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Music & Comedy Venues

Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, verizonwirelessarena.com
Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com
Historic Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org  
Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, 72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, 293-4700, meadowbrook.net
Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohall.com
Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 669-5588, palacetheatre.org
The Flying Monkey, 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, 536-2551, flyingmonkeynh.com
Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, casinoballroom.com
Stockbridge Theatre, Pinkerton Academy, 44 N. Main St., Derry, 437-5210, stockbridgetheatre.com
Headliners Comedy Club, Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester, 988-3673, headlinerscomedyclub.com
Chunky’s Cinema Pub, 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua, 880- 8055, chunkys.com
Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com 
 
Free summer concert series
New Boston
What: Local musicians from a variety of genres
Where: Town common gazebo, 7 Meetinghouse Hill Road, New Boston
When: Every other Tuesday, June 28 through Aug. 23, 6 to 8 p.m. 
Visit: newbostonnh.gov
 
Presidential Oaks
What: Jazz, big band and doo-wop acts 
Where: Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant St., Concord
When: Tuesdays, June 28 through Aug. 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Visit: presidentialoaks.org
 
Smyth Summer Music Series
What: Fun, educational music 
Where: UNH at Manchester (Room 201), 88 Commercial St., Manchester
When: Tuesdays, July 12 and July 26, 10 to 11 a.m.; Wednesdays, June 22 and July 20, 10 to 11 a.m.; and Thursdays, June 23 and July 14, 2 to 3 p.m. 
Visit: manchester.unh.edu
 
Meetinghouse Park 
What: Local musicians from a variety of genres perform
Where: Meetinghouse Park, 11 Main St., Hampstead
When: Tuesdays, June 21 through Aug. 16, at 6 p.m.
Visit: meetinghousepark.org
 
New Hampshire Fisher Cats Live Music Series 
What: Family-friendly bands and happy-hour drink specials prior to Fisher Cats games 
Where: In front of the Samuel Adams Bar & Grill at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester 
When: Every other Friday, May 27 through Sept. 2, beginning at 5 or 5:30 p.m., depending on the game 
Visit: nhfishercats.com 
 
Concord Public Library
What: Three local music groups 
Where: Prince Street, Concord, from the Green Street intersection to the City Auditorium and Concord Public Library parking lot 
When: Wednesdays, June 29, July 20, and Aug. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
Visit: concordpubliclibrary.net
 
Pelham 
What: Performers TBA
Where: Pelham Village Green, in front of Pelham Public Library
When: Every other Wednesday, June 29 through July 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
Visit: pelhamcommunityspirit.org
 
Londonderry 
What: Local musicians from a variety of genres
Where: Londonderry town commons, corner of Mammoth and Pillsbury roads
When: Wednesdays, June 15 through Aug. 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Visit: londonderryartscouncil.org
 
Merrimack
What: Local musicians from a variety of genres
Where: Abbie Griffin Park, adjacent to the Town Hall at 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack
When: Wednesdays, June 22 through Aug. 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
Visit: merrimackparksandrec.org
 
Smyth Public Library 
What: Family-friendly acts perform traditional, piano and children’s music
When: Wednesdays, July 6 through Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. 
Where: Outside Smyth Public Library, 55 High St., Candia 
Visit: smythpl.org/music-series
 
Plaistow
What: Local musicians from a variety of genres
Where: Town Green, Main Street, Plaistow
When: Wednesdays, June 22 through Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.
Visit: plaistow.com
 
Field of Dreams 
What: Rock, R&B and jazz acts are featured
Where: Field of Dreams Community Park, 48 Geremonty Drive, Salem 
When: Thursdays July 7 through Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays, July 16 and July 30, at 2 p.m.
Visit: fieldofdreamsnh.org
 
Nashua Public Library
What: Local musicians from a variety of genres
Where: Nashua Public Library plaza, 2 Court St., Nashua
When: Thursdays, June 23 through Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. 
Visit: nashualibrary.org
 
Milford
What: Local musicians from a variety of genres
Where: Emerson Park, Milford
When: Wednesdays, July 6 through Aug. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Visit: milford.nh.gov
 
Summer in the Street
What: Downtown streets become a venue for live music and performances 
Where: Pleasant Street between Porter Street and Market Square, Portsmouth
When: Saturdays, July 2 through July 30, 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Visit: proportsmouth.org
 
Friends of Stark Park 
What: Several big band and jazz acts are featured, as well as other genres 
Where: Stark Park, 89 Park Ave., Manchester
When: Sundays, June 26 through Aug. 28, 2 to 4 p.m.
Visit: friendsofstarkpark.org
 
Hampton Beach Sea Shell Stage
What: Local musicians from a variety of genres. Fireworks follow every Wednesday.
Where: Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach
When: Daily, June 14 through Sept. 5, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Visit: hamptonbeach.org 
 
Nashua SummerFun Concert Series
What: Local musicians from a variety of genres
Where: Greeley Park Bandshell, 100 Concord St., Nashua
When: Various evenings, Saturday, June 4, through Wednesday, Aug. 24. See website.  
Visit: nashuanh.gov/546/Summer-Fun
 
TD Bank Concerts in the Park 
What: Performances feature an opener and headliner and are appropriate for all ages 
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 889 Elm St., Manchester
When: Series begins in July. Schedule TBA. 
Visit: intownmanchester.com

 





Summer Guide 2016
Cruise into 14 weeks of fun

05/26/16



Get Festive

Fairs, festivals & other celebrations
Join the fun with thousands of folks in downtown Portsmouth for Market Square Day on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event-packed day features over 150 food, artisan, product, service and craft vendors, three performance stages with regional and local musicians, and a 10K road race. Check out the Middle Street Baptist Church pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. (18 Court St.; $6 for adults, $2 for children under 12) and the Seacoast Growers’ Association farmers market on Junkins Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit proportsmouth.org for full details.
Revel in lots of lupines during the 23rd annual Celebration of Lupines (formerly the Fields of Lupine Festival), a month’s worth of events that highlight the flowers throughout the White Mountains. Featured events throughout June include an open air market on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sugar Hill Meetinghouse, with over 80 artisans and vendors booth displays, concerts, demonstrations and luncheon foods; Lupine Poetry Walk through the lupine fields; and Swing & Sweets on Tuesday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m., an evening of dancing, music from Swing North Big Band and sweets from local restaurants and inns (cost is $10 per person, $18 per couple). Vist facebook.com/LupineCelebration for a full and updated events schedule.
Enjoy food, games, exhibits, rides and more at the Somersworth International Children’s Festival on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held at two Somersworth locations (11 Memorial Drive and Noble Pines Park), the event features children’s activities and entertainment from multiple cultures. Celebration Night concert and fireworks are held the night before at Somersworth High School (11 Memorial Drive) from 6 p.m. to dark. Visit nhfestivals.org.
A seasonal highlight for many, this year’s Concord Market Days Festival will be held from Thursday, June 23, through Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The 42nd annual festival features food and shopping, free family fun on the Statehouse lawn, a beer tent, Touch-A-Truck, music stages at Bicentennial and Eagle Squares, the Concord Arts Market and the 10th annual Concord Multicultural Festival. Admission is free. Visit intownconcord.org/events/market-days.
Join more than 65 gem, jewelry and mineral dealers and swappers at the 52nd annual Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show on Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, at Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center (640 Route 10, Gilsum). Pan for minerals, crack a geode, see minerals from around the world and enjoy an old-fashioned New England ham and bean dinner and chicken barbecue lunch at this outdoor event. Visit gilsum.org/rockswap.
Celebrate Independence Day at New Hampshire Farm Museum’s (Route 125, Milton, 652-7840) Fourth on the Farm, Monday, July 4, from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy homemade strawberry shortcake, patriotic music, a visit with the farm animals, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, living history farmhouse tours, croquet and other old-fashioned games. Visit  farmmuseum.org.
Have a historic day at the 26th American Independence Festival on Saturday, July 16, at he American Independence Museum (Ladd-Gilman House, 1 Governors Lane; Folsom Tavern, 164 Water St., Exeter). The event includes an artisans’ village, historic encampments, museum tours, children’s activities, reenactments and portrayals, Independence Ale at the Folsom Tavern, fife and drum music and plenty of food. Visit independencemuseum.org. 
One of the oldest country fairs in the region is the Stratham Fair, happening this year Thursday, July 21, through Sunday, July 24. Enjoy traditional family fun and games like 4-H activities and exhibits, midway rides, horse pulls, a lobster festival, the pig scramble, chicken barbecue, a pie-eating contest, live music, magic acts and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and 65 and older, free for children under age 6. Hours, ride tickets and wristband prices are listed at strathamfair.com.
The Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collectors will host their annual Weare Rally from Thursday, July 28, through Sunday, July 31, at 4 Center Road in Weare. The vehicle display and active rally includes trail rides, ice cream rides and scenic tours. Check out over 100 vehicles, plus vendors. Visit mvmvc.org for campsite and registration information.
Head to Canterbury for the 58th annual Canterbury Fair on Saturday, July 30, in Canterbury Center. Fair activities include live entertainment, demonstrations, children’s activities, craft tables and vendors and plenty of fair food and drink. Visit canterburyfair.com.
The 59th annual New Hampshire Antiques Show takes place from Thursday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 13, at Radisson Hotel Manchester (700 Elm St., Manchester). Sponsored by the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association, the show is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. See exhibitor displays of clocks, folk art, paintings and prints, textiles, nautical and scientific items, pottery, Shaker furniture and more. Admission is $15 on Thursday, $10 Friday and Saturday, free for those under age 30. Visit nhada.org/new-hampshire-antiques-show.
Stroll the docks and vote for your favorite vintage boat at the Alton Bay Boat Show, part of Alton Old Home Day on Saturday, Aug. 13. The wooden boats arrive at Alton Town Docks on Lake Winnipesaukee at 9 a.m. All “woodies” are welcome, no registration required. The informal, non-judged boat show lets visitors vote for their favorites. Visit nhbm.org/alton-bay-boat-show.
Have plenty of fun in the sun and sand during the annual Hampton Beach Children’s Festival from Monday, Aug. 15, through Friday, Aug. 19. Enjoy magic shows with BJ Hickman, puppets, storytellers, contests and the Giant Costume Parade parade down Ocean Boulevard. Visit hamptonbeach.org.
Join in a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness at this year’s Dover Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. hosted by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover). See displays, talks, presentations, interactive demonstrations, performances and makers of all ages and crafts. Visit makerfairedover.com.
Spend Labor Day weekend enjoying vendors, classic fair food, a demolition derby, live entertainment, carnival rides and games, agricultural exhibits and more at the annual Hopkinton State Fair from Friday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 5, at the fairgrounds (392 Kearsarge Ave., Contoocook). Visit hsfair.org.
 
