5/23/2013 - With just 14 weeks between Memorial Day — the unofficial start of summer — and Labor Day, it would be a shame to waste time sitting around a hot, steamy house trying to think of something to do. The Hippo has compiled a week-by-week guide to this summer’s coolest activities and attractions, from the Rock’n Ribfest in Nashua to outdoor concert series and art fairs. Take a break from the heat at the Palace Theatre, or bask in the sun at Hampton Beach. Eat your way through the Stratham or Hopkinton Fair, then run off that extra fried dough and ice cream at a 5K. Add some culture to your vacation by visiting an art festival or attending a concert. Whatever you’re in the mood for, this is your guide to just some of the fun southern New Hampshire has to offer this summer.
The unofficial start of summer
Monday, May 27
Visitors can check out the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium for the three weeks that international artists will be visiting Nashua, through June 7 in the Nashua millyard, 1 Pine St., Nashua. A closing ceremony occurs on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m., at a place to be determined. Email Nashua.firstname.lastname@example.org, visit andresinstitute.org.
“Poster Mania” is now on view at the Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org) through Sept. 2. The exhibition will be accompanied by related programming, including Is She His Wife by Theatre KAPOW on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m., and “First” Thursday LIVE! with “A Night of Personal Branding: PechaKucha Style” on Thursday, July 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students, free for children younger than 18.
Tuesday, May 28
“Side by Side,” a two-person art show featuring work by New Hampshire landscape painters Sally Ladd Cole and Ellen Davis opens at McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord. The exhibit runs through June 28, with a reception on Friday, May 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 225-2515, visit mcgowanfineart.com.
Kids ages 2 to 5 will explore Pirate’s Cove at the Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye). Once the group reaches the cove, a naturalist will be on hand to tell the group a pirate story. Admission is $10 for children. There is no cost for adults to attend, and registration is not required. Call 436-8043 or visit seacoastsciencecenter.org.
Wednesday, May 29
Visit the Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) from 1 to 2:15 p.m., to create a woodland terrarium. Kids ages 2 to 5 will take home their terrarium and go exploring outdoors for butterflies. Admission is $10. There is no charge for adults. Call 436-8043 or visit seacoastsciencecenter.org.
Take part in the Gunstock Cross Country Running Series, a six-part series that began in May. In the third part of the series, runners will navigate Gunstock’s nordic trails at 9 a.m. Gunstock is located at 719 Cherry Valley Road in Gilford. Visit gunstocknordic.com. Each race costs $10. Call 293-0379 or send email to email@example.com.
Thursday, May 30
Fourth annual Taste of Milford, downtown Milford, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $25 per person, 249-0676. The event features 25 restaurants and local food producers from the Milford area. New this year is a contest where attendees can vote for their favorite entree, dessert and overall presentation. Check milfordimprovementteam.org
Sixth annual Palace Theatre wine tasting and auction, Hanover Street, Manchester, 5:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction and the opportunity to sample wines from 12 select wine vendors and hors d’oeuvres from more than a dozen local restaurants and caterers. Ticket donation is $35 in advance or $40 at the door, space permitting. Call 668-5588.
Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) will host River Animal Babies from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Learn about the animals that are born and grow up in and around the Merrimack River. Cost is $8 per family; prior registration is required. Call 626-FISH or visit amoskeagfishways.org
Friday, May 31
The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton) already has a couple shows in the books for this season. Buckcherry will headline the Ballroom on Friday, May 31, and the summer concert series will continue through Sunday, Sept. 1. For the full schedule, call the box office at 929-4100 or visit casinoballroom.com
Head to Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) for a Family Fishstravaganza from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn about how far the fish that live in the Merrimack River can travel and try out some fish-themed games. Admission is $5 per family and prior registration is required. Call 626-FISH or visit amoskeagfishways.org
The Majestic Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors premieres tonight at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall at the Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester. Following showtimes are Saturday, June 1, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 2, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-$18; call 669-7469.
Take part in the Heal the Soul … Feel the Music 5K at 7 p.m. at Chapangas Restaurant, 168 Elm St. in Milford. The race benefits the Kimberly L. Cates Memorial Scholarship. The event also features a Kids Mad Dash. Visit millenniumreg.com
. Registration costs $20. Send email to healthesoul5K@gmail.com.
Saturday, June 1
The Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry) will host concerts throughout the summer, including Howie Day on Saturday, June 1, at 8 p.m. Justin Levinson will open. Tickets are $30. For the full schedule, call 437-5100 or visit tupelohall.com
The Milford Keyes Art Festival starts today at the Milford Oval, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring fine arts, crafts, two performance stages, kids activities, face painting, food booths and artist demonstrations, and continues through Sunday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The weekly Concord Arts Market opens today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Bicentennial Square, Concord. It runs Saturdays through the end of October. This weekly outdoor art and artisan market features juried work by artists from all over the state. Free admission, downtown parking. Visit concordartsmarket.com
Dimensions in Dance present Cinderella at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org, 668-5588, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $16, including babes in arms.
The Nashua Chamber Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Judd Gregg Hall, Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., Nashua. They’ll perform again in the Milford Town Hall, One Union Square, Milford, on Sunday, June 2, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit nco-music.org
, call 566-6024.
The Eastern Propane Concert Series at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook (72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford) is already underway. The series continues with The Band Perry and special guest Cassadee Pope at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $54.50. For the full schedule, call 293-4700 or visit meadowbrook.net
28th annual Chowder Festival, Prescott Park, Portsmouth, 11 .m. to 4 p.m. All you can eat chowder from more than a dozen seacoast restaurants for $10 per person ($5 for children under 12) all day long. Visit portsmouthnh.com
Bronco Belly Bustin’ Chili Fiesta, Alvirne High School, 211 Derry Road, Hudson, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The official New Hampshire qualifier for the World Championship Chili Cookoff, this event will feature live music, carnival games and contests. There are three contest categories — chili, chili verde and salsa — as well as a youth division. Admission is $7 and includes chili sampling. Kids age 9 and under admitted free.
30th annual Windham Strawberry Festival, Windham High School, 64 London Bridge, Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will include kids’ activities like face-painting, bounce houses and balloon animals as well as vendors and a book fair. Admission is free but there is a charge for game bracelets for some of the children’s activities ($7 for ages 4 and up and $5 for children under 3).
The 11th Annual St. Patrick 5K Road Race will take place at 9 a.m. at the St. Patrick School, 16 Main St. in Pelham. Visit running4free.com
. Registration costs $22 in advance and $27 the day of the race. Contact Pam McCarthy at 860-6024.
Runners will take off from Mine Falls Park, 5 Whipple St. in Nashua on the 5K MS Run/Walk at 10:30 a.m. Visit active.com
. Registration costs $20. Call 978-846-5498.
