There are just too many noteworthy events happening this weekend to narrow down our roundup to the usual five, so we’re taking the rare step of boosting to a top 10 — and we’re still only scraping the surface! See more featured events here.
Two new exhibits at 3S
3S Artspace in Portsmouth opens two new exhibits with artist receptions during Art ’Round Town on Friday, June 7, from 5-8 p.m. LeapTwistTurn features “hybrid paintings” by Adria Arch. Factory Made features paper-cut scenes by Michael Hambouz. There will also be a special performance by the Luminarium Dance Company and saxophonist Ken Field.
Photography show at The Art Center
Coinciding with the Dover Art Walk, The Art Center in Dover unveils an International Alternative Photography Exhibit with an opening reception on Friday, June 7, from 6-8 p.m. The show features alternative photographic printmaking techniques by more than a dozen artists from all over the world. For more information, click here.
Cupid’s Arrow at WEST
In advance of its month-long festival later this summer, ACT ONE is presenting the New Hampshire premiere of “Cupid’s Arrow” at West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth from Friday to Sunday, June 7-9. Michael J. Tobin’s comedy follows Jimmie and Fannie Lou as they engage in a late-life online dating romance. Learn more here.
Prince Purple Party in Exeter
It will be all Prince, all night at the Sea Dog Brewing Co. in Exeter on Friday, June 14, at 9 p.m. A party celebrating Prince’s life and music will feature special Purple Rain Cocktails and purple outfits. Tickets are $10; proceeds benefit the Arts Industry Alliance and TEAM. Learn more here. NOTE: This event was rescheduled from June 7 to June 14.
Market Square Day 2019
Summer kicks off with Market Square Day, occurring this year on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Portsmouth. Tens of thousands of people will navigate upwards of 150 vendors and enjoy live entertainment on two main stages. Plus, there’s the annual MSD 10K and many other activities. Learn more here.
Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Food and beer are on the menu in downtown Somersworth during the third annual Seacoast Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, June 8, from 1-7 p.m. In addition to local food and beer, there will be live music from local bands and dancing in the streets. For more information, click here.
Much like the fabled brave little tailor, who slayed seven in one blow, Seven Stages Shakespeare Company will slay seven Shakespeare plays in one day on Sunday, June 9. The seventh annual ShakesBEERience Encore takes place at the Throwback Brewery in North Hampton from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Learn more here.
World Ocean Day Family Festival
Sunday, June 9, is World Ocean Day, and the Seacoast Science Center in Rye is celebrating with a family festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be music, food, and activities, including a life-size inflatable whale, a family march for the ocean, a beach clean-up, and more. The cost is $20; learn more here.
New Castle Village Walk
Enjoy the treasures of late spring during Pontine Theatre’s annual New Castle Village Walk & Garden Tour on Sunday, June 9, from 1-4:30 p.m. The self-guided walking tour features nine private gardens, an artist’s studio, and one historic site. Tickets are $20; proceeds benefit Pontine’s cultural and educational programming. Learn more here.
Beer, Music & History
The Woodman Museum in Dover hosts its spring fundraiser on Sunday, June 9, from 4-7 p.m. Highlights include live music from the Soggy Po’ Boys and Liz & Dan Faiella, food and beer from Bad Lab Beer Co., and exploration of the museum’s four historic buildings. For more information, click here.
For a complete calendar of local events, click here.