A taste of summer
Food and drink fun, from beer fests to pig roasts
Fresh peach, crisp apple, wicked strawberry and liquid sunshine are a few of the fresh fruit wines available at Copper Beech Winery (146 Londonderry Turnpike, Building 3, Unit 23, Hooksett, 400-2595, copperbeechwinery.com). Visit for weekend wine tastings from noon to 4 p.m. starting Saturday, May 28.
Dine outdoors all summer long at Moulton Farm’s (18 Quarry Road, Meredith) Farm to Table Brunch Buffet on Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon. The buffet features seasonal fruit, baked goods, egg and breakfast meat prepared by farm kitchen and bakery staff. Upcoming Sunday brunches are on May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14, Aug. 21, Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. Cost is $16.99 per adult, $9.99 for children 10 and under. Visit moultonfarm.com.
Gather with fellow foodies to enjoy an evening of the Gate City’s finest at the 22nd annual Taste of Downtown on Wednesday, June 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Hundreds will gather in downtown Nashua to sample from local eateries inside various downtown retail and service locations. Other features include street musicians, prizes, giveaways, raffles and The Hot Spot Challenge, a popular scavenger hunt. Visit downtownnashua.org.
Join Flag Hill Winery & Distillery (297 N. River Road, Lee) events manager Christa Phaneuf on Thursday, June 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to learn about pairing food with wine. Part of an educational series, The Art of Food & Wine Pairing includes a glass, wine and spirit tasting and lights hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $40 per person, registration required. Event is 21+. Visit flaghill.com.
Head to Londonderry for the 4th annual 603 Day, hosted by 603 Brewery (12 Liberty Drive, No. 7, Londonderry) on Friday, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a selection of beers including limited-edition barrel series brews and the brand new America Ale, NH Ale. Harold Square will serve cookout-style food. Tickets cost $25 and include food, a souvenir cup and beer samples. Visit 603brewery.com.
Head to the Milford Oval on Friday, June 3, to sample appetizers, entrees and desserts from area restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and caterers at the 7th annual A Taste of Milford. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., shop at downtown businesses hosting the eateries while enjoying live music and an outdoor stroll. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $12.50 for kids ages 5 to 12, free for kids 4 and under. Visit milfordimprovementteam.org/taste-of-milford.
Welcome the summer sunshine with a glass of iced tea at The Cozy Tea Cart’s (104 Route 13, Brookline) iced tea sampling on Friday, June 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Local singer Vanessa Hale will open the event followed by featured performer Aaron Shadwell. Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family in advance, $12 at the door per person. Visit thecozyteacart.com.
Can’t get enough chowder? Head to Portsmouth for the 32nd annual WOKQ Chowder Festival, New England’s oldest and largest chowder tasting event, on Saturday, June 4, at 11:30 a.m. Kicking off the Prescott Park Arts Festival season, dozens of Seacoast area restaurants will bring their best chowder in the hope of winning the “best chowder” title and the Golden Ladle. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children. Visit prescottpark.org.
Have a passion for chocolate? Don’t miss The CareGivers Inc. Chocolate Lovers Fantasy on Sunday, June 5, from noon to 3 p.m. Held at the Radisson Hotel Manchester (700 Elm St., Manchester), the 14th annual fundraising event brings together chocolate-themed creations, demonstrations, live music and an online auction. Tickets cost $17 in advance, $19 at the door. Visit caregiversnh.org.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration to bring to your kitchen remodel or just love designer kitchens, check out the Palace Theatre’s 12th annual Kitchen Tour on Sunday, June 5. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., take a self-guided tour through seven homes in Manchester and Bedford. The day begins with registration at Granite State Cabinetry at 9:30 a.m. to collect maps before embarking on the tour. Refuel with an open-seated luncheon catered by O Steaks and Seafood at Baron’s Major Brands in Manchester from 11:30 to 3 p.m., and don’t miss the after party at LaBelle Winery, featuring wine tastings and appetizer pairings, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $50. Visit palacetheatre.org.
Learn how to make all sorts of strawberry dishes as part of The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898), on Wednesday, June 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Festival of Strawberries menu includes strawberry salsa, strawberry sangria, easy tea sandwiches and strawberry glazed chicken. Cost is $25. Call 672-9898 or visit labellewineryevents.com.
Feast on a four-course beer-paired dinner at the Bedford Village Inn’s (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford) craft beer dinner on Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. Start the night with a full cocktail hour and hor d’oeuvres before the menu of braised lamb grilled cheese, roasted beet and goat cheese terrine, coffee-rubbed beef tenderloin and mango lime “creamsicle,” each paired with Founders Brewing Co. beers. Tickets are $95; call for reservations. Visit bedfordvillageinn.com.
The Friends of the Town of Bedford Cemeteries will host the eighth annual Bedford Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held at the Performance Stage (next to Town Pool, 20 Country Road, Bedford), enjoy strawberry shortcake and other foods, face painting, a bounce house, an obstacle course, vendors and more. Visit friendsofbedfordcemeteries.org.
Head to New Hampshire Farm Museum (Route 125, Milton, 652-7840) on Saturday, June 18, for Dairy Day on the Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about cows and goats (and even try milking a goat), as well as how to make butter, ice cream and cheese. Enjoy free ice cream and horse- or tractor-drawn rides. Visit farmmuseum.org.
Join herbal educators and seasoned growers at the seventh annual Herb & Garden Day on Saturday, June 18, at McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord). Enjoy shopping and workshops about natural medicine, native plants, organic gardening, permaculture, fermentation and brewing. Tickets cost $35. Visit nhherbalnetwork.wordpress.com.
Take in the beauty of the vineyard while enjoying a tasty brunch during Brunch & Bubbles in the Vineyard at Flag Hill Winery & Distillery (297 N. River Road, Lee). The menu features sparkling Cayuga and handcrafted specialty bloody marys. Upcoming brunches are on Sundays, June 19, July 17 and Aug. 21. Call or email for reservations. Visit flaghill.com. 
Get together with fellow beer-lovers and hear from craft brewers at NH Beer Club, held one Monday a month at New England’s Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett). The next meeting, on Monday, June 20, features Manchester’s Great North Aleworks. Sample unique or limited-edition brews and bites from the kitchen. Upcoming club gatherings include Smuttynose Brewing Company on July 18 and 603 Brewery on Aug. 15. Visit nhbeerclub.com.
This year’s Portsmouth Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth). General admission for the tasting event ($85) is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. VIP admission ($175) starts at 5:30 p.m. Visit ce.strength.org.
Say cheers to a weekend of local brews at New England Brewfest Craft Beer Weekend from Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26. The beer-centric social events include Saturday Night: ON Tap tasting event, Cafe Lafayette Craft Beer Train dinner, One Love Brewery beer pairing dinner, The Hop Talks, a brewer’s brunch at the Mountain Club at Loon that includes an educational experience with five New England brewers and Believing Brewers non-denominational service at the top of Loon Mountain. All events are 21+. Visit nebrewfest.com for more details and lodging packages.
Fill up on barbecue during Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Country Fest from Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26. Held at the Rochester Fairgrounds (Tri-City Stadium, 72 Lafayette St., Rochester), the event features barbecue teams from Australia to Texas, as well as beer and wine gardens, live music, line dancing, 5K Rib Run and Kiddieland rides and activities. Admission is $5 on Friday (free until 5 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday; children 10 and under get in free. Food and drink priced separately. Visit phantomgourmetbbq.com.
The Hollis Town Common in the center of Hollis will serve as the setting for this year’s Hollis Strawberry Festival on Sunday, June 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. Hollis Woman’s Club and the Hollis Town Band sponsor the strawberry-filled event featuring homemade strawberry shortcake, whipped cream and strawberry sundaes. Enjoy free entertainment from the town band. Admission is free; food is priced per item. Visit holliswomansclub.org.
Visit Laconia to get your fill of blintzes, brisket, knishes and matzo ball soup during the 19th annual Jewish Food Festival at Temple B’nai Israel (210 Court St., Laconia, 524-7044) on Sunday, July 10. Folks from around the state will gather to get pastrami, corned beef or tongue sandwiches, chopped herring and chopped chicken liver, strudel and rugelach, latkes and noodle kugel. Visit tbinh.org.
Blueberries, beets & basil, the latest installment of The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898), shows guests how to cook fresh beets, basil pesto flatbread and blueberry pie cocktail winetini on Wednesday, July 13, from 6 to 7:30. The cost is $25. Call 672-9898 or visit labellewineryevents.com.
The Granite State Brewers Association will host its summer brewers festival on Saturday, July 30, at Arms Park (between the Merrimack River and Commercial Street in Manchester). Visit granitestatebrewersassociation.org for details. 
Waterville Valley Resort (1 Ski Area Road, Waterville Valley) hosts the 17th annual Chocolate Fest on Saturday, July 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy an array of chocolate treats, for sale by the piece in the center of Town Square (cash only), live entertainment from Rumblefish, and the chance to put your candy knowledge to the test with a Name that Candy Bar contest on the gazebo stage. Visit waterville.com. 
Learn harvest and canning tips alongside a menu of tomato confit, Pappas Criollos, corn “off” the cob with wine glaze and fall sangria during Making the Most of Your Garden Harvest, part of The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898), on Wed., Aug. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25. Call 672-9898 or visit labellewineryevents.com.
Head to Nashua for the fourth annual Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua). Enjoy craft brews, a wing competition, live music and games. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 day of, $10 for designated drivers or under 21, free for kids 12 and under. Visit gatecitybrewfestnh.com.
Londonderry Fish & Game Club (5 Lund St., Litchfield) will host its second annual Pig Roast on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and s’mores over the bonfire will also be served. Tickets are $18 per person or $30 per couple (for members, $15 or $25), free for kids 12 and under. Visit londonderryfishandgameclub.org.
Celebrate all things spicy at The Henniker Rotary Club “Fire on the Mountain” Chili Fest on Sunday, Aug. 21, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Pats Peak Ski Area (686 Flanders Road, Henniker). Check out chili competitions, New Hampshire craft vendors, live music, a food court featuring Arnie’s BBQ, Kona Ice, JR’s Corn on the Cob and Intervale Ice Cream, KidZone, Car Cruise In and more. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 10 and under, free for infants and toddlers, and includes chili samples and giveaways. Visit chilinewhampshire.org.
Arts alive
Craft fairs, exhibitions and more
The New Hampshire Institute of Art will still be hopping during the summer months through art exhibitions. The Roger Williams Gallery, 77 Amherst St., Manchester, hosts the Annual BFA Exhibition through June 13, a CT/CE Exhibition June 16 through July 13 and an MFA Thesis Exhibition July 30 through Sept. 3. At the French Building Gallery, 148 Concord St., Manchester, the BFA Exhibition is up through June 13, the Masters of Art in Art Education and Master of Arts in Teaching exhibition is on view June 15 through June 20; the CT/CE Exhibition is June 16 through July 13; and a Now, Alumni exhibition is up July 29 through Aug. 28, featuring the school’s best alumni work. Visit nhia.edu. 
The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden’s 19th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is on view May 27 through Oct. 23 at the gallery, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, with a reception on Sunday, May 29, from 2 to 4 p.m., at which time owner Pam Tarbell will host a garden party where visitors can meet the artists displaying sculpture on the gallery grounds. Call 226-2046 or visit themillbrookgallery.com.
The 25th Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Festival is Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Mill Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith. Visit castleberryfairs.com.
McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord, 225-2515, mcgowanfineart.com, hosts art by Bob Larsen in a show, “Inspirations: New Watercolors,” May 31 through June 30, with a reception Friday, June 3, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The next exhibition is “Hello, My Name is — Addicted to Art,” on view July 5 through Aug. 19 and comprises a compilation of work by area artists not seen at the gallery yet, with a reception Thursday, July 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, hosts a show, “A Focus on Aviation,” June 1 through June 27, featuring juried photography. Visit aviationmuseumofnh.org.
Studio 550, 550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597, 550arts.com, has a slew of exhibitions this summer. One is “Graffiti Art in the Gallery,” featuring work by artists affiliated with Top Shelf Tattoo Gallery, 657 Elm St., Manchester, who are creating graffiti artwork on materials that can be hung in the gallery, with a reception Friday, June 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. From July 1 through July 30, it hosts a show, “This is What it Feels Like to Be Trans,” which is a show of LGBT art sponsored by the Concord Feminist Health Center, Rights & Democracy and the ACLU-NH, with a reception Thursday, July 21, 5 to 8 p.m. And from Aug. 4 through Aug. 26, it hosts “Imaginary Friends,” a “hug-able” fiber arts show, with a reception Friday, Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The Concord Arts Market is in full swing starting Saturday, June 4. The market, which happens weekly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bicentennial Square through Sept. 24, showcases local artists who are making and selling jewelry, handbags, pottery, paintings, clothing, etc. The event is often accompanied by artistic demonstrations and music. Visit concordartsmarket.net.
The Kimball Jenkins School of Art, 266 N. Main St., Concord, 225-3932, kimballjenkins.com, hosts two exhibitions. One is “iExhibition,” which features iPhone photography June 1 through June 30, with a reception Thursday, June 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. The other is a student show June 16 through July 1, with a reception also on Thursday, June 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.
On view at Twiggs Gallery, 254 King St., Boscawen, twiggsgallery.wordpress.com, 975-0015, is “Branching Out: Creative Risks,” from June 16 through July 24, with an artists’ reception on Thursday, June 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. The art is by 12 artists from New Hampshire and Maine who, in their work, exhibit the joy that comes from creating and taking risks in art.
The 2016 Arts on the Green is  scheduled for Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the New London Town Green. Visit centerfortheartsnh.org for more information.
The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, hosts a “Summer Exhibit” featuring sculptor Ronnie Gould, printmaker Catherine Kernan, and painters Sean Beavers,  Ilene Richard, Patrick McCay, and David Wells, July 1 through Sept. 5, with a reception on Thursday, July 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 226-2046 or visit themillbrookgallery.com.
The Gunstock Craft Fair is Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford. There will be arts — glass art, doll clothing, paintings, puzzle boxes, fine jewelry — and items like hand-poured soaps, seasonal wreaths, handcrafted pens, cribbage boards, etc. Admission is free. Call 528-4014 or visit joycescraftshows.com or gunstock.com.
The On the Green 1 Arts & Crafts Festival is at Brewster Academy, 80 Academy Drive, Wolfeboro, on Friday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be more than 100 exhibitors selling jewelry, wearable art, wooden crafts, quilts, home decor, gourmet foods, glass art and more. The second festival — the On the Green 2 Arts & Crafts Festival — is at the same location again Friday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this time with more than 80 exhibitors. Visit joycescraftshows.com.
The 27th Annual Craft Fair at the Bay is Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the waterfront at the Community House on Route 11, Alton. Visit castleberryfairs.com.
The Manchester Open Doors Trolley Tour is Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 8 p.m., in downtown Manchester. Trolleys will stop at various downtown arts venues, whose doors will be open and walls will showcase exhibitions, locally made pieces and collections. Park at Langer Place on Commercial Street and hop on any trolley or take the walkable tour free. Visit opendoorsmanchester.com for a list of participating venues and maps.
Twiggs Gallery, 254 King St., Boscawen, twiggsgallery.wordpress.com, 975-0015, presents “Balancing Acts” curated by guest curator Debra Claffey July 30 through Sept. 4, with a reception on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show exhibits art by five artists — Jeanne Borofsky, Pamala Crabb , Kimberly Curry, Angel Dean, Soosen Dunholter and Helene Farrar — who work with wax to explore themes of precarious balance. 
Studio 550 lets a bunch of clay monsters out on the loose  in Manchester during the now-annual city-wide scavenger hunt Saturday, Aug. 6. Call 232-5597 or visit 550arts.com as the date approaches for more information.
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair is scheduled for Aug. 6 through Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at the Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103, Newbury. It showcases work by more than 30 juried League members who make pottery, prints, furniture, jewelry and clothing. There will be workshops, demonstrations and performances by puppeteers, magicians and musicians throughout the week. Admission is $10.
The Summer Fun Craft Fair at the Tanger Outlets, 120 Laconia Road, Tilton, is Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring exhibitors selling crafts, quilts, decor, glass art, floral arrangements, etc. Visit joycescraftshows.com.
The 24th Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Festival is Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Village Shops and Town Green on Main Street in Lincoln. Visit casteleberryfairs.com.
The 2016 Greeley Park Art Show at Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, is Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is an art show and competition that represents a Nashua tradition for more than 60 years now. Visit nashuaareaartistsassoc.org.
The Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair at Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, is Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fair happens rain or shine and features locally made crafts and goodies. Visit joycescraftshows.com.
The 27th Annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair at the Bay is Saturday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along the waterfront at the Community House on Route 11, Alton. Visit castleberryfairs.com.
 
