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 21

1. Easter Helicopter Egg Drop, statewide, April 1

This Easter, tens of thousands of plastic Easter eggs containing candy will be dropped from a helicopter onto a grass field near Next Level Church's locations. If you have children, you won't want to miss this safe, fun event complete with bounce houses, face painting and many other activities happening before or after the egg drop. (603) 928-7966; 2018eggdrop.com


2. Representing Feminism, Exeter, April 3 to April 21

This Philips Exeter Academy exhibit explores how feminism takes a critical stance in the world today. It also begs the questions, are you a feminist? Why or why not? Over 30 contemporary artists examine these questions and feminism’s impact and potential through silkscreen, watercolor, fiber arts and video. (603) 777-3461; exeter.edu


3. 12th Annual Student Exhibit, Manchester, April 5 to May 5

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


4. Milford Indoor Farmers Market, Milford, April 7

This is the last indoor farmers market of the year. Pick from a variety of goods such as produce, meats, dairy, soups, coffee, sheep pelts, baking mixes and more. There will also be live music to close the season out with a bang. (603) 654-2204; milfordnhfarmersmarket.com


5. Songs of Emigration: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music, Sunapee, April 9

Ireland has one of the world’s richest music traditions. Learn all about it with the help of Celtic fiddler (and Best of NH winner) Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki. Using performance of Irish folk songs and storytelling revealing the pieces’ historical context, Tirrell-Wysocki will explore the varied experiences of the Irish emigrant. This New Hampshire Humanities presentation is perfect for those who appreciate a good history lesson as much as a rockin’ fiddle. There will also be a brunch available to the public prior to the program. nhhumanities.org


6. Spring Craft Fair, Windham, April 14

April doesn't only bring showers - it also brings arts and crafts to get you in the mood for spring. Celebrate the start of spring by attending the 6th Annual Spring Craft Fair in Windham. More than 80 artisans will be displaying their quality handmade arts and crafts. Shop for Mother’s Day, graduation season, birthdays, or welcome the change of seasons with new spring décor for your home or garden. Suggested donation of $2. womensserviceclubofwindham.org


7. 6th Annual NH Veg Fest, Manchester, April 14

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


8. Searching for Barton Carter, Nashua, April 17

This event will focus on the heroic life of Baron Carter, who was forced to abandon the life that was laid out for him to fight in the Spanish Civil War. He went to war at 23 years old and never came back. His disappearance puzzled one person in particular, his ancestor Nancy Clough. Clough will speak about Barton’s work with Catalonian orphans and how it still impacts third-world countries today, along with the history of the Carter family and their ties to Nashua. (603) 883-0015; nashuahistoricalsociety.org


9. Cookbook Club Meeting, Auburn, April 21

Do you like to cook? Then stop by the Griffin Free Public Library for their last Cookbook Club of the year. Check out April’s cookbook, "Weeknights with Giada" by Giada de Laurentiis, and then sign up for the meeting and then select one of the recipes in the book to bring with you. Everyone brings in a different dish for tasting and discussion. You won’t want to miss this tasty program. (603) 483-5374; griffinfree.org


10. Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, Concord, April 21

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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