For a stretch of coastline only 17 miles long, the tiny New Hampshire Seacoast is big on summer fun. From endless beaches to bustling boardwalks and the always hopping city of Portsmouth, there’s an endless variety of outdoor activities and cultural events, and plenty of keep ’em busy rainy day places to go, too. Here’s a summer sampling of all the Seacoast has to offer you!
Portsmouth Farmers Market
Your outdoor farmers market is back for a whole new season! You’ll find an abundance of local meat and veggies, garden starting plants, take-home meals, and ready-to-eat treats! We are so excited to see you all and hear how you are doing!
Join us this year for our 41st anniversary of Seacoast Growers Association’s farmers’ markets and the support of local agriculture and artisans!
Saturdays, 8 AM to 1 PM, May 5th to November 3rd | FREE | Portsmouth City Hall | WEBSITE
Arts Around Town
This free, family-friendly event takes place all month long! From June 1st through 30th, wander through downtown Rochester with your map, and enjoy all of the artistic talents from around New England. Artists represented include the visual arts in a wide variety of mediums, sculpture, jewelry design, photography, encaustic, pottery, glass, digital art, and woodworking. Visit each location, view the art, vote for your favorite on the map and have a chance to win great prizes, goods, and services from many local businesses!
June 1 – June 30 | FREE | Downtown Rochester | WEBSITE
Shuck and Chuck
Kick off the summer with the 3rd annual Shuck and Chuck to benefit On Belay! Join us for an afternoon of locally sourced food and drink prepared by local chefs. Bonus deliciousness – all you can eat oysters from Sunset Point. This is a foodie’s dream picnic! Bid on the silent auction, play some games, or just kick back with a Deciduous brew or North Country Hard Cider and enjoy a little Americana from Portland ME band Pedal Steal. All funds raised support On Belay programs. Building community through adventure for kids who love someone living with cancer.
June 10 | $45 | Old Town Hall | WEBSITE
Stiletto Spring – Big Brother Big Sisters of New Hampshire
How fast can YOU run in high heels?! The most fashionable annual sprint on the Seacoast benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire! Join us for the 40-yard sprint. Wear your own heels or borrow ours!
Proceeds from this event support the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters: to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
June 16 | FREE, Donations Encouraged| Pleasant Street Portsmouth, NH 03801 | WEBSITE
Father’s Day 5k at Margaritas
Margaritas return to set the stage for this one-of-a-kind family-friendly 5k featuring Margarita’s style food, fun, and fiesta! Don’t forget to wear a necktie in honor of someone special or for fathers everywhere. After the race is a fiesta-style party featuring prizes, food, music and more! Register online at Active.com for only $20 for adults and $5 for kids. Same day registration is available for $25 starting at 8 a.m. The Father’s Day 5k is part of the Dover Race Series sponsored by Wentworth-Douglass Express Care. The first 200 adults to register will receive an official 2018 Father’s Day 5K race t-shirt!
June 17 | $5 – $20 | Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, Dover | WEBSITE
Seacoast Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival
Food Truck Festivals of America is bringing the 2nd Annual Seacoast Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival to downtown Somersworth on Sunday, June 17th from Noon-5pm (VIP hour 11am-Noon). While some of New Hampshire’s most popular food trucks dish out fan favorites, craft ales and beers will be available for sale. There will also be music playing, lawn games to enjoy, and an artisan market where local artists will showcase their work.
June 17 | $5 – $25 | Market Street, Somersworth, NH | WEBSITE
Groove & Grow Music Classes
Groove & Grow is a fun and unique music class for the whole family! Designed by a board-certified music therapist, Marissa Scott, the curriculum combines a developmental and therapeutic approach to meet the needs of your little one at various ages and stages.
June 23 | $12 – $48 | The Sonatina Center for Creative Arts Therapy | WEBSITE
Third Annual “SNHUGFEST!”
SNHUGFEST! (a celebration of all things musical, especially the ukulele!)! Area musicians and bands from Boston, New York, and Nashville will perform at this free, all day, family fun event. For children, the day begins at 10 am with a ukulele lesson at Earcraft Music (sign-ups in advance!). After their lesson, they will march onstage to kick-off the festivities and show off their newly acquired skills! An attempt to break the NH unofficial strum record will be made. Everyone with ukuleles will hop on stage and join the fun. Every performance will feature a jam song for audience participation as well. SNHUG’s purpose is to provide a forum for area ukesters while serving our community.
June 30 | FREE | Henry Law Park, Dover | WEBSITE
If you would like more information about Rye, New Castle, Somersworth, Portsmouth or the Seacoast or would like to speak to a Davis & Co, contact us at 603-692-2089.