A&E Weekend Top 10

Moose Festival
Moose Festival

Weekend "Top 10" Planner: August 25-27, 2017

These last days before the kids return to school are bittersweet, so we'd like to wrap the vacation season with a pretty bow. Here's what we recommend for this weekend. Just scroll down our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend.

Dover Mini Maker Faire

Saturday, 10 a.m.
The Dover Mini Maker Faire, a day long festival that is held in downtown Dover is on this weekend. The show features people of all ages showing what they are making, and share what they are learning. Organized by the Children's Museum of NH, this isn't your typical New England fair, although we always have great food! More than 1,600
people attended last year to interact with robots, play with rockets, try their hands at science experiments, geek out with innovative technology, create arts and crafts and more. This year, with over 65 Makers participating, we'll have pirates, ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, beer tasting, live music, virtual reality, a video game trailer, fun with clay, a beekeeper, lego robots, student robots, professionally built robots, face painting, meatball subs, fusion food, cupcakes, Raspberry Pi, screen printing, arts and crafts, coffee tasting, a chance to talk to a satelite, comic workshops, fairy house building, egg drop challenges, and much more. Tickets are $10.

2017 Moose Festival

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

Celebrate all things Moose at the 26th annual North Country Moose Festival in Pittsburg, NH and Canaan, VT this weekend. Held annually the weekend before Labor Day, this year's festivities include a moose calling contest, moose chili, live music, local crafters, as well as family favorites like horse & wagon rides, a dog show, and maple syrup tasting contest - not to mention the antique car show! This event is the North Country Chamber of Commerce's premiere fundraising event, drawing thousands each year. It provides a venue for residents, second home owners and tourists alike to enjoy old time family fun as well as showcase the many diverse talents and services that are located right here in the North Country. This year both days will be held in Canaan, VT, with special activities in Pittsburg, NH. As seen in the New York Times travel section. The North Country Moose Festival was Voted #1 Festival in NH in 2015. Tickets are $5.

2017 Monadnock Farm Tour

Saturday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
This weekend's 2017 Monadnock Farm Tour is a great event for the whole family. It's a tour that takes you right into the heart of farming and everything agriculture throughout the Monadnock Region. Pick eggs, Visit with an alpaca, enjoy a sheep-herding demonstration, tour a dairy and more! Buttons for admission to the participating farms is only $5 and may be purchased at any of the farms on tour day. So, gather up a carload of friends, fill up your tank with gas, locate the farms on the maps (map will be available after July 15th at venues throughout the region) and decide where you want to go. Some of the participating farms included in the tour are the 1780 Museum, the Archway Farm, Brookfield Farm, Foggy Hill Farm, Edgefield Farm, the Old Ciderpress Farm, Phoenix Farm, Stonewall Farm and many others.

Chris Stapleton

Friday, 7 p.m.
Chris Stapleton, who will perform at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford this weekend, boldly introduced himself to the public at-large in 2015 with the release of his breakthrough debut album, Traveller. Released in May on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums
chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it one of the bestselling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. The album also received extensive critical acclaim and has landed him bookings on multiple national TV shows including recent appearances on Saturday Night Live and CBS News Sunday Morning. Stapleton then became the first artist to win album of the year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards. His success continued at the 58th Grammy Awards, where he took home two awards. And we could go on about his accomplishments, but put on those boots and see for yourself why he has taken so many awards home. Tickets are $49.75 - $109.75.

Greekfest 2017

Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.
If you are missing a little Greek Food, dancing and culture in your life, Greekfest 2017 will be held this weekend at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester. You'll find homemade Greek cuisine and pastries. Can anyone say Baklava? Yes! There will also be Greek dancing with live music by Matoulamusic. This is the perfect way to add a little culture into your life, and admission is free! You'll have to buy the food you want. But otherwise there is no reason not to attend!


Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Grammy-nominated band Extreme will rock the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. Extreme is one of the most successful rock acts of the late 1980s and 1990s, have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. They have released six studio albums, plus a greatest hits set and a recent live DVD since their formation in 1985. The band had initially described their music as ‘Funky Metal', but it would evolve much more in the mid-90s by blending classic rock influences with post-grunge and alternative rock. Extreme's popularity is fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt's signature style, Gary Cherone's resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger's rock solid bass, and the hard hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Their
unwavering songcraft and diverse musical approaches have earned the band multi-platinum albums with chart topping hits and sold-out tours all over the globe. Tickets are $26 - $31.

Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day Celebration

Saturday, 10 a.m.
This is one of the best Old Home Day Celebrations that you'll find. The Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day Celebration will be held at Memorial Field in Pembroke on Saturday. Their annual parade kicks things off, with all of the days events starting directly after the parade. This year's theme for the parade is a "Salute to the American Worker." There is lots of entertainment planned, bounce houses,
Touch-A-Truck, Foam Field, Mini golf, petting zoo, pony rides, hay wagon rides, crafts area, kids games, food and lots of fun. And a funtastic fireworks display (weather permitting) at dusk. Admission is free.

