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 Family fun at Amoskeag Fishways

 
4 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-3474, amoskeagfishways.org
 
• Bug Ball is back on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buggy on down and check out the insect petting zoo, do some creepy crafts and speak with Dr. Paul Johnson, the UNH insect expert. Admission is $3 per person or $6 per family. Registration is not required.
 
• Join Amoskeag Fishways on their fall forest exploration journey through the local forest on Thursday, Oct. 9. There will be two journeys, one from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and the other from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per family.
 
• Kids can enjoy games like kick the can, flashlight tag and more, while the parents view the film Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age as part of the family fun night series. The event costs $5 per family and will take place on Friday, Oct. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
 
• Create colorful autumn artwork and crafts at the Be a Tree event on Friday, Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 per family.
 
• See whoo’s up for dinner on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. Dissect real owl pellets and discover what sorts of treats the owls have been feasting on. The cost is $5 per family.
 
• Celebrate all things leaves at the Lovely Leaves event on Thursday, Oct. 23. Play leafy games, make leafy crafts and check out leaves up close. There will be two sessions available, one from 9:30 to 11 a.m., the other from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per family.
 
• Owl expert and naturalist Marcia Wilson will be presenting live owls as part of the Eyes on Owls event on Saturday, Nov. 1. There will be two presentations from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and 1 to 2:15 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, $25 per family.
 
• It’s a turkey takeover on Thursday, Nov. 6. Join in the Terrific Turkeys session which will feature turkey-themed games, fun turkey facts and you can even make your own call to take home with you. There are two sessions, one from 9:30 to 11 a.m., the other from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per family.
 
• Don’t miss the Native American Harvest on Friday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn all about what fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables were available for harvest and how they were prepared for feasts. You can even prepare some of them yourself. The cost is $5 per family.
 
• Learn about woodchucks, bats and other hibernators on Thursday, Nov. 20. There will be two sessions, one from 9:30 to 11 a.m., the other from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per family.
 
• Amoskeag Fishways will be taken over by ducks on Friday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participate in the Just Ducky! event and learn all about nature’s feathered friends. The cost is $5 per family
 
• Learn how to build a habitat in an urban atmosphere on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per family.
 
 
 
Music & Comedy Venues
 
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook (72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, 293-4700, meadowbrook.net
 
Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St, Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com)
 
Historic Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 433-3100, themusichall.org)
 
Leddy Center (38c Ladd’s Lane, Epping, 679-2781, leddycenter.org)
 
Music Hall Loft (131 Congress St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org)
 
Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester 669-5588, palacetheatre.org)
 
Stockbridge Theatre (22-98 State Hwy. 28 Bypass, Derry, 437-5210, stockbridgetheatre.com
 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohall.com)
 
Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, verizonwirelessarena.com
 
 
 
Book event venues
 
Barnes & Noble Manchester (1741 S. Willow St., Manchester, 668-5557)
 
Barnes & Noble Nashua (235 DW Highway, Nashua, 888-0533)
 
Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord, gibsonsbookstore.com, 224-0562)
 
Milford Toadstool Bookshop (614 Nashua St., Lorden Plaza, Milford, 673-1734, toadbooks.com)
 
Music Hall Loft (131 Congress St., Portsmouth, themusichall.org)
 
Peterborough Toadstool Bookshop (12 Depot Square, Peterborough, toadbooks.com, 924-3543)
 
 




2014 Fall Guide


09/04/14
By Hippo Staff news@hippopress.com



Labor Day has come and gone, marking the unofficial end of summer and the start of fall activities. This guide has the fall activities you’re looking for, covering the most exciting things that are happening in the 12 weeks from now until Thanksgiving. We’ve got events just for kids, including theater productions like Harry the Dirty Dog. There are events just for adults, like concerts and comedy nights. And then there are a whole bunch of events for the whole family, including harvest festivals and fairs, art exhibits, nature activities and fun runs. When you’re looking for something to do between apple picking and football games, this guide will give you plenty of ideas for fall fun.

 
 
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Just for kids
 
 
Books
Loren Long talks about Otis and the Scarecrow on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord, gibsonsbookstore.com.
 
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare visit the Nashua Barnes & Noble, 235 DW Highway, Nashua, 888-0533, on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., to talk about their new book, The Iron Trial, the first in a series. 
 
Picture book author David Elliot gives a poetry workshop for kids on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., at the Exeter Town Hall, 9 Front St., Exeter, presented in part by Water Street Bookstore.
 
On Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m., the Exeter Town Hall (9 Front St., Exeter) will host middle- grade author of Wonder RJ Palacio.
 
Gregory Maguire, famous for writing the Wicked Years series that eventually went on to Broadway, visits the Nashua Barnes & Noble, 235 DW Highway, Nashua, 888-0533, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., to talk about his latest title, Egg and Spoon. 
 
Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water St., Exeter, 778-9731, waterstreetbooks.com, hosts a Young Adults event on a “Fierce Reads” tour: Ann Aguirre, Caragh O’Brien and Marie Rutkoski visit on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., to talk about their books, Mortal Danger, The Vault of Dreamers and The Winner’s Crime,
respectively.
 
YA author Leigh Bardugo talks about Ruin and Rising on Tuesday, Nov. 4 (time TBA) at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord, gibsonsbookstore.com, 224-0562.
 
Theater 
(for or performed by kids)
 
The Riverbend Youth Theatre Company produce Little Shop of Horrors on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m., at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, 672-1001. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, available online and at the door.
 
Artspower presents Harry the Dirty Dog at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, 437-5210, on Monday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m., tickets $8 for adults, $7 for students. The company performs the same play on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. It’s aimed at grades kids K-2, with tickets $7 per person. Visit ccanh.com, call 225-1111. 
 
The Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts presents HONK! Jr. on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors ages 65 or older, $10 for youth ages 17 and younger. Visit majestictheatre.net or call 669-7469.
 
The Community Players of Concord’s youth company, the Children’s Theatre Project, presents The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Visit communityplayersofconcord.org.
 
For grades 5 to 9, The Giver, presented by Literature to Life, is at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-111, ccanh.com, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m., with tickets $7 per person.
 
Fly Guy and Other Stories is a musical revue based on children’s books like Fly Guy, Diary of a Worm, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores and The Paper Bag Princess. The show is suitable for kids in grades 2 to 4 and happens at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m., with tickets $8 for adults, $7 for students. Visit stockbridgetheatre.com.
 
Artspower presents Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. and noon, at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $7, and the show’s aimed at kids grades 2 to 6.
 
Kids Coop Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 and 7 p.m., at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets are $12 general admission, available at kids-coop-theatre.org.
 
 
Runs
 
The Healthy Kids Running Series in Plaistow is Sundays, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 9 at 4:30 p.m. Runs occur at Timberlane Regional High School, 36 Greenough Road, Plaistow. Races are $10 each or $35 for the series. Depending on the age group, races are from a quarter of a mile to a mile long. Visit healthykidsrunningseries.org. 
 
 
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For the whole family

Festivals and food
 
Take the family to the Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, at the New Boston Fairgrounds, 15 Hilldale Lane in New Boston. The weekend is packed with plenty to do, including carnival rides, 4-H shows, live music, tractor pulls, demonstrations, children’s entertainment, a pie auction, and NH Falconry. Admission costs $10, or $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, active military and veterans and seniors, free for kids under 6. Visit hcafair.com.
 
Visit the 25th Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, at Hampton Beach. The annual fest of all things seafood features a food court with every type of fresh catch and fair food imaginable (from lobster rolls to blooming onions). There’s also an arts and crafts fair, live entertainment, kids entertainment and activities, fireworks, culinary chef demonstrations, and the annual Lobster Roll Eating Contest. Free parking and free shuttle service is available from a number of locations. Admission costs $5 on Friday and Sunday, $8 on Saturday; free admission for kids under 12. Visit hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com.
 
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Apple Country Craft Fair is on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (3 Peabody Row, Londonderry). Check out the crafter exhibitions and grab a bite to eat (including hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, or baked goods like pies, cakes, cookies, breads and brownies). Visit stpeterslondonderry.org.
 
Take a step back in time during Jackson Hill Cider Day on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Jackson House (76 Northwest St., Portsmouth). The annual Historic New England event marks the beginning of the fall harvest season with music, traditional artisans, refreshments and, of course, cider. Visitors can help grind apples and press cider, take a tour of the Jackson House (the oldest house in northern New England), and visit with farm animals. Admission costs $6 for non-members, $3 for children. Visit historicnewengland.org.
 
Weekend on the Water on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, at Kiwanis Riverfront Park and the Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road) in Concord combines races on the water, vendors and activities all weekend long. There are dragon boat races on Saturday, a crew regatta on Sunday, duck boat tours, The Friendly Kitchen 5K, a craft fair, a bake sale, kids’ activities and climbing wall, plus a rubber duck race and live music. Admission is free and programs are scheduled throughout both days. Visit concordwow.org.
 
Find fried dough, midway rides, and pig-racing at the Rochester Fair on Friday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Rochester Fair Grounds (72 Lafayette St., Rochester). The 139th annual fair features 10 days packed with entertainment (like Chainsaw Chix and Circus Hollywood), agricultural exhibitions, livestock, kids’ entertainment and a School Bus Demo Derby. Admission costs $14, free for kids under 36 inches in height. Grandstand events cost an extra $8 to $10 in addition to admission. See rochesterfair.com.
 
Glendi runs Friday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral (650 Hanover St., Manchester). The annual festival includes traditional Greek music and dance, kids’ entertainment, Greek gifts and, of course, Greek food. The menu features traditional Greek cuisine like barbecue lamb dinners, dolmathes, stuffed peppers, pastichio, spinach pita, gyros, sausage, kafta kebobs, and pastries (like loukoumades, galatoboureko, flogeres, kataifi, koulourakia, kourambiethes, finikia, and baklava). Admission to Glendi is free, but bring money for food and gifts. Credit and debit cards accepted. Visit stgeorgeglendi.com.
 