On stage
From Aladdin to Oliver!
New Hampshire’s newest theater venue, Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord, hosts Higgledy Piggledy May 27 through June 12, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.; Jocelyn’s ABC: Adult Broadway Cabaret Wednesday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m.; and I’ll Be Back Before Midnight  June 24 through July 10, with showtimes Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16.50. Visit hatboxnh.com.
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents Background Check May 26 through June 5, with shows Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., tickets ranging from $15 to $20. Visit seacoastrep.org or call 433-4472.
Dimensions in Dance celebrates its 20th anniversary with Beauty and the Beast as its year-end production with shows Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org. Tickets are $16.
The Kids Coop Theatre presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry, Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Visit kids-coop-theatre.org.
The New Hampshire Theatre Factory’s Adult Main Stage Company performs Amadeus at The Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry, on Friday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 4, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit nhtheatrefactory.org.
Theatre KAPOW performs Grounded at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, on Friday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit aviationmuseumofnh.org or tkapow.com. 
Bridgman/Packer Dance performs at the Stockbridge Theater, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, on Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. The production merges dance, technology and stagecraft for a virtual reality experience. Visit stockbridgetheatre.com. Tickets are $25.
The Palace Theatre’s 17th annual Gala Fundraiser is Thursday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Manchester Country Club, 180 S. River Road, Bedford, which includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and performances by the cast of the Palace’s professional production of Billy Elliot. Tickets are $75. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org.
The Majestic Theatre presents Death by Chocolate by Paul Freed on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 11, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets are $10 to $15. Visit majestictheatre.net.
Bedford Off Broadway presents 12 Angry Jurors Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m.; Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m., at the McKelvie Intermediate School, 108 Liberty Hill Road, Bedford. Visit bedfordoffbroadway.com. Call 647-2864. Tickets are $12.
Impact Children’s Theatre presents The Ugly Duckling Tuesday, June 21, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $7.50.
The Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, 924-7585, peterboroughplayers.org, present Driving Miss Daisy June 22 through July 3. Tickets $39.
The Prescott Park Arts Festival mainstage outdoor musical this year is Disney’s The Little Mermaid and happens regularly June 24 through Aug. 21. Visit prescottpark.org. There’s a suggested donation at the gate.
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, seacoastrep.org, presents Reefer Madness: The Musical June 24 through July 24, with tickets starting at $19.
Dance Progressions present Divas, Superstars & Legends at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, on Sunday, June 26, at 11 a.m. Tickets are $25.
Impact Children’s Theatre presents Hansel and Gretel Tuesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $7.50.
The youth company RB Productions presents Elf, The Musical, Jr. Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 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 $15.
Impact Children’s Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk Tuesday, July 5, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $7.50.
Kicking off the 2016 Summer Children’s Series at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, is A Winnie-the-Pooh Birthday Tail, with showtimes Tuesday, July 5, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 6, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday, July 7, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.
The Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, 924-7585, peterboroughplayers.org, present Annapurna July 6 through July 17. Tickets are $39.
The Leddy Center for the Performing Arts, 38C Ladd’s Lane, Epping, hosts Oliver! July 8 through July 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit leddycenter.org. 
Theatre KAPOW performs Raining Aluminum, a piece they devised in mid-May at the Charlestown Working Theater, at the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, on Friday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit tkapow.com.
Part of the 2016 Children’s Summer Children’s Series, Beauty and the Beast is at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, Tuesday, July 12, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 13, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 14, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, July 14, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.
Impact Children’s Theatre presents Rapunzel Tuesday, July 12, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $7.50.
The youth company RB Productions presents Mulan, Jr. on Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 16, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $15.
This summer, the Actorsingers come together to present Footloose at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua, on Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 16, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit actorsingers.org or call 320-1870.
Impact Children’s Theatre presents The Velveteen Rabbit Tuesday, July 19, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $7.50.
Part of the 2016 Summer Children’s Series, Peter Pan is at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, Tuesday, July 19, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 20, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday, July 21, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9. 
The Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, 924-7585, peterboroughplayers.org, present Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike July 20 through July 31. Tickets are $39.
Andy’s Summer Playhouse presents Viewfinder by Jared Mezzocchi July 21 through July 30 at Andy’s Summer Playhouse, 582 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, 654-2613, andyssummerplayhosue.org. Call for ticket prices.
The youth company RB Productions presents Willy Wonka, Jr., Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 23, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $15.
The Nashua Theatre Guild performs Romeo and Juliet at Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, Saturday, July 23; Sunday, July 24; Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Impact Children’s Theatre presents The Snow Queen Tuesday, July 26, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $7.50.
Part of the 2016 Summer Children’s Series, The Wizard of Oz is at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, Tuesday, July 26, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday, July 28, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.
The Windham Actors Guild’s youth production of A Year With Frog and Toad is at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road, Windham, Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 31, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16. Visit windhamactorsguild.com.
The Majestic Theatre presents Father of the Bride, a comedy by Caroline Francke, on Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 31, at 2 p.m., at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets are $10 to $15. Visit majestictheatre.net.
The youth company RB Productions presents James and the Giant Peach, Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $15.
Impact Children’s Theatre presents Aladdin Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $7.50.
Part of the 2016 Summer Children’s Series, Aladdin is at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, Tuesday, Aug. 2; Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.
The Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, 924-7585, peterboroughplayers.org, present Pygmalion Aug. 3 through Aug. 14. Tickets are $39.
Andy’s Summer Playhouse presents Playing Bo Peep by Katy Day Aug. 5 through Aug. 16 at Andy’s Summer Playhouse, 582 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, 654-2613, andyssummerplayhosue.org. Call for ticket prices.
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, 433-4472, seacoastrep.org, presents Little Women Aug. 5 through Aug. 28. Tickets start at $19.
Impact Children’s Theatre presents The Little Mermaid Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com. Tickets are $7.50.
Part of the 2016 Summer Children’s Series, The Little Mermaid is at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, Tuesday, Aug. 9; Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.
Andy’s Summer Playhouse presents Samantha Rai Aug. 11 through Aug. 20 at Andy’s Summer Playhouse, 582 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, 654-2613, andyssummerplayhosue.org. Call for ticket prices.
Part of the 2016 Summer Children’s Series, Cinderella is at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, Tuesday, Aug. 16; Wednesday, Aug. 17, and Thursday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.
The Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, 924-7585, peterboroughplayers.org, present The Ladies’ Man Aug. 17 through Aug. 28. Tickets are $39. 
The Majestic Theatre, in conjunction with the Derry Arts Council, presents The Spitfire Grill Friday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m., at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets are $12 to $20.
Part of the 2016 Summer Children’s Series, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, Tuesday, Aug. 23, Wednesday, Aug. 24, and Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.
The Riverbend Youth Theater Company performs She Kills Monsters at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2:30 p.m.
Magician BJ Hickman performs at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $9.
The Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, 924-7585, peterboroughplayers.org, present God of Carnage Aug. 31 through Sept. 11. Tickets are $39.
 