TLC / Naughty by Nature / Coolio

Sunday, 7 p.m.
See a trio of performances straight out of the 80's! TLC and Naughty By Nature will take the stage at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford this weekend. Who is TLC? Only thebest-selling American girl group of all-time! TLC became the voice of a generation, racking up an incredible 9 top-ten hits on the Billboard 100, 4 of which were consecutive number-one hit singles, as well as five GRAMMY Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, four American Music Awards and five Soul Train Awards. The group has sold over 65 million records worldwide, including their classic sophomore album CrazySexyCool, certified eleven times platinum and becoming the only album by a female group to reach diamond status in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America. Over twenty years later, the group is still one of the most successful acts in music, as they promise their long-awaited return with a new album this summer. The girls will then take their new album on the road, touring for the first time in 15 years with new music while also promising fans their favorite hits like “Creep,” “Unpretty,” “Waterfalls”, “No Scrubs" and many more. Grammy Award winning, Platinum-album selling, Naughty By Nature, has nearly a twenty-year track record of creating the hits and party anthems. Their music has smashed through mainstream barriers all while remaining true to the sound, message and grit of the hood. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1991 and quickly assaulted the music charts with the instant classic #1 hit “O.P.P. Later, the group had multiple hits from its third and fourth albums, called 19 Naughty III and Poverty's Paradise respectively, most notably, the platinum selling single, “Hip Hop Hooray”. In 1999 the group released its fifth album, titled Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury, which was certified Gold and spawned the hit "Jamboree." You know Coolio from his Grammy-winning "Gangsta's Paradise" and (especially) the song "Things That Make You go Hmmm..." Tickets are $49.75 - $109.75.

The Bacon Brothers

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Bacon Brothers will take the stage at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth this weekend. The duo are anything but a typical rock band. Brothers Michael and Kevin Bacon (yes, that Kevin Bacon), each accomplished in their own right, play gritty rock that is unapologetically unique and authentic. Their style can best be described by their first album title, Forosoco, a word describing the blend of folk, rock, soul and country influences. Older brother Michael, an acclaimed musician and composer, and younger brother Kevin, an award-winning actor, combine to form The Bacon Brothers. Their childhood hometown of Philadelphia is the brothers' muse for their eclectic blend of rock and soul. How many degrees of separation will you be from the man himself? Get to the Monkey and see the other side of Kevin Bacon. Tickets are $59 - $99.

Valerie June

Saturday, 7 p.m.
Valerie June will perform at the Prescott Park Arts Festival Grounds this weekend in Portsmouth. If you didn't know better, the music of Valerie June could make you believe you stepped out of a time machine on the hills of Appalachia 150 years ago. Or at Robert Johnson's crossroads 90 years ago. Or maybe on the gospel-and-soul-driven streets of Harlem 60 years ago. Valerie June channels the voice of deep roots, effortlessly shifting between eras and genres – and sings it like it's hers alone. It's rare to encounter someone whose voice is as universally extolled as Valerie June's. The colossally talented, Tennessee-raised singer-songwriter took the music realm by soulful storm with her bombshell hit album Pushin' Against a Stone. Heralded as one of America's “most intriguing, fully formed new talents” by The New York Times, and ruled “Unstoppable” by Rolling Stone (along with countless other accolades from esteemed music publications). It may be August on the calendar, but June has truly arrived. Tickets are $55 - $139.

Hillsborough Living History Event

Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.
The 9th Annual Living History Event in Hillsborough will take you back to the Colonial period this weekend at four different locations. This festival is one of our top festivals of the year. The delightful, interactive living history experience will allow you to take part in the unique history of the New England area. This year's special guest is General and President Ulysses S. Grant portrayed by Sam Grant along with Mrs. Grant (Julie Marin Grant), who will give a sidesaddle demonstration. Venture on a fantastic trip throughout Hillsborough and discover the historic villages, the Hillsborough Heritage Museum, including the Manahan Phelps-McCulloch Photo Collection and the DAR Collection. Tour NH Bureau of Historic Sites' President Franklin Pierce Homestead where he lived for the first thirty years of his life, and visit the cemetery where his parents are buried on the 2nd NH Turnpike. Enjoy scenic drives; take a horse-drawn wagon ride, or a self-guided stroll around the Old Historic Center. Take a scenic trolley tour of the National Landmark Civil Engineering award-winning stone arch bridges that make Hillsborough an historical treasure. There are only two award-winners in New Hampshire. Can you name the other? Interact with period artisans and the music of the 2nd South Carolina String Band, or follow a battle through the woods, watch the Cavalry charge, hear the cannons roar. Sutlers, crafters, and the blacksmith will be selling their wares, sew a flag with Betsy Ross, make butter and ice cream, pan for gold, use an old fashioned laundry, press cider, sample some maple syrup, and more. Admission is $5 - $15.

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