Hollis Old Home Days is on Friday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 13, in Nichols Field, 28 Depot Road, Hollis. Festivities include midway games, a silent auction, performances, parade, fireworks, balloon rides, a chicken barbecue, apple pie contest and local exhibitors. Visit hollisoldhomedays.org. Visit Canobie Lake Park Oktoberfest every weekend from Saturday, Sept. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 1,  for German fare like pretzels, sausage, strudel and a beer garden, included with admission to Canobie Lake Park (85 N. Policy St., Salem). See canobie.com.
 
Pelham Old Home Day is on Saturday, Sept. 13. Includes craft fair, 5K Race & Walk, pie contest, musical entertainment, Grand Parade and more. Visit pelhamoldhomeday.org.
 
Find pottery, woodworking, folk music, heirloom breeds, and blacksmithing at the Canterbury Artisan Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury). Traditional arts and demonstrations are on display along with family activities (like making sundials, upcycled wind-chimes and a scarecrow making contest) a juried craft fair and artisan food. Admission costs $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 17. Visit shakers.org.
 
The Concord Multicultural Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the State House in downtown Concord, celebrates Concord’s cultural diversity. Watch the Wah Lum Chinese Lion Dancers and musical performances of West Africa, taste global cuisine from Colombia to the Congo, and shop a global marketplace with vendors. Visit concordmulticulturalfestival.org.
 
The Taste of Downtown Manchester is on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees can check out downtown retailers while sampling the tastes of area restaurants. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the event. Visit intownmanchester.com.
NH Highland Games & Festival is the time to discover your inner Scot, don a kilt and try some haggis. The festival is held from Friday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 21, at Loon Mountain Resort, 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln, and includes Scottish heavy athletes, seminars, pipe bands, performers, food vendors and more. Tickets cost $50 for a weekend pass or $20 for a day pass. Visit nhscot.org.
 
Applefest on Saturday, Sept. 20, starts at 9 a.m. at Sullivan Farm, 70 Coburn Ave., Nashua. Try the caramel apples, apple donuts or apple crisp. Call 889-5151.
 
Celebrate Derry during Derryfest on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MacGregor Park in Derry. The annual festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with new events just for the occasion. Favorites each year include Derry’s Got Talent, wildlife presentations, vendors and live entertainment. Visit derryfest.org.
 
Bedford Old Towne Day is on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riley Field Complex, located at the corner of Nashua and County roads in Bedford. Check out the activities, games, artists and crafters, children’s activities and entertainment, the annual Bull Frog Bounce, food from local eateries, and information on local organizations and businesses. Visit bedfordreconline.com.
 
Hooksett Old Home Day is Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to dusk at Donati Park, behind the Hooksett Town Offices building, 35 Main St., Hooksett. Includes bounce houses, petting farm, live entertainment, and vendors, followed by fireworks at dusk to close the day. Visit hooksettoldhomeday.org.
 
Eat pie at The Great NH Pie Festival Sunday, Sept. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire Farm Museum, 1305 White Mountain Hwy., Milton. Enter your own pie into the contest or taste pies from bakers from around the state. You can also take a farmhouse tour, enjoy a horse-drawn ride, and watch the apple pie eating contest. Admission costs $10 for adults, $5 for children; receive free admission when you bring a pie for the contest. Visit farmmuseum.org.
 
Downtown Nashua Fall Restaurant Week is Sunday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 28. Although tickets are already sold out for the opening Farmers Dinner in the Street event, you can still check out the farmstand on Sunday, Sept. 21, during the dinner. The rest of the week features dining deals at local restaurants including Area Sports Bar & Grill, Fody’s Great American Tavern, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, O’Briens Sports Bar, The Peddler’s Daughter, Portland Pie Co., San Francisco Kitchen, Stella Blu, Surf Seafood, and Villa Banca. Visit downtownnashua.org.
 
It isn’t fall without a trip to the Deerfield Fair, which this year runs Thursday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 28. The fairgrounds open at 8 a.m. each day, and close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Highlights include midway rides and fair food, circus and magic shows, agriculture and livestock exhibitions, live entertainment, pig scramble, tractor pull, square dancing, and more. Admission $10 for adults, $7 for seniors on Thursday and Friday; free admission for kids and military. Visit deerfieldfair.com.
 
Schnitzelfest New Hampshire is on Saturday, Sept. 27, from noon to 5 p.m., in Butler Park in Hillsborough. Event includes entertainment and vendors, plus German food like grilled schnitzel, knockwurst and bratwurst, potato salad and fried schnitzel with red cabbage. Beer tokens are also available. The cost is $15 for a meal ticket, and $22 for five beer tokens. Visit schnitzelfestnh.org.
 
The Harvest Moon & Nature Fest is on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner. Visit indianmuseum.org or call 456-2600.
 
Music on Main Street in Henniker on Saturday, Oct. 4, runs all day with music, food, crafts, a bed race, and the pumpkin people contest (this year’s theme is musicals). Bands include The Bradford Bog People, The Complete Unknowns, and Beechwood and The Others. All the festivities happen on Main Street, which is closed off for the day, and music performances will be at the Angela Robinson Bandstand. Visit henniker.org.
 
The 30th Annual Apple Harvest Day is on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Dover and includes a 5K road race, food courts, vendors, pancake breakfast, children’s activities, pony rides, live music and performances plus the apple pie contest and, of course, apples. Visit dovernh.org. Dig up carrots and turnips and make stone soup at Farm Harvest Day on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire Farm Museum, 1305 White Mountain Hwy., Milton. The day offers harvest traditions, like pressing apples, storytelling, food preservation techniques and horse-drawn carriage rides. Admission costs $7 for adults, $4 for kids ages 4 to 17. Visit farmmuseum.org.
 
Enjoy pumpkins galore during the Charmingfare Farm Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, Sunday, Oct. 5, Saturday, Oct. 11, Sunday, Oct. 12, and Monday, Oct. 13. Festivities include live music, games, bounce houses, pumpkin art, pony rides, hay rides, a hay maze, a cow milking contest and more. Admission costs $19, with free admission for children under 23 months old. See visitthefarm.com.
 
Get your fill at the Food Truck Festival on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Redhook Brewery (1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth). Food trucks will line up with cupcakes, ribs, sliders, lobster rolls and more all from kitchens on wheels. Tickets cost $5 for adults; free admission for kids ages 12 and under. Visit foodtruckfestivalsofne.com.
 
Enjoy soup and handcrafted pottery while giving back at Empty Bowls on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm St., Manchester. The NH Potters Guild members create and donate ceramic soup bowls for the event, and 16 local restaurants prepare various soups to sample. Admission costs $20 (includes bowl and soup samples), a child’s bowl costs $5, and during the last 30 minutes of the event, quarts of soup to-go are sold for $10. Funds raised benefit New Horizons for New Hampshire. Visit newhorizonsfornh.org.
 
The 9th Annual Taste of Concord on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center (70 Constitution Ave., Concord) offers flavors from across the Capital City. The annual tasting event, which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord, includes tastings from 35 restaurants, a silent auction, a Top Chef Competition, live music and cooking demos. Tickets cost $30. Visit tasteofconcord.com.
 
Catch the pumpkin lighting on the Milford Oval, fireworks, talent show, craft fair and a Zombie Walk at the Milford Pumpkin Festival, which runs Friday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 12. There’s also beer, wine and spirits tasting, a chili competition, giant pumpkin weigh-in and pumpkin painting, a Haunted Trail, live entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors. Visit milfordpumpkinfestival.org.
 
Find more fall fun at the Rochester October Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Rochester. Highlights include live entertainment, a Beatles tribute band, pumpkin painting and a pumpkin patch, games, demonstrations and food vendors. Admission and parking are free. Visit rochestermainstreet.org.
 
New Hampshire Fall Festival & WHEB Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, combines the classic New England country fair with the 25th annual chili competition. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the Chili Cook-Off starting at 11:30 a.m. Sample chilis from local restaurants and vote for your favorite, quench your thirst with Redhook beer, and check out craft and livestock demonstrations. The Fall Festival also features children’s activities, harvest-themed crafts, garden tours, fiber arts and food preservation techniques. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 5 to 12, and admission is free for children under 5. Visit strawberybanke.org or prescottpark.org.
 
Celebrate the colors of autumn during the 67th Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12. The festival features midway rides, arts and crafts, a farmers market, live entertainment, a children’s parade and Grand Parade, road race and fun run, cloggers, an oxen competition, a woodsmen competition, and an ice cream eating contest, just to name a few of the highlights. There’s also meals like a country breakfast and ham & bean supper at the United Church of Warner, and a lobster dinner and chicken barbecue. Parking and admission costs $5. Visit wfff.org.
 
The New Hampshire Farm Museum’s Pumpkin Party is on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1305 White Mountain Hwy., Milton. Paint or carve a pumpkin, play pumpkin games, listen to pumpkin stories and take a horse drawn wagon ride. Admission costs $7 for adults, $4 for kids ages 4 to 17, and includes a free pumpkin for each attendee. Visit farmmuseum.org.
 
Pumpkins line the streets at the Keene Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Keene. The festival includes live entertainment craft vendors and food vendors (with autumn treats like apple crisp and maple cotton candy). Check out the Great Pumpkin Mile Race, dancers and musicians, children’s costume parade and more. Visit pumpkinfestival2014.org.
 
Check out the annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Regatta (where pumpkins become boats) on Saturday, Oct. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 19, on Main Street in Goffstown. Aside from pumpkins, the event includes food, art and fun. Visit goffstownmainstreet.org.
 
