Summer will not go quietly. On the contrary, there are dozens of big events coming up this weekend, including some outdoor festivals. Here are a few of the highlights, featuring food, beer, music, art, kids’ activities, and much more.
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Before Hampton Beach goes quiet for the off-season, it’s going to get real loud. The 29th Hampton Beach Seafood Festival features dishes from 60 restaurants, as well as sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, chef demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, fireworks, and more. It takes place Friday, Sept. 7, from 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $5-$10 (free for kids under 12). Learn more here.
Enormous Tiny Art #24
Among the highlights of Art ’Round Town on Friday, Sept. 7, is the latest edition of the Enormous Tiny Art Show, the twice-a-year exhibit of small artwork at the Nahcotta gallery in Portsmouth. Nahcotta has been collecting new original works throughout the year, with hundreds of pieces available in the gallery and online. The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m.; learn more here. For more new exhibits, check out the Dover Art Walk and Team First Friday in Exeter.
Jackson Hill Cider Day
The historic orchard at the Jackson House in Portsmouth is the setting of an annual pre-fall festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Presented by Historic New England, Jackson Hill Cider Day features games, crafts, music, storytelling, and seasonal refreshments, including freshly pressed apple cider. There will also be artisan demonstrations, heritage breed bunnies, and tours of the oldest house in Northern New England. Tickets are $6 ($3 for children). For more information, click here.
Tributary Anniversary Party
Legendary local brewer Tod Mott opened Tributary Brewing Company in Kittery four years ago. The brewery will celebrate its anniversary with a party on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 12-8 p.m., featuring live music, food trucks, beer tents, extra taps, and “top-secret reserves from the cellar.” Live acts include Laura Fox & Whitney Roy, the Birch Hill Trio, and The Reconstructed. Food will be provided by the Blue Mermaid Island Grill and Embers Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza. Learn more here.
NHIA Alumni Exhibition
For its upcoming group exhibition, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts is presenting a selection of works by alumni of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Juried by Boston-based abstract painter Jeannie Motherwell, the show features works by a dozen artists. The opening reception takes place Saturday, Sept. 8, from 1-3 p.m. During the reception, the museum will dedicate its newest gallery space to former Rochester mayor Harvey E. Bernier. For more information, click here.
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