This weekend is shaping up to be another picture-perfect weekend on the coast. Make the most of those beautifying summer days by attending some of the outdoor events the Seacoast has come to appreciate – from musicals and music in our parks, to concerts by the sea and river, and dancing in the middle of a downtown street . Don’t miss out on summer.
Music by the Sea at Odiorne Point
The Atlantic Grill Music by the Sea concert series continues Thursday, July 14 at Odiorne Point State Park with U2 tribute band Joshua Tree. Concerts take place under a tent on the center’s lawn, rain or shine. 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. No alcohol or dogs are allowed, but adult beverages can be purchased. 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. Tickets are limited and walk-ins are subject to availability. Proceeds from the concert series support the Seacoast Science Center.
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“The Crossword Show” with local celebrities
On Thursday, July 14, Zach Sherwin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Epic Rap Battles of History fame) will host a group of guest performers who will solve an actual crossword puzzle live on stage in front of an audience. The crossword is solved by Portsmouth Deputy Mayor Joanna Kelley and comedian Will Smalley. The puzzle is presented on a giant screen for audiences to join in, and each time the solvers decipher a clue, Sherwin takes the show down a rabbit hole of comedy, music, puns, and bits and bobs inspired by the answer words. The all ages show starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for general admission and are available at 3Sarts.org.
This weekend at the Prescott Park Arts Festival
The Prescott Park Arts Festival will present four performances of Footloose in Portsmouth this week, Thursday through Sunday. Thursday’s show is at 7pm; Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 1pm matinee
Later on Sunday, the festival’s Dustbowl Revival concert series will feature David Austin at 7pm in the park. This week’s Monday Night Movie is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Cochecho Arts Festival concerts
The Cochecho Arts Festival in Dover continues on Friday 15th July with reggae band Los Sugar Kings at the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park in 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.
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Continuum Arts Collective Benefit at the Word Barn
On Friday July 15th it’s a special multi-act festival featuring Pete Muller & The Kindred Souls, the YellowHouse Blues Band and Meraki. Aside from performing incredible music, all proceeds go to the Continuum Arts Collective (which provides art supplies, instruments and tuition to local children in need) and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of NH. For $20 spend the night at the Meadow, enjoy great music and support the cause. Tickets available at thewordbarn.com.
Piano Concerto benefiting the Strafford Homeless Center
Pianist William Ogmundsom will be entertained with his usual panache by playing old favorites at a benefit piano recital for the Strafford Homeless Center at the Madbury United Church of Christ, 18 Town Hall Road, Madbury on Friday 15 July at 7pm combined with new classics. Ogmundsom is known for his humor and virtuoso shows. Voluntary donations are accepted. All ages welcome.
Sean McCarthy & Ryan Levasseur at WSCA
The Button Factory Stage will feature Sean McCarthy, a New England-based solo acoustic artist, and Ryan Lavasseur of New Norde and The Minus Scale on Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. $12 advance tickets; $15 day of the show. Entry is at 7:00 p.m. The Button Factory Stage is located at 909 Islington St., Portsmouth. Tickets available at portsmouthnhtickets.com
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American Independence Festival in Exeter
The 32nd American Independence Festival takes place on Saturday 16 July from 10am in the grounds of the American Independence Museum in Exeter. Activities include a reading of the Declaration of Independence, first-person re-enactments, life in a military camp and revolutionary-era cooking demonstrations, an artisan village, a beer garden and military demonstrations. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children 4-18 years old. Under 4 years free. Members of the military and the museum are also free. Visit independencemuseum.org.
Independence Jam on the Swasey Parkway
The Independence Jam will take place on the Swasey Parkway at 316 Water St in Exeter on Saturday 16 July from 11am to 5pm. This July edition of the Exeter Arts & Music Festival 2022 takes place in conjunction with the Independence Festival. There is live music, artist vendors, dance performances, food trucks, children’s activities, cultural exhibitions. The suggested donation is $10; $20 per family. Tickets available at portsmouthnhtickets.com.
The Coming Storm at Wentworth House
Step back in time to July 1775 and witness a New Hampshire household preparing for war with the British at The Coming Storm, a living history event at Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Saturday July 16 – Enactors dressed in 18th-century clothing, members of the Wentworth family and their neighbors are portrayed doing household chores such as cooking at the stove, sewing, gardening and childcare; Share the latest news about the fights; and gather supplies for the troops around Boston at this living history event. Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford. Visit the ARCH website at paulwentworthhouse.org for more information.
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MerryMac Regatta sails again
The Great Bay Yacht Club of Dover announced that a historic MerryMac regatta will be held on Saturday 16th July at Hilton State Park, Dover. Over the years, GBYC has worked with local sailors to keep the spirit of the historic sailboat alive in the Great Bay region. Previous regattas have been held with great success. The regatta is also open to Oyster River Cats.
GBYC is located on Wentworth Terrace, Dover Point, just a short walk from Hilton Park. Registration officers will be at Hilton Park at 10:00 am and the Skippers Meeting will be held there. Entry fee is $40 ($20 for skipper and crew under 17 years old). Register at: merrymac.brownpapertickets.com.
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Kate Bush Wuthering Heights Day in Somersworth
Kate Bush is having a moment this year since her song “Running Up That Hill” was featured on the Netflix hit series Stranger Things. This Saturday, Teatotaller is hosting its 7th Annual Too Hot Too Greedy Kate Bush Flashmob. The flash mob is one of many taking place on “The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever,” the day that groups around the world reenact the music video for Bush’s 1978 song “Wuthering Heights.” The Somersworth event will be held at the Teatotaller at 69 High St, with practice at 10am and performance at 11am. There will also be an event at the new Teatotaller in Concord, 2 Capital Plaza, with practice at 9:30 am Performance at 11 am Dancers need no previous experience, “just enthusiasm and a red dress”.
Next in Summer in the Street
The Summer in the Street music series continues on Pleasant Street, Portsmouth with a free Vital Tones concert on Saturday 16th July at 5:30pm. Pleasant Street from Porter Street to Market Square will be closed from 4pm to 9:30pm and parking is prohibited on this section of Pleasant Street. Bring your own chair, dinner and drinks (no alcohol). Visit proportionsmouth.org for more information.
Madbury Church Ham and Beans Dinner
Madbury United Church of Christ, 13 Town Hall Road, Madbury, is hosting a ham and bean dinner on Saturday, July 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Featuring beans, hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, assorted breads, salad bar and Beverages. We regret that due to vendor price increases, we have to increase the cost of dinner to $12 for adults and children 12 years and older. Children under 12 are $6 and families are $28. All are welcome.
Soggy Po’ Boys at John Paul Jones Park
The Soggy Po’ Boys will perform at John Paul Jones Park in Kittery on Saturday 16th July from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Tickets are available at portsmouthnhtickets.com. The park is located on Hunter Avenue in Kittery.
The “Sundays in the Garden” series continues
On Sunday, July 17, Marjorie Senet and the Broken-Home Boys return to the Sundays in the Garden series with classic honky-tonk and American roots music. They will be performing at Hamilton House in South Berwick. For the concert, which runs from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic basket. Tickets are available online at historicalnewengland.org or at the box office. 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.