Find ghosts and ghouls during the Halloween Howl in downtown Concord on Friday, Oct. 24. Downtown businesses open their doors in the evening for safe trick-or-treating, plus live entertainment and activities. Visit intownconcord.org/events/halloween-howl.
 
Or join the living dead during the Zombie Walk in downtown Rochester on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Show up in your best zombie attire at the Union Street parking lot and walk with the crowd of over 400 zombies to the common. The evening also features a DJ, bonfire, and community performance to “Thriller” (look for community dance instruction). Visit rochestermainstreet.org.
 
Old Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Hampshire Farm Museum, 1305 White Mountain Hwy., Milton, celebrates Thanksgiving with New Hampshire roots — after all, it was New Hampshire resident Sarah Josepha Hale who wrote to Abraham Lincoln to declare the official holiday. The Farm Museum celebrates with pumpkin pie, tours, horse drawn wagon rides, farm animals, a campfire, and living history tours. Admission costs $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 17. Visit farmmuseum.org.
 
Art
 
Nashua hosts its first Downtown Arts Fest on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 8 p.m., by Water Street in Nashua. Presented by Positive Street Art, the Downtown Art Movement, City Arts Nashua, and the Nashua Arts Commission, among other collaborators, the event will offer the finale for the Our City: Live Art Battle, live music, a poetry slam, kids’ activities, a free paint social, an outdoor art gallery, a Spanish dance workshop, a cultural couture fashion show, a skateboarder demonstration and more. This is a free event; learn more by visiting the event’s Facebook page.
 
Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-9511, shakers.org) holds its annual Canterbury Artisan Festival Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is a celebration of traditional arts, with a craft fair, farmers market, music, art, artisan food and demonstrations. Main stage highlights include performances by the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio, Rebecca Rule, Liz and Dan Faiella, Roger Sorlien and Samantha Tracy. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 17, free for children 5 and younger. 
 
The 6th Annual Hampton Falls Craft Festival is Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Hampton Town Common, 4 Lincoln Ave., Hampton Falls. More than 75 juried craftsmen and craftswomen from all over New England will sell and display their American-made arts, crafts and specialty foods. There will also be live musical entertainment each day. Visit castleburyfairs.com.
 
The Dublin Craft Fair happens on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 1235 Main St., Route 101, Dublin, and it will have hand-crafted jewelry, knitted/crocheted items, birdhouses, pet toys, soaps, lotions, food items and more. Free admission.
 
The Andres Institute of Art (Route 13, Brookline) is open throughout the fall, but the best time for visitors is during the 2014 International Sculpture Symposium, which this year is Sunday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 5. During these days, Alak Roy from Bangladesh, Norbert Jager from Germany, Ennica Mukomberanwa from Zimbabwe and Bernie Carreno from Texas will create original art for the outdoor sculpture trails in Brookline. There’s also an Iron Melt fundraising event on Sunday, Oct. 26, in which participants can create iron-melded creations. The Institute is open every day, dawn till dusk, always with free admission. Visit andresinstitute.org for directions.
 
The 48th annual Art in the Park event is Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Veterans Park, Elm Street, Manchester. The one-day event (with a rain date of Sept. 21) will host fine art by local artists within 10-foot spaces. Admission is free; visit manchesterartists.com.
 
Beaver Brook (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 456-7787) celebrates 50 years with a Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Nature.” Visitors will find artwork by more than 70 regional artists and live animal presentations, music, guided hikes, kids’ crafts, tasty treats and herb/flower arrangements provided by the Maple Hill Gardeners. This is a free event; visit beaverbrook.org for a complete schedule.
 
The Autumn Craft Festival on the Plains is at 150 Main St., Kingston, on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it will have crafts, arts and specialty foods. Visit castleburyfairs.com.
 
The Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour is a self-led journey through the Monadnock region on Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There will be a sneak peek preview show at an opening reception at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St., Jaffrey, on Friday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., which will be on display through Thursday, Oct. 3. Visit fallfoliageartstudiotour.com for a downloadable map and brochure, or contact Gill Truslow at lucyg61@gmail.com.
 
This year’s ArtWalk Weekend in Nashua is Friday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 19, all day long. This weekend, visitors will find open studios, galleries, demonstrations, musical entertainment and children’s activities, “something for everyone,” as described on cityartsnashua.org. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ArtWalk weekend; visit cityartsnashua.org for details. 
 
The Deerfield Arts Tour is a self-led tour through artists’ studios in the Deerfield area on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For maps, participants and details, visit deerfieldartstour.beadbush.com.
 
The 30th Annual Raymond Craft Fair occurs Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Raymond High School Gymnasium, 7 Onway Lake Road, Raymond, with more than 30 craftspeople offering homemade jewelry, country wood crafts, scarves, quilts, wall hangings, hats maple products, jams jellies, more.
 
Studio 550’s 2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Market is on Saturday, Nov. 22, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Studio, 550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597. The market will be free and open to the public; visit 550arts.com, call 232-5597 for updates and details.
 
NH Open Doors is a statewide event in which artists, artisans and craftspeople open their studios to visitors, this year on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, all day long. Participating vendors, directions and maps are available at nhopendoors.com.
 
Theater
 
The Palace Silver Stars perform a production Best of 100 Years at the Palace Theatre on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m., at the theater, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. Tickets are $10.
 
M&M Productions produces God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 and 8 p.m., at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at mandmp.com or
via phone at 978-228-5506.
 
The Walker Lecture Fund opens its 188th season with The Man Who Owned Broadway on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m., at the Concord Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. The singers and dancers of Manchester’s Majestic Theatre will return in a performance of George M. Cohan’s famous songs. This event is free, open on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 225-2497, visit walkerlecture.org.
 
The Manchester Community Theatre Players present The Sound of Music at the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire Theatre, 698 Beech St., Manchester, on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for children 18 and younger.
 
Theatre KAPOW presents another segment of its ARTiculate Playreading Series on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m., at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester, currier.org. The play, Artist Descending a Staircase, which was a radio play before being staged in London, will be read in relation to the Currier’s special exhibition, “M.C. Escher: Illusion and Reality.” The show is free with museum admission.
 
The Milford Area Players present The Passion of Dracula by Bob Hall and David Richmond, directed by Kevin Linkroum, on Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., 13N, Milford. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for seniors, available online at milfordareaplayers.org and at the door. 
 
The 24-Hour Play Festival for 2014 consists of writers, directors and actors creating a script and fully produced piece within one day’s time. Presented by theatre KAPOW and Wax Idiotical Films, the final performance occurs at the Stockbridge Theatre, Pinkerton Street, Derry, on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information can be found at tkapow.com and at the event’s Facebook page.
 
The Artists Collective Theatre has two-night only special event: William Luce’s one-woman play about the life of Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst, which will be played by New Hampshire native Jennifer Burke. The show occurs Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m., at the Hunt Building, 6 Main St., Nashua. Tickets are $20 and available by visiting act-theatre.org, calling 703-4221. 
 
Presented by Cirk La Putyka, Slapstick Sonata is a mixture of visual poetry and physical comedy with a dash of contemporary circus, and will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry. The performance includes dancers, actors, mimes and comedians, and has toured in Eastern Europe, France, Germany, the U.K., Scandinavia and Australia. Tickets are $10-$30; visit stockbridgetheatre.com.
 
Theatre KAPOW also presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth on Friday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. and midnight, and Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets are $20 per person. Visit tkapow.com.
 
Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined is a mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought to life onstage. Created by Emmy Award-winning choreographers, it occurs Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Center for  the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-111, ccanh.com, with tickets that range in price
from $38 to $78.
 
The Nashua Actorsingers’ fall production is Young Frankenstein, which will be performed at the Keefe Auditorium, 117 Elm St., Nashua, on Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors. Visit actorsingers.org, call 320-1870. 
 
Bedford Off Broadway is presenting ’Til Beth Do Us Part at the Bedford Old Town Hall, 70 Bedford Center Road, Bedford, on Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $12, $10 for children and seniors. Call 647-2864, visit brownpapertickets.com, bedfordoffbroadway.com.
 
The Majestic Theatre presents a murder-mystery dinner theater event on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1:30 p.m., at the Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester. The play, The Act of Murder, follows Lt. Kenneth Paris in his quest to discover who poisoned TV actress Linda Parker during the final dress rehearsal of the play she starred in. It’s an audience participation event and includes dinner or lunch, $38 on Friday or Saturday, $35 on Sunday. Visit majestictheatre.net, call 669-7469.
 
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., there’s a performance, Red Green: How to Do Everything, at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, featuring Red Green, Canada’s handiest handyman. Tickets are $51.50 per person. Visit stockbridgetheatre.com.
 
The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org, 668-5588) is shaking things up with All Shook Up Oct. 31 through Nov. 15. Tickets are $15 to $45.
 
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m., the AXIS Dance Company performs at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, ccanh.com, 225-111. Free tickets are available on Monday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m., for the Nov. 19 show, $7 for the Nov. 20 show.
 
The Concord Community Players are producing 9 to 5: The Musical on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Visit communityplayersofconcord.org. Individual ticket sales will become available in mid-October, $18 per person. 
 
Nature
 
Join the McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909, nhaudubon.org) for its raptor release weekend at Pack Monadnock in Peterborough on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m., and at Carter Hill in Concord Sunday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. 
 
Join in on a walking tour of the Roby Mill Sites hosted by the Warner Historical Society starting at Laing Bridge at the junction of Route 103 and West Roby District Road, on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes. Call 456-2437 or visit alongtheriver.org. Free and open to the public.
 
In honor of its 50th birthday, the Beaver Brook Association (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, beaverbrook.org) will be hosting its Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate nature with more than 70 regional artists and live animal presentations. There will also be live music, guided hikes, kids’ crafts and more. Free and open to the public.
 
