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Crowds gather at one of Prescott Park’s many summer events. Courtesy photo.




Hot Spot: Seacoast Science Center

Where: 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye
Contact: Call 436-8043 or visit seacoastsciencecenter.org.
Admission: The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the summer. Admission for adults is $7; for children 3 to 12, $3; for seniors, $5; and free for children under 3 and anyone with a valid military ID (plus up to five family members). During the summer, a fee to enter Odiorne State Park is required as well: $4 for ages 12 and up, $2 for ages 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and under and for New Hampshire seniors 65 and older.
About: The Seacoast Science Center offers a variety of marine science programs and activities for children and adults. There are exhibits and an interactive learning studio that families can explore any time, as well as kids’ programs like Ocean Commotion, Big Fish Little Fish and exploring nature at Odiorne State Park. There’s also a Music-by-the-Sea summer concert series on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Visit the website for a full schedule of programming.
 
Hot Spot: Hampton Beach
Where: 115 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach
Contact: Call 926-8717 or visit hamptonbeach.org.
About: Throughout the summer Hampton Beach is the home of various festivals, live music and a lively stretch of beachfront shopping.
 
A few big events:
• Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15
The Hampton Beach Catamaran Regatta is a weekend of sailing for all levels of abilities. It features races throughout the day, that are close to the shore for optimal beachside viewing. Contact the organizers if you want to sail. Call Scott Malcolm at 502-7451.
• Thursday, June 19, to Saturday, June 21
The Hampton Beach Sand Castle Sculpting Competition features 15 masters of the sand sculpture universe competing for $15,000 in prize money. The entire area will be  illuminated for night viewing through July 6. 
• Thursday, June 19, to Sunday, June 22
The Olde Tyme State Fair features carnival rides, games, a petting zoo, food concession and arts and crafts. Fair hours are Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission costs $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6 to 11 years, and free for children younger than 5 years old. 
• Monday, July 7, to Monday, Aug. 25
Movies at the Beach is free, fun family entertainment. Movie dates are to be determined, and movies will be shown on the beach near the playground. 
• Monday, Aug. 11, to Friday, Aug. 15
The annual Hampton Beach Children’s Festival provides family fun like storytellers, minigolf, entertainment, free ice cream and more. All activities are free and open to the public. It kicks off with magic show by BJ Hickman and ends with a costume parade on Friday. For more information call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce office at 926-8717.
• Friday, Aug. 22, to Sunday, Aug. 24
The Hampton Beach Talent Competition is a singing competition with cash prizes for the top three finishers. The junior category is for ages 17 and younger and the senior category is for ages 18 and older. To audition, mail tape, photo, bio and shirt size to Glen French, Seashell Entertainment, PO Box 442, Hampton Beach, NH 03843. 
 
Hot Spot: Hampton Ballroom Casino
Where: 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton
Contact: Call the box office at 929-4100 or visit casinoballroom.com. 
About: The Casino Ballroom started this season’s concert series earlier in May, but there are plenty of shows on the schedule through Labor Day and beyond. Next up is the Wailers and Rusted Root with Adam Ezra Group on Friday, May 30, and MOE. on Saturday, May 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. for both, and the shows start at 8 p.m. Other highlights of the upcoming season include Billy Idol, Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, B.B. King, Extreme, Sammy Hagar, Tesla and the Beach Boys. Visit the website for a full schedule of performances or to purchase tickets.
 
Hot Spot: Children's Museum of New Hampshire
Where: 6 Washington St., Dover
Contact: Call 742-2002 or visit childrens-museum.org.
Admission: $9 for adults and children older than 1, $8 for ages 65 and older and free for children younger than 1.
About: The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire features exhibits and events throughout the year for the education and entertainment of children. Beginning July 16 and continuing through Labor Day, the Children’s Museum will be open seven days a week. The museum also offers a variety of engaging and educational summer camps throughout the summer months. 
 
A few big events: During Dollar Deal Night on Friday, June 6, families can play and learn together for an admission price of $1. On Saturday, June 21, the museum will host Anyone Can Grow Food! from 10:15 to 11 a.m., and help the museum plant a variety of herbs and identify, plant, and taste different herbs and vegetables from the garden. Participants also get to take home herb seedlings and visit animals that live on the farm. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. On Wednesday, July 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. head to the Hannaford FoodWorks: Local Roots Food Fair to sample from Hannaford’s Close to Home program. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the Teddy Bear Clinic  Friday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. At the Dover Mini Maker Faire, Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. celebrate innovation and creativity. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, and children under 5 get in free. 
 
Hot Spot: Canobie Lake Park
Where: 85 N. Policy St., Salem
Contact: Call 893-3506 or visit canobie.com.
Admission: $29 for general admission and $26 for visitors shorter than 48 inches or older than 60. Admission after 5 p.m. is $25 and visitors 3 and younger get in free.
About: Southern New Hampshire’s amusement park, Canobie Lake Park features roller coasters, family rides, water rides, games, entertainment and more.
Ongoing events: Throughout the season the park will host Thursday night talent searches and Friday night dance parties. Fireworks shows will be held on Saturday, July 12, Tuesday, July 26, and every Saturday in August. 
 
A few big events: For Armed Forces Appreciation Day Monday, May 26, Canobie offers $10 admission for those with U.S. Armed Services ID, and for their children ages 12 and younger. On Saturday, June 7, it’s buy one admission get one free for Boy Scouts wearing at least one element of their uniform. Sunday, June 8, is Big Band Day, which will feature a performance by the Dave Whitney Band from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Dancehall Theater. Admission is free for ages 60 and older. Saturday, June 14, is Athletics Day, when sports team or athletic division members wearing at least one part of their uniform get buy one get one free admission. And dads’ admissions and lunches are free on Sunday, June 15, for Father’s Day, when accompanied with a paid child’s ticket. 
 
Hot Spot: Weirs Beach
Where: Weirs Beach is located in the northern part of Laconia along Lake Winnipesaukee.
Contact: Visit weirsbeach.com.
About: Weirs Beach comes to life in the summer when its waterslides, boardwalk and waterfront open. The beach itself offers swimming and a prime view of boaters heading through the channel and into the open waters of Winnipesaukee. The Weirs is also a docking station for the Mount Washington.
A few big events: Watch more than 50 railroad track cars ride the rails into Weirs Beach on Saturday, June 7, from approximately 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The antiques will be showcased along the Weirs Beach boardwalk for about an hour after the procession. The third Smokin’ Stangs Mustang Rally starts at the Weirs on Friday, June 27, with a meet and greet from noon to 5 p.m. And of course, Weirs Beach is the hotspot for the 91st annual Laconia Motorcycle Week, the third largest motorcycle rally in the country, taking place Saturday, June 7, to Saturday, June 14. The event attracts about 300,000 people each year and features live music, food from a variety of vendors and lots of demos and rides.
 
Hot Spot: Funspot
Where: 579 Endicott St., Laconia
Contact: Call 366-4377 or visit funspotnh.com.
About: The world’s largest arcade, Funspot features classic video games and contemporary ones. The Laconia destination also features mini-golf, go karts and the American Classic Arcade Museum.
A few big events: From Thursday, May 29, to Sunday, June 1, visit the American Classic Arcade Museum, housed within Funspot, for the International Classic Video Game Tournament. The tournament will run from noon to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Registration is $60 and will provide 250 game tokens. Cash prizes will be awarded. And visit Funspot during Motorcycle Week, from Saturday, June 14, to Sunday, June 22. It’s the official Manufacturer’s Row and Demo Ride headquarters.
 
Summer sporting
• The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, a double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, will play throughout the summer at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (1 Line Drive, Manchester, 641-2005). Regular season games run through July 31. With the season already underway, the next home game is a three-day set against the Portland Sea Dogs (the Red Sox double-A affiliate) on Friday, May 23, at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, May 24, at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, May 25, at 1:35 p.m. Visit nhfishercats.com. 
 
• You don’t need to head to Daytona for some NASCAR action. Head up to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1122 Route 106, Loudon, 783-4744, nhms.com) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, July 13, at 1 p.m. — one of several major races at NHMS. For a full list of events, check out the schedule online. NHMS is also home to NH Cycling Club races throughout the summer. Its next race around the track is on Thursday, May 29, at 6 p.m. Visit nhcyclingclub.com.
 
• Head to the Weirs or take a ride around Lake Winnipesaukee during Laconia’s Motorcycle Week, which will run from Saturday,  June 14, to Sunday, June 22. It’s the rally’s 91st year, and the gathering will include motorcycle rides, live music, food, vendors and more. Visit laconiamcweek.com. 
 
• Under the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, the Nashua Silver Knights, a college summer league for baseball players, is gearing up for its fourth season. Its summer kicks off with a home opener on Friday, June 6, at 7:05 p.m. against The Sharks of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., at Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua). The season runs through Aug. 8 before a week of playoff games. Call 718-8883 or visit nashuasilvernights.com. 
 
• The Lowell Spinners, a single-A minor-league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are gearing up for their season opener on Friday, June 13, at 7:05 p.m. against the Vermont Lake Monsters at LeLacheur Park (450 Aiken St., Lowell, Mass.). Visit lowellspinners.com for the entire season schedule.
 
• New Hampshire Roller Derby’s season is already underway. The next home game is a double header on Saturday, June 14, at 4:30 p.m. at the JFK Coliseum (303 Beech St., Manchester). Visit nhrollerderby.com for more upcoming bouts. 
 
• Granite State Senior Games, for athletes over the age of 50, will hold sporting events throughout August. Athletes can compete in race walking, track and field, archery, pickleball, bowling, cycling and more. Get the full schedule and registration information at nhseniorgames.org. 




Summer 2014
14 weeks of cool events for the hot season

05/22/14



May

Monday, May 26
Beauty and the Beast presented by the Palace Youth Theatre is at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, with subsequent showtimes on Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. 
 
Tuesday, May 27
West Side Story is at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$100, and audiences are recommended to be 13 or older. Visit ccanh.com or call 225-1111.
 
