A theme of many of this weekend’s top local events is that they raise money and/or awareness for worthy causes. Here are some of the highlights.
Tall Sips Brewfest in Rye
The first ever Tall Sips Brewfest takes place at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye on Friday, July 26, from 5-8 p.m. Presented by the Piscataqua Maritime Commission (PMC), the event features more than 20 breweries under one tent. There will also be food, ice cream, outdoor games, roaming pirates, and other family activities. Admission is $35 (free for guests under age 21). Proceeds benefit the PMC’s annual tall ships festival and the Sea Challenge program. Learn more here.
‘Evita’ at the Seacoast Rep
The lineup of hit musicals at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth continues with the opening of “Evita.” The show, a classic collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, tells the story of Eva Perón, the second wife of former Argentine president Juan Perón. The show runs July 26-Aug. 24; show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25-$44; learn more here.
Wild Vibes Festival 2019
The sixth annual Wild Vibes Festival is a celebration of yoga, music, and art at Spring Hill Farm in South Berwick. The event on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. features speaker panels, yoga classes, live performances, interactive workshops, community art, a vendor marketplace, a kids camp, and more. Tickets are $79-$149 (free for kids under 13); a portion of proceeds benefits the Puresa Humanitarian Foundation and SATYA’s Yoga and Cancer program. Learn more here.
Tacos & Tequila in Dover
The Prescott Park Arts Festival’s ever-expanding programming includes a new event in Dover this weekend. Tacos & Tequila takes place in Henry Law Park on Saturday, July 27, from 12-5 p.m. Dozens of area restaurants will serve up tacos, local brews, and signature tequila drinks. There will also be live music and motorcycles from the Welcome East Moto Show. Tickets are $20 ($40 for VIPs); proceeds benefit the Prescott Park Arts Festival. For more information, click here.
Rock Water Film Festival
Local and independent filmmaking will be on display at the third annual Rock Water Film Festival at Sue’s Space in Rollinsford. Three blocks of short films will be screened on Sunday, July 28, from 2-10 p.m., each followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers. And this year there will be Viewer’s Choice Awards. Admission is $10, with concessions available by donation. Proceeds benefit Sue’s Space and local arts collective Wrong Brain. For more information, click here.
BONUS: Kingston turns 325
It’s slightly farther afield from our normal stomping grounds, but it bears noting that the town of Kingston will mark its 325th anniversary with a town-wide celebration over two full weekends starting on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28. Among the highlights of the first weekend are a children’s parade, police dog demonstrations, a flea market, a motorcycle show, live entertainment, games, crafts, fireworks, and more, mostly unfolding on the Kingston Plains. Learn more here.
For a complete calendar of local events, click here.