Lace ‘em up for the 9th Annual Over the River Through The Woods Run for Animals at 10 a.m. at Northeast Delta Dental, One Delta Drive in Concord. Proceeds benefit Concord Merrimack County SPCA. Visit capitalarearaceseries.com
. Registration costs $15. Call 223-1348 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adventure5K will take place at 9 a.m. at Liquid Planet, 446 Raymond Road in Candia. The race features a 3.1-mile run with an obstacle course. Proceeds benefit Moore Mart in Nashua. Visit nh.com/5k. Registration costs $75 in advance or $100 on race day. Email Christina Hendricks at email@example.com.
Take part in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk and 5K Run at 10 a.m. at the Statehouse Plaza, 107 N. Main St. in Concord. The event features a one-mile race and a 5K through Concord’s downtown. Visit kintera.org
. Registration costs $25. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give it your all at the Race to the Villa 5K at 8 a.m. at the Villa Augustina School, 208 S. Mast Road in Goffstown. Visit villaaugustina.org
. Registration costs $20 in advance or $25 on race day. Contact Kelly Merryfield at 497-2361, ext. 241.
Head over the seacoast for the 17th Annual Rye By the Sea Duathlon and 5K Road Race starting at 8 a.m. with a 5K run, a 17-mile bike ride, and another 5K run. Participants can also choose a single 5K run/walk. The race begins at the Learning Skills Academy, 1247 Washington Road in Rye. Visit ryebythesea.com. Registration costs $20 for the 5K run/walk and $40 for the duathlon. Send email to Bill DaGiau at email@example.com.
Get ready for the second annual 5K for Haiti at 10 a.m. at Merrimack High School. 38 McElwain St. The event will include a kids fun run. Proceeds will help provide funds to build water wells and purification systems in Haiti, as well as collect reusable water bottles. Visit runningwaterrace.com. Registration costs $15 and a donation of a reusable water bottle. Contact Meg Vaccaro at 320-2644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 2
This Sunday marks the first of many Dover Arts Market days in the Cocheco Falls Millworks Courtyard in downtown Dover. This is a free weekly market, open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until the end of October. Visit granitestatemarket.com
. Free admission.
The Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, presents SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45. Call 225-1111, visit ccanh.com
The ninth annual Kitchen Tour, with various locations in Bedford and Manchester, takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Palace Theatre sponsors this event, which is a morning and afternoon to explore several of the finest kitchen designs in Bedford and Manchester. Tour-goers may start and finish anywhere they like on the self-guided tour. All proceeds go to benefit the Palace Theatre in Manchester. Recommended for ages 12 and above. Tickets are $45 per person ($50 if purchased on the day of event). Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org
Attend the seventh annual Cocktail Competition, 4 to 8 p.m., Portsmouth. Put together your four-person team and try to craft the perfect cocktail. There will be a cocktail scavenger hunt and prizes from Portsmouth businesses. Check-in is at 4 p.m. at the Portsmouth Sheraton (250 Market St.) and voting will be at the Portsmouth Gas Light (64 Market St.) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit porstmouthcocktail.com
Support the Henniker Lions at the club’s Eye Run 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser on Sunday, June 2, at 9:30 a.m. at the Henniker Community School, 51 Western Ave. The event supports the Lions Club’s community work. Registration costs $25 in advance or $30 on race day. Visit henniker.nhlions.org
. Send email to email@example.com.
A week of arts & entertainment
Tuesday, June 4
Shannachie will perform Irish music at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. This is the first of several summer concerts at the bandshell. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com
for a complete lineup.
Wednesday, June 5
Take part in the Gunstock Cross Country Running Series, a six-part series that began in May. In the fourth part of the series, runners will navigate Gunstock’s nordic trails at 9 a.m. Gunstock is located at 719 Cherry Valley Road in Gilford. Visit gunstocknordic.com
. Each race costs $10. Call 293-0379 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 19th annual Taste of Nashua is taking place in downtown Nashua, 6 to 8:30 p.m. More than 20 locations on Main and West Pearl streets will be participating in the annual celebration of eating and shopping in the Gate City. The event also will feature sidewalk musicians, a raffle, pre-event cocktails and post-event specials at some area restaurants. Tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 on the day of the event. Visit downtownnashua.org
Thursday, June 6
The Thing in the Spring arts and music festival in downtown Peterborough starts today and continues through Sunday, June 9. The “thing” includes Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair, concerts and more. Weekend passes are $50. Visit thethinginthespring.com
Broadway’s Next H!t Musical shows at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$50. Call 225-1111, visit ccanh.com
Check out the first ever Hampton Beach State Park Olde Tyme Fair, Thursday, June 6 (4 to 10 p.m.), Friday, June 7 (4 to 10:30 p.m.), Saturday, June 8 (10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.), Sunday, June 9 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Carnival rides, games, local food vendors and concessions, arts and crafts, entertainment including concerts and local acts, petting zoo, fireworks and traditional old New Hampshire exhibits and demonstrations. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-11, and free for children under 5. Visit nhstateparks.org
Friday, June 7
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street begins today and shows at 8 p.m. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, June 7 through July 13, at the theater, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, 433-4472, seacoastrep.org
. Tickets are about $35.
The Palace Theatre presents British Invasion, an original production by Artistic Director Carl Rajotte, starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org
, 668-5588. The shows continue Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through June 22. Tickets range in price, $15 to $45.
Saturday, June 8
The Artisans Spring into Summer Faire is at 62 E. Washington Road, Hillsborough, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features baskets, jewelry, blown glass, fabric art, paintings, pottery, photography, woodburning, blacksmithing and more. Visit hillsboroughartisans.com
. The event continues on Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the ocean at the Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) with World Ocean’s Day Celebration from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about ocean acidification and its effects from experts. Kids ages 5 and older can take part in activities. Call 436-8043 or visit seacoastsciencecenter.com
The family-friendly LEAP Preschool 5K Run/Walk will take place at 9 a.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church Parking Lot, 80 Clinton St. in Concord. Visit leappreschool5k.com. Registration costs $20 by June 6, and $25 after that. Contact Antoinette at 717-8932 or send email to LEAP@tbcnh.org.
Keep the pace to a walk for the 3K Walk for Sight, hosted by the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, at 11 a.m. at 25 Walker St. in Concord. Visit sightcenter.org
. Contact Mary Chase at 224-4039, ext. 324, or send email to email@example.com.
Take part in the Henry W. Moore School 5K Run for CHaD at 10 a.m. at the Henry W. Moore School, 12 Deerfield Road in Candia. Proceeds will visit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Visit cms.k12.nh.us/docs/chad.pdf
. Registration costs $20. Contact Laurel Thyng at 483-8404.
Market Square Day takes place in downtown Portsmouth, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with food, vendors, activities and live music as well as a 10K road race. Visit proportsmouth.org
It’s opening day at the Greeley Park Bandshell at 100 Concord St. in Nashua. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the park will have live music, a children’s safety demo, a karate demo, give-aways and games, face painting, bounce houses, food and more.