Classic Summer
Symphonies, chorales and more
The Strafford Wind Symphony’s 25th Anniversary Concert is Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester. The symphony, which has more than 50 members including music educators, students and professionals, will perform a variety of music, from well-known favorites to contemporary pieces. Tickets are $12. Call 335-1992 or visit rochesteroperahouse.com.
The Nashua Chamber Orchestra performs its season finale, “Life Cycles,” Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Nashua Community College, Judd Gregg Hall, 505 Amherst St., Nashua, and on Sunday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square, Milford. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Darrell’s Music Hall, $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $8 for students. Visit nco-music.org or call 582-5211.
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra closes out its 2015-2016 season with music by Strauss, Eulenspiegel and Sibelius, on Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, themusichall.org, 436-2400. Tickets are $25.
Abraham Ross performs the Hutchings-Votey pipe organ at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 33 School St., Concord, Sunday, June 5, at 4 p.m., sponsored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The concert spans the American organ music scene from 1811 to 2006 with music by Ritter, Beach, Vierne, Hindemith, Ives and Pinkham. Call 424-4743. Visit nhago.org. Admission is free.
The Nashua Summer Fun free concert series is at the Greeley Park Bandshell, 100 Concord St., Nashua. Shannachie performs Irish music Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m.; the Hollis Town Band performs Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m.; The Beatles Tribute is Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m.; the Belairs Doo-Wop is Friday, June 24, at 6 p.m.; the Raymond St. Klezmer Band Concert is Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m.; the Slakas Classic Rock & Roll Concert is Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m.; the New Legacy Swing Band concert is Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m.; Shannachie performs Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m.; The Cranks perform Tuesday, July 12, at 7 p.m.; the Windham Concert Band performs Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m.; the American Legion Band Concert is Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m.; the ’60s Invasion concert is Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m.; Yankee Brass Band concert is Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m.; Marcus Gale is Monday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m.; the American Legion Band Concert is Monday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m.; the Amherst Town Band performs Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m.; and the Granite Statesmen perform Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. Visit nashuanh.gov.
The New Hampshire Master Chorale performs A Little Night Music, a concert that explores the music of Stephen Sondheim, on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. in the Atrium lobby at 7 Eagle Square, Concord (the event includes a pre-concert reception and cash bar at 7 p.m.) and on Sunday, June 19, at 4 p.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 4 Post Office Square, Plymouth, 536-2626. Tickets are $30, though there’s free admission for students in grades K through 12. Visit nhmasterchorale.org.
The Souhegan Valley Chorus has its showcase performance, A Night at the Oscars, Saturday, June 18, at 2 and 7 p.m., at the Parish House, First Congregational Church, Union St., Milford. Visit souheganvalleychorus.org for ticket information.
The Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua, hosts a Summer Concerts on the Plaza series. The Compaq Big Band performs Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m.; Shana Stack performs Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m.; Chasing Blue performs Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m.; the Aangikam Dance Academy performs Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m.; the Wayne Pearcy Jazz Quintet performs Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m.; a Grupo Fantasia concert is Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m.; Shannachie performs Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m.; and the Bill McGoldrick Duo performs Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. Call 589-4610. Visit nashualibrary.org.
The 2016 Concerts on the Hill series celebrates “The Year of the Organ” with concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sundays at 4 p.m. this summer. “Spring in Summer” is Sunday, June 26; “La chemin de la croix” is Sunday, July 17; “Pipes and Strings” is Sunday, Aug. 14. There’s a suggested at-the-door $15 donation. Visit stjohnsnh.org/COTH.
The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra presents its annual summer pops concert on Sunday, July 10, at 3 p.m., at the Shedd Park Pavilion, 433 Rogers St., Lowell, which is free with a suggested donation of $10 per family.
The Emergence Trio performs at the Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16.50. Visit hatboxnh.com.
 
