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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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ANTIQUES top of events
New Hampshire Antiques Show -- Manchester, NH
August 7, 2014 to August 9, 2014
Radisson Hotel Manchester, 700 Elm Street, Manchester
The sixty-seven antiques dealers who exhibit at the show save merchandise throughout the year to maintain the show’s reputation for not-yet-seen antiques.
Time : 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday
Admission : Thursday, $15; Friday and Saturday, $10
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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWS top of events
League of NH Craftsmen's Fair -- Newbury, NH
August 2, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Rte 103, Newbury
At this major yearly event hosted by an old and distinguished craftsmen’s group, you can shop for handmade crafts by more than 350 craftspeople; watch demos; join workshops, including some for kids); try on accessories at the CraftWear Exhibition; take a walk through a beautiful sculpture garden; and enjoy live entertainment.
Time : 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (rain or shine!)
Event Website
Phone : 603 224 3375


On The Green Arts and Crafts Festival by Joyce’s Craft Shows -- Wolfeboro, NH
August 8, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Brewster Academy, 80 Academy Drive (Route 28), Wolfeboro
Fair is held rain or shine.
Time : Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Lincoln Summer Craft Festival -- Lincoln, NH
August 9, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Village Shops, & Town Green, 138 Main Street
Lincoln, NH 03580
Over 150 juried Artisans from over 15 states will display and sell traditional American made arts, crafts, and specialty foods. Come and sample specialty foods including Herbal Dips, Spices, Roasted Nuts, Candies, Kettle Corn and home made Jams & Jellies. Enjoy live music performed daily. Information: www.castleberryfairs.com
Time : 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission : Free Admission – Outdoor Event
Phone : 603-332-2616


Lakes Region Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 2014 -- Meredith, NH
August 23, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Mill Falls Marketplace, 312 Daniel Webster Highway
Eighty juried artists and craftsmen present their creations to the public. Featuring live music and food.
Event Website
Phone : 603-279-6121


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CHILDREN & FAMILIES top of events
Children's Summer Theater presents “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Princess and the Pea,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Excalibur,” “Rikki Tikki Tavi,” “George and the Dragon” and “Cinderella” -- Intervale, NH
June 27, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Theater in the Wood, 41 Observatory Way, Intervale
Children's Summer Theater Series presents:
June 27 -- “Little Red Riding Hood.” A hungry Wolf is always a sign of trouble, but he meets his match in a clever little girl, her feisty granny and a brave woodsman.
July 11 -- “The Princess and the Pea.” The lonely Prince wants to marry, but the King and Queen insist on a suitable bride. A mysterious girl has just arrived in the middle of a terrible storm; could she be the real princess?
July 18 -- “Beauty and the Beast.” A magical rose, a beautiful girl, and a "hideous" beast are just three of several charming characters in one of the most enchanting fairy tales ever written. “Excalibur! ” "Whoso pulleth out this Sword of this Stone and Anvil is rightwise born King of England." Young Arthur learns his true destiny.
August 1 -- “Rikki Tikki Tavi.” A mischievous young mongoose has been adopted by a family living in India, but when two angry Cobras appear looking for trouble, Rikki learns how to be a hero.
August 8 -- “George and the Dragon.” A monstrous dragon is terrorizing the countryside! (Only he's not really a monster at all.)
August 15 -- “Cinderella.” The classic rags-to-riches story of a girl who dared to dream, a Fairy Godmother who makes it all possible, a very charming Prince, and one dazzling glass slipper.
Time : 10 a.m.
Admission : $7.50 per person; children age 3 and younger, free
Event Website
Phone : 603-356-9980


Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival 2014 -- Thornton, NH
July 31, 2014 to August 3, 2014
Sugar Shack Campground, 200 Route 175, Thornton
Family weekend of acoustic country and bluegrass music, camping, workshops, dance, swimming, tubing, food and musical vendors. Family activities include movies in the clubhouse and a children's music academy hosted by other professional musicians. The kids will attend daily classes culminating with a children's academy performance on the main stage on Sunday afternoon.


