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9th Annual Uncommon Art on the Common

Saturday, Aug. 5, 9am to 3pm

Parks and lawns of Goffstown’s historic Main Street will be filled with the works of more than 30 artists and artisans sponsored by Goffstown Main Street Program. Event patrons will be able to purchase artwork in many mediums. Many will demo techniques. Free admission and parking in municipal lots. 497-9933, Uncommon Art on The Common on Facebook, goffstownmainstreet.org.

Monsters on the Loose!

Saturday, Aug. 5
Downtown Manchester

Studio 550 Art Center will release 100 little clay Monsters into Manchester’s downtown. Monster Finders are encouraged to share what they discover on Studio 550’s Facebook page. Monster Finders get to keep the monster they find. Enter to win workshops, classes or pottery by showing monster at Studio 550 and show monster at Dancing Lion Chocolate, 917 Elm St., to get free chocolate coin. The person who finds the albino monster wins special prize. Participants are asked to take only one Monster. Monsters will be concentrated in the heart of downtown, namely Elm Street between Bridge and Granite, in public places with a lot of foot traffic. info@550arts.com, 232-5597, visit 550 Elm St., Manchester.  

Rock On Fest

Aug. 11/12
Downtown Concord, Outside State House

Free festival boasts pop-up basketball courts on Main Street, youth 3X3 basketball tournaments, free basketball clinic hosted by Matt and Luke Bonner, high school basketball games, outdoor movie featuring “Space Jam” on the state house lawn, local kindie music star Mr. Aaron, free outdoor yoga session, live music, annual sidewalk sale at downtown shops, ticketed fundraising dinner for Rock On Foundation at Revival Kitchen & Bar and Throwback Brewery Aug. 8. rockonfoundation.org.

Fifth Annual Friends of Aine Kid’s Try-athlon

Sunday, Aug. 13, 8am
Bedford Pool, Bedford

Friends of Áine Kid’s Try-athlon encompasses the three things Aine loved to do all summer: swim, bike and run! Race for all kids ages 4 to 15, no matter athletic ability. Ages 4 -10 swim 25 yards (no flotation devices allowed), run ½ mile and bike 1 mile; ages 11 -15 swim 50 yards (no flotation devices allowed), run 1 mile and bike 2 miles. Fundraiser for Friends of Áine, nonprofit that supports grieving children who have lost a family member. Try-athlon is for kids to try hard and have fun with the exhilarating support of the community, in an authentic race environment. Register at friendsofaine.com. Christine Phillips at 305-3205 or info@friendsofaine.com.

Wildflowers of Beaver Brook

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7–8:30pm
Nashua Public Library
2 Court St., Nashua

Beaver Brook naturalist Rivka Schwartz will present slide program and talk on diversity of wildflowers at Beaver Brook. Follow-up guided hikes to see wildflowers on Aug. 23, 10am –noon, at Beaver Brook and Oct. 18, 10am-noon, to look at last blooming native plants. Beaverbrook.org.

The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series: Creating Memorable Meals from a Bountiful Harvest

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6-7:30pm
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Using harvest bounty to create easy and memorable meals. Menu items to be announced.
Wine paired and/or prepared with each item by Amy LaBelle, founder and winemaker, and one of LaBelle’s talented chefs. This class is suited for couples, singles, family, and friends as well as corporate colleagues. Space is limited. $25 plus 9% tax and gratuity. Register at labellewineryevents.com

Guided Mushroom Foray

Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 to 12:30pm
Meet at Maple Hill Farm
117 Ridge Road, Hollis

Teacher and walk leader Stephanie Doyle of NH Mushroom Co. leads group on trails in search of wild mushrooms. Learn what features to use to safely identify wild mushrooms including toxic species as well as edibles. Bring good hiking shoes, basket for carrying mushrooms, bug spray, backpack with lunch and water. $20/$18 members. Register at beaverbrook.org.

5th Annual Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition 

Sunday, Aug. 20, 1 to 5pm
Holman Stadium
67 Amherst St., Nashua

Rain or shine, features handcrafted beer from local and regional craft breweries, chicken wing competition between local restaurants, live music, games and entertainment for whole family. Tickets: $25 in advance and $30 day of event. gatecitybrewfestnh.com

Yoga in the Vineyard with NH Power Yoga

Sunday, Aug. 20, 11am to noon
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Yoga at LaBelle Winery with NH Power Yoga is suited for all levels. Bring yoga mat and water bottle, arrive 10-15 minutes before class to settle in. After class, join wine tasting and/or dine in The Bistro at LaBelle Winery. $15/yoga, $20/yoga and wine tasting. Note: If you are currently enrolled as a NH Power Yoga student with an unlimited membership, there is no charge to take a yoga class in this series, but registration required. Register at labellewineryevents.com.