Music and laughs
Concerts and comedians 
Music
Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa performs at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $99 to $149.
See Johnny A at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, May 28, 8 p.m. Tickets $30 and $35. 
Howard Jones performs at the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, May 29, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $60. 
Seattle-based singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile performs at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Wednesday, June 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $36 to $60.
Classic pop artist Chris Trapper will be at the Music Hall Loft on Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m., as part of The District Restaurant Singer Songwriter Series. Tickets cost $18. 
Don’t miss Satellite Paradiso at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35. 
See country music star Dierks Bentley at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $41.75.
Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra will be at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $28 in advance, $33 the day of the show. 
Heather Maloney performs at the Music Hall Loft on Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m., as part of The District Restaurant Singer Songwriter Series. Tickets cost $16. 
Catch the Carl Palmer Band at the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, June 5, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $65. 
Valerie June performs at the Historic Music Hall on Tuesday, June 7, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Intimately Yours series. Tickets cost $22 and $28. 
Female R&B trio KING will be at the Music Hall Loft on Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Live @ the Loft series. Tickets cost $22.
See The Devon Allman Band at the Tupelo Music Hall on Thursday, June 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $45.
Don’t miss The Thing in the Spring, a four-day music festival happening Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12, at various locations in downtown Peterborough. The festival is presented by the Glass Museum, and this year’s host is Rick Maguire, of the band Pile. Weekend passes cost $50, and individual show tickets range from $10 to $15. Visit thethinginthespring.com for a full lineup and to purchase tickets.
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will be at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75. 
Liz Longley performs at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35.
Tupelo Music Hall presents the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre on Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $40. 
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton perform at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
Don’t miss Albert Cummings at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35.
New Hampshire-based blues guitarist and singer Delanie Pickering performs at Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this general-admission show cost $15.
Catch Ana Popovic at the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $45.
Ruby Rose Fox, named Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2014 Boston Music Awards, will be at the Music Hall Loft on Thursday, June 16, at 8 p.m., as part of The District Restaurant Singer Songwriter Series. Tickets cost $15. 
Country music artist Brantley Gilbert will be at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
See Elytta, a 16-year-old singer-songwriter and New Hampshire native, at Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this general-admission show cost $20.
See Taylor Hicks of American Idol and Josh Logan of The Voice perform at The Flying Monkey on Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $24.
See Mary Fahl, formerly of October Project, at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30.
Twenty One Pilots performs at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
Catch husband-and-wife folk duo Lowland Hum at Capitol Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets for this general-admission show cost $20, $15 for students.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rita Coolidge performs at The Flying Monkey on Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter performs at Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $26 to $32.
See Fitz and The Tantrums at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Sunday, June 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $26 in advance, $31 the day of the show. 
Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell will be at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Sunday, June 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $24.75.
Delta Rae performs at the Tupelo Music Hall on Thursday, June 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $45.
Don’t miss legendary rock group White Snake at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, June 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $41 in advance, $46 the day of the show. 
All-women mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache will be at the Music Hall Loft on Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Live @ the Loft series. Tickets cost $20.
See country band Florida Georgia Line at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Friday, June 24, or Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. Only resale tickets available; see website for details. 
Country musician Josh Turner performs at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $34 to $60. 
Southern rock pioneers The Outlaws perform at The Flying Monkey on Saturday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela performs at Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, June 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $55.
Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Jonny Lang performs at The Flying Monkey on Sunday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $69.
The Happy Together Tour stops at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m., featuring ’60s and ’70s pop icons The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay and The Spencer Davis Group.  Tickets range from $30 to $60. 
Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers will be at the Historic Music Hall on Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Intimately Yours series. Tickets start at $48.
Catch Weezer and Panic! At The Disco at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Tuesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.75. 
Catch Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, July 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $53 in advance, $58 the day of the show. 
Don’t miss Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, July 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $55 to $65.
Country superstar Keith Urban will be at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Saturday, July 2, or Sunday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $44.75. 
See Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Saturday, July 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $19 in advance, $26 the day of the show. 
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and New Age legend Yanni performs at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Tuesday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $95.
See Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Wednesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
Corky Laing performs at the Tupelo Music Hall on Thursday, July 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $50.
Don’t miss The Beach Boys at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, July 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $70. 
Camp-N-Jam is a camping music festival happening Friday, July 8, through Sunday, July 10, at Page Farm (46 Sand Hill Road, Croydon). There will be over 25 bands performing on three stages, plus live art, disc golf and other festivities. Early-bird tickets cost $60. Visit facebook.com/golocalmusic for more information or campnjam7.brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets.
See Jon Butcher Axis at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, July 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $40. 
Don’t miss Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Sunday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.75.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $29 in advance, $34 the day of the show. 
See John Sebastian, founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted group Lovin’ Spoonful, at The Flying Monkey on Friday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.
Blues Traveler takes the stage at the Palace Theatre on Friday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40.50. 
Don’t miss Vanilla Fudge at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $70. 
Legendary East Coast rock band John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band performs at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre on Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $35. 
The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Saturday, July 16, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.75.
Grammy-nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids will be at the Historic Music Hall on Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Intimately Yours series. Tickets cost $20 and $24. 
Shawn Mullins performs at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $45. 
Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine performs at The Flying Monkey on Saturday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.
Legendary rock-pop group The Monkees performs at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $70. 
Charlie Farren, Foreigners/Journey Tribute Band, Preciphist and others will perform at the TWO TO LOU Music Festival on Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., at Sandlots Sports and Entertainment (56 North Road, Sandown). Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 the day of the festival. Proceeds benefit the Louis T. Festo Memorial Scholarship. Visit twotolou.com/music-festival.
Bob Dylan will be at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Sunday, July 17, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
Iconic rock band Journey will be at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Monday, July 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
311 and Matisyahu will be at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Tuesday, July 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $51 in advance, $56 the day of the show. 
John Moreland, a singer-songwriter whose music has been featured on the Sons of Anarchy television series, performs at the Music Hall Loft on Thursday, July 21, at 8 p.m., as part of The District Restaurant Singer Songwriter Series. Tickets cost $12. 
Malian musician Mamadou Kelly will be at the Music Hall Loft on Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Live @ the Loft series. Tickets cost $12.
Country music star Chris Stapleton performs at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30.25.
Catch Paula Cole the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $55. 
Don’t miss Beatles tribute band The Fab Four at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $40. 
17-year-old guitarist Quinn Sullivan performs at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $40. 
Soul/R&B artist Liz Vice will be at the Music Hall Loft on Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m., as part of The District Restaurant Singer Songwriter Series. Tickets cost $18. 
Catch Roomful of Blues with harmonica player of the J. Geils Band Magic Dick and 23-year-old world-class guitarist Shun at The Flying Monkey on Sunday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
Sarah McLachlan will be at the Historic Music Hall on Thursday, July 28, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Intimately Yours series. Tickets range from $80.50 to $155.50. 
See legendary folk artist and son of Woody Guthrie Arlo Guthrie, at The Flying Monkey on Friday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $64.
Jazz band the Hot Sardines will be at the Historic Music Hall on Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Intimately Yours series. Tickets range from $28.50 to $43.50.
Don’t miss this year’s Lowell Folk Festival, happening Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31, in downtown Lowell, Mass. The festival features five stages of traditional music, plus crafts, demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities. Admission is free. Visit lowellfolkfestival.org.
Saxophone player Kamasi Washington will be at the Historic Music Hall on Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Intimately Yours series. Tickets cost $29 and $36.
Blues rock group the Chris Robinson Brotherhood performs at The Flying Monkey on Sunday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.
James Taylor will be at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Monday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75. 
See male a cappella group Straight No Chaser at the Historic Music Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Intimately Yours series. Tickets range from $39 to $69. 
Christian music festival SoulFest returns to Gunstock Mouncochetain Resort (719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford) from Wednesday, Aug. 3, through Saturday, Aug. 6. Headlining acts this year include Switchfoot, Skillet, Natalie Grant and others. Ticket costs vary. Visit thesoulfest.com.
Catch “Bad to the Bone” rockers George Thorogood & The Destroyers at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $50. 
Hard rockers Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin perform at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.75.
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band return to the Historic Music Hall on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m., as part of the Music Hall’s Intimately Yours series. Tickets range from $55 to $96. 
Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out performs at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $24 in advance, $29 the day of the show. 
Don’t miss Grammy-winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, at The Flying Monkey on Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
Don’t miss Popa Chubby at the Tupelo Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35. 
Madeleine Peyroux performs at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $60 to $75. 
Don’t miss rock trio Seether at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets $33 in advance, $38 day of. 
The 2nd Annual New England Country Music Festival presented by The Harbor Agency takes place at Redhook Brewery and Pub (1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth) on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 2 to 10 p.m. The lineup features musicians from around New England as well as musicians from Nashville. Tickets $40 for general admission and $45 for access to the pit area in front of the stage. Visit facebook.com for more information or tinyurl.com/necmharbor for tickets.
Rock band O.A.R. performs at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $46.25 in advance, $51.25 the day of the show. 
See Rich Robinson, formerly of the Black Crowes, and his band at the Tupelo Music Hall on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $50.
See up-and-coming country artist Hunter Hayes at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $40 in advance, $45 the day of the show. 
Don’t miss Shinedown and Halestorm at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Friday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34.75.
Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke performs at The Flying Monkey on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.
Roomful of Blues will be at the Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35. 
Catch Goo Goo Dolls and Collective Soul at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
Blues rockers the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band perform at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $22 to $40. 
Catch singer-songwriter Anders Osborne at The Flying Monkey on Friday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
Grammy-winning country trio The Band Perry will be at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $60 to $90. 
Catch Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $31 in advance, $36 the day of the show. 
See Train at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34.75.
Needtobreathe takes the stage with Mat Kearney and John Mark McMillan at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30.75.
Donavon Frankenreiter performs at The Flying Monkey on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27.
See Grammy-winning folk-pop group The Kingston Trio at The Flying Monkey on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.
Brian Wilson, founding member of the Beach Boys, will be at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
Rod Stewart performs at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.75.
Bret Michaels of Poison returns to the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $36 in advance, $41 the day of the show. 
Legendary music icon Three Dog Night performs at The Flying Monkey on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $69.
Country star Darius Rucker will be at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.75.
 
Comedy 
Tupelo Music Hall hosts a Tupelo Night of Comedy on Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m., featuring Mark Scalia, Mike McCarthy and Paul Landwehr. Tickets range from $18 to $23. 
See John Pizzi, a stand-up comedian and ventriloquist featured on America’s Got Talent, at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturdays, May 28 and July 16, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Make it dinner and a show at 6:30 p.m., for $39.95. 
Live and Let Live Farm of Chichester presents A Night of Laughter comedy event at The Yard Restaurant (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester) on Saturday, May 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a night of light-hearted comedy, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and numerous items for sale to benefit the animals at the rescue. Mark Ericson from WOKQ Townsquare Media will emcee. Tickets cost $30 each or $275 for a table of 10 and can be purchased at liveandletlivefarm.org.
Drew Dunn and Mark Turcotte perform at the Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant on Wednesday, June 1, at 9 p.m. Admission to this show is free. 
Headliners Comedy Club presents a Comedy Night at Bale House Tavern (57 Palm St., Nashua) on Saturday, June 4, at 8:30 p.m., featuring Rob Steen, Jody Sloane and Pat Napoli. Tickets cost $20.  Make it dinner and a show at 7 p.m., for $39.95. 
Tupelo Music Hall hosts a Tupelo Night of Comedy on Saturday, June 4, at 8 p.m., featuring Myq Kaplan, Dave Decker and Joe Espi. Tickets range from $18 to $23. 
Kyle Crawford takes the stage at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturday, June 4, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
See Doug Key and R.A. Bartlett at the Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant on Wednesday, June 8, at 9 p.m. Admission to this show is free. 
Steven Wright performs at the Historic Music Hall on Friday, June 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $39.50 and $49.50.
Comedian-hypnotist Frank Santos will be at Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Nashua on Saturday, June 11, at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20. 
Don’t miss Stephanie Peters at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturday, June 11, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
The Palace Theatre has a night of Seriously Funny Women, featuring Loretta Laroche and Kelly McFarland on Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $29.50 and $49.50. 
Don’t miss Orlando Baxter of Gotham Comedy Live at the Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant on Wednesday, June 15, at 9 p.m. Admission to this show is free. 
Catch award-winning comedian Kathleen Madigan at The Flying Monkey on Thursday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $34. 
Tupelo Music Hall hosts a Tupelo Night of Comedy on Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m., featuring Artie Januario, Mark Riccadonna and Sean Lynch. Tickets range from $18 to $23. 
See Will Noonan at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturdays, June 18 and July 23, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
Stand-up comedian and Sirius XM radio personality Kenny Zimlinghaus will be at the Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant on Saturday, June 18, at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at zimlinghauscomedy.com. 
Northwestern Mutual presents a comedy night fundraiser featuring Tom Cotter on Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the Palace Theatre. Tickets cost $35 and $75, and proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Grammy-winning comedian Louie Anderson performs at Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35. 
Catch Marty Caproni at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturdays, June 25 and Aug. 6, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
The Greg and the Morning Buzz Comedy Series presents Bob Saget at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, July 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $45. 
Tupelo Music Hall hosts a Tupelo Night of Comedy on Friday, July 8, at 8 p.m., featuring Joe Yannetty and Mike Koutrobis. Tickets range from $18 to $23. 
Mark Scalia takes the stage at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturday, July 9, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
The Greg and the Morning Buzz Comedy Series presents Nick Swardson at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Sunday, July 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $50. 
See Robbie Printz of Comedy Central at Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Nashua on Saturday, July 23, at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $20. 
See New York-based comedy troupe The Tenderloins at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, July 28, at 6:30 or 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $75. 
The Greg and the Morning Buzz Comedy Series presents Sebastian Maniscalco at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $39 to $65. 
See Tom Hayes at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturday, July 30, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
The Greg and the Morning Buzz Comedy Series presents Chris D’Elia at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $49. 
Mike McCarthy performs at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
Tupelo Music Hall hosts a Tupelo Night of Comedy on Friday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m., featuring Robbie Printz, Andrea Henry and Todd Parker. Tickets range from $18 to $23. 
Robbie Printz will be at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
New England’s king of comedy, Bob Marley, performs at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $24.50.
John Pizzi performs at Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Nashua on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25. 
Michael Carbonaro takes the stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $26 to $36. 
Don’t miss Rob Steen at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
Don’t miss Weird Al Yankovic at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75.
Catch Paul Nardizzi at Headliners Comedy Club on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
 