Sunday, June 9
Enjoy a shaded, picturesque course during the sixth Annual Windham Rail Trail Flat n Fast 5K at 8:30 a.m. at Windham Depot, 122 N. Lowell Road in Windham. Visit windhamrailtrail.org
. Registration costs $25. Contact Steve Tomasi at 537-0339 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tevya Trot, which includes a 5K road race and a one-mile walk/run at Camp Tevya, will take place at 9 a.m. at Camp Tevya, 1 Mason Road in Brookline. Proceeds will support Camp Tevya’s Seth Feldman Fitness Center. Visit tevyatrot.com
. Registration costs $25. Contact Ellen Ades at email@example.com.
Indulge your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Lover’s Fantasy, Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester, noon to 3 p.m. Help the Caregivers raise money by eating chocolate. Sample chocolate creations from around the state. Tickets are $17 in advance, $19 at the door. See caregiversnh.org for tickets.
A good week to run a race
Tuesday, June 11
The Palace Youth Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. at the Palace, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org
, 668-5588. Shows continue Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m.; Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children.
Wednesday, June 12
The 14th Annual Gala Fundraiser for the Palace Theatre is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Manchester Country Club, 180 S. River Road, Bedford, and features entertainment from the Palace’s original production of British Invasion. Tickets are $75 per attendee. Visit palacetheatre.org
, call 668-558
Take part in the Gunstock Cross Country Running Series, a six-part series that began in May. In the fifth part of the series, runners will navigate Gunstock’s nordic trails at 9 a.m. Gunstock is located at 719 Cherry Valley Road in Gilford. Visit gunstocknordic.com
. Each race costs $10. Call 293-0379 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 13
Burn up the trail at the Hollis Fast 5K, which is hosted by the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club, at 6:30 p.m. at Alpine Grove, 19 S. Depot Road, Route 111A in Hollis. Visit hollisfast5k.com
. Registration costs $35. Race day registration is not available. Contact George LeCours at 769-0962 or send email to email@example.com.
Friday, June 14
The Relay for Life of Greater Manchester joins walkers from the Manchester area in an annual effort to celebrate people who have fought back against cancer. The Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. at Livingston Park in Manchester. Visit relayforlife.org/manchesternh
. Contact Bianka Beaudoin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock’n Ribfest, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, starts today and runs through Sunday, June 16. The annual celebration of barbecue attracted more than 30,000 people last year and is expected to be even bigger in 2013. The Rock’n Ribfest features rib vendors from all over the country as well as local restaurants and rib enthusiasts serving up ribs and other items. The Ribfest is the official site for the New Hampshire State Barbecue Championship. Judges will sample food from more than 30 grillers and select a winner, who will qualify for the National Barbecue Championship in the fall. Proceeds from the event will be used to support numerous local charities through Nashua West Rotary’s giving program. Admission is $10 at the event or $7 online if purchased before June 10. Check out ribfestnh.com
Saturday, June 15
Studio 550’s (550 Elm St., Manchester, 550arts.com
, 232-5597) “Human/Nature” art exhibition opens today, which features works of all media that addresses environmental issues and the broken aspects of society’s relationship to the natural world. The exhibition is on display through July 31.
Annual Children’s Festival, Noble Park playground, Noble St., Somersworth, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes four stages, a mix of multicultural and children’s entertainment, exotic and traditional foods, crafts, activities, petting zoo and pony rides. No admission fee. Visit nhfestivals.org
Test your stamina at the Bow Lake Dam 15K and 5K, which supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, at 10 a.m. at Grange Hall at the Bow Lake Dam, at the intersection of Province Road and Water Street, 564 Province Road in Strafford. Visit bowlakedam15k5k.com
. Registration costs $25. Contact Laurie Liskow at 205-9299.
Kickstart your summer with the Kickoff to Summer 5K, held in memory of Dave Cramb, at 9 a.m. at the New Boston Central School, 15 Central School Road in New Boston. The event features the 5K, along with a one-mile race and a mad dash for kids. Registration costs $22 online and $20 on race day. Visit running4free.com
. Contact Anne Marie Ashford at 487-2608.
Go on a Family Wise Walk and Talk at the Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Head outdoors to explore wildflowers and interesting locations within Odiorne Point State Park. The walks are free with museum admission, which costs $7 for adults and $3 for ages 3 to 12. Active duty military members, veterans and children younger than 3 are all admitted free. Call 436-8043 or visit seacoastsciencecenter.org
Sunday, June 16
The RibFest 5-Miler will precede the annual Rock’n RibFest at 9 a.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 DW Highway. Visit millenniumrunning.com
. Registration costs $30. Call 512-1976.
Thursday, June 20
The Lite Up the Nite for Mental Health 5K will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Derryfield Park in Manchester. Participants are encouraged to wear neon apparel during the run/walk to show support for mental health. Visit runformentalhealth.org
. Registration costs $25 through June 18 and $30 on the day of the event. Send email to MHCGM5k@gmail.com.
Friday, June 21
The Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden’s (236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 226-2046) 16th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is open for viewing starting today through Nov. 2. The reception is on Sunday, June 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit themillbrookgallery.com
The Majestic Theatre’s Blithe Spirit premieres tonight at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall, 2291 Elm St., Manchester. Following showtimes are Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m.; Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$17; call 669-7469.
Annual Summer Solstice Celebration, America’s Stonehenge, 105 Haverhill Road, Salem, sunrise to sunset. Celebrate the first day of summer with a traditional solstice celebration. There will be live music at 6 p.m. Cost is $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. Visit stonehengeusa.com
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. at the Pinkerton Academy Track, 19 N. Main St. in Derry. Visit relayforlife.org/derryandlondonderrynh
. Contact Kelly Heinze at email@example.com or call 471-4106.
Saturday, June 22
The two-day Granite State Music Festival starts today at noon at the Kiwanis Waterfront Park (15 Loudon Road, Concord). The event features bands and performers from throughout New England. Day 1 of the festival ends with a performance by the Adam Ezra Group at 8:30 p.m. The second day of the festival will begin at 11 a.m. and will end with a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Ryan Montbleau Band. Tickets are $20 for the first day of the festival and $25 the second day. Visit granitestatemusicfest.org
The Pre-Summer Craft Show is at Tanger Outlets (120 Laconia Road, Tilton) today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 80 crafters will show in this event, which will be held, rain or shine, next to Old Navy. Free parking and admission. Visit joycescraftshows.com
The Nashua Garden Tour, presented by Symphony NH, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. around Nashua, is a self-led tour of some of the finest gardens in Nashua. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event at the first garden at the tour: 14 Ashland St., Nashua. Visit symphonynh.org/events
for a map/participating locations. The event continues on Sunday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pro Portsmouth’s Summer in the Street series begins tonight at 5 p.m. in downtown Portsmouth. During these nights, Pleasant Street from Porter Street to Market Square closes from 5 to 9:30 p.m. to make room for musicians and theatrical and dance companies, who will entertain visitors in the heart of the city. Free admission. The series continues on Saturday, June 29; Saturday, July 6; Saturday, July 13; Saturday, July 20; and Saturday, July 27.