Taste & Create: Paint and Sip Workshop with The Canvas Roadshow

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6-9pm
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Enjoy wine tasting followed by creative session of painting with The Canvas Roadshow, whose artists provide all materials needed and guidance. No prerequisites to take this class. $45 (includes wine tasting, materials and art instruction). Seating is limited.  Register at thecanvasroadshow.com or call 943.2103.

The Farmers Dinner: Butternut Farm

Saturday, Aug. 26, 4-8pm
195 Meaderboro Road, Farmington

The Farmers Dinner is excited to partner with Butternut Farm for evening of culinary excellence with chefs Chris “Koz” Kozlowski of Crescent City Kitchen and Keith Sarasin of The Farmers Dinner as they prepare a multicourse meal incorporating ingredients grown just feet away. Diners will start with a farm tour ending with a multicourse dinner set up between the apple trees on Butternut Farm. BYOB event. Tickets: thefarmersdinner.com.

Fifth Annual New Hampshire Permaculture Day

Saturday, Aug. 26
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

The fifth annual New Hampshire Permaculture Day is a gathering of permaculture enthusiasts, teachers and interested newcomers from across the state and the New Hampshire border lands. The day will be filled with more than 30 hands-on workshops, demos, talks, walks and sharing of knowledge on topics related to food production, localization, climate change, renewable energy, natural building, homesteading, edible landscape design and much, much more. Whether you are curious about permaculture or a seasoned practitioner, there will be something for everyone. The vendor marketplace will offer information and local goods and crafts for sale. A local, organic, farm-to-table lunch will be provided. Bring your kids along, as there will be many family-friendly activities. This year’s event is hosted by Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center, which connects people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. The museum embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action based on respect for nature. Located in the heart of the Kearsarge Region, home to a strong and growing organic agriculture and re-localization movement, the museum seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world through exhibitions and programs. Open daily, May 1 to Oct. 31, Monday–Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, noon to 5pm at 18 Highlawn Road in Warner. Admission for New Hampshire Permaculture Day is $30 with the early-bird discount, or $40 at the door. Student, senior and family discounts are available. For more information and tickets, visit nhpermacultureday.org, check out the event Facebook page or call the museum at 456-2600.


The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series – Cheese and Wine Pairings

Wednesday, July 12, 6 to 7:30pm
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Wine will be paired and/or prepared with each item with Amy LaBelle, founder and winemaker, and one of LaBelle’s chefs will prepare each item to try and share tips for entertaining. Space is limited. $25 plus 9% state tax and gratuity. 672-9898; labellewineryevents.com

4th Annual New Hampshire Brewers Festival

Saturday, July 22, noon to 4pm
Kiwanis Waterfront Park
15 Loudon Road, Concord 

Join 45 breweries from across the state pouring 100+ delicious craft beers, music provided by 92.5/102.3FM The River, wide array of local food trucks, a NH brewers dunk tank and “fill the boot” challenge with Concord Firefighters to benefit Operation Warm for NH families in need, 21+ plus event, no children or pets allowed. Limited tickets available at granitestatebrewersassociation.org: $50 VIP, $40 general admission, $15 for designated drivers.

6th Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day

Saturday, July 22, 10am to 4pm

Sponsored by the Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network, 10 participating farms will be open. Admission is free. Self-guided tour, brochures with maps available at local stores and participating farms. Road signs posted to help guide between locations. facebook.com/BarnsteadFarmersMarket/

The Farmers Dinner: Élevage de Volailles

Sunday, July 23, 4 to 8pm
1155 Route 129, Loudon

The Farmers Dinner partners with Élevage de Volailles for evening of culinary excellence with seven highly acclaimed chefs, Nikki Nocella, Evan Hennessey, Ilma Lopez, Derrick Bissonnette, Jake Rojas, Lee Frank and Joel Vieland, preparing multicourse meal cooking over a historic open fire. Meal is served family-style in the field. BYOB. thefarmersdinner.com

59th Annual Canterbury Fair

Saturday, July 29, 9am to 4pm
Canterbury Center
3 Center Road, Canterbury

An annual volunteer-run celebration of small-town community, Woodchuck Classic 5K Road Race and 2K Chipmunk Classic Kids Run, traditional Morris dancing, children’s games on the green, What-Not “tag” Sale, used book sale, live music, antique tractor, canoe polo on the fire pond, artisans and craftspeople, delicious food. Free, with suggested donation of $5 for parking (includes shuttle to Canterbury Center). canterburyfair.com.

