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10 Things To Do in N.H. This Weekend: Cap Arts Fest, Live Music, Deerfield Fair

Simone Porter plays Beethoven with Great Bay Philharmonic Orchester on Sept. 28 at the Music Hall, Historic Theater, Portsmouth.

Get out and play this weekend in New Hampshire, where the forecast (Sept. 27-29) calls for sunshine and highs in the 70s. Here are 10 things to do, plus some extras. 

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  • New England Roots Festival returns to Nashua for the fourth year on Saturday, Sept. 28. The music festival features country, bluegrass and American roots music in downtown Nashua, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. More info here.
  • Jodi Picoult speaks at the Newport Opera House on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. It's free. She is the 

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    Jodi Picoult is the 2019 Sarah Josepha Hale Award winner. The award presentation is Sept. 28 at the Newport Opera House.

    2019 Sarah Josepha Hale Award winner. 

  • Capital Arts Fest takes plays Sept. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in front of the HQ of the League of NH Craftsmen and Capitol Center for the Arts in downtown Concord. Event info.
  • Barika performs at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage, presented by the Capitol Center for the Arts, on Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. Ticket info here.
  • Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival is Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Market Square. See  the PMFFEST.org site for music schedules in this free event.
  • Deerfield Fair is this weekend. The 143rd year begins Sept. 26 and runs through Sept. 29. Fair website here.
  • Celtic Nights at the Bank of NH Stage on Sunday, Sept. 29. This free event is presented by the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. More info here.
  • Everyone in Harmony, presented by North Country Chordsmen, performs at the Lebanon Opera House on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket info. And Còig, one of Atlantic Canada’s premier traditional music groups, plays the LOH on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Hedy Lamarr Closeup: There's a live performance of "Tinseltown Inventor: The Most Beautiful Woman in the Wrold, Hedy Lamarr," on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at Warner Town Hall. This is presented by the N.H. Telephone Museum. Visit their website for more info.

Plus ...

  • Delfeayo Marsalis with the Tall Granite Big Band play at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia on Friday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m. More info here.
  • Carolina Eyck, Theremin performs at The Bank of NH Stage, presented by the Capitol Center for the Arts, on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. More info here.
  • Share the Square in Portsmouth's Market Square. A pilot project in Portsmouth will close downtown streets around Market Square on Sept. 29 and on Oct. 6, from noon until 5 p.m.

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