Days are getting shorter, but there’s still plenty to do during daylight hours and after dark. Here are some highlights.
Eleanor Buckland at The Word Barn
Best known as one-third of Boston-based folk-rock trio Lula Wiles, singer-songwriter Eleanor Buckland just released her first solo album, “You Don’t Have to Know.” She’ll play some deeply personal songs set to inventive indie-rock arrangements at The Word Barn in Exeter on Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Learn more here.
Concerts at The Music Hall
Two world-class acts are coming to The Music Hall in Portsmouth this weekend. After a postponement in the spring, beloved folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys take the stage on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ($29.75-$59.75). And Grammy-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard pays tribute to jazz legend Wayne Shorter on Saturday at 8 p.m. ($52-$68).
Joe Fonda Quartet at The Dance Hall
Bassist and composer Joe Fonda has collaborated with jazz legends like Anthony Braxton and Archie Shepp. He’ll bring his quartet — featuring Harvey Sorgen on drums, Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon, and Jeff Lederer on clarinet and saxophone — to The Dance Hall in Kittery on Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Learn more here.
Concerts at The Stone Church
It’s another packed weekend of music at The Stone Church in Newmarket. TheWorst headlines a night of punk with Bad Sandy and adlt grrrl Friday at 8 p.m. ($15). Psych quartet The Breakfast takes the stage Saturday at 8 p.m. ($25). The YellowHouse Blues Band plays a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters Sunday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ($20).
Marco Benevento at The Press Room
It’s always a party when Marco Benevento comes to town. The innovative keyboardist, who has played memorable shows at The Stone Church and The Red Door, returns to The Press Room in Portsmouth for concerts on three consecutive nights from Thursday through Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25-$30. Learn more here.
Dawnland StoryFest (Virtual)
This year’s indigenous storytelling festival takes place online on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hosted by Strawbery Banke Museum, Dawnland StoryFest features storytellers from New England and Canada, with a keynote address by Louise Profeit-LeBlanc. There’s a suggested donation of $10 (preregistration required). Learn more here.
‘Run, Turkey, Run!’ at the Ring
Kids and families can get geared up for Thanksgiving with a new show at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth. “Run, Turkey, Run!,” an original musical by Miles Burns based on the children’s book by Diane Mayr, runs Nov. 13-21. Show times are Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m.; it runs about 40 minutes. Tickets are $15-$18. Learn more here.
Winter Farmers Market in Exeter
Seacoast Eat Local presents its first winter farmers market of the season at Exeter High School on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music and dozens of local food vendors. Markets continue most Saturdays through April, alternating between Exeter High and Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. Learn more here.
Form + Function at 3S Artspace
Form + Function arrives just in time for holiday shopping season. The annual artisan fair transforms 3S Artspace in Portsmouth into a marketplace with hand-crafted textiles, housewares, jewelry, metal work, accessories, ceramics, prints, and more. Hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Seacoast Artist Association exhibits
The Seacoast Artist Association hosts a Second Sunday reception for two shows in Exeter on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. “Dreamstate” features digitally-altered photography by David Blomquist. “Bird’s Eye View” exhibits vibrant paintings by Nancy Reiss. Both shows are part of the SAA’s “Body of Work” series in November. Learn more here.
See the full calendar for more local events.