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Weekend Top 10 Planner: October 16-18, 2015

There is still so much fun to be had outdoors but we're going to have to take some events indoors soon. Heck, why not start now? Here's our peek at the "Top 10" Things to Do - indoors and out - in New Hampshire this weekend, just as we enter peak foliage in most of the state!

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Motley Crue

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Motley Crue - with opener Alice Cooper will heat things up at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester this weekend. This is the very last time that Motley Crue will be performing in New England so come on and get in the spirit of spooky and edgy with the artsy creep-show of Alice Cooper or the glam metal of the 80's with the Crue as the count down to their final show of their career. The band is known for metal-mega hits "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Looks That Kill," "Smokin' in the Boys Room," "Shout at the Devil," and "Dr. Feelgood" to name a few! Tickets are $59.50-$125.


Saturday, 2 p.m.
It's time for Riverfire at the Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin. This weekend the boom piers on the Androscoggin River will be lit again for some spooky fun. But first, there's a whole lot of Halloween and harvest fun lined up. Activities include a duck race, hot air balloon rides, HorrorFest Haunted Logging Camp, pumpkin carving, vendors, hayrides, a bouncy house village, a huge children's Halloween costume parade and the lighting of the pumpkins on the bridge followed by the lighting of the boom piers. Come enjoy this one-of-a-kind festival. Admission to the park is free. Another must-do if you can do two!

7th Annual New Hampshire Brewfest

Saturday, 12-9 p.m.
It is Octobeer! And that can only mean one more brewfest this weekend. But it's a good one - the 7th Annual New Hampshire Brewfest, which is held on the grounds of Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth. Enjoy one of three sessions and get ready for some great sampling from brewers like Allagash Brewing Company, Geary's, the Downeast Cider House, Ipswich Ale Brewery, Harpoon Brewery, Martha's Exchange, Moat Mountain Brewing Company and many others. There will be more than 150 beers from over 50 brewers. Tickets are $15-$50 and this one does usually sellout.

Ocean Discovery Day

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dive into Ocean Discovery Day at UNH in Durham this weekend. Held at the Chase Ocean Engineering Lab, this family-friendly event highlights how scientists and students engage with our rich natural resources and utilize our proximity to the ocean for their studies. Enjoy hands-on demonstrations, tours and talks. Check out the hand-powered wave tank, watch animations of whale behavior and drive mini-ROV's in the deep tank. Demos and talks on various ocean-related topics and hands-on activities like lobster banding and fish printing make this one fun for all. And - best part - admission is free! Make this a must-do!

15th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival

All Weekend
Who's ready for some cinema? The 15th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival takes place this weekend at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. The festival screens around 100 world class films - both domestic and international narrative, documentary, and short films. They also present four signature forums with entertainment industry insiders and hosts five parties, enabling attendees to connect with the most influential visual artists of the year. Individual tickets are $15 and weekend and day passes are also available. Call 603-436-2400 for details.

Lisa Lampanelli

Friday, 8 p.m.
She's the "Queen of Mean." Lisa Lampanelli is bringing her outrageous, raunchy Leaner Meaner Tour to the stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts this weekend. Comedy’s lovable Queen of Mean is an equal opportunity offender who pulls no punches with her trademark in-your-face insult comedy. She is well known for her many Comedy Central roasts. She has lambasted Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Betty White, Donald Trump, and Flavor Flav to name a few. We have to wonder what she has to say about Donald Trump now, especially after appearing on his "Celebrity Apprentice" show. Tickets are $38-$68.

An Evening with Clint Black

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Spend an Evening with Clint Black, the country music star who surged to super-stardom during the early 90's renaissance of country music. He amassed five consecutive #1 singles in 1989 with his debut album, "Killin' Time," and then followed that up with multiple multi-platinum and gold albums. Among his string of hits are the songs “A Better Man,” “Where Are You Now,” “When My Ship Comes In,” “A Good Run of Bad Luck,” “Summer’s Comin’,” “Like the Rain” and “Nothin’ But the Taillights," part of a catalog that made him one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era. Tickets are $61-$71.

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience

Sunday, 3 p.m.
The Colonial Theatre in Keene is bringing Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience (A Parody by Dan and Jeff) to the stage this weekend. The show takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you never read the Potter books, the production will make you roar with laughter and is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed). Tickets are $49.

The Music Man

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Music Man will open this weekend at the Rochester Opera House. Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony-Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957. The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain fall. This critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. Tickets are $12-$22.

1775 Militia Muster and Market Fair

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Travel back in time 240 years at the 1775 Militia Muster and Market Fair at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford this weekend. The Revolutionary era will come alive at a colonial market fair with 18th century craftspeople and artisans at work, while the militia gathers to enlist and train as they did in October 1775. Revolutionary War re-enactors will portray the men of Captain John Wentworth’s Company as they re-enlist for the new Continental army. The militia men will demonstrate musket firings and military drills, display and explain their equipment, and raise a Liberty Pole and flag as they prepare to join General Washington’s army for the next campaign. Meanwhile, artisans in period attire will demonstrate such crafts as shoemaking, cabinet making, coopering, and gun smithing, along with period cooking and other aspects of everyday life in the 18th century. Admission is a $5 suggested donation per person. Children are free.

Weekend Top 10 Planner: October 9-11, 2015

Normally, we'd be looking at peak foliage in the region over this Columbus Day Weekend, but things...
Normally, we'd be looking at peak foliage in the region over this Columbus Day Weekend, but things are a little behind so you'll have to really head north to see the best of the color spectrum. However, there are so many events to make the weekend a blast that we're sure you'll have no problem making it one to remember. Take a stroll through our list of the Top 10 Things and fill your holiday weekend with plans!

65th Warner Fall Foliage Festival

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.,
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Warner Fall Foliage Festival takes place in downtown Warner this weekend. The highly anticipated annual event is one of our favorites! You'll find a midway, oxen competitions, road races, live entertainment, delicious food, arts and crafts, a kid's dance party, a fantastic woodsmen competition, an ice cream eating contest, and the Grand Parade. Sounds like there is something for everyone at this top fall event! Admission is free but there is a $5 fee to park.

America On Tap

Saturday, 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
Check out "America On Tap" at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester this weekend. There will be two sessions featuring over 100 releases from some of America's best craft breweries. Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food for purchase, and great vendors. Among the beer selection, local breweries like the 603 Brewery, Milly's Tavern, Shipyard Brewing Company, Tuckerman Brewing, the Woodstock Inn Brewery and many others will be on site. A standard ticket is $35 in advance, $45 the day of the event. $10 designated driver tickets will be available at the door.

26th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival

Friday, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The 26th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival is also one of the most highly anticipated annual events in New England, drawing more than 35,000 people to downtown Milford over Columbus Day Weekend. Enjoy painting pumpkins, making scarecrows, the pumpkin catapult, face painting, food and craft vendors, carnival rides, a talent show, a climbing wall, a Zombie Walk, live bands all weekend, and a spectacular fireworks show on Friday. This one is fall fun for the whole family. Admission is free. Some activities do have a charge.


Saturday, 12-10 p.m.,
Sunday, 12-8 p.m.

It's a solid weekend of music at the Rochester Fairground's Rocktoberfest celebration. Powerhouse rock bands will cover classic rock from the 60's to the present with the sounds of Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, Rush, AC/DC, Aerosmith, ZZ Top and many others. Enjoy a little bit of outdoor music that is sure to take you back, while you enjoy the splendor of New Hampshire's fall foliage season in full swing. Tickets are $25 per day or purchase a 2-day pass for $40. Rock on!


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