Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 9/16/2016

ONE: This Saturday, head over to Veteran’s Memorial Park in Manchester, N.H. to participate in Hope for New Hampshire’s Rally4Recovery. The day of information, music and guest speakers will pay tribute to those living in recovery and their loved ones. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s work in supporting those with substance abuse issues by getting them connected to relevant services.

TWO: North Common Park in Lowell will play host to the fifth annual Mill City Grows Harvest Festival on Saturday. This free community event has a little bit of everything: food tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music and dance, arts and crafts, children’s activities and garden tours. And if you feel like you could use a little more spice in your life, be sure to check out Lowell’s first-ever Restaurants vs. Gardeners Dip & Salsa Throwdown!

mill_city_grows_harvest_festTHREE: Feeling a little fruity? The staff of Wine ConneXtion will be offering their favorite picks from 1 to 5 p.m. during a special complimentary Staff’s Picks tasting on Saturday. Don’t be afraid to ask questions — these wine lovers want to convince you to walk away with their favorite bottle!

FOUR: Celebrate the town of Concord’s agricultural heritage with Verrill Farm as they hold their ninth annual Stone Soup Dinner at 4 p.m. on Sunday. This locally-sourced feast will bring nearby farmers, food sellers, chefs and bakers together to prepare a truly excellent collaborative meal.

FIVE: “He’s everything you want / He’s everything you need / He’s everything inside of you / That you wish you could be…” Take a trip back to the ’90s with “Everything You Want” alt-rockers Vertical Horizon when they step onstage at Blue Ocean Music Hall, and keep an ear out for other hits like “You’re a God” and “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning).”

#5: Vertical Horizon at the Blue Ocean Music Hall.

#5: Vertical Horizon at the Blue Ocean Music Hall.

SIX: The first production of “Murder at Cafe Noir” happened in 1989, and the mystery dinner show has enjoyed countless productions across the nation in the 27 years since then. Follow Rich Archer, P.I., as he sets out to find a runaway on the forgotten island of Mustique in Acting Out! Theater Company’s version tonight and Saturday.

SEVEN: Learn about everything from harpists to animation when Firehouse Center for the Arts plays host to the 11th Annual Newburyport Documentary Film Festival. Three days of film, from today to Sunday, can fill your whole weekend schedule!

EIGHT: This Sunday, enjoy an afternoon of art, music and brunch with Steve Clements, whose exhibit “September Sans Motif” is on display at Gallery Z until Sept. 25. Reservations are required.


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