Historic Chichester Garden Tour

Saturday and Sunday, July 29/30

Saturday begins with tour of wholesaler, Millican Nurseries, Inc., 187 Pleasant St., then follow maps viewing selected rural gardens throughout Chichester, open only on Saturday, unless specified. Sunday begins with ticket purchase and light morning refreshment, then participants will follow their maps to view selected gardens open only Sunday, unless otherwise specified. Parking at Grange Hall-Town Hall parking lot, 54 Main St. Light refreshments offered at registration, 8am to noon. Farmers market open 10am to 4pm, demos 12:30 to 3:30pm Tickets $15 each day; both days $25. Advance tickets at Chichester Town Library. Information and ticket pick-up hours: 798-5613 (cash and check only). Reservations can be made online chichestergardens@yahoo.com and paid for via PayPal; tickets held at event registration booth.

Manchester Brewfest

Saturday, July 29, 11am to 4pm
Arms Park, Manchester
Tickets: $50 for VIP, $40 for general admission

More than 100 unique, local and regional craft beers, local foods and non-alcoholic beverages. One-day festival held rain or shine. VIP hour, VIP parking, general admission and designated driver tickets available online and on-site the day of the event, cash or credit. Tickets are non-refundable. manchesterbrewfest.com


Reception and Panel Discussion

Friday, June 2, 5 to 7pm
League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters
49 S. Main St., Suite 100, Concord

Five exhibitors in the current exhibition, “Pushing the Limits,” Larry Elbroch, Victoria Elbroch, Lynn Haust, Louis, Pulzetti and Maureen Redman-Scura, will talk and answer questions about “Why?” Why am I a craftsmen? Why is it important? Why did I make this piece? Why is it a challenge? Light refreshments will be served. nhcrafts.org

Food Trucks for CASA

Friday, June 2, 4 to 8pm
Saturday, June 3, 11am to 8pm
Sunday, June 4, 11am to 6 pm
McIntyre Ski Area, Manchester

Approximately 15 of New England’s finest food trucks at three fun-filled days of great food, craft beers and entertainment. $5 admission to purchase tasty appetizers, entrees, and desserts from award-winning food trucks. Tickets available for pre-purchase at foodtrucksforcasa.com. All proceeds support CASA of New Hampshire.

Spring into Healthy Giving

Saturday, June 3, 10am to 3pm
Concord Food Co-op
24 S Main St., Concord

A mini-street fair for all ages, fun and charitable event presented by Concord Food Cooperative with variety of fundraising activities to support participating local nonprofit organizations. Games and family-friendly activities such as petting zoo, face painting and kids’ crafts, as well as food court, Club Soda Band, nonprofit-related merchandise, raffles and auction items. concordfoodcoop.coop/sihg.

Art on the Porch

Saturday, June 3, 10am to 2pm

The village of Contoocook’s 4th Annual Artists on the porch celebration is an open-air event that features the work of local artisans. Shop for unique finds and treasures, homemade goods and seasonal offerings of local farmers’ market. Exit 6 off of I-89. explorecontoocook.com or Facebook

Aromatic Herbs

Sunday, June 4, 1 to 3pm
Beaver Brook Nature Center, Hollis

Go on treasure hunt to find scented herbs, trees and bushes in fields, forest and garden that can be used as food and medicine. Enjoy tastes and smells; make herbal soda, a toothbrush and herbal honey candy; end with game to challenge senses blindfolded. $10 per person/$25 family max. Register online at beaverbrook.org