Join the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (18 Highlawn Road, Warner, 746-6121, littlenaturemuseum.org) for its harvest moon & nature fest on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is included with the price of admission.
 
Young birders are welcome to spend the afternoon with sharpies, sparrows and cider donuts with the McLane Audubon Center at Carter Hill Orchard (73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, 224-9909, nhaudubon.org) on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
The New England Fall Astronomy Festival is back at the UNH Observatory (Spinney Lane, Durham, physics.unh.edu). The festival takes place on Friday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. There will be a variety of astronomical activities including sun-gazing, telescope viewings and a lecture by keynote speaker Dr. Carolyn Porco, the Imaging Science team leader for the Cassini mission to Saturn. Free and open to the public.
 
Don’t miss out on the 7th annual Enchanted Fall Festival at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Deerneck Road, Auburn, 648-2045, nhaudubon.org) on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will feature a puppet show, nature program, a Native American presentation, live bluegrass music, live animals and more. The cost to pre-register is $20 per family (members $10). Day-of admission costs $25 per family (members $15).
 
Follow the jack-o-lantern trail into the enchanted forest at the McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909, nhaudubon.org) on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4:30 to 9:15 p.m. Watch creatures and characters put on skits about mysterious activity in nature, then enjoy indoor seasonal games, refreshments and activities. Registration is required.
 
Abenaki artist Vera Longtoe Sheehan is collecting works from other Abenaki artists to create an exhibit called All My Relations: Faces and Effigies of the Abenaki World at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (18 Highlawn Road, Warner, 456-2600, indianmuseum.org) through Friday, Oct. 31. Admission to the art gallery is free; admission to the museum is a separate cost.
 
Get a close-up look at a live bald eagle, turkey vulture and other species during the live birds of prey show at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Deerneck Road, Auburn, 648-2045, nhaudubon.org) on Saturday, Nov. 22. Two shows are available, one from noon to 1 p.m., and another from 2 to 3 p.m.
 
Runs
 
Test your best at The Contoocook Carry Triathlon on Saturday Sept. 6 , starting at 1:30 p.m.  The race is  rain or shine at Hopkinton High School, 297 Park Avenue, Contoocook. Costs range from $25 for adults to $1 for children younger than 10. Prizes will be awarded to first place iron woman, iron man, and iron teen. Visit contoocookcarry.org or call Mary at 568-2783. 
 
Get out of the house at the Anne-Marie House Home Stretch 5K Sunday, Sept. 7, starting at Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., Nashua at 1:30 p.m. Costs range from $30 for adults on game day to free for children younger than 9 for the fun run. Visit nnemariehouse.org/events/homestretch. 
 
The Concord Family Kitchen 5K Road Race is Sunday, Sept. 7. The road race will be on NHTI’s scenic Seekamp Trail. Walkers may elect to participate in the timed 5K road race or the untimed 2.5K fitness walk, both beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Children’s Fun Run will be at 9:15 a.m. Visit thefriendlykitchen.org. Call 271-6484. 
 
The Friends Fighting Cancer 5K takes off on Sept. 7 in Manchester. You’ll love this attractive route that travels through the old Mill District along the Merrimack River. Then enjoy complimentary food and a beverage from Milly’s Tavern at the post-race party. The race costs from $25 to $30 on race day for adults and $10 for children who run the fun run. It starts at Arms Park, 500 Commercial St., Manchester. Visit kintera.org. 
 
Build your climbing muscles at the New Hampshire 9-1-1 Memorial Stair Climb, Sunday, Sept. 7, in Manchester. The $30 climb begins at 9:05 a.m. Climb the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center at 1000 Elm St. Visit active.com. 
 
Race into autumn at the Run to Fall K5 Run, Sunday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. Or try the 2.5K walk instead. A kids’ fun run follows the race and awards and prizes and food will be given out. The race costs from $15 to $20 and starts at 907 First New Hampshire Turnpike, Northwood. Visit untofall5k.weebly.com. 
 
The 17th annual YMCA Triathlon at Clough State Park is Sunday, Sept. 7. Fees range from $142 to $35 for individual youth. Start at the Concord Family YMCA. Visit concordymca.org. Call Matt at 228-9622. 
 
The Childhood Cancer Lifeline 5K is Saturday, Sept. 13. The race starts and ends at Margaritas in Salem, 1 Keewaydin Drive. The race begins at noon. There will be games, food, drinks, raffles and lots of fun. Visit kidscancer5k.com. 
 
Get your wings flapping at the Massabesic Mallard Madness 5K Trail Run/Walk, Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8:30 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m., 55 Eaton Hill Road, Auburn. Costs range from $25 for adults to $10 for the kids’ one-miler. Visit auburnhistorical.com
 
Saturday, Sept. 13, race away at the Pelham Old Home Day 5K. Grand prize is Grand Prize 100 gallons of home heating oil from Rockingham Oil within their delivery area and a free heating system cleaning. Start time is 8:30 a.m. Registration costs range from $25 to $30. It begins at 3 Main St., Pelham. Visit
pelhamoldhomeday.org. 
 
Find your Irish luck at the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Manchester, Sunday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. The first 800 to register get Irish kilts. Costs from $25 for adults to $10 for kids. It starts at Wild Rover Pub, 21 Kosciusko St., Manchester. Awards will be given. Visit millenniumrunning.com/halfway. 
 
Run for the Fallen NH is Sunday, Sept. 14. It starts at 8:30 a.m. for runners and noon for walkers. Visit runforthefallennh.org.
 
Get your heart pumping for a good cause at Erica’s 5K Run to Strikeback Against Cancer, Saturday, Sept. 20, at Merrimack High School. Fun run starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K kicks off at 9:30. Proceeds go to the Erica Pombrio Foundation. Visit ericasrun.com. 
 
Beat your best time at the Hooksett Kiwanis 5K Trail Race, Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 a.m. The scenic, wooded run begins at the Hooksett Heads Pond Trail at the corner of Hooksett Road and Post Road. Fees range from $30 to $20. Awards will be given out. Visit hooksettkiwanis.org/Page/15391. 
 
Team up with your dog for the 5th Annual My Dogs are Barking 5K to Benefit the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, Saturday, Sept. 20. Fees range from $25 to free for children younger than 8. This is a chip-timed, accurately measured 5k course. It starts at Derryfield Park in Manchester at 10 a.m. for the 5K and 11:15 a.m. for the fun run. Visit rescueleague.org. 
 
The Salemfest 5K, Saturday, Sept. 20, will help you test your endurance. The 5K run/walk for both serious runners and families goes through a scenic neighborhood and also  includes a Kids Trot. Race starts at 9 a.m. and costs from $20 to $15. Visit rccsalem.com/salemfest5k. 
 
Run in the Bite Back for a Cure 5K Race, which raises awareness for Lyme Disease, on Saturday, Sept. 20. The run starts at Mine Falls Park in Nashua at noon. Registration is from $25 to $35. Children younger than 10 run free. Visit firstgiving.com.
 
Quicken your heart beat at the fourth annual 5K Kiwanis Trail Race, nicknamed “Book it to the library Race” at 8:30 a.m., on Sept. 20. The race starts at Hooksett Heads Pond Trail, corner of Hooksett Road and Post Road Hooksett. Registration costs from $10 to $30.  Visit hooksettkiwanis.org. 
 
The Horne Street School Run/Walk is two or five miles on Sunday, Sept. 21. It starts and finishes at Horne Street Elementary School, 78 Horne St., Dover. Terrain is a mix of paved roads and sidewalks passing through residential neighborhoods. Costs range from $20 to free for children. Visit ferguscullen.com. Call 520-5450. 
 
Lets the dogs work out at the Miles for Mutts 5K at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 21. The race takes off from Mine Falls Park, 24 Stadium Drive, Nashua. Registration is $30; race starts at 9:30 a.m. Visit active.com.
 
On Saturday, Sept. 27, do what the name says at Get Your Rear in Gear, a 5K Run/Walk at Gould Hill Farms in Hopkinton to raise funds for colon cancer awareness. Costs from $30 to $10 and runs start at 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. Visit events.getyourrearingear.com. 
 
Get going at the Kelly Mann Memorial 5K and 3K Fun Run/Walk Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m. at Sunsets Heights Elementary School, 15 Osgood Road, Nashua. $25. Contact 889-0858 or visit bridgesnh.org. 
 
Pound the pavement at the Manchester 5K, Saturday, Sept. 27. This is a trail race at Livingston Park in Manchester and is the perfect race for beginners. Registration costs from $25 to $20. Visitmanchester5k.com. 
 
On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Rail Trail Run or Ride starts at 204 Main St., Andover. The inaugural event will have a 5K and 10K run and 50K and 100K cycling events along the hardpack path of the old railroad beds that run through several communities in the Lake Sunapee region. Prices from $65 to $20.  Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Visit active.com. 
 
The Twilite Hoot Owl Run 4K is a fun and challenging event through Mine Falls Park at 5:30 p.m. Costs range from $25 to $20. It begins at 7 Riverside Drive in Nashua. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com. 
 
Go for a record-breaker at the ConvenientMD 10K. The paved rail trail is primarily shaded, passing through ledges and wetlands with no road crossings. The race is Sunday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 a.m. and begins at Windham Depot, Windham. The race costs $25 for individuals. Call. 537-0339. Visit
windhamrailtrail.org/races.htm. 
 
Give it your all at the New Hampshire Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer 5K Run on Sunday, Sept. 28. This year’s event will once again be held at Greeley Park, 100 Concord St. in Nashua. It  winds through Hills Ferry Road and Manchester Street and returns back to Greeley Park for the finish. Race is at 10:15 a.m. and costs from $30 to $15. Visit nocc.kintera.org.
 
