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What To Do In NH 1st May Weekend: Family Fun, Mother's Day Gifts, Crafts, & More!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11th! Only a few days left to shop or prepare a way to show mom how special she is to you. If your mom enjoys a family renaissance faire outing, consider entering our contest to win a family four-pack of tickets to the 10th Anniversary New Hampshire Renaissance Faire!

This weekend has many family-friendly events that mom is sure to love! Enjoy all day live entertainment, costume characters and team mascots, bounce houses, obstacle course, face painting and more at Family Fun Day! in Nashua on Saturday.

Visit with animals and shop vendor booths at the Merrimack Community Fair on Saturday, and have fun on the midways in Nashua and Manchester through Sunday. Mamas can browse and purchase some of the sweetest baby stuff around, and meet and learn from local pregnancy & birth experts at the NH Mama & Baby Expo in Concord on Sunday; have fun with fitness at the Children's Museum of NH 5K Road Race and Fun Run on Saturday in Dover; and sample homemade tasty chocolate treats in Rollinsford on Saturday. Moms will love to meet a ride a horse at the Mothers on Horses event in Keene on Sunday, and moms and daughters will be papered like stars at the Mother/Daughter Makeovers & Photo Shoot in Manchester on Sunday.

If you are still looking for that special gift for your mum, check out one of this weekend's craft or art events. Find mystical and magical vendors on Saturday at Angie's Spring Psychic Fair in Nashua, or the Semi-Annual Psychic Fair in Hudson. Browse two-dimensional paintings in various mediums at the family-friendly Art in Action event all weekend in Londonderry. Marvel at vibrant, colorful flowers and delicious foods at Moulton Farm's Annual Open House on Sunday in Meredith, and meet and shop from local crafters in Bedford, Milford, and Lancaster! Also, be sure to visit our NH Craft Fairs Page for more New Hampshire made crafts, art, and other goods.

Merrimack Region

Community
Family Fun Day!
Nashua, NH
Saturday, May 3

Family Fun Day is a free event offered to the public twice a year. A free will donation of $1.00 per person keeps this event going. The overall event focuses on health & fitness, safety, and literacy for children and their families. There is a large section of the event dedicated to health and fitness including free samples of nutritious foods and beverages, and easy and fun ways to stay active and play. Family Fun Day offers all day live entertainment, costume characters and team mascots, bounce houses, obstacle course, safety scavenger hunt, baseball pitching station, hockey shoot-out, coloring contest, face painting, balloon art, princess characters, and so much more.

Merrimack Community Fair
Merrimack, NH
Saturday, May 3

Watch the free dog show, get your photo taken with the Clydesdales, shop the vendor booths, check out the crafts and jewelry, get something to eat and take a tour of the brewery. We had a great turnout last year, so don't miss the fun this year! Rain or shine.

Manchester Spring Carnival
Manchester, NH
Through Sunday, May 4

The carnival fundraiser will feature rides, games and food. Ride unlimited rides for $20.00 with a discount coupon. Discount coupons can be picked up at local area merchants.

Carnival
Nashua, NH
Through Sunday, May 4

The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps is hosting a carnival at the Pheasant Lane Mall during school vacation April 29th - May 4th. The Carnival will be open at 1pm daily and will have rides, food and fun!

Kitty Angels Fundraiser
Amherst, NH
Sat-Sun, May 3-4

Treasures Antiques will be the place to be on the weekend of May 3rd & 4th, for their annual Kitty Angels Fundraiser and adoption days. This event will run 9 to 5 rain or shine.
They are a non-profit, charitable corporation where all donations are fully tax-deductible and every penny of every donation is used in the caring of cats.

NH Mama & Baby Expo
Concord, NH
Sunday, May 4

Connecting NH families with products, services, and education that promote healthy pregnancy, birth & parenting! Browse and purchase some of the sweetest baby stuff around, just in time for Mother's Day! Relax in our nursing mamas lounge. Educate yourself at our workshops lead by local pregnancy & birth experts! Enter to win some exciting prizes in our raffle! We are so excited to offer this amazing event for our local families.

Mother/Daughter Makeovers & Photo Shoot!
Manchester, NH
Sunday, May 4

Mother/Daughter complimentary makeovers! Come for an hour or as long as you would like, and leave with your picture on a CD for $25 (Rights included). The makeovers are FREE and there is no obligation to purchase anything. Customized skin care and glamour finishing by Mary Kay!

