Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 8/26/21
ONE: TONIGHT! To conclude Haverhill Restaurant Week, Destination Downtown Haverhill will be hosting the 2021 Tasty Awards at the Barking Dog Ale House. The event will include a variety of unique, fun awards for local eateries. Tickets are $20 and include food, awards ceremony, DJ, and cash bar. Check out our special Happening in Haverhill section below for more information.
TWO: Newburyport artist Alan Bull will be holding a special pop-up event, “Visions of Newburyport and Other Works” at The Ballroom on the third floor of the O’Brien building at 76 State Street in Newburyport. The show will include a selection of new oil paintings, pastels, and watercolors of locations from around Newburyport. The pop up, which will be open this Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Visit here to learn more about Bull and his work.
THREE: History buffs should head over to Haverhill this Saturday and experience the first annual Dustin Garrison House Muster. The event will be an exhibition of historic militia featuring Benjamin Church’s Company and The Acton Minutemen as colonial craftsperson’s and townsfolk and attendees can also enjoy a tour of the circa 1697 fortress. This free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Click here for more details.
FOUR: This Saturday, don’t miss Richard Thompson perform at Boarding House Park in Lowell for the Lowell Summer Music Series. The Grammy-nominated rock singer songwriter is a decorated performer, having earned an Ivor Novello Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a 2006 lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio. The concert starts this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets here.
FIVE: Jazz fans won’t want to miss a live performance by Donna Byrne at the Maudslay Arts Center this Sunday. Byrne, with her powerful voice and energetic personality, has opened for several Tony Bennett shows and is admired by jazz fans and artists across the country. The show starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Click here to secure your tickets.
SIX: Spend one of the last weekends of summer outside at the Tyngsboro Block Party by the Bridge. This event will feature a fun, family-friendly atmosphere with live music, food trucks, interactive booths, crafts, local artisans, pony rides, craft beer and specialty wines, a dunk tank, a pie-eating contest, lawn games and more. General admission is free, and the party runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Visit here to learn more.
SEVEN: This Saturday, celebrate the classic sounds of southern rock at the Rex Theatre in Manchester during the High Noon concert. High Noon performs a tribute to not only Lynyrd Skynyrd, but all of southern rock, performing 70s classic hits from the Allman Brothers Band, Molly Hatcher, the Outlaws, 38 Special and more. Experience your favorite old school anthems live this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
EIGHT: Get your family out and about for an event members of all ages will enjoy: Family Fun Day 2021 at the Field of Dreams park and playground in Salem, N.H. The event includes live music, food trucks, face painting, a bouncy house, an inflatable obstacle course, photo ops with princesses and super heroes, face painting, raffles, and more. Visit the fun day between 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday. 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
TONIGHT! 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 at 5:30 p.m. TONIGHT at the Barking Dog Ale House. Visit here to purchase tickets.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to growing concern about the COVID-19 delta variant, The Town And The City Festival will be postponed to April 8 and 9, 2022. The festival, taking place in downtown Lowell, will feature over 40 performances spanning multiple genres. To stay up to date on this festival in addition to the latest local news, be sure to subscribe to our FREE daily newsletter, Merrimack Valley Today, launching on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Visit MerrimackValleyToday.com to learn more.
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.
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.
Newburyport Farmers Market
The Newburyport Farmers Market, located at the Tannery Marketplace on Water Street, is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features products from local farms, fine food purveyors and artisans, with vendors including Heron Pond Farm, Farmer Dave’s, Simple Sips, Cookie Jar Kitchen, Everything Alpaca, Curious Owl, and many more. Visit here to learn more.
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.
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.