Center Road. Monadnock Music Piano Trio performs the music of Chopin
July 12 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 94 Dublin Road, Dublin.
July 15 at Congregational Church of Hollis, 3 Monument Square. Featuring the music of Tobias Picker
July 21 at First Congregational Church, 47 Main Street, Hancock. Vocal performance
July 22 at Temple Congregational Church, 17 Main Street, Temple. Monadnock Music String Quartet performs the music of Schumann
August 5 at Peterborough Town House, Harvard Summer Chorus performs the music of John Adams, Lukas Foss, and Carl Orff.
August 9 at the Marlborough House, 9 Ling Street. Monadnock Music String Quartet performs the second string quartet of Benjamin Britten
August 11 at Peterborough Town House featuring Beethoven's 6th and 8th Symphonies
August 12 at Harrisville Community Church, 13 Canal Street. Monadnock Music String Quartet performs the music of Beethoven. The annual picnic will follow the concert

Village Harmony concert - Hillsboro, NH

Jun 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018 Hillsborough Center Congregational Church, 27 East Washington Road Hillsboro, NH

South African dance songs, Balkan, Corsican and American folk songs and songs of social justice, Occitan ballads and shapenote songs, Renaissance and contemporary compositions presented with some band accompaniment by the teen singers of Village Harmony summer camps.

Cochecho Arts Festival Headliner Series 2018

Jul 6, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018 Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park Dover, NH

Music lovers of all ages flock to Henry Law Park with picnic blankets, lawn chairs, friends and family to enjoy music on the banks of the winding Cochecho River.
July 6. Harsh Armidillo. Harsh Armadillo combines funk, jazz, and hip-hop roots to make original music
July 13. Timmy Brown. The 2017 and 2018 New England Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year’s infectious energy has made him a local favorite.
July 20. Juke Joint Five. Juke Joint 5 is a tight-knit Boston R&B band that wows audiences with its dedication to American R&B.
July 27. Grupo Fantasia. Grupo Fantasia from the Dominican Republic brings the best in Latin music to New England
August 3. Mello Yello. Mellow Yellow pays tribute to the 60’s and 70’s with truly authentic renditions of some of the genre’s greatest songs.
August 10. Boston Baked Beans. Led by harmonica player Vinny Serino, the band plays Chicago and Texas Blues.
August 17. A2VT. A2VT synthesizes its native African musical and dance roots with Western pop and hip hop sensibilities.

Kirschner Concerts presents: Joe Jackson

Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 12, 2018 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH

Performing songs from across his impressive catalog, songwriter Joe Jackson, with collaborator and bassist Graham Maby, guitarist Teddy Kumpel and drummer Doug Yowell, is a welcome presence back on the Music Hall stage. The songwriting legend will offer his own songs, including those from 2015’s “Fast Forward,” as well as covers and some brand new music.

Straight No Chaser

Jul 18, 2018 - Jul 18, 2018 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH

You have never really heard modern a cappella until you have heard Straight No Chaser, nine guys whose pitch-perfect harmonies are amazing, moving – and sometimes really, really funny. Once you see them live, you will be a fan forever, joining a huge base of admirers from all corners of the music-loving globe.

Arts Jubilee Summer Concert Series 2018

Jul 19, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018 Cranmore Mountain Resort, 239 Skimobile Road North Conway, NH

Arts Jubilee presents outdoor concerts on five Thursday evenings, with live performances on the festival stage at Cranmore Mountain Resort. Bring friends and family, picnic blanket or lawn chairs.
July 19 — Roomful of Blues with opening act: The Kelly Karuzis Band
July 26 — Carbon Leaf wiih opening act JUNCO
August 2 — Seacoast Wind Ensemble and fireworks with opening act MWV Band
August 9 — Live at the Fillmore - Allman Brothers Band Tribute with opening act Dennis & Davey
August 16 — Steve Kelly & The Cherry Cherry Band - A Neil Diamond Tribute with opening act Bennett & Perkins

Thompson Square: This Is Us Tour

Jul 21, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, NH

Hello, Portsmouth? Nashville calling. Thompson Square, a husband-and-wife duo, brings their contemporary country sound, featuring the hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” to New England with plenty of edge and emotion.

Science & Nature

Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival

Aug 11, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018 Branch Hill Farm, 307 Applebee Road Milton Mills, NH

This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities. Take a hayride to the river; use dip nets to find water creatures; learn about rescued wild animals from Squam Lakes Science Center; borrow a pole and go fishing in the pond; get up close to animals in a petting zoo; help your kids saw a log and do crafts; watch traditional rural skills; take a woods walks. Held rain or shine; no pets please.

Theater

"Compagnia de’ Colombari" or Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice"

Jun 26, 2018 - Jun 28, 2018 Bema Outdoor Amphitheater on the Dartmouth Universitye campus Hanover, NH

This site-specific production uses inventive staging and casting—including five actors taking turns playing Shylock—to raise questions about outsiders and how we treat them. With live music composed by the Klezmatics’ Frank London. Rain location is Spaulding Auditorium