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Greetings and welcome to the inaugural issue of In Season, your guide to making the most of your summer adventures on the Seacoast.

In these pages, you’ll find stories about some of the many personalities, locales and activities that make this region such an exciting place to live and visit.

From free outdoor concerts at Hampton Beach’s Seashell Stage to intimate performances by the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, the Seacoast has live entertainment for every audience.

Want to get out on the water? We found some of the best spots to catch a wave, plus insider tips from local surfers who know the Seacoast waters like the back of their board.

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Finally, check out our event guide for a comprehensive look at the months ahead. Whether you’re a foodie, music-lover, nature enthusiast, or looking for something to do with the family, we’ve got you covered with all the details you need to plan your perfect summer itinerary.

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At Prescott Park Arts Festival, summer means one thing: a return to its idyllic home in downtown Portsmouth along the banks of the Piscataqua River six days a week. Thanks to the suggested donation model, all are truly welcome. A small but mighty arts organization, the Festival is proud to offer stellar performing arts experiences like concerts, musical theater and film, all for no fixed admission price.

This summer, the Festival’s full-scale musical will fill the summer air with the doo-wop tunes from the crowd favorite Little Shop of Horrors, presented by Service Credit Union. The newer Broadway version of this cult classic premieres on the Wilcox Main Stage on Friday, June 23, and runs each week, most Thursdays through Sundays at 7 p.m., until Aug. 13. Matinees and American Sign Language-supported performances will be available as well.

In addition to the signature musical, Prescott Park Arts Festival offers the wildly popular River House Restaurant Concert Series, with headlining concerts all summer long. The Festival combines a grassroots community feel with the allure that accompanies the Grammy Award-winning national touring acts that grace the stage, while also celebrating a collection of incredible local and regional talent by highlighting dedicated and dynamic artists based right in our own backyard.

Gather up the littles and come to a Camp ENCORE! show featuring young performers ages 7 to 17. This summer they have three fantastic shows with disney’s 101 dalmatians & Aristocats Kids,

The music man Jr., and Into the Woods Jr. Camp shows are more popular than ever and make for a fun family outing in the park.

No summer is complete without the magic of an outdoor movie. From blockbusters to animated hits, to movie musicals and nostalgic blasts from the past, the Festival’s Movie Night Series, presented by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, has something for everyone. Be sure to grab your favorite movie snack from The Prop, the Festival’s onsite kitchen.

Tables in the VIP seating area can be reserved for all of the Festival’s series, in addition to limited blanket reservations, in front of the Wilcox Main Stage. The Best Seat in the House is a special seating area at the front of the VIP section, sponsored by Key Auto Group, who also sponsors the annual Pick Your Path raffle offering $40,000 toward the car of your choice or $25,000 cash. Grab your favorite blanket or chair and meet your friends on the lawn for phenomenal arts under the stars in Prescott Park.

2023 season passes are on sale now and grant early access to reservations for all of the Arts Festival’s series, including the musical, concerts and movie nights. Enjoy special events like the Chowder Festival Summer Kick-off on June 3, the Chili Cook-off, and NH Brew Fest on Oct. 14.

The mission of the Prescott Park Arts Festival is to provide financially accessible, multi-generational, high-quality, family-friendly art and educational outreach to a large and diverse audience. All are truly welcome, so join in the fun with a show this summer in the park!

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Prescott Park Arts Festival presents concerts, theater, film and other performing arts events throughout the summer. Photo by Clear Eye Photo.

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Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, Mass. Courtesy photo. Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth. Courtesy photo. Local comedian Jimmy Dunn presents the Hampton Beach Comedy Festival. Courtesy photo.

Blue OCean MuSiC Hall


Make the Seacoast your destination for live entertainment this summer. From music and theater to comedy and dance performances, there’s something for everyone at these venues and performing arts series. Outdoor events are weather-dependent, so be sure to confirm with the venues before you go.

4 Ocean Front N., Salisbury, Mass, 978-462-5800,

Situated on Salisbury Beach, the cabaret-style Blue Ocean Music Hall provides its audience an intimate live music experience. The venue is quaint and comfortable, featuring shows year-round, and every seat has a great view of the stage. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic seascapes. Look for a blend of performers including tribute bands, comedy acts and other events at this popular gathering place for music lovers.

COCHeCHO artS FeStival

550 Central Ave., Dover, 603-7422218,

The Cochecho Arts Festival began in the summer of 1987 in Dover and offers a summer-long series of local and regional acts. Concerts are held at the pavilion in Henry Law Park. The festival also presents lunchtime gigs and other performances. A partial 2023 schedule of the Friday night headliner series is listed on their website, and more acts are being added as we get closer to summer. All Cochecho Arts Festival events are free to attend and open to the public.

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Add to that a host of other musical acts who’ve entertained spectators since the 1930s, including the Dorsey Brothers, Louis Armstrong, the Doors, the Supremes and the Fifth Dimension. The 2023 schedule of performers features a wide variety of musical talent, so experience a piece of true history at the Casino Ballroom.

13tH annual HaMPtOn BeaCH COMedy FeStival

McGuirk’s Ocean View, 95 Ocean Blvd., Hampton,

The Hampton Beach Comedy Festival was founded by local comedian Jimmy Dunn in 2009. Dunn wanted to gather his talented funny friends to the beach to hang out and do a show. The festival is now held every year at McGuirk’s Ocean View in their Hideaway at Post 8 back bar. Dave Rattigan, a comedian whose Scamps Comedy Productions co-produces the event, praises the festival.

“All comedy festivals are a little different, and ours is very low-pressure and very fun. We’ve been able to maintain that spirit, making for an amusing and comical five nights.” — Jimmy Dunn, local comedian and founder of Hampton Beach Comedy Festival

“All comedy festivals are a little different, and ours is very lowpressure and very fun,” Dunn said. “We’ve been able to maintain that spirit, making for an amusing and comical five nights.”

Rattigan is on the roster for the festival and performs at the Winner’s Circle in Amesbury, Mass., every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. for Comedy Open Mic.

449 Roberts Road, Rollinsford, 603-750-4278,

Picture a small group of people in the 1940s who wanted to put on some plays. By 1953 they formed a theater club and called themselves the Garrison Players. The group is now the second-oldest continually performing community group in New Hampshire. It wasn’t all easy; for years the Garrison Players performed in many different venues before acquiring their current home in Rollinsford, the former Hiram Roberts Grange, in 1987. The facility is hosting a number of musical acts for their 2023 schedule.

HaMPtOn BeaCH CaSinO BallrOOM

169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, 603-929-4100,

Since 1899 the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom has been a premiere place to see big-name stars on the Seacoast. The casino is the heart of Hampton Beach and your visit wouldn’t be complete without attending a concert there. As you enter the building, take note of the remnants of yesteryear in its construction. Imagine a room packed with swing dancers as Duke Ellington and his orchestra or Glenn Miller’s big band provide a backdrop of sounds. Now picture Jimi Hendrix playing his sweet guitar strains on that stage, or Janis Joplin crooning her edgy lyrics.

HaMPtOn BeaCH SeaSHell StaGe

Ocean Blvd., Hampton, 603-918-1171,

The Seashell Stage boasts free concerts every night on the beach, a tradition that’s been going strong since the first bandstand was constructed in the early 1900s. Family-friendly fun awaits you and yours as you gather to watch the bands at 7 p.m. each evening starting in mid-June. There’s plenty of room to dance if you like, or just sit on a bench and enjoy the music. The beauty of this venue is that it’s free. Look for the Continentals to perform on Wednesday nights leading up to the fireworks, and experience theme performances like Country Music Week and Christian-based bands.

