August has arrived but the sultry days of summer are far from over. Here are our Top 10 picks for sizzling summer events in August featuring shows, performers, and exciting annual festivals. Things are heating up across the region!
Wyman Tavern Brew Fest: One of Keene’s Signature Summer Events
One of Keene’s signature summer events and an annual fundraiser for the Historical Society of Cheshire County, the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest will be serving up sudsy craft brews Saturday, Aug. 7, from 12 to 5 pm at the Wyman Tavern Museum, 339 Main St., Keene. Tickets for the Wyman Tavern Brew Fest are $60 VIP, $35 pre-sale, or $40 at the gate. However, there is no charge for designated drivers.
VIP ticket holders have the opportunity to enter the Brew Fest grounds an hour early and receive a souvenir T-shirt and Brew Fest swag. But, all ticket holders leave with signature Wyman Tavern pint glass. Tickets and information are at www.hsccnh.org/wyman-tavern-brew-fest-2021
Brattleboro Gallery Walk: Art with Heart
The next Brattleboro Gallery Walk will be held Friday, Aug. 6, from 5-8 pm. The monthly Gallery Walks are held on the first Friday evening of the month. Above all, they are intended to offer community members an opportunity to enjoy diverse arts and creative experiences.
This month’s walk will feature a closure of Elliot Street, a block party, the Main Street Flea in the Harmony Lot, live music (there are four bands playing for the August event), and street food. There are 16 art galleries to stroll, and interactive pop-up art stations. For example, this month’s walk is themed around games, with a brand-new Architectural Scavenger Hunt also in the works. Learn more at www.facebook.com/brattleborogallerywalk
Keene Comes Alive with Movies Under the Stars & Central Square Concerts
Music on Keene’s Central Square is one of the downtown traditions of summer! Happening Wednesday evenings for 7 to 8:30 pm, the Keene Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series wraps up on Aug. 4 with The Detours and Aug. 11 with InClover. Shows are free and open to the public’s enjoyment. In other words, grab your favorite lawn chair and take in the good music vibes.
Likewise, a slightly newer tradition, the recreation department’s Movies Under the Stars for families in Fuller Park will conclude Aug. 5 with a showing of “Moana.” Co-sponsored by MONIFF, the series is free but seating is limited and registration is required. Delicious food is available for purchase from CC&D’s Kitchen Market with movies starting at dusk. Learn more and follow for weather cancellations at https://www.facebook.com/keeneparksandrecreation
Peterborough Players Stage “Our Town” and “Beehive: The ‘60s Musical”
A perennial favorite for summer events, the Peterborough Players return this summer with two plays for August. The first, “Our Town” by playwright Thornton Wilder, runs through Aug. 15 and in a Players’ first, will be performed outdoors in downtown Peterborough. Tickets are $47 for this Pulitzer Prize-winning American play, which is believed by many to have been inspired by the town of Peterborough.
The Players second August production is “Beehive: The 60s Musical,” created by Larry Gallagher. It will be presented on the new outdoor Elsewhere Stage at the Players, 55 Hadley Road in Peterborough, Aug. 18-29. The musical celebrates the female voices of the 1960s and is told through the perspective of six young women who come of age in the ‘60s. It features hits from The Shirelles, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin, for instance. Tickets and info are at www.peterboroughplayers.org
Let it Slide: A Night of Improv
“What happens when you combine unpredictable topics, unforeseen slides, and a cash bar?” That’s what the organizers of Let It Slide want to know and promise you’ll be intrigued to watch! This annual benefit is presented by MC2 Charter School and the Keene Young Professionals Network Saturday, Aug. 7, starting with a social hour at 6 pm at The Colonial Theatre’s new SHOWROOM venue at 20 Commercial St. in Keene.
This 21+ event is a slide show like no other with eight pre-chosen presenters spinning a wheel to get a topic only shortly before they go on stage. Moreover, they get a clicker to change the slides on a PowerPoint presentation they have never seen before as it runs behind them. A winner is chosen by the crowd with all money raised by votes going to the nonprofit of each competitor’s choosing. However, proceeds from ticket sales support MC2 Charter School. Tickets are $25 or $30 day of the show and available at https://thecolonial.org/event/let-it-slide
Don’t Miss Out on the Retreat Farm Food Truck Roundups
Let your inner foodie flag fly and get yourself to a Retreat Farm Food Truck Roundup this August. Roundups are held Thursday nights from 5 to 8 pm at the farm at 4 Farmhouse Square in Brattleboro and feature a mouthwatering lineup of food trucks and toe-tapping musicians.
For example, food truck vendors include Dosa Kitchen, Jamaican Jewelz, Mach’s Wood-Fired Pizza, Anon’s Thai Cuisine, Titos Taqueria, Stone Church, Shree’s Kitchen, RVQ Smokehouse, Madame Jo’s Crêperie, Amy’s French Macarons, Hidden Bean Bakeshop, and more. In addition, the scheduled musical performers for August are Social Medication (Aug 5), Billy Wylder (Aug. 12), Saints & Liars (Aug. 19), and Pamela Means & The Reparations with The Soul Magnets (Aug. 26), with M.O.D. on the docket for Sept. 2. Learn more and follow along for weather cancellations at www.facebook.com/RetreatFarmBarnyard
Yee-haw! Honkytonk Night with the Rear Defrosters
Love a good country tune? The Rear Defrosters hit the stage at NOVA ARTS Thursday, Aug. 19, at 8 pm. This new Keene music venue at 48 Emerald St. is really one to watch as it continues to expand its entertainment offerings.
The Rear Defrosters really bring the Honkytonk vibes with their blend of the best of country music. Donations are accepted and will be split between the programming fund and Groundworks Collaborative, an agency that supports those facing a full continuum of housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area. Learn more and find a show lineup at www.facebook.com/nova.arts.block
Taste of Monadnock & Beyond Food and Wine Festival: Eat for a Good Cause
Now in its sixth year, Shelter from the Storm will hold its annual fundraiser, Taste of Monadnock & Beyond Food & Wine Festival, at the Woodbound Inn in Rindge Sunday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 8 pm. Shelter from the Storm is a transitional housing and support program for the area’s homeless.
First, more than 50 vendors will participate in this year’s event and include restaurants, wineries, growers, and brewers. Secondly, live music by Sheepdip, displayed artwork and raffles keep the good times rolling. Finally, tickets are only $40 in advance or $50 at the door, with group options available and you know that it’s all in support of a great cause. Learn more and buy tickets at www.shelterfromthestormnh.org
Enjoyable Evenings at Savings Bank of Walpole Concerts on the Green
This local favorite concert series has been sponsored by the Savings Bank of Walpole for 38 years and will once again be happening on the town green in Walpole, with all shows held rain or shine on Sundays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The series features The Temple Band on Aug. 8, Brattleboro American Legion Band on Aug. 15, The Residential Band on Aug. 22, and East Bay Jazz Ensemble on Aug. 29.
Bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the free music. Above all, don’t miss out on this community-minded good time!
Drive-In Music: Northlands Welcomes The Disco Biscuits and Lee Brice
Have you had the chance to catch a live show at Northlands Live at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey yet? Don’t despair! This local and socially distant concert experience boasts full sound, lights, video, and safe protocols for a true concert experience and one of our not-to-be-missed summer events.
The August lineup includes two shows by The Disco Biscuits on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21. In conclusion, a country performance by superstar Lee Brice rounds out the month on Aug. 29. Pick up your tickets online at https://www.northlandslive.com
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