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What To Do In NH This Weekend: Egg Hunts, Races, Charity Events, & More   

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring has sprung, and I think we've finally seen the last of snow until the cold starts again. The days are getting brighter and warmer, and New Hampshire events are moving outside! One sure sign of spring: Easter eggs are already being hidden around the Granite State!

Running events are also in season this weekend, and many of them benefit a great cause! On Saturday, head over to the Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in Nashua, the Spring Fling 5K Road Race in Peterborough, or the 21st Annual Ammonoosuc Amble in Bethlehem. Waterville Valley puts an end-season twist on racing this Saturday, with the Last Run Luau Pond Skimming event!

Enjoy the sun and weather this weekend! Visit our Kids' Events & Activities page, sponsored by Children's Museum of New Hampshire, for family-focused fun!

Here is a selection of highlighted events for this weekend. Find more on our New Hampshire Events Calendar at NHEvents.com!

Merrimack Region

Egg-Citing Egg Hunt
Candia, NH
Sat-Sun Through April 19

Come to Charmingfare Farm for the annual Egg-Citing Egg Hunt!!! This year we are giving away over 75,000 dollars' worth of prizes in our golden egg gift bags. Your children will be able to enjoy a horse drawn ride to the new egg hunt location; they can snack on chocolate eggs provided by Lindt, take a tractor train ride, get an Easter basket family photo, and then visit the farm animals all in one Egg-Citing day!

National Tabletop Game Day at BAM
Concord, NH
Saturday, April 5

Join us at BAM in Concord, NH to celebrate National Tabletop Day! This is a FREE event. Featured games include: "Munchkin Deluxe", "King of Tokyo", "Starr Fluxx" (this game will run between 1pm - 3pm) and "Roll For It" (which will run between 3pm - 5pm). We will have some free giveaways during the event. And guests can also register online to win a prize pack which includes each of the 4 games being played during the event!

Art Gallery at LaBelle Winery featuring Artists from McGowan Fine Art
Amherst, NH
Through May 31

LaBelle Winery partners with McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord to showcase artists in our Gallery space. The pieces in each collection are available for sale.

Nature Poetry
Auburn, NH
Saturday, April 5

The Romantic Era in Britain was an influential literary period famous for nature poetry. Come listen to students from Southern New Hampshire University's Romantic Literature class recite nature poems by Romantics such as Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats. A brief discussion will follow the readings. Light refreshments will be served.

Earth Day 5K Run/Walk
Nashua, NH
Saturday, April 5

Prizes will be awarded to runners in various categories, and many items will be included in a raffle on the day of the race. The course will begin and end at the Memorial Hall Parking Lot at the intersection of Clement and South Main Streets, Nashua. Sponsors and environmental organizations will be on-site with educational displays.

Dough Raiser at Uno Chicago Grill Amherst St. Nashua, NH for Autism Speaks
Nashua, NH
Through Saturday, April 5

Uno Chicago Grill Amherst Street Nashua is holding a Dough Raiser, bring the attached ticket, present it to your server order your meals and enjoy and they will donate 15% of proceeds to Autism Speaks.

"Dine, Wine and Deception....a Weekend (or Evening) to Die For"
Henniker, NH
Sunday, April 6

Forget what you know about Murder Mystery events...this one is totally unique and put together by Movie, Broadway and TV pros! Hosted at the Colby Hill Inn in Henniker, NH, Jason Downs and Sophia Raab Downs, graduates of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts whose credits include Law & Order, Hairspray, Romeo & Juliet and Saturday Night Live orchestrate an intrigue woven Murder Mystery where you participate! The evening begins with wine and hors d'ouevres and the "knife game" as a warm up (don't worry, it's safe!). Each guest receives a packet with their character information in advance and then as the evening unfolds, the intrigue begins. The event includes wine and hors d'ouevres, a champagne toast kick off of the Murder Mystery along with a three course dinner and awards ceremony.

Electronics Recycling Benefiting Cub Scout Pack 21
Hudson, NH
Saturday, April 5

Recycle your electronics for less than Pinard charges at the Pack 21 Electronics Recycling day. Bring your cast-off computers, TV's, laptops, printers, XBOX's, etc, and get them properly recycled. There is a charge depending on item & weight. This is a fund raiser for the Cub Scouts.

Nature's Sweet Secret Sugar House Tours
Goffstown, NH
Saturday, 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, April 5

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.

8th Annual Silent Auction & Dessert Buffet
Merrimack, NH
Saturday, April 5

Come bid on items donated by local and regional businesses and munch on homemade baked goods, all to support Boy Scout Troop 401 programs.

Spring Fling Art Show and Sale
Salem, NH
Saturday, April 5

All proceeds of the event will go to supporting the GSAA and will fund a scholarship for a promising local art student. Those in attendance can meet with the artists and get to know each one. They can also walk the exhibit of paintings offered for competition. Adult and student artists compete for ribbons and prizes. There will be a "cookie walk" and a raffle. The cookie walk has become one of the most popular activities of this event. Attendees have the opportunity to buy a box of homemade cookies for $5.00 and enter our raffle for chances to win art and other great prizes. The event will also feature live music as well as refreshments and ample parking at the school.

Windham Woman's Club Spring Craft Fair
Windham, NH
Saturday, April 5

More than 60 crafters will display their hand-made items: jewelry, baby items, glass art, woodworking, doll & dog clothes, home decor, sweets, jams, photography and much more! Free Admission & Free Parking! Bake Sale & Raffles! Face Painting! Join the fun and browse for unique, hand-crafted items for Easter, Mother's Day, graduations, spring and summer weddings, baby and wedding showers, and other occasions! Proceeds from the Craft Fair will benefit the Windham Woman's Club Scholarship Fund, as well as other community projects.

