A&E Weekend Top 10


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It's strawberry picking time. Visit a local farm stand or farm and savor the experience of grabbing the freshest strawberries you can eat! Or check out our picks of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend. There's always something to do in NH! Enjoy!

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43rd Annual Market Days Festival

All Weekend
The 43rd Annual Market Days Festival takes place in Concord this weekend. This free, annual community event is a defining occurrence for Intown Concord and the downtown. Market Days draws hundreds of vendors, performers, and exhibitors to Main Street and its periphery. The festival will feature concerts in Eagle and Bicentennial Squares, family-friendly activities on the State House lawn, a beer and hospitality tent in the center of the festival, Touch-a-Truck, Touch-an-airplane, Touch-a-Helicopter, a climbing wall, mini golf, a Strong Man Competition, boxing and much more. The festival attracts tens of thousands to downtown Concord. Admission is free.

Johnny A

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Johnny A. will perform this weekend at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry this weekend. Johnny A., known locally for his powerful musicianship, is the kind of musician who just goes out onstage and plays, shrugging off image and reeling in the listener on the strength of the songs alone. 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. And when the house lights are turned up, he's just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson® guitar. Music lovers will enjoy this intimate show with one of New England's musical treasures. Tickets are $30-$35.

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton

Sunday, 7 p.m.
See the Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton on stage this weekend at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford this weekend. Playing to more than 15 million people over the last twenty years, the Steve Miller Band is delving into their deep catalog of hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's for their 2017 summer tour. A mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late '60s, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music-and society-could be in the years to come. Previously associated with British bands, the Herd, and Humble Pie, Peter Frampton became an international hit with his album Frampton Comes Alive!, which is one of the top-selling live records of all time. He has since released several major albums, and collaborated with legendary artists including David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history with hits such as “Breaking All the Rules”, “Do You Feel Like We Do”, and “I'm in You.” Tickets are $39.75-$79.75.

Monty Python's Spamalot

Friday, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

It's the funniest show on earth. Monty Python's Spamalot, which will be performed this weekend at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, is a hilarious musical romp ripped straight from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” coconut shell galloping sounds and all! Join King Arthur and his idiot Knights of the Round Table as they search for the Holy Grail, except with way more musical numbers than the movie. You can't go wrong with this one! Tickets are $25-$38.

Concord Multicultural Festival

Saturday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
In conjunction with Intown Concord's Market Days, the 10th Annual Concord Multicultural Festival will be held on the State House Lawn this weekend. There will be a number of activities including Henna by Bhutanese Students, hair braiding, Karate demos from the Penacook School of Martial Arts, Native American activities by the Mount Kearsage Indian Museum, Chinese Calligraphy and Chinese paper cutting and more. In addition, there will be diverse Performances of music, song, dance, traditional costumes, food vendors, arts and crafts plus a whole lot more. Enjoy the Mexican Folklore Art Display, a demonstration of Sari wrapping and many other vendors from several countries. Admission is free.

The Whipping Man

Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 4 p.m.

The Whipping Man, a play that is set near the end of the Civil War, will be performed this weekend at the Peterborough Players Theatre this weekend. It is April, 1865 and the Civil War is drawing to a close. Caleb DeLeon, a Jewish Confederate soldier, returns wounded from the battlefield to his home in Richmond only to find it in ruins. The house has been abandoned by everyone except Simon and John, two former slaves, who were raised as Jews in the DeLeon home. As the three men reunite, they uncover deep-buried secrets... ties that bind them together and that, ultimately, could cost each man his freedom. An unflinching play about redemption, forgiveness and the lasting scars of slavery. Tickets are $39.

TOTO

Sunday, 7 p.m.
Multi-Grammy Award winning band TOTO will be bringing their "An Evening With Toto” to Tupelo Music Hall in Derry this weekend. Their performances will feature repertoire for their latest studio album XIV, classic hits, and both band and fan favorites from their vast catalog in performances that will stage two hours of music. Last summer, Toto embarked their first U.S. headline run in over a decade. Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums. After nearly 40 years, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility. Tickets are $100-$275.

Summerfest 2017

Saturday, all day
Wilton's annual street fair will celebrate the start of Summer with Summerfest 2017. The festival will feature street vendors, musical performances on two stages, food vendors, and family- friendly fun. Other activities include family-friendly games, pie-eating contest. Pancake Breakfast, a duck race, arts and crafts and more. The festival is all capped off with fabulous fireworks display at Carnival Hill at dusk, with music by a professional DJ. Rain date: June 25.

SNHUGFEST: A Summer Ukulele Celebration

Saturday, 11 a.m.
The Second Annual SNHUGFEST! (a celebration of all things musical, especially the ukulele!) will take place this weekend in beautiful downtown Dover at Henry Law Park. Area musicians and bands from Boston, New York and Nashville will perform at this all day, family fun event. For children, the day begins at 10 a.m. with a ukulele lesson at Earcraft Music (must signup in advance). After their lesson, they will march onstage to kick-off the festivities and show off their newly acquired skills. An attempt to break the unofficial strum record will be made. Everyone with ukuleles will hop on stage and join the fun. Every performance will feature a jam song for audience participation as well. Admission is free.

2017 New England Bee Bioblitz

All Weekend
New England bee enthusiasts will head to Ossipee this weekend for the 2017 New England Bee Bioblitz, organized by the University of New Hampshire Bee Lab. The event takes place at the Ossipee Pine Barrens and is free and open to the public. The Bee Bioblitz is organized by Sandra Rehan, assistant professor of biological sciences and researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station. Rehan is conducting the research project “Sustainable Solutions to Problems Affecting Bee Health” that is assessing for the first time the Granite State's bee species. Now in its fourth year, the Bee Bioblitz has provided critical information that has allowed Rehan and her lab to be the first to assess the state's native bee population as well as bees in the White Mountains National Forest. Admission is free.

Litchfield Strawberry Festival

Saturday, 10 a.m.
Litchfield will celebrate the Strawberry season with a Strawberry Festival on the grounds of the Litchfield Presbyterian Church. An old fashioned Strawberry Festival sponsored by and held on the grounds of the Litchfield Presbyterian Church and the Litchfield Historical Society. Savor homemade Strawberry Shortcake, plus Sausage Grinders, Burgers and Hot Dogs. There will be activities for Children including Face Painting. Vendors will offer homemade items; themed Raffle Baskets will be aplenty; and there will be live music provided by Rick Araldi on his Vibrophone. Tour the Litchfield Historical Society, take in the new, World War I exhibit in the Civil War Room and enjoy an historical talk with ninety-seven-year-old native, Alice Dickinson. Browse items for sale from a McQuesten Flower Cart; Salmon Falls pottery made especially for Litchfield; and a "Vintage Table," among other shopping enticements. Admission is free.

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