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JULY

Wolfeboro Independence Day Parade

July 4, 10 a.m. – noon
Main Street, Wolfeboro

Floats will contain a special guest, Major Carol Moore, a retired Marine and descendant of founding father Benjamin Franklin, riding in one of the Wright Museum of World War II’s vehicles from the WWII era to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women serving in the Marine Corps. wrightmuseum.org.

M/S Mount Washington Fireworks Party Cruise

July 4, 7 – 10 p.m.
Weirs Beach

The Fireworks Party Cruise features an abundant dinner buffet, live entertainment with Club Soda + Leo & Co. and a scenic three-hour cruise. Tickets are $58 per person and guests under age 21 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Ship departs Weirs Beach at 7 p.m. and returns around 10 p.m., after Meredith fireworks. Advance tickets are recommended at cruisenh.com, or 603-366-5531.

Robert E. LeRoy Exhibit at ArtHub Gallery 

July 5 – 28
ArtHub Gallery, 30 Temple St., Nashua

A reception will be held Saturday, July 14, from noon to 2 p.m. It has been almost four years since LeRoy started to paint and he is still going strong. He is self-taught and his medium is acrylics, painting mostly landscapes and animals but dabbles in portraits and abstracts. The ArtHub is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. naaa-arthub.org

Outdoor Puerto Rican Music Concert

July 5, 7 p.m.
Nashua Public Library
2 Court St., Nashua

Summer Concerts on the Plaza continue with a performance by Criollo Clasico, led by Jose Gonzalez and playing original music as well as Latin American, classical, pop, and jazz on Spanish guitar, Puerto Rican cuatro, flute, and Latin percussion. All performances are free and open to the public. In the event of rain, they are held indoors in the library’s Chandler Memorial Wing. nashualibrary.org

Bow Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Fair

July 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bow Community Center
3 Bow Center Road, Bow

Brings together services and skills of many local healers and psychic intuitive readers, hosted by Alethea Kehas, owner of Inner Truth Healing & Yoga. Free admission, open to all ages. Hourly empowerment and mindfulness workshops free of charge, sessions available for paid services such as energy healings and intuitive readings. Handmade items and healing jewelry sold. aekehas@gmail.com or Karen Kubicko at karen@karenkubicko.com.

Saturday Nature Seekers Presents Beautiful Bugs

July 7, 14, 21, 11 a.m. to noon
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

Do you and your kids wish for opportunities to learn about nature but have trouble finding the time? Stop by for these “short and sweet” mini-programs and fun nature-based activities. Donation of $5 per family encouraged. No registration required. amoskeagfishways.org

Wright Museum Family Day

July 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wright Museum of World War II
77 Center St., Wolfeboro

In addition to the more than 14,000 items in its collection from the battlefields and home front of World War II, there will be added entertainment including “Mo” the clown, a balloon artist, face painters, re-enactors, animal shows, live music and Squam Lake Natural Science Center animal shows. Off-site parking available at Wolfeboro Municipal Parking Lot, 84 South Main St. $9 for members, $12 for adult non-members, $10 for ages 5-17, free for 4 and younger. wrightmuseum.org

Fishways Family Adventures

Thursdays in July, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

Looking for some fun summer outings for your family? Join Fishways staff to hike, stomp, dig, climb, splash, search for critters and more as we discover some of the local natural gems of the Merrimack River watershed. All Family Adventures will meet at the Fishways and caravan to the local destination of the week: July 5, Forest Explore; July 12, Ponding; July 19, Bog Adventure; July 26, River Fun. $10 per family. Registration required to 603-626-FISH. amoskeagfishways.org

Outdoor Gospel Concert

July 12, 7 p.m.
Nashua Public Library
2 Court St., Nashua

Bullock Brothers gospel group performs as part of Summer Concerts on the Plaza series. Gospel singing is a family tradition for the Bullock Brothers. In the event of rain, it will move indoors to the library’s Chandler Memorial Wing. All performances are free and open to the public. nashualibrary.org

3rd Annual Handcrafted in NH Fest

July 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Marshfield Station promenade,
Mount Washington Cog Railway

Participating in this event are members of the League of NH Craftsmen, New Hampshire Made and WREN (the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network). Artisans will showcase specialty food and skin care products, jewelry, glass, wood products, pottery, as well as craft demos, live music by folk artist Peter Rose, food served from “Choo Chew Café” food trolley. Free, rain or shine. 603-278-5404, thecog.com