Wednesday, May 28
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents The Diary of Anne Frank today at 7:30 p.m., with following shows Thursday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 30, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $22, available by calling 433-4472 or visiting seacoastrep.org.
 
Thursday, May 29
The Eastern Propane Concert Series at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook (72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford) kicks off tonight with headliner Jake Owen and openers Eli Young Band and The Cadillac Three at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $24 to $42. For a full schedule of performers, call 293-4700 or visit meadowbrook.net. 
Take part in the Heal the Soul … Feel the Music 5K at 7 p.m. at Chapangas Restaurant, 168 Elm St. in Milford. The race benefits the Kimberly L. Cates Memorial Scholarship. The event also features a Kids Mad Dash, music and a party that non-runners can attend for $10. Registration costs from $15 to $20. The Mad Dash is free for kids younger than 12. Visit kimcatesfund.org. 
 
Friday, May 30
Check out the Milford Oval from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for the Fifth Annual Taste of Milford. Attendees get to browse downtown shops while sampling eats from 25 restaurants and local food producers. This event has sold out four years in a row, so it’s wise to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets purchased before May 29 cost $25; tickets cost $30 when purchased on the day of the event. Call 249-0676 or visit milfordimprovementteam.org.
It’s the second year for the Monadnock region’s Up in Smoke BBQ Beer Festival, which runs Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1. The three-day festival features a barbecue competition, live bands and a craft beer festival on Saturday and Sunday. Festival-goers can enter the homemade condiment contest or check out demonstrations (including a beer-brewing demo and a wood-carving demo on Saturday), plus a car show, ribs tasting and fireworks on Saturday, and a hot wing eating contest on Sunday. Hours are Friday, May 30, from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets cost $10, and admission for kids ages 12 and under costs $5. Visit nhupinsmokebbq.com.
Conductor Holly Krafka and the Symphony NH Chorus take center stage for Songs of Celebration at the Judd Gregg Hall, Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., Nashua, at 8 p.m. The evening of singing marks the ensemble’s 50th anniversary, and highlights include Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs” with baritone soloist Adam Eckmair; “Rutter’s Birthday Madrigals,” and a setting of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky.” Tickets are $20. Visit symphonynh.org, call 595-9156.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is at the Derry Opera House, 29 E. Broadway, Derry, today at 2 p.m., presented by the Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts. Tickets are $18. Visit majestictheatre.net. The following show is Saturday, May 31, also at 2 p.m. Call 669-7469.
The Taming of the Shrew is at the Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, in Prescott Park, tonight at 8 p.m. The show runs through June 15, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays, June 1 and June 8, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 15, at 2 p.m. Visit playersring.org or call 436-8123. Call for ticket prices.
Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) will host Flower Power from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn why flowers are so colorful and how they grow. Cost is $5 per family and prior registration with payment is required. Call 626-3474 or visit amoskeagfishways.org. 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts the Chris Duarte Group at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 or $27. 
 
Saturday, May 31
The Newmarket Heritage Festival at the Newmarket Mills, 55 Main St., Newmarket, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., packs arts and culture into the schedule, with a day filled with performances and demonstrations. Multicultural performances include accordion artist Gary Sredzienski, Irish dancing and music from the New England Irish Harp Orchestra, flamenco dancing, Akwaaba African drummers and more. Guests can also witness artisans at work during demonstrations of  blacksmithing, barrel making, letterpress printing and Chinese calligraphy, and there will be vendors, musicians, model trains, a plant sale and a soup and chowder supper. Admission costs $5 for adults, $2 for kids ages 6 to 12, and kids under age 6 receive free admission. Visit heritage-festival.org.
Throughout May, the city of Nashua has been celebrating its annual International Sculpture Symposium. Three artists from Mongolia, Korea and the Republic of Georgia have been hard at work creating art for the city, and there’s a closing ceremony with the sculptures’ unveiling on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m. The location is to be determined.
This weekend is the start of a season of Concord Arts Markets in downtown Concord at Bicentennial Square. It runs weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 31 through Sept. 27, except during Market Days, July 17 through July 19, when the market is open for business from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The juried outdoor show and sale exhibits work by artists from all over New England, from blown glass and jewelry to pottery and handmade books. Visit concordartsmarket.com.
Lowell’s second Mill City Skill Share occurs today in downtown Lowell, Mass. It’s a day of workshops dedicated to the sharing of practical and fun knowledge with the community. Attendees can learn varied skills like herb gardening and juggling, music and memory quilting. Learn more at millcityskillshare.wordpress.com, where there are links to sign up for a workshop.
The Nashua Chamber Orchestra performs its season finale at 7:30 p.m. at Nashua Community College, Judd Gregg Hall, 505 Amherst St., Nashua. The show includes Domenico Cimaroso’s “Overture to the Secret Marriage,” and features young cello soloist Zlatomir Fung. Tickets are $18, visit nco-music.org, call 582-5211.
The Wizard of Oz is presented by Dimensions in Dance at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. Tickets are $16.
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Charlie Farren at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
The Relay for Life of Greater Manchester joins walkers from the Manchester area in an annual effort to celebrate people who have fought back against cancer. The Relay for Life begins at 3 p.m. at Livingston Park in Manchester. Visit relayforlife.org/manchesternh. Contact Bianka Beaudoin at manchester_relay@cancer.org.
The second annual Timmons Team B.U. Alzheimer’s Research Run/Walk will take place at Surette Battery Park, 11 Park St. in Northfield, at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. The race features a flat and scenic off-road 5K course. Visit thetimmonsteam.com. Registration costs $25. 
Feed the Need is  a 5K run/walk and  a nonperishable food drive to benefit an orphanage and school on the island of LaGonave, Haiti. The race starts at 10 a.m. at Merrimack High School, 38 McElwain St., Merrimack. Registration is a nonperishable food item and $20 for adults, or $10 for students age 18 and under.
 
June
Sunday, June 1
Check out the 10th Annual Palace Theatre Kitchen Tour featuring kitchen designs in Bedford and Manchester. The self-guided tour includes brochures to visit homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Granite State Cabinetry, and closes at noon. During the tour, Baron’s Major Brands will host a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with catering from O Steaks & Seafood in Concord. Tour-goers end the day with an after party at LaBelle Winery in Amherst. Tickets cost $45. Visit palacetheatre.org or call the box office at 668-5588.
Chocolate Lovers Fantasy returns for its 12th annual event from noon to 3 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester. The fundraiser for The CareGivers features local and national chocolatiers and sweets vendors like Lindt, Van Otis, Zorvino Vineyards, Sillie Puffs and more. Tickets cost $17 if purchased in advance, or $19 at the door. Visit caregiversnh.org.
The 8th Annual Portsmouth Cocktail Competition runs from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring tastings of signature martinis and cocktails from participating restaurants in the Port City. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Those looking to participate in the scavenger hunt may sign up in teams of four for $20 per person. Visit drinkwaterproductionsevents.com.
Run in the Henniker Lions Club Eye Run 5k Run/Walk, a certified rolling course that starts at Henniker Community School,  51 Western Ave., Henniker. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. and it raises money for the sight, hearing and community aid programs of the Henniker Lions Club, and the seventh- and eighth-grade class trips at the Henniker Community School. Registration is $25. For more information, email aloth76@yahoo.com.
The Dover Arts Market is at the Cocheco Millworks Courtyard in downtown Dover (or to enter in your GPS, 421 Central Ave., Dover). Produced by the same organization that runs the Concord Arts Market, it runs weekly on Sundays, June 1 through Sept. 28. Visit doverartsmarket.com.
The Nashua Chamber Orchestra performs again at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square, Milford Oval. The show includes Domenico Cimaroso’s “Overture to the Secret Marriage” and features young cello soloist Zlatomir Fung. Tickets are $18. Visit nco-music.org, call 582-5211.
The Altino Brothers perform as part of the First Music Concert Series on at 3 p.m., at The First Church, 1 Concord St., Nashua. The Haitian-born piano duo Nerva and Robenson Altino immigrated to America in their youth. Included in the concert are works by Chopin, Schubert and Liszt, plus spirituals and American classics. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $1 for students younger than 21. Call 881-4861, visit first-music.org.
As part of the New Hampshire Audubon’s 100-Year Anniversary Celebration, Women Singing OUT! performs “The Peace of Wild Things” at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way, Auburn) today at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 668-2045. The one-hour concert will be followed by a guided nature walk around the grounds and garden. They also perform on Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 8, at 3 p.m., at the Christ Episcopal Church, Lafayette Road, Portsmouth; tickets are $15. Visit womensingingout.org.
The Palace Theatre will hold an outdoor summer concert with Recycled Percussion tonight at Veterans Park (Elm Street, Manchester) at 5 p.m. Tickets are $19.50. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org.
Support the American Cancer Society and run in The Lobster Tail Fight to Finish Cancer 5k/fun run. The run starts at 10 a.m. at Lobster Tail, 4 Cobbetts Pond Road, Windham. A clock will be provided to each runner to track his own time. Registration costs $25 for adults, $10 for kids, $50 for families. Email bjmartinuvm@me.com.
Lace ’em up for the 8th Annual Jay O’Halloran Memorial Scholarship Road Race to benefit graduating students from Alvirne High School. The 3K/5K walk/run will start and end on Historical Hill House grounds, 211 Derry Road, Hudson, at 11 a.m. Call 809-0450. 
 
Monday, June 2 
Race yourself each week during the Mine Falls Trail Race series in Nashua this summer. The no-frills, 12-week series kicks off tonight at 6:30 p.m. The first segment continues for five weeks and wraps up with a relay race on July 7 in which teams of three for the 5k and teams of two for the five-mile compete against each other. The second segment begins on July 14, runs for five weeks  and is followed by a “Handicap” race on Aug. 18. The 5k is very flat, with wide groomed trails. The five-mile course is a bit more challenging, composed of some narrower trails with a more varied terrain of packed dirt, roots and rocks. Races begin at Stellos Stadium. Visit gatecity.org. Registration costs $3 or $2 per race. Contact Michael Wade at mwade@ganekarchitects.com. 
 