On Saturday, Oct. 4, try your hardest at the Girls Inc. Personal Best 5K. The race starts at 1 Delta Drive, Concord. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runner. The 9 a.m. race costs $20. Call Christine at 882-6256 or visit raceroster.com. 
 
Sprint to the finish at the Merrimack Firefighters 5K on Saturday, Oct. 4. It starts and finishes at the Merrimack High School track and costs from $20 to $25. Money raised goes to various charity funds. Visit 3craceproductions.com.
 
Run the Zombie Charge on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Litchfield, coming for the first time to Spooky World, 454 Charles Bancroft Highway. The race costs $49 to run and $25 to be a zombie. Visit zombiecharge.com. 
 
The Footrace for the Fallen is on Sunday, Oct. 5, and starts at 10 a.m. The race starts at the Manchester Police Department on Valley Street and costs $25. It honors police killed in duty. Visit footraceforthefallen.org. 
 
The Tanger Outlets Fit for Families 5K is on Sunday, Oct. 5. Costs range from $25 to $15. Race starts at 120 Laconia Road in Tilton at 8:30 a.m. Visit tangeroutlet.com. 
 
On Saturday, Oct. 11, brighten your day with the Color Run 5K, also known as the happiest run on the planet. The race is $45 and starts at 11 a.m. at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Route 106, Loudon. Visit thecolorrun.com/Loudon.
 
Work up a sweat at the Warner Fall Foliage 5 Miler on Saturday, Oct 11. It’s during Fall Foliage Festival Weekend and starts at the American Legion, 8 Kearsarge St. Ext., Warner. The race costs $22 to $17 and beings at 9:30 p.m. Call Sarah at 456-3221 or visit running4free.com.
 
Test your best at the Morbid Mountain 5K, Sunday, Oct. 12, in Gilford. The race begins at Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road. Pre-registration costs $31. Visit running4free.com.
 
Break a sweat at Missy’s Hope 5K on Saturday, Oct. 18. It’s a race around Crystal Lake in Manchester in memory of Melissa “Missy” Cantin Charboneau. There’s a youth race and an adult race and each costs $20. Visit missyshope5k.com.
 
Test your endurance at Vulcan’s Fury Trail Race on Saturday, Oct. 18. The 11.4-mile race starts at 10 a.m. and is at Pawtuckaway State Park, 128 Mountain Road, Nottingham. Costs range from $30 to $20. Visit acidoticracing.com. 
 
The Granite State 10-Miler is Sunday, Oct. 19. It is along low-traffic roads through pretty New Hampshire countryside during fall foliage season. The race starts at NHTI, adjacent to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, at 9 a.m. Costs range from $45 to $35. Visit granitestate10.com. 
 
Go for a record at the Michael LoVerme Memorial 5K on Sunday, Oct. 19, at noon. Costs from $25 to $20 and starts at Merrimack High School. Visit mlmf.org. 
 
On Saturday, Oct. 25, run the the 3rd Annual Applecrest Farm trail run, which weaves in and out of apple tree rows. It’s a 5-miler and a 1-mile apple dash that costs between $10 and $35. The race and the post-race party happen at Applecrest Farm, Hampton Falls. Visit utraceseries.com/apple-dash-5k-1-miler. 
 
Make a good effort at the Great Bay 5K Race, a very fast, mostly downhill course. The Saturday, Oct. 25, race starts at 9 a.m. at Stratham Hill Park, Route 33, Stratham. Cost is $25 for competitive walkers or runners. Visit greatbaystewards.org. 
 
Sunday, Oct. 25, the Wicked FIT Run features a 5K and a kids’ run. It’s a spooktacular event  dedicated to chasing away homelessness. Races start at 9 a.m. in Rollins Park, Concord. Costs from $25 to $15. Call 641-1143. Visit fitnh.org/wickedfitrun. 
 
The Jack London Trail Race is a 10K course run entirely on trails through Mine Falls, Nashua. The race starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, and costs from $25 to $20. Visit jacklondontrailrace.org. 
 
Get moving at the the hilly and challenging Manchester City Marathon, which also features a half marathon, relay and kids’ fun run, which all start at 8:50 a.m. The race is Sunday, Nov. 2, and costs from $160 to $85. Visit jacklondontrailrace.org. 
 
How fast can you run 5 miles? Find out at the Novemberfest Trail Race, Sunday, Nov. 23, at Mines Falls Park, Nashua, at 11:33 a.m. There will be “special celebrity guests.” Registration costs from $20 to $10. Visit runnovemberfest.com. 
 
Race to the finish! The Wolf Hollow 5K and Half Marathon is Nashua’s first half marathon and will run a scenic and shaded course in beautiful Mine Falls Park. Races Start on Sunday, Nov. 23. Races start at 9 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Races and relay costs range from  $115 to $25. Visit wolfhollowhalfmarathon.com. 
 
On Thursday, Nov. 27, take part in the Fisher Cats Thanksgiving Day 5K. The race starts at 9 a.m. outside the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. Fees from $30 to $25. Visit millenniumrunning.com/thanksgiving. 
 
Work up an appetite at the Great Gobbler Thanksgiving 5K on Thursday, Nov. 27. The fun run starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8 a.m. at Nashua High School, Nashua. Fees from $15 to $25. Visit 3craceproductions.com. 
 
 
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For the grown-ups

 
Festivals and food
 
The New England Homebrewers Jamboree is on Friday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. with a homebrewers barbecue, and Saturday, Sept. 6, starting at noon at Tamworth Camping Area, 194 Depot Road, Tamworth. Homebrewers can register beer, wine, cider, mead or specialty brew for the competition, and check out live music, children’s activities and a kids’ root beer competition, and meet homebrew clubs from all over New England. Stay for the day or camp out. Tickets cost $10 for day pass, $28 for an overnight pass, $40 for a weekend pass, $20 for an RV pass with hook ups, and $10 for an RV pass without hook ups. Visit homebrewersjamboree.com.
 
The Capital Cup Brew Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. is part of the Weekend on the Water event at Kiwanis Riverfront Park, Concord. Sample brews from 20 craft breweries. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the event. Visit blackicepondhockey.com or Barb’s Beer Emporium at 249 Sheep Davis Road, Concord.
 
Wicked Wine and Brew Fest on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Mel’s Funway Park (454 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield) features wicked sips from across New England, including samples from local wineries, breweries and food vendors. Admission costs $25 in advance (ages 21-plus), or $30 on the day of the event; $5 for designated drivers or admission for youth ages 6 to 20 years old, free admission for children ages 5 and younger. Visit nashuatelegraph.com/wwb.
 
Sample from local chefs and wines during the Vintage & Vine Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. Tickets cost $45 for general admission, $90 for VIP admission, and $15 for designated driver admission. Visit strawberybanke.org.
 
Sign up for one or all of the Shaker-inspired culinary workshops this fall at Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury. Chef Patrick Hall will lead demonstrations and tastings on chowder on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m.; on fresh pasta on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m.; and on stews and braised dishes on Sunday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission costs $27.50 for non-members ($25 for members). Registration required. Visit shakers.org.
 
Or learn a thing or two about herbs in your kitchen with Beyond Home Herbalist classes with Maria Noel Groves at Wintergreen Botanicals, Deerfield Road, Allenstown. The fall series runs Mondays, Sept. 15, through Nov. 10, and focuses on herbal medicines, teas, cooking and health. Classes cost $38 each or $275 for the whole series. Call 340-5161 or visit wintergreenbotanicals.com to register.
 
LaBelle Winery savors the harvest during the Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst. Each monthly cooking series class includes demonstration on a themed menu. Future classes are Wednesday, Oct. 15, with an Oktoberfest-inspired menu, and Wednesday, Nov. 12, with flatbreads. Classes cost $25. Registration required. Visit labellewinerynh.com.
 
Gardening & Cooking With Herbs incorporates an herbal walk and cooking demonstration on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Beaver Brook Nature Center, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis. Workshop costs $22. Registration required. Visit beaverbrook.org.
 
Celebrate 100 years of the arts at the Palace Theatre Wine Tasting & Centennial Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. on Hanover Street in downtown Manchester outside the Palace Theatre. The wine tasting also includes a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres from 14 local restaurants and live music. Tickets cost $30 in advance; $35 at the door. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org.
 
The Historical Society of Amherst hosts its 19th annual Antiques on the Green show and sale on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Village Green in Amherst. Admission costs $5. Visit hsanh.org.
 
Salem NH Rotary Club Oktoberfest is on Saturday, Sept. 13, from noon to 10 p.m. at Rockingham Park, 79 Rockingham Park Blvd., Salem. Features food and beer all day with car show, live music and kids’ activities. Visit salemnhrotary.org.
 
Telluride by the Sea on Friday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 21, features films from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. Films and screening venues to be announced. Tickets cost $210 for a patron pass, $90 for a weekend pass, and $15 for individual film screening tickets. Visit themusichall.org.
 
Back to Brew School Brewfest on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. at IncrediBREW (112 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua, 891-2477, incredibrew.com) includes an hour-long instruction on the basics of designing a beer recipe, followed by a group recipe design and brewing a beer from scratch. This year’s design theme is IPA-style beer recipe. Cost $60 for two variety cases of beer (bottles not included), and return after two weeks to bottle and take the beer home. Registration required.
 
Forage for wild edibles during a Mushroom Hike on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Beaver Brook Nature Center, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis. The hike includes instruction on identification of the edible and toxic species. The hike and class cost $12. Registration is required. Call 465-7787 or visit beaverbrook.org.
 
Forks & Corks four-course wine dinner is on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at The Copper Door, 15 Leavy Drive, Bedford. Tickets for the evening cost $75, and must be purchased in advance. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Can’t make it to the September dinner? The last dinner in the series will be on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. Call 488-2677 or visit copperdoorrestaurant.com.
 
