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What To Do In NH Last March Weekend: Parade, Carnivals, & A Spring Festival

Friday, March 28, 2014

We waited so long for spring, it's hard to believe March is already over. The weather is warming, the birds are chirping, and events are celebrating the outdoors! If you are looking for some fun springtime projects, read our DIY 'Green' Clean & Recycle Crafts feature for ideas!

The famous Manchester St. Patrick's Day Parade steps-off this Saturday. Each March, more than 70,000 people line the one-mile course to cheer for bagpipers, high-school bands and marching units of all types.

Kids and families will also enjoy a variety of carnivals this weekend. The Family Fun Day & Carnival in Merrimack on Saturday incorporates incorporate activities such as a bounce house, balloon animals, magic tricks, face painting, carnival games and more. On Sunday, the Sunset Heights Carnival in Nashua features kid friendly activities including a bounce house, games, face painting, dunk tank, climbing wall, karaoke, balloon animals, make-your-own cotton candy, as well as concessions, vendor booths and a silent auction.

Thinking about your garden, or wanting to add a birdhouse in your yard? Or, maybe you want to treat yourself to a piece of jewelry, a spring scarf, a new handbag, a gift for a friend? Items like these and more will be on sale at the St. Thomas More SpringFEST in Durham on Saturday! Patrons can also enjoy homemade soups, fresh-baked breads, desserts, breakfast muffins, coffee and tea at the SpringFEST Café. Nashua will feature the third annual Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire on Saturday. Enjoy over 60 booths of the finest psychics and merchants, live music, vendors and craftspeople offering everything from kitchenware to chainmail, including clothing, jewelry, bath & body products, and much more, most handmade in New England.

Find more family-friendly activities on the NH Kids' Events & Activities Page, sponsored by Children's Museum of New Hampshire! Or check out our full New Hampshire events calendar at NHEvents.com!

Merrimack Region
Community

2014 Manchester St. Patrick's Day Parade
Manchester, NH
Sunday, March 30

The annual St. Patrick's Parade is the largest community event in Manchester. Each March, more than 70,000 people line the one-mile course along Elm Street, from Salmon to Auburn Streets, to cheer for bagpipers, high-school bands and marching units of all types.

Family Fun Day & Carnival
Merrimack, NH
Saturday, March 29

The Family Fun Day & Carnival will incorporate activities such as a bounce house, balloon animals, magic tricks, face painting, carnival games and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the TLE Merrimack center for a chance to win up to $175 in cash and prizes.

Sunset Heights Carnival
Nashua, NH
Sunday, March 30

The carnival will feature such kid friendly activities as a bounce house, games, face painting, dunk tank, climbing wall, karaoke, balloon animals, make-your-own cotton candy, as well as concessions, vendor booths and a silent auction. Activities range from 1 to 4 tickets each.

The Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire
Nashua, NH
Saturday, March 29

The third annual Magickal Marketplace & Psychic Faire returns to the Radisson Hotel in Nashua with over 60 booths of the finest psychics and merchants, plus lots more fun for the whole family. Our psychics offer not only tarot and palm reading, but also runes, bone casting, angel and shamanic guides, aura photography, and loads of other techniques. Enjoy live music ranging from classical harp to Celtic rock, and a series of informative classes and panels on our two stages. Browse dozens of vendors and craftspeople offering everything from kitchenware to chainmail- Including clothing, jewelry, bath & body products, and much more, most handmade in New England. A portion of the door charge will benefit local food banks- bring a nonperishable food item to receive $2 off admission!

Nashua Wedding Expo
Nashua, NH
Sunday, March 30

New England Bridal Expo produces the must-attend bridal shows in New Hampshire. This show will be featuring many exciting and eye opening ideas that will make your special day unique. You will be able to interact and explore the many different avenues of the wedding professions we have provided for you. Please come and meet a wide variety of vendors, exchange ideas, see the latest wedding fashions, and let us help you plan your special day.

2nd Annual Chili Cook-off
Londonderry, NH
Saturday, March 29

Tasting, judging, and awards! Proceeds benefit Community Caregivers of Derry and St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

Tots To Teens, LLC Spring Consignment Event!
Bedford, NH
Sat-Sun, March 29-30

Tots to Teens, LLC holds semi-annual consignment sales located in the greater Manchester, NH area offering thousands of quality, gently-used kid's items at great prices. This event is a must for all parents, grandparents and soon-to-be parents. Find boys and girls clothing, toys, books, linens, uniforms and sports gear, maternity items, furniture, strollers, baby/child gear, and more, all under one roof!

Every Saturday Wine and Cheese Tasting Social
Nashua, NH
Saturday, March 29

Each Saturday from 1-4pm we are tasting 4-6 wines and some of our wonderful artisan cheese. Each Saturday is a different wine lineup and our knowledgeable staff will be able to tell you the story behind each wine. There is no cost for this event and it's a great way to sample new wines, see what you do and do not like when it comes to wines, and meet other wine enthusiasts from your local community.

