ONE: On Saturday and Sunday, the Blues N Brews Festival is coming to the Nashoba Valley Ski Area, featuring a slate of talented musicians and beverages from over 30 participating breweries. Lowell native Gary Hoey is one of the headlining acts in Sunday’s lineup.
TWO: This Saturday, kickstart your heart by heading over to the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom as former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil takes the stage for a solo show. His band may have played their last show this past New Year’s Eve, but Neil continues to tour; expect to hear plenty of classic tracks alongside cuts from Neil’s most recent solo album “Tattoos & Tequila.”
THREE: Reggae and dancehall legend Yellowman is the featured guest at Blue Ocean Music Hall’s “Reggae Sunday at SurfSide!” event. Perhaps best known for his unconventionally-titled 1982 hit “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng,” Yellowman has served as a huge influence on the reggae genre for decades.
FOUR: The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival will take over Pawtucket Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to the traditional boat race, attendees can enjoy live music, dance performances, poetry readings, art exhibits and a selection of authentic cuisine.
FIVE: The Nashua Area Artists’ Association will host the 2016 Greeley Park Art Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Artists from all over New England will set up booths to show off their work alongside two special art competitions (one for adults, another for children ages 6 – 18). A raffle and a “Come Paint with Us” program for kids will round out the day’s activities.
SIX: Still feeling artsy? Another such Granite State event is taking place just up Route 93 as the Manchester Craft Market rolls back into the Mall of New Hampshire on both Saturday and Sunday. Check out over 20 booths of handmade items by local artisans!
SEVEN: Athletes, assemble! Runzilla: The Athlete’s Expo will bring a fun and fitness-filled day of races to the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Saturday. Whether you’re participating in the 5K, obstacle course or XFit races, or just spectating from the sidelines, you’re free to enjoy all the sports-related exhibits on the show floor.
EIGHT: Dog lovers won’t want to miss Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. This show features dogs rescued from shelters or pounds performing amazing and adorable tricks, from a skateboarding basset hound to a ladder-climbing fox terrier.