Wednesday, June 4 
Taste of Downtown Nashua runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Local restaurants offer samples inside downtown Nashua businesses and retail shops. The program includes street musicians, food and beverage samples, giveaways and raffles, plus the Hot Spot Challenge scavenger hunt. Tickets cost $35 in advance or $40 on the day of the event. Visit downtownnashua.org or call 883-5700.
 
Thursday, June 5
The Thing in Spring is today through June 8 in downtown Peterborough, a weekend-long festival of installations, films, performances, music and Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair. For details, visit thethinginspring.com.
The Run into Summer 5K  is an evening run and fitness walk to benefit The Salvation Army. The race begins at Rivier College Muldoon Athletic Center, 420 S. Main St., Nashua, at 4:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided. Registration costs $15 to $25 and kids run free. For more information visit millenniumrunning.com/gate-city-series/ run-into-summer-5k. 
 
Friday, June 6 
My Mixtape: The Sounds of the ’80s premieres tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. Shows are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through June 21. Tickets are between $15 and $45.
The Mill Brook Gallery, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, opens “Four Man-Four Botanicals” today, a show with Patrick McCay, David Carroll, Sean Beavers and Zdzishaw Sikora. It’s on view through Aug. 24. There’s an artists’ reception on Friday, June 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Boston Burrito 5k for CJ celebrates how precious life is. Money raised is for the Cameron John Kosinski Donation Fund and this year will help the Kosinski family with medical bills associated with their son’s hospitalization and end-of-life care. The race starts at 6:15 p.m. at 147 Sylvan St., Manchester. Registration is $25 for individuals, $40 for teams, $10 for kids. Call 978-836-0271
 
Saturday, June 7 
Head out to a lake, pond or stream and go fishing! Today is free fishing day in New Hampshire. Fish all day without a license. Call 271-3421 or visit wildnh.com. 
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host the opening day of its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with performances from the Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps and Marcus Gale and performances of different cultural music. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) will host Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the most ancient fish in the Merrimack River and touch their three-foot-long bodies. Cost is $6 per family and prior registration is not required. Call 626-3474 or visit amoskeagfishways.org. 
Add to your garden at the herb and plant sale or attend workshops during the New Hampshire Herbal Network’s Herb & Garden Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Hampshire Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord. The event will also include a local breakfast and lunch and market fair. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $35 on the day of the event, $5 for a child’s ticket. Visit nhherbalnetwork.wordpress.com.
The 30th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival kicks off festival season in Prescott Park in Portsmouth. The festival starts at 11:30 a.m., and ends when the chowder’s all gone. The event features over 500 gallons of chowder from various seacoast eateries competing for the people’s choice and judge’s choice for Best Chowder. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $7 for ages 12 and under. Visit prescottpark.org.
A Wine and Chocolate Lovers Soiree will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Nashua, 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua, to benefit the Atlantic Regional Firefighters Burn Foundation. The evening includes samples of wine and chocolates from local vendors, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and entertainment provided by Frank 106.3 FM. Tickets cost $45 for general admission, $65 for VIP access (includes early access at 5 p.m., a selection of wines and chocolates, antipasto and “swag bag”), or $600 for a VIP table for 10 guests. Call 341-8642 or visit the event page on eventbrite.com.
Go on a foodie getaway during the Herb, Food and Beer Tour in the White Mountains area on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8. The self-guided tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and covers 10 inns throughout the weekend. Each location features a different herb, with cooking demonstrations and recipes, plus dinners at four inns and a brewpub tour. Non-overnight package tickets cost $40 and should be reserved before Monday, June 2. Overnight packages are available at the participating inns. Dinners are open to the public and cost $45 per person if purchased outside a lodging package. Visit countryinnsinthewhitemountains.com.
Run for your furry friends! The Over the River and Through the Woods 5K Run for the Animals  kicks off at 10 a.m. at Northeast Delta Dental, 1 Delta Drive, Concord. Proceeds benefit the Concord-Merrimack SPCA. Registration is $15. Contact 223-1317. 
During the Color Vibe Run, you will be blasted at every color station. The race is held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106 North, Loudon. Costs range from $40 to $60. For more information visit thecolorvibe.com/newhampshire.php#. 
Give it your all at the Race to the Villa 5K at the Villa Augustina School, 208 S. Mast Road, in Goffstown. The race will kick off Goffstown Old Home Day with a start time of 8 a.m. Visit villaaugustina.org. Registration costs $25 in advance or $30 on race day. Contact Kelly Merryfield at 497-2361, ext. 241.
Keep the pace to a walk for the 3K Walk for Sight, hosted by the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, at 10 a.m. at 25 Walker St. in Concord. The race costs $15 for adults and kids age 12 years and older, and $5 for kids age 11 and younger. Visit sightcenter.org. Contact Mary Chase at 224-4039, ext. 324, or send email to mchase@sightcenter.org.
 
Sunday, June 8 
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinsky’s Symphony in 3 Movements, Enesco’s Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1, at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, at 3 p.m. There’s a pre-concert discussion at 2 p.m., and tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, $16 for students. Visit themusichall.org.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Amherst Town Band for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
Melissa Etheridge will perform at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50, $79.50 or $89.50. For a full schedule of events, call 225-1111 or visit ccanh.com.
Grab your running shoes and head to the 7th Annual Windham Rail Trail Flat N Fast 5K, which starts at 8:30 a.m. This paved point-to-point, picturesque run kicks off at Windham Depot, 7 Windham Road, Windham. Registration costs $21 for an individual before May 22, $70 for a family, and $25/$80 after and on race day. Visit windhamrailtrail.org or email tomasinh@comcast.net.
Add some variety to your race at the Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon. The race starts at 9 a.m. at YMCA Camp Sargent, 141 Camp Sargent Road, Merrimack. It features a 0.3-mile swim, a 9.6-mile bike, and a 3.1-mile run. Registration is $80 for individuals and $110 for two- or three-person teams. Visit nashuatri.com. 
Get your heartbeat up at the Margarita’s 5K. This race kicks off at 9 a.m., Margarita’s Restaurant, 93 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter. Work up an appetite running, then check out the awesome Mexican food buffet. Visit Margaritas5K.com. Registration costs from $25 to $35. 
 
Thursday, June 12
Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) will host Get Ready, GROW! from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m. Learn what makes plants special, how they get from a seed to a flower or a fruit and what they need to help them grow. Recommended for children ages 4 and 5. Cost is $8 per family and prior registration with payment is required. Call 626-3474 or visit amoskeagfishways.org. 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Tristan Omand with special guest Jay Psaros at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Burn up the trail at the Hollis Fast 5K, which is hosted by the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club, at 6:30 p.m. at Alpine Grove, 19 S. Depot Road, Route 111A in Hollis. Visit hollisfast5k.com.  Registration costs $30 for adults and $15 for participants age 18 and younger.  
 
Friday, June 13
There’s all kinds of barbecue at the Rock’n Ribfest, which runs all weekend Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15, at Anheuser-Busch, 221 DW Highway, Merrimack. Festivities include New Hampshire’s official State Barbecue Championship, a five-miler road race, live music (including a karaoke competition and a teen band competition), hot air balloon rides, race cars and children’s activities. Check out Comedy Night on Saturday, June 14, at 8 p.m., and A Taste of Ribfest on Friday, June 13, from 5 to 6 p.m., and 7 to 8 p.m. as rib vendors serve and speak about their ribs in the main dining tent. Tickets for general admission cost $10, or $7 if purchased in advance online by Friday, June 6. Kids ages 8 and under receive free admission. Tickets cost $40 for Comedy Night with Robbie Printz, Steve Sweeney, Lauren Bancroft and Matt Barry, and $30 for A Taste of Ribfest (which does not include admission to Ribfest). Visit ribfestnh.com.
There’s a wine dinner today at 6 p.m. at Labelle Winery (345 State Route 101, Amherst) celebrating the artwork of Ellen Davis. Her work, along with Susan Jaworski-Stranc’s, is on view at the winery through Aug. 3 and features recent oils by Davis and reduction prints on paper by Jaworski-Stranc. During A Night in Provence from 6 to 8 p.m., Davis will present a personal tour of her art, describing her techniques and muses. A six-course wine dinner features a Provencal-inspired menu. Tickets cost $65 plus tax and gratuity (a $25 reservation fee is required, applied to the final bill). Call 672-9898 or visit labellewinerynh.com.
Pirates of Penzance is at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, at 8 p.m. The shows continue on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 18. Tickets start at $25. Visit seacoastrep.org, call 433-4793.
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Jim Colliton, Derek Richards and Mark Bedard at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 or $23.
 
Saturday, June 14
The Monadnock Crafters Guild’s Craft Madness is today from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. at the Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm St., Peterborough. The juried craft show, hosted by the Monadnock Crafters Guild and its members, will contain work that includes fiber arts, pottery, glass, wood crafts, soap, wool, jams, jellies, totes, hand-dyed silk scarves and more. Email monadnockcraftersguild@gmail.com. There are also events on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., also at the Community Center. Visit monadnockcraftersguild.org.
Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) will host Fish Season Finale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about migrating fish species and participate in a question-and-answer session with biologists. There will be educational presentations throughout the day. Cost is $6 per family and prior registration is not required. Call 626-3474 or visit amoskeagfishways.org. 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Rock for Heroes II at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30.
The Market Square Day Festival and 10K Road Race in Portsmouth starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Market Square is closed to traffic to feature live entertainment, vendors, children’s activities and more. The 10K Road Race kicks off the festival at 9 a.m., and includes 2,000 runners and competitive walkers from the starting line at Market Square and ending at Strawbery Banke. Visit proportsmouth.org.
Jump-start the season by participating in the Kickoff to Summer 5K (in memory of Dave Cramb). The 9 a.m. race starts at New Boston Central School, 15 Central School Road, New Boston. It also includes a 1-mile mad dash and a race for kids. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids. Contact washfords@comcast.net. 
Work up a sweat at the Bow Lake Dam 15K/5K Race to Cure Cystic Fibrosis. The run starts at 10 a.m. at the Water Street-Province Road Intersection in Strafford. Costs are from $27 to $35 and racers get to enjoy live music and a cookout when they finish. Email garden2granite@yahoo.com. 
Adventure5K will take place at 9 a.m. at Liquid Planet, 446 Raymond Road, Candia. The race features a 3.1-mile run with an obstacle course. Proceeds benefit Moore Mart in Nashua. Visit nh.com/5k. Registration costs $75 in advance or $100 on race day. Email Christina Hendricks at chendricks@nashuatelegraph.com.
Sunday, June 15
For the love of ribs and running, take part in RibFest 5 Miler. The race, which precedes the annual Rock’n RibFest, begins at 9 a.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 DW Highway, Merrimack. Visit millenniumrunning.com. Registration costs $30. Call 512-1976.
 
