Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 3/9/17

ONE: Join Lawrence’s Cafe Azteca for their Grand Re-Opening Event on Friday! Check out the results of their renovations, including a new dining space and updated bar. Along with a celebratory ribbon cutting, attendees will have the chance to enjoy door prizes, giveaways and special toasts throughout the evening.

TWO: Life comes at you fast — and sometimes you just need an evening of gratuitous sax to slow things down. Luckily, NoLo Bistro & Bar has just that sort of thing planned for this Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., when smooth jazz sensation Noah Preminger and his band will take the stage for your listening pleasure.

THREE: Country star Martina McBride felt like we could all use a little more positivity and love in our lives, so she extended her Love Unleashed Tour to include a show at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Okay, maybe she wasn’t specifically thinking of us, but it sure is hard to argue with wanting more positivity and love in the world.

TWO: Enjoy a meal at NoLo Bistro & Bar alongside the smooth sounds of jazz artist Noah Preminger and his band.

FOUR: If you’re looking for an overload of adorable this weekend, look no further than Lawrence General Hospital‘s 6th Annual Diaper Derby, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at The Mall at Rockingham Park. Babies 12 months and under who haven’t yet learned to walk will scramble for prizes, while older attendees will get to enjoy watching, giveaways, free samples and more. Just don’t schedule this before you have to give a big presentation at work, because you very well may lose your voice from all the “awwwwww”-ing.

FIVE: March is Women’s History Month, and Lowell National Historical Park will be holding a special “Boarding House to Beacon Hill” program in celebration. The event explores how the lives of two very different women were affected by the booming textile industry in the early 1800s. Catch the event at the Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit located inside the Mogan Cultural Center at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

SIX: The masters of alliteration at Made in Lowell and Red Antler Apothecary have combined everyone’s favorite “b” words — yes, that’s right, Beards & Brews — for a delicious festival of the same name at Western Avenue Studios’ Onyx Room on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.. For what could go better with 17 local breweries and five local food providers than a beard competition? Nothing, that’s what. (Oh yeah, and in support of this event, we’re having our own little beard competition on Facebook until Thursday evening… so if it’s not too late, get posting right now for your chance to win free tickets!)

SIX: Beards & Brews offers the best of both worlds. 17 breweries will be around to share their wares, while a beard competition will take a scrupulous look at local scruff.

SEVEN: When it comes to Eight Great, our favorite things to offer are the ones that give you a chance to unwind and prepare yourself for your next busy week. You know, things like Parish Center for the ArtsStand Up Comedy Showcase, so you can laugh off the stress of the previous week just in time to take on even more the next week! Yuk it up with 10 of Boston’s top comedians on Saturday at 8 p.m.

EIGHT: It may be a little warmer than we usually expect this time of year, but it’s not summer quite yet. That’s why the Chelmsford Community Band is holding their “In an English Garden” Concert — to help transport listeners to a different season entirely, filled with “the buzz of insects and the riot of wildflowers.” Get swept away by the sounds of summer on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Chelmsford Senior Center.

EXTRA: We don’t normally list events almost a month in advance, but that just goes to show how popular we think Tuscan Kitchen Portsmouth‘s Live Cooking Demo with Mary Ann Esposito will be. That’s right, the host of “Ciao Italia” will be right on the New Hampshire coast! Tickets are available now ahead of the event on Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

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