sporty summer
Golf, baseball, lingerie football
On Tuesday, May 31, the Boys’ Final Round of the NHIAA Tennis Tournament will be played at 4 p.m. at Pinkerton Academy (5 Pinkerton St., Derry). The Girls’ Final Round will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at 4 p.m. at the same place. Visit nhiaa.org for more info.
Perhaps the biggest event of the year at the HoodKroft Country Club (121 East Broadway, Derry), the HoodKroft Amateur Open begins on Friday, June 3, for the senior men, women and super senior men categories. Matches on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, will be for the regular men’s category. Visit hoodkroftcc.org for more info.
Play to raise money and meet Miss New Hampshire at the 13th Miss New Hampshire Golf Tournament on Monday, June 6, at the Windham Country Club (1 Country Club Road, Windham) with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds go to college scholarship assistance. Golfers will compete for longest drive, hole-in-one contests and a chance to meet Miss New Hampshire 2016, Caroline Carter. An awards ceremony, dinner and auction will follow the tournament. Visit missnh.org for more info.
Division I NHIAA Softball Tournament semifinal matches will take place on Tuesday, June 7, at Southern New Hampshire University (2500 N. River Road, Hooksett) at 5 and 7 p.m. and the final match will be on Saturday, June 11, at the same place at 7 p.m. Division II will also play their semifinals and final match at SNHU. Semifinals will be on Wednesday, June 8, at 5 and 7 p.m. and the finals will take place on Saturday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. Visit nhiaa.org for more info.
You can catch the NHIAA Unified Volleyball Championships on Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m. at Nashua High School North (8 Titan Way, Nashua). The Boys’ Volleyball Finals will happen two at 6 p.m. at the same place. Visit nhiaa.org for more info.
Divisions III and IV will compete in the NHIAA Baseball Tournaments on Saturday, June 11, at 1 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively a the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (1 Line Drive, Manchester), and you can catch the final matches of Divisions I and II at the same place on Monday, June 13, Division II at 5 p.m. and Division I at 7 p.m. Visit nhiaa.org for more info.
This year marks a decade of fundraising for the Peter Makris Memorial Fund with the Peter Makris Memorial Run 10th Anniversary Special on Saturday, June 11. Named after the late community leader and “patriarch” of the NASWA Resort in Laconia, it’s a two-hour state police-escorted motorcycle ride around Lake Winnipesaukee as part of Laconia Motorcycle Week. Riders must be ready to place their motorcycles by 10 a.m. and kickstands go up at 11 a.m. at 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Regular registration is $50; VIP registration is $75 and allows riders to be at the front of the pack along with other perks. Proceeds to the memorial fund benefit the local fire department and other various organizations. Visit naswa.com or call 366-4341 for more info.
The New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association will host its 35th NHWGA President’s Cup on Tuesday, June 21, at Canterbury Woods Country Club (15 West Road, Canterbury) with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Teams of two NHWGA members must pay a $140 entry fee to compete in the 18-hole course. Visit nhwga.org for more info.
New Hampshire football fans who enjoy high school sports and donating to a great cause will have their fill of it all at the CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game on Saturday, June 25, at Saint Anselm College (100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester) starting at 5:30 p.m. Game tickets are $10. Tickets for the Kick-Off BBQ presented by Tuckaway Tavern from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. behind the south end zone cost $25. The All-Star Football Banquet at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord the night before is also accessible for a $40 ticket. All proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
Playing their first home opener and third game of the year on Saturday, June 25, at the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester), the all-female, scantily armored New England Liberty football team will play against the Chicago Bliss. This game marks the arrival of the Legends Football League (formerly the Lingerie Football League) in the Granite State. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the game starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $68. Visit verizonwirelessarena.com for more info.
The New Hampshire Golf Association is hosting its 75th State Junior Championship for young men under 18 from Monday, June 27, through Wednesday, June 29, at Concord Country Club (22 Country Club Lane, Concord). Nearly 100 players will play qualifying rounds of 18 holes until the field is winnowed into smaller flights. The championship flight finals will be held on the final day. The entry cost is $60. Visit nhgolfassociation.org for more info.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are playing against one of their biggest rivals, the Portland Sea Dogs, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (1 Line Drive, Manchester) from Monday, July 4, through Thursday, July 7, and again at the end of the season from Friday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 5. The Sea Dogs are a farm team for the Boston Red Sox. Individual tickets start at $12. Visit milb.com for more info.
Watch the youngest golfers swing their clubs at the NHGA Adaptive Communications Junior Golf Tour stops in southern New Hampshire. The Birdie (nine-hole) event will be at Countryside Golf Club (20 Country Club Lane, Dunbarton) and the Eagle (18-hole) event will be at the Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester) on Monday, July 18. The Birdie is for boys aged 10 to 12 and girls aged 10 to 13 and its entry cost is $10, while the Eagle is for boys and girls aged 13 to 17 and its entry cost is $20. First tee is at 8 a.m. for both events. Visit nhgolfassociation.org for more info.
Created by NEA New Hampshire, the “On Course Fore Kids” Golf Classic is a fundraiser tournament on Thursday, July 21, at the Canterbury Woods Country Club (15 West Road, Canterbury) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entry cost is $95 per golfer or $350 per four-man team and covers a continental breakfast, goodie bag and awards luncheon. The proceeds go to the New Hampshire Foundation for Teaching and Learning Children’s Fund. Visit nhftlchildrensfund.com for more info.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats will play against the Trenton Thunder at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (1 Line Drive, Manchester) from Thursday, July 21, through Sunday, July 24, and again from Monday, Aug. 29, through Thursday, Sept. 1. The Thunder is a farm team for the New York Yankees. Individual tickets start at $12. Visit milb.com for more info.
The New England Liberty will play against the Atlanta Steam in the home finale and the second Legends Football League game in New Hampshire, on Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester). Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $68. Visit verizonwirelessarena.com for more info. 
The New Hampshire Catholic Youth Organization is hosting its 59th “Red” Ryan CYO Golf Tournament from Tuesday, July 26, through Thursday, July 28, at the Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester) starting at 7:45 a.m. each day. The competition is open to all state residents, male and female, who are young enough to qualify for the three age categories: Mite Division, for kids under 13, Junior Division for kids under 16, and Intermediate Division for teens under 19. The entry fee to play is $25. The New Hampshire Golf Association is partnering with the NHCYO; visit nhcyo.com for more info.
The New Hampshire Golf Association is hosting its 55th Parent-Child Championship on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester) with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Lunch and cart are included in the entry fee of $125 per team. It’s open to male NHGA members. Parents and children on each two-person team take turns making alternate shots. Visit nhgolfassociation.org for more info.
The 17th Stroke Play Championship, a 72-hole stroke play tournament hosted by the New Hampshire Golf Association, will happen from Monday, Aug. 8, through Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Beaver Meadow Golf Course (1 Beaver Meadow Drive, Concord). It’s open to male NHGA members, and the entry cost is $125 per player. Visit nhgolfassociation.org for more info.
Watch as three area country clubs vie for golf supremacy in the annual Manchester City Championship at the Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester). Men compete on Saturday, Sept. 3, and women compete on Sunday, Sept. 4, each starting at 10 a.m. Teams from Derryfield Country Club, Intervale Country Club of Manchester and Manchester Country Club of Bedford participate in the event every year near Labor Day weekend.
Run around
All kinds of fun races and walks
Enjoy the Belknap mountain range while running in the APEX Race: 5K and 10K Challenge on Saturday, May 28, starting at 254 Griswold Lane, Gilmanton Iron Works. The 5K race starts at 10 a.m. and the 10K starts at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public. Registration is $25 for the 5K, $35 for the 10K and $45 for both. Boy Scout counselors will award fitness merit badges. Visit dev-nhscouting.org or email apex@nhscouting.com.
Run across some iconic covered bridges in the Ididarun 10K and 1.5-Mile cross-country run/walk Race for the Huskies starting at the Monadnock Regional Middle School, 580 Old Homestead Highway in Swanzey on Monday, May 30. The 1.5-mile starts at 9 a.m. and the 10K race starts at 9:30 a.m. Registration for the 10K is $30 and for the 1.5 mile it’s $20. Visit ididarun10k.blogspot.com or contact Clint Joslyn at 313-8526 or clintjoslyn@yahoo.com.
The 12th annual Black Fly Blitz 5K Race & Walk on Monday, May 30, in Wilmot will start at 9 a.m. on Kearsarge Valley Road. Day-of registration starts at 7 a.m. Registration is $20 for adults, $15 for kids 9 to 17, free for those under 9. Online registration includes a $2.50 processing fee, and day-of registration is $5 more. Proceeds benefit the Wilmot Community Association and the Kearsarge regional school district’s track and cross-country teams. Visit wilmotcommunityassoc.com for more info.
Run for your furry friends! The Over the River and Through the Woods 5K Run for the Animals is on Saturday, June 4, at Northeast Delta Dental, 1 Delta Drive, Concord, starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation. Registration is $20. Day-of registration starts at 8 a.m. Visit runcarsnh.com.
Slow your pace for the 13th annual 3K Walk for Sight on Saturday, June 4, hosted by the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. Check-in is at 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m. at 25 Walker St. in Concord. The race costs $20 for adults and kids age 12 years and older, and $5 for kids age 11 and younger. Prizes will be awarded to walkers who raise $250 or more. Visit sightcenter.org.
Work up a sweat at the eighth annual Bow Lake Dam 15K/5K Race to Cure Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday, June 4. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The 15K run starts at 10 a.m. at the Water Street and Province Road intersection in Strafford, and the 5K run starts at the same time a little farther down Water Street and headed in the opposite direction. The 15K walk starts at 9 a.m. Registration costs $25, $30 for same-day registration, and racers get to enjoy music and a cookout at the finish. Proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit runsignup.com.
Run in the Boston Burrito 5K for CJ on Saturday, June 4, in Manchester’s Stark Park on North River Road. The race starts at 9 a.m and the Kids’ Burrito Dash starts at 8:45 a.m. Registration is $25 to $30 for adults, $15 to $20 for kids 12 to 17 and $6 to $11 for the kids’ dash (aged 11 and under). Day-of registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds support the Cameron John Kosinski Foundation. Visit racewire.com or call 860-6275.
The 2nd Dash to the Palace on Saturday, June 11, will kick off at 9 a.m at 80 Hanover St., Manchester. The 5K run is a  fundraiser to support the 101-year-old Palace Theatre in Manchester. Registration cost $15 to $25, $20 to $30 on the day of the event, and the first 250 to register get a free T-shirt. Team prices are also available. Visit racewire.com or call 860-6275. 
Run in the Henniker Lions Club Eye Run/Walk 5K on Sunday, June 5, a certified rolling course that starts at Henniker Community School, 51 Western Ave., Henniker. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9:30 a.m. 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 and this year there’s a $15-per-person option for students and nonprofit teams. For more information, go to hennikerlions.org.
Get your heartbeat up at the What Moves You 5K, formerly the Margarita’s 5K, on Sunday, June 5. This race kicks off at 9 a.m. at The Center for Orthopedics & Movement, 7 Alumni Drive, Exeter. The loop course is very similar to the Margarita’s course, with a flat start and gradual hills and a different start and finish location. Registration costs $35. Visit whatmovesyou5k.com. Email linda@locorunning.com.
Support the Windham’s Helping Hands’ cancer-afflicted families and run in the 5th annual Lobster Tail Fight 2 Finish Cancer 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, June 5. The run starts at 10 a.m. at Lobster Tail, 4 Cobbetts Pond Road, Windham. Check-in and same-day registration start at 9 a.m. A clock will be provided to each runner to track his or her own time. Registration costs $25 for adults, $10 for kids, $50 for families. Go to lightboxreg.com to register.
