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Events in New Hampshire in 2014 -- Music & live theater; year-round outdoor adventure in the White Mountains; fun family activities; fun dining in historic Portsmouth; arts & crafts shows; shopping for antiques and crafts; fireworks; fairs & festivals; and great things to do.

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Purity Spring Resort Artisan Workshop Weekend -- East Madison, NH
September 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014
1251 New Hampshire Route 153, East Madison
This creative retreat offers a variety of workshops hosted by experienced artisans, in addition to an artisan fair that will be held throughout the weekend. From a glass blowing class to a basket weaving glass with Janet Johnson, there is sure to be a workshop that appeals to everyone’s inner artist.
Time : Friday dinner through Sunday lunch
Admission : $189 per person
Event Website
Phone : 603-367-4029


Beaver Brook Fall Festival, Art, and Photography Show 2014 -- Hollis, NH
September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis
The festival is held at a scenic old farm and nature center and includes a nature-themed art and photography show in old barns. Come enjoy the artwork of 71 regional artists and see the live birds of prey, owls and mammal presentations. Enjoy live music, guided hikes, garden tours, a pumpkin trail, wildlife museum, kids crafts, tasty treats and herb and flower arrangements provided by the Maple Hill Gardeners. Free to the public.
Time : 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Event Website
Phone : 603-465-7787


Autumn Craft Festival --Meredith
October 4, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Mill Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith
Over 100 juried craftsmen and -women will display and sell their American made arts and crafts. Specialty food sampling and live musical entertainment each day. Gorgeous fall foliage completes this picture perfect New England event.
Time : Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission : Free admission
Event Website
Phone : 603-332-2616


Fall Craft Festival -- Lincoln NH
October 11, 2014 to October 13, 2014
Village Shops, & Town Green, 138 Main Street, Lincoln
More than 150 juried artisans from over 15 states will display and sell traditional American made arts, crafts, and specialty foods. Live musical entertainment and craft demonstrations daily.
Time : Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission : Free Admission
Event Website
Phone : 603-332-2616


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CHILDREN & FAMILIES top of events
Fairy House Tours -- Portsmouth, NH
September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014
Downtown Portsmouth
Take a tour through various Portsmouth gardens and historic homes with entry to Strawbery Banke, Prescott Park, the Wentworth Gardner, and Tobias Lear Houses.
Time : 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Event Website


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Comedian Tig Notaro -- Plymouth, NH
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014
Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University, Plymouth
Tig Notaro is busier than she’s ever been doing stand-up, appearing frequently on Conan, recording her popular podcast Professor Blastoff and appearing in In a World, Shreveport, and Walk of Shame.
Time : 8:30 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $30; seniors, $28; youth, $15
Event Website
Phone : 603-535-2787


Comedian Ron White -- Portsmouth, NH
October 5, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth
Ron “Tater Salad” White is a classic storyteller, with tales lifted from real life—from the time he was a boy growing up in a small town in the middle of Texas oil country, to selling windows for a living in Arlington, to performing in sold-out theaters and arenas as a headlining comedian all across America.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $78; $65
Event Website
Phone : 603-436-2400


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Farm Games at Stonewall Farm -- Keene, NH
September 21, 2014 to September 21, 2014
Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Road, Keene
Farm Games is a cross between a Tough Mudder challenge and Scottish Highland games where teams of six compete in farm-themed contests and an obstacle course. Events are the Baleage Roll, the Sheaf Toss, Apple AtlAtl, a Bucket Brigade, and an obstacle course The games are open to the public, and are free for spectators. Register your team online here by September 19; $30 per team of six. Spectators can enjor Stonewall Farm ice cream and food; and hayrides from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spectator challenges will be set up all day for the public, free of charge.
Time : 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Event Website
Phone : 603-357-7278


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FOOD, WINE, BEER top of events
Oktoberfest with Anheuser-Busch -- Merrimack NH
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014
Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack
Anheuser-Busch hosts a jobial Oktoberfest to benefit Symphony NH. Enjoy a choice of seasonal brews and year-round favorites on tap alongside German foods like bratwurst and strudel. Festive traditional music will make you feel like you’re in a Bavarian Biergarten. The $40 admission price includes food, beverages, and live entertainment. For an additional $10, take an after-hours Brewery Tour. Reservations are recommended.
Time : 6-10 p.m.
Admission : $40
Event Website


The New Hampshire Food Truck Festival -- Portsmouth, NH
October 5, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth
At least 20 food trucks will serve delectables like seafood, barbecue, grilled cheese and other imaginative sandwiches, cupcakes, whoopee pies, bacon, and more. Each festival will have children’s activities, live entertainment, places to sample food and drink. Admission tickets will be available online.
Time : 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $5; children age 12 and younger, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-782-7117