Monday, June 16
Fiddler on the Roof Jr. is at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. There’s also a showing on Tuesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for children.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host The Alumni Band Concert as part of its  summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Wednesday, June 18
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Studio Two - The Beatles Tribute in its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Thursday, June 19
The Lowell Summer Music Series kicks off tonight with Ziggy Marley at 7:30 p.m. at Boarding House Park (40 French St., Lowell, Mass.). Tickets are $39 in advance or $45 the day of the concert. The series will continue to run through the summer until Friday, Aug. 22. For a full schedule call 978-970-5200 or visit lowellsummermusicseries.org. 
The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and Community Events (142 Main St., Nashua, 881-8333) will kick off its Autofair Downtown Music Festival tonight on Main Street in Nashua between High and Pearl streets with a performance from Room Full of Blues from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at dmfnashua.com, or $12 the day of the event. 
Ride the Ferris Wheel and other carnival classics at the Hampton Beach State Park Olde Tyme State Fair, held at South Beach near the Hampton and Seabrook bridge. The fair runs Thursday, June 19, through Sunday, June 22, with arts and crafts, food concessions, a petting zoo and games. The fair will operate Thursday, June 19, from 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday, June 20, from 4 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission costs $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6 to 11, and children under 5 years old receive free admission. A wristband for unlimited rides can be purchased for $20 during select times. Visit hamptonbeach.org.
The Lite Up The Night 5K Run/Walk for Mental Health starts at the Derryfield Park Cross Country Course, Louis Israel Martel Drive, Manchester. This challenging run was organized to help provide an improved quality of life for those who are challenged with mental illness. It costs $25 to register and starts at 6:30 p.m. Contact mhcgm5k@gmail.com. 
 
Friday, June 20
Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) will host Family Fun Night: Summer Solstice from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Celebrate the longest day of the year by making crafts, visiting exhibits and animals and making mini lanterns to bring home. Cost is $5 per family and prior registration is not required. Call 626-3474 or visit amoskeagfishways.org. 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts The Jandee Lee Porter Band at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
 
Saturday, June 21
The 34th Annual Somersworth International Children’s Festival features children’s activities, entertainment and foods from various cultures. Festival attractions can be found at Noble Pines Park and on Memorial Drive in Somersworth, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit nhfestivals.org.
New Hampshire Dairy Day celebrates all things dairy in the Granite State, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire Farm Museum, 1305 White Mountain Hwy., Milton. Taste New Hampshire dairy products, learn about cows, help make butter and cheese, take a ride on the horse-drawn wagon, plus take a tour of the dairy barn. Free ice cream is donated by Lone Oak Ice Cream of Rochester. Admission costs $7 for adults, $4 for kids ages 4 and up. Visit farmmuseum.org.
The Granite State Music Festival at Kiwanis Waterfront Park (15 Loudon Road, Concord) starts at noon today and runs through Sunday evening. The festival features bands from New Hampshire and throughout New England. The last performer of the night tonight will be the Adam Ezra Group at 8:30 p.m. The last performer of the night on Sunday will be Lucius at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets cost $20 and tickets for children cost $12.50. Visit granitestatemusicfest.org. 
Visit the Summer Solstice Celebration at America’s Stonehenge, 105 Haverhill Road, Salem. The traditional solstice celebration starts at 2 p.m., hosted by Katja Esser. Admission costs $11 for adults, $9.50 for seniors, $7.50 for kids ages 6 to 12, and kids ages 5 and under receive free admission. Visit stonehengeusa.com.
The Summer Solstice Craft Festival on the Plains is today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and also Sunday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kingston Plains. There will be more than 75 booths with American-made arts, crafts, specialty foods, live music and demonstrations. Free admission, visit castleburyfairs.com.
Run in the Healthy Nurses, Healthy Communities 5K trail run/walk, which starts at 8 a.m. This cross country trail run/walk on the campus of Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, kicks off a community health and fitness field day event. Registration is $20. Contact 225-3783. 
Enjoy the 34th Plaistow Old Home Days 5K, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Plaistow Town Green, on Main Street. The 3.1-mile course is a loop course and finishes at Town Hall. Registration costs from $14 to $22. Contact 382-9989.
A trifecta of fun! Ladies, lace ’em up for Ladies night out run, wine and chocolate. Begin the event with a 5k run/walk, cross the finish line on a red carpet to be greeted by handsome gentlemen offering an accolade of flowers. Finish the night with fine chocolates, hors d’oeuvres and a fine selection of wine and beer. The race starts at Runners Alley on Hanover Street in Manchester at 4 p.m. and costs from $30 to $60. Contact 978-836-0271.
 
Sunday, June 22
The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, opens its 17th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, with an artist’s reception today from 2 to 4 p.m. The show is on view through Oct. 26. Visit themillbrookgallery.com.
The Hollis Strawberry Festival runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Hollis Town Common, with strawberry shortcakes, strawberry-rhubarb crisp and ice cream cones and sundaes. The Hollis Town Band and Hollis Woman’s Club host the annual berry fest. Visit holliswomansclub.org.
The Smuttynose Will Run for Beer follows a beautiful 5k course on back roads with covered bridge and leads to an awesome after-race party. The race starts at 9:30 a.m. at Smuttynose Brewery, Towle Farm Road, Hampton. The race costs from $30 to $40. Visit http://smuttynose5k.com.
Run for a good cause at the fourth annual Rosanne’s Rush for Research 5K Run/Walk, at 9 a.m. at Nashua High School South. The race will take runners through the trails of Mine Falls Park. Proceeds will support research for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer. Visit rushforresearch.org. Registration costs $25. Send email to info@rushforresearch.org.
At 4 p.m. head to Stellos Stadium (7 Stadium Drive, Nashua) to hear The Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps perform. Admission is free. Visit spartansdbc.org.
 
Monday, June 23
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host the American Legion Band at 7 p.m. as part of its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua). Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Tuesday, June 24
Sweet Charity is at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, with another showtime on Wednesday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for kids.
 
Wednesday, June 25
Family Secrets presented by the Peterborough Players is tonight at 8 p.m., at the Peterborough Players Theatre, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, peterboroughplayers.org, 924-7585, with shows running through July 6. Tickets are $37.
Visit Strawbery Banke Museum for Taste of the Nation Portsmouth from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. The Share Our Strength event helps to eliminate hunger on the seacoast and features samplings from local restaurants and culinary talent. General admission costs $85, and tickets for VIP admission cost $175 (includes early access starting at 5:30 p.m.). Visit ce.strength.org/events/taste-nation-portsmouth.
Thursday, June 26
Bedford Parks and Recreation Department (24 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 472-5242, bedfordreconline.com) kicks off a free summer concert series at the Bedford Village Common with a performance from the Manchester Community Music School starting at 6 p.m. 
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Raymond Street Klezmer Band at 7 p.m. as part of the summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua). Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Liz Longley at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $25. 
 
Friday, June 27
The Majestic Theatre presents The Foreigner at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall, Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester, 669-7469. Call for tickets. Subsequent showtimes are Saturday, June 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 5, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 6, at 2 p.m. Visit majestictheatre.net.
Prescott Park’s Shrek: The Musical starts tonight at 8 p.m. at the park, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. Shows are on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 24. Visit prescottpark.org/showtimes.cfm for a list of showtimes. There’s no fixed admission, but there is a recommended $5 donation at the entrance.
Get your brew on at the New England Brewfest at the Lincoln Village Shops on Main Street in Lincoln. The three-day festival runs Friday, June 27, Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, with participating breweries. Catch craft beer education programs, tastings, vendors, live entertainment, information on homebrewing and workshops. There’s also a farm-to-table beer dinner on Friday at 7 p.m. at Woodstock Station & Brewery. Ticket prices vary; Saturday Night ON TAP tickets cost $40 for general admission and $60 for VIP admission. Visit nebrewfest.com.
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts David Bromberg at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40, $45 or $50. 
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. at the Pinkerton Academy Track, 19 N. Main St. in Derry. Visit relayforlife.org/derryandlondonderrynh. Contact Kelly Heinze at derry_relay@cancer.org or call 471-4106.
 
Saturday, June 28
The Community Players of Concord present 1944 Big Band Comedy Canteen at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. There’s another show on Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m. The event is intended to be a recreation of a live 1940s radio show. Tickets are available at communityplayersofconcord.org, or by calling 344-4747.
The NH Police Pipes & Drums concert on Hanover Street (outside the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester) is today at 6:30 p.m., to honor New Hampshire’s fallen police officers. Visit nhpolicepipeband.com, call 668-5588. Tickets are $24.50.
Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show at Gilsum Elementary School, 640 Route 10 North in Gilsum. Collectors and dealers of gemstones, rocks and minerals attend the annual festival, held on Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. See gilsum.org/rockswap.
The first New Hampshire Police Association Police Chase, hosted by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, begins at 8:30 a.m. The race will feature a “police chase” with a twist. The 5K race costs $10 for kids and $25 for adults. The luncheon buffet is $15. Visit millenniumreg.com/2014-nhpa-policechase. 
The Aurlow Stanley Memorial Walk Run Road Race 5K will take place at Northfield Police Park, 138 Park St., Northfield, at 8 a.m. The event also features a fun run, which starts at 7:45 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the DARE program. Visitnorthfieldnh.org. Registration costs $20 by June 9, $25 after. Call 393-8707 or send email to bdwatson@metrocast.net.
The Goffstown Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the 35th Annual David French Goffstown Gallop at 8:30 a.m. The 5.2-mile race will begin at Goffstown Recreation Center on Mast Road. Visit goffstown.com/parks.html. Registration costs $15 in advance or $20 on race day. Send email to rwilhelmi@goffstownnh.gov.  
Join in for the Exeter Trail Race, touted as the most technical race in New England. It features a 10-mile and a 4.6-mile race through the Oaklands and Henderson-Swasey Town Forests. Start time is 10 a.m. at 6 Commerce Way, Exeter. Races cost from $20 to $30. Visit acidoticracing.com. 
 