Harvest Wine Dinner on Friday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, will feature guests Ralph Stone Jacobs and Catherine Tuttle as well as winemaker Amy LaBelle. Reservations required. Call 672-9898 or visit labellewinerynh.com.
Symphony NH Oktoberfest is on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack. Event includes traditional music, seasonal brews, and German beer-hall foods. Tickets cost $40 for admission, and additional $10 for an after-hours brewery tour. Visit symphonynh.org.
 
Learn about and taste wines during the Grand Tasting of Exclusive and 100-Point Wines on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at WineNot Boutique, 170 Main St., Nashua. Sommelier Svetlana Yanushkevich will provide information on featured wines from small boutique producers based in Napa, Italy, France and Australia. Registration required. Call 204-5569 or visit winenotboutique.com.
 
Catch screenings from the Manhattan Short Film Festival on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at NHTI, 31 College Drive, Concord. Tickets cost $10. Visit manhattanshort.com.
 
Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival is on Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at Swasey Parkway in Exeter. Sample brews from Sam Adams, Angry Orchard, The Just Beer Project, plus local breweries like 603 Brewery, 7th Settlement, Smuttynose and Woodstock, to name a few. Taste and vote for local restaurants’ chili recipes. Tickets cost $40 for general admission, $50 for VIP admission (early access). Visit powderkegbeerfest.com.
 
Sample local wines during the Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Weekend  on Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participating wineries include Coffin Cellars, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Hermit Woods Winery and Newfound Lake Vineyards. To participate, visit any of the wineries and purchase a Barrel Tasting 2014 wine glass for tasting, cost $12. Visit hermitwoods.com.
 
Chef Liz Barbour will offer a discussion and cooking demo on Feasting From Our Local Farms on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Beaver Brook Nature Center, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis. The workshop costs $22. Registration required. Call 465-7787 or visit beaverbrook.org.
 
America’s Test Kitchen Live with Christopher Kimball comes to the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and includes demonstrations, video and audio from PBS personalities and competitive food eaters. Tickets cost $85 for VIP admission (includes cookbook and post-show meet and greet), $45 for seating in the orchestra, mezzanine and balcony, or $35 for seating on the side and rear balcony. Visit ccanh.com.
 
The 14th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival runs Thursday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 19, in Portsmouth. Catch screenings or attend workshops. Prices range from $200 for a VIP pass, to $15 for admission to one feature film or short film block. Visit nhfilmfestival.com.
 
Wine & Chocolate on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, benefits the Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter. The evening includes music, wine, chocolate and a silent auction. Tickets cost $30. Visit manchesteranimalshelter.org.
 
NH Brew Fest is on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Redhook Brewery (35 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth) with three sessions: VIP session from noon to 1 p.m., Session I from 1 to 4 p.m., and Session II from 6 to 9 p.m. The fundraiser for Prescott Park Arts Festival features samplings of brews from local and regional breweries, a five-ounce souvenir cup, live music and entertainment. Visit prescottpark.org.
 
SNOB Film Festival runs Thursday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 9, at Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord. The festival includes film screenings, indie music and craft beer. Visit snobfilmfestival.com.
 
Join the Franco-American Centre for Plaisir d’Amour Wine Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Drumlins Restaurant at Stonebridge Country Club, 161 Gorham Pond Road, Goffstown. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $95 per person and dress is black tie optional. Reservations due
by Thursday, Nov. 13, and no tickets will be available at the door. Call 644-7114. 
 
Art
 
Artist Gary Haven Smith’s artwork, “Connections,” comprised of new paintings and sculptures, is on view at McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord, Sept. 2 through Oct. 3, with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. He also hosts a studio tour on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m., to which you can RSVP by emailing art@mcgowanfineart.com or calling 225-2515. 
 
On Friday, Sept. 5, the Currier Museum of Art presents an Currier After Hours: NH-Grown Harvest from 6 to 9 p.m. at the museum, 150 Ash St., Manchester. There will be live music, preserve- and pasta-making demonstrations, apple stamp-making and more. There will be a cash bar and full menu available at the Winter Garden Cafe, which will have seasonal specials with local ingredients. Visit currier.org; event free with museum admission.
 
The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden (236 Hopkinton Road, Concord) hosts a gallery exhibition called “Dancing Leaves,” which will be on view through Oct. 12 and feature work by Barbara Danser, Kathryn Field, Peter Granucci, Brad Stroman and Pam Tarbell. There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit themillbrookgallery.com, call 226-2046.
 
Kimball-Jenkins School of Art holds a fundraising gala/auction on Friday, Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m., at the school, 266 N. Main St., Concord, 225-3932, kimballjenkins.com. You can view the auction, bid or buy art pieces (or wine) online until that day, at biddingforgood.com. Tickets are $30 per person.
 
This year’s Inspired Recovery event occurs Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s French Building, 148 Concord St., Manchester. This marks the seventh year of the event, started as a means to celebrate the community touched by addiction and recovery through creative expression. The event will contain a visual art display, a room with spoken/slam poetry, food and music. Visit facebook.com/inspiredrecoverynh.
 
The Currier Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, “M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion,” is on view Sept. 20 through Jan. 5, at the museum, 150 Ash St., Manchester, featuring intricate, geometric drawings and prints of space that can only exist on paper and in the viewer’s mind. There’s a special $5 additional adult fee, in addition to the regular museum admission fee. A Currier After Hours: Invented Realities event occurs Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. to accompany the exhibition with music by Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, tours, videos, food and drink (cash bar, full menu at the Winter Garden Cafe). Workshops, lectures and other events centering around the exhibition occur throughout the fall; call 669-6144, visit currier.org. 
 
Susan Abbott shows her artwork at McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord, Oct. 7 through Nov. 14, with an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit mcgowanfineart.com.
 
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen host an exhibition called “Gifts From Our Hands: What We Do Best” at the League Craft Center, 49 S. Main St., Suite 100, Concord, Oct. 10 through Dec. 17. Visit nhcrafts.org.
 
The New Hampshire Furniture Masters hold their annual gala on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, 250 Market St., Portsmouth, 431-2300, sheratonportsmouth.com. There’s a public viewing from noon to 3:30 p.m. (with no admission fee) and a reception and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. (which requires a $25 ticket). Dinner with the masters follows at 7 p.m. ($75 per person). Visit furnituremasters.org.
 
Melissa Anne Miller has an exhibition on view at McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord, Nov. 18  through Dec. 19, with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit mcgowanfineart.com.
 
Theater
 
The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, palacetheatre.org, 668-5588) presents The Full Monty Sept. 19 through Oct. 11, tickets for which range in price, $15 to $45.
 
The New Hampshire Community Theatre Festival happens on Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, each day from noon to suppertime. The event is an in-house competition, and each company has one hour or less to perform a production of their choice. Competitors include Bedford Off Broadway, the Ghostlight Theatre Company, the Nashua Actorsingers, New Theater Works and the Community Players of Concord. Two professional adjudicators, Genevieve Aichele and Nancy Stone Franklin Pierce, will provide comments at the end of each performance, and the winners will be announced Sunday. A full festival ticket costs $25, one entry $10.
 
Menopause: The Musical is at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m., which features four women at a lingerie sale with “nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex” and more, set to tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Tickets are $40-$55, presented by GFour Productions.
 
The Ghostlight Theater Company of New England presents Rabbit Rabbit, a one-act play by Amy Lee Lavoie, on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m., at The Club Lafayette, 485 Fletcher St., Lowell, Mass. General admission is $15 at the door. Visit gltne.org for details. The show is intended for mature audiences.
 
Ghostlight Theatre will also present Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead on Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m., at the Lafayette Club, 485 Fletcher St., Lowell, Mass. General admission is $15 at the door. Visit gltne.org for details. The show is intended for general audiences and mature audiences (though not suitable for children).
 
Classical music
 
On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Friends of the Concord Auditorium present the 24th season Opening Gala, this year themed “The Magic of Theatre,” at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Arnie’s Ice Cream Social and arts fair is at 6 p.m., and at 7 p.m. is the gala variety show, a 90-minute preview of up-and-coming attractions, which will include comedy, music, film, theater, travelogues and dance. Tickets are $5, available at the Concord UPS store, Gibson’s Bookstore and at the door. Visit theaudi.org, call 344-4747. 
 
Symphony NH’s first event of the season is Oktoberfest, which is on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 DW Highway, Merrimack. There will be seasonal year-round favorite brews on tap alongside bratwurst and strudel, in addition to traditional music for live entertainment. The event is a fundraiser for the Symphony, $40 per person. Visit symphonynh.org, call 595-9156.
 
Symphony NH’s first performance, “Hearts Aflame,” occurs on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m., at the Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua. The concert season opener contains music from Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” and music by guest artist, violinist Caroline Goulding, who will play Brahms’ Violin Concerto; tickets are $12-$48. This performance also occurs on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m., at the Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove St., Peterborough (tickets $12-$35) and at the Lebanon Opera House, 51 N. Park St., Lebanon, on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. (tickets $12-$25). Call 595-9156, visit symphonynh.org.
 
On Sunday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m., Metropolis Ensemble’s Brownstone performs throughout the historic, Victorian-era Kimball House at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. Members will perform in various rooms, allowing audiences to explore and choose their own experience in the piece. Tickets are $50. Visit ccanh.com, call 225-1111.
 
On Sunday, Oct. 5, the Concord Coachmen perform their annual show, which this year is “Affairs & Adventures of the Heart,” at 2 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Visit harmonize.com, call 483-8395. Tickets are $17 at the door, available for $15 at the UPS Store, Adams Lock & Safe, and Gibson’s Bookstore. 
 