Vendor Fair
Nashua, NH
Saturday, April 5

Silent auction! Youth-sponsored pancake breakfast, and pizza luncheon! This event raises funds for Vacation Bible School, Christian Education, and youth mission projects.

Every Saturday Wine and Cheese Tasting Social
Nashua, NH
Saturday, April 5

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.

Tick Talk
Hollis, NH
Sunday, April 6

FREE presentation to the public on ticks and Lyme disease. Learn where ticks live, how to identify them, and how to manage your clothing, pets and yards to reduce exposure. Ted St. Amand is the presenter and Beaver Brook staff will demonstrate how to treat your clothing to repel ticks.

Seacoast Region

Children's Museum of NH Kids' Consignment Sale
Dover, NH
Sat-Sun, April 5-6

Parents from New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts have been cleaning out their closets in a big way in anticipation of The Children's Museum of NH's Spring Consignment Sale. Thousands of items will be up for sale on April 5 and 6 at the Hellenic Center in Dover. All of these items, for babies to teens, have been consigned by families who will split the profits with the Children's Museum. Sunday's sale will feature half-price markdowns on many items. Items for sale include good quality children's clothes, baby clothes and gear, footwear, toys, strollers, nursery furniture and decor, sports equipment, books, music, and videos at outstanding prices. Maternity wear will also be available.

Kidgits Easter Eggstravaganza at the Mall at Fox Run!
Newington, NH
Saturday, April 5

Join us Saturday, April 5th for our Kidgits Easter Eggstravaganza in Sears Center Court! Spend some quality time with the Easter Bunny, followed by an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

Children's Book Launch: "Even Monsters"
Dover, NH
Sunday, April 6

On Sunday, April 6 at 1 pm, author and illustrator AJ Smith will visit the Children's Museum of New Hampshire to introduce his new book, Even Monsters. Smith, who resides in Newburyport, MA, teaches area and creates cartoons for shows like Sesame Street and Courage the Cowardly Dog. He enjoys writing and illustrating stories for kids. His newest picture book, Even Monsters, shows kids that even monsters put on clean underwear every morning and need a kiss goodnight before bed.

Discovering Europe Craft Fair and Flea Market
Hampton, NH
Saturday, April 5

This event is raising funds for our trip to Europe with the People to People Student Ambassador Group. Our students will be travelling from Rome to Paris for 19 days in July and must work to pay their way. We are still looking for vendors, so if interested please contact me! We have vendors such as Origami Owl, Grace Adele, Mary Kay and many more... We also have handmade crafts such as American Doll Clothing, note cards and crochet!

45th Annual Exeter Area Lions Club Charity Auction
Exeter, NH
Saturday, April 5

Raffles and door prize. Bring a pet food donation for the NHSPCA for an extra door prize entry. Monies raised benefit food baskets, eyeglasses and hearing aids, scholarships and other Lions charities. Donations of goods or services gladly accepted prior to the auction.

Wine and Cheese Tasting Social
Hampstead, NH
Saturday, April 5

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.

Discover Girl Scouts in Dover
Dover, NH
Saturday, April 5

When you just can't wait for what you'll do next, you can do anything!
At Girl Scouts, girls are always counting down to the next adventure they'll go on together. With us, you'll make a bunch of new friends and have a ton of new experiences that show you how exciting the world is, and how awesome you are, over and over again.

Monadnock Region
Spring Fling 5K Road Race
Peterborough, NH
Saturday, April 5

The Conval Track & Field team will be hosting a 5k road race starting from the Conval high school parking lot in Peterborough. Timing will be provided by Tri-State Racing. Many local raffle prizes.

Spring Vendor and Craft Fair
Derry, NH
Sunday, April 6

Shop from all of your favorite vendors and crafters under one roof. I am still looking for some homemade crafters.

Great North Woods Region
Lancaster Vendor Fair
Lancaster, NH
Saturday, April 5

All types of vendors can participate. Crafts, farmers market, garage sales, flea market, and any new items can be sold. Items that cannot be sold are firearms, fireworks, liquor, drugs, and of course no children.

Lakes Region
Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers' Market
Rollinsford, NH
Saturday, April 5

Farmers, fishermen and food producers will be indoors selling their vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, fish and shrimp, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, take-home meals, and more!

Meredith & Lakes Region Bridal Expo
Meredith, NH
Sunday, April 6

Don't miss the largest and most elegant Bridal Show in New Hampshire in one of the most beautiful settings in the Lake Region. See the latest gowns, tuxedos and aisle upon aisle of exhibits by the area's leading wedding professionals.

White Mountains Region
Last Run Luau Pond Skimming
Waterville Valley, NH
Saturday, April 5

Registration will be in the morning with the race starting in the early afternoon so come early, sign up, take a few slushy runs then head over to the "pond"! Apres and Awards will follow on the Bucket's deck with live music and beer specials!

21st Annual Ammonoosuc Amble
Bethlehem, NH
Saturday, April 5

We never know what the weather will be at the beginning of April, but we can be sure a good time will be had by all at the first big race of the season. There are FREE commemorative t-shirts for all race participants and prizes for top finishers and top fund raisers. Net proceeds from the event will once again go directly to ACHS' oral health initiative, miles for smiles, to bring much needed oral health care to the North Country!

Wedding Expo
Thornton, NH
Sunday, April 6

Don't miss the largest and most elegant Bridal Show in New Hampshire in one of the most beautiful settings in the Lake Region. See the latest gowns, tuxedos and aisle upon aisle of exhibits by the area's leading wedding professionals.


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