Hampton Beach Children's Festival -- Hampton Beach, NH
August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
115 Ocean Blvd., Hampton
Children's Festival with magic show by BJ Hickman on the famous Hampton Beach Seashell Stage. The 10 a.m. magic show is followed by a giant costume parade that marches almost the length of Hampton Beach.
Time : 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission : Free
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Rubber Ducky Regatta -- North Woodstock, NH
September 1, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Cascade Park, North Woodstock, NH
Fun and games, face painting, balloon animals start at 10 a.m.; ducks dive in the Pemi River at noon. Prizes for fastest ducks and most original duck name.
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COMEDY top of events
The Stone Church Comedy Series -- Newmarket, NH
June 6, 2014 to August 8, 2014
The Stone Church, 5 Granite Street, Newmarket
Comedy evenings started have built up a regular following, with host Josh Day. Upcoming shows:
JOKE (Josh Day and Mike Howlett) on June 6 -- Offbeat, witty and just plain weird are three of the best ways to describe the comedy of Josh Day. Mike Howlett is a MA native who has appeared at Giggles comedy club, Kowloon Komedy club and the Comedy Studio.
Alingon Mitra on July 11 Winner of the 2013 Boston Comedy Festival
Will Noonan on August 8 -- From NPR’s This American Life. Hosts his own show at Laugh Boston
Rob Steen on September 5 -- Steen has appeared on David Letterman
Dan Boulger on October 3 - Has appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Dan Crohn on November 7 -- Crohn has been a Boston Comedy Festival semi-finalist
Dennis Fogg on December 5 - Fogg is a 25-year veteran of comedy performance
Time : Consult event website for details
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Comedian Bill Cosby -- Hampton Beach, NH
August 16, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom,169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach
The comedic master returns for two shows.
Time : Shows at 4 and 8 p.m.
Admission : $40-$80
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FOOD, WINE, BEER top of events
Craft Brew Race and Festival -- Waterville Valley, NH
August 23, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Waterville Valley Resort Village and Packard’s Field, Waterville Valley
The Craft Brew Races is a 5k road race followed by a local craft beer festival. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5k. The craft beer festival will be held immediately following the race featuring 20 local breweries. The post-race beer festival will be open to anyone over age 21. This event is for guests age 21 and older.
Time : 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission : Race and brew festival, $45 to $65; brew festival only, $35-$55; designated driver, $15-$20
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HISTORIC top of events
World of Chocolate Exhibit
Mariposa Museum -- Peterborough, NH

July 5, 2014 to August 5, 2014
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, 26 Main Street, Peterborough
This special exhibition traces the trail of chocolate around the world, from ancient Mexico to the Caribbean sugar cane fields, to snack cupboards everywhere. During a celebration of the anniversary of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, create a chocolaty invention in the Wonka Invention Room. Exhibit open through January 31, 2015.
Time : July 5–August 31, 2014, daily, 11 a.m. –5 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $6; seniors, $5; children, $4
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250th Anniversary Celebration -- Lincoln, NH
July 26, 2014 to August 3, 2014
Come and help the town of Lincoln celebrate its quarter millennial. Events include:
July 26 -- Opening ceremonies, golf tournament, professional lumberjack and lumberjill show
July 27 -- Pancake breakfast and professional lumberjack and lumberjill show
July 28 -- Scavenger hunt of historical Lincoln landmarks
August 1 -- Community block party
August 3 -- Parade on Main Street and closing ceremonies
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Living History Event - Hillsborough, NH
August 16, 2014 to August 17, 2014
Four locations in Hillsborough, NH
Meet George Washington, go to school with Laura Ingalls Wilder, make butter, watch the cannons roar and pan for gold, or watch reenactments of the French and Indian or Civil War, throw a pot on a wheel, assist a blacksmith. Enjoy period music, games, magician, stories, costumes, handiwork and food.
Admission : Adults, $10; seniors, $8; children age 6 to 17, $5
Event Website
Phone : 603-478-0809