New Hampshire Dairy Days, New Hampshire Farm Museum, Route 125, White Mountain Highway, Milton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about cows and dairy goats and taste New Hampshire dairy products. Help churn the cream into butter and learn to make a soft cheese. Barn and farmhouse tour and horse-drawn wagon rides also available. Free ice cream served from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 4 to 17 and free for children under 4. Call 652-7849 or visit farmmuseum.org
The Aurlow Stanley Memorial Walk Run Road Race 5K will take place at Northfield Police Park, 138 Park St. in Northfield, at 8 a.m. The event also features a fun run. Proceeds will benefit the DARE program. Visit northfieldnh.org
. Registration costs $20 by June 9, $25 after. Contact Bob Watson at 393-8707 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Goffstown Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the 34th Annual David French Goffstown Gallop at 8:30 a.m. The 5.2-mile race will begin at Goffstown Recreation Center on Mast Road. Visit goffstown.com/parks.html. Registration costs $15 in advance or $20 on race day. Send email to email@example.com.
Sunday, June 23
Blues Traveler will highlight the summer season at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45.50. For the full schedule of events, call 225-1111 or visit ccanh.com.
The first annual Timmons Team B.U. Alzheimer’s Research Run/Walk will take place at Surette Battery Park, 11 Park St. in Northfield at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. The race features a flat and scenic off-road 5K course. Visit thetimmonsteam.com
. Registration costs $25. Contact Ginny Timmons at 286-7066 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swim, bike and run your way to victory at the Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon at 9 a.m. at Camp Sargent, 141 Camp Sargent Road in Nashua. The triathlon features a 0.3-mile swim, a 16-mile bike and a 3.1-mile run. Visit nashuatri.com
. Registration costs $85. Contact Fred Daniels at 880-0448 or send email to email@example.com.
Run for a good cause at the third annual Rosanne’s Rush for Research 5K Run/Walk, at 9 a.m. at Nashua High School South. The race will take runners through the trails of Mine Falls Park. Proceeds will support research for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer. Visit rushforresearch.org
. Registration costs $25. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catch a concert
Tuesday, June 25
Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls will co-headline a show at the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) at 7 p.m. Kate Earl will open. Tickets range from $29.50 to $95. Call 644-5000 or visit verizonwirelessarena.com
The Nevers Band will perform at the Statehouse Plaza (107 N. Main St., Concord) at 7 p.m. The band will then have seven more dates throughout the summer as part of the Concord Summer Music Series. Call 225-8690 or visit concordnh.gov
Wednesday, June 26
The Lowell Summer Music Series gets underway with the Indigo Girls performing with a full band, at 7:30 p.m., at Boarding House Park (40 French St., Lowell, Mass.). Tickets are $29 in advance and $35 the day of the concert. The series runs through Saturday, Aug. 31. For the full schedule, visit lowellsummermusic.org
Say Goodnight Gracie shows at the Peterborough Players Theatre, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, 924-7585, starting tonight at 8 p.m., running through July 27. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $37. Visit peterboroughplayers.org
Thursday, June 27
The town of Exeter will begin its Summer Concert in the Park Series with Entrain, a Martha’s Vineyard-based rock band. The show will be held at Swasey Parkway and will begin at 6 p.m. All Summer Concert in the Park shows are free. Visit town.exeter.nh.us/recreation/summer-concert-series-1
Friday, June 28
The Prescott Park Arts Festival kicks off tonight with its 2013 production of Annie at 8 p.m. All shows take place outside in Prescott Park, Portsmouth and occur Thursdays and Sundays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Matinee performances are Sunday, June 30, at 1 p.m.; Saturday, July 27, at 1 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. The shows run through Aug. 25. There’s no fixed admission, but there is a $5-$10 suggested donation.
Saturday, June 29
The 33rd Plaistow Old Home Days 5K Run/Walk will kick off from the Plaistow Town Green on Main Street at 9 a.m. Visit running4free.com
. Registration costs $18 in advance and $22 on race day. Contact Dr. Jim Vitale at 382-9989.
Step out on the town for the Ladies Night Out 5K Run, Wine and Chocolate at 4 p.m. starting at Runners Alley on Hanover Street in Manchester. The race, which is a women-only event, features wine, chocolate hors d’oeuvres and “handsome men” who hand out flowers as racers cross the finish. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Mission. Visit bnseventmanagement.com
. Registration costs $25 to $60. Send email to email@example.com or call 978-836-0271.
Sunday, June 30
The Prescott Park (105 Marcy St., Portsmouth) River House Restaurant Concert Series will start at 7 p.m., with a performance by Richard Thompson. The series will continue on most Wednesdays during the summer. Suggested donation is $8 to $10. Visit prescottpark.org/wednight.cfm
The 5th Annual T.E.A. Tree 5K/1-Mile Walk/Run will take place at Macdowell Lake, 75 Wilder St. in Peterborough, at 11 a.m. The race, which raises money for an English program in Sri Lanka, features a 5K race and one-mile walk. Visit tjstea.com
. Registration costs $20. Call 670-8527.
Celebrate the Fourth
Wednesday, July 3
Test your lungs in the HASLAW Manchester Mile & 5K at Derryfield Park on Bridge Street in Manchester at 5:30 p.m. The one-mile race, which is considered the fastest mile in the country, begins at 6:19 p.m. All ages are welcome in the 5K. Visit millenniumrunning.com
. Registration costs $15 to $30. Contact John Mortimer at 512-1976.
Thursday, July 4
Take off on the Merrimack Sparkler 5K at 8 a.m. at the Merrimack YMCA, Henry Clay Drive in Merrimack. Visit merrimackrrbc.org/sparkler-5k
. Registration costs $15 by June 30, $20 after that. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the Run for Freedom 5K and 10K at Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St. in Derry at 7:30 a.m. Visit gdtc.org/runforfreedom
. Registration costs $20 to $30. Contact Rebecca Noe at 491-5185 or send email to email@example.com.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the third annual Revolution Run in Nashua at 8:30 a.m. The race, which features a 5K and a 10K, will take place at Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St. in Nashua. Visit revrunnashua.com
. Registration costs $35 to $40. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fourth on the Farm, New Hampshire Farm Museum, Route 125 White Mountain Highway, Milton, noon to 4 p.m. The annual celebration includes homemade strawberry shortcake with farm-grown strawberries, music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, croquet, living history tours of the Jones Farmhouse and visits with the farm animals. $7 for adults, $4 for ages 4 to 17 and free for children under 4. Call 652-7849 or visit farmmuseum.org
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Amherst Town Common will be home to a Fourth of July celebration that includes an “Artist’s Alley,” with oil paintings, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media work. Styles range from abstract work to traditional scenes of New England.
The Hopkinton Four on the Fourth will take place at 9 a.m. at Hopkinton High School on Park Avenue. Visit coolrunning.com
. Participants register on race day. Contact George Sabol at 856-8581.
