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Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: July 28-30, 2017

Summer just keeps chugging along. We don't really want to say it but please grab a hold of take advantage of the warmer weather before it's over. To do that, hit up one of our events on our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend. Enjoy, NH!

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JUST OVER THE BORDER: Harpoon Brewery BBQ Festival

Saturday, 11 a.m.
It's just a jaunt over the Cornish/Windsor Covered Bridge, the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. First, take that experience in and then head to the Harpoon Brewery and enjoy their BBQ Festival. They are celebrating summer the best way they know how - with beer, friends, live music, and some of the world’s best barbecue at the brewery! Here's how it works: competitive barbecue teams from all over the country compete to be crowned the New England BBQ Champ which earns one lucky team (out of 30!) a ticket to the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue. Come and taste your tummy full. Admission is $15 and they only accept cash.

THURSDAY: Clint Black

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
He's back! Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black, who will perform at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth this weekend, has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status at Country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. Tickets are $69-$109.

Hebron Fair

Saturday, 9 a.m.
The Hebron Fair takes place this weekend on the Picturesque Hebron Common at the North End of Newfound Lake, Rain or Shine, Free Admission, over 100 craftspeople showing and selling their wares, pony rides, children's games, rummage, White Elephant, delicious foods, baked goods, a plant sale, books, lunch featuring homemade Baked Beans, and more. A Silent Auction will take place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and will be followed by a live auction will begin at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Union Congregational Church of Hebron. Admission is free.

Jaffrey Riverfest

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Head to the Monadnock Region for Jaffrey's Riverfest this weekend. TEAM Jaffrey presents this family-friendly summer festival on the Common. Some of the activities include musical chairs, Monadnock Gymnastics, a hula hoopa, Zumba, a corn shucking contest, kids games, a raffle for a kayak, more than 50 vendors, a 4H Petting Zoo, and free cartoons all day at the Park Theatre and much more. Don't forget to get your photo taken with Lollipop the Clown. The theme for this year's festival is a Luau. Admission is free.

59th Annual Canterbury Fair

Saturday, 9 a.m.
The 59th Annual Canterbury Fair will be held in Canterbury Center this weekend. This annual volunteer-run celebration of small-town community, this year’s Canterbury Fair will once again kickoff with the Woodchuck Classic 5k Road Race and 2K Chipmunk Classic Kids Run. The Canterbury Fair will also include traditional Morris dancing, children’s games on the green, a huge What-Not “tag” Sale, a used book sale, an abundance of live music, an antique tractor display including a Farmall for the kids to climb on, canoe polo on the fire pond, artisans and craftspeople, and delicious food to satisfy every craving. Admission is free.

West Side Story

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
If you don't already know about the magic of this theatre classic, you must see West Side Story at the New London Barn Playhouse this weekend. A profoundly innovative American masterpiece, featuring unforgettable dancing and a Bernstein-Sondheim score widely acknowledged as one of the greatest of all time. A pair of star-crossed lovers struggle to survive in a city disfigured by violence and hate. As powerful, heartbreaking, and relevant as ever. Admission is $20-$40.

FIRST Festival of Champions

Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.
The Robots Are Coming! That's right, it's that time of year again. The FIRST Festival of Champions is taking place at the SNHU Arena in Manchester this weekend. Student teams compete head to head with robots of their own design in the FIRST® Festival of Champions. This ultimate sport for the MindTM showdown features the winning FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition Alliances from FIRST Championship events held in Houston and St. Louis in April. The FIRST Festival of Champions is free and open to the public.

Fuel

Friday, 8 p.m.
The band Fuel will perform this weekend at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry. Fuel formed in 1993 while playing the club circuit in and around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The band signed to Sony Records and in 1998 released their critically lauded, debut album Sunburn with the massive hit single “Shimmer”. Their second album Something Like Human took the band to a new level of stardom, hitting multi-platinum status driven by the singles “Innocent” and “Hemorrhage”, which remained at #1
for ten weeks. In 2003 Fuel released their third record Natural Selection, and found success at radio again with the hit song “Falls On Me”. At that point the band had sold over 3.5 million records in the U.S alone, and had scored a trio of releases with top five singles. The band had headlined its own sold out tours, as well as supporting the likes of Aerosmith and Kid Rock. After 8 years away from the band he helped create and always loved, gave Brett Scallions a new desire to re-launch Fuel. Armed with guitarist Andy Andersson, drummer Shannon Boone, and Shinedown
bassist Brad Stewart, the new lineup took to the road to reignite “Fuelies”, as their loyal fans are known. Fuel played to packed halls, sweaty rock clubs, and on festivals bills throughout the United States. See them this weekend at a great venue. Tickets are $40-$55.

Manchester Brew Fest

Saturday, 12 p.m.
Manchester Brew Fest is going to bring some wonderful craft beer to Arms Park in Manchester this weekend. This 4th Annual event, is a showcase of excellent craft beers. The festival will feature over 100 unique, local and regional craft beers for you to try as well as delicious local foods and non-alcoholic beverages. General admission Noon-4 p.m., $40. VIP admission 11 a.m., $50. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at www.manchesterbrewfest.com. Proceeds from this event benefits New Horizons for New Hampshire. New Horizons operates a soup kitchen, food pantry and provides emergency shelter at 199 Manchester Street and Angie’s Shelter for Women.

Dark Star Orchestra

Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.
Dark Star Orchestra will take the stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend - not once, but twice! Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 19 years and over 2600 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star
Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra's members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations creating a sound that truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. Tickets are
$30-$35.

73rd Annual North Haverhill Fair

All Weekend
The 73rd Annual North Haverhill Fair features many free events once you have entered the gates of the North Haverhill Fairgrounds. Concerts on Friday and Saturday night are always crowd pleasers. Other featured events include horse, pony and oxen stone boat pulling events, Demolition Derby, tractor and 4x4 pulling events with transfer sleds, dairy, sheep, goat and dog shows for 4-H'ers, plus an open horse show. There is also a Lumberjack Contest, 4-H & Grange exhibits, art, photography, arts and crafts, and flower shows. Tickets are $5-$48.

18th Annual Chocolate Fest

Saturday, 6 p.m.
The 18th Annual Chocolate Fest will sweeten things up at Waterville Valley this weekend. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, this event celebrates chocolate and local restaurants will be offering an assortment of sweet treats from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Town Square. Guests may purchase
delicacies by the piece. While indulging yourself in chocolate, enjoy the live music provided by Molly. a "Name That Candy Bar" contest, a "how to make truffles" presentation by Kevin from KRM Chocolates and a craft beer sampling. It is everything you have ever wanted. Enjoy an evening of chocolate temptations in Town Square accompanied by a free outdoor concert as the sun sets. Pack a picnic or just bring a bottle of your favorite red or white libation and enjoy an indulgent evening in the square, on a blanket, or with your toes in the sand. Admission is free.

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