Angie's Spring Psychic Fair
Nashua, NH
Saturday, May 3

Join us at the Hampton Inn off Exit 8 in Nashua, NH for an opportunity to receive Psychic Readings and Spiritual Guidance with one of 7 Psychic Reader that will be available! Great selection of well known nationally known psychics, a marketplace with jewels and metaphysical items, and a special Door Prize.

Semi-Annual Psychic Fair
Hudson, NH
Saturday, May 3

Readings are booked from 10:00 am-3:30 pm, in 15-20 minute intervals, the day of the fair. Information on each psychic's particular skills will be available at the appointment table. Related vendors (for the perfect Mother's Day gift) and a limited snack bar will also be on site All proceeds benefit our local charitable causes.

Art in Action returns to Mack's Apple Farm and Market
Londonderry, NH
Sat-Sun, May 3-4

Artists will be working on two-dimensional paintings in oil, pastel, acrylic, water color, colored pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, etchings, mixed media, fabric collage as well as painting on leaves and feathers. This show is open to the public and families are encouraged to bring their children.

Family Clay Workshops
Manchester, NH
Saturdays Through July 26

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.

The Wedding Arrow - Wedding Event & Marketplace
Nashua, NH
Sunday, may 4

A new type of wedding event & marketplace--The Wedding Arrow, the creation of local event company, Rambling House Events and celebrity wedding blogger & author, Maggie Lord from RusticWeddingChic.com will be hosting their wedding showcase at The Nature Of Things in Nashua in hopes to inspire brides and couples to work with local wedding professionals and artist in planning their wedding day.

The Craftworkers' Guild Spring Craft Shop 2014
Bedford, NH
Daily, May 1-10

Open daily 10am -4pm. Free admission and parking. Over 60 juried artisans and craftspeople are participating in the seasonal shop located in the historic Kendall House.

New Perspectives Pole and Aerial Grand Opening Celebration
Manchester, NH
Saturday, May 3

Come join us for our official grand opening celebration! We will be offering free demos of all our alternative fitness classes and ending with performances by our students and instructors. Invite your friends to come try a class and learn what pole and aerial is all about! We also offer flexibility and hand balancing classes. All are welcome.

NH VegFest 2014
Manchester, NH
Saturday, May 3

A festival that celebrates veganism. Admission is free. Whether you have been vegan or vegetarian for years or just giving some thought to your diet, this is the event for you. There will be free food samples, or you may buy lunch (in advance), also yoga, meditation, lectures, music and a children's program.

LaBelle Winery:Kentucky Derby & Margarita Specials
Amherst, NH
Saturday, May 3

Stop into The Bistro at LaBelle Winery on May 3rd for Margarita and Mint Julip Specials! We be watching the Kentucky Derby and serving our Seyval Blanc Mint Julip Cocktails. Make sure to wear your Derby Hats!

Fundraiser Featuring The Voice of Alex and Ani Band
Salem, NH
Saturday, May 3

The focus of the event is fundraising for Emmaus, a nationally recognized community-based non-profit that provides services and develops affordable housing. As Annie's celebrates Moms during the month of May, so it celebrates and supports the work of Emmaus and the homeless mothers working their way toward independence for themselves and their children. Emmaus offers one of the most innovative and comprehensive approaches to homelessness in the country.

Yoga at LaBelle Winery
Amherst, NH
Sundays Through June 29

LaBelle Winery has partnered with Amherst Yoga in Amherst, New Hampshire to offer you a unique opportunity to experience yoga in the serene setting of the LaBelle Winery in beautiful Amherst, New Hampshire! Feel enriched as you move, balance, stretch & relax while being surrounded by the beautiful sights, sounds & scents of LaBelle Winery.

Seacoast Region
Community
Children's Museum of NH 5K Road Race and Fun Run
Dover, NH
Saturday, May 3

The 5K Road Race begins at 9 AM at the intersection of Central Avenue, Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue, just in front of the museum. The course runs up Central Avenue to Chapel Street, up Portland Avenue and back down to Henry Law Park. Post-race activities, including an awards ceremony and refreshments, will take place in Henry Law Park following the race. The first 500 paid registrants will receive free race T-shirts, and the race is capped at 1200 runners.

