The weekend has arrived, so go ahead and make the most of it. Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire, plus a little extra because, well, you deserve some fun.
- The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival is back. Chowder, clams, haddock, lobster -- you name it, it's on tap Friday, Saturday, and Sunday along Ocean Boulevard there at the beach. More than 60 Seacoast restaurants participate in this festival, which is now in its 29th year. Hours: Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Robert Cray Band: The Robert Cray Band performs Sunday night at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.
- More than just Ducky: The Auburn Day and 26th Annual Duck Race is Saturday. It's from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event celebrates all things Auburn, and helps support the Auburn Historical Society.
- Dublin Engines Meet: the 47th annual Dublin Gas Engine Meet is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check out their website. This showcases antique vehicles and tractors, and gas and steam engines, of course.
- UNH Faculty Concert Series: Jenni Cook, soprano, with Hsiang Tu, piano - the Friday night music is 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Bratton Recital Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center, at the University of New Hampshire. And it's free. The venue's information is here.
Plus, here are some additional events to consider:
- More 4-H Fun: The 61st Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair is Sept. 7 to Sept. 9. A fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday at 9 p.m.
- It's Back: The Rochester Fair has returned, and it runs through Sept. 16 -- though it's closed Monday to Wednesday. Entertainment includes a school bus derby, a lawn mower race, and tractor pull.
- Muster in the Mountains: A colonial encampment of re-enactors from the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man eras will be at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road this weekend.
- Music in Portsmouth: Sierra Hull and Justin Moses play at the North Church in Market Square. Here is the ticket information - proceeds benefit a maintenance fund for the iconic church with its white steeple. This is part of a fall concert series.
Here's a music video from the Robert Cray Band - they play at the Music Hall in Portsmouth on Sept. 9.