Dan Blakeslee Calabash Club
Dan Blakeslee & the Calabash Club

Top five things to do: Sept. 8-10

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

A seafood festival and a music festival are among the options for taking one more long sip of summer before the season changes. Here are some of the highlights to consider.



photo by David J. Murray, Clear Eye Photo

This year’s local TED event features numerous speakers and performers presenting on the theme of “On Your Own Terms.” TEDxPiscataquaRiver takes place Friday, Sept. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth. Tickets sold out within two hours of going on sale, but the event will be streamed live online, and there will be a day-long watch party with family-friendly activities at Portsmouth Public Library. For a full schedule and/or to watch online, click here.

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

Sixty regional restaurants will participate in the 28th annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival from Sept. 8-10. It begins on Friday from 4-9 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, chef demonstrations, live music, fireworks, and more. Entry is $5 on Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $8 on Sunday (free for kids under 12). For more information, click here.

Blakeslee Record Release

Dan Blakeslee Alley Walker

Singer-songwriter Dan Blakeslee has earned an ever-growing fan base over the past two-plus decades — especially in his native Seacoast region — and he continues to deliver new music at a prolific rate. Blakeslee and his all-local folk band, the Calabash Club, will play a release show for his latest record, “The Alley Walker,” at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. He’ll be joined by Kid Coyote and Mines Falls. Tickets are $15, available here.

Summer in the 603

Roots of Creation

Roots of Creation

New Hampshire-born band Roots of Creation, fresh off the recording of their new “Grateful Dub” album, headline the third annual Summer in the 603 Music Festival at Bernie’s Beach Bar in Hampton on Sunday, Sept. 10. Presented by Granite Lion Entertainment, the 21-plus show features about a dozen reggae-rock acts from around the region, including Ballyhoo!, The Aggrolites, and The Alchemystics. The music begins at noon and stretches past midnight. Tickets are $30; for more information, click here.

Be Brave Gala

An upcoming multi-arts performance at the University of New Hampshire will raise money to support victims of violence against women. Organized by professional ballerina, UNH alumna, and rape survivor Lissa Curtis, the second annual Be Brave Gala will feature classical and contemporary dance, live music, martial arts, and more. The event takes place at Johnson Theatre on UNH’s Durham campus on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($15 for UNH students and faculty); learn more here.

For a full calendar of events, click here.