Bach’s Lunch Concert

July 18, noon
Nashua Public Library
2 Court St., Nashua

Music-lovers of all ages are invited to a concert by the North Winds Quintet, including a consort of recorders, “the lonely fipple,” alto flute, English horn, bass clarinet and contrabassoon. All performances are held in the Chandler Memorial Wing and are free and open to the public. nashualibrary.org

Outdoor Concert by Jay Psaros

July 19, 7 p.m.
Nashua Public Library
2 Court St., Nashua

Listen to the original music of Boston-based singer/songwriter Jay Psaros who believes that music, like any art, must be created through a lifestyle dedicated to the craft. This up-and-coming performer has been described as a “storyteller of precision,” a “master guitar player,” and a musical “painter of beautiful, rolling images.” All performances are free and open to the public. In event of rain, concerts are moved into the library’s Chandler Memorial Wing. nashualibrary.org

Studio 550 Kids Night Out

July 20 and Aug. 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
550 Elm St., Manchester

Children ages 5 and up are invited to attend hands-on art activity, followed by break for snacks and pizza and kid-friendly movie. $30 for first child, $20 for siblings, includes all materials and pizza. Early drop off or late pick up can be scheduled in advance for fee. Space is limited, register early. 550arts.com

Summer Burger Nights

July 27 and Aug. 31
Brookford Farm
250 West Road, Canterbury

Evening events include farm tours by owner Luke Mahoney, live local music and farm’s own 100% grass-fed burgers with side of seasonal farm salads and vegetables, farmstead cheeses and lacto-fermented krauts, followed by locally made ice cream. Vegetarian plates are available. brookfordfarm.com

“Booked for Summer” Story Hour

Saturday, July 28, 10 – 11 a.m.
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

Story books can be a wonderful window into the natural world. In association with the Manchester School District’s summer reading initiative, Amoskeag Fishways presents fun, relaxed hour of river- related stories. Bring favorite fish toy or share ours for interactive play. Free, registration required to 626-FISH. amoskeagfishways.org

45th Annual Lake Winnipesaukee NEC-ACBS Boat Show

Saturday, July 28, 8 a.m.
Wolfeboro Town Docks

Enjoy the day and this show for all ages that features some of the finest vintage boats on the lake. Registration forms for both the boat show and social events are available online. necacbs.org

August

“Wild Wonders” Art Show Opening

Aug. 2, 5 – 7 p.m.
Susan N. McLane Audubon Center
84 Silk Farm Road, Concord

Artists Mimi Wiggin & Susan Parmenter are back again with a colorful, combined exhibition of bird and wildlife paintings. A portion of any proceeds benefit the Audubon Center. Open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 224-9909.

D.S. Cole Garden Open House

Aug. 2, 5 p.m.
D.S. Cole Growers
251 N. Village Road, Loudon

Admire display gardens, see the 2019 new plant introductions, tour our 6 acre greenhouse! Tour begins at 5pm. Call to hold your place! 603-229-0655. Wholesalers are invited to find out more on our website. For other information contact office@dscolegrowers.com, or Pleasant View Gardens at 603-435-8361, shanaf@pwpvg.com, pwpvg.com

Henniker 250th Celebration

Friday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 5
Town of Henniker

Kick-off party Friday from 6-7 p.m. at Pats Peak with music, activities and fireworks at 9 p.m. Saturday events start with parade at 10 a.m. from Village Green subdivision to Town Hall, awards at noon for best in parade, horseshoe contest at noon, beard and mustache contest judging at 1 p.m., sack races and 1:30 p.m., wife carry contest at 2:30 p.m., tug of war at 3:15 p.m., high school reunion 6-10 p.m., Sunday includes breakfast on the NEC covered bridge and barn dance. To register for parade or vendor space, contact r2redheads@tds.net or 428-6554. More information can be found at facebook.com/Hennikerattwohundredandfifty

Rock On Fest

Aug. 10, noon to 9 p.m.
Aug. 11, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Main Street, Concord

Rock On Foundation will be hosting Rock On Fest for its fourth consecutive year. Rock On Fest is free to attend and boasts live music, basketball, family fun, outdoor yoga, an outdoor movie night and more. This year’s event will take place on Main Street in front of the State House and in Eagle Square. facebook.com/events/213753122714297/