Sunday, June 29 
The Freese Bros. Big Band Concert is today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stark Park, 89 Park Ave., Manchester. This event is part of the Friends of Stark Park Summer Music Series. Visit friendsofstarkpark.org.
Take a run at the Giant Steeple Chase 5K. The 8:30 a.m. race starts at Opechee Park on Main Street in Laconia. It features a 5K and a duathlon that includes three loops of one mile each with 150-yard swims each lap. For more information, email nhman59@yahoo.com.
Monday, June 30
The Prescott Park (105 Marcy St., Portsmouth) River House Restaurant Concert Series will kick off at 7 p.m. with Richard Thompson tonight. The series will continue throughout the summer on most Wednesday nights. Suggested donation is $8 to $10. Visit prescottpark.org. 
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Belairs Do-Wop Concert as part of its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com.
 
July
Tuesday, July 1
The town of New Boston will kick off its summer music concert series tonight with Freese Bros. Big Band (and the Community Church of New Boston’s Strawberry Festival) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo on the town common (7 Meetinghouse Hill Road, New Boston). Visit newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Recreation/special/concerts. 
Tonight Bedford Parks and Recreation Department (24 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 472-5242, bedfordreconline.com) will host T-Bone’s as part of its free summer concert series at the Bedford pool complex performance stage. Show starts at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; refreshments will be available for purchase.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host the Massachusetts Air National Guard Band in its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Wednesday, July 2
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Shannachie performing Irish music in the summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Thursday, July 3 
Test your lungs in the HASLAW Manchester Mile & 5K at Derryfield Park on Bridge Street in Manchester at 7 p.m. The one-mile race, which is considered the fastest mile in the country, begins at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome in the 5K. Contact jmortimer@millenniumrunning.com or visit millenniumrunning.com/manchestermile. 
 
Friday, July 4
Celebrate The Fourth on the Farm at the New Hampshire Farm Museum, 1305 White Mountain Hwy., Milton, from noon to 4 p.m. Festivities include patriotic music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, croquet and old-fashioned games. Guests can also visit farm animals, take living history tours of the farmhouse and enjoy strawberry shortcake. Admission costs $7 for adults, and $4 for kids ages 4 and up. Visit farmmuseum.org.
The Run for Freedom 5k/10k starts at Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, at 7:30 a.m. The race features a rolling course and awards, and proceeds benefit homeless vets. Registration costs from $20 to $30. Visit gdtc.org/runforfreedom/index.php. 
Get out for the Hopkinton Four on the Fourth four-mile loop. This donation-only event begins at 8 a.m. at the Hopkinton High School, 297 Park Ave, Contoocook. Contact RidgewalkerNH@comcast.net. 
Give it your all at the Merrimack Sparkler 5K Run/Walk, starting at the Merrimack YMCA, 6 Henry Clay Drive, at 8 a.m. Due to Manchester Street Bridge construction, the route will be different this year. The race benefits Merrimack High School athletics and costs from $15 to $20 for adults and from $10 to $15 for kids. email info@Sparkler5k.us. 
Keep pace at the Revolution Run, which begins at Holman Stadium, Amherst Street in Nashua, at 8:30 a.m. This race features a 5K and a 10K route, and registration costs from $30 to $40 for adults and from $5 to $20 for kids. Visit http://revrunnashua.net. 
 
Saturday, July 5
The 3rd Annual Arts on the Green is today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town Green in New London. There will be paintings, prints, sculpture, greeting cards, photography, and crafts. 
The 29th Annual Bradford Road Race is a part of the Bradford Independence Day celebration. Head out for a 9 a.m. start at Bradford Town Hall, 75 W. Main St. The race costs $15. For more information email beemer252002@yahoo.com. 
 
Sunday, July 6
The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra perform Summer Pops in the Park today at 3 p.m., at the Shedd Park Pavilion, 433 Rogers St., Route 38, Lowell, Mass. Admission is free but there’s a suggested $10 donation per person. Attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs, a blanket and picnic to enjoy while the LPO performs light classical, pops and patriotic favorites. Visit lowellphilharmonic.org.
Today is the Transistors Band Concert, 2-4 p.m., at Stark Park, 89 Park Ave., Manchester. This event is part of the Friends of Stark Park Summer Music Series. Visit friendsofstarkpark.org.
Beaver Brook Nature Center (117 Ridge Road, Hollis) will have a guided morning hike on its grounds this morning from 9 to 11 a.m. The hike through the woods is free. Call 465-7787 or visit beaverbrook.org. 
 
Monday, July 7
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host The Cranks for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com.
 
Tuesday, July 8
Rapunzel is at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, today at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Following showtimes are Wednesday, July 9, at 10 a.m.; Thursday, July 10, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host the Windham Town Band for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com.
 
Wednesday, July 9
Twelfth Night is performed today at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Federation, 698 Beech St., Manchester. Produced by Theatre Under the Stars, shows are pay-what-you-can, a suggested donation of $5. Visit shakespeareinthevalley.com.
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers is presented by the Peterborough Players tonight at 8 p.m. at the Peterborough Players Theatre, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, peterboroughplayers.org, 924-7585. Shows run through July 20. Tickets are $37.
 
Thursday, July 10
The 2014  New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra Series starts today at 8 p.m. at the Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main St., Plymouth, with “The German Romantic.” Visit nhmf.org for ticket information.
Exeter will host Michelle Willson, a blues singer, for tonight’s performance in the town’s Summer Concert in the Park series at Swasey Park at 6 p.m. Admission to the show is free. Call 773-6151 or visit exeternh.gov/recreation.
Intown Manchester’s TD Bank Summer Concert Series kicks off tonight with Adam Hebert performing a Sinatra tribute at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park (Elm Street, Manchester). Admission is free. Call 645-6285 or visit intownmanchester.com. 
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) will begin its summer concert series tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a performance from the band Brandy, which will sing a variety of songs. Admission is free. Call 233-4455 or visit fieldofdreamsnh.org. 
The Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) will kick off its Atlantic Grill’s Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series tonight with Even Steven, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $2 for ages 3 through 12. Call 436-8043. 
Tonight the Bedford Parks and Recreation Department (24 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 472-5242, bedfordreconline.com) will host Sylvan Roots as part of a free summer concert series at the Bedford Village Common. Show starts at 6 p.m. 
Tonight kicks off the Nashua Public Library’s (2 Court St., Nashua) Summer Concerts on the Plaza series with a performance by Southern Rail at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-4610 or visit nashualibrary.org. 
 
Friday, July 11
Hairspray hits the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, at 7 p.m., with more shows on Saturday, July 12, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission. Visit ccanh.com, call 225-1111.
Michael Buble will headline a show at the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $56.50 to $101.50. Call 644-5000 or visit verizonwirelessarena.com.
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Johnny A at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 or $35. 
 
Saturday, July 12
The 24th Annual American Independence Festival held at the Independence Museum, 1 Governors Lane, and in downtown Exeter, celebrates independence with a step back in time. Period crafts, living history exhibits, artisan demonstrations, music and a parade with George Washington down Water Street are all included from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The historical re-enactments include a reading of the Declaration of Independence and guests can view the original Dunlap broadside copy that New Hampshire received in 1776. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 12 and up, and there’s free admission for veterans and immediate family members and children ages 11 and younger. Visit independencemuseum.org. 
The 25th Annual Craft Fair at the Bay is today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also on Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Community House & Waterfront, 24 Mt. Major Highway, Alton. There’s free admission, free parking, and arts, crafts and specialty foods. Visit castleberryfairs.com.
Celebrate the state motto with a run. Live Free or Die 5000 was established to preserve the memory of Jeremy Graczyk and inspire others to live a life of meaning, every day. The race starts at 7 a.m. at 60 Pope Field, Atkinson. All proceeds go to the Major Jeremy J. Graczyk USMC Memorial Scholarship fund. Registration costs from $20 to $30. See livefreeordie5000.squarespace.com.
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) will continue its summer concert series tonight at 2 p.m. with a performance from Good Mem’ries Big Band. Admission is free. Call 233-4455 or visit fieldofdreamsnh.org. 
Deer Tick, Tan Vampires, Strngers and The Tripping Souls will perform at the Red Hook Brewery (1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth) at 6 p.m. The show is a Sneakers and Speakers benefit concert for the Rock On Foundation. Tickets are $25. Visit redhook.com or sneakersandspeakers.brownpapertickets.com. 
Exeter will host Soul Mate for tonight’s installment of the town’s Summer Concert in the Park series at Swasey Park at 6 p.m. Admission to the show is free. Call 773-6151 or visit exeternh.gov/recreation. 
 
Sunday, July 13 
Romp through Horse Hill Nature Preserve for the Broken Boulder Dash 6K Trail Race at 10 a.m. at the Preserve, 184 Amherst Road, Merrimack. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com/boulderdash2013. Registration costs $20 in advance or $25 on race day. Contact Michael Amarello at 429-8879.
 
