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Fair & Festival Fun: What To Do In NH This Weekend

Friday, July 20, 2012

Welcome to another wonderful weekend in New Hampshire! Forecasts are tending toward a break from the recent thunder and rains. The sun will still be very hot, though, be sire to hydrate and wear your sun screen!

This weekend is full of festivals, fairs, and fairy tales! On Saturday, check out the Fairy Tale Festival in Nashua, or the Fairy House Festival in Newbury on Sunday! The Downtown Keene Street Fair is Saturday, and the Hillsborough Balloon Festival began on Thursday, July 19th and runs through Sunday!

There is always plenty of fun under the New Hampshire sun! Get some ideas and tasty BBQ recipes on the NH.com Summer fun page at NH.com/Sun-Fun!

Merrimack Region
Theatre

Saturday

Seussical Jr.

Fantasticks

DMF- Downtown Music Festival!

Grease - School Version

All Weekend
The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

Wizard of Oz

Community
The Fairy Tale Festival
Nashua, NH
Saturday, July 21

You, having the leading role that day as a traveler in an endless field filled with over 40 places to investigate and explore, and if you're hot, which surely July can be, you can glide through the mist and renew your thoughts to go further; to see how far you can travel in one hundred and eighty minutes, and to think that you & I and we will see it all on Concord Street, Nashua, NH

Market Days Festival
Concord, NH
Thurs-Sat, July 19-21

The Annual Market Days Festival regularly attracts 40,000+ visitors. This year, attendees will have access to more hours of programming than ever before. Eagle Square us a new entertainment venue, offering a daily singing competition and nightly music. Main Street north of Park Street, formerly home to the main stage, will now welcome the Concord Arts Market.

Hillsborough Balloon Festival
New Boston, NH
Thurs-Sun, July 19-22

The Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair has become a major four day event since it was created by merging the former Hillsborough Firemen's Weekend and Hillsborough Balloon Festival.

Hudson Cubs Invite you to ROCKET DAY!
Hudson, NH
Saturday, July 21

On July 21st, the Hudson Cub Scouts will be having a blast as they another of their great ROCKET DAYS! Any child, boy or girl, ages 6-11 are invited to join the fun at this event. The children will be building and launching their own rockets on Saturday the 21st .

Granite State Roller Derby Rolls Again July 21
Concord, NH
Saturday, July 21

Concord, NH-Cheer on your local wonder women on July 21 when Concord's Granite State Roller Derby Legislashers battle the Upper Valley Vixens in GSRD's second-to-last home bout of the 2012 season.

Nashua Silver Knights vs Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide
Nashua, NH
Saturday, July 21

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.

Worker's Housing Walking Tour
Manchester, NH
Saturday, July 21

Learn about the rows of brick housing built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company to accommodate its millworkers. This is the largest collection of 19th century workers housing in North America. The tour, led by Executive Director Aurore Eaton, will include readings from first-hand accounts of living in the "corporations" and working for the Amoskeag. Pre-registration is required.

Seacoast Region
Theatre

Saturday

Fiddler on the Roof

1776: The Musical

Lisa Lampanelli

Mysterious Subtext Theater

Sunday
KC & The Sunshine Band

Dorks in Dungeons Playing Dungeons and Dragons

Community
American Independence Festival
Exeter, NH
Saturday, July 21

Help us celebrate America's freedom with our popular festival! Join the crowd escorting George Washington down Water Street, see the horseback delivery of the Declaration and listen to the public reading (complete with hecklers!), chat with historic role-players, step to the stirring music of the Lincoln Fife and Drum and delight in the maneuvers and cannon firings of militias. Visit the Traditional New Hampshire artisans' village, view the original Dunlap Broadside (one of 26 known copies in the world) and early drafts of the U.S. Constitution and stroll Swasey Parkway and Water Street to see local arts and crafts. Enjoy plenty of food, music, sidewalk sales and children's activities, then stay for the town's evening fireworks and live band!

Stratham Fair
Stratham, NH
Thurs-Sun, July 19-21

Come and enjoy all the fair has to offer. Entertainment for all ages daily. 4H activities and exhibits, midway rides, music and magic acts, arts and fine crafts, and the Miss Stratham Fair Pageant, just to name a few.

Kids Festival
Portsmouth, NH
Saturday, July 21

Enjoy family fun at the Prescott Parks Arts festival!

Summer Fun & Jason's Run
Greenland, NH
Saturday, July 21

Community celebration, featuring a pancake breakfast, yard sales, library book sale, open house at the fish pass off of Rte 33, activities at the Weeks Brick House, games, music, BBQ, fundraisers, raffles, fun for all ages.

Dartmouth / Sunapee Region
Theatre

Sunday

Dartmouth Film Society: Sound of My Voice

All Weekend
Legally Blonde

Community
Fairy House Festival
Newbury, NH
Sunday, July 22

Enjoy a lively and entertaining afternoon with Tracy Kane, author/illustrator of the Fairy Houses Series. The program begins at 1pm with Tracy reading from her book, Fairy House, followed by an excursion to our own Fairy Village where children create a fairy village and explore ideas for building their own fairy home. A whimsical tea party will be served on the Veranda at 3pm where fairy houses built by participating children will be on display. Dress creatively to celebrate the magic of nature.

HOPFest
Hanover, NH
Fri-Sat, July 20-21

Get ready for an unforgettable birthday bash featuring two days of great music, an all-ages "dance-in," a late-night outdoor film screening, a deejayed dance party, a beer garden on the Hop Plaza, and loads of family-friendly arts activities-all free on the Dartmouth Green and in the Hopkins Center. Set up your blanket or chair to enjoy music on the Green at the King Arthur Flour Stage or the Baker Stage. Join us for this kick-off celebration of the Hop's Big Five-Oh!

