Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 5/4/17
ONE: The 7th annual Hippo de Mayo Taco Challenge is once again making the holiday a lot more exciting in Downtown Manchester, N.H. 50 eateries are selling their most inventive tortilla-wrapped creations for just $2 from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The restaurant that wins the people’s choice award — which you can vote for here — gets $1,000 for their charity of choice.
TWO: Alive After 5 Lowell is hosting The Garden Party in Downtown Lowell’s Innovation District this Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the city’s vibrant culture at a number of participating locations, including Navigation Brewing Company, Mill City Cheesemongers, Cobblestones of Lowell and Merrimack Repertory Theatre.
THREE: Mill River Winery is pairing up with Partners In Development of Ipswich for a Cinco de Mayo Sangria Fundraiser to raise money for four Guatemalan children. Free appetizers, a cash wine and sangria bar, and a silent auction and raffle will all be available for attendees to enjoy. Have fun for a great cause from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday!
FOUR: In exchange for the artwork artists create for the O+ Festival, the nonprofit organization of the same name provides them with access to vital health care services. The end result for the public is a fascinating selection of art in support of an excellent cause — and the festival is coming to the Merrimack Valley for the first time this weekend! Enjoy the festivities on Washington and Merrimack Streets in Downtown Haverhill this Friday and Saturday.
FIVE: Image Theater’s Fem Noire: The Festival of Women Playwrights is coming to the Whistler House Museum of Art this Friday and Saturday. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and include a series of short plays (naturally all penned by women), a wine and cheese reception, and a meet and greet with the playwrights.
SIX: A Little Bazaar is bringing another special market to Mill No. 5! This time, it’s Digs IV, centered on special wares for your home and plants for your garden. Browse through two floors of vendors peddling everything from occult-inspired artwork to redesigned vintage furniture from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
SEVEN: The Chelmsford Community Band will hold its annual spring concert, titled “Play On!”, this Sunday at 2 p.m. In addition to performances by both the jazz ensemble and the concert band, this special show will include a “game” element that will encourage audience participation and send several people home with fabulous prizes.
EIGHT: The Northern Essex Community College chorus will present its Spring Choral Concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Room 103 in the David Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus. The event is open to the public, and tickets are just $5; they can be purchased at the door.