A&E Weekend Top 10


Weekend Top 10 Planner: June 24-26, 2016

Wow! With all the outdoor events happening this weekend, we expect to make some memories that will last a lifetime. Get out there and live loud! We've picked out the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend. Enjoy!

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New England Brewfest

All Weekend
The New England Brewfest is back for its 12th year and is proud to be partnering with Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln for the ultimate craft beer weekend. The New England Brewfest is a one of a kind event in the New England region, offering a total craft beer immersion in food, education, and entertainment. This three day event, spanning includes two beer pairing dinners, Hop Talks educational sessions, the weekends signature beer tasting event Saturday Night: ON TAP, and more! Visit www.nebrewfest.com for a full schedule of weekend events. Ticket prices vary by event or activity.

Phantom Gourmet's BBQ and Country Fest

Friday, 12 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Country Fest will be held this weekend at the Tri-City Arena at the Rochester Fairgrounds. Emceed by the kings of “Food & Fun” – Dan, Dave and Mike Andelman – the three-day affair will feature award-winning pitmasters from across the globe, a country music festival, carnival entertainment and competitions, beer and wine gardens and family-friendly fun. Recently recognized as one of Trip Advisor's “Top 25 BBQ Battles & Festivals in the USA,” the Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Country Fest will welcome traveling barbeque teams from Australia to Texas to fire up their smokers and serve up the best – and messiest – in backyard, southern fare. On the music side, popular country acts will take the stage and provide live entertainment throughout the three days. The event will offer southern “showdown” festivities including a mechanical bull riding competition, pig racing, line dancing, and the Phantom's signature purple dance floor. For the little ones, KiddieLand offers rides and activities complete with a bouncy house and “Super Slide.” Tickets are $5.

Market Days Festival

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Intown Concord's 42nd Annual Market Days Festival returns to historic downtown Concord this weekend. Market Days is central New Hampshire's biggest free community event of the year – a gigantic street fair in the heart of the Capital City, with more than 160 vendors offering a vast array of food, shopping, and entertainment. You'll find 30+ hours of live music and entertainment in Bicentennial and Eagle squares, free family fun activities on the State House Lawn, a beer & hospitality tent, an outdoor movie, community performances, the Concord Arts Market, Touch-a-Truck, Krazy Kids Kids' Zone, and Market Days Mini Golf, plus the 10th Annual Concord Multicultural Festival on Saturday. This year's festival features more vendors, more entertainment, and a beautifully transforming Main Street. Admission is free.

Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Friday, 8 p.m.
Latin Grammy Nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache will perform this weekend at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. The group made New York City history as its first and only all­-women mariachi band. Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi, the group started as a trio, playing the Harp, Violin and Vihuela, today they perform as a full mariachi ensemble. While they work to preserve the centuries old tradition of Mariachi, inevitably their special blend of the traditional with the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to places it has never been. Tickets are $20.

Louie Anderson

Friday, 8 p.m.
Are you ready for some laughs? See Louie Anderson at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend. Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, a two-time Emmy award winner, is one of the country's most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best selling author, star of his own standup specials and sitcoms, and he continues to tour the country performing to standing room only crowds worldwide. In 2016, Louie was cast to co-star along with Zach Galifianakis and Martha Kelly in the hit FX series, “Baskets.” Anderson's extraordinary new role is Christine Baskets, the matriarch of the Baskets clan. The character is based on both his mother and his five sisters, who were a major presence in his life. Tickets are $35.

Josh Turner

Friday, 8 p.m.
Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music's most recognizable hit-makers and he will take the stage this weekend at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner's hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012. He's also an author, releasing Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood in 2014. Tickets are $34-$60.

CHaD East-West NH High School All-Star Football game

Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
More than 80 of the best of the most recent high school graduates will meet up for one final game to raise money for the families and services at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The 2016 CHaD East-West NH High School All-Star Football Game will take place this weekend at St. Anselm College in Manchester. Kick-off is 5:35 p.m. The game pits seniors from high schools across the state in an East vs. West battle while also teaching them about community service, philanthropy, and humility. Tickets are $10 each and available at www.chadallstarfootball.org. Through sponsorships, ticket sales, donations, and optional player fundraising, this game has raised over $1 million in its first four years.

