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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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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


Canterbury Artisan Show -- Canterbury, NH
September 13, 2014 to September 13, 2014
288 Shaker Road (off Route 106), Canterbury
Here's a taste of the family fun to be had at this craft show and fair: There's a juried craft show for fans of art or budding builders, vendors of delectable food, farming demonstrations, garland making, sun dials, and a scarecrow making contest. Live music by Liz and Dan Faiella and others, along with storytelling by Rebecca Rule.
Time : 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $12; kids ages 6-17, $8
Event Website
Phone : 603-783-9511


Art on the Common Fine Art Show -- Londonderry, NH
September 13, 2014 to September 13, 2014
Corner of Mammoth Road and Pillsbury Road, Londonderry
Artists from New Hampshire and Massachusetts will erect their tents on the common and display their work in painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and 3D works.
Time : 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission : Free


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CHILDREN & FAMILIES top of events
Rubber Ducky Regatta -- North Woodstock, NH
September 1, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Cascade Park, North Woodstock, NH
Cascade Park's Rubber Ducky Regatta kicks off with family fun n' games at 10 a.m.; kiddies (or kids at heart) can get their face painted and marvel at balloon animal creations. Gather by the Pemi River at noon and watch or participate in the rubber ducky races. Bring your own rubber ducky and pick a fun name to form a family team, and cheer on your favorite little ducky. Prizes will be awarded.
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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.
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COMEDY top of events
Miss Richfield 1981: Play With My Poodle -- Portsmouth, NH
August 24, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street, Portsmouth
You asked for her! Miss Richfield is still looking for her perfect mate -- fun lunacy with plenty of help from the audience, Come and enjoy this Grand Dame at this annual favorite show.
Time : 7 p.m.
Admission : $35
Event Website
Phone : 603-436-2400


Amy Schumer at the Casino Ballroom -- Hampton Beach, NH
August 28, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach
Meet Amy -- she's a sassy comedienne with a balance of brutal honesty and cultural insight. Her highly successful show on Comedy Central has led to a tour of America, and Schumer is sure to delight guests with non-stop comedic energy and a knack for drawing laughs.
Time : Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m.
Admission : $45
Event Website
Phone : 603-929-4100


Comedian Lewis Black -- Portsmouth, NH
September 5, 2014 to September 5, 2014
Music Hall Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth
Best known for his appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Black will bring his brand of social commentary to the Historic Theater. This show will have you rolling with laughter while he rants about current events, historical events and the little mysteries of life.
Time : 8 p.m.
Admission : $56 and $69
Event Website
Phone : 603-436-2400


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


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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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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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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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Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series 2014 -- Cornish, NH
July 6, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Little Studio at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint Gaudens Road Cornish
These annual concerts carry on a tradition by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who often held concerts in his studio for family and friends. Chairs are available on the pergola and in the studio on a first come/first served basis. Visitors are welcome to picnic on the lawn adjacent to the Little Studio. Concerts are held rain or shine.
August 10 -- The Fischer and the Jennings Duos. European Masters for Eight Hands
August 17 -- Pictures at an Exhibition
August 24 -- Aeolus String Quartet. An Afternoon in Paris and Vienna
August 31 -- Jazz Trio-Now with Donna McElroy jazz vocalist
Time : 2 p.m.
Admission : Concerts are included with normal paid admission to the site of $5 per person over age 16
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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


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


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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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Art Walk -- Wolfeboro, NH
August 29, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Main Street, Rt 28
This August, those curious about the process of creating fine art have the opportunity to stroll Wolfeboro's many artistic venues and studios on a self-guided walking tour. Visitors can check out the creative spaces in which local artists choose to paint, photograph, craft, and perform. Learn about various art forms, including ballet and sculpture, at this outdoor, three-hour event.
Time : 5-8 p.m.
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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


"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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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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Field Trip for White Mountains Art Tour -- from Keene, NH
September 11, 2014 to September 11, 2014
Leaving from the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene
The Historical Society of Cheshire County will offer a full-day field trip into Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch, and Jackson for people who are interested in the art of the White Mountains. The Canvassing the White Mountains exhibit features 50 noteworthy paintings of the White Mountains and Mount Monadnock by important painters of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Benjamin Champney, John Enneking, William Paskell, and about 30 other artists.
Time : 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission : $65
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