JiMMy’S Jazz & BlueS CluB

135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 888-603-5299,

Take an architecturally breathtaking landmark building and blend it with American-made soul music, and the result is Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club. Fabulous acoustics and an outstanding collection of musical talent make Jimmy’s a unique venue. The restoration of this 1905 structure not only brought famous soul singers like Mavis Staples and The Blind Boys of Alabama to Portsmouth; it also earned honors from

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the Portsmouth Historical Society. The birth of Jimmy’s Jazz and Blues Club is a touching tale of family ties, and their website contains the entire story.

tHe MuSiC Hall

28 Chestnut St. and 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-436-2400,

In 1878 the Music Hall opened as a vaudeville theater, and it has been enthralling the community ever since with its assortment of live performances, holiday presentations like The Nutcracker, and top musicians. Enter a world that blends contemporary with historical and experience the best of both. The Music Hall boasts two venues: an 895-seat historic Victorian theater on Chestnut Street, and a 120-seat modern space called The Music Hall Lounge on Congress Street. More than 130,000 patrons a year attend shows here; the mission of The Music Hall is to present outstanding performing arts for the enrichment of the Seacoast community.

PreSCOtt Park artS FeStival

105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, 603-436-2848,

Prescott Park, a 10-acre outdoor venue on the Portsmouth waterfront, is home to a number of events and offerings that celebrate the arts of stage plays, musical performances, group workshops and community events. The land for the park was owned by sisters Josie and Sarah Prescott and was willed to the city of Portsmouth in 1954 for public enjoyment. It has hosted outdoor productions of family-friendly plays since 1974. Enjoy the radiant flower gardens that have been maintained since the mid-1960s as you stroll this unique setting along the Piscataqua River. The 2023 season presents Little Shop of Horrors as its main production; this play will run evenings during July and August. Look for a series of daytime entertainment and events here also.

rOCHeSter OPera HOuSe

31 Wakefield St., Rochester, 603-335-1992,

Since 1908 the Rochester Opera House has been entertaining audiences with a combination of dramatic performances, vaudeville acts, concerts and minstrel shows. A true riches-to-rags-to-riches story drapes this venue, as

it had its struggles to stay alive through the years. In 1996 the community pulled together to revive the auditorium; through volunteer hours and money raised, the opera house was brought back to its original glory by 1998 and has been hosting a collection of concerts, plays and other stage presentations. This historical marvel features a horseshoe-shaped balcony and a unique movable floor. The 2023 show schedule is packed with entertaining performers, including a number of tribute bands, dancers and children’s shows.

tHe SeaCOaSt rePertOry tHeatre

125 Bow St., Portsmouth, 603-433-4472,

The Rep has been delighting audiences inside its intimate theater in downtown Portsmouth since 1988. Its 2023 theme, “The Impossible Dream,” brings storylines that focus on people’s journeys through struggles that lead to triumphs. “What sets the Rep apart from other theaters is they do so much more than simply put on a show — it’s true art and storytelling at its best,” says Jennifer Sue Rockwell, a 20-year performer. “They put a lot of thought and energy into the productions they choose, expanding on the message, allowing us as actors to spread our wings and try things. That’s empowering.” Rockwell just finished a stint at the Rep as Lucille Frank in Parade.

“I encourage anyone to attend a show at the Rep,” she said. “I guarantee you will walk out a different person.”

StOne CHurCH MuSiC CluB

5 Granite St., Newmarket, 603-659-7700,

Step into a 180-year-old community meeting house in downtown Newmarket and experience today’s music among walls covered with artifacts and leftover propaganda. The Stone Church has entertained people since 1970, when the building was converted into a rock club by two UNH students who had planned to make it into a coffee house. Their goal was to keep music alive in the community and they did it by featuring musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Winter and Santana. Remarkably the building was the victim of a fire in 1968 but the firefighters were able to preserve the stained glass windows as they fought the flames. Today this seasoned venue continues to welcome notable musicians for your listening pleasure.

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“They do so much more than simply put on a show — it’s true art and storytelling at its best.” — Jennifer Sue Rockwell, longtime Seacoast Repertory Theatre performer
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We are thrilled to welcome our visitors and share information that highlights the natural beauty of Hampton Beach and the local seacoast area with you! And yes, for those of you who are considering a visit to our area in New Hampshire, we do have a coastline and beautiful beaches here. Hampton Beach has won many awards over the years, including the third cleanest beach in the United States and rated in the Top 10 Values for Resorts in America. This has made the New Hampshire Seacoast one of the most desirable vacation destinations along the eastern coastline of the United States. At Hampton Beach, you will find great places to stay, free activities, events, amenities and dining options. During your visit, you will find friendly business owners and knowledgeable State Parks employees who focus on water safety each day. Hampton Beach is one of the most beautiful state parks in New Hampshire. We are blessed to be in an area that values a strong sense of community and commitment to both the residents and visitors. It is an honor to work alongside town officials, Hampton Beach Village District leaders, business owners, volunteers and residents.

Together, we successfully put on the free nightly concerts, weekly and holiday fireworks, the Sand Sculpting Competition, the Children’s Festival, the

Beach & Brew Fest, free outdoor Monday night movies, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival and many other activities. Our goal is to provide opportunities for everyone to get involved and connected here on the New Hampshire seacoast. There are activities offered for people of all ages and interests. From ice cream to fried dough, fast food to fine cuisine, arcades to the golf course — Hampton Beach has something to offer for everyone. We also have a variety of seacoast hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and rental beach cottages to choose from, so stay as long as you want. For those who are interested in more than lying on the beach, we have many outdoor recreational activities that will keep you busy throughout the day. Recently, Hampton Beach was featured in a 30-minute television show on a New England TV station which highlighted many of our outdoor activities (see for yourself at When you arrive, please visit the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce Information Center. We are pleased to assist you in any way to make your stay in the Hampton area a pleasant and fun one. It is our goal as a community to provide a safe and fun venue for all our visitors. Visit and the Official Hampton Village District site,, for more information.

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One day in 1966, the wind created a swell that moved toward The Wall at North Beach in North Hampton. This swell traveled for thousands of miles and met Ralph Fatello, a surfer, surf photographer, blogger and musician from Hampton, who stood up on his surfboard and rode the wave to the end of its life.

“I got inside the barrel [of the wave] for the first time in my life and I knew right then and there that I would spend the rest of my life trying to get back in that barrel,” Fatello said.

Fatello discovered surfing for the first time in 1963, when his dad was watching television and said, “Ralphie, check this out.” On screen, someone was surfing, and he was eager to know where this was happening and how he could get there. Ever since that day, he’s been fascinated with the water sport. He raised money to rent a surfboard by delivering papers and began surfing in 1964 with his friends.

Dave Cropper, a local surfer, who began working at the shop in high school and bought it in 1989.

Cropper, who started catching waves at a very young age, says surfing has grown a lot over the years in this area. The Seacoast gets some solid waves, beautiful clear water and an exciting change in seasons. On the East Coast, locals have the ability to surf in the morning and head up north to ski or snowboard in the afternoon on the same day.

Fatello loves the Seacoast for its distinct changes in weather and surf conditions — in summer the water is warmer, spring brings blooming flowers and trees, fall has decently warm water and big waves, and winter Nor’easters cause some sick swells.

“Surfing here is always different,” says Cropper. “It’s not like Hawaii, where there’s waves all the time. Here, when the waves get good, it’s a little bit more special.”

Ralph Fatello never misses a good wave, and neither does his camera.

Ralph Fatello started his blog, “Ralph’s Pic of the Week,” 19 years ago.

