The onset of March brings lots of exciting art, music, marathons, and even wrestling to the Seacoast. Here are some highlights.
Enormous Tiny Art Show 25
The Enormous Tiny Art Show has developed an enormous following over the years, as evidenced by the outsized stable of artists who contribute their work. The 25th installment of the twice-a-year show at Nahcotta in Portsmouth will feature small works by about 50 participating artists. It opens with a reception during Art ’Round Town on Friday, March 1, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through March, and online throughout the year. Learn more here.
Big Weekend at The Stone Church
The Stone Church in Newmarket is hosting several notable events this weekend, starting with the annual March Mandolin Festival on Friday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. ($12). Later that night, at 10 p.m., local band Plains plays a record-release show for their new album, “Peace in Restland,” with Carinae opening ($7-$10). Then, on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m., local band Truffle presents a Party Gras show with guest players from the Hot Tamale Brass Band ($12-$15).
Takedown Wrestling IV
Who knew wresting matches would be in such high demand on the Seacoast? Takedown Wrestling has become a highly anticipated event at Sue’s in Rollinsford. The fourth installment, billed as “Snowballs to the Walls,” takes place Saturday, March 2, from 7-10 p.m. Highlights include a battle royal, a match for the tag-team belt, and a championship bout. There is a $20 suggested donation; guests are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks, yell, and be merry. Learn more here.
Hampton Half Marathon
The 12th annual Hampton Half Marathon is billed as a “Winter Adventure” on Hampton Beach. Hundreds of runners and spectators will line the streets along the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, March 3, beginning at 10 a.m. at the intersection of C Street and Ocean Boulevard. There is also a 5K course. The Ashworth by the Sea hotel will host an after-party featuring Smuttynose beer, hot soup, Stonyfield yogurt, and Lindt chocolate. Registration is $49-$79; for more information, click here.
Jim Jones at the Dover Brickhouse
Jim Jones, an original member of legendary hip-hop collective The Diplomats (aka Dispset), will headline a hip-hop extravaganza at the Dover Brickhouse on Sunday, March 3, from 7-11 p.m. Jones, who is co-CEO of Diplomat Records, has released several solo albums and is also a well-known music video director. Also on the bill in Dover are regional artists AJ Reynolds + Zak Jay Dianni, Abbie Cotto, Blake Kaler, and DJ Dugas. Tickets are $35; for more information, click here.
For a complete calendar of local events, click here.