Family fun for the weekend
Intown Concord’s annual Market Days Festival in downtown Concord runs from Thursday, Aug. 19, through Saturday, Aug. 21, and has a lot of events on the schedule geared toward kids and families. The KidZone on City Plaza in front of the Statehouse lawn will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day during the event, according to the event’s website. For $5, kids can jump in a bounce house and play mini golf and other games, the site said.
There will also be daily free activities on the Statehouse lawn: on all three days, this includes a storytime (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), face painting (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and a DoggySplash Zone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday, catch the Aim High Canine Performances at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. On Saturday, catch arts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a robotics demonstration at 3 p.m.
Also on Saturday, catch Mr. Aaron, a kids music performer, at 11 a.m. at the Binnie Media Performance Stage on Main Street.
The event also includes food vendors, loads of live music and more. See marketdaysfestival.com. Get more details about Market Days in the Q&A on page 6 as well as on pages 26 (for information about the food offerings) and on page 42 (for a look at music).
Londonderry’s Old Home Days continues this weekend, through Saturday, Aug. 21. According to the event’s schedule, Thursday, Aug. 19, is the battle of the bands at the Londonderry Town Common from 5 to 9 p.m. On Friday, Aug 20, food, popsicle and ice cream trucks will set up at the Londonderry High School in preparation for the fireworks at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 21, according to the Old Home Day Facebook page, a parade will start at 10:15 a.m. (rain or shine) and run from Londonderry Middle School to Mack’s Apples. A craft fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Town Common. The first annual Sunnycrest Farms Apple Pie Eating contest will take place at 3:15 p.m. at the Londonderry Town Common Bandstand (and is open to anyone 14+, if you have some hungry teenagers). The schedule also lists a Wildcat Kidz Zone with wildlife encounters starting at 1 p.m., the Portsmouth Shipyard STEM program, a bowling game from the YMCA of Greater Londonderry and a dunk tank and Kona ice. At Lions Hall & Grounds, the Lions Club will offer a 603 Beer tent from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 603 Axe Play (with blow up axes for children under 10) and a cornhole tournament, according to the schedule. Find the event on Facebook for more information.
Just plane fun
The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (1 Airport Road, Manchester, 913-4010, flymanchester.com) will celebrate National Aviation Day on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include a Touch a Truck display featuring vehicles that help the airport operate, K9 demonstrations and a paper airplane contest, and free swag will be handed out. Tables will be set up by the baggage claim, including one with pieces of a plane that’s currently being built. All employees and guests are required to wear masks at the airport.
On the stage
The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org, 668-5588) continues its 2021 Bank of New Hampshire Children’s Summer Series. Finishing up this week’s run, catch Cinderella on Thursday, Aug. 19. Next week, the production is Sleeping Beauty, Tuesday, Aug. 24, through Thursday, Aug. 26. Showtimes are at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10 per person.
Student performers from the Palace’s summer camp program will have a production of their own this weekend: The Lion King Kidswill be performed Friday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $12 to $15.
Plaistow residents can catch a movie screened drive-in style onFriday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. The screening will take place at the Plaistow Public Library parking lot and will be presented as a drive-in. Admission is being restricted to 50 cars; register in advance at tinyurl.com/umsrmjz7.
Speaking of drive-in films, catch nightly double features at the Milford Drive-In (531 Elm St. in Milford; milforddrivein.com). The drive-in offers two double-feature options nightly with shows starting at 8 p.m. The drive-in grounds open at 7:15 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission (which can be purchased in advance through the website) costs $30 and covers one car with up to six people ($5 for each additional person).
At Chunky’s Cinema Pubs in Manchester (707 Huse Road) and Nashua (151 Coliseum Ave.) they’re hosting theater candy bingo on Sunday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Admission to this game costs $4.99 plus a theater candy, and tickets can be purchased at chunkys.com.
On Wednesday, Aug. 25, catch Back to the Future (PG-13, 1985) at Chunky’s in Manchester, Nashua and Pelham (150 Bridge St.). The movie starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $4.99.
For the younger moviegoers, all three locations will also offer a sensory-friendly screening of Paw Patrol: The Movie (G, 2021; it opens in theaters and on Paramount+ on Friday, Aug. 20). The sensory-friendly screening, which keeps the lights up and turns the sound down, starts at 11:30 a.m.
The annual Hampton Beach Children’s Festival continues through Friday, Aug. 20, with programming on Hampton Beach, according to the Hampton Beach Village District website (hamptonbeach.org) and Facebook pages. On Thursday, Aug. 19, catch Magician Fran Flynn (10 a.m.), Wayne from Maine with a musical singalong (1 p.m.) and a performance by the International Red Star Twirlers (3 p.m.), according to a schedule posted on the district’s Facebook page. The week is capped off with a children’s costume parade on Friday (11 a.m.; participants should line up at 10:15 a.m.), a grand finale with prizes at the Sea Shell Stage (noon) and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus (1 p.m.), according to the schedule.