“Getting a photo of someone in the barrel — that’s the timeless surf maneuver,” he says. “That’s the pinnacle of surfing.”

His blog gets more than 300,000 views weekly from 200 countries. He also posts local and international surfing photos submitted to him by photographers worldwide.

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The surf scene didn’t hit the Seacoast until the 1960s — Fatello says whatever was happening in California was making its way to the area. Surf shops were beginning to open and locals were renting boards and discovering new breaks at local beaches. Cinnamon Rainbows in North Hampton, a popular surf shop, opened its first location on the Seacoast in 1983. The shop is owned by

Surf shops on popular beaches, such as Cinnamon Rainbows, Wildflow Surf Co. in Salisbury and Summer Sessions Surf Shop in Rye, are places where surfers can connect and learn how to surf or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) through rentals, camps, tours, lessons or classes on local beaches.

“[The Seacoast] has really good diversity when it comes to waves,” says CJ Cronin, co-owner of Wildflow Surf Co., who’s been surfing the Seacoast for 20 years. “We have really good beginner waves, sandbars, and then up in New Hampshire you have some really world-class breaks.”

Cronin advises that beginners start with a bigger board, such as an 8-foot soft top, since it’s easier to balance and learn to stand on them, as well as to catch waves, which will help surfers improve their skills quickly. In addition, Cropper says going with an experienced friend or taking a lesson is a great way

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New Hampshire surfer Kevin “Doc” Grondin. Photo by Ralph Fatello.

to get started in the sport. Surfers should have a wetsuit, be aware of the winds and tides, and understand proper etiquette in the water.

Wildflow Surf Co.’s lessons, tours and schools take place right on Salisbury beach and aim to help beginners build confidence in the sport, have fun and connect with family and friends. Most of the participants are girls, which Cronin thinks is great. Back when Fatello began surfing in the 1960s, there were no female surfers, but now local surfers are a mix of women and men, girls and boys.

Cronin remembers a time when one student in a lesson, a young boy, high-fived his dad as he rode a wave to shore — both looked very happy.

“It was really cool to see that happen,” says Cronin. There’s nothing like the feeling of catching your first wave — when the energy of the water lifts you up, the sound of splashes hits your board, and suddenly you feel like you’re flying. Fatello says this sensation lights people up and can be a life-changing experience.

“It’s really living in the moment,” says Cropper.

Fun FaCt: a wave can move up to 35 miles per hour and travel for thousands of miles before reaching a shoreline.

“Waiting for waves and riding the energy of the waves.”

Surfing is not only a stress reliever; it’s also good exercise. Paddling is great for cardiovascular endurance and it builds shoulder and back strength, while standing on the board helps surfers with their balance as well as leg and core strength. The endorphin release from exercise, calmness of being out on the water, and joy of connecting with other surfers is what draws many people to the sport. One woman who took a surfing lesson at Cinnamon Rainbows went up to Cropper after her lesson and said to him, “As soon as I stepped in the water, all the stress of land washed away.”

“Surfing heals all wounds,” is a mantra that Fatello lives by. He’s not only a surfer but also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. After coming back from Vietnam, “surfing pulled me out of that darkness and showed me the way to the light,” Fatello says. This will be his 15th year running the Wounded Warrior Project at Hampton, an event that introduces veterans of

Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan to surfing. The event is about community and connecting veterans to the remedy of riding waves.

This isn’t the only community event that takes place on the Seacoast. Every summer, Cinnamon Rainbows hosts Surfing With Smiles, an event where volunteers teach kids with special needs how to surf. The shop provides all of the gear and soft tops for participants. Cropper says the community shows up and helps out for events like that.

Cropper says you don’t have to always be catching waves to feel the joy. Sometimes just being out in the water, watching sunrise or sunset, and sharing moments with friends is just as exhilarating. Every surfer is out there for the same reason, and Cropper gets just as excited as seeing his friends ride a wave as he does for himself.

“We’re basically a tribe,” says Fatello. “We speak our own language; we know the feelings; we follow the weather; we’re a deep-connected community.”

When the surfing conditions are right, The Wall at North Beach is packed with cars. Local surfers gear up in their wetsuits, wax their boards, walk down the steps and make their way to where the wave breaks are. Fatello says that often surfers are out there in the morning to catch a few waves and decompress before work. This allows them to use what their surf session provided them with in order to face life issues with clarity and confidence.

Surfing is an entire world that many people are not aware of — a world of joy, healing and freedom. During good surfing conditions, locals will most likely find Fatello out there with his camera. He is passionate about capturing moments of surfers, whether they’re in barrels, paddling out, or riding at sunrise, which he shares on his social media and blog. He has become well-known in the area, and local surfers get excited when he captures a photo of them in action.

“I know there’s going to be a point when I’m just not going to be able to physically [surf], but I know that I could drive down to the ocean, look at the waves and mind surf,” says Fatello. “In my mind, I’ll be surfing those waves.”

SurF etiquette

• When paddling out, bypass surfers riding a wave.

• The surfer closest to the peak or farthest out gets the right of way.

• Don’t snake, meaning don’t paddle around a surfer to become closer to the peak.

• Don’t drop in, meaning if another surfer gets the wave first, it’s theirs.

• Use your surfboard strap and keep your board under control and near you at all times.

• Share the waves with other surfers.

• Communicate with other surfers when necessary.

• Show respect to the locals and apologize if you make a mistake.

• Respect the ocean and beach.

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New Hampshire surfer Kainalu Nichols. Photo by Ralph Fatello.

BeGinner tiPS

• Monitor the weather and winds to ensure it’s safe to surf.

• Understand the tides in your local area.

• Wear a wetsuit that is appropriate for current weather conditions.

• Go with an experienced friend or take a lesson with an instructor.

• Use a bigger surfboard, such as an 8-foot foam board.

• Paddle out to a beginnerfriendly surf spot where the waves are small.

• When you fall, keep your hands over your head and face to protect yourself from the board.

• Have fun; everyone starts somewhere. Wildflow Surf Co. in Salisbury, Mass. offers private and group surfing lessons. Courtesy photo.


& Gear rentalS

CinnaMOn rainBOWS

62 Lafayette Road, North Hampton (temporary location)

Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Surf lessons and paddleboard tours are offered May through September and are available at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Surf camps are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. mid-June through August. Rentals are available May through October.

Price: A one-hour private lesson is $75; a six-pack of one-hour private lessons is $375; a lesson with a shared instructor for ages 11+ is $60; paddleboard tours for ages 11+ are $50; Kids’ Surf Camp, Adult Surf Camp, and Women’s Surf Camp are $35, or $25 if the person has their own gear; participants must call in advance for prices on group lessons or other gatherings. For rentals, surfboards and wetsuits are $35 for a half day and $45 for a full day, surfboards are $25 for a half day and $35 for a full day, wetsuits are $20 for a half day and $25 for a full day, and body boards are $10 for a half day and $15 for a full day.

More info: Visit, email or call 929-7467. Lessons, tours and camps run when surf conditions allow and gear is provided.

WildFlOW SurF CO.

26 Ocean Front S., Salisbury, Mass

Hours: Surf school runs from June 19 through Aug. 31, and SUP school runs from July 24 through Aug. 18. Both schools run Monday through Friday for one hour daily.

Price: For surfing, private lessons are $70 hourly, semiprivate lessons are $60 hourly, and group lessons are $50 hourly. For SUP, private lessons are $70 hourly, private group lessons are $60 hourly, and semi-private lessons are $50 hourly. Surf and SUP school is $175 per week. For rentals, surfboards are $25 for a half day and $35 for a full day, paddleboards are $40 for a half day and $65 for a full day, and wetsuits are $25 for a full day. More info: Visit, email wildflowsurfco@gmail,com, or call 978-255-1590. Lessons, tours and schools run when surf conditions allow. Gear is provided for lessons and schools. Participants must be of age 7+ and you must call to book a lesson.


