Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 2/20/20
ONE: It is time for WinterFest 2020! Join the fun on February 21 and 22 in downtown Lowell. Ice skating, food trucks, horse-drawn wagon rides, the annual soup competition and fire dancers. Shop at the Winter Market or take a break from the cold and enjoy live music under two heated tents. From adults to kids, WinterFest has you covered — visit LowellWinterFest.com for more information.
TWO: Few American artists have enjoyed more widespread popularity while alive than Ansel Adams. A visionary photographer, pioneer in technique and environmental crusader, Adams took part in a revolution in photography. Ric Burns’ film biography of Adams is an intimate portrait of a man for whom life and art were inextricably connected with photography and wilderness. Take a chance to learn about the importance history of Ansel Adams at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge‘s showing of “Conservation Cinema: Ansel Adams,” this Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
THREE: The Fools are a Massachusetts-based rock band best known for the party atmosphere of their live performances and tongue-in-cheek original songs, covers and parodies. In 1979, the band released “Psycho Chicken,” a parody of The Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer,” and it was an immediate hit on Boston radio station.
Now, over four decades later, The Fools are still going strong, and you can see them live this weekend. Visit the Rex Theatre in Manchester, N.H., this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
FOUR: Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist Curtis Salgado’s earth-shaking vocals and forceful harmonica playing have been devastating audiences around the world for over 30 years. NPR calls him “a blues icon” with a “huge voice.”
This Saturday, Salgado will be joined by fellow blues powerhouses GA-20, Gina Sicillia, Troy Gonyea and more at Blue Ocean Music Hall’s 11th Annual New England Winter Blues Festival. Don’t miss out on the show happening this Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m.
FIVE: Johnette Downing and three-time Grammy winner Scott Billington are the foremost children’s music performers from New Orleans. The special Swamp Romp program for Mardi Gras is a Louisiana dance party that brings the sounds of Cajun music, zydeco, traditional jazz, Isleño culture, swamp pop and New Orleans rhythm and blues to life for young ears — a toe-tapping, interactive and authentic roots music experience that both children and parents will enjoy and long remember.
Bring the whole family to Fire House Center for the Arts this Saturday for an afternoon of great music and southern culture. The Swamp Romp Mardi Gras will start at 11 a.m.
SIX: You don’t need to be musically inclined to play along at SkyVenture & Surf’s Up‘s Create a Ukulele night. Paint your ukulele, put it together, then tune it up. Staff will help guide you through the entire process. You’ll leave with a fully functional uke that’s as unique as a piece of art.
Don’t miss out on this great event at SkyVenture & Surf’s Up happening this Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.
SEVEN: This Sunday, join Chelmsford Center for the Arts for the The Great Chelmsford Cupcake Fest. Now’s your chance to be the “Ace of Cupcakes” or a cupcake judge. Vote for your favorite decorated cupcake, win a cupcake in the cupcake walk, enjoy music and more. A great winter vacation event for the whole family, The Great Chelmsford Cupcake Fest will be happening this Sunday starting at 2 p.m.
EIGHT: They display skills that have taken a lifetime to perfect. Audience members will be baffled and amazed by their astounding skills. The cutting-edge Masters of Illusion perform large scale illusions, perplexing interactive mind magic, hilarious comedy, dangerous escapes and sleight-of-hand tricks that are sure to entertain.
This Sunday, see them live at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Show starts at 3 p.m.
FARMERS MARKETS IN THE VALLEY
Downtown Concord Winter Farmers Market
The Downtown Concord Winter Farmers Market connects the community with an abundance of fresh, local products while supporting a vibrant downtown. Visit the market any Saturday at 7 Eagle Square between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Concord, N.H. | Facebook.com
Salem Farmers Market
Salem Farmers Market strives to provide all members of the local communities with a wide variety of fresh, locally-produced foods and to educate all about the nutritional, economic, environmental, and social implications of eating seasonally and locally. Visit any Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 14 Main Street, Salem, N.H.
Salem, N.H. | SalemNHFarmersMarket.org
Newburyport Farmers Market
At Newburyport Farmers Market, you will find local produce, free-ranged meats, baked goods, sweets, artisanal crafts and more. Visit the Tannery Marketplace between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 1, 15 and 29; and April 5.
Newburyport, Mass. | TheNewburyportFarmersMarket.org
Groundwork Lawrence Farmers Market
Come and support your local farmers, to get fresh products and connect with your neighbors. Groundwork Lawrence’s Farmers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org/FarmersMarket