The New Hampshire Food Truck Festival -- Portsmouth, NH
October 5, 2014 to October 5, 2014
Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth
At least 20 food trucks will serve delectables like seafood, barbecue, grilled cheese and other imaginative sandwiches, cupcakes, whoopee pies, bacon, and more. Each festival will have children’s activities, live entertainment, places to sample food and drink. Admission tickets will be available online.
Time : 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $5; children age 12 and younger, free
Event Website
Phone : 617-782-7117


Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival -- Portsmouth, NH
October 11, 2014 to October 11, 2014
Prescott Park, Marcy Street, Portsmouth
The Chili-Cook off presents 13 restaurants from the Seacoast and beyond that will serve up their best chili in decorated booths for thousands of attendees to sample.
Time : 11:30 a.m.- ‘til the Chili is gone
Event Website


ChocolateFest 2014 -- Newbury NH
October 19, 2014 to October 19, 2014
1398 Route 103, Newbury
Some of the area’s most celebrated chocolatiers and pastry chefs will come together to display their creations all made from chocolate! Participants can see the magnificent chocolate displays and sample chocolate during the event.
Time : noon
Admission : to be determined
Event Website
Phone : 603-526-6575


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HISTORIC top of events
Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village -- Canterbury, NH
October 25, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury
Spend a crisp autumn evening on a historic, 200-year-old Shaker Village property, trick or treating, sipping cider, and enjoying the spooky ghost tales of locals. This event features Halloween fun and games, and is costume optional.
Time : 3-8 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $12; kids ages 6-17, $6
Event Website
Phone : 603-783-9511


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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn -- Plymouth, NH
September 20, 2014 to September 20, 2014
The Flying Monkey, 39 S. Main Street, Plymouth
Together, Fleck and Washburn employ the relatively rare three-finger and claw hammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat and one heck of a live show.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : Tickets start at $54
Event Website
Phone : 603-536-2551


Pink Martini in concert -- Portsmouth, NH
September 23, 2014 to September 23, 2014
Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth
Pink Martini, a self described “little orchestra,” can effortlessly go from classical songs to Latin songs and back to classic pop. From the iconic title track to the Italian “Kuroneko no Tango” they transition flawlessly through cultures and genres.
Time : 7:30 p.m. $68, $55, $25
Admission : $68, $55, $25
Event Website
Phone : 603-436-2400


Linda Eder -- Keene, NH
September 27, 2014 to September 27, 2014
The Colonial Theatre, 95 Main Street, Keene
Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. This is a rescheduled date; tickets from April will be honored at the performance in September.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $65, $61, $49
Event Website
Phone : 603-352-2033


Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival -- Portsmouth, NH
September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014
Market Square, Portsmouth
Friday's highlights include a traditional jam session open to musicians and fans of Irish, Scottish, English and American folk music. Saturday brings a "Roving Shanty Around Town", or a vibrant local parade of folk musicians, maritime singers and shantymen. Other highlights of this festival include multiple public "Open Sings", where anyone can attend and sing along, as well as live concerts aplenty and refreshments for visitors.
Time : Friday, 4 - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 5:30 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website


Red Sky Mary with Watts -- Rochester NH
October 3, 2014 to October 3, 2014
Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester
Red Sky Mary produces fire-driven rock 'n' roll combined with early 70s high voltage swagger. Boston based, classic rock band Watts returns to the music scene "reconfigured, re-vamped and re-amped.” Cash bar. Handicap accessibility in balcony only.
Time : Doors open 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Admission : $12
Event Website
Phone : 603-335-1992


The Machine Performs Pink Floyd -- Rochester, NH
November 7, 2014 to November 7, 2014
Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester
With electrifying theatrical elements and a fabulous lights, The Machine produces a masterfully authentic Floydian experience. Cash bar.
Time : Doors open at 7 p.m; show at 8 p.m.
Admission : $30-$35
Event Website
Phone : 603-335-1992


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PERFORMING ARTS, THEATER, DANCE top of events
“The Addams Family” -- Rochester, NH
October 17, 2014 to November 2, 2014
Rochester Opera House. 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester
This devilishly delightful family comes to life in this faux-horror Broadway musical comedy. Inside their creepy mansion, elegant Morticia and her devoted husband Gomez are in a state of turmoil: their daughter, Wednesday, has fallen in love with a normal young man. Uh-oh!
Time : Curtain times vary; consult event website
Admission : Adults, $24; children age 12 and younger, $14
Event Website
Phone : 603-335-1992


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VISUAL ARTS top of events
Return of the Pumpkin People -- Jackson NH
October 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014
Jackson,
Again this fall the ingenious Pumpkin People return to the Jackson area of New Hampshire. Bring a camera and enjoy the clever displays of these charming seasonal greeters at businesses and public places all around the area, throughout the month of October.
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