2281 Ocean Blvd., Rye

Hours: One-hour surf & SUP lessons are available 10 a.m to 5 p.m. daily. Kids Camp Week runs from June 20 through Aug. 22 and Kid’s Surf Night occurs in June, July and August. Ladies Night occurs Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.

Price: For surfing, private lessons are $75 each, semi-private lessons are $60 each, flexible five-pack lessons are $325 each, and semi-private flexible fivepack lessons are $275 each. For SUP, private lessons are $65 each and semi-private lessons are $55 each. Kids Camp Week is $295 each and Kids Surf Night is $185 each. Ladies Night is $45 each. For rentals, surfboards and wetsuits are $35 for a half day, $45 for a full day, and $25 after 5 p.m., surfboards are $25 for a half day and $35 for a full day, wetsuits are $15 for a half day and $20 for a full day, and paddleboards are $35 for a half day, $45 for a full day, and $20 after 5 p.m.

More info: Visit, email, or call 319-8207. Registration for Kid’s Surf Camp starts April 18 at 6 p.m. Gear is provided for lessons and camps.

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JenneSS BeaCH

2280 Ocean Blvd., Rye

Hours: Always open to the public. Bath house is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 27 through Sept. 5, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 through Oct. 30, and closed after Oct. 31.

Price: Parking is $2 per hour April 1 through Sept. 30 and $1 per hour Oct. 1 through Oct. 30.

More info: Visit jenness-state-beach or call 227-8722 (Seacoast Regional Office). Surf conditions can be monitored at

tHe Wall at nOrtH HaMPtOn

920 Ocean Blvd., North Hampton

Hours: Always open to the public. Bath house is open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

Price: Parking is $2 per hour May 1 through Sept. 30 and $1 per hour April 1 through April 30 and after Oct. 30.

More info: Visit north-beach, email thewallnorthbeach@comcast. net, or call 369-9442. Surf conditions can be monitored at

SaliSBury BeaCH

1 Beach Road, Salisbury, Mass.

Hours: Open to the public sunrise to sunset. Price: Parking is $14 for Massachusetts residents and $40 for non Massachusetts residents May 14 through Oct. 30.

More info: Visit, email, or call 978-462-4481. Surf conditions can be monitored at

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As Portsmouth celebrates its 400th anniversary, Pro Portsmouth is proud to have been a part of that history, 46 years to be exact. It all began in June 1978 on Market Square Day. For most, Market Square Day marks the start of the summer season on the Seacoast (nice alliteration!). With a 10K road race, great music, food and hours of shopping ahead of you, it’s difficult to imagine a place you’d rather be on the second Saturday in June.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in the 1970s was not the destination spot we enjoy today. This was a time when the downtown business owners were packing their goods to “move shop” rather than packing their goods to ship to consumers. Shops were boarded up, parking lots had replaced historic buildings, “pedestrian-friendly” wasn’t a part of the vernacular. Historic Market Square, once the center of commerce for this Port City, had become an intersection for traffic just passing through.

The renovation and beautification of downtown Portsmouth, and more specifically Market Square, in the ’70s is acknowledged by most as a turning point in the life cycle of Portsmouth. To celebrate and mark these momentous changes, Market Square Day was born. In June 1978 following months of planning and preparation merchants set up “shop”

on the sidewalks and streets, musicians performed on corners, and a fresh farmers market was set up on Market Street. It was called a celebration of “the new Market Square.” Legend has it that folks squaredanced in the Square. Check out the exhibit “Reinventing Portsmouth” at the Discover Portsmouth Center. It’s a look back at the 1970s and how city planners and the community worked together – after a disagreement or two – to breathe new life into the downtown.

Which brings us to 2023 …

Pro Portsmouth kicks off a summer of music, theater, and gathering ’round town, but in particular, our “living room,” Market Square. The Seacoast Wind Ensemble opens the 19th Annual Summer in the Street music program Saturday evenings in July.

Got theater? Our friends at Prescott Park Arts Festival present Little Shop of Horrors while The Seacoast Rep gives us Hair. Groovy.

More music? Tuesdays on the Terrace at Strawbery Banke Museum features excellent regional performers, and the same is true at PPAF along with some must-see headliners.

Since we’re all about history, it’s important to note that after 400 years this little city on the Piscataqua is looking good.

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Portsmouth’s 19th Annual Summer in the Street series opens with a performance by the Seacoast Wind Ensemble on July 1. Courtesy photo.
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Local beer is brewed all over the Seacoast. From seasonal ales to refreshing IPAs, there is a type for every beer lover. Sip your brew with friends at local breweries and gardens while enjoying live music, parties, games and more. Here’s a look at what makes Seacoast breweries unique and what you can expect when you visit.

BareW O l F Bre W in G

12 Oakland St., Amesbury, Mass., 978-5276520,

BareWolf Brewing fosters a sense of community at every level. Hierarchies are non-existent at BareWolf, as their brewers collaborate to craft new flavors, experiment with recipes, and oversee brewery operations. Leadership decisions are made collectively, and everyone, including patrons, can participate in the brewing process, as the main production space is visible from the taproom. Embracing the spirit of creativity, BareWolf brewers develop fresh brews each month, driven by their appreciation of “ever-changing newness and the opportunity to live in the transitory,” as stated on their website. One upcoming brew is the Kitty Kitty Pizza Party, a citrusy-filled brew

that is packed with Citra, Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin hops, perfect for the summer months, which you can get to-go or to enjoy in the brewery. It is also the first beer they ever brewed.

BareWolf hosts many community events, live music, block parties and comedy nights. Celebrate BareWolf’s 6th birthday on Saturday, July 22, from noon to 10 p.m., when Kitty Kitty Pizza Party gets released. If you’re looking for a local brew from a passionate community, BareWolf Brewery is the place. As Stevie Bareford, founder and owner, says, “Corporate beer is for chumps.”

Products: Foggy Galaxy NEIPA, Among the Wildflowers Hefeweizen, Polyamorous Cabal French Saison, Stranger in the Alps Pilsner, Vast NEIPA, Dry Cider and other IPAs and Lagers.

Taproom hours: Monday through Tuesday, closed; Wednesday through Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Activities: Food trucks, Amesbury Farmers Market, comedy nights, block parties, community events, live music, private events.

Bre W ery Silvati C u S

9 Water St., Amesbury, Mass., 978-5042337,

Brewery Silvaticus crafts beers that harken back to traditional European brews like Belgian farmhouse ales and German-style lagers while adding some unique Silvaticus innovation, according to their website. This brewer-owned and -operated taproom is dedicated to upgrading their menu and introducing new brews to their loyal customers. One fan-favorite is the Quintessential Pilsner, a fantastic everyday beer, according to the website. It’s fresh, snappy and “crafted from premium German malt,” the website said.

Brewery Silvaticus loves connecting with the Amesbury community. This bustling brewery is always brimming with patrons enjoying cold beer and food-truck days. Keep an eye out for upcoming events on their website, like the exciting opportunity to participate in Taproom Trivia on Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m., all summer long.

Products: Quintessential Pilsner, the Vig Hoppy Lager, Affinity Abbey Ale, Sovereign Pilsner, Y Knot American Lager,

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Earth Eagle Brewings beer garden. Courtesy photo.

Oblivion Black Lager, Brevity American Sour Ale, Silence Tripel, Etymology Bottle Pour, Radler Pilsner and Lemonade.