Friday, July 5
The Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden’s (236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 226-2046) “Fashion Statement” exhibit opens today and is on view through Sept. 29. The opening reception is on Thursday, July 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The On the Green I Arts & Crafts Festival is at Brewster Academy, 80 Academy Drive, Wolfeboro, 528-4014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be almost 150 exhibitors showing, with folk art, primitive art, glass art, fine art watercolors, handcrafted furniture, jewelry designs, leather pocketbooks, totes, quilts, quilted items, photography, etc. The event continues Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the green Visit joycescraftshows.com
Saturday, July 6
Deer Tick, The Tan Vampires and The Tripping Souls will perform at the Redhook Brewery (1 Redhook Way, Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth) at 6 p.m. The show is a Sneakers and Speakers benefit concert for the Rock On Foundation. The show is hosted and curated by Luke and Matt Bonner. Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 on the day of the concert. Visit sneakersandspeakers.brownpapertickets.com
The New Hampshire Music Festival will host a Pops Concert at 8 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts (114 Main St., Plymouth). The theme of the concert is “Journey Across America.” Call 535-2787 or visit nhmf.org.
The second annual Arts on the Green juried fine arts and craft shows is today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, is hosted by the Center for the Arts in New London. More than 35 juried artists will display their work and be on hand to answer questions or explain their techniques at the New London Town Green. Visit centerfortheartsnh.org
The 4K on the Fourth will take place at 9 a.m. at NHTI, 31 College Drive in Concord. The race is the first certified 4K course in the state. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com/4k4th2013
. Registration costs $20 in advance, $25 on race day. Contact Michael Amarello at 429-8879.
Sunday, July 7
Benefit the Pleasant Lake Protective Association and the New London Fire Department during the Run for the Lake 5K & 10K at 8:30 a.m. at The Inn at Pleasant Lake, 836 Pleasant St. in New London. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com/lake5k10k2013
. Registration costs $15 to $20.
Let the music series begin
Tuesday, July 9
The Legend of Pocahontas, part of the 2013 Summer Children’s Series, premieres at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., palacetheatre.org
, 668-5588, today at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Following showtimes are Wednesday, July 10, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.
Wednesday, July 10
The Peterborough Players Theatre (55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, peterboroughplayers.org
, 924-7585) presents Two Pianos Four Hands starting tonight at 8 p.m., running through July 21. Plays are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m., Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $37.
Thursday, July 11
The New Hampshire Music Festival’s Orchestra Series begins with a concert at 8 p.m. at the Hanaway Theatre (114 Main St., Plymouth). The orchestra series will feature a variety of classical music performances. The festival will also host performances at the Hanaway Theatre on Thursday, July 18, Thursday, July 25, Thursday, Aug. 1, Thursday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 15. Call 535-2787 or visit nhmf.org
for ticket information.
Intown Manchester will host its first concert of this year’s TD Bank Summer Concert Series at Veterans Park (Elm Street, Manchester). The concert will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Visit intownmanchester.com
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) begins its summer concert series at 6:30 p.m., with the Good Mem’ries Band. Admission is free. Visit fieldofdreamsnh.org
The Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) will kick off its Music by the Sea Concert Series with Joshua Tree. The music begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $2 for ages 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 3. Call 436-8043 or visit seacoastsciencecenter.org
Friday, July 12
The Majestic Theatre’s Cinderella premieres tonight at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall at the Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester. Following showtimes are Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m.; Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-$20; call 669-7469.
The Teen Actorsingers present Urinetown, The Musical, at the Janice Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua, at 8 p.m. Following showtimes are Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15. Call 320-1870. Visit actorsingers.org
Saturday, July 13
It’s Artists Weekend at The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, 763-4789, thefells.org, at 10 a.m. Visitors can stop by and watch some of New England’s most talented artists as they work to capture the beauty of The Fells. On Sunday, July 14, visitors can browse and purchase a finished work of art at the Artists Reception Wet Paint Sale from 3 to 4 p.m., also at The Fells. Free admission
The New Hampshire Music Festival will host a family concert at 2 p.m. at the Hanaway Theatre (114 Main St., Plymouth). “The Wonderful World of the Symphony: How it All Works!” is a classical music concert for the whole family. Call 535-2787 or visit nhmf.org
Kids between the ages of 5 and 12 can take part in a fishing derby at the Horsepond Fish & Game Club (13 Horsepond Ave., Nashua) from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com
Go ahead and support our troops during the Trot for Troops 5K at 10 a.m. at Mine Falls Park in Nashua. Visit racewire.com. Registration costs $25. Contact Ashlie Coull at 438-9854.
Sunday, July 14
Romp through Horse Hill Nature Preserve for the Broken Boulder Dash 6K Trail Race at 10 a.m. at the Preserve, 184 Amherst Road in Merrimack. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com/boulderdash2013
. Registration costs $20 in advance, $25 on race day. Contact Michael Amarello at 429-8879.
Swim, bike and run the Capitol City Triathlon at 8 a.m. at NHTI, 31 College Drive. The event features a 1/3-mile swim, a 14.75-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile flat run. Visit capitolcitytriathlon.com
. Registration costs $75 to $85. Contact Scott Duval at 748-2503.
Fairs and festivals
Tuesday, July 16
Part of the 2013 Summer Children’s Series, Rapunzel shows at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org
, 668-5588, today at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Following showtimes are Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.
Thursday, July 18
Concord Market Days, downtown Concord, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, July 18, to Saturday, July 20, 226-2150, intownconcord.org
. Live music, dance, roller derby and martial arts demonstrations, fire truck pull, food and more. There is no cost.
Stratham Fair, Stratham Hill Park, Route 33, Stratham, Thursday, July 18, to Sunday, July 21, 772-4977, strathamfair.com
. The 48th annual fair follows the traditions of old county fairs with 4H exhibits, rides, music, magic, arts and crafts and the Miss Stratham Fair pageant. Admission is $7, $4 for kids 12 and under and seniors.
You can soar at the Hillsboro Balloon Festival (Grimes Field, Preston St., Hillsboro, balloonfestival.org
) today through Sunday, July 22. Hot air balloons, carnival midway, races, dancing, music, fireworks, parade and car show are all a part of the annual four-day event. Parking is $5 and admission to the festival is free. Some events will have separate admission prices.
Head downhill in the Downtown Dash at Memorial Field on Fruit Street in Concord. The race, which is a one-mile fun run, takes place during Concord’s Market Days. Visit ironheartjeremy.com
. Registration costs $18 in advance, $22 on race day. Contact Jeremy Woodward at 721-2830 or send email to email@example.com.
Friday, July 19
Watch for balloons at the Hillsboro Balloon Festival 5K at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillsboro Fairgrounds on Preston Street in Hillsboro. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com/balloon5k2013
. Registration costs $20 in advance, $25 on race day. Contact Michael Amarello at 429-8879.
