It’s going to be a beautiful midsummer weekend on the seashore and there’s no shortage of interesting and fun activities. Go out and enjoy!
The York Days are back
York Days returns this summer with more than a week of events and activities including a film on the beach, a 5K race, Nubble Lighthouse lighting and a craft fair featuring more than 75 vendors. The festivities will take place from Friday 29th July to Sunday 7th August. Visit yorkparksandrec.org/events for more information.
Mount Agamenticus Plein Air Paint Out
The Friends of Mount Agamenticus are hosting the second annual Plein Air Paint Out on Saturday 30th July as part of the York Days celebrations. Artist registration for this event is now closed, but the public is invited to watch artists create their work on and around the summit of Mount A from 9am to 3pm and attend the artist reception from 5pm to 7pm at York Art Association Gallery , where finished paintings are exhibited and available for purchase.
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The York Art Association (YAA) is located at 394 York St., York Harbor and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. A 40% commission on works sold will benefit YAA and the Friends of Mount Agamenticus, both of which are non-profit 501c3 organizations. This exhibition runs through the month of August.
Last show opened at Hackmatack
A musical with a strong passion for community, “Smoke on the Mountain” provides the perfect story for Hackmatack Playhouse’s final season, ending 50 years of actors, musicians, directors and costume designers working together to create art and community in the barn in a field to be created in Maine. Smoke on the Mountain opens Friday, July 29th and runs through August 20th, with shows Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm and 2pm matinees on Thursdays, with a special matinee on Wednesday, August 3rd . More information and tickets are available at 207-698-1807 or at www.hackmatack.org.
Blueberry Festival in Strafford
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than the Blueberry Festival on Saturday 30th July from 2pm to 4pm at the Waldron Store in Strafford, 520 Province Road. Admission is $8. Children under 5 years old are free. There will be a bake off, artisans, plenty of food, music and probably a politician or two as it’s being hosted by the Strafford Democrats. Tickets are available at punishorddems.org.
First New England Hot Sauce Festival
The first-ever New England Hot Sauce Fest will be held Saturday, July 30 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the outdoor lot behind the Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton. Presented by The Spicy Shark, the event will be a craft hot sauce festival focused on producers from New England and the Northeast. There will be several eating contests centered around hot peppers, more than two dozen hot sauce makers and, of course, beer to wash it all down. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the box office. Children under 10 years are free. More information and tickets are available at newenglandhotsaucefest.com.
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Eliot tractor and engine show
ELIOT – The Raitt Homestead Farm Museum is hosting the 26th Eliot Tractor and Engine Show on Friday and Saturday July 29th and 30th featuring John Deere Tractors and Fairbanks Engines. There will be tractor parades, demonstrations and competitions on both days, as well as a tractor parade on Saturday at 1pm See full calendar of events at raittfarmmuseum.org General admission at the gate: $8. Children under 12: free. Lots of free parking. For more information, email email@example.com or call 207-332-5444.
Fort Constitution Open House Weekend
Friends of Fort Constitution are hosting an open weekend at Fort Constitution on Saturday, July 30 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and Sunday, July 31 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Join the First NH Light Artillery as they fire a 10-pound parrot cannon every hour during the event. The fort is located at 25 Wentworth Road in New Castle. Visit our website at FortConstitution.com for the full schedule. Admission is by donation.
Music by the Sea at Odiorne Point
The Atlantic Grill Music by the Sea concert series continues on Thursday, July 28th with The Tony Mack Band, a classic rock and R&B band that always puts on a great time. The concerts take place rain or shine under a tent on the lawn of the Seacoast Science Center. Bring a beach blanket or chair, pack a picnic, or purchase dinner and drinks on-site. Concert-goers can also enjoy the center’s exhibits for free with concert admission. The music starts at 6 p.m.; Gates open at 5:00pm for dining. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for members; under 3 years old, free and available at seacoastsciencecenter.org.
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This weekend at the Prescott Park Arts Festival
The Prescott Park Arts Festival is presenting three performances of “Footloose” this weekend – Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. On Sunday evening, the summer concert series continues at 7 p.m. with Spencer and The Walrus is “Hint”; Screening at dusk on August 1st.
Performances are free, but a $10 per person donation at the gate or online at prescottpark.org is encouraged. Bring your own chair, blanket and dinner, or reserve one online from the festival at prescottpark.org.
Whiskey Horse makes headlines at the Cochecho Arts Festival
The Cochecho Arts Festival in Dover continues on Friday 29th July with Whiskey Horse at the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park, Dover. The show starts at 6:30pm, so bring your blanket, chair and dinner to secure your seat. The concert is free, donations are welcome. You can even buy a $10 festival button to support the arts festival, get a few perks, and carry yourself when you attend festival events. Learn more at dovernh.org/cochecho-arts-festival.
Last weekend for Summer in the Street
The Summer in the Street music series continues on Pleasant Street in Portsmouth with a free concert by the Seacoast Wind Ensemble on Saturday 30 July at 5:30pm. Don’t miss it – it’s the last one this summer. Pleasant Street from Porter Street to Market Square is closed from 4pm to 9:30pm. Vehicular traffic and parking are prohibited on this section of Pleasant Street. Bring your own chair, dinner and drinks (no alcohol). Visit proportionsmouth.org for more information.
The “Sundays in the Garden” series continues
Sojoy will perform at Hamilton House in South Berwick on Sunday July 31st. A small modern jazz big band septet led by drummer and composer, arranger and collaborator Jonny Peiffer, SoJoy is packed with some of the seacoast scene’s most talented players and improvisers, including members of the Soggy Po Boys. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic basket for the concert, which runs from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m
Tickets are available online at historicalnewengland.org or at the gate. General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $7 for youth. The concert is free to members of Historic New England. In the event of inclement weather, the Sundays in the Garden concerts will take place at Berwick Academy’s Patricia Baldwin Whipple Arts Center Theatre.