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The Best Events Happening in June

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The Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic is back for another year of sand, sun and fun.

Critical Cartography: Larissa Fassler in Manchester, Manchester, through fall 

Larissa Fassler focuses on the symbiotic relationships between people and places. She is interested in how the architecture of cities affects people both physically and psychologically. After a period of reflection, Fassler created four new monumental drawings that reflect her impressions of Manchester’s downtown through intricate compositions featuring maps, annotations, and imagery. Her works explore the use of public spaces, the role of community organizations in supporting the needs of citizens, and the effects of poverty on the physical, mental, and emotional health of a community.

Keene Art Walk, Keene, June 4-13

This Monadnock Region classic has brought art to downtown Keene for nearly three decades, and they’re gearing up for another great year in 2021. Every year, Main Street comes alive with art. It is an opportunity for residents and visitors to take a self-guided tour around town as artists partner with local shops and storefronts to set up a personal gallery for their creations.

The Tupelo Drive-In Experience: Classic Stones Live, Derry, June 5-6

The Tupelo Drive-In Experience returns! If you are looking for a fun, unique outdoor event, head to the Tupelo Drive-In Music Hall, where you can sit in your car and listen to the show broadcast through the Derry FM station for a socially distanced concert. Since every other parking spot will be empty, you can also bring a lawn chair and sit in the empty spot next to the driver’s side and listen to the band or artist who will be playing on the riser. Concertgoers can also enjoy food delivered to their car by golf cart if it is ordered ahead of time, or they can hang out at the outdoor dining tent. This weekend, enjoy music from the Classic Stones Live. Make sure you check out their website for other shows happening throughout the month.

Market Square Day, Portsmouth, June 12

Grab your family and friends, and join the celebration downtown Portsmouth. You will be able to walk through Portsmouth and enjoy entertainment, products, and food offered by local artists, crafters and merchants — many from the Seacoast area. Kick off the day by running (or walking) the 10K Road Race through the streets lined with festive booths and cheering crowds. 

Laconia Motorcycle Week, Laconia, June 12-20

You might know our local Bike Week best as a Lakes Region traffic headache, but if you’ve never stopped in for the festivities, this may be your year. The 98-year-old rally includes as much tasty food, rockin’ live tunes and interesting historical motorcycle programming as rough-and-tumble biker appeal.

Hampton Beach Master Sculpting Classic, Hampton, June 17-19

This annual extravaganza boasts 200 tons of imported sand transformed into sand sculptures that will put yours to shame. World-class master sculptors come together to create their own unique sculptures and compete for the $25,000 grand prize. Their masterpieces will be illuminated at night for an unforgettable walk down the boardwalk.

Father’s Day Weekend Arts & Craft Festival, Deerfield, June 19-20

This free fair features over 100 juried artisans displaying their fine jewelry, primitive crafts, country and contemporary décor, functional and decorative pottery, gourmet foods, glass art, fine art, textile arts, quilts, wood turned crafts, furniture and more. There will also be live music to enjoy while you are walking around.

Father’s Day Tours, Moultonborough, June 20

Looking for the perfect gift for your dad this father’s day? Bring him up to Castle in the Clouds – all dads tour free on Father’s Day when visiting with their child. Whether it’s just you and Dad for a fun day with a tour and lunch at Café in the Clouds, or you bring the whole family for a tour and picnic in the field, it will be a day that your dad won’t forget. From hiking and feeding our Rainbow Trout to enjoying ice cream, there are plenty of things to do together.

Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, June 25-26

The historic and charming city of Portsmouth is known for its “pocket gardens” that are tucked behind fences or hidden behind arbor vitae trees. This year the gardens are returning to the iconic South End neighborhood. The tour includes 15 gardens, a book signing by John Forti, author of “Heirloom Gardener: Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World,” talks by Erik Wochholz, Curator of Historic Landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum and plaster leaf casting with Meghan Harris. The gardens were chosen with sustainability in mind, with flower gardens interspersed with vegetable plots and herb nooks.

White Mountain Triathlon, Franconia, June 26

Not only is this athletic event among the most scenic triathlons in the state, it’s also the only one with a whole festival built around it. Over two days, runner-biker-swimmers can participate in either the sprint, half-Iron man or Olympic distance races, and they can hang around for a Saturday night mountaintop Sunset Social and a post-race BBQ on Sunday afternoon. 

Categories: Family-friendly things to do, Weekend Trips

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