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River House Restaurant Concert Series -- Portsmouth, NH
June 21, 2014 to September 13, 2014
Prescott Park, Marcy Street, Portsmouth
Table and blanket seating.
Patty Griffin - June 21 -- Folk singer and song writer
Rosanne Cash - July 5 -- Daughter of Johnny Cash draws on many genres, including folk, rock, pop, and blues.
Mary Chapin Carpenter - July 12 -- Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and other country music awards. She is doing a select number of acoustic shows this year.
The Lone Bellow -- July 16 -- Beautifully harmonized folk-pop songs.
Houndmouth -- July 23 -- Indie/Americana rock band performs a collection of country-informed rock & roll.
The Wood Brothers, Shakey Graves & More - July 25 -- Get ready for the gritty, soul-drenched Americana sound.
Iris Dement -- July 30 -- One of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day.
Martin Sexton -- August 6 -- The timeless sounds of classic rock 'n' roll, percussive guitar work, and multi-octave voice.
Hot Club Of Cowtown -- August 9 -- Austin-based, hard-swinging Western swing trio.
Loudon Wainwright III -- August 13 -- Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song "Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)"; his songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and Mose Allison.
Ruthie Foster -- August 20 -- From a family of gospel singers, Foster can burn down any stage with her mix of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel.
Taj Mahal -- August 22 -- Considered to be one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music.
Chris Smither -- August 23 -- Smither continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers.
The Wailin' Jennys -- August 27 -- Get ready as this folk and country trio performs its heart-stopping harmonies.
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers -- September 13 -- Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans musical legacy.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : Suggested donation of $8 to $10
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Summer in the Street Outdoor Concerts -- Portsmouth, NH
July 5, 2014 to August 2, 2014
BYOC (bring your own chair) and enjoy the music at this outdoor summer evening concert series on the streets of downtown Portsmouth. Bring a nosh and a beverage (no alcohol, please). All performances take place weather permitting
July 5 -- Salt River and Wooden Eye play fine folk and Americana...
July 12 -- Seacoast Wind Ensemble
July 19 -- Kids In The Street with The Little Red Wagon, Jumping Frog and Twain Tales, and the Seacoast Civic Dance Company
July 26 -- Songwriters In The Street: Women Who Rock with Acheson Gown, Kate Redgate and Old Saw
August 2 -- T.J. Wheeler & Friends play blues, R & B and jazz on the street!
Time : 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 603-433-4398


Cochecho Arts Festival 2013 -- Dover NH
July 9, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Central Avenue, Dover
This festival will be filling downtown Dover with the sound of music. Back again will be the Friday Night Headliner Series, the Shark in the Park Classic Rock Luncheon Series, the Farmers’ Market Acoustic Stage, Tuesday Morning Children’s Shows and a Movie Night.

Friday Night Headliner Series on Fridays, 6-9 p.m. at the Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Henry Law Avenue
July 11 -- The Spectras (with Jon King)
July 18 -- Jah Spirit (with Roots, Rhythm & Dub)
July 25 -- Wooden Eye (with Poor Howard)
August 1 -- Occidental Gypsy (with Carol Coronis)
August 8 -- Entrain (with Joel Cage)
August 15-- The Mallett Brothers Band (with Andrea Szirbik)
August 22-- Ryan Brooks Kelly (with Hilton Park)

Shark in the Park Classic Rock Series, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Henry Law Avenue
July 9 -- Rosie
July 16 -- Red Sky Mary
July 23 -- Truffle
July 30 -- On Tap
August 13 -- Blue Matter

Farmers Market Acoustic Stage, Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. at Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, 550 Central Avenue
June 16 -- The Torrenz Duo
June 23 -- Nice & Naughty
June 30 -- North River Trio
August 6 -- Tom Schena
August 13 -- Meg Josalen
August 20 -- Martin England

Tuesday Morning Children’s Series, Tuesdays, 10:30- 11:30 a.m. at Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park, Henry Law Avenue
July 15 -- Sammie Haynes
July 22 -- BJ Hickman
July 29 -- Rob Duquette
August 5 -- Wayne From Maine
August 12 -- Susie Burke
August 19 -- Silly Man Todd Wellington
Admission : Free
Event Website
Phone : 603-742-2218


Arts Jubilee’s Summer Concert Series -- North Conway Village, NH
July 17, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway Village
These are outdoor concerts are at the base of Cranmore's North Slope. Bring a blanket or chairs to the outdoor concerts and enjoy an early concert at 6 p.m. followed by the main concert are 7 p.m. $10 per person; seniors, $8; kids age 12 and younger, free.
July 17.
Beatlemania Stage Show
July 24. Music of Dan Fogelberg
July 31. Jonathan Edwards Trio
August 7. Music of the Movies and fireworks
August 14. Roomful of Blues
Event Website
Phone : 603-356-5544


Jackie Evancho and the Parma Orchestra -- Portsmouth, NH
August 6, 2014 to August 6, 2014
Music Hall, 35 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth
Jackie Evancho, 2011’s biggest selling breakout artist, will be performing songs from her newest album The Voice. The Voice is a mix of new songs, new arrangements of cover songs plus a classical repertoire. The Parma Orchestra includes players from many renowned ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the American Composers Orchestra.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : $65; $95; $135
Event Website
Phone : 603-436-2400


An Evening with Jackson Browne -- Concord, NH
August 19, 2014 to August 19, 2014
The Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting known for its honesty.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : Gold Circle, $90; orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony, $80; rear balcony, $60
Event Website
Phone : 603-225-1111


