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What To Do In NH: Music, & Food Festivals, Rock, & Family Events

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer is finally upon us. The sun is shining, the rain has dried, for the moment, and we are ready to don our flip-flops and head outside.

This weekend is full of fun, outdoor events! Pelham, Bow, and Fitzwilliam are all hosting strawberry festivals this weekend; expect delicious desserts and family fun ! Other food and drink events this weekend include the Anheuser-Busch Hosts Brews & Bites Event in Merrimack and the Farm-a-Q in Durham.

This weekend also marks the favorite, 50th Anniversary Annual Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show, with swappers, distributors, wholesalers and collectors to buy, sell, or swap beryl, quartz crystals, semi-precious stones, and rocks and minerals of all sorts!

And don't miss the knights in armor, music, and merriment at the Black Swan Inn Renaissance Festival in Tilton!

Merrimack Region Events

Community
Strawberry Festival
Bow, NH
Saturday, June 28

Festivities include * Grilled Food *Vendors * Dog Demos *Packgoat Demos *Karate Demos *Animals * Kids Station of fun activities * Angry Birds Game *Blessing of the Animals-10:15. *Musical Entertainment *Strawberry Shortcake! *And much, much more. Proceeds benefit the Family Promise Program of Greater Concord and Scholarships for the Bow Mills church youth group mission trips. Bow Mills invites you to come out, enjoy the day, the people, and have lots of fun.

Pelham NH Strawberry Festival
Pelham, NH
Saturday, June 28

We are going to have a great day!!!The Strawberry Festival is on! Entertainment, food and fun!

Touch A Truck
Candia, NH
Saturday, June 28

There will be many vehicles to explore like construction, rescue, military, race cars and even monster trucks! Lots of entertainment will be provided including face painting, a bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course and balloons! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit New Horizons for New Hampshire. New Horizons is a nonprofit organization which provides food and shelter to people in need and offers supportive services to help their clients achieve self sufficiency. Please help us support this amazing organization!

Anheuser-Busch Hosts Brews & Bites Event
Merrimack, NH
Saturday, June 28

Beer is the ideal complement to food and the Anheuser-Busch Merrimack Brewery is opening the brewery doors to give adults a taste of some favorite summer menu items, expertly paired with a variety of beers. Guests can enjoy Budweiser Pretzel Bites, a Shock Top Chili Dog, Goose Island Honker's Ale Spicy Summer Brined Ribs and Brown Butter Apple Galette. They'll also have the chance to learn new recipes and tips for beer and food pairings - perfect for at-home summer entertaining. The Brews & Bites experience also welcomes guests to take a tour and sample beer straight from the finishing tank in the brewery.

19th Annual Odyssey Science Fiction and Fantasy Slam
Nashua, NH
Saturday, June 28

Jeanne Cavelos, director and creator of Odyssey, will host an afternoon guaranteed to stretch your imagination as you travel to worlds of wonder and mystery. Fifteen up-and-coming writers of fantastic fiction from across the United States and Canada will read their original short stories, each five minutes or less in length. Hear tomorrow's classic science fiction, fantasy, and horror today.

CHaD NH East - West High School All-Star Football Game
Manchester, NH
Saturday, June 28

NH high school all-star football players meet head to head in a clash of East vs. West for the kids at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).

Concord Heights Community Old Home Day
Concord, NH
Saturday, June 28

Parade, food, music, awards, bakeoff, activities, face painting, carnival games, contests, and more!

Seacoast Region Events

Community
Farm-a-Q
Durham, NH
Sunday, June 29

Farm-a-Q is a picnic-style bounty of heirloom and heritage foods grown on local farms and prepared by some of the Seacoast's best restaurants. Held at one of the oldest continuously farmed properties in the US, Emery Farm in Durham, Farm-a-Q features an incredible buffet, showcasing the abundance of delicious locally grown products and the talent of local chefs. Also offered will be demonstrations, a nature walk and crafts for children.

Summer Crafting & Psychic Knowledge Event to Benefit Bikers Against Child Abuse - NH
Seabrook, NH
Sunday, June 29

This great event will feature many handmade items (jewelry, body products, art, sea glass and more, lots of vendors like Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, 31 Bags, and the list goes on. Plus there will be psychic readings, glitter tattoos, real tattoos (valid ID required), face painting, and a great TOUCH A BIKE event! Bring the kids down to check out the motorcycles and get their pictures taken!

Action For Aidan 5K
Exeter, NH
Sunday, June 29

Please join us for a family fun day full of a timed 5K, Wayne From Maine Performance, Rye Airfield Skatepark Lessons, Food, Fun & So Much More! We are raising money to fund research for a cure for Hunter Syndrome.

Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Region Events

Community
Crafter's Market
Wilmot, NH
Saturday, June 28

Featuring: Wood work, organic soaps, fleece blankets, jewelry, quilts, garden ornaments and plenty more! Come and see the amazing local talent! Find the perfect handmade gift! Also, there's a great craft activity table, fun for all ages.

Monadnock Region Events

Community
41st Annual Strawberry Festival
Fitzwilliam, NH
Saturday, June 28

This event never fails to delight all who visit on this splendid afternoon. Come and enjoy fresh, juicy strawberries, whipped cream so fresh it is being made while you wait and a warm biscuit baked by Fitzwilliam's experienced bakers. A drink is included in this wonderful dessert! Sit under the tents and listen to music. No need to rush; stay and relax, visit, enjoy yourself.

Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show
Gilsum, NH
Sat-Sun, June 28-29

The 50th Anniversary Gilsum Rock Swap features more than 65 dealers, swappers, distributors, wholesalers and collectors from around the world offering beryl, quartz crystals, semi-precious stones, gemstone jewelry, and rocks and minerals of all sorts. Displays range from newly found specimens in the rough to fossils, prized collector's pieces and even hand crafted jewelry. This family event includes panning for minerals, a chicken barbeque, a special presentation and more.

Horse Show at Touchstone Farm
Temple, NH
Saturday, June 28

Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH, invites riders to come to the farm on Saturday, June 28, 2014 and ride in the first show of the summer.

Community Potluck Dinner
Wilton, NH
Saturday, June 28

Bring a dish to share and enjoy some good company! Sponsored by the Wilton Community Center.

Lakes Region

Concerts
Saturday

11th Annual Summer Music Series at The Governor's Inn

Community
Black Swan Inn Renaissance Festival
Tilton, NH
Sat-Sun, June 28-29

For two days, Knights in shining armor, music and more can be found at this family friendly event!

Pre 4th of July Craft Fair
Tilton, NH
Sat-Sun, June 28-29

Don't miss this wonderful craft fair with over 70 fabulous exhibitors displaying an array of arts & crafts including glass art, quilts & quilted table decor, metal silhouettes, fine jewelry, hand painted benches, stained glass, bat & bird houses, bling clothing, face painting, hand poured soaps, cribbage boards, wood turned designer pens, garlic graters, gourmet dips, scroll saw crafts, folk art, primitive and country wood and decor, room fresheners, pottery, pillow quilts, & lots more!


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