The Summer Tradition Arts & Crafts Festival is today at 10 a.m. at Brewster Academy, 80 Academy Drive, Route 28, Wolfeboro, 528-4014, joycecraftshows.com
. More than 100 exhibitors will show their work. Free admission. The event continues Saturday, July 20, at 10 a.m., and Sunday, July 20, at 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 20
The New Hampshire Music Festival’s 603 Series will begin at 8 p.m. at the Gilford (19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford). The Festival Strings will perform. Call 535-2787 or visit nhmf.org
for ticket information.
The 46th Bill Luti 5-Miler will take place at 9 a.m. at Memorial Field, 70 S. Fruit St. in Concord. The event also features a kids’ fun run. Visit gsrs.com/luti/index.php
. Registration costs $15 to $25. Contact Contact Bob Teschek at 863-2537.
Take in the grounds of the Beaver Brook Association at the Beaver Brook Summer 5K at the Association, 117 Ridge Road in Hollis, at 10 a.m. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com
. Registration costs $20 to $25. Contact Michael Amarello at 429-8879.
Enjoy the fair and hit the pavement during the 40th Annual Stratham Fair 5.7-Mile Road Race & Two-Person Relay Race at 8:30 a.m. at Stratham Hill Park on Route 33. Visit active.com
. Registration costs $18. Contact Gary Rohr at 775-7202.
American Independence Festival, Swasey Park, Exeter, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 772-2622, independencemuseum.org
. Join the crowd escorting George Washington down Water Street, see the horseback delivery of the Declaration of Independence and listen to the public reading in historical re-enactments. Visit the Traditional New Hampshire artisans’ village, view the original Dunlap Broadside (one of 26 known copies in the world) and early drafts of the U.S. Constitution. Includes local arts and crafts, food, music, sidewalk sales and children’s activities and fireworks. Cost is $7, free for children under 10.
Sunday, July 21
National Bottle Show, Radisson Expo Center, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Federation of Historic Bottle Collectors will hold its national show in New England for the first time. The event is expected to consist of more than 250 sales and show tables as well as lectures and seminars, and an auction. Admission is $5. Call 765-8079.
Bike, run and paddle your way to victory at the Northeast Delta Dental Merrimack River Trail Triathlon located behind Buffalo Wild Wings, 6 Loudon Road, Concord, at 10 a.m. The event includes a 4K off-road bike ride, a 3K run and a paddle for fun for all ages. Visit mrgt.org/events.html
. Registration costs $20. Contact Tom Walton at 223-1537 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nate’s Race 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk will take place at Alvirne High School, 200 Derry Road in Hudson, at 9 a.m. The event features a kids’ fun run and a flat course. The race raises money for the Nathan Hergenhahn Memorial Scholarship Fund.Visit natesrace.com
. Registration costs Call 321-4375 or send email to email@example.com.
The Hula Hustle 5K and 10K will take place at 10 a.m. at the Executive Health and Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way in Manchester. The Hawaiian-themed race will benefit New Horizons. Visit millenniumrunning.com/hula
. Registration costs $25 to $30. Contact John Mortimer at 512-1976.
From Snow White to Shakespeare
Tuesday, July 23
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs premieres today at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org
, 668-5588. Following showtimes are Wednesday, July 24, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.
Wednesday, July 24
The Peterborough Players Theatre (55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, peterboroughplayers.org
, 924-7585) presents Seagull tonight at 8 p.m. The show runs through Aug. 4. Showtimes are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $37.
Thursday, July 25
The Package Tour featuring New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will visit the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $91.50. Call 644-5000 or visit verizonwirelessarena.com
The 26th Annual Military Vehicle Rally, Center Woods Elementary School, 14 Center Road, Weare, starts today and runs through Sunday, July 27. This event celebrates the preservation of historic military vehicles of all nations and eras. There will be a flea market, food vendors, trail rides, road tours, a lobster clambake and vehicle displays. No admission fee. Visit mvmvc.org
The Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., Nashua) will host a summer concert on the Plaza at 7 p.m. Jazz vocalist Brandi Maxam will perform. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com
Friday, July 26
The Lowell Folk Festival kicks off with a parade at 6 p.m., and performances at the Dutton Street Dance Pavilion and Boarding House Park (40 French St., Lowell, Mass.). Admission is free. Visit lowellfolkfestival.org
Southern New Hampshire Brewer’s Festival, White Birch Brewing Company, 1339 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 5 to 9 p.m. Includes a tasting glass program, food from three local restaurants and free parking. Admission is $60 for a VIP ticket, $45 for general admission, $35 for designated drivers. Visit snhbf.com
or call 206-5260.
Saturday, July 27
The 19th Canterbury Woodchuck Classic 5K takes place at 9 a.m. at Canterbury Elementary School, 15 Baptist Road in Canterbury. Visit capitalarearaceseries.com
. Registration costs $17. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tear up the trail at the Bear Brook Trail Marathon at 6:30 a.m. at Bear Brook State Park. The 26.7-mile race takes runners throughout the 10,000-acre park and combines fast singletrack sections with challenging climbs and descents. Visit acidoticracing.com
. Registration costs $35. Registration closes on July 25. Send email to email@example.com.
55th annual Canterbury Fair, town center, Shaker Road, Canterbury, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring a chicken barbecue and other food, artisan demonstrations, farm animals, live music and performances. Free admission. Visit canterburyfair.com
17th annual Show of Dreams, Route 28 and Trotting Track Road, Wolfeboro, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An antique British car show featuring more than 20 classes and awards in each class. Call 772-1116 or visit bcnh.org
Shakespeare in the Park in Nashua’s Greeley Park kicks off today with The Merchant of Venice at 1 p.m. This free-admission show also runs on Sunday, July 28, at 1 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 4, at 1 p.m., and is shown in association with Nashua SummerFun.
The Suncook Valley Art and Artisan Tour is from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Granite State artists and artisans will be participating in this self-led tour of artist studios across the area. Maps including the open studios participating are at the Barnstead Town Hall (108 S. Barnstead Road, Barnstead). Visit barndoorgappottery.com/svaa.html
A little bit of art and soul
Monday, July 29
Art 3 Gallery’s (44 W. Brook St., Manchester, 668-6650, art3gallery.com
) latest exhibition, “A.I.R.: Abstraction, Impressionism, Representational,” opens today and will be available for viewing through Nov. 1. The show includes art and sculpture from more than 70 regional artists. An opening and artist reception will occur Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31
75th annual Cheshire Fair, 247 Monadnock Highway, Swansey, Wednesday, July 31, to Sunday, Aug. 4, gates open at noon, cheshirefair.com
. The fair features midway rides, shows, agriculture exhibits, tractor pulls and horse shows. Admission is $10 for adults ($7.50 if ordered online), $6 for senior citizens, $5 for children ages 5 to 11 and free for kids under age 5.