Jackson Browne in Concert -- Concord, NH
August 19, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S Main St, Concord, NH 03301
Jackson Browne has created some of the best songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty and emotion.
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Admission : $60-$90
Event Website
Phone : 603-225-1111


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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES top of events
Sunrise Drives on Mount Washington Auto Road -- Pinkham Notch, NH
June 22, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Mount Washington Auto Road, NH Route 16, Pinkham Notch
The Mt. Washington Auto Road will open early on three Sundays in 2014 -- June 22, July 27, and August 31 -- to allow guests to drive themselves to the summit of Mount Washington to view the sunrise from the highest peak in the Northeast. Regular rates and vehicle restrictions apply. The State Park building will be open with limited food service on all three of these mornings. The Mt Washington Auto Road is located on NH Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, 12 miles north of Jackson and 8 miles south of Gorham.
Time : June 22 open at 3:30 a.m.; July 27 open at 4 a.m.; August 31 open at 4:30 a.m.
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Lincoln 250th Anniversary Celebration -- Lincoln, NH
July 29, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Various locations, Lincoln
Lincoln is a small New Hampshire village with a rich history of American pioneer settlers, farming, railroads, and much more. Discover the best this town has to offer during Lincoln's 250th birthday party, which features live outdoor music, outdoor movie night, a banquet, and a block party.
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PERFORMING ARTS, THEATER, DANCE top of events
“Annie,” “The 39 Steps,” “Cotton Club,” “Mary Poppins,” “God of Carnage,” “New to Normal” and “Memphis” -- Whitefield NH
July 8, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Weathervane Theatre, 389 Lancaster Road, Whitefield NH
Seven plays rotate in repertory from July 8 through August 29. See show dates at theater calendar.
“Annie” opens July 8. A plucky orphan makes her way through a tough world.
“The 39 Steps” opens July 10. This spy thriller is played for laughs, Spoofing the works of Alfred Hitchcock.
“Cotton Club” opens July 12. A loving remembrance of the Jazz Era.
“Mary Poppins” opens July 22. A magical nannie drifts into the world of an unhappy family.
“God of Carnage” opens July 31. The gloves come off when two sets of Brooklyn parents mediate for this kids.
“Next to Normal” opens August 5. A view of the complicated dynamics of a not-so-normal family.
“Memphis” opens August 14. Explosive dance and fantastic songs rise from this Southern city of the 1950s.
Time : Monday- Saturday, 8 p.m.; in August, Saturday matinees at 2 p.m.
Admission : 603-837-9010
Event Website
Phone : $32-$34


"Spamalot" -- Lincoln, NH
July 30, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Jean's Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln
Based on the book and lyrics by Eric Idle, Spamalot is the re-telling of the legend of King Arthur and his trusty men, but with more show girls, killer rabbits, and outrageous numbers.
Time : Monday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday matinee on 8/6 and 8/13, 2 p.m.
Admission : See event website for admission details
Event Website
Phone : 603-745-2141


"The 39 Steps" -- Lincoln, NH
August 20, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Jean's Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln
This high-tension play, adapted from John Buchan's novel and Alfred Hitchcock's film, follows the whodunit adventures of a man with a previously uneventful life. When he meets a mysterious spy and witnesses her murder, this man must flee the authorities to save himself.
Time : Monday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday matinee on 8/27, 2 p.m.
Admission : See event website for admission details
Event Website
Phone : 603-745-2141


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SHOWS & EXHIBITS top of events
Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show -- Bedford, NH
August 2, 2014 to August 2, 2014
Sportsman Field, 30 Nashua Road, Bedford
Food, great vehicles, games for kids, and more. Preregistration is $8 and day of show registration is $10 per vehicle. There will be a Poker Run, $15 entry fee. Prize for the best hand. Leaves from the Sportsman Field at 8:30 a.m. Rain date is August 3.
Time : 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is 9 a.m.-noon.
Admission : $5 per person; kids age 12 and younger admitted for free.
Event Website
Phone : 603-471-6336


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VISUAL ARTS top of events
Art in the Park -- Keene, NH
August 30, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Wheelock Park Camp Area, 101 Park Avenue, Keene
Visitors of all ages will stroll through scenic Wheelock Park to admire the best work of the Monadnock Area Artists. Discover your passion for beauty at this unique event; refreshments will be provided! Featuring gorgeous artwork, live bands, and a raffle.
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