Nature's Sweet Secret Sugar House Tours
Goffstown, NH
Sat-Sun Through April 5

Bring your family and friends. Tour our Sugarhouse and learn how sap turns into syrup. Sample our maple products. Self guided tours of the sugarbush are welcomed. Great learning opportunity for all age groups.

Family Clay Workshops
Manchester, NH
Saturday, March 29

Come in Saturday afternoon with your kid (or a couple of kids) to share the magic of clay together. This is not a paint-your-own-pottery shop; we will actually be working with wet clay to create a unique clay piece from scratch. Leave your creations with us to fire and they are ready for pick up in 3-4 weeks.

Charity Dance
Hollis, NH
Saturday, March 29

This project focuses on installing PV Solar Electric systems in hostels in India. These hostels house children from poverty stricken families. The solar powered systems let these students have more time to study at night, and power fans to ward off mosquitoes during the summer nights. This year, IANH has partnered with the Rotary Club of Hollis-Brookline to raise money for this project. The Rotary Club has pledged to donate $2.50 for every dollar raised. This means that every dollar IANH raises for the Solar Power Project is worth $3.50. Because of this opportunity, the IANH youth group is determined to make this year their most successful yet! Please support our cause by attending the event. The dance is for ages 14 and older. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 before. Attire must be Indian or semi-formal. Donations are also accepted.

Amherst Boy Scout Troop 22 Spaghetti Supper
Amherst, NH
Saturday, March 29

General dinner seating: 5:00 - 8:00 pm.
Cost is $8-Adult and $5-Child (ages 6-15). Children under 6 are free.

Remote Control Airplane Auction
Manchester, NH
Saturday, March 29

There will be great food, door prizes, and two raffles (a 50/50 raffle and a radio controller). If you are looking to get into the hobby this is a great time to do it as you will be able to pick items up cheap.

Animal Calls and Sounds
Auburn, NH
Saturday, March 29

Ever wondered who was making those strange sounds you hear in the woods at night? We'll explore some of the calls and sounds that a variety of mammals and other animals make, then we'll go for a walk to the lake to test out some artificial animal calls.

Seacoast Region
Community
St. Thomas More SpringFEST
Durham, NH
Saturday, March 29

Thinking about your garden, or wanting to add a birdhouse in your yard? Or, maybe you want to treat yourself to a piece of jewelry, a spring scarf, a new handbag, a gift for a friend? Items like these and more will be on sale at the Boutique table and the Home and Garden table! Hungry? Plan on having a bite at the SpringFEST Cafe, featuring homemade soups, fresh-baked breads, desserts, breakfast muffins, coffee and tea. And, the Bake Table will have irresistible sweets, such as cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, and cupcakes, to take home to your family. In addition to all these marvelous goods, SpringFEST will have several local artists display and sell their creations! Original paintings, handmade quilts, and crafts perfect for your home decorating will be available for purchase. And if you are still feeling a little achy from shoveling snow this winter, Body.Mind.Spirit from Newmarket will be giving chair massages!

Strawbery Banke Hearth Cooking Workshop
Portsmouth, NH
Saturday, March 29

Experience the past and savor the results of your hands-on participation in the skill and camaraderie of cooking around an open hearth in Strawbery Banke's historic Wheelwright House. Each independent workshop is led by Strawbery Banke Museum instructors who demonstrate hearth-cooking techniques during the regular Museum season and special events.

Wine and Cheese Tasting Social
Hampstead, NH
Saturday, March 29
Our free weekly wine and cheese socials generally attract from 40-80 wine lovers from the local area and northern Massachusetts. At each event, sommelier and shop owner Svetlana Yanushkevich will sample from 6-8 different wines that are paired with artisan cheeses. Our events are casual and friendly and attract a wide range of people from wine novices to wine connoisseurs. Many clients form friendships here and look forward to their weekly get-togethers.

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
Community

Master Gardener Series Kickoff: Growing Small Fruit
Sunapee, NH
Saturday, March 29

People have all sorts of reasons for growing fruits-to enjoy eating right from the vine or garden; to preserve for the winter, to give to friends and neighbors, and yes, even to feed wildlife. Whether you want to grow blueberries, strawberries, brambles or grapes, this talk will help you get started on the path to success.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Antiques Show
Lebanon, NH
Sunday, March 30

Our 41st Annual Event! 70+ quality dealers in three rooms. Free Antique appraisals 11 AM to 2 PM. Lunch, food sale and raffle to benefit the APD Hospital Auxiliary.

Monadnock Region
Community

Pruning Fruit Trees workshop
Gilsum, NH
Sunday, March 30
Why prune? What are the benefits of pruning? When, how and with what should we prune our trees? Join us for an informative discussion and hands-on demonstration of the tools and techniques for pruning various types of fruit trees.

Delve deeper into the wild world of Madame Sherri
Keene, NH
Saturday, March 29

Please join authors Eric Stanway and David Fiske as they unveil their new book, "Madame Sherri -- The Special Edition."

Lakes Region
Theatre
All Weekend

Hamlet, Rochester Opera House Productions

Community
2nd Annual Variety Show to Benefit Happy Tails Dog Park
Laconia, NH
Saturday, March 29

Songs, dance, original skits, vendors, raffles, food, and fun!


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