A&E Weekend Top 10

Arts Fest, Concord
Arts Fest, Concord

NH Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: September 28-30, 2018

Oh what a difference a week makes! It's definitely fall now. With cold nights and warm, sunny days, the foliage should be bursting with color soon. In the meantime, take on a Lumberjack Contest, the Deerfield Fair, an Arts Festival, a folk festival, a comedy show and more! Take a peek at our picks with this list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend. Oh, and before we forget, are you a fan of the old television show, Friends? If you are, snap a photo of you and five friends you want to bring to see a live musical parody of the television show at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, by visiting unionleader.com/contests. You could be the lucky winner of 6 tickets plus a meet and greet with the cast after the show where you can have your photo taken on the famous orange couch from the show.

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Pig Scramble at the Deerfield Fair
Deerfield Fair

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

One of the most popular 4H fairs in the Granite State, the Deerfield Fair is always one of the best. Landing in autumn, unlike earlier late summer fairs, the Deerfield Fair, held at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, shows off with giant pumpkins and other fall features. Pig scrambles, horse shows, entertainment for all ages - from music to dance to the famous Flying Walendas - and many other activities will fill your weekend. There will be a Woodsman's Contest, Cattle Pulls, Antique Tractor Pulls, an Alpaca Obstacle Course, Horse Pulling, a performance by the Granite State Disc Dogs, Sheep Shearing, a Back Seat Driving Contest, a fry-pan toss, a giant midway, fantastic fair food and so much more! Tickets are $7 - $10. Parking is $5.

Capital Arts Fest
Capital Arts Fest

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

The Capital Arts Fest will be held in downtown Concord this weekend, presented by the League of NH Craftsmen. This weekend-long festival features the art and fine craft work of League members, select invited artists, and specialty vendors. Shop one-of-a-kind fine craft, see fascinating demonstrations and performances, and indulge in delicious food and NH craft beer. Experience Concord's newly revitalized Main Street and celebrate it as a cultural destination during the peak of fall foliage season. Admission is free.

Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Gilbert Gottfried will take the stage at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth this weekend. As a famed comics comic, Gottfried puts aside political correctness for his live performance and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries. After spending several years mastering the art of stand up comedy, Saturday Night Live became aware of Gottfried and, in 1980, hired him as a cast member. It wasn't until a few years later when his true notoriety would begin when MTV hired him for a series of improvised and hilarious promos. After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, IAGO, in the Disney classic "Aladdin," Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voiceover talents, lending his voice to several commercials, cartoons and movies, including the frustrated duck in the AFLAC Insurance commercials. Gottfried has made numerous memorable appearances on Comedy Central Roasts and the Comedy Central series, "The Burn with Jeff Ross." Don't miss this hilarious evening! Tickets are $25 - $60.

Chili Challenge & Brews
Chili Challenge & Brews - Rally in the Valley

Saturday, 10 a.m.
Waterville Valley is heating things back up with their Rally in the Valley Chili Challenge and Brews, in the Town Square this weekend. The all vehicle Rally in the Valley, presented by the East Coast Camaro Club will have vehicles on display from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations of $10 are requested and will benefit a local charity. Local restaurants will be busy competing for the title of the best chili around. The winner will be decided by the Public's votes. Come sample some chili and pick your favorite. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. a Live performance by The Uncle Steve Band will also entertain guests.

Suitcase Stories

Sunday, 7 p.m.
The International Institute of New England presents: Suitcase Stories®, a traveling live performance series that features foreign and U.S.-born residents sharing refugee and immigrant stories. The format of storytelling in a theatrical setting is especially suited to these powerful tales of real-life experience. In 2017, nearly 2,000 people saw a live performance of Suitcase Stories® and thousands more watched a taped episode on PBS television. The responses from those audience members spoke of how the performance challenged and expanded their perceptions of refugees and immigrants. Proceeds from the performances help support refugees and immigrants participating in IINE's resettlement, education, employment, and citizenship programs. The Suitcase Stories® series provides a way for a community to dig beneath the headlines, exposes audiences to the complexity of immigration issues, and directly impacts life-changing refugee services. Don't miss this show at the Palace Theatre in Manchester this weekend. Tickets are $10 - $20.

