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5 Things (Plus) To Do This Weekend in New Hampshire


Bid adieu to August—and summer—with a Labor Day holiday weekend full of celebration and fun. Throw in some live music, good food, and friends while you're at it. Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire, plus a little extra for inspiration.

Find more things to do on the NHPR's community calendar - and submit your own events here.

Visit Kate McNally's NHPR Folk Music and Dance Calendar for live music listings.

  1. Loading Dock Concert Series: 3S Artspace in Portsmouth holds this music series every Friday in summer, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (suggested donation). See 3S Artspace for more information on Friday night's show, featuring People Like You, a "free-wheelin' freak fok traveling circus," as Seacoast music reviewer Chris Hislop describes them. What's he talking about? Scroll down to listen to their video and hear for yourself.
  2. Hopkinton Fair: The Labor Day weekend continues in Hopkinton, with entertainment, a rodeo, animals galore, and a mid-way that will satisfy your culinary cravings. 
  3. Lancaster Fair: It's billed as the largest fun-filled family event in the Great North Woods, and it's 146 years in the running.
  4. There's Something Up There? The Exeter UFO Festival is Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2. This is held in Exeter because of the famous 1965 incident in which a UFO was reported overhead. Lectures are held at the historic Exeter Town Hall.
  5. Fisher Cats: The N.H. Fisher Cats have their final regular season homestand this weekend. Hartford is in Manchester for games Friday through Monday. And there are fireworks Saturday night at 7:05.

LISTEN to People Like You's music video, "Why Say Why?"

Plus, here are some extra ideas for this Labor Day weekend:

  • Don't Miss Steve Earle: Steve Earle performs at the Prescott Park Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1. And Shovels & Rope gets it started Friday night at the park in Portsmouth. 

  • Go Sox: The Red Sox are in Chicago all weekend. They play the White Sox Friday night at 8, Saturday at 7:10 p.m.., and Sunday at 2:10 p.m. Grab a radio and listen Sunday at the beach, or in the backyard for the BBQ.

  • The M/S Mount Washington has a Sunday Brunch Cruise with an amazing view. Cruises depart from Weirs beach in Laconia starting at 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. The CruiseNH.com offers these Sunday brunch events through Oct. 21.

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