It’s going to be a busy weekend on the Seacoast with plenty of June 19 events, an arts festival in Exeter, the Prescott Park concert series and the launch of the Halcyon Music Festival and, if that’s not enough, Somersworth International Children’s Festival will fill the small town with family fun.
Josh Ritter opens Prescott Park concert series
On Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m., singer-songwriter Josh Ritter will open the Prescott Park Arts Festival summer concert series on the banks of the Piscataqua River in Prescott Park. The suggested donation is $10 per person. All reservations for tables and blankets closest to the stage are complete, but you can always bring your own blanket or chair and start your summer of fun.
Halcyon Music Festival kicks off
The 2022 Halcyon Music Festival returns to the stage June 16-25 with six unique chamber music programs. Halcyon Music Festival brings together 21 world-class musicians to live, rehearse and perform in just 10 days. Performances are at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth at 7 p.m. Concerts begin Thursday, June 16 with “Music and Strife,” featuring works by Strauss, Shostakovich and Dvořák, and run on June 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25. with concerts every evening. Visit halcyonmusicfestival.org/concerts for tickets and program information.
The New Hope Baptist Church will host the celebration on June 19
On Friday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 263 Peverly Hill Road, will host a June 19 celebration titled “Juneteenth 2022: Recognizing Struggle, Celebrating Resilience.” The program will feature Dr. Shari Robinson, associate vice provost for student life at the University of New Hampshire as the keynote speaker. Come enjoy the music and poetry of The Voices of New Hope Choir, Rock My Soul, TJ Wheeler and more. A light supper will be offered from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Lower Community Room. There are no admission fees. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or toiletries for the Gather Food Pantry’s “Meals 4 Kids” program. For a complete list of necessary items, go to themusichall.org/events/fill-the-hall-2022. Cash donations will be accepted for the Frances M. Satchell Scholarship Fund.
Somersworth International Children’s Festival this weekend
The 40th Somersworth International Children’s Festival and Pre-Festival Celebration will take place on Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th June.
The Friday night celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Somersworth High School, with live music featuring Maine’s popular Wayne and Bad Breath Microphone, food and fireworks. Bring your blankets and chairs. On Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Street in Somersworth will be transformed into a bustling street festival filled with entertainment for children, delicious food, craft and retail vendors, educational exhibits, and more.
Main Street will have two stages with music and performances from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The main stage will feature popular local bands and the world cultures stage will feature Islandside starting at 10 a.m., Carol Coronis at 11 a.m., McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance at noon. , music and Indonesian dance from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the Burlington Taiko group from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cart will provide free round-trip transportation from Main Street to Noble Pines Park, where from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be children’s activities and performers. The City Splash Pad will also be open.
For more information, visit the Somersworth Festival Association Facebook page or nhfestivals.org.
Kittery Block Party is back
The Kittery Block Party will be back this Saturday, June 18 after taking a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The free street carnival celebration will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature 140 vendors, food served by Rose’s Spring Rolls, a well-known food truck in the Kittery Food Truck Pod circle, as well as The Black Birch and Ore Nell’s Barbecue. , and live music all day. Visit kitteryblockparty.org.
Experience the Sand Sculpting Classic in Hampton Beach
This weekend, 200 tons of sand will be turned into amazing sculptures on Hampton Beach in a three-day sand sculpting competition. The top 10 sand sculptors in the world will compete for prizes of $25,000. The sculptures will remain standing and will be illuminated at night until Sunday, June 26.
Exeter Arts Festival on Saturday
The Exeter Arts Fest will take place on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Exeter and on Swasey Parkway. There will be 20 art vendors, a singer-songwriter tent featuring Dyer Holiday, Todd Hearon, Darien Castro, Artty Francoeur, Kaia Mack, Christopher Voss; food from Friends 4 Oba; make-up and activities for children; the 5 Freedoms Concert on the Lawn from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Independence Museum; and a Juneteenth Block Party from 1-3 p.m. on the Pavilion Stage at Swasey Parkway, which will feature Tiffany Colston & Band, Bless Robinson, MZ Starr, Crystal Lezama and TCS Youth Artists. There will also be a Juneteenth Jazz concert featuring the Marcus Rabb Quartet at 4 p.m. at Exeter Town Hall where a Juno 2022 art exhibition will also take place from noon to 6 p.m. Laura Harper Lake will have a solo exhibition “Vivid & Vulnerable Vessels” from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Foundation Art Space. The suggested donation for the festival is $10 per person; $20 per family. Cashless donations before the event can be made at portsmouthnhtickets.com/events/exeter-arts-music-fest.
Howard University Gospel Choir will perform
As part of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire’s Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18, the Howard Gospel Choir will perform a concert entitled “Let it Shine: The Howard Gospel Choir Sings The Gospel” at Portsmouth Music Hall.
The Howard Gospel Choir is unique in that it is the first collegiate choir of its type in the world, made up of more than 70 students, alumni and community members of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The concert is at 4 p.m. and tickets are available at themusichall.org.
“Mood” show at African Burying Ground
On Sunday, June 19, New Hampshire’s Black Heritage Trail will present a step dance performance program produced by People Company’s Najee Brown’s Theater titled “Uproar: A Celebration of African American Creativity.” energetic performance that introduces audiences to the unique lineages of African American dance demonstrating how slaves on American soil used step as a means of communication, self-expression and joy. The 2 p.m. performance is free and open to the public and will be streamed live. For more information on how to watch online, visit blackheritagetrailnh.org/juneteenth-celebration-2022.
Participate in the creation of a public art mural
New Hampshire’s Black Heritage Trail will close its June 19 celebration on Monday, June 20 with the creation of a public artwork as part of a program called “The Art of Erasure: Gone But Never Forgotten.” . Award-winning public artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson will lead a community workshop and street art project where participants will create an artwork for the community to paint on a street in Portsmouth. As the art fades, a video recording will be made to document its erasure. Participants will attend workshops to develop the piece on Thursday and Friday June 16 and 17 from 4-6pm at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Centre. Visit blackheritagetrailnh.org/juneteenth-celebration-2022 to register for workshops. On Monday, the public can join participants from 8 a.m. to paint the mural in the parking lot of the People’s United Bank, 325 State St., Portsmouth. For more information, visit blackheritagetrailnh.org/juneteenth-celebration-2022/
Tribute concert to Paul McCartney
On Sunday, June 19 at 6 p.m. there will be a celebration of Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday at the Portsmouth Press Room with Taylor O’Donnell, Chris Klaxton and Meta-Beat members Mark Shilansky, Eric Byers, Mark Poniatowski and Les Harris Jr. performing The Beatles’ music as well as their solo material with a jazz twist. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The doors of this lounge for over 18s open at 5 p.m. Visit pressroomnh.com.