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Are you itching to get out and try something new, but aren’t sure where to look and what to do? Have no fear, “Spontaneity” is here! In our new series, we’ll provide a region-by-region breakdown of events and activities from across the Granite State that you won’t want to miss. From arts and crafts, to hole-in-the-wall music venues, our short list will have something for everyone, no matter what you’re looking to do. If you see something you like, make sure you act fast- we’re only looking at what’s going on this weekend.

Have an event we should know about or that should be considered for the next edition of “Spontaneity”? Shoot Elisa an email at [email protected]


Seacoast Noir at the Bar
October 22, 4 p.m.
Portsmouth Book and Bar
40 Pleasant St., Portsmouth

The lights went off. There was a “BANG”, a scream and a thud. When the lights finally turned back on, one thing was clear. There had been a…

For lovers of mystery, true crime and crime fiction, “Seacoast Noir at the Bar” is calling your name. Held this Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Book and Bar in Portsmouth, you’ll join host Zakariah Johnson and regional authors of the genre for an evening of murder, mystery and intrigue as they read excerpts from their works in progress. You’ll hear heart pounding and bone chilling readings from Lara Bricker, Brenda Buchanan, Dick Cass, Ted Flanagan, Kate Flora, Gledé Browne Kabongo, Edith Maxwell, Dale T. Phillips, Lynne Reeves, Barbara Ross, Bonnar Spring and Chris Holm. You’re in for a night you won’t forget, and with a book list you’ll want to remember.

Paint a Halloween Treat Bag
October 22, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Seacoast ArtSpot
2992 Lafayette Rd. Unit 3, Portsmouth

Instead of hunting through storage bins for trick or treat bags, or figuring out whose pillowcase to sacrifice for candy storage, bring your trick-or-treaters to Seacoast ArtSpot to decorate their own tote bag that they can show off this Halloween!

Merrimack Valley:

Children’s Trick or Treat
October 22, various times
Charmingfare Farm
774 High Street, Candia

If you have trick-or-treaters who love Halloween, but don’t like anything spooky or scary, they’ll love trick or treating at Charmingfare Farm. Your kids will love putting on their costume and trick or treating around the farm, where the only surprises are finding what animals are around each corner! With pumpkin art, horse-drawn rides, pony rides and more, this is the perfect Halloween adventure for families with kids of all ages.

Chunky Knit Blanket Workshop
October 21, 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.
Pipe Dream Brewing
49 Harvey Road, Londonderry

Jill from the Cozy Co. is heading over to Pipe Dream Brewing to lead a Chunky Knit Blanket Workshop over a pint of beer! What better way to spend a chilly fall afternoon than learning a new skill over a good beer? The best part- your ticket cost is all inclusive, and includes the class, the cost of materials, and a delicious pint of Pipe Dream Brewing beer.


Friday Night Classics: The Exorcist
October 20, 7 p.m.
The Colonial Theater
95 Main Street, Keene

In the mood for a scary movie night? To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “The Exorcist”, the Colonial Theater is bringing it back to the big screen. That’s not all, they’re showing the extended director’s cut, “The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen.”  Get ready for a night of classic horror, that will have you sleeping with the lights on (if you can even sleep at all).

Keene Farmers Market
October 21, 9 a.m.
Gilbo Avenue, Keene

There are only two weeks left before the Keene Farmers Market closes for the season. Enjoy an easy Sunday morning strolling through booths of homemade goodies and locally grown crops, while supporting your local community.


Turkey Dinner Train
October 21, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Meredith Station
154 Main Street, Meredith

Enjoy a warm turkey dinner and a scenic train ride this Saturday! Your round-trip adventure will depart from Meredith Station, and will travel along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee through Weirs Beach and Paugus Bay toward Lakeport. Your turkey dinner will include freshly carved roast turkey, stuffing, whipped potato, butternut squash, gravy, rolls and butter, and a warm apple crisp for dessert.

Stone Wall Workshop
October 21-22, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road, Canterbury

Join master stone artisan and mason, Kevin Fife, in a hands-on workshop weekend that will teach participants about the aesthetics and engineering behind the Shakers’ stone wall. Participants will develop their skill through actually restoring a section of stone wall at the Canterbury Shaker Village. Your tuition covers the weekend long workshop, and includes building materials, gourmet lunch, and drinks daily.

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee:

Learn and Play Pokémon TCG
October 22, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Fourth Place
3 Lebanon Street, Hanover

Starting this Sunday, The Fourth Place will be hosting a monthly meet-up for attendees to learn and play Pokémon! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the game, this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about the card game that took the world by storm. Plus, they now have a volunteer Professor who can run tournaments.

Mountainfilm on Tour 2023
October 22, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Loew Auditorium
4 E. Wheelock Street, Hanover

Head to the Hopkins Center for the Arts for Mountainfilm 2023. Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases stories about the adventurous spirit in which humans tackle immense environmental, cultural and political issues. Each year, the best of these titles tour the country, delivering a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiriting shorts. This fall you’ll meet the blind alpinist Erik Weihenmayer as he tackles the high peaks; a first-ever orchestra of Black and Latino youths; a trio of Chicago women winter swimmers; and a disillusioned musician who finds his peace as a buffalo rancher. These stories are interspersed with eye-popping adrenaline kicks from the worlds of skiing, mountain biking and climbing.

White Mountains:

Live Music at Seadog Brewing
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Seadog Brewing
1976 White Mountain Highway, North Conway

Do you like live music, good food, and great beer? Then you’ll love Friday and Saturday nights at Seadog Brewing in North Conway! Local musicians stop by every weekend from 8- 10 p.m. to showcase their talent, while you unwind over a cold pint. You never know what you’ll hear, so you’re always in for a treat!

Job Fair
October 21, 10 a.m, – 2 p.m.
Bretton Woods Base Lodge
99 Ski Area Road, Bretton Woods

The Omni Mount Washington Resort and Bretton Woods Ski Area hosts walk-in interview sessions and job fairs throughout the year to find talented individuals to join their team and contribute to their mission. They have open positions in a wide range of areas from ski or snowboard instructors and snowmakers, to food and beverage and housekeeping. Whether you’re looking for full-time, part-time, or seasonal work, there’s a place for everyone. For more information call their HR team at 603-278-8802.

Great North Woods:

The Kindness Rocks Project
Colebrook Public Library
126 Main Street, Colebrook

Colebrook rocks! Children and adults have been painting rocks; hiding them, finding them and leaving random acts of kindness throughout the world using our hashtag #ColebrookNHrocks. To date, Colebrook Rocks have been found in every New England State, and places are far as Alabama, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and even in Italy. Painting Kindness Rocks is fun and inspiring for the painter, the hider, and the finder! Join in on the fun by painting rocks at the library, or at home- just make sure to print out the #ColebrookNHrocks labels, so that rocks that are found can be traced back to NH!

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