3rd Annual Fairy & Gnome Festival

Sunday, June 4, 11am to 3pm
Kimball Jenkins Estate
266 N. Main St., Concord

Participants of all ages will be taught how to construct imaginative miniature houses using materials found in nature, rain or shine (held indoors in case of rain). Supplies provided; participants bring additional natural materials. Sweets served at tea party. Bring lunch or snacks to enjoy on grounds. Advance tickets $10 per person; $15 at door. Children must be accompanied by adult. Tickets: 225-3932, kimballjenkins.com/upcomingevents

Nashua Garden Club June Program

Wednesday, June 7, 7pm
First Baptist Church
121 Manchester St., Nashua

“What’s Eating My Garden?” will be presented by Rachel Maccini, 16-year member of the UNH Cooperative Extension and leader in the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators. All welcome. Light refreshments served. Members free; nonmembers $5. nashuagardenclub.com

Taste of Downtown Nashua

Wednesday, June 7, 6 to 8:30pm
Downtown Nashua
Tickets: $30 in advance,
$35 the day of the event

One of best organized, fun, and mouthwatering community events in the state. Each event ticket contains a treasure map filled with taste discoveries. Ticketholders can plan routes in advance based on food and beverage preferences. Flavors abound, from savory to sweet, with 25-plus restaurants and caterers participating. downtownnashua.org or Facebook

Introduction to Wine Tasting Workshop

Wednesday, June 7, 6 to 7pm
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Join winemaker Amy LaBelle for a class focused on how to taste and appreciate wine. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how wine is made, how to select grape varietals, proper steps to tasting wine, wine-tasting terms, how to identify wine aromas, how to properly order wine in a restaurant, how to pair wine and more. Casual learning environment where questions are encouraged. Wine and tasting materials included. $40 plus 9% state tax and gratuity. 672-9898; labellewineryevents.com

The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series: Knife Skills Class

Wednesday, June 14, 6 to 7:30pm
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Learn proper knife techniques in completely interactive class. Everyone will use their learned skills during the class, students will be supplied with everything needed for the class. Limited space; register early. $25 plus state tax and gratuity. 672-9898; labellewineryevents.com

14th Annual Rotary Rock’n Ribfest

221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
Friday, June 16, 4 to 11pm
Saturday, June 17, 11am to 11pm
Sunday, June 18, 11am to 4pm

Enjoy best barbecue in New Hampshire with music and entertainment! Proceeds at the Rotary Nashua West Rock’n Ribfest support area nonprofit organizations. Live music, hot air balloon rides, children’s activities, tours of brewery. Special events include The Beer Experience, Military Appreciation Day, Immediate Care Ribfest 5 Miler Road Race, 25-50 Mile RibRide. Free parking at BAE Systems and Harris Pond. Ribfestnh.com

Farmers Dinner and Wine Pairing Event

Friday, June 16, 7 to 9pm
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

LaBelle Winery partners with Keith Sarasin, founder of The Farmers Dinner, for farm-to-table wine dinner experience in The Wine Cellar at LaBelle Winery. Meet local farmers and LaBelle Winery chefs enjoy Amy LaBelle’s per course wine pairings and commentary, all-the-while enjoying fresh from the farm food grown and raised specifically for this event paired with award-winning LaBelle wine. Tickets at thefarmersdinner.com/event

8th Annual Herb & Garden Day

Saturday, June 17, 9am to 4:30pm
McLane Audubon Center
84 Silk Farm Road, Concord

NH Herbal Network herbal educators and seasoned growers share knowledge and age old wisdom about herbs and natural medicine, native plants, organic gardening, permaculture, traditional homesteading practices, fermentation, brewing and healing power of nature. Workshops, Herbal Market and Plant Sale, plant identification walks, reiki tent, raffles, food vendors. Pre-order plant sale at

Amherst NH Food Truck Festival 2017

Saturday, June 24, 11am to 6pm
Amherst Garden Center and Farm to Market, 305 RT-101, Amherst

First Amherst NH Food Truck Festival with trucks such as Gabis Smoke Shack, Tracy Girl, Hot Ballz, Donut Love, Morning Salute, Somerset Grill, Pomaire Boston Chilean and more. Live bands. Tickets $5 in advance online; $10 at event; kids 12 and under and veterans free. Rain or shine. facebook.com/NHFoodTrucks

Concord Multicultural Festival

Saturday, June 24, 2 to 6:30pm
State House lawn, Concord

In partnership with Intown Concord’s Market Days, celebrate the diversity of Concord region with delicious ethnic foods, cultural performances, engaging activities and much more. Organized by We Are Concord (Formerly Concord Area Task Force Against Racism and Intolerance) and JLiv Inspirations. concordnhmulticulturalfestival.org

