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Weekend Top 10 Planner: July 31-August 2, 2015

It's all happening outdoors this weekend (most of it, anyway). Fairs. Crafts. Music. ATV fun. And so much more that we're having a tough time nailing down the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend! So maybe we'll just throw in a few more? Time to get busy, NH!

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82nd Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
On Saturday, the 82nd Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair kicks off its 9 day annual juried fair. It's the oldest crafts fair in the country and it's THE place to find one-of-a-kind items for your home, for gifts, and for outdoor items. Some of the work is so beautiful you won't believe your eyes. Shop for unique crafts, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, glass, photography that will blow your mind, and many other incredible and creative pieces. There are over 200 craft booths, 3 fine craft exhibitions, daily demonstrations and workshops, tours, seminars, live music and sculpture, children's arts and crafts and so much more. Do not miss this exclusive fair. Buy something that will become an heirloom piece in your family. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, military and Veterans.

Cheshire Fair

All Weekend
The Cheshire Fair takes place this weekend at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey. Like most of the agricultural fairs, you'll find a midway, live entertainment, crafts, animal shows, children's activities, pony-pulling, truck and farm tractor pulls, and more. This fair will also have Rosie's Racing Pigs and Ducks, performances by the Sugar Hill Snubbers, A Different Spin Comedy Show, the High Flying Frisbee Dogs, a demolition derby and a fireworks show. Admission is $10 general admission, $5 for children ages 5-11, $6 for seniors, and children under 4 are free.

Boz Scaggs

Sunday, 7 p.m.
The iconic rock legend Boz Scaggs brings his unique blend of blues, R&B, rock, and jazz to the stage in support of his new album, "A Fool To Care." Throughout his career Scaggs' unique voice and trademark sound make plain his abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music. With this performance at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, audiences will be treated to an intimate show that may never happen again. Don't miss it! Tickets are $48-$89.

Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally

All Weekend
Drake Field will be filled with hot air when the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally comes to town this weekend. For more than 32 years, the rally has provided the Pittsfield Rotary with the primary means to raise funds for community service projects. There will be hot air balloon rides at sunrise and sunset, tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides, food and carnival rides. In addition there will be a balloon glow and fireworks display on Saturday night. If the weather is just right, the balloons even take a "dip" into the Suncook River before heading off into the sunset. Admission is by donation. Call 603-748-1717 for more information.

Josh Turner

Friday, 8 p.m.
Country singer Josh Turner will hit the stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. This multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist is one of country music's most recognizable hit-makers. His breakthrough single was "Long Black Train" which was followed up by his second album, Your Man, an album that produced two number hits, "Your Man" and "Would You Go With Me." His biggest hit to date, "Why Don't We Just Dance" came off his 2010 album, Firecracker, which also produced the number one single, "All Over Me." In 2012, his album Punching Bag, gave him the biggest hit of the year according to Billboard, "Time is Love." Tickets are $34-$60.

Jericho ATV Festival

All Weekend
The Jericho ATV Festival, which will be held at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin this weekend, has become a huge annual outdoor festival for the north country. This "jam-packed, fantastic weekend of ATV fun and exhilaration" will feature many races, riding and mud, which makes for the best ATV experience in the entire northeast. There will be some extreme demonstrations, the RACE X Freestyle Show, which features stunts 20 feet in the air performed by professional riders, an ATV Pull Show a and a Youth ATV Simulator to safely introduce little ones to the sport of ATVs. Organizers will also welcome Brian Fisher to the festival. As the host of ATV World, which is set to air on NBCSN and Destination America this summer, Fisher will be on hand signing autographs, riding the courses, and sharing S'mores with fans at Saturday night's campfire. He is known for seeking out some of the greatest adventure destinations in the world by the seat of an ATV. In addition to all of the interactive fun, there will brand new ATV's from all of the major dealers - such as Polaris, Arctic Cat, Yamaha - for fans to try out. Berlin's Main Street will fill up with ATVs for a block party on Friday night with live music and on Saturday there will be a music festival headlined by regional rockers Riot Act. Enjoy a vintage ATV show, an ATV Torch-lit parade, a chainsaw carver, and a scavenger hunt sponsored by Progressive. Admission is $10 with children under six free.

Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival

Friday, 12 - 9 p.m.,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival will have audiences howling from the mountains of the Sugar Shack Campground in Thornton this weekend as they enjoy performances from a variety of musicians. The Gibson Brothers will headline the event on Saturday. Voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. for the second year in a row. They also won Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year for "They Called It Music" and Eric Gibson was named Songwriter of the Year. Other performers this year include SteelDrivers, Claire Lynch Band, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Goldwing Express, the Mary Maguire Band and The Robinson Gospel Jam among many others. Come get your fill of some iconic bluegrass music and savor the quiet sounds of the outdoors each night as you camp through the weekend. Tickets for the music festival are $25-$110. Call 603-726-6005 for details about tickets and camping.

Ultimate Tribute Band Music Fest

Friday, 12 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Ultimate Tribute Band Music Fest will bring the music of your favorite bands to the Tri-City Stadium at the Rochester Fairgrounds this weekend. With national and regional acts on the schedule, this weekend-long dedication to some of the most legendary bands in music across several generations and music genres. It's sure to put a smile on almost anyone's face! These performers will have you thinking you just saw the real thing. Hear the hits of yesterday and today with the likes of ABBA, Garth Brooks, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, U2, and Jason Aldean. These acts were chosen for their unparalleled talents to sound, look and perform the part. Don't miss it! Call 978-361-2124 for information.

16th Annual Chocolate Fest

Saturday, 5:30-9 p.m.
Sink your teeth into the 16th Annual Chocolate Fest at Waterville Valley this weekend. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this annual event that celebrates all things chocolate, with local restaurants offering an assortment of sweet treats for you to try in the Town Square. Guests can purchase desserts by the piece so pick your favorite chocolate chow. There will be a free outdoor concert by the Brad Bosse band, as well as a "Name that Candy Bar" contest in the Town Square too. The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display in the Valley. Come fill your taste buds with all the chocolate you can handle. Call 800-468-2553 for details.

Alex Preston: Record Release Concert

Saturday, 7 p.m.
New Hampshire's American Idol star, Alex Preston, will put on a record release concert at the Palace Theatre in Manchester this weekend. The 21-year old singer and songwriter has been involved in music since he was four years old. He plays more than 12 instruments ranging from the guitar to the violin. That alone is impressive but what makes Alex special is that he sets himself apart from other acts by being authentic and bringing his total sense of self to the stage. The show will grab your attention because Alex is as real as one can get, and his shows are very raw, emotional and come from the heart. Preston was the second runner up on American Idol's 13th season, taking his career to new heights. Now he brings forth his first album and an opportunity to see him on his rise to the top. Tickets are $29.50.

42nd Annual Show 'n' Shine

Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The 42nd Annual Show 'n' Shine will be held at the Anheuser Busch Brewery in Merrimack this weekend. This annual fundraiser to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation of New Hampshire will feature more than 500 cars, live music, food, tours of the brewery and an opportunity to visit with the Clydesdales. A donation of $5 is requested for the New Hampshire Make a Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to terminally ill children.