portsmouth beer week
Portsmouth Beer Week kicks off on Friday.

Top five things to do: Feb. 22-24

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

This weekend marks the beginning of the 10th annual Portsmouth Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of local craft beer. There’s also plenty of music, film, poetry, and more to fill your weekend.

Sustainability Film Festival

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The Sustainability Office Advocates in Exeter is hosting the Sustainability Film Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at The Exeter Inn. The free event begins with the screening of three short films followed by a panel discussion. Three longer films will then be shown — “Decoding the Weather Machine,” “Living in the Future’s Past,” and “The Devil We Know: The Chemistry of a Cover Up” — each followed by a panel discussion. Learn more here.

Seacoast Winter Brew Fest 2019

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Portsmouth Beer Week begins on Friday, Feb. 23, with a kick-off party at Whym Craft Beer Café. But the main event takes place at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. on Saturday, Feb. 23. The seventh annual Seacoast Winter Brew Fest unfolds in two session, from 12-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. (VIP sessions start an hour earlier). More than 30 regional breweries will be on hand, with complimentary food from the Gas Light. Tickets are $50-$75; learn more here.

QTeas: LGBTQ+ Speed Dating Event

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The first ever QTeas is “a queer-inclusive speed dating night” billed as a “fun, inclusive, super fabulous, rapid-fire connection-making event.” The goal is to help people in the local LGBTQ+ community connect in a sober venue. The 18-plus event takes place at Teatotaller in Somersworth on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m., with a kick-off and ground rules explained at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$10; proceeds benefit the Equality Health Center. For more information, click here.

Spose + The Humans at The Press Room


Since it reopened late last year, The Press Room has been helping to invigorate Portsmouth’s hip-hop offerings. Maine-based rapper and producer Spose will be there with his band, The Humans, on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. Spose has kept busy with his indie label, PDank Records, releasing his ninth album, “We All Got Lost,” late last year. Also on the bill in Portsmouth are Cam Groves and Shang High. Tickets are $12-$15; for more information, click here.

Words & Winter & a Barn

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Three writers will offer warming words to get you through the last leg of winter on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 4-5:30 p.m. The event, part of the Silo Series at The Word Barn in Exeter, features readings by Minneapolis-based poet Anders Carlson-Wee, New Hampshire’s own Chelsea Woodard, and Phillips Exeter Academy teacher Matt W. Miller. There is a $5 suggested donation, with complimentary coffee, tea, and treats, plus beer, wine, and cider available by donation. Learn more here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.