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Weekend Top 10 Planner: October 24-26, 2014

Rain has really dampened the spirits around here - but they will rise again soon - pun intended! This weekend the Ghosts on the Banke will be lifting spirits once again. And they are not the only alarming apparitions roaming about - from Manchester's annual Zombie Walk to Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village, there's a whole lot of shady characters moving around the Granite State. Here's our rundown of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend!

Harvest Fest 2014

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Calling all ghastly ghosts, goblins, and ghouls; beckoning the area's most beautiful princesses, crazy pirates, and mischievous pixies to downtown Littleton for this weekend's Harvest Fest jamboree and the 4th Annual Gathering of the Jack-o-lanterns on the Ammonoosuc River. Participate in a series of fun events and activities including a ride with the Headless Horsemen, a chance to savor family-friendly trick or treating on Main Street, a Haunted River Walk and the warmth of a community bonfire. There will be activities like pumpkin carving, bouncy houses, plus foot races, a pie-eating contest, tug of war, and more. At the Littleton Co-op you can sample Woodstock Station brews, tasty popcorn and locally-prepared chili. At the library, they will be reading spooky one-minute stories. Then at dusk, the 4th Annual Gathering of the Jack O Lanterns will light up the banks of the Ammonoosuc river and the covered bridge. Come enjoy all of the festivities! Admission is free.

Marshall Tucker Band

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Marshall Tucker Band will make an appearance at the Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth this weekend. The band is definitely one of the kings of southern rock. Among their hits are songs like "Take the Highway," "Can't You See," "Fire on the Mountain" and many more. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be powerful force in the world of music. Tickets are $39+.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter performs this weekend at the Lebanon Opera House. The five-time Grammy Award winning musician will play an intimate acoustic performance to benefit Child and Family Services. This stop on her tour marks Carpenter's return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive catalog of music, after performing with orchestras in early 2014. She will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll on piano and John Doyle on guitar. Tickets are $42.50-$75.

George Benson

Sunday, 7 p.m.
Grammy winner George Benson will take the stage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth this weekend. Appreciated as both a musician and performer by millions, 10-time Grammy Award winner George Benson has always had the dual role of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer. He has consistently placed his keenly discerning art—from jazz to pop, and from instrumental innovator to vocal sensation— in the service of a rousing good time. Rounding out his singular approach with sly, seductive rhythm and blues, he's earned himself an impeccable reputation as one of music's most enterprising and engaging stars. Tickets are $60-$130.

Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village

Saturday, 3-8 p.m.
Have some fun with Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village this weekend. Experience the other-worldly feel of our 200-year-old historic site on an October evening. This special night has something for everyone! Stroll the village for Trick or Treating, hear true Village ghost accounts from story tellers, and enjoy Halloween-themed activities and hot cider at this event for the whole family. Be sure to wear your costume! Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for kids and children under 5 are free.

Comedian Juston McKinney

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
New Hampshire's very own - Comedian Juston McKinney - will perform at the Palace Theatre in Manchester this weekend. When NH magazine named him 'Best of NH' they wrote, 'The Granite State may have more famous comedians than you can shake a stick at (Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman and Adam Sandler to name a few) but no one really 'gets' New Hampshire humor like Juston McKinney. He's been using the state as his comic muse since he was humoring perps as a deputy sheriff on the NH/ME border in the 1990s. Now he's got TV deals galore and appearances on 'The Tonight Show' and 'Comedy Central.' His Youtube channel has over a million views, which includes NH favorites such as 'Live Free or Die' and 'Live Freeze then Die!' Tickets are $24.50.

Annual Zombie Walks

Friday, 7 p.m., (Rochester),
Saturday, 2 p.m. (Manchester)

On Friday, Rochester Main Street presents their Annual 'Horribles' Parade for teens and adults. The Zombie Walk will start at the Union Street parking lot and end at the Rochester Commons. Attendees (come dressed up and be part of it!) will enjoy a bonfire, cider, donuts, and entertainment. Or just come watch the creepers amble downtown to their destination. Call 603-330-3208 for more information. On Saturday, join InTown Manchester for their 3rd Annual Zombie Walk in downtown Manchester. The Zombie Walk is open to all ages, and begins at the Brady Sullivan Plaza on Elm Street. It's open to all ages. Dress like a zombie, walk downtown and have the best time you'll have DEAD! It's fun for everyone. If you don't feel like dressing like the undead, just come watch them instead. It's free!

Ghosts on the Banke

Friday-Saturday, 6-8 p.m.
Come and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke's famous Halloween celebration in Portsmouth. Combine a little history with some serious spooky stories and you might come away believing. Meet long-dead sea captains, Jack-o-Lantern-Lit Lanes, 17th Century Shopkeepers and wayward pirates haunting the streets of Portsmouth's oldest neighborhood as you trick or treat safely from door to creaky door of historic homes. Tickets are $8 per child or adult.

2014 New Hampshire Auto Show

Friday, 12-9 p.m.,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The 2014 New Hampshire Auto Show will take place this weekend at the NH SportsPlex in Bedford. As part of Motor Trend Auto Shows, this is the only place in New Hampshire where you'll see the latest 2015 cars, trucks, SUV's and crossovers on the market from more than 20 manufacturers - or, in other words, the place to “see the pages of Motor Trend (Magazine) come alive.” There will be fun for all ages at this show and all attendees will receive a free 12-month subscription to Motor Trend Magazine. Family day is Sunday and all children will be admitted free with a paying adult. This show is sponsored by the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association so you can expect to see some familiar faces at this annual event. Tickets are $7 for adults 13 and over, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and under.

New Hampshire Brew Fest

Saturday, 12-9 p.m.
This weekend, the 6th Annual New Hampshire Brew Fest will heat things up at the Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth with over 150 different beers to sample from 31 American craft breweries. There will be local food vendors on site as well as live music throughout the day. Some of the breweries that will be on hand include Allagash Brewing Company out of Portland, ME, Beara Irish Brewing Company from Portsmouth, Elm City Brewing Company out of Keene, Brooklyn Brewery, Goose Island from Chicago, Henniker Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Co. from Hawaii, Moat Mountain out of North Conway and many more local and national breweries. Come taste what's new or what's hot! Tickets start at $25. Choose from three different ticket options and sessions.

Last weekend

Keene Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, 12-8:30 p.m.

New Hampshire Film Festival

All Weekend

Hudson Kiwanis Pumpkinfest

All Weekend

The Addams Family

Friday, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 11 a.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Pumpkin Party

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Riverfire Festival

Saturday, 1-8 p.m.

Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off and Regatta

Saturday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Sunday, 12-4 p.m.

Enchanted Fall Festival

Saturday, 4-8 p.m.

Boz Scaggs

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Gate City Fall Festival

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


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