Taproom hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday; open Wednesday through Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Activities: Dog-friendly beer garden, smallbites menu, kid-friendly, food trucks.

e art H e a G le Bre W in GS Barclay Square, 350 Route 108, Ste. 208, Somersworth, 841-5421; 175 High St., Portsmouth, 502-2244,

Earth Eagle always has a great variety of beer on tap and available to go in cans.

Owner and head brewer Alex McDonald says that “New England Gangsta IPA, West-coast style brew, is our flagship beer, with the Piscataqua American lager a close second.”

The brewery also has ciders, seltzers and wine at both locations and cocktails in Portsmouth. Their most popular summer blends are Bird From Mars, Samantha (strawberry sour ale), Sassy Sam (a blend of Samantha and Champagne) and EEBarita (their style of a margarita blended with their sour ales).

The brewpub in Portsmouth offers a comprehensive menu featuring burgers and hot dogs with an array of flavors. There is no on-site parking available, but the private beer garden is conveniently located just a short stroll from Market Square, and well-mannered dogs on leashes are always welcome.

Earth Eagle North in Somersworth has a 50seat taproom, with plenty of parking.

“We’re celebrating our 10th year throughout 2023,” McDonald said. “A decade of brews, food, music and community makes us a hit with locals and visitors alike.”

Earth Eagle’s 9th Annual Sausage Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, from noon to 9 p.m. at their Portsmouth location. Participants must be 21+ and can’t bring dogs.

Products: Piscataqua American Lager, New England Gangsta IPA, Birds from Mars Tropical IPA, Michlik Czech-style pilsner, PLUMberjack Plum Sour, Armadillo Danger Pale Ale, Brethren Code coconut White Stout, Circling Birds Double IPA and more.

Taproom Hours: Portsmouth: Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Monday, closed. Somersworth: Wednesday through Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Friday, 2 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday through Tuesday, closed.

Activities: Beer garden, cocktails, open mic nights, burgers and hot dogs in Portsmouth; the primary brewing facility, cocktails, weekly live music and trivia in Somersworth.

Great rHytHM BreWinG CO. 105 Bartlett St., Portsmouth, 430-9640,

Great Rhythm is an independent craft brewery living the coastal lifestyle with a passion for quality beer, according to their website.

Founder Scott Thornton says their signature drinks are two hazy IPAS, Squeeze and Tropical Haze, but that drinkers will also find classic lagers, stouts, fruity sour ales and more at Great Rhythm.

A summertime favorite is their North Beach Mexican-style Lager, a thirst-quenching lager with a crisp, clean finish. Their signature Squeeze pairs nicely with summertime activities. It is loaded with juicy, refreshing flavors of squeezed tangerine.

Great Rhythm is a great brewery for those who live for the beach life.

Products: Tropical Haze IPA, Squeeze IPA, Soundcheck IPA, Margarita Gose, North Beach Mexican-style Lager, Great Life Lager, Peche Floue Sour Ale, Resonation Pale Ale.

Taproom Hours: Monday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Activities: Live music, outdoor beer garden overlooking the picturesque North Mill Pond, where well-behaved dogs are welcome.

liarS BenCH Beer CO.

459 Islington St., No. 4, Portsmouth, 294-9156,

Liars Bench Beer Co. is an independently owned nano-brewery, tap room and biergarten located in an old plumbing warehouse. The brewery includes a welcoming atmosphere with joint tables. Their website says that “drinkers are encouraged to tell stories but not necessarily the truth. Here’s to empty lies, come share one.”

Dagan Migirditch, Co-Founder, says that “ethos is the soul of the brewery.”

“With twelve rotating taps pouring intentionally brewed, traditionally inspired ales and lagers, with our full menu, our lush outdoor beer garden and industrial, vibrant tap room, we curate a space we believe has a beer and a seat for everyone,” he said.

Their selection of ales and lagers is always rotating. This year, drinkers can try their Mexican lager, a bright, easy-to-drink lager that’s brewed with heirloom corn from Tuckaway Farms and is packed with lime zest. The beer was made in collaboration with David Vargas, the Vida Cantina Chef and Owner.

Dog owners will enjoy the Hot Dogs: A Puppy Pageant event, where the hottest dog in Portsmouth will be crowned, in late August. If you’re looking for a place to connect over a cold craft, then Liars Bench Beer Co. is the spot.

Products: No Dice Pilsner, Young Upstart IPA, Love Duck Pale Ale, Slurps Up Summer Lager; Vida de Lima Mexican Pale Lager w. Lime, Saison’s Bathers Summer Saison; Fizzarita Carbonated Margarita on Draft.

Taproom Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday 11:30

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BareWolf Brewing. Courtesy photo. Great Rhythm Brewing Co. Courtesy photo.

a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Activities: Dog-friendly outdoor beer garden; Tuesday night trivia; Thursday night CSA farm stand; monthly retail pop-ups.

lOaded queStiOn BreWinG CO.

909 Islington St., Suite 12, Portsmouth, 8521396,

Loaded Question is releasing Single Fin Logger (a Mexican-style lager) just in time for the warm weather. It has a large dose of Centennial hops with a unique lemon and lime character, making it the perfect brew for a hot summer day. A portion of sales of the beer go toward Surfrider New Hampshire’s water testing program.

There’s always something new for locals to try at Loaded Question, since their beers are always rotating. Their favorite beer changes per weather, season, time of day and who they’re hanging out with. They believe that when the color, flavor, aroma and body of a beer matches a moment, it enhances the beauty of the experience.

Loaded Question is all about connecting with and making memories with local beer lovers. Join the community during Lager Life, a lager festival on Saturday, July 29, where New England’s top lager breweries will join Loaded Question for a celebration of their favorite thirst-quenching, crisp beers.

Products: Just Lucky NEIPA, Shimmer Pale Ale, Islington Genuine Draft American Lager, The Tartan Porter, Sparkletoes DIPA, Bubblewrap Fruited Sour, Orange Peel In-

cident Belgian Singel. Their 12 taps are constantly rotating.

Taproom Hours: Monday through Friday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 8 p.m.

Activities: Outdoor patio, weekly run club, monthly book club, open mic nights, monthly ocean trivia with Seacoast Science Center, dogs are welcome on the patio.

neWBuryPOrt BreWinG CO

4 New Pasture Road, Newburyport, Mass., 978463-8700,

“Newburyport Brewing is all about delicious beer and live music,” co-founder Chris Webb says.

Known for its community-oriented approach, the brewery, nestled in the historic streets of Newburyport, Mass., strives to be a welcoming oasis where patrons can unwind. Its Anchors Aweigh Food Truck is outside daily, serving pizza and sandwiches to go with a beer. Plus, you can bring your kids and dog.

Newburyport Brewing frequently unveils new brews. This summer, they are releasing a Mojito Hard Seltzer and Boozy Slushies. They will also have a 13th Light Lager, which is a crisp, easy-to-drink Pilsner.

On Saturday, June 10, bring the whole family, plus your pooch, to the brewery for face painting, food trucks, games, beer and more. The Birthday Bash runs all day from noon to 10 p.m. If you can’t make the Birthday Bash, then check out the Pop Country Music Festival on Saturday, July 15, from noon to 10 p.m.

Products: Sandbar Double IPA, Overboard NEIPA, Green Head IPA, Melt Away IPA, Newburyport Pale Ale, Plum Island Belgian White, Maritime Lager, Newberry Blue Weisse, Joppa Grande Stout, Lighthaus Lemon-Lime Gose, North Woods Maple Brown.

