rochester pride 2019

Top five things to do: Aug. 23-25

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

School starts soon, but not before one more glorious weekend of summer events on the Seacoast. Here are some of the highlights.

Club d’Elf ft. Randy Roos

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Although they still perform regularly at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge and elsewhere, it’s been a while since Boston-based instrumental band Club d’Elf last played on the Seacoast. But the psychedelic Moroccan-influenced dub-jazz collective has a gig at The Press Room in Portsmouth on Friday, Aug. 23, at 9 p.m. The group’s incarnation for the evening features guitarist Randy Roos, organist Sam Gilman, turntablist Mister Rourke, bassist Mike Rivard, and drummer Dean Johnson. Tickets are $10-$13. Learn more here.

Rochester PRIDE 2019

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The Rochester Gay Pride Festival takes place around downtown Rochester on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 12-3 p.m. Presented by Rochester Main Street and the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, the annual event promotes “unity, visibility, inclusivity, equality, and a positive image of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) community.” Among the festivities are music from DJ Jodi, adult beverages from Margaritas, a Drag Queen Story Time, face painting, and more. For more information, click here.

Give & Take: Harvest Swap

August is Eat Local Month across New Hampshire, and part of the celebration takes place in Stratham on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 3-5 p.m. That’s when the Robinwood Center hosts the Give & Take Harvest Swap, where guests can bring their garden crops and exchange them for others. The event begins with introductions, when participants explain what they are offering, and then the swapping gets underway. There is a $1-$10 suggested donation. For more information, click here.

RiverSide Arts Jam

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Downtown Exeter will be teeming with music, art, food, and beverages during the RiverSide Arts Jam on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 3-10 p.m. Presented by TEAM (Town Exeter Arts Music), the event unfolds along Water Street and in the Foundation Art Space. There will be live music from KIOEA, Jake Mehrmann, Bitter Pill, and Alberta & The Dead Eyes, plus outdoor DJ sets. There will also be art shows, grillables, beer, and wine. Tickets are $10. Learn more here.

An Ode to John Waters

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Bunny and the Fox are back at it on Saturday, Aug. 24, when they present “Get Them Cha-Cha Heels: An Ode to John Waters.” The infamous local drag duo of Bunny Wonderland and Joslyn Fox will celebrate “The Sultan of Sleaze” with an “interactive, multi-media slime-fest” featuring “STANK-O-RAMA” — whatever that is. It takes place at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 (plus $3 for STANK-O-RAMA — whatever that is). For more information, click here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.