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Weekend Top 10 Planner: August 28-30, 2015

There is a lot of fun for everyone this weekend - from comedy and music shows - to outdoor festivals, a talent competition and much more. Do not miss what the Granite State has to offer this weekend. We've picked the "Top 10" events and listed them here. Happy weekend, NH!

North Country Moose Festival

Friday, 5-10 p.m.,
Saturday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.,
Sunday, 5-8 p.m.

The North Country Moose Festival is an event that honors the largest creatures of the northern New Hampshire and Vermont forests. It will be held in the towns of Colebrook, Pittsburg, and Canaan, Vermont. Activities include a classic auto show, a guided tour of the River Walk, a moose festival street fair that will feature crafts, demonstrations, live music, food and more. Performances by a live ventriloquist, a "Break For Moose" break dancing demonstration, a performance by comedian Bucky Lewis, sidewalk sales and more. Admission is free.

Spirit of the Clouds Pow Wow

Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Enjoy the Spirit of the Clouds Pow Wow at Autumn Hills Campground in Weare. This Native American Pow Wow will honor the culture and customs. On the Host Drum will be the Sacreed Earth Singers plus additional guest drums. Other entertainment will feature Dail Martin, who has won the Silver Arrow Award from Spirit Wind Records for several years and Michael Long Rider. Head dancer is Ron Little Cloud. Camp for the weekend or admission to the public is $5 for adults, $4 seniors, free for kids 12 and under.

An Evening with Tom Rush

Sunday, 7 p.m.
Spend An Evening with folk and blues singer-songwriter Tom Rush this weekend at the Amato Center in Milford. Rush has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years with hits like "No Regrets," "Circle Game" and "Urge for Going." He helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s. He's as vital and engaging as ever! Join us for what is sure to be a memorable performance, and is also a fundraiser to stop the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. Tickets are $40-$100.

Greekfest 2015

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.,
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester celebrates its annual two-day festival GREEKFEST 2015 this weekend. The annual festival is held as a celebration of the parish's August 15 Feast Day. All festivities will take place under a big tent. This year's event will feature live Greek Music from 'Ta Pethia' on Saturday. Visitors will be able to sample a variety of Greek food and pastry, all made by the parish's excellent chefs. Greek music will also be provided by a DJ all day Saturday and on Sunday. A variety of vendors will be selling fine jewelry, gifts, crafts, ethnic, and religious items. Other highlights of the festival include a multi-prize raffle, a penny sale, children's activities, and tours of the church. Admission is free.

Eddie Izzard

Sunday, 8 p.m.
Comedian Eddie Izzard will perform at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. Izzard is already one of the most acclaimed comics of his generation, and he's developing an equally stellar reputation as a film, television and stage actor. His bizarre, tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives are lauded for their creativity and wit. Izzard's comedic musings have earned him some top awards from Time Out and the Perrier Panel. Tickets are $39-$65.

Green Day's American Idiot

Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.,
Sunday, 7 p.m.

Green Day's American Idiot, a hit stage musical, makes its debut in New Hampshire at Court Street Theatre in Nashua this weekend. Based on the concept album of the same name, the two-time Tony Award winning musical 'American Idiot' tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey. 'American Idiot' features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong featuring hits 'Wake Me Up When September Ends,' 'Holiday,' '21 Guns' and the blockbuster title track, 'American Idiot.' The show will be produced by the Actorsingers. Tickets are $20.

Half-Step, Grateful Dead Tribute

Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Half Step, a tribute to the great Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead lights up the stage at the Rochester Opera House this weekend with a jammin' night of Dead music. With attention to detail the band uses similar instruments, amplifiers and effects to closely authenticate the sound of the Grateful Dead, the 'pioneering godfathers of the jam band world.' To enhance the experience, the band plays sets in the sequence fans might have heard at a Grateful Dead concert years ago. Tickets are $14-$16.

Sam Jam Benefit Concert

Saturday, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the Sam Jam Benefit Concert this weekend at the Colonial Theatre in Keene. The concert benefits The Samaritans. Internationally recognized hip-hop artists Adeem, Antonio Breez and Koma will perform with the Monadnock region's own Hug the Dog, Koma, Adeem and other special guests. Each performer will donate one set, culminating in a 5+ hour fan experience with all of the proceeds supporting The Samaritans. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $50 for reserved VIP 'Befriender' seats.

Let Freedom Ring Tour

Friday, 2 p.m.
Canterbury Shaker Village will commemorate the 52nd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' Speech with a special 'Shakers and Equality: Let Freedom Ring' tour. The tour, which is free with museum admission, will connect visitors with the Shaker ideals of gender and racial equality. The tour will culminate in the ringing of the 500 lb. Paul Revere bell atop the Dwelling House at 3 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-17. Children under 5 and members free.

11th Annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition

Friday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
This local talent show, the 11th Annual Hampton Beach Talent Competition, is held annually on the Seashell stage. Taking place this weekend at Hampton Beach, this free, three-day, family-oriented event, features three nights of singing with the semi-finalist show for the Juniors (under age 18) held on Friday. On Saturday, it's the semi-finalist show for the Seniors (ages over 18). Finally, on Sunday, the finalists for both Juniors and Seniors will perform together. Who will be the winner of the largest $1,000 prize this year? Come cheer on your favorite singers! Admission is free.

Last weekend

Weekend Top 10 Planner: August 21-23, 2015

There is still plenty of summer left in this weekend. From the Cornish Fair to cultural and family...

Cornish Fair

Friday, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.,
Saturday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.,
Sunday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.


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

5th Annual Festival of Earthly Delights

Sunday, 3-6 p.m.

Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest

Sunday, 12-4:30 p.m.

A Celebration of B.B. King

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Frank Caliendo

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

3rd Annual TD Bank Family Fest

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Old Time Farm and Tavern Days

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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