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Marble Eyes performs at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Saturday.

Top 10 things to do: Oct. 9-11

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

With temperatures cooling, the number of outdoor events available on the Seacoast will soon begin to dwindle, so enjoy while you can! Here are some upcoming highlights.

Apple Harvest Day Virtual 5K

For the first time in its 36-year history, Dover’s Apple Harvest Day celebration is going virtual. People can shop from online vendors all month at and take part in various events. Among the highlights is the Apple Harvest Day Virtual 5K, which takes place over Columbus Day weekend. From Friday through Monday, participants can run a route of their own choosing and complete it at a convenient time. Learn more here.

She Gone at The Stone Church

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Local band She Gone consists of three familiar faces in the Seacoast music scene: fiddler Betsy Heron (of Green Heron), guitarist Whitney Roy (of OldHat Stringband), and bassist Lindsay Lassonde (of The Hazel Project). They share vocal duties as they harmonize on folk, bluegrass, and old-time country songs. They’ll perform live at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Friday from 6-9 p.m. (table of four: $30; table of six: $40). Learn more here.

PopUp NH concerts x3

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PopUp NH in Portsmouth has another great lineup of live music slated this weekend. Local supergroup The Midnight Wrens takes the stage Friday from 7-9 p.m. (two-top: $20; four-top: $40). Psychedelic pop-punk band Marvel Prone joins indie-folk act Sneaky Miles on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. ($10-$20). And new collective Marble Eyes — featuring members of Pink Talking Fish, Kung Fu, and The Indobox — plays Sunday from 4-8 p.m. ($50-$100).

The Mammals at The Music Hall

The Mammals are a national folk favorite with local roots. Co-founded by Durham native Mike Merenda and his wife Ruth Ungar Merenda, and featuring a large nine-piece ensemble, the band released a new album, titled “Nonet,” earlier this year. They’ll perform a socially-distanced live concert at The Music Hall’s historic theater in Portsmouth on Saturday from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information, click here.

‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’ at the Rep

Before his Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical “Rent” became a Broadway blockbuster, Jonathan Larson was a struggling composer waiting for his big break in theater. His autobiographical rock musical “Tick, Tick…Boom!” comes to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth from Oct. 8-Nov. 1. Showtimes this weekend are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$48. Learn more here.

Fairy & Hobbit House Festival

The grounds of Bedrock Gardens in Lee will be filled with fantastical dwellings during the annual Fairy & Hobbit House Festival from Saturday at 1:30 p.m. through Monday. Guests can stop at the “Gnome Depots” to collect natural building supplies and create their own miniature abodes along the woodland trail. There will be special guests, crafts, food, and a fairy face mask contest. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12, free for kids under 4. Learn more here.

Yoga and comedy in the Meadow

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The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter will be filled with activity on Saturday afternoon and evening. From 4-5 p.m., instructor Chetana Parmar leads Yoga in the Meadow, a donation-based yoga class for all ability levels (suggested donation $10). From 7-8:30 p.m., comedian Corey Rodrigues headlines Word Barn Comedy Live, also featuring guests Tom Spohn, Kathe Farris, Danny Killea, and local hosts Josh and Sara Day (tickets are $30).

Portsmouth Virtual Pride 2020

Like so many other local traditions, Seacoast Outright’s annual Pride event is going virtual this year. Several online conversations — including a Queer People of Color panel discussion on Friday from 7-8 p.m. — are taking place, culminating in a virtual celebration on Saturday from 7-8 p.m. Friends, supporters, entertainers, and local leadership will showcase their talents by video, all to support the LGBTQ+ youth community. Learn more here.

Tom Rush at The Word Barn Meadow

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There are only a handful of tickets remaining to catch an intimate performance by folk legend Tom Rush at The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. Rush, who was born here in Portsmouth, had a major impact on the American folk revival of the 1960s and helped launch the careers of such artists as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor. Tickets are $30, and Ohana poke bowls are available to order. Learn more here.

Django by the Sea Livestream

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An all-star quartet of musicians will offer a virtual concert, live-streamed from The Dance Hall in Kittery, on Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m. Violinist Jason Anick, founder of the Django by the Sea festival, assembled the group with guitarist Max O’Rourke, bassist Greg Loughman, and pianist Matt DeChamplain. Following the performance, there will be a Zoom Q&A with the artists. Tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting The Dance Hall. Learn more here.

See our complete calendar for more local events.