The Voices of  the 603 concert is on Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, ccanh.com, 225-1111. The concert is a collaboration between schools and community a cappella groups, with more information available at voicesofthe603.com, where tickets will also be available.
 
The Concord Community Concert Association presents a series, The Mystical Arts of Tibet, throughout the year, which will feature Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery. First is a program of Sacred Music, Sacred Dance, on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Then Ensemble Schumann is on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Concord Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. The trio, comprised of Sally Pinkas (piano), Steve Larson (viola) and Thomas Gallant (oboe). Tickets are $18. Call 344-4747.
 
On Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., The Walker Lecture Fund presents a concert, Three of Cups, at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. It is a collaboration of vocals, fiddle and guitar, with tunes that range from bittersweet Irish ballads to uplifting American gospel. There’s no admission, but seating is first-come, first-served. 
 
The Rhythm of NH Show Chorus has a program, Sound Waves, on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Derry Opera House, W. Broadway, Derry, at 2 and 7 p.m. Visit the chorus’s Facebook page, facebook.com/RNHChorus for ticket and other information about the concert.
 
A Walker Lecture Fund Concert, In Good Company: Hail to the Chief is Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. The event will contain campaign songs from the past. The event is free, seating is first-come, first-served. 
 
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra has a concert on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m., at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, featuring Finlandia by Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 by Brahms and Concierto de aranjuez by Rodrigo. Tickets are $25 per person. Visit portsmouthsymphony.org. 
 
Symphony NH holds a concert, “The Art of Color,” on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., at the Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm St., Nashua, with music by Shostakovich, Ravel and Mussorgsky. Tickets are $12 to $48. Call 595-9156, visit symphonynh.org.
 
Music
 
American Idol winner Kris Allen is going to hit the stage at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35.
 
Check out American country-folk musician M. Ward at the Historic Music Hall on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30.
 
Don’t miss Luke Bryan with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell live at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29.75 and $59.75.
 
The Granite State welcomes back Guster for their kickoff show at the Palace Theatre on Friday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $34.50.
 
The front man for The Push Stars Chris Trapper will be showcasing his blend of pop rock tunes at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. Admission costs $15.
 
Celtic rockers The Young Dubliners will bring their Irish-flavored tunes to the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35.
 
Check out Hootie without the Blowfish. Darius Rucker will be performing at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $29.75 to $75.75.
 
John Holden and the Shrieks are hitting the stage with their “newgrass” style jams at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. Admission costs $20.
 
The “Dressed to Kill” tour is coming around to the Verizon Wireless Arena featuring Cher with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $21.50 to $131.50.
 
Spend an evening with Judy Collins and special guest Ari Hest at the Historic Music Hall on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30 and $50.
 
From aggressive rock to rootsy blues, Popa Chubby is bringing his energetic performance to the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35.
 
Blending Americana, folk, pop and country, the Jandee Lee Porter Band will hit the stage at the Tupelo Music Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the “Live at Frank’s Place” series. Register to win tickets at tickets.tupelohall.com.
 
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn bring their banjo-based tunes to the Stockbridge Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
 
Spend an evening with R&B artist Aaron Neville at the Historic Music Hall on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $42 and $52.
 
Don’t miss Mike Peters of The Alarm performing at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $40.
 
Blues rock legends Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown will be taking the stage at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30 to $45.
 
Gregg Rolie, co-founder of the bands Santana and Journey, will be taking over the Stockbridge Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $75.
 
Northampton-based musical acts Heather Maloney and Darlingside will share the stage for a night at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults, $15 for students.
 
Jam rock legends moe. will bring their prog-rock style to the stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $34.50 advanced, $37.50 day of the show.
 
Check out the Beatles-inspired ’60s band The Cowsills at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $50.
 
Singer/songwriter Mirah brings her versatile singing style to The Music Hall Loft on Friday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $22.
 
Indie artist Melissa Ferrick will be hitting the stage at The Music Hall Loft on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $24.
 
Vocalist and saxophonist Grace Kelly brings her flavors of jazz to the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $35.
 
The Historic Music Hall will be hosting an unplugged show with Brandi Carlile on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $34 and $40.
 
The Tupelo Music Hall will be hosting the adult alternative band BoDeans on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $40 to $55.
 
Singer/songwriter Mary Gatchell rings all that jazz over to the Leddy Center on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18, $13 for students.
 
The Mystix will be bringing their interpretation of rural American-style music to the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25.
 
Sean Hayes brings his cool vibrato-style tone to The Music Hall Loft on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18.
 
Check out singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $30.
 
Check out generations of quality country hits fused in the music of Carlene Carter at The Music Hall Loft on Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m.
 
Check out local artist Prospect Hill at the Tupelo Music Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m., as part of their “Live at Frank’s Place” series. Register to win tickets at tickets.tupelohall.com.
 
Don’t miss the collaborative concert featuring The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $35.
 
Check out the quasi-pornographic and satirical tunes of The Tubes at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $40 to $55.
 
Sonny Landreth will showcase his signature Louisiana-style slide guitar at the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $45.
 
Singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs will be playing at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $54.50 to $75.
 
Demi Lovato is taking over the Verizon Wireless Arena with Christina Perri & MKTO on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $19.50 to $69.50.
 
The Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, verizonwirelessarena.com) will be hosting Eric Church with special guests Dwight Yoakam and Brandy Clark on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $59.50.
 
Dire Straits co-founder David Knopfler stops by for an intimate evening at the Tupelo Music Hall on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $40.
 
See the blend of bluegrass, classical and barbershop brought to the stage by Darlingside at The Music Hall Loft on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $18.
 
Irish rock ‘n’ rollers Black 47 bring their politically-charged tunes to the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25.
 
American roots musician Maria Muldaur hits the stage with her Red Hot Bluesiana Band at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $35.
 
Boston-based band Air Traffic Controller rocks out at The Music Hall Loft on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.
 
George Benson will be performing his blend of jazz and pop at the Historic Music Hall on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $60 to $130.
 
Anna Nalick will showcase the hits that have made her music popular in several TV and movie soundtracks, such as Grey’s Anatomy, at the Tupelo Music Hall on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35.
 
Don’t miss The Mavericks as they bring their fusion of country and rock to the Historic Music Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $38 and $48. 
 
The Smithereens are back and rocking harder than ever at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $55.
 
Mike + Ruthy bring double the soul to The Music Hall Loft on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15.
 
Singer/songwriter Sarah Blacker will be performing at the Tupelo Music Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Tupelo’s “Live at Frank’s Place” series. Register to win tickets at tickets.tupelohall.com.
 
Carl Palmer from the supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer will be playing to the beat of his own drums at the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $65.
 
Genesis guitar player Steve Hackett will be performing at the Capitol Center for the Arts as part of his Genesis Extended Tour on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $65.
 
Multi-platinum selling artist Michael Feinstein is making a stop at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $46 to $66.
 
Singer/songwriter Don Campbell will be performing an evening of Dan Fogelberg tunes at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35.
 
Combining the guitar styles of Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King and Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Pitchell will be bringing his blend of blues guitar-rock to the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $45.
 
Musician and lyrical story-teller Cheryl Wheeler will be performing at the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $33.
 
World music quartet DakhaBrakha is coming to The Music Hall Loft on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $24.
 
Ani DiFranco is coming at the stage with her blend of folk, punk and jazz for a night at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $38 to $43.
 
 
Comedy
 
Be prepared to hold your sides all night at the Tupelo Night of Comedy at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. Don’t miss the comedy stylings of Mark Scalia, Linda Belt and Steve Halligan. Tickets cost $18.
 
Comedy legend Lewis Black will be taking his high-energy political rants over to Historic Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $61 and go higher based on seating arrangements.
 
The Capitol Center of the Arts will be hosting the popular quirky comedian Brian Regan on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45.
 
Comedian Paul D’Angelo will be recording a stand-up DVD at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, Oct. 4. He will host an early show at 7 p.m. and a late show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18.
 
Check out the comedy troupe that included such classic comedy actors as John Belushi, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. Second City will be stopping by Historic Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $26 and go higher based on seating arrangements.
 
Don’t miss out on scotch and a smoke with Ron White at Historic Music Hall on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the “Blue Collar” comic start at $65 and go higher based on seating arrangements. There are also VIP tickets available for $177, which include a Q&A, pictures with the comedian and more.
 
Catch Corey Rodrigues and Matt Barry at the second round of the Tupelo Night of Comedy at the Tupelo Music Hall on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $18.
 
Paula Poundstone will be celebrating 25 years of hilarious thinking at the Capitol Center of the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $19 to $39.
 
Leave the kids with the babysitter and come out to see R-Rated Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $24.50.
 
Boston-based comedian Lenny Clarke is at it again with special guests Tony V. and Tumblin’ Jack Walsh for their Comics for K-9s tour at Historic Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $45.
 
Local funnyman Juston McKinney will be bringing his comic talents to the Palace Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $24.50.
 
Ralphie May will be performing his abrasive yet hilarious comedy at the Palace Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $54.50.
 
For those who love deadpan and surrealistic one-liners, don’t miss comedian Steven Wright at The Capitol Center of the Arts on Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $65.
 
Maine native Bob Marley will be performing his high-energy and observational material at the Capitol Center of the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 15. The early show starts at 7 p.m. and the late show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $12.50 to $24.50, and you can also buy a ticket to the “Wicked Good Time” pre-show
reception for $59. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m.
 
 
Books
 
Toby Ball talks about Invisible Streets on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
Dan Szczesny talks about his new memoir, The Nepal Chronicles, at the Weare Town Hall, 16 N. Stark Highway, on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.; at Barnes & Noble, 1741 S. Willow St., Manchester, Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m.; at the Pillsbury Free Library, 18 E. Main St., Warner, Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.; at the Smyth
Public Library, 55 High St., Candia, Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m., and at the Goffstown Public Library, Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. He also talks about The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the Pembroke Town Library, 313 Pembroke St., Pembroke, and on Friday, Oct.17, at 7 p.m. at the Whipple Free Library, 67 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston.
 