Monday, July 14
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host the American Legion Band for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Tuesday, July 15
The Wizard of Oz is at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, today at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Following showtimes are Wednesday, July 16, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, July 17, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.
The New Boston summer music concert series will host Karen Morgan and Pony Express from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo on the town common (7 Meetinghouse Hill Road, New Boston). Visit newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Recreation/special/concerts. 
Tonight Bedford Parks and Recreation Department (24 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 472-5242, bedfordreconline.com) will host Ben Rudnick & Friends as part of its free summer concert series at the Bedford pool complex. Show starts at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
 
Wednesday, July 16
Measure for Measure is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Federation, 698 Beech St., Manchester. Produced by Theatre Under the Stars, shows are pay-what-you-can, a suggested donation of $5. Visit shakespeareinthevalley.com.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Hollis Town Band for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Thursday, July 17
Hop on the carousel, eat a candy apple and check out the livestock at the Stratham Fair, Thursday, July 17, Friday, July 18, Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, at Stratham Hill Park, Route 33 in Stratham. The gates are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (opens at noon on Thursday, July 17), and the schedule features 4-H shows, live music and magic acts, the Miss Stratham Fair Pageant and more throughout the day, plus vendors, fair food and midway rides. A single-day pass costs $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 6 to 12) and seniors; kids under 6 years old receive free admission. Wristbands are available, and ride tickets cost $1.25 each (or purchase multiple tickets in packages, like 20 tickets for $21). Visit strathamfair.com.
Concord Market Days Festival celebrates its 40th year in 2014, held on Thursday, July 17, Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Over 50,000 people visit the annual festival in downtown Concord, which features 150 food and retail vendors, live music entertainment in Bicentennial and Eagle squares, family activities, a classic car show, beer tent, bouncy houses, the Concord Arts Market and an outdoor movie screening. Admission is free. 
The Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair returns to Grimes Field in Hillsboro this year on Thursday, July 17, Friday, July 18, Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20. The annual four-day event includes a Hometown Parade, Artist’s Fair, vendors, Saturday night fireworks, carnival midway, entertainment and of course, hot air balloons. Admission to the festival is free. Visit balloonfestival.org.
The 2014  New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra Series continues at the Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main St., Plymouth, with “A Musical Cornucopia” at 8 p.m. Visit nhmf.org for ticket information.
Exeter will host Living The Dream, a concert of ’80s music, for tonight’s installment of the town’s Summer Concert in the Park series at Swasey Park at 6 p.m. Admission to the show is free. Call 773-6151 or visit exeternh.gov/recreation. 
Intown Manchester’s TD Bank Summer Concert Series continues tonight with Manchuka, at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park (Elm Street, Manchester). Admission is free. Call 645-6285 or visit intownmanchester.com.
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) will continue its summer concert series tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a performance from The Gentlemen. Admission is free. Call 233-4455 or visit fieldofdreamsnh.org. 
The Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) will host Joshua Tree for its Atlantic Grill’s Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series tonight, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $2 for ages 3 through 12. Call 436-8043. 
The Nashua Public Library’s (2 Court St., Nashua) Summer Concerts on the Plaza series continues with Yoron Israel’s High Standards at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-4610 or visit nashualibrary.org. 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts David Lowery and Johnny Hickman at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35, $40 or $50. 
 
Friday, July 18 
The Majestic Theatre presents Cabaret at Holy Cross Hall, Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester, 669-7469 at 7 p.m. Following showtimes are Saturday, July 19, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 20, at 2 p.m.; Friday, July 25, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m. Call for tickets. Visit majestictheatre.net.
Also today, RB Productions presents Cinderella, Jr. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com, at 7 p.m. Following shows are Saturday, July 19, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission.
Legally Blonde: The Musical, presented by the Teen Actorsingers, is at 8 p.m. at the Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua. Following showtimes are Saturday, July 19, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Visit actorsingers.org.
Watch for balloons at the Hillsboro Balloon Festival 5K. It starts the same time the balloons take off at the Hillsboro Fairgrounds on Preston Street in Hillsboro. Visit 3craceproductions.com/schedule.php. Registration costs $20 in advance, $25 on race day. 
Bruno Mars will headline a show at the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) tonight at 8 p.m. with special guest Aloe Blacc. Tickets range from $49.50 to $99.50. Call 644-5000 or visit verizonwirelessarena.com.
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Albert Cummings at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22, $25 or $30. 
 
Saturday, July 19 
The 2014 New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra Series performs “A Musical Cornucopia” again at the Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main St., Plymouth, at 8 p.m. Visit nhmf.org for ticket information.
The 47th Bill Luti 5-Miler will take place at 9 a.m. at Memorial Field, 70 S. Fruit St., Concord. The event also features a kids’ fun run. Visit gsrs.com/luti/index.php. Registration costs $15 to $25. Contact 863-2537.
Head to the Rochester Fairgrounds for The Renegade Playground Challenge, a fun, family-friendly obstacle course/mud run at 9 a.m. The Fairgrounds are located at 72 Lafayette St., Rochester. Registration costs range from $65 to $100, and there is free beer included with your entry. Visit https://livefreeordie5000.squarespace.com/. 
Enjoy the fair and hit the pavement during the 41st Annual Stratham Fair 5.7-Mile Road Race & Two-Person Relay Race at 8:30 a.m. at Stratham Hill Park on Route 33. Visit runreg.com. Registration costs $18 for individuals and $36 for a team. 
Tear up the trail at the Bear Brook Trail Marathon and half-marathon at 6:30 a.m. at Bear Brook State Park. The 26.7-mile and 13.35-mile races take runners throughout the 10,000-acre park and combines fast single-track sections with challenging climbs and descents. Visit acidoticracing.com. Registration costs $35 for the marathon and $25 for the half-marathon. Send email to whitemountainrunningcompany@gmail.com.
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts The Pat Travers Band at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 or $45.
 
 
Sunday, July 20 
Bike, run and paddle your way to victory at the Northeast Delta Dental Merrimack River Trail Triathlon starting behind Buffalo Wild Wings, 6 Loudon Road, Concord, at 10 a.m. The event includes a 4K off-road bike ride, a 3K run and a paddle for fun for all ages. Visit mrgt.org/events.html. Registration costs $20. Contact 223-1537 or send email to twalton@nedelta.com.
Go Hawaiian at The Hula Hustle 5k and 10k in Manchester. It takes place at 10 a.m., at the Executive Health and Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way. All finishers get a lei when they cross the finish. Races cost from $25 to $30. To register visit millenniumreg.com/2014-hula-hustle. 
Pound the ground at the Pease 7K Road Race/Walk also features a half-mile Kids Fun Run and 100-yard dash. Head out for an 8 a.m. start at Short Street and Arboretum Drive, Newington. The race costs from $20 to $25 and kids run or walk for free. Contact 430-2595. 
 
Monday, July 21
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host the Amoskeag Strummers for their summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Tuesday, July 22
Cinderella is at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today, with following showtimes Wednesday, July 23, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. Tickets are $8.
 
Wednesday, July 23
The Young People’s Playwright’s Festival is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Federation, 698 Beech St., Manchester. Produced by Theatre Under the Stars, shows are pay-what-you-can, a suggested donation of $5. Visit shakespeareinthevalley.com.
The Granite State presented by the Peterborough Players is tonight at 8 p.m. at the Peterborough Players Theatre, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, peterboroughplayers.org, 924-7585, with shows running through Aug. 3. Tickets are $37.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Gopherbroke for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Marc Cohn at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 or $60.
 
Thursday, July 24
The Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collectors will host their annual three-day Military Vehicle Summer Rally on Thursday, July 24, Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, with over 100 vehicles on display at the Center Woods School, 14 Center Road, Weare. The rally includes vendors, on-site camping, and evening meals like the Lobster and Clam Bake on Thursday night, a free spaghetti dinner on Friday, and a ham dinner on Saturday. Visit mvmvc.org.
Week 3 of the 2014 New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra Series features “Composer Portrait: Nathaniel Stookey” at 8 p.m. at the Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main St., Plymouth. Visit nhmf.org for ticket information.
Exeter will host Cover Story, a cover band, for tonight’s performance in the town’s Summer Concert in the Park series at Swasey Park at 6 p.m. Admission to the show is free. Call 773-6151 or visit exeternh.gov/recreation. 
Intown Manchester’s TD Bank Summer Concert Series continues tonight with The Army Rock Band at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park (Elm Street, Manchester). Admission is free. Call 645-6285 or visit intownmanchester.com. 
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) will continue its summer concert series tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a performance from 4EverFab. Admission is free. Call 233-4455 or visit fieldofdreamsnh.org. 
The Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) will host Entrain for its Atlantic Grill’s Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series tonight, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $2 for ages 3 through 12. Call 436-8043.
Tonight Bedford Parks and Recreation Department (24 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 472-5242, bedfordreconline.com) will host the Windham Swing Band as part of a free summer concert series at the Bedford Village Common. Show starts at 6 p.m.  
The Nashua Public Library’s (2 Court St., Nashua) Summer Concerts on the Plaza series will host The Bill McGoldrick Acoustic Duo featuring Pam Steebler at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-4610 or visit nashualibrary.org.
There’s a Manchester Community Music School Summer Band Concert tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall Plaza (900 Elm St., Manchester) Manchester, during Trolley Night.
 
Friday, July 25
The Capitol Center for the Arts presents Fiddler on the Roof Jr. today at 7 p.m., with following shows Saturday, July 26, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the  Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $12.
8 Track: Sounds of the ’70s opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, and it continues through Aug. 30. Tickets start at $25. Call 433-4472, visit seacoastrep.org.
Join the 20th Canterbury Woodchuck Classic 5k, which  takes place at 9 a.m. at Canterbury Elementary School, 15 Baptist Road, Canterbury. Visit capitalarearaceseries.com. Registration costs $17 and $1 for the Kids Fun Run 2k. Send email to brijcol@yahoo.com.
The Lowell Folk Festival kicks off tonight with a downtown parade at 6:45 p.m. and performances begin after at 7 p.m. at Dutton Street Dance Pavilion and Boarding House Park (40 French St., Lowell, Mass). Admission is free. Visit lowellfolkfestival.com. 
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host ’60s Invasion in its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Pegi Young and The Survivors at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $30 or $40.
Saturday, July 26 
The 56th Annual Canterbury Fair starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. in Canterbury Center. Festivities include craft tables and children’s activities, a chicken barbecue and food stands, farm animals and book sale, plus performances and exhibits. Admission is free. Visit canterburyfair.com.
Formerly the Southern New Hampshire Brewers Festival, the Granite State Brewers Association Summer Fest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. (with a VIP hour from noon to 1 p.m.) at Arms Park in Manchester’s millyard. Sample local brews or stop by the chicken wing competition and cigar tent. Tickets cost $30 for general admission, $40 for VIP admission or $20 for designated drivers. Visit granitestatebrewersassociation.org.
Nashua Theatre Guild presents As You Like It at Greeley Park, part of the Nashua Summerfun series, at the Greeley Park Bandshell at 2 p.m. Free event. Call 589-3370. Following showtimes include Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m.
Swim, bike and run the Capitol City Triathlon at 8 a.m. at NHTI, 31 College Drive. The event features a 1/3-mile swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile flat run. Visit capitolcitytriathlon.com. Registration costs $65 to $70.  For more information email info@fasteventsnh.com.
The Lowell Folk Festival continues today with performances from noon to 6 p.m. with five stages of music and from 7 to 10 p.m. at Dutton Street Dance Pavilion and Boarding House Park (40 French St., Lowell, Mass). Admission is free. Visit lowellfolkfestival.com. 
Exeter’s Summer Concert in the Park series at Swasey Park continues tonight at 6 p.m. with a performance from Drive All Night, a cover band. Admission to the show is free. Call 773-6151 or visit exeternh.gov/recreation. 
 