NH PoutineFest

Saturday, June 24, 2:30 to 7pm
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium
1 Line Drive, Manchester

New England’s original celebration of French-Canadian classic with restaurants from all over New England. Attendees can sample poutine from participating restaurants as they compete for championship belt. After eating, enjoy Franco-American Heritage Night at ballpark followed by fireworks show. www.nhpoutinefest.com

Hollis Strawberry Festival and Town Band Concert

Sunday, June 25, 2 to 4pm
3 Monument Square, Hollis

Family fun event with homemade strawberry shortcake, crafters, face painting and performance by Hollis Town Band. Rain location is Hollis/Brookline Middle School. hollistownband.info/strawberry


Spring Group Show at Wild Salamander’s Whitty Gallery

May 5-26
30 Ash St., Hollis

The Whitty Gallery at Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center in Hollis will feature work of local artists as they interpret the theme “Life: One Frame at a Time.” Local artists were asked to create or capture images that expressed life moments. 465-9453 or wildsalamander.com

8th Annual A Taste of Milford

Friday, May 19, 6 to 8:30pm
Downtown Milford

Stroll Milford Oval shops and businesses and taste some of the best cuisine in Milford region, as restaurants, caterers, culinary programs and professional chefs showcase specialties. Attendees can vote for best entrée, appetizer, dessert, beverage and presentation. Live entertainment. Advanced tickets: adults, $25; ages 5-12, $12; 4 and under, free. At door, if not sold out: adults, $30; ages 5-12, $15; 4 and under, free. Advanced tickets at milfordimprovementteam.org or 249-0676.

Family Fishtravaganza Family Fun Night

Friday, May 19
Amoskeag Fishways

Some Merrimack River fish travel remarkable distances. Find out who goes the farthest and more on a tour, play fish games, and look for migrating fish in the ladder. $8 per family. Registration required. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

Nashua Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 20, 8am to noon
Nashua Historical Society
5 Abbott St., Nashua.

Rain or shine, large selection of beautiful perennials, annuals, bulbs, herbs and indoor plants, raffle table featuring themed gift baskets, homemade baked goods for sale. Nashua Historical Society Speare Museum open for morning. Proceeds support club’s beautification projects and local humanitarian organizations. nashuagardenclub.com or Facebook.

Milford Garden Club Plant Sale

Saturday, May 20, 8:30am to 1pm
Community House Lawn
Corner of Union and Elm streets, Milford

Community event with locally grown plants for sale by club members. Number of area vendors as well as local musicians. milfordnhgardenclub.org

Bedford Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 20, 9 to 11am
Old Town Hall
70 Bedford Center Road, Bedford

Bedford Garden Club’s major fundraising event of the year. Proceeds used to fund club’s educational programs at monthly meetings and to maintain the club’s eight community gardens located throughout Bedford. Sale includes a variety of perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, ground covers, and shrubs, many of which come from members’ own gardens, and some commercially grown plants.

Guided Hike at Mine’s Falls

Saturday, May 20, 9 to 11:30am
Parking lot, opposite the UPS facility
Whipple Street, Nashua

Join naturalist Bruce Lund for a walk in the 325-acre Mine Falls Park, Nashua’s natural “Crown Jewel” park, to look for spring wildflowers and nesting birds along easy foot trails around an oxbow lake and its marshes, Nashua Power Canal and paths on the bank of the Nashua River. Regular walking footwear is adequate; binoculars and cameras welcome.

Guided Wildflower Walks

Wednesday, May 24, 10am to noon
Beaver Brook and other area trails

Traditional Wednesday Wildflower walks take place through June 21 along trails of Beaver Brook in search of each week’s blooming wildflowers. Join the knowledgeable BBA instructor Rivka Schwartz on these walks. Call or check location on website each week. $5 per person/free to BBA members. 603-465-7787. Register at beaverbrook.org/calendar/

Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day

Saturday, May 27, 11am to 3pm
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

The slimy and fascinating sea lamprey returns! Hold live 3-foot-long fish and get sucked into the fun of a much under-appreciated animal and learn about the unique physical nature and life cycle of the incredible sea lamprey. $3 per person; $6 per family. (Fee does not cover extended family.) No registration required. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

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