5 things to do this weekend


This weekend is expected to be scorching, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. But, no worries, there are plenty of cool performances, plays and events to keep you cool.

Exeter Arts & Music Fest this weekend

The 2022 Exeter Arts and Music Festival will take place at Swasey Parkway in Exeter on Saturday May 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be live music, artist vendors, a dance performance, local food court, children’s activities and cultural activities. exhibitions. The suggested donation is $10 per person, $20 for a family.

Acts playing on the main stage will be Yoga In Action with Qwill at 11 a.m.; Red-tailed Hawk at 12:30 p.m.; The Bulkheads with Adrienne Mack-Davis at 2 p.m.; Groove Lounge at 3:30 p.m. and Cold Engines at 4:30 p.m. There will also be a singer-songwriter tent featuring seven performers. Visit TeamExeter.com for full lineup and tickets.

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Opening of Portsmouth Community Garden

It’s opening day for the Portsmouth Community Garden on Saturday May 21 and festivities will include a ribbon cutting, refreshments, seedlings and merchandise for sale to benefit the garden, which is located on Route 33 near the Park & ​​Ride in Portsmouth. The party starts at 10 a.m. All beds are taken for this year. Find out more at portsmouthgarden.org.

Original Vitamin C will play a memorial concert for Andrew Gallagher

The Andrew Gallagher Memorial Concert will feature the original Vitamin C band at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Thursday May 19 from 6-9pm. Originally formed in 1995 by students from the UNH Music Department, Vitamin C quickly became one of the most popular funk and groove bands in and around the UNH area and New England.

For the past few years, they had discussed the possibility of a reunion night, but the sudden death of one of his band members and co-founders Andrew Gallagher on July 4, 2021 brought them together for this show. A multi-instrumentalist, teacher, singer, songwriter, producer and engineer of countless records and individual songs, Gallagher was a devoted father of two who divided his time equally between caring for his children, spending time with his wife Megan and create new music in his production studio.

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The performance will reunite the band in what should be a funky night of reminiscence and exuberance, which the band believe is exactly what Andrew would have wanted in his memory. Tickets for the show cost $20 and are available at portsmouthnhtickets.com. Proceeds will go to a fund for his wife and two children, Ella, 14, and Aidan, 16.

Last call for ‘An Inspector Calls’ at NHTP

It’s the last weekend to see “An Inspector Calls” at the New Hampshire Theater Project in Portsmouth. Shows are Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets available at nhtheatreproject.org/onstagenow.

Sunday Climate Change Storytelling Event

Robinwood Center, a New Hampshire Seacoast social justice and climate justice nonprofit, will host a climate change-focused storytelling event on Sunday, May 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the Saltonstall Farm in Stratham.

Emma Shapiro-Weiss and Dorn Cox will share their personal experiences of fighting climate change in coastal Maine and New Hampshire. The storytelling event will be followed by a lively discussion.

Shapiro-Weiss is the co-executive director of 350 New Hampshire. Cox is research director for Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management (OpenTEAM). He is also a project manager at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, a pioneer and leader in regenerative agriculture, a non-profit research and education center, and runs a 600-acre diverse organic dairy farm. acres on the coast of Maine.

The event will be open to the public. Admission is free and members of the public can register to attend at robinwoodcenter.org/upcoming-events

Sharon Jones will perform in the press room on Sunday

Seacoast favorite Sharon Jones will perform in the Portsmouth press room on Sunday May 22.

It will be a special night at The Press Room on Sunday May 22 when Portsmouth legend Sharon Jones takes the stage. It will pay tribute to some of the greatest singers of our time, including Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Dinah Washington, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughn, among others.

Donna Byrne and Debbie Larkin will join her and her band on stage. Tickets are $25 and are available at pressroomnh.com.


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