Sunday, July 27
The New Legacy Swing Band Concert is today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stark Park, 89 Park Ave., Manchester. This event is part of the Friends of Stark Park Summer Music Series. Visit friendsofstarkpark.org.
The Lowell Folk Festival continues today with performances from noon to 6:30 p.m. with five stages of music throughout Lowell, Mass. Admission is free. Visit lowellfolkfestival.com. 
 
Tuesday, July 29
Peter Pan is performed at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. Tickets are $8. There will also be performances on Wednesday, July 30, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, July 31, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The New Boston summer music concert series will host Club Soda Band from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo on the town common (7 Meetinghouse Hill Road, New Boston). Visit newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Recreation/special/concerts. 
Tonight Bedford Parks and Recreation Department (24 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 472-5242, bedfordreconline.com) will feature Judy Pancoast performing as part of the free summer concert series at the Bedford pool complex. Show starts at 7 p.m.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Windham Swing Band in its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Wednesday, July 30
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Shannachie Irish Music for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
Comedy of Errors is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Federation, 698 Beech St., Manchester. Produced by Theatre Under the Stars, shows are pay-what-you-can, a suggested donation of $5. Visit shakespeareinthevalley.com.
 
Thursday, July 31
For Week 4 of the 2014 New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra Series, it’s “The Russian Soul” at 8 p.m. at the Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main St., Plymouth. Visit nhmf.org for ticket information.
Exeter will host High Range for tonight’s performance for the town’s Summer Concert in the Park series at Swasey Park at 6 p.m. Admission to the show is free. Call 773-6151 or visit exeternh.gov/recreation. 
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) continues its summer concert series tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a performance from George Williams Band. Admission is free. Call 233-4455 or visit fieldofdreamsnh.org. 
The Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) will host Jumbo Circus Peanuts for its Atlantic Grill’s Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series tonight, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $2 for children. Call 436-8043. 
Intown Manchester’s TD Bank Summer Concert Series continues tonight with Rock Spring at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park (Elm Street, Manchester). Admission is free. Call 645-6285 or visit intownmanchester.com. 
The Nashua Public Library’s (2 Court St., Nashua) Summer Concerts on the Plaza series will host Tattoo at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-4610 or visit nashualibrary.org. 
 
August
Friday, Aug. 1
Into the Woods Jr. is today at 7 p.m., and also Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $12.
 
Saturday, Aug. 2
Actors’ Circle Theatre presents its 7th Annual Shakespeare in the Park production for these next two weekends, starting today at 5 p.m. The Comedy of Errors, directed by Chris McCartie, happens at Depot Square Park in downtown Peterborough. Other showtimes are Sunday, Aug. 3; Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10, all at 5 p.m. Free admission. Visit actorscircletheatre.org.
Today, the 81st Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair starts at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. The fair showcases work by more than 350 craftspeople, and it runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for nine days straight through Aug. 10 (though on Aug. 7, it’s open till 8 p.m.). Included among the events are daily craft demonstrations, workshops, a CraftWear exhibition, a sculpture garden walk and shows by magicians, puppeteers, mind-readers, musicians and more. Visit nhcrafts.org for tickets.
Festival Barnful of Blues will return to the Youth Center (15 Hill Dale Lane, New Boston) today from noon to 8 p.m. Listen to seven blues and R&B performances by bands. Tickets are $20 at the gate the day of the festival. Visit granitestateblues.org. 
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) will continue its summer concert series tonight at 2 p.m. with a performance from Claytiles. Admission is free. Call 233-4455 or visit fieldofdreamsnh.org. 
 
Sunday, Aug. 3
Grab your kayak or canoe for Lakefest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Endicott Rock Park, 17 Endicott St., Laconia. Organizers hope to set a Guinness World Record for largest free-floating raft in the world. There will also be family activities, food vendors and live bands on land. Those interested in setting the world record can register online (cost is $10 for early-bird canoe  or kayak registration; $30 for a kayak rental, $40 for a canoe rental, or $45 for a two-person tandem kayak rental). See nhlakes.org.
Swim, run, repeat. The AquaRun2 starts at 9 a.m. at the UNH Mendum Pond Recreation area, off Route 4 in Barrington. For this off-road race, runners repeat a ⅓-mile swim and 1.5-mile run loop. Registration costs $30 for an individual and $40 for groups of two. Email edmundharvey@yahoo.com for more info. 
The Hospital Days Triathlon includes a quarter-mile swim, 5.7-mile bike, and 5K run. Kids can take part in their own fun run. The race starts at the New London Historical Society on Little Sunapee Road, Sunapee. The race costs $65 for individuals and $90 for teams. Visit newlondonhospital.org/triathlon or email hospital.days@newlondonhospital.org. 
 
Monday, Aug. 4
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department hosts the American Legion Band in its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Tuesday, Aug. 5
Tonight Bedford Parks and Recreation Department (24 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 472-5242, bedfordreconline.com) will host John Higby performing his Yo Yo Show as part of the free summer concert series at the Bedford pool complex performance stage. Show starts at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 
The Little Mermaid is at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today, with following showtimes on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. Tickets are $8.
 
Wednesday, Aug. 6
The Circle presented by the Peterborough Players is tonight at 8 p.m. at the Peterborough Players Theatre, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, peterboroughplayers.org, 924-7585, with shows running through Aug. 17. Tickets are $37.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host The Cranks for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com.
Interactive 3D Dracula is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Federation, 698 Beech St., Manchester. Produced by Theatre Under the Stars, shows are pay-what-you-can, a suggested donation of $5. Visit shakespeareinthevalley.com.
 
Thursday, Aug. 7
SoulFest features some of the top Christian musicians during a three-day festival at Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford. Artists perform during the ongoing music festival on Thursday, Aug. 7, Friday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 9. Soulfest also features vendors, workshops and speakers. Headlining acts this year include Toby Mac, Switchfoot and Third Day. Ticket prices vary (costs $130 for an adult three-day pass purchased at the gate, to an evening youth ticket for $30). Visit thesoulfest.com.
Week five  of the 2014 New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra Series, it’s “Verdi’s Requiem” at 8 p.m. at the Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main St., Plymouth. Visit nhmf.org for ticket information.
The Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) will host Drowned Valley for its Atlantic Grill’s Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series tonight, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are cost $10 for adults and $2 for ages 3 through 12. Call 436-8043. 
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) will continue its summer concert series tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a performance from The Rooftop Five. Admission is free. Call 233-4455 or visit fieldofdreamsnh.org. 
The Nashua Public Library’s (2 Court St., Nashua) Summer Concerts on the Plaza series will host Nick Goumas Jazz Quintet at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-4610 or visit nashualibrary.org. 
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohalllondonderry.com) hosts Ana Popovic at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, $35 or $40. 
 
Friday, Aug. 8
The Majestic Theatre presents The Nunsense Mega-Musical (the company’s biggest “Nunsense” ever) at 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall, Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester, 669-7469, at 7 p.m. Following showtimes are Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. Call for tickets. Visit majestictheatre.net.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host the Amherst Town Band for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com.
 
Saturday, Aug. 9 
The Belknap County 4-H Fair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Belknap County Fairgrounds, on Mile Hill Road in Belmont. The weekend includes 4H exhibits, oxen and tractor pulls, demonstrations, entertainment, a midway, crafts and more. Tickets cost $7 for adults, and kids under 10 years old receive free admission. Visit bc4hfair.org.
Vintage boats are on display during the Alton Bay Boat Show from 9 a.m. to noon. The show is a part of Alton Old Home Day and features “woodies” at the Alton Town Docks. Admission is free, and guests can cast a ballot for favorite boats. Visit nhbm.org or alton.nh.gov/parksrec.asp.
There’s a repeat performance of “Verdi’s Requiem” at 8 p.m. at the Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main St., Plymouth, part of the 2014 New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra Series. Visit nhmf.org for ticket information.
The Palace Theatre will hold an outdoor summer concert with 1964, The Tribute to the Beatles tonight at Veterans Park (Elm Street, Manchester) at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org. 
 
Sunday, Aug. 10 
There’s a Wolverine Jazz Band concert today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stark Park, 89 Park Ave., Manchester, part of the Friends of Stark Park Summer Music Series. Visit friendsofstarkpark.org.
Push yourself at the Epsom Old Home Day 4 Miler, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Webster Park, 430 Suncook Valley Highways in Epsom. The run follows a course of rolling hills. For more information on registration, contact Race Director Donald Yeaton at 518-232-9083 or dryrun262@msn.com. 
Test your endurance at the 45th Belmont Ten Mile Road Race, part of Belmont’s Old Home Day. Arrive at Belmont Middle School, 87 Hackett Road, Belmont, at 8:30 a.m. Contact Jeff Robert at 491-0979 or Gretta Olson-Wilder at  524-2782.
 
