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What To Do In NH This Weekend: Car Shows & Back To School

Friday, August 3, 2012

Welcome to August! There are many opportunities to get the family out enjoying community this weekend! We will continue hoping the skies and clouds hold back; luckily many events this weekend have prepared rain or shine plans!

Check out the festival weekend in the White Mountains! Celebrate with a blueberry festival, a chocolate festival, and even a hot dog festival!

The rescheduled Motor Mania rolls out this Saturday in Hudson, with proceeds benefiting Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity.

Now that it's August, our minds wander back toward school hallways. Parents, be sure to catch the Backpack Giveaway & ID Event at Tanger Outlets on Saturday, in Tilton; parents will receive free fingerprints and DNA of their children to include in the safety passport in which to maintain the child's current vital statistics. The first 400 children will also receive a free backpack filled with various school supplies provided by participating merchants.

Merrimack Region
Theatre

Saturday

Raymond Arts: Theatre In The Park

Legally Blonde, the Musical

Community
Motor Mania

Hudson, NH
Saturday, August 4

The 5th annual Motor Mania event is revving its engine and ready to showcase classic cars and motorcycles that belong to car enthusiast from across New England. NEW THIS YEAR - Cruise with Motor Mania! We invite registered participants of Motor Mania to rumble through downtown Nashua to The Telegraph grounds to show off your vehicles before setting up for the main event.

The 2nd Annual Bedford Lions Club Antiques Show - NH Antiques Week Premier Event Bedford, NH
Saturday, August 4

The wonderful part about this show is all net proceeds go to charity in order
to provide Sight & Hearing assistance to NH residents. It's a win/win for everybody. Last year over 3,000.00 dollars for charity was raised with dealers and collectors happy and wanting to do it again this year. Specialists will be on hand to appraise your antique treasures.

Concord Arts Market
Concord, NH
Through October 27

We fill Bicentennial Square in Concord with a sea of tents full of handmade things. Participating artists come from all over the state and region to congregate in our beautiful state capital. The event is free and accessible to wheelchairs - and surrounding businesses round out the day. The Concord Farmers' Market is also right nearby!

Granite State Roller Derby Last Game of the Season August 4th
Concord, NH
Saturday, August 4

The game is at the Everett Arena in Concord and begins at 7 p.m; doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the league's website: granitestaterollerderby.com, or at one of these local vendors: Spank Alley Skate and Board Shop (upstairs at 8 N. Main St., Concord), Concord Headlines (216 S. Main St., Concord), Dunkin Donuts (60 Manchester Street, Concord) and Arnie's Ice Cream (164 Loudon Rd., Concord). Tickets also may be purchased at the door.

39 th Annual Show & Shine
Merrimack, NH
Sunday, August 5

Our biggest car show of the year! Enjoy hundreds of classic cars. Benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Nashua Silver Knights vs North Shore Navigators
Nashua, NH
Saturday, August 4

The Nashua Silver Knights are a summer baseball team competing in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). Our 24 player roster consists primarily of New England athletes currently playing collegiate baseball, at the Division 1, 2 or 3 levels, with local community ties. These players will be under the watchful eye of professional baseball scouts with the hope of being selected in Major League Baseball's amateur draft.

Seacoast Region
Theatre

Sunday

Brandi Carlile

Miss Richfield 1981: 2012-We'll All Be Dead By Christmas!!

All Weekend
Prescott Park Arts Festival Presents: Willy Wonka

Dartmouth / Sunapee Region
Theatre

Saturday

Opera North 2012 Summer Season

All Weekend
Our Town

Community
League of NH Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen's Fair

Newbury, NH
Sat-Sun, August 4-12

The Annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair is a nine-day event that showcases the work of more than 350 craftspeople's items made by hand - HERE. One-of-a-kind jewelry, glass, pottery, prints, metalwork, fiber arts, woodcarvings, weaving, sculptures, furniture, and leatherwork are on display at the Annual Craftsmen's Fair. You can meet the makers, learn about their techniques, and purchase from them. Shop at craft booths and The Shop at the Fair. View three exhibitions: Living With Craft; CraftWear; and the outdoor Sculpture Garden. Enjoy craft demonstrations, workshops, tours, and seminars and daily musical performances.

Andover Old Time Fair
Andover, NH
Sunday, August 5

Everyone invited! Don't miss this year's Old Time Fair. There is a wonderful selection of treasures that have already been donated for the flea market. Get there early! There will be vendors there with their own handmade items and demonstrators to show us how to do forging with iron, spinning wool & flax, make penny rugs, or pottery. There will also be chair canning and basket weaving. If you are interested in any or all of these old crafts, make sure to take time to visit their tents. There will be pumper car rides, "kiddie" train rides, and face painting for the children... or for the child in you!