Soulfest, a “social justice and Christian music festival,” will be at Gunstock Mountain Resort (719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford) for four days. The headliner for today is Hillsong Live. The headliner for Thursday, Aug. 1, is Newsboys. The headliner for Friday, Aug. 2, is Chris Tomlin. The headliner for Saturday, Aug. 3, is Skillet. Ticket prices range from $40 to $150 depending on when they are purchased and for how many days. Call 978-346-4577 or visit thesoulfest.com
Thursday, Aug. 1
Intown Manchester will host the last concert of this year’s TD Bank Summer Concert Series at Veterans Park (Elm Street, Manchester). The concert will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Visit intownmanchester.com
The town of Exeter will end its Summer Concert in the Park Series with Bushrod Washington. The show will be held at Swasey Parkway and will begin at 6 p.m. All Summer Concert in the Park shows are free. Visit town.exeter.nh.us/recreation/summer-concert-series-1
The Music by the Sea Concert Series at the Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) concludes at 6 p.m., with Jumbo Circus Peanuts. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $2 for ages 3 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Call 436-8043 or visit seacoastsciencecenter.org
Tonight is Open Doors Manchester, themed “Tiki Trolley Night.” Various galleries around downtown Manchester will be open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m., free of charge. Two trolleys circulate the same route between 5 and 8 p.m., stopping at each location approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Participating visitors are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops. Visit majestictheatre.net/opendoors.php
for updates on participating venues.
Friday, Aug. 2
American Idol Live will return to the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) at 7:30 p.m. Performers include Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch, Jr., Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos, Paul Jolley and Aubrey Cleland. Tickets range from $33.50 to $66. Call 644-5000 or visit verizonwirelessarena.com
The New Hampshire Music Festival’s 603 Series continues with a Chamber Music concert at 8 p.m., at Anderson Hall at Brewster Academy (80 Academy Road, Wolfeboro). The New Hampshire Music Festival will also host a family concert at 2 p.m. at the Hanaway Theatre (114 Main St., Plymouth). A classical music concert for the whole family, this show is titled “The Four Elements of Music: Composer, Conductor, Musician and You!” Call 535-2787 or visit nhmf.org
Saturday, Aug. 3
“Visual Dispatches from the Vietnam War” opens at the Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester, 669-6144, currier.org
) today. The exhibition includes 30 iconic photographs that brought the Vietnam War “to the kitchen table of every American household,” according to the exhibit description, marking it as the first war comprehensively photographed. It will be on view through Nov. 11.
Barnful of Blues will return to the 4H Youth Center in New Boston from noon to 8 p.m. This year’s lineup will include Roxanne & The Voodoo Rockers, “Poor Howard” Stith, The Dave Keller Band, Ten Foot Polecats, Chris Fitz, Willie J. Laws Band and Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson. Ticket information is to be determined. Visit granitestateblues.org
Slap on some mouse ears and go for the record at the Give the Kids the World Mouse Ears Gathering 5K at the Rochester Fairgrounds, 72 Lafayette St., at 8:30 a.m. The race features a world record attempt for the largest group of people wearing mouse ears. The race will take runners through historic Rochester. Registration costs $20 in advance , $25 on race day. Visit coolrunning.com
. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
African/Caribbean Celebration, Veterans Memorial Park, Manchester, times to be announced. The celebration will feature African and Caribbean dancing, food and more. Call 627-4631 for information.
The Actors’ Circle Theatre presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona in Depot Square Park, Peterborough, at 5 p.m. The shows are free and include free concessions, according to the website, but donations are accepted. The shows continue on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 5 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. Visit actorscircletheatre.org
Goffstown’s 5th Annual Uncommon Art on the Common is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Goffstown. The art will hang outdoors along the length of Main Street. Art in photography, watercolor, oil, acrylics, glass, fabric, mixed media, pen and ink, and for the first year, blown glass. This year, there will be a “kids’ paint-out,” where they’ll be able to enjoy the experience of plein air painting. Free admission, handicap accessible, with free parking available on the site. Visit goffstownmainstreet.org
The 80th League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair starts today at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury and lasts through Sunday, Aug. 11, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $8-$10. This nine-day event features traditional and contemporary fine craft work by juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Visit nhcrafts.org
The Second Annual Fine Artists Exhibition at the Sunapee Landing Trading Company (356 Route 103, Sunapee, 863-2275) is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and lasts through Sunday, Aug. 11. Visit sunapee-landing.com
Sprint, swim or tri
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Part of the 2013 Summer Children’s Series, The Wizard of Oz shows at the Palace Theatre yet again, today at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org
, 668-5588. Following showtimes are Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.
Thursday, Aug. 8
The annual Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race will take participants through downtown Manchester at 6:20 p.m. starting from Veterans Park on Elm Street. Visit coolrunning.com
. Contact Jessica Rhodes at 268-7854.
Friday, Aug. 9
The Majestic Theatre’s Nunset Boulevard premieres tonight at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall, Manchester. Following showtimes are Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-$20; call 669-7469.
The On The Green 2 Arts & Crafts Festival at Brewster Academy is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event continues Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit joycecraftshows.com
The New Hampshire Music Festival’s 603 Series continues with a full orchestra and chorus concert at 8 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord). The series concludes Friday, Aug. 16, with a concert at the same time and place. Call 535-2787 or visit nhmf.org
Saturday, Aug. 10
The New Hampshire Music Festival will host a Pops Concert at 8 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts (114 Main St., Plymouth). The theme of the concert is “A Big Band Celebration.” Call 535-2787 or visit nhmf.org
Test your limits at the 3rd Annual Monadnock Challenge Sprint Triathlon at Cunningham Pond in Peterborough at 9:30 a.m. The race features a 0.4-mile swim, a 15.8-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Visit monadnockchallenge.com
. Registration costs $65. Call Erin Lyons at 721-9959, 924-0488 or send email to email@example.com.
Stretch your legs at the Monadnock Half Marathon and 5K at 9 a.m. at the Jaffrey Bible Church, 133 Turnpike Road in Jaffrey. The 5K is a trail race. Registration costs $55 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5K. Visit monadnockhalfmarathon.com
Navigate three miles and 15 obstacles during the two-day Spartan Sprint-New England event at Amesbury Sports Park, Seabrook Greyhound Park, 319 New Zealand Road in Seabrook at 8 a.m. This is Day 1 of a two-part series. Visit spartanrace.com
. Registration costs $77 to $100.
70th annual Belknap County 4H Fair, Mile Hill Road, Belmont, belknapcounty4hfair.com
, Saturday, Aug. 10 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) to Sunday, Aug. 11 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Features horse shows, midway rides, children’s activities, exhibit barn and contests. Admission is $7 for ages 10 and up. Free for children under 10.
37th annual Alton Boat Show, Alton town docks, 9 a.m. to noon, nhbm.org
. The New Hampshire Boat Museum will present an informal, non-judged vintage boat show as part of the Alton Old Home Day. No advance registration necessary for entries. Free admission. Attendees can vote for the 2013 People’s Choice Award.