Taproom hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Wednesday through Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

Activities: Live music, local art, games, beer to go, dog-friendly.

riverWalk BreWinG CO.

40 Parker St., Newburyport, Mass., 978-4992337,

A family- and employee-owned business, Riverwalk Brewing Co. is dedicated to supporting the local community, keeping all its production in-house, with brewers, chefs and waiters all working under the same roof. According to its website, the brewery also has a commitment to sustainability, sourcing its hops from organic growers and using wind turbines and solar panels to power its operations.

One of Riverwalk’s standout brews is its

signature Riverwalk IPA. Grab a growler of this balanced and hoppy IPA as you cozy up around one of Riverwalk’s fire pits. When you book a fire pit, you also get to choose from a selection of pizza, pretzels or nachos. Riverwalk also caters to remote workplaces with online tastings that can be booked through their website.

Products: Storm Door Porter Ale, Riverwalk IPA, Hit of Haze NEIPA, Little Tipper Session IPA, Soil & Sky Belgian Style, Uncanny Kolsch Kolsch, Yacht Rocker Wheat Ale, Granite Crush Pale Ale.

Taproom hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Activities: Live music, yoga, trivia, brewery tours, virtual beer tastings, fire pits, private events.

SMuttynOSe BreWery

105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton, 436-4026,

Smuttynose Brewery has grown significantly since its establishment in 1994 but has managed to retain its nostalgic, old-school allure. In addition to crafting cold beers, Smuttynose is committed to educating customers about its rich history and brewing process, according to its website.

The brewery features a tasting bar at the main entrance and a restaurant just across the street, offering a selection of classic American fare such as pretzel bites, chicken tenders, salads, popcorn shrimp and more. They also have a retail shop and dog-friendly beer garden and host live music, trivia nights and other events.

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Earth Eagle Brewings. Courtesy photo. Stoneface Brewing Co. Courtesy photo.

Saturday, July 15, from noon to 4 p.m. for the Oasis Party at The Dive, where new samples of their Easy Kind IPA, Pineapple Orange and Coconut Sour drinks will be served. There will also be live music, water games, samples of Island District Cocktails’ drinks and a prize wheel for free merchandise.

Products: Smuttynose Finestkind IPA, Smuttynose Easy Kind IPA, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, Smuttynose Lager, Smuttynose Robust Porter, Smuttynose Match Play Seasonal IPA, Operation Delta Dog IPA, Panther IPA, Wildcat Tracks IPA, Common Man Ale, S’mores Snaccident Stout, The Eagle Stout, Smuttynose Cherry Cheesecake Sour, Smuttynose Strawberry Lemonade Sour, Smuttynose Blueberry Lemon Bar Sour, Smuttynose Pineapple Orange Coconut Sour.

Taproom hours: Sunday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Activities: Dog-friendly beer garden, tasting bar, golf tournaments, animal-friendly events, 5Ks, live music, Wednesday trivia nights.

StOneFaCe BreWinG CO.

436 Shattuck Way, Newington, 427-9801,

Stoneface Brewing Co.’s Half Clip NEIPA features Citra, Mosaic Cryo, Simcoe, Columbus hops and Idaho 7 Cryo, with a gentle taste of stone fruit and citrus peel in each sip.

On Earth Day weekend Stoneface is having a Green Daze event where locals can enjoy new beer, special food and a pop-up market. The event’s goal is to celebrate participation in sustainability efforts by the brewery, as well as vendors and partners at the event.

From Friday, Oct. 6, to Sunday, Oct. 8, the brewery is celebrating Oktoberfest with new beer releases, special foods and limited merchandise.

Products: IPAs, Full Clip NEIPA, Half Clip NEIPA, Duderino American Lager and more.

Taproom Hours: Wednesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Monday through Tuesday, closed.

Activities: Exclusive tasting room, ever-changing food menu.

StriPe nine BreWinG CO.

8 Somersworth Plaza, Somersworth, 841-7175,

Family-owned by Sean Kelly and his two brothers, Stripe Nine Brewing Co. is committed to offering a diverse selection of house beers. It aims to keep 10 unique brews on tap every day, with varieties based on the brew schedule and seasonal ingredient availability.

The brewery collaborates with local farms to source high-quality ingredients for its products, one being its standout seasonal brew, the Haunted Overload Pumpkin Ale, crafted in partnership with DeMerritt Hill Farm in Lee. To create this flavorful ale, they roast the farm’s pumpkins in their woodfired brick oven, infusing the brew with notes of

cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, and steep it on vanilla beans. The beer is served in a glass rimmed with toasted, crushed pumpkin seeds. There are several beers on tap for drinkers to try. Fruit lovers will enjoy the Fair Ball IPA, a sweet IPA that is dry hopped with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. The Cool Beans Coffee Stout is a coffee lover’s dream. It is brewed with pounds of coffee beans and a bit of cacao nibs.

Products: Backdraught Red Ale, Cool Beans Coffee Stout, Indigo Hill Chocolate Stout, Snow Filled Sky Stout, Langdon Pale Ale, Debut IPA, Fair Ball IPA, Wheelhouse NEIPA, Old Glory IPA, Rock & Roll NEIPA, Blurry NEIPA, Pender Vibes NEIPA, Double Blurry DNEIPA, Cos-Mic Jive NEIPA, Rayz Double IPA, Resist Stout (limited release), Stripe Nine Black & Tan, Haunted Overload Pumpkin Ale (seasonal), All Together IPA (limited release)

Taproom Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, closed

Activities: Outdoor seating, customized event packages, live music, wood-fired pizza, tastings.

tHrOWBaCk BreWery

7 Hobbs Road, North Hampton, 379-2317,

Throwback brews farm-fresh beer in a renovated 1860s post-and-beam barn and focuses on sustainability by using a 48-kilowatt solar bed for power. They are also the only 100-percent women-owned brewery in New Hampshire and the only Seacoastbased brewery that uses grains from the Northeast grainshed to put in all of its beers.

Throwback offers a variety of beers that everyone can sip and enjoy, such as spicy and fruity blends; crisp and clean; dark and roasty; sour and hoppy.

Every summer, Throwback brings back She Sells Seashells, a very refreshing, gently salted blond ale. Slightly hopped, this brew has hints of spicy lemon tea and soft peach. It is referred to as their “go-to” beach beer — perfect for summer.

On Saturday, July 1, Throwback Brewery is celebrating its 12th birthday by launching several smallbatch beers for locals to enjoy.

Products: Rotating Party Pants Sour Ale Series, Hog Happy Hefeweizen, Donkey-Hote Double IPA, She Sells Seashells Salted Blonde Ale, Love Me For a Long Time Bohemian Pilsner, Cheek Squeezer Sour Ale with Cherries, Spicy Bohemian Jalapeno Pilsner, Rule the Roost Hazy House IPA, Oma’s Tribute Black Lager.

Taproom Hours: Wednesday through Thursday, 4 to 7:30 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, noon to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, from June to September, noon to 6 p.m.; Monday through Tuesday, closed.

Activities: Farm stand, outdoor beer garden where your well-behaved dog is welcome, farm-totable restaurant, working farm, community-supported agriculture programs.