Run in the Pack Monadnock 10-Miler on Sunday, June 5, at 9 a.m. in a point-to-point course that starts at 43 Highland St., Wilton. The run is part of the USATF-NE Mountain Racing Series. Registration is $35 for solo runners and $25 each for relay team members. Visit lightboxreg.com for more info.
The Market Square Day 10K Road Race on Saturday, June 11, kicks off the Market Square Day festival in Portsmouth at 9 a.m. It is limited 2,100 runners and competitive walkers from the starting line at Market Square and ending at Strawbery Banke. Registration is $40 and there is no same-day registration. T-shirts will be available for the first 1,100 registered runners/walkers. Visit proportsmouth.org for more info.
It’s the second year for the DCF Run 4 Recovery on Saturday, June 11, which seeks to build awareness of the addiction epidemic in the area. The 5K race starts at Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St. in Derry. Registration is $30 for everyone over 12. Kids run free. Visit runreg.com and call 553-1099 for questions.
The Well School 5K on Sunday, June 12, gets going at 9:30 a.m. at 360 Middle Hancock Road in Peterborough. The free Kids’ Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 online, $30 on race day. Runners get a free tech shirt if they register before May 30. There is a $2.50 processing fee online. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center. Visit runsignup.com for more info.
During the Color Vibe Run on Sunday, June 12, you will be blasted at every color station. The race is held at Pheasant Lane Mall, 310 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. The race starts at 8 a.m. If you register online, costs range from $60 to $55 for a team member and kids age 1 through 12 run free. In-person registration is $65 to $70 for team members and $15 for kids. For more information visit thecolorvibe.com/nashua.php.
Grab your running shoes and head to the ninth annual Windham Rail Trail Flat N Fast 5K on Sunday, June 12, starting at 8:30 a.m. This paved, point-to-point, picturesque run kicks off at Roulston Road and ends at Windham Depot, 7 Windham Road, Windham. Registration costs $25 for an individual, $90 for a family. Same-day registration starts at 6:45 a.m. Visit windhamrailtrail.org. Contact marksamsel@hotmail.com or call 545-7217.
Add some variety to your race at the Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, June 12. 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 $100 for individuals, $90 for Nashua YMCA members and $50 for high school students, active military and veterans. There are also price options for team relay. Check nashuatri.com for more information. 
Jump-start the season by participating in the Kickoff to Summer 5K in memory of Dave Cramb on Saturday, June 18. The race begins at 9 a.m. at New Boston Central School, 15 Central School Road, New Boston. The course is a loop around the Piscataqua River. The event also includes a 1-mile mad dash and a race for kids. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for kids under 11 and $5 for the kids’ run. Visit kickofftosummer5k.com and call 204-9162 for questions.
Enjoy the 36th Plaistow Old Home Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 18, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Plaistow Town Green, 145 Main St. Same-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The 3.1-mile course is a loop course and finishes at Town Hall. Registration costs from $14 to $22. Visit running4free.com or call 382-9989.
For the love of ribs and running, take part in the St. Joseph Healthcare RibFest 5-Miler on Sunday, June 19. The race, which precedes the annual Rock’n RibFest, begins at 9 a.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack. Registration costs $35 for drinking-age adults, $25 for youth aged 12 to 20 and $10 for kids under 12. Same-day registration cost $40 for adults, $30 for youth. Visit millenniumrunning.com for more info.
The Run into Summer 5K on Thursday, June 23, is an evening run and fitness walk to benefit The Salvation Army. The race begins and ends at Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua. Start time is 6:15 p.m.; registration is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided. Registration costs $30, $25 if done online. Adult team members pay $22 and kids 10 and under run for free. For more information visit gatecityseries.com.
The seventh annual Lite Up The Night For Mental Health Run/Walk 5K on Thursday, June 23, starts at 6:30 p.m. 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 suffering from a mental illness. Runners are encouraged to wear bright, neon colors. It costs $25 to register online, $30 to register in person. Visit runformentalhealth.org and contact mhcgm5k@gmail.com for questions.
The Goffstown Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the 37th annual David French Goffstown Gallop on Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 a.m. The 5.2-mile race will begin at Goffstown Recreation Center on Mast Road. Registration costs $15 in advance or $20 on race day. Visit goffstown.com/parks.html for more info.
One Saturday, June 25, join 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 on trails better known as Fort Rock. Start time is 10 a.m. at 6 Commerce Way, Exeter. Races cost from $25 to $30, or $35 to $40 for same-day registration, and cash rewards will be given to the top finishers. Visit acidoticracing.com. Email sarah.silverberg@gmail.com with questions.
The D.A.R.E 5K Road Race, formerly the “Aurlow Stanley Memorial 5K,” will take place on Saturday, June 25, at Northfield Police Department, 138 Park St., Northfield, at 8 a.m. The event also features a kids’ fun run at 7:45 a.m. Visit northfieldnh.org. Registration costs $20 until June 1, when the prices goes up to $25. Visit runreg.com or call 286-8982 for more info.
The Smuttynose Will Run for BEER 5K on Sunday, June 26, follows a beautiful course on back roads with a covered bridge and leads to an awesome after-race party with live music and beer. The race starts at 9:30 a.m. at Smuttynose Brewery, 105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton. The race costs $35. Visit smuttynose5k.com or email mike@locorunning.com for more info.
Run for a good cause at the fifth annual Rosanne’s Rush for Research 5K on Sunday, June 26, at 9 a.m. at Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St., Nashua. The race will take runners through the trails of Mine Falls Park. Proceeds will support research for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer. Registration costs $25 for adults, $15 for children, and is free for kids under 6. There’s a $2.50 registration fee online. Visit rushforresearch.org or email questions to Dave Sullivan at dave@rushforresearch.org.
Take a run at the third annual Giant Steeple Chase 5K Run and Swim on Sunday, June 26. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. 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. Registration is $25 to $30 for individuals, $75 to $90 for teams. Get a discount by registering before June 20. For more information, visit steeplechase5k.weebly.com or email Brian Taylor at nhman59@yahoo.com.
Run in the first ever Runner’s Alley Capital City Classic 10K on Sunday, June 26. The race starts at 9 a.m. at City Plaza, North Main Street, Concord, continues through downtown and ends in front of the Statehouse. Proceeds go to area nonprofits working to make Concord a better place to live. Registration costs $35 to $40 for adults, $25 for ages 19 and under. The first 500 registrants will get a free T-shirt, and every runner gets a free pasta dinner at the Concord Food Co-op the night before. Family and friends can get a plate for $10. Visit runcarsnh.com for more info.
If you like beer and running, check out the Red, White and Brews relay race on Friday, July 1, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106 North, Loudon. The evening race starts at 8 p.m. and concludes with a professional fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. The teams are made up of four runners and each runner runs a mile of the course. Registration is $100 per team in advance or $120 on the day of the race. Visit millenniumrunning.com.
Give it your all at the 19th annual Merrimack Sparkler 5K Run/Walk on Monday, July 4, starting at the Merrimack YMCA, 6 Henry Clay Drive, at 8 a.m. The race benefits Merrimack High School athletics and costs from $20 to $25 for adults and from $15 to $20 for kids. Visit merrimackrrbc.org or email m.merra@gmail.com for questions.
Celebrate the state motto with a run. The annual Live Free or Die 5000, established to preserve the memory of Jeremy Graczyk and inspire others to live a life of meaning, will take place on Saturday, July 9, starting at 9 a.m. at 199 Woodlock Park Lane, Atkinson. New this year is a kids’ fun run at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds go to the JJG Live Free or Die Memorial Fund. Online registration costs from $20 to $30, and day-of registration costs $35. Visit livefreeordie5000.squarespace.com for more info.
Tear up the trail at the Bear Brook Trail Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday, July 9, at 6 and 6:30 a.m. at Bear Brook State Park, 157 Deerfield Road, Allenstown. The marathon is anywhere from 27 to 30 miles long, taking runners throughout the 10,000-acre park and combining fast single-track sections with challenging climbs and descents. Registration is $68 for the marathon, $58 for the half-marathon. Visit ultrasignup.com or email kfolcik2@gmail.com.
Go Hawaiian at The Hula Hustle 5K and 10K on Sunday, July 11, at 10 a.m., at the Executive Health and Sports Center, 1 Highlander Way, Manchester. The race is in memory of Bill Kelley, a prominent community member who succumbed to cancer in 2003, and all proceeds to go New Horizons for New Hampshire, which Kelley helped found. All finishers get a lei when they cross the finish line. Races cost from $30 to $35. Visit hulahustle.org for more info.
The 49th Bill Luti 5-Miler & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, July 16, starts at 9 a.m. at Clinton Street and ends at Memorial Field, 70 S. Fruit St., Concord. Visit gsrs.com/luti. Registration costs $15 online plus a $2.19 processing fee, or $25 in person. Visit gsrs.com aor call 863-2537.
If you like country music, y’all would enjoy the Boot Scootin’ Boogie 5K on Saturday, July 23, at the Londonderry Athletic Field complex, 98 Sargent Road, Londonderry. The race begins at 7:30 p.m. and is bookended by a concert at 6:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Drinking-age adults pay $35 to $40, and ages 20 and under pay $25 to $30. Visit millenniumrunning.com. 
Hit the pavement during the 43rd annual Stratham Fair 5.7-Mile Road Race on Saturday, July 23, at 8:30 a.m. at Stratham Hill Park on Route 33. The 5.7-mile course has remained unchanged for 43 years. Registration costs $23 and the first 200 runners to register get a free tech shirt. Visit runreg.com for more info. 
Pound the ground at the Pease 7K Road Race/Walk on Sunday, July 24. Head out for an 8 a.m. start at Langdon Public Library, 328 Nimble Hill Road, Newington. It also features a half-mile kids’ fun run and a 100-yard dash at 7:45 a.m. The race costs from $20 to $30, and kids run or walk for free. Register before July 15 for a discount. Visit pease7k.org or email pease7k@gmail.com for more info. 
Join the Woodchuck Classic 5K Road Race and 2K Chipmunk Scramble Kids Race, which  take place on Saturday, July 30, at 9 a.m. at Canterbury Elementary School, 15 Baptist Road. Registration costs $20 for the 5K and $1 for the 2K kids’ race. Visit runcarsnh.com or email lewis4nh@comcast.net.
The 33rd annual Hospital Days Triathlon in New London on Sunday, Aug. 7, includes a quarter-mile swim, 5.7-mile bike and 5K run. Kids can do a fun run. The race starts at the Bucklin Beach at 9 a.m. The race costs $75 for individuals, $100 for teams and $5 for the kids’ fun run. Visit newlondonhospital.org or email hospital.days@newlondonhospital.org.
Join thousands of elite and recreational runners and walkers at the 24th annual Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race on Thursday, Aug. 11. It takes participants through downtown Manchester starting at 6:20 p.m. at Veterans Park on Elm Street. More than 5,000 runners participate in this largest and fastest road race in the state. The race is followed by refreshments and awards. Runners must register through corporate teams, and each person costs $20. Visit runreg.com for more info or call 512-1976.
Test your endurance at the 48th Belmont 10 Mile Road Race or the second Cow Pie (10 Mile) Relay Race, both part of Belmont’s Old Home Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 13. Arrive at Belmont Middle School, 87 Hackett Road, Belmont, at 8 a.m and be ready to start at 8:30 a.m. Both races start at the same time. Visit belmontnh.org. Contact Jeff Roberts at 491-0979 or Gretta Olson-Wilder at 998-3525.
Support a local health center by running in the Lamprey Health Care 5K Road Race on Saturday, Aug. 13. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Newmarket Recreation Center at 1 Terrace Drive in Newmarket and loops around the elementary school and residential neighborhoods. Same-day registration starts at 7 a.m. and a kids’ fun run will be featured at 9:30 a.m. Registration cost $20 and the fun run is free. Visit my.racewire.com, email at mgaudet@lampreyhealth.org or call 659-2494.
Push yourself at the Epsom Old Home Day 4-Miler on Sunday, Aug. 14, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Webster Park, 430 Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom. The run follows a course of rolling hills. Registration costs $15 to $20. For more information, contact race director Donald Yeaton at 518-232-9083 or dryrun262@msn.com. 
The New Hampshire 10-Miler on Saturday, Aug. 27, gets racers traveling around beautiful Lake Massabesic. It kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Lake Massabesic parking lot in Auburn. Pizza will be provided from Portland Pie Co. Registration is $40 for individuals and $80 for relay teams for early registration, $50 for individuals and $100 for teams on race day. Visit millenniumrunning.com.
 