On Saturday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m., Amy Spitzfaden signs and discusses her book, Untold, a about a young woman in search of forgotten memories, at the Peterborough Toadstool.
 
Milford’s Lorrie Thomson’s book release party for What’s Left Behind is at the Milford Toadstool Bookshop on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
Tad Pfeffer talks about his book, Hand of the Small-Town Builder, a history of summer homes in northern New England on Friday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
John Scalzi talks about Lock In on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
Sarah Smiley presents her memoir Dinner With the Smileys, about reaching out within a small town, at a community supper event on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 5:30 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge, 30 Mont Vernon St., Milford.
 
On Wednesday, Sept. 17, New Hampshire celebrates Constitution Day with Sandra Day O’Connor at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord. Her topic, “The State of Democracy in America Today,” is the animating idea for the second year of Constitutionally Speaking. Visit
constitutionallyspeakingnh.org.
 
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire has readings every third Wednesday of the month at Gibson’s Bookstore at 7 p.m. Mark Decarteret and S. Stephanie read on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.; Andrew Periale reads on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.; the Yogurt Polyphony, a group of nine poets, speak on
Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.
 
Hampton Sides talks about In the Kingdom of Ice as part of the Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Music Hall Loft. Tickets are $43, which includes a reserved seat, book, bar beverage, author presentation, Q&A, book signing and meet-and-greet. 
 
Daniel Schulman talks about Sons of Wichita on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Christ Church, 43 Pine St., Exeter, at 7 p.m., part of the “We the People” lecture series.
 
Mike Morin talks about his book, Fifty Shades of Radio, at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua, on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. He also talks about it on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore. 
 
Joan C. Ryan talks about Scholarship Matters at Barnes & Noble Manchester on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. 
 
Joe Smiga talks about the latest in his cowboy series, Silver Lake’s Transformation, at Barnes & Noble Manchester on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m.
 
Peter and Victoria Clement and Polly Guth sign and discuss Stonelea: A Timeworn, Gilded Age Survivor Transformed at the Peterborough Toadstool on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m.
 
Elizabeth Bodner visits Barnes & Noble Manchester, on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., to talk about Seven Women in Maine, a collection of interviews with high-achieving women in the state of Maine.
 
Robin Black and Randy Susan Meyers talk about their books Life Drawing and The Comfort of Lies, respectively, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
Deborah Crombie talks about To Dwell in Darkness at the Concord Public Library, 45 Green St., Concord, on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. The event is presented with Gibson’s Bookstore; call 224-0562 or email michael@gibsonsbookstore.com to have a copy of the book put aside to be signed.
 
Nick Bunker talks about An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
Roger Stone signs his new book, Nixon’s Secrets: The Truth about Watergate and the Pardon, at Nashua Barnes & Noble, 235 DW Highway, Nashua, 888-0533, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m.
 
Hank Phillippi Ryan talks about Truth Be Told on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
On Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, writer Michael Tougias tells the tale of the sinking of the tall ship Bounty and the soaring efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue team detailed in his book Superstorm Sandy: The Bounty. Part of the Walker Lecture Fund, the event is free, but seating is first-come, first-served.
 
Eric Shonkwiler, Tim Horvath and Nathan Graziano talk about their books, Above All Men, Understories and My Next Bad Decision, respectively, on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
E.O. Wilson talks about The Meaning of Human Existence on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m., as part of Writers on a New England Stage at The Music Hall. Tickets are $13.25, though if you purchase a voucher in advance ($24) you get a signed hardcover book the night of the event.
 
On Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., Archer Mayor talks about Proof Positive, his latest Joe Gunter novel, at Gibson’s Bookstore. He also talks about the book at the Milford Toadstool Bookshop on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
New Hampshire author Chelsey Philpot talks about her book, Even in Paradise, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
The finale of Nashua’s One City: One Book program is a visit by author B.A. Shapiro, who will speak at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua, on Friday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door and open to all.
 
Bob Ryan Scribe talks about his book, My Life in Sports, on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds receives  the fifth annual Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize and reads from her poems, with a book signing and reception to follow. Tickets are $10 per person. Visit concordmonitor.com, nhwritersproject.org.
 
Ellen Stimson, author of Mud Season, will talk about her newest book, Good Grief! The Life in a Tiny Vermont Village, at Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.
 
Anne Rice, author of Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, is the guest for the Writers on a New England Stage series at The Music Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13.25, $28.95 for a book voucher.
 
Lynn Levine, renowned Vermont tracker and author of Life Sized: Guide to Mammal Tracks, signs and discusses her newest book, a pocket guide to animal tracks and scat of New England, on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m., at the Peterborough Toadstool.
 
Bill Littlefield will talk about his book of poems about sports and games, Take Me Out, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore. 
 
Janet Evanovich talks about The Job at The Music Hall on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series. Tickets are $13.25, $28 for a book voucher.
 
On Monday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., James Marino talks about The Keepers of Mercia at Gibson’s Bookstore.
 
 
Nature
 
The Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Deerneck Road, Auburn, 648-2045, nhaudubon.org) is offering an introduction to pelagic wildlife on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 3 to 4 p.m., and a pelagic trip at Rye Harbor on Monday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn about the species of life you’ll find living on our coasts, and
then take the opportunity to explore and discover them up close. The costs for just the class is $5. The cost for the class and the trip is $90 for non-members.
 
Jack Noon will be giving a lecture about the changes in local fisheries from 1600 to the present at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (18 Highlawn Road, Warner, 456-2600, alongtheriver.org) on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
 
Join the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Deerneck Road, Auburn, 648-2045, nhaudubon.org) for several coastal birding trips throughout the fall at Hampton Beach State Park. Trips will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, and Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost per trip is $6 for members and $9 for
non-members.
 
Don’t miss a special peak migration workshop with the McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909, nhaudubon.org) at the Carter Hill Raptor Observatory on Friday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy hawkwatching and a lecture on raptor identification. $10 per person.
 
Wildlife biologist Ben Kilham will be presenting a free lecture about his study of black bears titled “The Social Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human” at the Amherst Town Library (14 Main St., Amherst, 673-2288, amherstlibrary.org) on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
 
Head to the Flying Monkey (39 S. Main St., Plymouth, 536-2551, flyingmonkeynh.com) for a night of music, memories, pictures and stories at the New Hampshire Audubon benefit concert on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Don’t miss the opportunity to take the wildlife carving and painting class at the McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909, nhaudubon.org) starting on Sunday, Oct. 19. The session is eight weeks long. Registration is required.
 
Celebrate the Audubon’s century-long existence during its gala and live auction at the McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909, nhaudubon.org) on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $100 per person, $800 per table.
 
 
Runs

Run, swim and cycle at the Otter Limits Triathlon, Saturday, Sept. 6, at Otter Brook Recreation Area in Keene. Swim 0.93 miles, bike 24.8 miles, run 6.2 miles. The race begins at 9 a.m. and costs $95 for individual registration on the day of the event. Lunch is provided with the fee. Visit 90percentmental.org/otter-limits-triathlon.html. Call Robyn at 585-2205. 
 
Start running at 8 a.m. at the Trek Portsmouth Wallis Sands Triathlon, Sunday, Sept. 21. The cost is from $90 to $140. It features a ⅓-mile ocean swim, a flat and fast 14.5-mile bike route and a 5K run. The race begins at Wallis Sands State Beach, 1035 Ocean Blvd., Rye, at 8 a.m. 
 
Push it further at the New England Half Marathon, Sunday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 a.m. in Loudon. Start at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Route 106 North for a unique point-to-point course along scenic country roads to finish at the New Hampshire state capitol. All post-race festivities including music and food will take place on the grounds of the capitol in Concord. Registration is $75. Visit millenniumrunning.com/ne-half. 
 
The Joe English Twilight Challenge is a marathon or half marathon run in a relay team that raises money for land preservation. Runs start at 6 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. Individual fees run from $30 to $45. It starts at Freestyle Farm, 188 Mack Hill Road, Amherst. Visit joe-english.org. 
 
Grab some friends and run in the Pinnacle Ultra Challenge and Relay Race Sunday, Oct. 5. The 50K run begins in Newport at the Historic Corbin Covered Bridge and follows beautiful Oak Street on the road before heading off on the rail trail for an out and back. Relays and races start at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and cost
from $90 to $60. Visit team-pinnacle.org.
 
Lace up your sneakers for the Smuttynose Brewing Co. Rockfest Half Marathon, Sunday, Oct 5., at 8 a.m. The race starts at Ocean Boulevard by the Hampton Beach Casino. The race costs from $100 to $65. Visit hamptonrockfest.com/race-info.php. 
 
Sunday, Oct. 26, try your best at Ghost Train Rail Trail Races - Ultra Race along the Milford and Brookline rail trail. Run 15 miles or any multiple of 15. The trail itself is mostly flat and straight and starts at 298 South St. in Milford. The cost is $50. Visit sites.google.com/site/ghosttrainrailtrailrace. 
 
Run like the wind at the The Loco Full Moon Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 a.m. at 2 Ash Swamp Road in Newmarket. You must have a qualifying time or have previously run a full marathon to participate. This is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Or choose to run the half marathon. The cost is from $120 to $70. Visit
locomarathon.com/registration.
 
Push yourself at the Seacoast Half Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 9, and help raise money for children’s charities. The walker’s race starts at 8 a.m. and the runners take off at 9 a.m. There are flat or gently rolling hills for most of the race. Registration costs $65. It starts at Portsmouth High School. Visit
seacoasthalfmarathon.com. 
 





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