Get a better view of Market Days Festival this yearBy JULIA ANN WEEKES
NH Weekend Editor June 20. 2018 1:32PM
CONCORD — The 44th annual Market Days Festival will transform downtown into a half mile-long street fair, and there will be a new way to take in the view — a slackline stretching between two buildings over Main Street.
Festival organizers at Intown Concord have been working with both Slackline U.S. and Over the Edge to bring the Concord Urban Highline to the Capital City.
Kate Fleming, events and outreach coordinator for Intown Concord, told NHWeekend that it’s a first for the festival, and a first for Over the Edge, which usually raises money for nonprofits through rappelling events over local buildings.
Promoting it a “once in a lifetime chance to cross Main Street,” Intown Manchester said harnessed participants each will get 12 minutes to traverse the slackline — a web belt similar to a tightrope — before personnel at either end help reel them back in. People may choose to ride across the whole way if they prefer.
Cost is $89, and time slots for Friday and Saturday can be reserved via intownconcord.org.
Meanwhile, down below, more than 50 vendors will join the stores and eateries celebrating commerce and community today through Saturday.
Intown Concord is hoping to draw attention to its signature summer event that draws tens of thousands each year with the theme of “More & New.”
“Programming includes concerts on South Main Stage, Eagle and Bicentennial squares, family-friendly activities on the State House lawn, a beer and hospitality tent in the center of the festival, and much more,” according to intownconcord.org.
This year, the Capitol Center for the Arts and the William H. Gile Music Series are partnering to bring national bands and performers to the South Stage, including Ryanhood, Front Country, Jack Broadbent and The Huntress and Holder of Hands on Friday night and Heather Maloney, Matt Nakoa, All Our Exes Live in Texas and The Sea The Sea on Saturday night. The music will begin at 6 pm. both nights.
The huge roster of performances across all three stages during the festival also includes Freese Brothers, The Youngest Sun, Dustry Gray Band, and Trade.
The State House lawn will feature free family-friendly activities, including craft projects, yoga, mural painting, dog obedience tips and tricks and face painting.
Head to City Plaza for a Kid Zone with bouncy house, mini golf, water limbo, water cup races, life-size Jenga and hopscotch.
The Taiko Dojo Japanese Taiko drummers, In the Field Irish Dancers, and the Concord Robotics Team are scheduled to pay visits to the multi-day event, and don’t forget to check out the Market Days Idol All Stars and Storybook Competition in Eagle Square.