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• The Seacoast ArtSpot (2992 Lafayette Road, Unit 3, Portsmouth) is hosting a Kids Summer Art & Crafts Camp for ages 6 and up throughout the summer. Kids will explore art and work on projects based on individual interests. The camp is $395 for a week and $95 for a day and goes from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit

• The Portsmouth downtown area hosts the Art ’Round Town gallery walk on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. (14 Market Square). Explore the art scene in this creative historical community by visiting different art galleries downtown. Visit

• View the jaw-dropping sculptures crafted every year on Hampton Beach at the 23rd annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic , happening Thursday, June 15, through Saturday, June 17, at Hampton Beach (180 Ocean Blvd.). The event includes award ceremonies and prizes for the greatest sand sculptures built. The competition is by invitation only, but the sculptures will be illuminated for viewing at night until June 26. Visit

• The Hampton Falls Liberty Craft Festival takes place on Saturday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hampton Falls Town Common (4 Lincoln Ave.) This event is free to the public. More than 75 juried artisans will feature their work. Discover pottery, pillow quilts, wind chimes and more. Visit

• The Seacoast ArtSpot (2992 Lafayette Road, Unit 3, Portsmouth) is hosting a Kids

Multimedia Summer Camp for ages 7 and up from July 10 through July 14 and Aug. 21 through Aug. 25. Kids will explore watercolor painting, drawing, sketching, quilting and other art forms. The camp is $425 and goes from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit

• The Seacoast ArtSpot (2992 Lafayette Road, Unit 3, Portsmouth) is hosting a Kids Sewing Summer Camp for ages 8 and up Aug. 7 through Aug. 11 and Aug. 14 through Aug. 18. Kids will discover stitching basics and sewing techniques and practice their skills by sewing a pillowcase on machines. The camp is $425 and goes from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit

• The 15th Annual Hampton Falls Craft Festival takes place on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hampton Falls Town Common (4 Lincoln Ave.) More than 75 juried artisans will feature their work. Discover photography, apparel, books, candles, fine jewelry and much more. This event is free to the public. Visit

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• Catch the family-friendly annual NH Maker Fest at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event showcases a variety of vendors from engineers and scientists to artists and chefs. Attendees will learn about vendors’ unique hobbies, projects and experiments while eating delicious food. The event is open to the public and a $5 donation is encouraged. Visit

• Start summer strong at the Somersworth Summer Fest hosted by the Falls Chamber of Commerce in the Somersworth Plaza (85 Main St.) on Saturday, June 10, from noon to 4 p.m. Experience live music, a beer garden, amazing food and more. This event is free to the public. Visit

• Celebrate the redevelopment of downtown Portsmouth on Market Square Day , Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Pro Portsmouth, the event usually has more than 150 vendors, and attendees can participate in logo contests, explore different products from merchants, crafters and artists, and listen to music. This event is free to the public. Visit events/market-square-day.

• The 41st annual Somersworth International Children’s Festival will be held in

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The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival returns Sept. 8 through Sept. 10. Photo courtesy of Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce. Hampton Beach. Photo courtesy of Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Somersworth on Saturday, June 17, on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Noble Pines Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy live music, food, local vendors, rides, wildlife encounters and a variety of other children’s activities, including a Touch-A-Truck area. A pre-festival celebration night is taking place the night before, Friday, June 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Somersworth High School (11 Memorial Drive), and will include a fireworks display. This event is free to the public. Visit

• Celebrate freedom at the 33rd annual American Independence Festival , happening at the American Independence Museum (1 Governors Lane, Exeter) on Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, enjoy music, food and games, and check out the original Dunlap Broadside. This event is free to the public. Visit

• On Sept. 3, 1965, there was an alleged UFO sighting in Exeter, which led to the Exeter UFO Festival at the Swasey Parkway. The event celebrates the anniversary of this alleged sighting and will take place Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3. It features a variety of learning lectures, which are $30 for both days, children’s games, trolley tours of the iconic sighting spot for $5, merchandise and more. Visit

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• Get a mix of current films and broadcasts of theatrical productions at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 4362400, The current schedule includes screenings of Southeast Land Trust’s 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival , which celebrates the beauty of nature, on Friday, April 14, at 7

p.m.; Beauty and the Beast choreography performance for all ages on Saturday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m., and t he met – d ie Zauberflöte ( mozart) on Saturday, June 3, at 12:55 p.m.

• New movies are coming soon to the Regal Fox Run in Newington. Love Again (NR), a drama, is being released just in time for Mother’s Day on May 12. Fast X (NR), action, is being released on May 19. t he machine: A t heatrical experience with Bert Kreischer Live (R), action/comedy, is being released on May 25. t he Little mermaid (PG), a live-action remake of the fantasy musical, is being released on May 26.

• Enjoy a screening of truth tellers , chronicles of art by Robert Shetterly, at The Screening Room (82 State St., Newburyport, Mass.) on Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $12. Visit

• Films from Fathom Events ( are showing throughout the summer. Among the offerings, you can watch the re-release of Castle in the Sky (PG, anime) with your kids on Monday, July 10, and Tuesday, July 12; Hairspray 35th Anniversary (PG) on Sunday, June 11, and Wednesday, June 14; and enter the d ragon 50th Anniversary (R), on Sunday, Aug. 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 16.

• If you spend a summer Monday at the beach, finish your day at the coast with Movie Night Mondays on Hampton Beach (next to the playground) starting July 10 at dusk. These family-friendly movies are weather permitting. The films run weekly through Aug. 28 and admission is free; bring a chair or blanket. See for the full schedule and the approximate dusk times; rain days are Tuesdays.

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Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club in Portsmouth. Courtesy photo.

• Stroll through the Summer Farmers’ Markets in Portsmouth (1 Junkins Ave) from May 6 to Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to noon; Durham (66 Main St.) from June 5 to Oct. 2, 2:30 to 6 p.m.; Exeter (316 Water St.) from May 11 to Oct. 26, 2:30 to 6 p.m; and Dover (location TBD), from June 7 to Oct. 4, 2:30 to 6 p.m. Vendors will be selling baked goods, honey, eggs, maple syrup, meat, vegetables and more. Visit

• Get ready for the fourth annual Kingston Brewfest , happening on Saturday, June 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 148 Main St. in Kingston. The event will feature unlimited tasting of beer, cider and more, as well as food trucks, live music and games. All-access tickets are $40 per person, $10 for non-drinkers. Visit

• The Spicy Shark presents the second annual New England Hot Sauce Fest , hosted by Smuttynose Brewing Co. (105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton) on Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features more than 20 local hot sauce companies selling samples of their spicy products, along with hot pepper eating contests, a hot wing contest, food trucks, bounce houses, music and more. General admission tickets are $11 online, $14 at door, and free for kids; tickets are non-refundable. VIP tickets are $15 online and allow onehour early entry into the event. Visit

• Food Truck Festivals of America will present the ninth annual Portsmouth Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at Cisco Brewers (35 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth) on Sunday, Aug. 20, from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy live music, craft beer, fun food trucks, lawn games and more. Pre-sale general admission is $5 per person and ends Aug. 20, tickets at the door are $10 per person, and VIP tickets are $20 per person, which allow for a one-hour early entry to the event but they must be bought online prior. Visit

• Celebrate at the 34th annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival at Hampton Beach on Friday, Sept. 8, from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Experience more than 50 local food vendors, 70 local artisans and two stages of entertainment from artists like The Great Escape and Freight Train. Visit

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• Saturday, June 3, is New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Free Fishing Day, when state residents and nonresidents are allowed to fish any inland water or saltwater in New Hampshire without a fishing license. Visit

• Join the Seacoast Science Center for the annual Piscataqua Riverfest at Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth) on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature sailing trips and tours, local food, a beer garden, live music entertainment and more. Visit

• Southeast Land Trust (SELT) is hosting a National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the Spruce Swamp Conservation trail systems in Fremont. Explore hiking trails with forester Phil Auger, enjoy a picnic, and volunteer for trail work afterward. Visit to register.

