Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 8/19/21
ONE: This Friday marks the beginning of the 4th annual Haverhill Restaurant Week, the “7 Tasty Days of Summer.” Show support for Haverhill’s local eateries while enjoying a week’s worth of deals, and conclude the celebration with Destination Downtown Haverhill’s Tasty Awards. Participating restaurants include Wicked Big Cafe, Kruger Flatbread, Barrio, Carbone’s Kitchen, The Barking Dog Ale House and many more. Click here for more details, and make sure to scroll down to our special “Happening in Haverhill” section to learn more about the Tasty Awards.
TWO: Treat yourself to an afternoon of live music this Sunday at Newburyport’s Maudslay Arts Center where Amanda Carr will perform. Carr, an internationally performing vocalist and pianist, is a two-time Boston Music Awards nominee. Her five jazz albums and live performances have received worldwide critical acclaim for her fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook. Carr will also be joined by Myanna — a popular New England saxophonist — and the Ken Clark Organ Trio. The show starts on Sunday at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets.
THREE: This weekend’s Lowell Summer Music Series line up is stacked with musical talent. First, Friday night will feature guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Known as “an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues,” Shepherd has had numerous top ten hits and has sold millions of albums. Next, the New England Film Orchestra will perform on Saturday night. Led by conductor Gina Naggar, the orchestra will perform popular film scores such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, James Bond and the Avengers for a show the whole family will enjoy. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at Boarding House Park. Click here to purchase tickets.
FOUR: This Saturday, the Essex Art Center will celebrate its grand reopening with an outdoor block party, salon show and art sale. There will be over 180 artworks from regional artists on display, as well as outdoor music, local food, and art activities. The event will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit here for details.
FIVE: After the Essex Art Center block party, head over to the third event in the Imagina Essex pop-up series: Imagina Arte. Serving as the after party to the Essex block party, Imagina Arte will be a celebration with live performances, local artists, food trucks, as well as an exploration of what a downtown community arts space could look and feel like. The party runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Click here to learn more.
SIX: Head over to UMass Lowell between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. this Saturday for the Lowell Arts Market. The fourth in this summer’s series of art markets, this weekend’s event will feature plenty of unique works from local artists. Enjoy food from a food truck as you peruse this work in the Riverview parking lot on the UML campus. Click here for more details.
SEVEN: Immerse yourself in the roaring twenties at the Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens, who will be teaming up with Merrimack Valley Black & Brown Voices to celebrate the Harlem Renaissance. This family-friendly event will celebrate all things African American culture in the early 20th century, featuring musical, literary, artistic, and delicious aspects of the Harlem Renaissance. The event is happening this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to wear 1920s attire. Click here to register for the event.
EIGHT: Enjoy a free concert by the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra at Shedd Park. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, and a lunch and catch “Summer Pops,” a show that will feature a variety of light classical pieces, kid-friendly pops, patriotic songs and other recognizable favorites. The show starts this Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit here to learn more.
Mark your calendars! This fall, The Town And The City Festival in downtown Lowell will feature over 40 performances spanning multiple genres. The diverse lineup of locally based and national touring acts includes over 40 performers, plus Lowell Storytelling who will present a special story sharing program. The festival will also feature a special musical tribute to Jack Kerouac from Berklee alum and musician Fences, and showcases curated by Lowell Spin and other organizations. This weekend-long event takes place in event spaces, bars, cafes, and galleries throughout downtown Lowell including Zorba Music Hall, Christ Church United, The Luna Theater at Mill No. 5, Academic Arts Center, Warp & Weft, Gallery Z, Smokehouse Tavern, The Old Court and more.
The Town and the City Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23. Click here to learn more.
Happening in Haverhill
In this special section, we bring to you the latest happenings from in and around the Haverhill area. Stay posted to learn about fun events happening in the coming weeks.
2021 Tasty Awards
To conclude Haverhill Restaurant Week, Destination Downtown Haverhill presents The Tasty Awards party, celebrating Haverhill restaurants and highlighting some of the city’s most revered restaurant professionals. Tickets are $20 and include food, awards ceremony, DJ, and cash bar. The award categories include most amazing restaurant owner, best chef, most memorable staff personality, favorite bartender, favorite regular (bar stool hero,) best barista, best pizza spinner, and many more! The Tasty Awards take place next Thursday, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Barking Dog Ale House. Visit here to purchase tickets.
Get Ready for Labor Day
This year, there will be plenty of events on Labor Day weekend, including three venerated Lawrence traditions.
