ONE: The music faculty of Merrimack College, along with a number of guests artists they’ve invited, will perform an afternoon of classical, world music, jazz and the blues during the 3rd Annual Faculty Concert at Rogers Center for the Arts on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
TWO: Fans of board games will want to mark their calendars for this weekend, when the Granite Game Summit Spring 2018 – an event “focused on social, open board gaming” – will take over the Courtyard Marriott Nashua. The doors to the event will open on Friday at 10 a.m. and close on Sunday at 5 p.m.!
THREE: Have you ever heard of a combination more decadent? At the Chocolate, Wine & Cheese Festival, attendees will get the opportunity to taste and experience international and domestic wines, gourmet chocolates, artisan cheeses and specialty food products hand-picked by the owners of Cava De Vino. Join the fun on Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Nashua.
FOUR: “Love, Loyalty and Laughter” is the theme of this year’s Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The parade will begin at on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Amesbury Street and Common Street and end at Market Street and Osgood Street at 3 p.m.
FIVE: Navigation Brewing Co. is celebrating four years of providing delicious libations to the people of Greater Lowell with a 4 Years Brewing Beers Birthday Bash on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Phoenix Rising Pizza and Shuck FoodTruck will be on hand with their respective offerings of ’za and seafood.
SIX: The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race hopes to “inspire the engineers and visionaries of the future by promoting the synthesis of the STEM fields, the arts, disruptive innovation and physical activity,” but it couldn’t happen without the generous contributions of people in the Greater Lowell area. Head over to Merrimack Ales on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. for the LKSR Annual Fundraiser, a family-friendly (and pet-friendly!) event to raise funds for the race.
SEVEN: No prerequisites required: even if you never heard about Andover Historical Society’s special “Andover 101” crash course – packing 10,000 years of history into just an hour – there’s no need to worry about getting lost in the new “Andover 102.” The Society describes this as a “decidedly unstuffy introduction to some of Andover’s special places – 30 miles of history in one hour! From beaches to boxing and academies to agriculture, Andover’s special places have fascinating, interesting, and surprising stories to tell.” Register for the event online and head over on Sunday at 3 p.m. to learn more about this Merrimack Valley area.
EIGHT: Finding Hope with Fashion’s 9th Annual Fashion Show will be held on Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston-Andover. This year’s show will benefit BAGLY, the Boston Alliance for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Youth. Help raise money for the worthy nonprofit while enjoying 8 collections put together by talented up and coming Boston area designers.