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The 35th annual Apple Harvest Day takes over Dover on Saturday.

Top five things to do: Oct. 4-6

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Another weekend packed with events includes the start of Elvis Room 20, the kickoff of Halloween season, Apple Harvest Day, a beer and chili festival, Art ’Round Town, and more.

‘Boatscapes’ at the NHAA

The president of the New Hampshire Art Association’s board of directors will be displaying her work at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth throughout the month. Renee Giffroy presents “Boatscapes,” a collection of photographs that look like abstract landscapes but in fact show detailed images of boat hulls in dry docks. An opening reception takes place Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-8 p.m., coinciding with the monthly Art ’Round Town gallery walk. For more information, click here.

Elvis Room 20

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It was 20 years ago that the Elvis Room closed its doors. Several venues will celebrate the iconic Portsmouth music club and coffee shop with events all month. Opening weekend at 3S Artspace features a reception for “Elvis Room 20: A Retrospective” on Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-8 p.m., followed by a concert featuring Thanks to Gravity, Dan Blakeslee, and Bob Halperin. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m., The Queers perform with The Cretins and Laramie Dean.

(I Gotta) Rock! Show

portsmouth halloween parade

Halloween season officially gets underway with the 15th annual (I Gotta) Rock! Show at The Press Room in Portsmouth on Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade and features the announcement of this year’s grand marshal. There will be live music from local bands Bitter Pill, Super Black Market Clash City Rockers, and Rick Rude. Parade organizers will also unveil this year’s tee-shirts and hoodies. Learn more here.

Apple Harvest Day

Apple Harvest Day

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather across downtown Dover for the 35th annual Apple Harvest Day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Presented by the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, the family event, which dates back to 1985, will feature close to 350 vendors, live entertainment on five different stages, a local food court, arts and crafts, the Apple Harvest Day 5K Road Race, and more. For more information, click here.

Powder Keg Beer & Chili Fest

Downtown Exeter hosts the largest beer and chili festival in the state on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests strolling through Swasey Parkway can sample more than 200 beers and ciders from numerous local and national breweries, while local restaurants serve up tastes of their own chili recipes. Attendees will vote on the People’s Choice award for the best chili. There will also be live music from the band Party On. For more information, click here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.