All natural
Animal adventures & outdoor fun
Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) hosts a Family Fun Night on Native Bees and Other Pollinators on Friday, June 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn why bees are important and what other kinds of pollinators have a relationship with local flowering plants. The cost is $8 per family, and registration is required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org.
Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day. Visit the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way, Auburn) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a self-guided scavenger hunt around the center’s five miles of field and forested trails to celebrate. Look out for field, forested, and aquatic birds along your hike. Visit nhaudubon.org.
The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire invites the public for a guided hike through Stonehouse Forest in Barrington on Saturday, June 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. to observe black gum trees that are several hundred years old. This hike covers steep and rough terrain. Visit seltnh.org/event/stonehouse-forest-hike. 
Explore a variety of beautiful gardens at the Deerfield Garden Tour on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event is part of Deerfield’s 250th anniversary celebrations taking place throughout the year. Maps are available at the Deerfield library, 3M Diner, forumhome.org and facebook.com/Deerfield250. 
Join Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) for Family Fish Tour Day on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will learn about the Fishways’ fish ladder, Amoskeag Hydro station, the history of the Amoskeag area and unique fish restoration projects in the region. Guided fish season tours will be given throughout the day. This event is free and open to all ages. Visit amoskeagfishways.org. 
Hooksett Garden Club’s annual spring plant sale takes place on Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at R&R Wholesalers (1371 Hooksett Road, Hooksett). The sale features annuals, perennials and vegetables grown by club members, plus a plant-themed yard sale. Visit hooksettnhgardenclub.org.
Saturday, June 4, is New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Free Fishing Day, when state residents and nonresidents are allowed to fish any inland water or saltwater in New Hampshire without a fishing license. The day kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week, a nationwide observance held June 4 through June 11 to encourage families to spend time on the water. Visit wildlife.state.nh.us.
Head to the Little Nature Museum (18 Highlawn Road, Warner) for a summer workshop on edible wild plants on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn about safe and responsible foraging, plant identification and preparation and how the Native Americans used plants. The cost is $20. Visit littlenaturemuseum.org. 
Stop by Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury) for its plant sale on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be perennials and vegetables for sale. Visit shakers.org/june-4-plant-sale. 
Celebrate National Trails Day with the Beaver Brook Association in Hollis on Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Old City Trailhead on Rocky Pond Road (1.7 miles from the intersection with Route 130) to help make improvements to the trail and surrounding areas and clean up the stream and waterfall. Pizza and beverages will be supplied afterward. Visit beaverbrook.org.
Join the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire for a guided hike through Harvey Forest to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. The hike launches from the end of French Road in Epping. Visit seltnh.org/event/hike-at-harvey-forest. 
The Derry Garden Club holds its annual plant sale on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Masonic Temple (58 E. Broadway, Derry). Members will have flowers from their own gardens for sale. Visit derrygardenclub.org. 
Lend a helping hand at the seventh McQuesten Brook cleanup day coordinated by the New Hampshire Rivers Council on Monday, June 6, from noon to 4 p.m.  The brook is partially located in Bedford and Manchester’s West Side between Second and South Main streets. It supports one of New Hampshire’s highest-quality populations of self-sustaining wild brook trout and other wildlife. Visit nhrivers.org/mcquesten-brook for more information.  
Kids ages 4 and 5 are invited to a Get Ready, GROW! Fishways Fundays event at Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) on Thursday, June 9, and Saturday, June 11, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Learn how a plant progresses from a seed to a flower to a fruit by exploring the outdoors, playing games and planting seeds of your own. The cost is $8 per family, and registration is required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org. 
The Greater Salem Earth Festival takes place Saturday, June 11, at Field of Dreams Community Park (48 Geremonty Drive, Salem). This year’s theme is water conservation. There will be eco-friendly vendors, food and kids’ activities. More details will be announced on fieldofdreamsnh.org as they become available. 
Learn how to become an angler in Amoskeag Fishways’ (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) three-part Let’s Go Fishing program, held Tuesday, June 14, and Thursday, June 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first two sessions will be classroom learning, and the third will be a field trip. Topics covered will include fishing equipment and skills, safety, ethics, rules and regulations, fish identification and aquatic ecology. Equipment and materials will be provided, and no fishing license is needed to participate. This program is free and open to adults and kids ages 8 and up. Registration is required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org.
Head to Concord Public Library (45 Green St., Concord) on Thursday, June 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., for a presentation on Water Walks in the Concord Area. An excursion leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s New Hampshire Chapter will give an overview of Concord walks, hikes and trails that include beautiful water views. Visit concordpubliclibrary.net. 
The New Hampshire Astronomical Society is having a presentation and skywatch at Hooksett Public Library (31 Mount St. Mary’s Way, Hooksett) on Wednesdays, June 15 and Aug. 10, from 8 to 10 p.m. Visit nhastro.com.
The McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord) welcomes local naturalist Deb Lievens for a program on moths on Thursday, June 23, from 8 to 10 p.m. Learn about moth species and life cycles, see photographs of moths you might encounter in New Hampshire and hear about Lievens’ experiences documenting moths for a Discover Life citizen science project. After the presentation, the group will go outside and attract moths to identify. Visit nhaudubon.org.
Portsmouth Kayak Adventures (185 Wentworth Road, Portsmouth) is partnering with the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire to offer a fun, informative Back Channel Islands kayak trip on Saturday, June 25, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Bring your own kayak or contact Portsmouth Kayak Adventures ahead of time to arrange for a rental. Visit seltnh.org/event/back-channel-islands-paddle. 
The Nature Conservancy presents Nature’s Fireworks: An Insider’s Look on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve (Countryside Boulevard, Manchester). In this two-hour hike, go off-trail in search of the swamp’s “firework,” the giant rhododendron, in bloom. Visit nature.org/newhampshire to register.
The Nashua Garden Tour takes place Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour five of the most beautiful gardens in Nashua. On Sunday, tour attendees are invited for a wine tasting at Fulchino Winery. Tickets cost $15 in advance online, $20 at the garden gate. Visit symphonynh.org.
Join the New Hampshire Astronomical Society on Monday, July 11, for a presentation at Chester Public Library (3 Chester St., Chester) at 8 p.m., followed by a skywatch at Watson Pond (Raymond Road, off Route 102). Visit nhastro.com. 
The Goffstown Public Library is having a skywatch with the New Hampshire Astronomical Society on Wednesday, July 13, from 8 to 11 p.m., at the waterworks property on North Mast Road (Route 114). Visit nhastro.com. 
Manchester’s Friends of Stark Park Garden Tour takes place Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The self-guided tour will begin at Stark Park (650 River Road, Manchester), where people can pick up their garden booklets and maps and enjoy raffles, memorabilia and other activities. Ten of the best gardens in the area will be showcased along the route. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event. Visit starkpark.com/gardentour. 
The Caterpillar Lab is coming to Bedrock Gardens’ (45 High Road, Lee) July open house event on Sunday, July 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. See a collection of beautiful and unusual caterpillars and learn about their diversity, appearance and metamorphosis process in an educational presentation. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children. Visit bedrockgardens.org. 
Stop by the Little Nature Museum (18 Highlawn Road, Warner) for a summer workshop on becoming a “woods ninja” on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to move around the woods as quietly as possible so you can observe wildlife at close range. The cost is $20. Visit littlenaturemuseum.org. 
Lane Memorial Library is having a skywatch with the New Hampshire Astronomical Society on Thursdays, July 28 and Aug. 25, from 8:30 to 11 p.m., at North Beach (931 Ocean Blvd., Hampton). Visit nhastro.com.
Join the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way, Auburn) on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to noon for a nature exploration using the New Hampshire Audubon’s new smartphone app Creek Critters. The app will show you how to find and identify small organisms that live in freshwater streams, rivers and ponds. Visit nhaudubon.org.
Join the Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department for a presentation and skywatch with the New Hampshire Astronomical Society on Monday, Aug. 1, from 8 to 10 p.m. at Wasserman Park (116 Naticook Road, Merrimack). Visit nhastro.com.
Don’t miss Reptile Day at Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia) on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New England Reptile Distributors will put on an educational show featuring their diverse collection of live reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and more. Audience members will have the chance to touch or hold some of the animals on display. Admission is $19 per person, free for babies under one year old. See visitthefarm.com/reptile-day. 
Join the Little Nature Museum (18 Highlawn Road, Warner) on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon for a summer workshop on finding your way. Learn about how to read a map and compass, and how to use the sun and other resources and skills to avoid getting lost in the woods. The cost is $20. Visit littlenaturemuseum.org. 

 






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