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Events Calendar - 2020

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
Be sure to check out the listings of year-round Fairs & Festivals throughout New England. See also, Great Things to Do.

COVID-19 and social distancing have required the temporary shut-down of many of our favorite entertainment venues and live events and festivals in New England. We are watching all calendars closely, and as soon a live, public events return, we will post the information on this page.

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Arts & Crafts Shows

Christmas at the Depot 2020 – Contoocook Village NH

Sep 25, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020 Contoocook Railroad Museum, 896 Main Street, Contoocook Village, NH

Here is Contoocook Railroad Museum’s annual artisan craft show, earlier in the season! Outdoor booths and the first floor of our museum are transformed into a local artisan, holiday themed, pop-up shop. Adherence to 6-foot social distancing as well as one-way foot traffic for the shopping event is required. Don't forget your mask.


Columbus Day Comedy -- Lincoln NH

Oct 10, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020 Jean's Playhouses, 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln, NH

Comedy Host Greg Boggis is back at Jean’s with another set of fantastic Boston Based comedians for your Columbus Day weekend pleasure! This show is rated PG-13 and will be presented with no intermission (60 – 75 minutes). Attendance is limited to only 66 – 90 people depending on seating configuration, so buy your tickets now.


Capital Arts Fest 2020 – Concord NH

Sep 26, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020 Outside League of NH Craftsmen, 49 S Main Street, Concord, NH

The League of NH Craftsmen and Capitol Center for the Arts have put together a full slate of bands for both days of Capital Arts Fest weekend.
September 26 - Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki and Matt Jensen, 11 a.m.
September 26 - Don Campbell Band. 1 p.m.
September 26 - The Rebel Collective. 3 p.m.
September 26 – Neighbor. 7 p.m.
September 27 - Wellfleet, 11 a.m.
September 27 - Young Frontier. 2 p.m.


“Cyrano de Bergerac” on National Theatre Live – Concord NH

Oct 2, 2020 - Oct 2, 2020 Bank of New Hampshire stage, 16 South Main Street, Concord, NH

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight? National Theatre Live transmits the best of British theater live from London to screens around the world. Rating: PG-13 Run-time: 3 hours.

Food, Wine, Beer

NH Brewfest 2020 -- Portsmouth NH

Oct 10, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020 Cisco Brewers, 35 Corporate Drive Portsmouth,, NH

Held on the grounds of Cisco Brewers, this event is a fundraiser for the Prescott Park Arts Festival. This year's musical artist will be Portsmouth's DJ Skooch. For guests age 21 and older; valid ID required. Ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. No re-entry. Entrants may only attend one session; attendance is not permitted to both. The event is outside in Cisco Brewers backyard and held rain or shine. Event takes place on pavement and grass. No outside food and beverage allowed. No pets. feel free to bring a blanket or folding chair. Admission includes entry to the event, 5 oz. souvenir sampler cup, beer samples and live music and entertainment.


Interpretive Tour of the Historic Neighborhood of Strawbery Banke -- Portsmouth NH

Jul 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020 Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH

This tour presents four outdoor sites that demonstrate the resiliency of the historic waterfront neighborhood. Tour groups of 10 or fewer people meet costumed role players across the museum grounds and learn about the history of the site from the 1600s through historic preservation efforts in 1958 that created the museum. Buildings will be close and the tour will focus on exteriors and the landscapes and gardens.
Tours examine The Sherburne House Garden (1695); the Rider-Wood House (1830); the Shapiro House (1919); Abbott Store & Victory Garden (1943).

Folsom Tavern & Grounds Tour

Sep 17, 2020 - Nov 21, 2020 American Independence Museum, 164 Water Street, Exeter, NH

Docent-led grounds tour teach the rich history of Folsom Tavern and the triangle of land that makes up American Independence Museum. After the 30 minute grounds tour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a self-led tour inside the Tavern. Advance reservations and masks required.

Music Outdoors

Music In The Park Series – Concord NH - Concord, NH

Sep 20, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020 Fletcher-Murphy Park, 28 Fayette Street, Concord, NH

September 20 – David Tonkin Trio featuring guitarist David Tonkin who has been performing, writing and teaching music for 45 years. 3 p.m.
September 27 – Tyler Shore brings his vocal talents to the park. 3 p.m.

Tupelo Drive-In presents: Johnny A. -- Derry NH

Oct 3, 2020 - Oct 3, 2020 Tupelo Music Hall Drive In, 10 A Street, Derry, NH

For nearly 20 years JOHNNY A. has traveled the world performing melody and arrangements from the British songbook of the 60s. Drive In guidelines.

Great Bay Sailor in Cponcert -- Portsmouth NH

Oct 8, 2020 - Oct 8, 2020 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH

Please note: in case of rain, this performance will be held in the Historic Theater with socially-distanced seating. Great Bay Sailor is an eclectic folk band in Portsmouth, performing maritime, Irish/Scottish, British, and old time music. It plays and sing traditional and contemporary songs and tunes inspired by ships, sailors, oceans, and tall tales.

Dwayne Haggins -- Portsmouth NH

Oct 16, 2020 - Oct 16, 2020 Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH

He’s been described as a fusion of Elvis Presley and Marvin Gaye. At every performance, Haggins is ready to add new subtleties to a melody line or reinterpreting a classic with fresh feeling.


Railfans’ Photo Freight Excursion -- North Conway NH

Sep 3, 2020 - Oct 3, 2020 38 Norcross Circle, North Conway, NH

Conway Scenic Railroad will re-create 1950-1960s era local freight trains. The event will carry a rider-coach and a caboose and stop at key locations along its journey to allow photographers to disembark. The trains will consist of restored historic freight cars and be powered by one or two of the railroad’s vintage Electro-Motive Division diesel-electric locomotives. Seating is very limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.