5K for Spay!
Durham, NH
Sunday, May 4

Join Animal Welfare Alliance on May 4th from 10-5pm on Boulder Field for our pet-friendly 5K walk/run through college woods in order to raise money for the Ethel Brant Memorial Fund which aids in the spay and neuter of feral cats.

2014 Animal Ride
Stratham, NH
Sunday, May 4

Join us for the first Animal Ride to benefit the NHSPCA! We encourage all riders to register, and raise much needed funds for the nearly 2,500 animals who will come to us in need this year. Wouldn't it be wonderful if each person could raise just $100 for our furry friends? Help us, while enjoying a day of fun on your bike!

Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Region
Community
2014 Upper Valley Serves 5K/10K Walk-Run
Hanover, NH
Saturday, May 3

The Tuck Armed Forces Alumni Association, in conjunction with Team Red, White, and Blue & the Fisher House Foundation, will hold a 5/10K Walk-Run event to unite the community and foster positive relationships between Dartmouth College and Greater Upper Valley Veterans.

Monadnock Region
Community

Spring Creative Craft Fair
Milford, NH
Saturday, May 3

Spring Creative Craft Fair at Art Happens. Quality Artisans & Crafters. Great gifts for Mother's & Father's Day, Graduations and more!

Milford Pride Town Wide Clean Up Day
Milford, NH
Saturday, May 3

The day starts at Keyes Field with coffee and donuts, then the volunteers will fan out to designated areas in town, to either pick up the trash left behind by winter, or participate in other beautification tasks such as assisting the Milford Garden Club with readying the town's flower beds in various locations. At noon, all volunteers will then be invited back to ending up back at Keyes Field for a thank you BBQ. The Masons are providing all the food and drinks.

Mothers on Horses
Keene, NH
Sunday, May 4

Looking for a perfect gift for moms who love horses; sign up for Miracles in Motion Mothers on Horses. Mom will: Tour the barn and meet the horses, Get matched with a horse, Groom and tack up, Group lesson with other mom's (3-4 riders), Sign up to win a Gift Basket.

Great North Woods Region
Community
Lancaster Vendor Fair
Lancaster, NH
Saturday, May 3

There is room for approximately 40-50 vendors. Subsequent events will be held every two weeks after this first one. There will be a port-a-potty on site and there will also be refreshments available. Organized parking for customers will be set up. Spaces for vendors will be set up so that they can park directly behind their spaces. All sorts of vendors can participate. Craft vendors, garage sale, flea market, Farmer's Market, and new item vendors are encouraged to attend.

Lakes Region
Theatre
Saturday

Blue Oyster Cult

Community
20th Annual Peeper 5K Run/Walk
Barrington, NH
Saturday, May 3

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place youth winners and Barrington Elementary (K-4) and Middle School (5-8) students. Amateur student athletes who win in the top three overall (adult) categories will get a gift certificate equal to the cash award. There will be complimentary pre- and post-race massages available to participants, and everyone will be able to sample from our "famous" free baked goods and refreshments! Do not forget, anyone entering is also eligible to win a free raffle prizes given away at the end of the event!

Moulton Farm's Annual Open House
Meredith, NH
Saturday, May 3

After months of white, celebrate the colors of spring at Moulton Farm's annual open house from 10 am to 3 pm. Beautiful colorful displays, sampling of delicious foods and gardening information sessions are just part of the fun. Free event.

Chocolate Tasting
Rollinsford, NH
Saturday, May 3

The library fundraiser is being held in conjunction with The Artists of Salmon Falls Mills' Open Studios event. Sample homemade tasty chocolate treats and the name brand chocolates you know and love. Learn valuable techniques from a professional cake decorator, who will be demonstrating her talents by creating and designing a fondant cake in the shape of a stack of books. The cake will be raffled off to one lucky winner.

'Ladies Learn to Fly Fish'
Barrington, NH
Sunday, May 4

The Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited in conjunction with the NH Fish & Game 'Let's Go Fishing' program is offering a 'Ladies Learn to Fly Fish' seminar. This fun and interactive seminar will include education on fly fishing equipment, knots, stream safety, fish identification, matching the hatch, fly selection, where to fish, and a basic fly casting instruction session.


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