The Outlaws

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
For The Outlaws, who will take the stage at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth this weekend, it was always about the music. For over 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs and endured tragedies to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies, they became worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring and continue that reputation to date. After two packed houses and hundreds of fans singing along we had to bring them back for round three. Tickets are $35+.

PorcFest: 13th Annual Porcupine Freedom Festival

Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
The Porcupine Freedom Festival, commonly known as PorcFest, is the Free State Project's flagship annual summer gathering at Roger's Campground in Lancaster. Having grown in size and scope since its inception in 2004, PorcFest now typically draws up to 2,000 of the liberty movement's finest freedom-lovers from across the globe. This safe, fun, and friendly week-long event is packed with parties, panels, classes, delicious food, children's activities, film screenings, Yoga and Ultimate Frisbee, meditation, live entertainment and much more. Ticket prices vary. Visit their website for more information.

Fun in the Sun Color Run

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
This weekend, Holman Stadium in Nashua is holding a Fun in the Sun Color Run is a color run and walk event open to adults, children, families, and teams. Participants run/walk a one-mile or 5k course around historic Holman Stadium in Nashua, NH. Following the race, participants and their families can enjoy a Finish Line Luau with live music, entertainment, food & beverage samples, and activities provided by area businesses and vendors. Call 603-881-9805 x60388 to register, or just come by and cheer on the runners!

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Granite State Celebrities

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Aerosmith Aerosmith

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Juston McKinney

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Jeffrey Locke

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Ann Dowd

Ann Dowd, who is a native of Holyoke, Mass. (born on January 30, 1956) and has a family home at New Hampshire's Lake Sunapee, is the talk of Hollywood now.

Annie Duke

Annie Duke is known as the "Duchess of Poker" and is considered one of the best poker players in the world.

Bode Miller

Bode Miller, the first American in 22 years to become the World Cup overall champion is a native of Easton, New Hampshire.

Tom Bergeron

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Bob Montana Bob Montana

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Matt Bonner

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Jodi Picoult

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With the Caucasus Mountains as a backdrop, Laconia, N.H., native Chas Guldemond soars above a hill at during a snowboard training session before the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Extreme Park in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Chas Guldemond

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Charles Revson

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Carlton Fisk

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Brian Wilson

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Bradford Anderson Bradford Anderson

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B.J. Bedford

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Alan Shepard

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Sully Erna / Godsmack

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Robert Frost

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Wolf Moser

Wolf Moser was born on December 3, 1974 in Moultonboro, New Hampshire. He graduated from St. Paul's High School, where he began rowing in 1991. Wolf currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey.

Triple H

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Topher Grace

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Tom Rush Tom Rush

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Seth Meyers

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Scotty Lago

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Sarah Silverman

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Samantha Brown at Cape Neddick Samantha Brown

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Salmon P. Chase

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Ronnie James Dio

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Rico Petrocelli

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Recycled Percussion

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Ralph Baer

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Mitt Romney

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Mia Tyler

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Mike O'Malley

Mike O'Malley, who played the part of Jimmy Hughes on the popular CBS television comedy series "Yes, Dear," was raised in Nashua, NH. He was born on October 31, 1966.

Matt Savage

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Mary Baker Eddy

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Mandy Moore

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Kristen Vermilyea

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Kris Freeman

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Ken Burns

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Justice David Souter

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John Irving

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Jenny Thompson

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J.D. Salinger

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Hannah Kearney

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Grace Metalious

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Franklin Pierce

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Dean Kamen

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Dan Brown

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Christopher Lowell

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Christa McAuliffe

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Chris Carpenter

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Brad Delp

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Hilary Gehman

Hilary Gehman was born on August 15, 1971 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. She graduated from Kingswood High School and, for the last few years, has coached the Georgetown University novice women's crew...

Janet Evanovich

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