• Join the Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye) for World Ocean Day, Sunday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature hands-on games, educational activities, naturalist-led tide pooling sessions, food trucks, a beach clean-up and a life-size inflatable whale. Visit

• Southeast Land Trust (SELT) is hosting a Howard Swain Memorial Forest Naturalist Tour on Thursday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m.

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to 2:30 p.m. in Deerfield. Explore Pawtuckaway State Park, plant and animal species, rocky trails, ponds and more with Kim Cote, a Natural Resources Steward and Nature-Based Educator. Visit to register.

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• If you’ve never heard traditional New Orleans music, then you can check it out with Soggy Po’ Boys at The Wood Barn Meadow (66 Newfields Road, Exeter, 244-0202, on Saturday, May 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $25.

• Spend An Evening with John Butler at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Wednesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $49.50 to $180.50.

• Enjoy a night with the Sarah Blacker Band at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Saturday, May 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $33 to $40.

• Hunter Hayes takes the stage at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $55.50 to $225.50.

• Experience a live performance by Collective Soul at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, on Thursday, May 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $41 to $46 and are available for ages 18+.

• Rough & Tumble, a New Hampshire-based folk duo who use humor and harmony in their performances, appear at The Wood Barn Meadow (66 Newfields Road, Exeter, 244-0202, on Saturday, May 27, at 8 p.m.

• Enjoy folk music with Fenne Lily and Christian Lee Hutson at 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., 766-3330, on Tuesday, May 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for members, $20 for general admission, and $22 general admission the day of the show.

• Danielle Nicole, an American blues and soul musician, is performing at 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., 766-3330, on Tuesday, May 30, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for members, $25 for general admission, and $30 general admission the day of the show.

• Jam to The Airborne Toxic Event at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $39.50 to $49.50.

• Watch two incredible bands, Never Come Down and Grain Thief, at The Wood Barn Meadow (66 Newfields Road, Exeter, 2440202, on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $14 to $25.

• Visit Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, to watch Southern rock, blues, soul and roots singer-songwriter Dana Fuchs, perform on Saturday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $50.

• Caitlin Canty, an American singer of a combination of folk, blues and country, is coming to The Wood Barn Meadow (66 Newfields Road, Exeter, 244-0202, on Friday, June 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $14 to $30.

• The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert occurs at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $27.50 to $42.50.

• Explore harmony rock at the Little River Band concert, happening at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, on Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $55 to $192.

• Alastair Greene is bringing blues and rock jams to the Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $45.

• Watch Matt Fraser perform at the Hampton Beach Casino Ball-

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• Jackie Venson is jamming at the Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, on Thursday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $45.

• Start summer with a Dirty Deeds concert at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, on Saturday, June 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $42 to $77.

• If country music is your cup of tea, head to 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., 766-3330, on Saturday, June 24, at 8 p.m. to see Sarah Shook and The Disarmers. Tickets cost $15 for members, $17 for general admission, and $20 general admission the day of the show.

• Hear guitarist and songwriter Tom Keifer jam out at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 9294100, on Wednesday, June 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $76.

• Chase Rice plays Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, on Thursday, June 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $82 and are available for ages 18+.

• Vibe at the beach when The Expendables and Passafire come to Bernie’s Beach Bar (73 Ocean Blvd, Hampton) on Thursday, June 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20.

• Listen to singer, songwriter and saxophonist Grace Kelly at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, on Friday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $75.

• If you’re a fan of the Grateful Dead, you’ll appreciate Dead to the Core: An Acoustic Celebration of the Grateful Dead at The Wood Barn Meadow (66 Newfields Road, Exeter, 244-0202, thewoodbarn. com) on Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $14 to $25.

• Head to Bernie’s Beach Bar (73 Ocean Blvd, Hampton) on Thursday, July 6, at 8 p.m. for a beachside Collie Buddz concert. Tickets cost $29.50.

• Mimi Fox, a jazz guitarist, is coming to Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, jimmysoncongress. com) on Sunday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $40.

• Dirty Heads takes the stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, casinoballroom.

com) on Thursday, July 20, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $164.

• Nora Brown is performing at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Friday, July 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $23 to $33.

• Jose James, a traditional and contemporary jazz artist, is performing at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, on Thursday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $40.

• Kirk Fletcher, a rock and blues artist, is taking the stage at the Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, on Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $45.

• Listen to The Fab Four perform classic songs by The Beatles at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, on Friday, July 28, at p.m. Tickets cost $51 to $129 and are available for ages 18+.

• Gabe Stillman Band will be playing blues music at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $40.

• Styx is coming to the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, on Friday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $127 to $562 and are available for ages 18+.

• Jam with Morgan James, a rock and blues vocalist, on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, Tickets cost $10 to $75.

• Listen to American musician Ace Frehley play at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $42.50 to $76.50.

• Explore country western and psych music by Kassi Valazza at The Wood Barn Meadow (66 Newfields Road, Exeter, 244-0202, on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $14 to $25.

• The Soul Rebels are bringing funk, soul, and jazz to Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, on Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $55.

• Blues band Southern Avenue is taking the stage at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299, on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $55.

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See theater and other performing arts at the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth. Courtesy photo.

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• End summer strong with a Ween performance at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $207.

• Listen to Killer Queen - A Tribute To Queen at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $45.50 to $67.

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• The 79th annual New Hampshire Soap Box Derby race will be held on Sunday, June 4, at 120 Broadway in Dover — check-ins begin at 7:45 a.m., with side-by-side competitions kicking off at 9:30 a.m. The Derby allows kids ages 7 and older to create a gravity-powered car and race it down a track in hopes of making the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship, hosted in Akron, Ohio. Visit

• Join your first 10K race at the Market Square Day 10K Road Race by Pro Portsmouth on Saturday, June 10, at 9 a.m. Run through the streets of downtown Portsmouth; walkers and runners with strollers are welcome, but dogs are prohibited. Runners must register prior; tickets are $40. Visit

• Race dad during the 14th annual Father’s Day 5K on Sunday, June 18, at 9 a.m. Runners will begin at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in Dover (23 Members Way). People of all ages and abilities can participate and registration fees go to residents among health and family support services within the community. Registration costs are $25 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. If participants sign up by June 1, they will receive a tank for the race. Visit

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• The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents newsies, a Disney musical about the 1899 newsboys’ strike, from Thursday, May 25, to Saturday, July 8. Tickets go from $35 to $60, depending on seating location. Visit or call 433-4472.

• The Saddle Up Saloon (92 Route 125, Kingston) is hosting Comedy Night: Dueling Pianos Night on Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m., where two amazingly talented piano players will sit across from each other and duel; the audience participates. Tickets cost $25. Visit

• Laugh with comedian Juston McKinney, who has appeared on Amazon Prime, Comedy Central and the Tonight show, at the Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St.) on Saturday, June 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $32.50. Visit

• Take the stage at Stand Up Comedy Open Mic Night at Portsmouth Book & Bar (40 Pleasant St.) on Monday, June 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event is free to the public. Visit

• Bring your talent to Singer-Songwriter Open Mic Night at Portsmouth Book & Bar (40 Pleasant St.) on Monday, June 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free to the public. Visit

• The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents Hair, a 1960s-based American tribal love and rock musical, from Thursday, July 13, to Sunday, Aug. 27. Tickets go from $35 to $60, depending on seating location. Visit or call 433-4472.

• The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents Bat Boy, a quirky and humorous rock musical, from Thursday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 29. Tickets go from $35 to $60, depending on seating location. Visit or call 433-4472.

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• The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents passing Strange, a risky musical about sex, drugs and rock music, from Thursday, Sept. 21, to Saturday, Oct. 21. Tickets go from $35 to $60, depending on seating location. Visit or call 4334472.

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