Sunday, Aug. 11
Swim, run and then do it again at the AquaRun2 at UNH’s Mendum Pond Recreation Area, off Route 4 in Barrington at 9 a.m. The event features a 1/3-mile swim, a 1.5-mile trail run, and a repeat of both the swim and the run. Visit campusrec.unh.edu
. Registration costs $25. Registration closes Friday, July 12. Contact Ed Harvey at 781-789-1032.
The Epsom Old Home Day 4-Miler will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Webster Park, 430 Suncook Valley Highway. Visit rrca.org
. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few worldly events
Monday, Aug. 12
Hampton Childrens’ Festival, Hampton Beach, Monday, Aug. 12, to Friday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. every day, hamptonbeach.org
. Highlights include a magic show on Monday, Aug. 12, sandcastle building contest, mini golf, free ice cream, storytellers, balloons and costume parade Friday, Aug. 16, where every child who participates receives a prize. All activities are free. Call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce office at 926-8717 for more information.
Tuesday, Aug. 13
Part of the 2013 Summer Children’s Series, Sleeping Beauty shows at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org
, 668-5588, today at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Following showtimes are Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.
Thursday, Aug. 15
The World Quilt Show is at the Radisson (700 Elm St., Manchester) and begins on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. International faculty will present more than 30 workshops and lectures. Visit worldquilt.com
. Admission is $12.
The Wayne Pearcy Jazz Quintet will perform at 7 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library’s Summer Concert on the Plaza Series (2 Court St., Nashua). Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com
Friday, Aug. 16
Middle Eastern Festival, hosted by Our Lady of the Cedars Church, 140 Mitchell St., Manchester, Friday, Aug. 16 (5 to 10 p.m.), Saturday, Aug. 17 (noon to 10 p.m.), Sunday, Aug. 18 (noon to 5 p.m.). Featuring Middle Eastern food and music, with activities for the kids. Visit mahrajan-nh.com
Saturday, Aug. 17
Enjoy a day of food at a peach festival and lobster dinner, Church of Our Savior, 10 Amherst St., Milford, 673-3309, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the peach festival and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. seatings for the lobster dinner at Lull farm stand, Route 13S in Milford. Reservations required for the lobster dinner.
Head to the Southeast Asian Water Festival, Lowell, Mass., lowellwaterfestival.com. The all-day event celebrates the heritage of Lowell’s Southeast Asian population with food, crafts, ceremonies and boats races.
The Redhook Brewery (1 Redhook Way, Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth) will host Redhook Fest on location at the brewery. Call 430-8600 or visit redhook.com
The 34th Annual Londonderry Lundgren Old Home Days 5K will take place at 8 a.m. at Londonderry High School on Route 128. Visit oldhomedays.com
. Contact Larry Martin at email@example.com or call 434-1153. Registration costs vary.
The 60th Annual Greeley Park Art Show is today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Greeley Park, Concord Street, Nashua. The event continues through Sunday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every year, artists from all over New England visit the Nashua park and set up their artist stand/booth to display their work to thousands of visitors. Visit nashuaareaartistsassoc.org
Sunday, Aug. 18
Symphony NH hosts its first Free Summer Fun Concert at Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua. Call 595-9156 or visit symphonynh.org
Enjoy the Moose on the Loose 10-Mile Trail Race & Relay at Mine Falls Park in Nashua at 9 a.m. The flat, scenic and shaded race takes place at Stellos Stadium, 7 Riverside Drive. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com/mooseloose2013
. Registration costs $25 in advance, $30 on race day.
Summer winds down
Wednesday, Aug. 21
The Peterborough Players (55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, peterboroughplayers.org
, 924-7585) present Absurd Personal Singular starting tonight at 8 p.m. The show runs through Sept. 1. Showtimes are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $37.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Jay Geils is best known for his contributions to rock in the J. Geils Band, but has made a name for himself as a jazz guitarist, too. The J. Geils Jazz Quintet will visit the Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry). Tickets are $35. Call 437-5100 or visit tupelohall.com
Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Festival, Everett Arena, 15 Loudon Road, Concord, Saturday, Aug. 25 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Sunday, Aug. 26 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), capitalmineralclub.org
. The festival showcases minerals, crystals, lapidary, faceted gems, fossils, jewelry, carvings, displays, and more. Children 12 and under with a parent will be given mineral specimen. Admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free.
The 34th Annual Lakes Region Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at 9 a.m. in downtown Meredith. This outdoor juried arts and crafts exhibition and sale features works from more than 80 artists and craftspeople. Visit meredithareachamber.com/artfest.php
. No admission. The event continues on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m.
The Manchester Artists Associations annual Art in the Park is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park. This free event exhibits work by New Hampshire locals. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 25. Visit manchesterartists.com
. for updates.
Sunday, Aug. 25
11th annual Chili Fest, Pat’s Peak, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 1 to 5 p.m. Compete in the chili cookoff or just go to sample the entries. There will also be a cookout, other vendors and music from The Mill 96.5 FM. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10. Visit chilinewhampshire.org
Labor Day weekend
Thursday, Aug. 29
98th Hopkinton State Fair, 392 Kearsarge Ave., Thursday, Aug. 29, to Monday, Sept. 2, Contoocook, 746-4191, hsfair.org
. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. Demolition derby, midway rides and games, tractor pulls and performances.
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) concludes its summer concert series at 6:30 p.m., with The Wayback Machine. Admission is free. Visit fieldofdreamsnh.org
Saturday, Aug. 31
Art in the Park at Ashuelot River Park in Keene is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted by the Monadnock Area Artists Association. More than 80 fine artists will exchange and sell their work and run a raffle to fund art scholarships. Visit monadnockareaartists.org
. Free admission. The event continues on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take in Horse Hill Preserve during the Blodgett Hill Fox Run 7K at Horse Hill Preserve, 184 Amherst Road in Merrimack at 10 a.m. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com/foxrun2013
. Registration costs $20. Contact Michael Amarello at 429-8879.
The New Hampshire 10-Miler will kick off at the Lake Massabesic parking lot in Manchester. The race takes runners around the lake. Visit millenniumrunning.com
. Registration costs $35. Contact John Mortimer at 512-1976.
Benefit Concord Hospital’s Senior Programs during the first Race to the Ledges 5K at 9 a.m. at Granite Ledges, 151 Langley Parkway. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com/ledges5k2013
. Registration costs $20 to $25. Call 224-0777.
Sunday, Sept. 1
With a total climb and descent of about 3,000 feet and four mountains to conquer, runners will brave 18 miles of trails at the Wapack Trail Race at 9 a.m. in New Ipswich. The course is extremely challenging. Visit wapack.freeservers.com
. Registration costs $15 through Aug. 25, and $20 after. Send email to Paul Funch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Sept. 2
Celebrate Labor Day by testing your lungs during the Mendums Half Marathon at UNH’s Mendums Pond Recreation Area off Route 4 at 8 a.m. The race features seven laps of an adventure trail, which includes one “huge hill” on each lap. Visit campusrec.unh.edu
. Registration costs $20. Contact Ed Harvey at 781-789-1032.