13th Annual Cruisin’ “4” Critters Ride

Aug. 11, 10 a.m.
Manchester Animal Shelter
490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester

Motorcycle and animal lovers alike participate in ride starting at the Manchester Animal Shelter, going 65 miles through scenic Southern New Hampshire, ending at Auburn Tavern. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by blessing of bikes and then kickstands up at 10 a.m. All proceeds help animals and veterans who have been through traumatic events in their lives, come together to help each other heal. $30 per rider and $15 per passenger, $10 lunch. Live music by Miketon and The NightBlinders, food by Auburn Tavern, raffles and more. Register online at manchesteranimalshelter.org

Alton Bay Barbershop Jamboree

August 17-18-19

Read our article to learn about this wonderful event!

nedistrict.org/alton

16th Annual World Quilt New England

Aug. 16-18
Center of New Hampshire, Manchester

Mancuso Show Management, a 30-year-old events production company, is proud to present international quilt and textile art event that displays more than 400 quilts from 10 countries in the 2018 World Quilt Competition XXII with spectacular exhibits, informative workshops and a Merchants Mall for all attendees. quiltfest.com

3rd Annual Railway to The Moon Steampunk Fest

Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mount Washington Cog Railway

Rain or shine, open to the public, step back in time, and twist into the future with the Railway to the Moon Steampunk Festival. Immerse yourself for a day in the wild world of steam power and “vintage technology” in a place where inventive spirit and the creative mind reigns. Activities for all ages, including the Kids Korner Bubbles and Gadgets tent, Steampunk Fashion Contest (prizes awarded), live presentations and official “Railway to the Moon” round trip steam ride to the summit. Steam train ride requires a ticket, 603-278.5404 to book in advance. thecog.com

Hillsborough’s 10th Annual Living History Event

Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Town of Hillsborough

Hands-on activities for both children and adults alike. George Washington is back, follow a battle through the woods, panning for real gold, making butter, ice cream, pressing cider, blacksmithing and more. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6 and up, free admission to all Hillsborough Deering, Windsor, Washington & Henniker public, private and homeschooled students with school or parent ID, dance Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. with 2nd No. Carolina String Band. 603-464-5858, livinghistoryevent@gmail.com, livinghistoryeventnh.com

Monsters on the Loose in Manchester

Aug. 18, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Manchester

Discover downtown and win prizes as Studio 550 Art Center releases 100 little clay monsters into Manchester’s downtown to encourage people to slow down, play like a kid and walk their city in search of the out-of-the-ordinary. Monster Finders are encouraged to share what they discover on Studio 550’s Facebook page and to only take one Monster. Enter to win workshops, classes or pottery by showing monster at Studio 550, 550 Elm St., or Dancing Lion Chocolate, 917 Elm St., to get free chocolate coin. Person who finds albino monster wins free Date Night in the Pottery Studio or Family Clay Workshop. Monsters will be concentrated in heart of downtown, placed in public places with a lot of foot traffic and visible to pedestrians. info@550arts.com, 603-232-5597.

Oasis Springs Farm Tour & Taste

Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to noon
Oasis Springs Farm, Nashua

Summer Open Houses are held for community to see how farm grows leafy greens year-round in recycled shipping container. Oasis Springs is a unique urban farm that uses a nutrient rich drip system and vertical towers to make a productive hydroponic farm. Participants can taste test unique lettuces, greens and herbs during 20-minute tours. Due to small size and location of farm, pre-registration required for directions and reserved time by emailing

sarah@oasisspringsfarm.com or call/text 603-930-1294. oasisspringsfarm.com

September – Save the Date!

Northeast Balloon Festival

Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1 – 3
Hampshire Hills, Milford

Attendees will experience a weekend full of hot air balloons, tethered rides, jump in the basket, run through balloons and nighttime balloons glowing in the dark. And 30-plus of New England’s top food trucks will offer gourmet eats. There will be beer, wine, cider and cocktails. Entertainment includes the region’s top performing musical artists, handmade artisans, carnival rides and games. Free for ages 12 and under, advance general admission $7.50, regular $15, advance 3-day weekend admission $20, camping available for additional cost. Balloon rides, weather permitting, start at $275 and must be scheduled with individual balloon pilots. Tethered balloon Rides will take place all day for $20 per person. northeastballoonfestival.com

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