Monday, Aug. 11
The Hampton Beach Children’s Festival packs family and children’s entertainment into one full week on the beach and boardwalk, Monday, Aug. 11, through Friday, Aug. 15. The festival kicks off on Monday with a magic show with BJ Hickman on the Seashell Stage at 10 a.m. Each day features a variety of performances and activities, like balloons, dancing, storytellers, free ice cream, mini-golf and more. The week ends on Friday with a Giant Costume Parade. All activities and performances are free. Visit hamptonbeach.org or call 926-8717.
 
Tuesday, Aug. 12
Aladdin is at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today, with following showtimes on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. Tickets are $8 each.
The New Boston summer music concert series will host High Range Band from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo on the town common (7 Meetinghouse Hill Road, New Boston). Visit newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Recreation/special/concerts. 
 
Wednesday, Aug. 13
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Federation, 698 Beech St., Manchester. Produced by Theatre Under the Stars, shows are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $5. Visit shakespeareinthevalley.com.
 
Thursday, Aug. 14
The last week of the  2014 New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra Series, its theme is “Latin Love” at 8 p.m.,  at the Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main St., Plymouth. Visit nhmf.org for ticket information.
Join thousands of elite and recreational runners, and walkers at the annual Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race. It takes participants through downtown Manchester at 6:20 p.m. starting from Veterans Park on Elm Street. The race is followed by refreshments and awards. Visit http://elliothospital.org/website/cigna/.
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) will continue its summer concert series tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a performance from The Salem Boyz. Free admission. Call 233-4455 or visit fieldofdreamsnh.org. 
Tonight Bedford Parks and Recreation Department (24 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 472-5242, bedfordreconline.com) presents ’60s Invasion as part of its free summer concert series at the Bedford Village Common. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; show starts at 6 p.m.
The Nashua Public Library’s (2 Court St., Nashua) Summer Concerts on the Plaza series will host Alli Beaudry Trio at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-4610 or visit nashualibrary.org.  
There’s a Manchester Community Music School Summer Band Concert today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stark Park in Manchester. Visit mcmusicschool.org.
 
Friday, Aug. 15
Mahrajan Middle Eastern Festival celebrates Middle Eastern food, music and dance for three days at Our Lady of the Cedars Church, 140 Mitchell St., Manchester. The menu includes lamb kabobs, kibbee, falafel and various pastries. There are also children’s activities, raffles, a bazaar, hookah rentals, henna tattoos and a petting zoo with Josh the Camel. Visit the festival on Friday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 10 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon to 10 p.m., and on Sunday, Aug. 17, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.
 
Saturday Aug.  16
For southeast Asian cooking, culture and rowing, check out the Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Lowell Heritage State Park and Esplanade, 500 Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell, Mass. The festival includes competitive boat races, food and craft vendors and performances. Visit lowellwaterfestival.com.
Latinos Unidos de New Hampshire will hold the 15th Annual Latino Festival from 11:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Veterans Park in downtown Manchester. The annual event highlights Latino culture, music, dance and food, and proceeds help provide scholarships for young Latino students in New Hampshire. Visit latinofestivalnh.com.
The 61st Greeley Park Art Show (GPS address, 100 Concord St., Nashua) starts today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 100 artists from the New England area are expected to show, and thousands of visitors from all over the area are expected to attend. There will be art competitions for youth and adults, a raffle, painting for kids, etc. Visit nashuaareaartistsassoc.org. It continues on Sunday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Spend the afternoon at Hookfest 2014, an Outdoor Summer Music and Beer Festival at Redhook Brewery (1 Brewery Way, Portsmouth, 430-8600, hookfest2014.com). There will be performances from Lettuce, Bim Skala Bim, King Hammond, Michael Bernier & Freevolt and The Spittin’ Vinnies. The gates will open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 the day of the festival. 
The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and Community Events (142 Main St., Nashua, 881-8333) will continue the Autofair Downtown Music Festival tonight on Main Street in Nashua between High Street and Pearl Street with a performance from Entrain & Hot Like Fair from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at dmfnashua.com, or $12 the day of the event.
Austin Mahone with The Vamps will headline a show at the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) tonight at 7 p.m. with special guests Fifth Harmony and Shawn Mendes. Tickets range from $29.50 to $65.50. Call 644-5000 or visit verizonwirelessarena.com. 
 
Sunday, Aug. 17
There’s a Sea Breeze Band Concert today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stark Park, 89 Park Ave., Manchester, part of the Friends of Stark Park Summer Music Series. Visit friendsofstarkpark.org.
Enjoy the Moose on the Loose 10-Mile Trail Race & Relay at Mine Falls Park in Nashua at 9 a.m. The flat, scenic and shaded race takes place at Stellos Stadium, 7 Riverside Drive. Visit g2racereg.webconnex.com/mooseloose2014. Registration costs $25 in advance, $30 on race day.
 
Monday, Aug. 18
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Marcus Gale for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com.
 
Tuesday, Aug. 19
Beauty and the Beast is today at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and also on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. Tickets are $8.
Jackson Browne will perform at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.50, $80.50 or $90.50. For a full schedule of events, call 225-1111 or visit ccanh.com.  
 
Wednesday, Aug. 20
The Voysey Inheritance is presented by the Peterborough Players is tonight at 8 p.m. at the Peterborough Players Theatre, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, peterboroughplayers.org, 924-7585, with shows running through Aug. 31. Tickets are $37.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host the Nashua Granite Statesmen in its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Thursday, Aug. 21
Opera NH presents Opera at the Cafe today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stark Park, 89 Park Ave., Manchester, part of the Friends of Stark Park Summer Music Series. Visit friendsofstarkpark.org.
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Grupo Fantasia for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
Field of Dreams (Geremonty Drive, Salem) will continue its summer concert series tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a performance from Mink Hills Band. Admission is free. Call 233-4455 or visit fieldofdreamsnh.org. 
 
Friday, Aug. 22
The New England John Deere Expo VI will meet on Friday, Aug. 22, Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, at the New Boston Fairgrounds, 15 Hill Dale Lane, New Boston. The expo features antique tractors, demonstrations, food, vendors games and tractor pulls. Admission costs $5, and children ages 12 and under receive free admission. The gates are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (gates close at 3 p.m. on Sunday). Visit twocylinderclub.org/expo.php.
 
Saturday, Aug. 23
There’s a Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Festival today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Everett Arena, 15 Loudon Road, Concord ($5 admission for adults, children 12 and younger get in free with parent). There will also be hourly drawings for gift certificates. Visit capitalmineralclub.org.
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, hosts a Dover Mini Maker Faire today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here you’ll find dozens of interactive exhibitions, demonstrations and speakers in downtown Dover, based in and around the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Included among the mix will be rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, educational workshops, handmade crafts, music, art, local food trucks, etc. Admission is $12. Call 742-2002, visit makerfairedover.com.
Intown Manchester Family Fest will be held in Veterans Park in downtown Manchester from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes activities, live music and prizes. Admission is free. Visit intownmanchester.com.
Greekfest is a two-day Greek culture and food festival at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Road, Manchester, on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, and includes live music, dancing and tours of the church. Pastries like baklava and loukoumathes, barbecued lamb, roast chicken, gyros and more are available for purchase, as well as crafts and religious items. Visit assumptionnh.org.
Set new personal bests at the Barnstead Fire Association 5K, kicking off at 4 p.m at Barnstead Parade Grounds, 28 Parade Road, Barnstead. The race costs from $17 to $22. For more information, email nhcats22@gmail.com.
Get on your mark for the NH XC Festival, which features competitive male and female 5Ks. The race is at the famed cross-country course at Derryfield Park in Manchester and races begin from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fees are from $25 to $30. After the race, stick around for a beer garden. For more information, visit millenniumrunning.com/xc. 
 
Sunday, Aug. 24
See if you can take the heat at the Annual Henniker Rotary “Fire on the Mountain” Chili Fest. Amateur and professional chili makers compete and offer up samples of chili recipes for tasty voting at Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. There are also hamburgers and hot dogs grilled up by the Henniker and Hillsboro Fire Departments, a music tent, kid zone, car show and vendors. Visit chilinewhampshire.org.
Today at 2 p.m. the Compaq Big Band performs at Stark Park,  89 Park Ave., Manchester, part of the Friends of Stark Park Summer Music Series. Visit friendsofstarkpark.org.
The Andres Institute of Art hosts its Iron Melt fundraising event today at 1 p.m., at 98 New Hampshire Route 13, Brookline, 673-8441. At the event (which caps off at about 70), participants can come and carve a mold that will be filled with melted metal, which will harden quickly and be ready to take home at the end of the day. A $35 donation is requested per scratch mold. Email treasurer@andresinstitute.org, visit andresinstitute.net.
 
Tuesday, Aug. 26
The New Boston summer music concert series will host Blues Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo on the town common (7 Meetinghouse Hill Road, New Boston). Visit newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Recreation/special/concerts. 
The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will host Shannachie Irish Music for its summer concert series at the Greeley Park Bandshell (100 Concord St., Nashua) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 589-3370 or visit gonashua.com. 
 
Friday, Aug. 29
Check out the Hopkinton State Fair Labor Day weekend on Friday, Aug. 29, Saturday, Aug. 30, Sunday, Aug. 31, and Monday, Sept. 1, at the fairgrounds, located at 392 Kearsage Ave., Contoocook. The fair includes all the fair favorites, from agricultural exhibits and midway rides, to fair food and live entertainment, as well as a Demolition Derby. Visit hsfair.org. 
 
Saturday, Aug. 30 
Cruising Downtown Car Show returns to Elm Street and downtown Manchester from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Manchester Rotary Club’s annual event includes classic cars, entertainment, live music, vendors and food from local restaurants. Visit cruisingdowntown.com.
The New Hampshire 10-miler gets racers traveling around beautiful Lake Massabesic. It kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Lake Massabesic parking lot in Auburn. Runners can also choose to participate in a two-person, five-mile relay.  Registration cost $35 for individuals and $60 for relay teams for early registrations, or $40 for individuals and $70 for relay teams on race day. For more information, visit millenniumrunning.com/newhampshire10. 
 
As seen in the May 22, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

 






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