Teddy Bear Picnic
Sunapee, NH
Saturday, July 21

Bring your teddy, tablecloth/blanket and a picnic to Sunapee Harbor. Awards for all bears. Face painting/pocket lady/prizes/free lemonade & balloons. First aid tent for teddies that need a stitch.

Circus Smirkus 25th Anniversary Big Top Tour
Hanover, NH
Sat-Mon, July 21-23

The award-winning, traveling youth circus features kids - 11 to 18 - on high-wire and trapeze, as clowns, jugglers, acrobats & more. This year's show is "Topsy Turvy Time Travel: A Blast from the Past & Fun from the Future." Arc the ages with acrobats, soar centuries with aerialists, jump decades with jugglers, and discover playful, preposterous, pre-HYSTERIC clowns! An exuberant show brings all ages together under the Big Top! The Boston Globe called Smirkus "a treasure." Family Fun magazine called Circus Smirkus "one of America's best circuses!"

Splash Bash Pool Party
Lebanon, NH
Saturday, July 21

Come enjoy the summer with a splash! Bring the whole family for pool games, music, face painting and much more...join us! DATE: Saturday, July 21 (Rain date, July 22) TIMES: 1:00-5:00 p.m. FEE: $1/person

Sundae at David's House
Lebanon, NH
Sunday, July 22

With its carnival atmosphere and fun for all ages, this family fun day is our favorite of the year. There will be free BBQ and Sundaes, live animals, t-shirt tie-dying, a bouncy house, face painting, an obstacle course, house tours, exhibits & MUCH more.

Monadnock Region
Theatre

Saturday

A Duck Called Ugly

Chris' Concert

All Weekend
Urgh! A Music War

The Grimms' Project

Community
Art in the Park Craft Fair
Hillsborough, NH
Saturday, July 21

This is a juried arts and crafts exhibit where the entire family can come to enjoy the day. Art in the Park coincides with the Balloon Festival.

Downtown Keene Street Fair
Keene, NH
Saturday, July 21

The street fair features craft and food vendors, kiddie rides and entertainment in downtown Keene.

Sports Equipment Swap Meet
Keene, NH
Saturday, July 21

Looking for fishing, hunting, camping, water or target sports gear? Reloading equipment, skates, golf clubs, etc.? Look for hidden treasures here. Rain or shine unless weather severe. Private sellers, no vendors.

Fitzwilliam Historical Society Antiques Show & Sale
Fitzwilliam, NH
Saturday, July 21

The Fitzwilliam, NH Historical Society will hold its Annual Antiques Show on the historic Fitzwilliam Town Common on Saturday, July, 21, 2012. This outdoor show will feature more than 50 antiques dealers.

Swanzey Old Home Day
Swanzey, NH
Saturday, July 21

Parade, covered bridges bike ride, games, classic car show, music, exhibitions, historical reenactments, animals, food, a farmer's market and more.

Great North Woods Region
Theatre

Saturday
Moose Capades

Lakes Region
Theatre

Saturday

Alton Bay Bandstand concert

The Mousetrap

Leon Russell

Painting Churches

Sunday
Everclear / Sugar Ray / Gin Blossoms / Lit / Marcy Playground

All Weekend
Annie

Community
Walker Brothers' Circus
Wolfeboro, NH
Saturday, July 21

Come on down for acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists, pony rides, bouncy house rides, fire eaters, high wire acts and much more under the big top tent. The performance wouldn't be complete without popcorn, hot dogs, face painting and cotton candy. The shows tend to sell out, so buy your tickets ahead of time at Blacks Paper, Bradleys Hardware or the Parks and Recreation Offices at the Pop Whalen Arena. Proceeds of advance ticket sales benefit The Nick and the Friends of Abenaki!

5th Annual Lakeside Living Expo
Gilford, NH
Fri-Sun, July 20-22

A celebration of cottages, Adirondack decor and outdoor adventure. Over 200 Exhibitors are expected from around the Lakes Region and beyond gather at Gunstock Mountain Resort. Unique, custom, and essential products will enrich your lakeside living lifestyle beyond your imagination. Premier builders, timber framers, architects, interior designers, rustic furniture and decor, metalwork, wood, and stone carvers, and much much more.

Hazelton Family Land Hiking Tour
Hebron, NH
Saturday, July 21

Join us for a guided hike of the Forest Society's latest conservation project and discover how conserving the 275-acre Hazelton Farm at the northern tip of Newfound Lake will protect more than a half mile of Cockermouth River frontage and 1.5 miles along Wise Brook, home to brook trout and salmon.

Rochester Blues Festival
Rochester, NH
Saturday, July 21

Featured Act: TJ Wheeler and the Smokers! BBQ-Games-Vendors-Crafts. Bring A Chair! Spend The Day! Cruisin' Chevy 100 Car Show 10-2

White Mountains Region
Theatre

Saturday

The Wedding Singer

Damsels in Distress

Sunday
Free Bethlehem Gazebo Concerts

Community
Littleton Taste, Tunes and Brew Fest
Littleton, NH
Saturday, July 21

The Littleton Taste, Tunes and Brew Fest is Littleton's newest summer event featuring delicious samples from local restaurants, a beer festival with samples from regional breweries, and music along the majestic Ammonoosuc River all in Downtown Littleton!

Waterville Goes Country / UGotta Regatta
Waterville, NH
Saturday, July 21

The day kicks off with canoe and kayak races and the annual "homemade boat race" - Ugotta Regatta. Races sponsored by the Waterville Valley Recreation Department. Saturday evening 6:30-9:30pm there is a free concert in Town Square by one of the region's hottest country music bands, the Jimmy Lehoux Band.


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