The 10 Best Free Events Happening in April

Where you can have fun on (less than) a dime this month



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Get up close and personal with local wildlife at the free Discover WILD New Hampshire Day in Concord on April 29.

1. Liberty Is Our Motto!: Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers, Grafton, April 1

In our August issue, we told you all about the Hutchinsons: the most famous New Hampshire family you've never heard of. Now you can learn even more about the 19th century singers and abolitionists from one of their own. Steve Blunt plays the role of John Hutchinson in this free living history talk, relaying the history of the famous family, performing their songs and even inviting the audience to sing along. (603) 523-8870; nhhumanities.org


2. 11th Annual Student Exhibit, Manchester, April 6 to May 6

Get a glimpse of the future of New Hampshire art in this free public exhibition. The best work from SNHU's graphic design and game design departments will be on display in this exhibit, so check it out to see what's on the latest frontiers of digital art. Media from animation and illustration to magazine and web design are all on the docket. (603) 629-4622; snhu.edu


3. Easter Egg Hike and Hunt, Hollis, April 8

If the jittery start line and frantic pace of a standard Easter egg hunt gives you heart palpitations, bring the kids to try this mellow alternative. Eggs will be hidden throughout the trails of the Beaver Brook Association for this event and replenished throughout the day — so you can come when you want, set your own pace, and still rest assured that pushy future track stars won't keep your little ones from snagging some eggs. (603) 465-7787; beaverbrook.org


4. Art, Conversation and Coffee, Exeter, April 8

When was the last time you really looked at a piece of art? This event, held in celebration of worldwide Slow Art Day, encourages you to do just that. Attendees will focus on a small number of pieces from the Lamont Gallery's Clew show, devoting 5-10 minutes per work, then engage in guided discussions of each. It's free to attend (as are the coffee and pastries on hand), but RSVP is required. (603) 777-3461; exeter.edu


5. The Human Library: Real People, Real Conversations, Goffstown, April 9

The shelves of a library are always filled with enchanting human stories, but this innovative event takes that theme a step further. Real people stand in for books, and visitors can "borrow" them for 15 minutes of one-on-one conversation about their real-life experiences, ranging from racial adversity to religious persecution. In keeping with standard library checkout procedures, this human library is free to peruse. (603) 497-2102; goffstownlibrary.com


6. Star Island Earth Day Celebration, Rye, April 15

Celebrate Earth Day with one of New Hampshire's dreamiest ecological hotspots. The free celebration stays on the mainland but boasts all kinds of activities with a Star Island ethos, including a beach cleanup on Foss Beach, lunch, and a presentation on the foundation's Green Gosport Initiative sustainability program. (603) 430-6272; starisland.org


7. Homeward: An Evening of Poetry and Harp, Brookline, April 21

April doesn't only bring showers — it also brings National Poetry Month. Commemorate the occasion with this relaxing, no-cost evening of poems and songs. Poetry is provided by Wilton's Patrice Pinette and guest poet Candace Bergstrom, and Celtic Harp tunes come courtesy of Sarah Merrigan. If you're feeling spendy, bring some cash to indulge in The Cozy Tea Cart's full cafe menu. (603) 249-9111; thecozyteacart.com


8. 5th Annual NH Veg Fest, Manchester, April 22

You've already heard about the wonders of veganism from the constant posts of your one vegan Facebook friend. Come see what it's about in real life at this free fair. All things vegan are represented in the fete, which features classes and lectures, a cookbook swap, drum circles, and a wonderland of vegan vendors and food trucks. (603) 553-1349; nhvegfest.com


9. Skywatch with the NH Astronomical Society, Auburn, April 26

Trade standing in your driveway pointing out the Big Dipper for examining the night sky with seasoned pros. This free observational event perfect for families and stargazing beginners starts with a brief presentation from Astronomical Society volunteers before heading outside for guided observation of the cosmos on a number of high-powered telescopes. (603) 483-5374; griffinfree.com


10. Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, Concord, April 29

There's a lot of wild natural beauty to explore in the Granite State. Get a taste of it with this annual free expo from NH Fish and Game. The department sets up shop at their Concord headquarters with lectures and presentations, archery practice stations, and meet and greets with some of New Hampshire's finest furry, scaly and feathered friends. (603) 721-3421; wildlife.state.nh.us

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