Monadnock Region
Theatre

Saturday

The Jungle Book KIDS

The Tempest

Community
Cheshire Fair

Cheshire, NH

Wed-Sun, August 1-5
2012 Fair Theme - "Hoe down to Earth at the Cheshire Fair" Cheshire Fair is a traditional 4H County Fair. Featuring a midway, 4H exhibits and grandstand events. Grandstand events include Monster Truck and FMX Show, 4x4 Truck Pull, Demolition Derby.

Great North Woods Region
Theatre

Saturday

Kiss me, Kate

Community
Stewartstown Day

Stwartstown, NH
Fri-Sun, August 3-5

A lunch of sweet, succulent 'maple syrup on snow' begins three days of enjoyment. Just watch local people at their best getting together with their hometown friends to celebrate their town's day.

Lakes Region
Theatre

Saturday

Alton Bay Bandstand concert

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Another Tequila Sunrise

Witness for the Prosecution

Sunday
Steve Miller Band / George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Community
31st Annual Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally

Pittsfield, NH
Fri-Sun, August 3-5

This family-oriented event features nationally renowned professional Hot Air Balloonists and award-winning entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Add great amusements for the kids, fantastic food, and the best entertainment in New Hampshire and you have a recipe for fun and excitement.

Backpack Giveaway & ID Event at Tanger Outlets
Tilton, NH
Saturday, August 4

Attention parents! Be sure to bring your children to the 7th Annual Backpack Giveaway and ID Event at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton on Saturday, August 4th from 10am-1pm. As part of a nationwide effort to provide parents with personal safety IDs & DNA of their children in the event their child is ever missing, parents will receive free fingerprints and DNA of their children to include in the safety passport in which to maintain the child's current vital statistics. The first 400 children will also receive a free backpack filled with various school supplies provided by participating merchants.

British Cars of New Hampshire 16th Annual Show of Dreamscom
Wolfeboro, NH
Saturday, August 4

The show features car related vendors, craft vendors, games, entertainment, displays and demonstrations, great food, a playground for the children, raffle and club and car show regalia.

Mouse Ear Gathering
Rochester, NH
Sunday, August 5

We will be attempting to brake the world record for the largest gathering of people wearing mouse ears. We have been approved through Guinness Book of World Records for this attempt.

Soulfest 2012
Gilford, NH
Wed-Sat, August 1-4

"Soulfest exists to celebrate and advance the love of God and love for neighbor through an annual festival of Music, Love and Action."

White Mountains Region
Theatre

Saturday

The Wedding Singer

The Tempest

Sunday
Free Bethlehem Gazebo Concerts

Community
BlueberryFEST

Bartlett, NH
Saturday, August 4

The BlueberryFEST event will celebrate summer at Attitash Mountain Resort and feature a craft fair & farmer's market, field games, bouncy house, live music, BBQ-style food, seasonal brews, and blueberry pie baking & pie-eating contests.

Loon Mountain Hot Dog Festival
Lincoln, NH
Saturday, August 4

If you love hot dogs, then you'll absolutely love our Hot Dog Festival. Along with our zipline, Gondola rides, bungee, we will be having Hot Dog Fest activities.

13th annual Chocolate and Jazz Festival
Waterville Valley, NH
Saturday, August 4

The courtyard of Waterville Valley's classic New England Town Square will resonate with the sounds of The Tom Robinson Trio. The Jazz tunes' sweet strains will act as a perfect accompaniment to some of the tastiest treats available in New Hampshire's White Mountains, prepared by the Town Square merchants. There is no charge to attend the concert. An assortment of reasonably priced desserts will be available for visitors with a penchant for chocolate.

All-You-Can-Eat Firefighters' Breakfast
Waterville Valley, NH
Sunday, August 5

The menu consists of all-you-can-eat french toast, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit, and pastries, as well as coffee, tea, and juice. Proceeds go toward the purchase of firefighting equipment.

2012 Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival
Thornton, NH
Thurs-Sun, August 2-5
We've been working hard on the 20th Anniversary lineup and think the lineup will be among the best ever for Pemi Valley. Many of your old favorites will be back along with some of your favorite national bluegrass bands as well. All in all, we want to make this the best Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival ever.

Campton Old Home Day
Campton, NH
Saturday, August 4

A day to celebrate Campton - starts with a fun walk/race, followed by a parade. Then spend your day at the Campton Historical Society for special exhibits, events and carnival.

Feel'n Top Notch - Outdoor Expo & Wellness Fair & Triathlon
Franconia, NH
Saturday, August 4

The Annual Feel'n Top Notch Outdoor Expo and Wellness Fair is held on the Dow Field, downtown Franconia, NH. the same day as the Top Notch Triathlon. The combined events offer affordable activities for the entire family in the Franconia Notch Region of New Hampshire, thus increasing participation in both events. Littleton Regional Hospital, Franconia Parks & Recreation and Franconia Notch Chamber of Commerce, partner to create this family oriented summer event.


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