For this week’s spotlight of fairs and festivals, we’ve picked a trio of events that range from the avant-garde to the old fashioned.
1. Arts Jam in Exeter
An indoor/outdoor Arts Jam with music and art exhibits takes over Exeter’s Artist Alley, along the Squamscott River downtown, from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Foundation Art Space, 111R Water St., will serve as the headquarters for Arts Industry Alliance and TEAM Exeter. It also will house “Morph: An Exhibition of Urban Impositions” from Dana Nastee of AS3M Art & Apparel.
“This exhibition features the afflicted lost works of Beth Wittenberg, Lee Gee, Bruce Jones, Common Roots Studio and more,” according to TEAM Exeter. “The show explores the “dynamic relationship between street art and the surrounding world, a completion of something previously deemed completed.”
The artist encourages visitors to bring smartphones and scan codes throughout the gallery to see the morphed works in their original forms as intended by the previous artist.
A slate of music on the gallery stage includes KIOEA, Jake Mehrmann, Bitter Pill and Alberta & The Dead Eyes. In addition, drummers will be playing the custom TEAM kit built and designed by Jeff Beck of Exeter Drum Works. Guests will also be able to check out and play the kit in between featured bands.
There will also be guest artists and a pop-up art show at the vacant 121R Water Street space.
Cover charge is $10 for the afternoon and evening. For information, visit teamexeter.org.
2. Muster Field’s Farm Days in North Sutton
Muster Field Farm Museum on Harvey Road in North Sutton will host its annual Farm Days celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Festivities will include hay rides, a kiddy tractor pull and a slow tractor race, and demonstrations of traditional farming skills and crafts. Antique tractors and engines will be on display all weekend.
Children can try their hand at ice cream churning, blacksmithing, stone splitting and stilt walking. A grand parade will step off at 3 p.m. both days.
Visitors are invited to explore all the farm buildings and enjoy the 250 acres of gardens, farm and forest land.
Highlights on Saturday include sled dogs on view, cow flop bingo in the afternoon, and a roast beef supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday ($15 for adults, $5 for children; call 848-4297 for reservations).
On Sunday, the day begins with breakfast from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. ($5), sled dogs and alpacas on display, and a morning 4H Oxen Show.
General admission is $5, or free for members and children ages 6 and younger.
For more details, go to 927- 4276 or visit www.musterfieldfarm.com.
3. Lakes Region Arts and Crafts Festival
The 40th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival takes over Main Street and the shops at the Mills Farms Marketplace in Meredith Saturday and Sunday.
Sponsored by the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 39 years, the event draws together artists and artisans of a myriad styles. They will show and sell works including pottery, leather, woodwork, weaving, quilting, metal sculpture, jewelry, baskets, dolls and toys, as well as watercolor and oil paintings, pen and ink drawings and photography.
Several artists will be demonstrating their crafts at the booths.
The musical lineup includes Marc Elbaum and Christine Chaisson playing jazz, classic rock and great American songs from the 1950s through the 1970s and Jarrod Taylor performing classic folk and rock, among others.
In addition, Ray Porcell, a Lakes Region based singer/songwriter whose latest work consists of two CDs of original material co-written with Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson, author of “On Golden Pond,” will perform.
The Altrusa Club of Meredith and the Chocorua Lodge of Masons will serve up hot dogs, popcorn and homemade pies.
A shuttle van will provide transportation between Main Street and both the north and the south sides of Route 3.
For more information about the schedule of events, contact the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at 279-6121 or www.meredithareachamber.