The Bread and Roses Heritage Festival takes place Sept. 6 on Campagnone Common and honors Lawrence’s multicultural roots and labor history, commemorating the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. There will be music performances, speakers, and a community forum. For more information, visit BreadAndRosesHeritage.org.
Friday through Sunday, visit St. Anthony Maronite Church for the 49th Annual Lebanese Mahrajan Festival, which features cultural meals including stuffed grape leaves, kafta, beef and chicken kabobs, vegetables, and homemade bread. To learn more, visit StAnthonyLawrence.org/annual-mahrajan-festival.
And, of course, Lawrence hosts the annual Feast of the Three Saints. This year’s event is abbreviated to Saturday and Sunday, and will still present the processionals, live music and fireworks that keep visitors coming back every year. Head over to ThreeSaintsInc.org for a full schedule.
Not enough? How about a Sunday night fireworks celebration at Hampton Beach? Find out more at HamptonBeach.org.
Farmers Market Spotlight
Farmers markets provide perfect ways to support local, independent producers while getting out into the community. Here are some we know you’ll enjoy. If you’ve been reading our weekly Wellness Wednesdays newsletter, you’re aware of the benefits derived from eating fresh produce.
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Andover Farmers Market
The Andover Farmers Market, open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a vibrant event that connects local farmers and artisans with the surrounding community through the joy of local food. Featured vendors include Andover Bees & Honey, Daisy Jane’s Flowers, Pleasant Valley Gardens, Willow Spring Vineyards, Craic Sauce, and more. Click here to learn more.
The Farm Market
The Farm Market outside Mill No. 5 in Lowell is now open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors include North of Boston (veggies, fruit, beef, pork), Neighbor’s Acre (microgreens & mushrooms), Bread Obsession, Samira’s Homemade (Lebanese hummus & spreads), Grateful Tastes (jams, jellies & spreads), KRM Chocolates and more. Visit here for details and directions.
Haverhill Farmers Market
The Haverhill Farmers Market opens on Saturday, June 26! Located at 51 Merrimack Street in Haverhill, the market is celebrating their 43rd season in providing the Merrimack Valley with fresh and local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, local wine, handmade soaps and lotions, maple syrup, and much more. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until October. Visit here for more information.
Downtown Manchester Farmers Market
In addition to fruits and veggies, flowers, maple products, baked goods, meat, fudge and certified organic products, the Downtown Manchester Farmers Market also features weekly demonstrations, music, children’s events and cooking. The market is open through October on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Visit here for details.
Methuen Groundwork Farmers Market
Visit the Methuen Groundwork Farmers Market at Nevins Memorial Library to find fresh and local produce, baked goods, honey, eggs, and crafts. The festive market celebrates the community with concerts, cultural and educational activities, and more. The market is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October. Click here for directions.
Mill City Grows
Based in Lowell, Mass., visit Mill City Grows throughout the summer at any of their outdoor markets, which take place at the Lowell Community Health Center, the Lowell Boys & Girls Club, the Lowell Senior Center and more. Visit here for details on market dates and locations.
North Andover Farmers Market
This year, the North Andover Farmers Market has over 20 vendors, including Farmer Dave’s, Botanical Alchemy, Everything Alpaca, Happy Cat Gourmet Granola, Purple Carrot Bread Co. Red Antler Apothecary, and much more. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for details and directions.
Nashua N.H. Farmers Market
Visit the local farmers and vendors at the Nashua N.H Farmers Market, located at Nashua City Hall. Spend time outdoors and peruse fresh produce, meats, seafood, honey, and much more. The market is open Sundays from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. through Oct. 17. Visit here to learn more.
Salem N.H. Farmers Market
The Salem, N.H., farmers market opens up Sunday, May 16, in the new Tuscan Village on South Village Drive. They will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for contact information and to learn more about the vendors involved.
Tewksbury Community Market
The Tewksbury Community Market is open every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 30. The market features 30 vendors including Gaouette Farm, Green Hollow Orchard, Mill City Cheesemongers, Tewksbury Honey, and more, plus dessert food trucks, artisans, crafters and more. Visit here for more information.
Wilmington Farmers Market
The Wilmington Farmers Market features fun for the whole family, with a children’s craft table, dance and musical performances, hula hoops, ring toss, cornhole and more. The market includes local New England farmers, bakers, meats and seafood, prepared foods and artisans including Lowell’s own Red Antler Apothecary. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit here for more information.