Top five things to do: July 6-8

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

The first full weekend of July is expected to bring a reprieve from the recent heat wave, as well as an array of hot events. Here are some of the highlights.

Art ‘Round Town

Cindy Rizza

The first Friday in July welcomes new artwork at galleries across the Seacoast, and many of them will be featured during Art ’Round Town in Portsmouth from 5-8 p.m., the Dover Art Walk in Dover from 4-8 p.m., and Team First Friday in Exeter from 5-8 p.m. Among this month’s highlights is a two-person show featuring work by local artists Cindy Rizza and Leah Giberson, both representational painters, at Nahcotta in Portsmouth. For more information, click here.

Emotion Without Name

Emotion Without Name

Next up in the Late Night Series at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, Outcast Productions presents a showcase of original theater and music, all sharing the theme of love and companionship. The plays include “Speed Date” by David Susman, “Get Hurt” by J. E. Nelson, and “Small Briefcase” by Jamie Gaskell. The production runs July 6 to 15; show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12-$14; learn more here.

Barnstormer Music and Arts Festival


The Barnstormer summer showcase features 12 hours of local music and art at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Saturday, July 7, starting at 1 p.m. The musical acts include Bat House, Plains, People Like You, Almanac Mountain, The Lily Tank, Louse, Powerslut, The Womps, Wired for Sound, Port City Saints, Chris Merrill, The Dye, and Slack Tide. There will be art by Cicco Art, Emo Chi, Luna Tree Photography, and Emma Cancellieri. Tickets are $10; learn more here.

Seacoast Microbrew Festival

Seacoast Microbrew Festival

As craft breweries continue to proliferate across the region, so do the offerings at the Seacoast Microbrew Festival. A record 20 breweries will be pouring at Henry Law Park in Dover on Saturday, July 7. Area restaurants will offer food, and local rock band Amulus will provide live entertainment. There are two sessions, from 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., with VIP admission at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 ($60 for VIP passes; $10 for designated drivers). Learn more here.

Groovechild Album Release


Legendary local band Groovechild will unveil its new album while celebrating the work of late lead singer Jeff Bibbo at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Saturday, July 7. Several prominent local singers will sit in for Bibbo during the show, following an opening set from Moon Boot Lover. Groovechild’s set will include songs from the new album, “Climber,” as well as tunes from throughout the band’s catalog. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20-$22. Learn more here.

For a full calendar of local events, click here.