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Weekend Top 10 Planner: September 4-6, 2015

Labor Day Weekend. The unofficial end of summer (and the official back-to school for many) is here. Fairs and festivals are taking over the Top 10 this week but there are some concerts and other family events too. Take a peek at our list of the Top 10 Things to Do this weekend and enjoy the holiday weekend.

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Hopkinton Fair

All Weekend
It's the 100th Annual Hopkinton State Fair this weekend, and it's a fair that is a Labor Day Weekend tradition. Held at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds in Contoocook, the fair is fun for everyone. There will be livestock exhibits, horse pulls, a Woodsman Exposition, 4x4 truck pulls, tractor pulls, a parade, many 4-H events, a petting farm, Granite State Draft Horse and Pony Association Wagon Rides, a Maple Sugarhouse, home and garden exhibits, a midway, live music and family entertainment, bull riding, a demolition derby and so much more. Admission is $5-$10 and parking costs $3.

Exeter UFO Festival

All Weekend
This Labor Day marks the 50th anniversary of the "Incident at Exeter" when 18 year old Norman Muscarello reported to the Exeter Police his sighting of an unidentified flying object behind a barn in Kensington. As they investigated the site, they too saw the object hovering where Norman had seen it. Headlines nationwide told the story. The rest became history as the police and investigators nationwide tried to determine what young Muscarello saw that night. Books, movies, documentaries have been produced in this attempt. It remains one of the best publicized and best documented UFO sightings. Six years ago the Kiwanis Club put together a UFO Festival to commemorate the event. Among the festivities there will be a number of guest speakers, children's arts and crafts, face painting, live music, vendors and more. There is an admission fee of $10 for the speaker's series.

Lancaster Fair

All Weekend
The north woods of New Hampshire comes alive every Labor Day Weekend with the sights, smells and sounds of the Lancaster Fair. The fair features a large midway, live musical performances (including one by Jo De Messina) and family entertainment (like the comedy show by The Logger), pig scrambles, a big rig truck pull, 4x4 truck pulls, a cruise night, daily performances by ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher of the Magic Trunk, a kid's korner, 4-H events, horse shows, and much more. If you are going to be in the White Mountains or Great North Woods, this is something you don't want to miss! Tickets are $15-$16.

Cruising Downtown

Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
One of the largest car shows you'll find in the Granite State is the one that happens this weekend in downtown Manchester. In fact, it's the third largest in all of New England. Come see antiques, hot rods, classic cars and trucks plus a whole lot more. This year's event features live entertainment on two stage, more than 500 cars and trucks, and Dennis Gage, the host of the hit cable television series "My Classic Car." Join the Manchester Rotary Club and help raise money for Manchester area non-profits. Admission is a (suggested) $5 donation.

Keb 'Mo'

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb' Mo' will hit the stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. Keb' Mo' embarks on a new chapter of his career with his recent release of "BLUESAmericana." His twelfth full-length album marks the 20th anniversary of his debut "Keb’ Mo’," but, more important, the disc is a signpost of artistic and personal growth. As a singer/songwriter and guitarist, Keb' Mo' is influenced by many genres including folk, rock, jazz and pop in addition to the blues. His career has encompassed a wide variety of styles and he's even taken on film project, portraying Robert Johnson in a 1998 documentary and stepped into other projects as a musician and actor. But don't get it twisted, Keb' Mo' is a guitarist at heart, using several types including acoustic and resonator guitars to read his musical story to audiences around the world. Tickets are $26-$46.

Little Big Town

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Grammy winning country music group Little Big Town will take the stage at the Bank of America Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford this weekend. The band has had 18 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts, including the number one singles, "Pontoon" and "Tornado" along with Top 10 hits, "Boondocks," "Bring It on Home" and "Little White Church," "Tornado." Their 2014 album, "Pain Killer," placed two more songs in the Top 10, "Day Drinking" and "Girl Crush," which went to number one. Tickets are $20-$62.

Los Lobos

Friday. 7:30 p.m.
Los Lobos, the multiple Grammy-Award winning American Chicano rock band, will perform this weekend at the Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth. Their major hit (and the one they are best known for) "La Bamba" catapulted them onto the World stage in the late 80's. Los Lobos are eclectic in the best sense of the word. While they draw equally from rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music, their music never sounds forced or self-conscious. Instead, all of their influences become one graceful, gritty sound. Tickets are $49+.

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Friday, 8 p.m.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars perform this weekend at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem. A potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen to critical acclaim with their energetic mix of old-school reggae, funky African grooves, and deep tribal chants. Founded in a refugee camp in Guinea, this band has matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. Tickets are $15-$25.

Waterville Valley's Dash and Bash

All Weekend
It's a weekend of fun at Waterville Valley as they celebrate the end of summer with their Dash and Bash event. Enjoy the annual "Just Ducky" annual charity Duck Race on Corcoran Pond with cash prizes for the three fastest ducks. Listen to live music, enjoy children's and family activities, and kiss summer goodbye (temperatures not withstanding) with a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is free. There is a small fee for some events.

26th Annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Come to the Alton Bay Community House and waterfront for this weekend's 26th Annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair at the Bay. Over 75 Juried Craftsmen and women from all over New England will display and sell their wares. You'll find everything from pottery and fine jewelry to folk art, photography, metal, blown glass, hand made soaps and more. In addition, there will be many gourmet specialty foods such as jams and jellies, candies, herbal dips and more. Admission is free.