A&E Weekend Top 10

Weekend Top 10 Planner: May 27-29, 2016

Hooray! We've reached the "Unofficial" start to summer. Yes, the kids are still in school, but that doesn't mean you can't all get out and enjoy the weekend. We dug through the holiday weekend events and dug up the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend! But, there is one thing we hope you will do, that is to take a moment to honor those who lost their lives in service to this country on Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day Parades and Observances

Monday, various times
Memorial Day weekend was once called Decoration Day (due to the early tradition of decorating graves) and its purpose is to honor all the men and women who paid the ultimate price, losing their lives in service of our country. So take a moment on Monday to consider the lives that have been lost. Say a prayer, visit a cemetery (bring flowers to a long-forgotten grave, perhaps at the Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen), attend a ceremony, or visit a parade. So many Veterans have lost their brothers and sisters in arms and it is a solemn occasion and quiet contemplation. If you're looking for information on your town's parade or observances, visit your town website. We have a few linked here in our calendar but double check with your town to see if they are commemorating this day of remembrance.

Joe Bonamassa

Friday, 8 p.m.
He's the Eric Clapton of the millennial generation, but music lovers of all ages will love seeing Joe Bonamassa step on stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom once again. With his fresh take on the blues, he is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation. He's even credited with bringing the blues back to the mainstream. Joe is a phenomenon. And he may be a bit of a workaholic (hey, it isn't work when you love what you do!) releasing 17 solo albums in the last 15 years, all on his own label. Add the duos and bands he's performed with and he's a non-stop music machine. He started out onstage opening for B.B. King when he was only 12 years old. Where does he go from here? The Saturday show is already sold out so shoot for Friday! Tickets are $99-$149.

Memorial Day Weekend at Waterville Valley

There's so much happening this weekend at Waterville Valley. Spend the weekend and enjoy the Kirby Youth Fishing Derby where kids can try to catch Corcoran Pond's elusive Kirby. Family friendly entertainment, including a presentation by Wildlife Encounters, face painting, boat rentals, a bounce house, and a visit with Bruce the Moose are all on the agenda for Saturday. On Sunday, the 27th Annual Chowderfest and Brews is on tap (pun intended). Sample some chowder, then submit your ballot for your favorite and see who wins the "Golden Clam Award." There will also be live music on the Gazebo Stage. On Monday, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Show presents a free one-hour live animal program about the owls of New Hampshire. With so much to do, you'll never want to leave! Admission prices vary by activity.

Wildquack Duck River Festival

Sunday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Wildcat River will come alive when 3,500 yellow rubber ducks race to the finish line during the Wildquack Duck River Festival at Jackson Village Park in Jackson. In addition to all the ducky fun - and don't miss the appearance of Wildquack, the big furry dusk mascot. There will also be food vendors, children's activities, Jackson's Cake Boss Competition, and a '5 Minutes of Fame' stage for entertainment. Welcome the warm weather with Wildquack in the picturesque Village of Jackson! Admission is free.

Memorial Weekend Craft Festival

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The 25th Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Festival takes place at the scenic Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith. Come see the handiwork of more than 100 juried artisans outdoors under tents in one of the most beautiful spots in the state. You'll find fine jewelry, scarves, tapestry, photography, country woodcrafts, pottery, puzzles, primitive and folk art, slate, blown glass and much more. There will also be foods like kettle corn, herbal dips, jams, jellies and more. Admission is free.

Johnny A.

Saturday, 8 p.m.
If you love the blues (and there's a lot of it this weekend) you will also love Johnny A. That is, if you are not already familiar with his talent. He'll be on stage at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry this weekend. For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters and every sort of venue in between. He is the kind of performer who lets the music do the talking, shunning flash, shrugging off image, and reeling in the listener on the strength of the songs alone. Heeeere's Johnny....don't miss him! Tickets are $30-$35.

Memorial Day Weekend at Anheuser-Busch

Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend at Anheuser-Busch is a great way to toast to a three-day weekend and relax with the family and friends. Take a tour of the brewery and tour center. Sample some brew. Enjoy some Drum Fun, where more than 32 solo drummers will perform, making this the largest drum solo event in New England. Gaze at the classic and classy Spring Fling 2016 Corvette Car Show on the grounds and enjoy the musical entertainment and food vendors. Don't forget to get your photo taken with the Budweiser Clydesdales too while you are there! Admission is free.

Jose & Patti: Neil Diamond and friends

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
See Jose & Patti: Neil Diamond and friends at the Palace Theatre in Manchester this weekend. Jose and Patti bring you this live concert event that encapsulates some of Neil Diamond's biggest and most well-known songs. Along with smash-hits such as "America," "Cracklin' Rosie," and "Sweet Caroline," they will also feature the legendary sounds of iconic artists so beloved by the baby boomer generation. Move to the sounds of Frankie Valli, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Cash, Carole King, The Monkees and many more! Experience the high-energy sounds of these world traveling entertainers as they pull into the Palace Theatre for an encore performance, along with a dynamic 7-piece band. How cool is that? Tickets are $39.50.

Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
It is Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day at Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center in Manchester this weekend. This annual get-to-know-this-cool-creature event is perfect for the whole family. It's slimy, it's up to three feet long and it's found in the Merrimack River! Come learn about this interesting creature, learn about the unique physical nature and life-cycle of the sea lamprey at this event. You'll even get to hold a live three foot long fish. Don't worry, he won't bite! Tickets at the door are $3 per person, $6 per family.

James Montgomery and the Nor'easters Band

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Another blues show this weekend features a New England Favorite, James Montgomery and the Nor'easters Band. He'll take the stage at Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln. When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he 'brings it on home.' Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary 'Chessmate.' Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene. Tickets are $20.

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