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
19th Annual Portsmouth Martime Folk Festival

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

This weekend the streets of Portsmouth will ring with the music of the sea. Each year, dozens of folk and sea music performers bring maritime folk music and song to downtown Portsmouth's Market Square. The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, now in its 19th year, is an annual celebration of the city's rich maritime heritage, which dates back to the original English settlement in 1630 and continues today in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, across the Piscataqua River in Kittery, and with maritime businesses on both sides of the river. Sea shanties, the rhythmic work songs that helped sailors coordinate their efforts while raising or lowering sails and anchors, recall the whalers and other wooden ships that were built along the Piscataqua and sailed out of Portsmouth in the 19th century. The event showcases music from the US, British Isles and Canada at venues in the Market Square area, including Portsmouth Gas Light (64 Market St), and the Portsmouth Athenaeum (9 Market Sq). Performers in 2018 include David Jones, The Johnson Girls, Tim Eriksen, Anayis Wright, Craig Edwards, Ken Schatz and more. A Saturday evening concert will be held at the First Methodist Church on Miller Ave. This is an all-ages event with audience participation strongly encouraged. That means you. Admission is free.

Beaver Brook Association/Wingmasters
Beaver Brook Fall Festival and Nature Art Show

Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Head to the Beaver Brook Association in Hollis for the Beaver Brook Fall Festival and Nature Art Show this weekend. Artwork, by dozens of regional artists will be on display at Maple Hill Farm. There will also be activities for all age groups, including nature crafts for children, animal presentations from Wingmasters, Eyes on Owls, Wildlife Encounters and Carriage Shack petting farm. There will be self-guided garden tours, live music, homemade food, hot dog roast and more. Admission is free. You can't get any better than that!

New Hampshire's Ultimate Yard Sale and Food Truck Fest
New Hampshire's Ultimate Yard Sale and Food Truck Fest

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
What's that? You still collect Beanie Babies? Well, let's just say you might find some here. Comic books. Ditto. New Hampshire's Ultimate Yard Sale and Food Truck Fest is taking place this weekend at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds. If you're looking for furniture, collectibles, electronics, toys, clothes, kitchen items, books, and just about anything else you can think of and you'll probably find it here. Oh, and those happy little food trucks we keep sneaking onto our list each week will all be here too. In defense of the food trucks, they sure do make us happy. There will be nine food vendors in all, plus more than 120 yard sale sellers. This epic yard sale really is the ultimate. So empty out the change jar; it's time to find a treasure or two. Admission is $5.

BUSCHHHHH Lumberjack Championship
2018 BUSCHHHHH Lumberjack Championship

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The original extreme sport, the BUSCHHHHH Lumberjack Championship, is coming to the Anheuser Busch Brewery in Merrimack this weekend. This is the second largest Championship in the Northeast. There will be more than 60 athletes from the U.S. and Canada competing in 12 different events such as Axe Throw, Men's Standing Block, Women's Bow Saw, Open Hot Saw, Men's Underhand, Women's Underhand, Men's and Women's Singlebuck, Men's and Women's Crosscut and a Jack and Jill Crosscut. If this is all gibberish to you, come on down and see these men and women compete in some pretty hardcore events. Tickets are $10 for adults; kids 13 and under are free.

Cig
Cig

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Cape Breton's Còig is back by popular demand and will perform this weekend at the Lebanon Opera House. Còig is one of Atlantic Canada's premier traditional groups. With fiery Celtic rhythms at its musical core, Còig easily shifts between centuries-old tunes and contemporary compositions featuring vocals, fiddles, piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin and more. With driving tunes, haunting ballads and infectious energy, Còig is an unparalleled musical force. Tickets are $15 - $25.

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