The Best Events Happening in May

This month brings a variety of events, from craft fairs to concerts to festivals
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Bedrock Gardens in Lee opens to the public on May 11. Photo by Morgan Karanasios

Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke, Portsmouth, May 1

Learn about domestic livestock typical on coastal northern New England farms from the 17th century to the present day at this family-friendly event. Expert breeders from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York farms answer visitors’ questions about the specific heritage breeds, including lambs, kids, calves, piglets, bunnies, chicks and ducklings, their care, developmental needs and more. Additionally, watch demonstrations such as sheep herding and weaving.

New Hampshire Day, Holderness, May 7

Ready to get out and connect with nature and some wild animals? New Hampshire residents may visit the live animal exhibit trail at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center for only a $5 admission for New Hampshire Day. Note: New Hampshire Day tickets must be purchased in advance at

Bedrock Gardens Opening Day, Lee, May 11

Head to this 37-acre public oasis of art, horticulture and inspiration as they celebrate their opening day of the season. The garden includes many structural elements such as paths, an espaliered fence, architecturally interesting rocks, pergolas, fountains, water features, a Japanese teahouse, whimsical garden art and two miles of woodland trails. The beds also have a range of plant varieties and unusual specimens of perennials, trees and shrubs designed to immerse you into the relaxation benefits of being in nature. Self-guided tours will be available.

Read more about Bedrock Gardens here.

 Kevin James, Concord, May 12

Comedian and actor, Kevin James (“King of Queens,” “The Crew,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Zookeeper,” and “Here Comes The Boom”) was discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival. He made his feature film debut in “Hitch” opposite Will Smith and starred alongside Adam Sandler in “Pixels,” “Grown Ups,” “Grown Ups 2,” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” Don’t miss out on his one-night visit to the Granite State to the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord.

Canterbury Shaker Village Cross Country 5K, Canterbury, May 14

In partnership with the Capital Area Race Series (CARS) and Millennium Running, Canterbury Shaker Village will be hosting its annual 5K Cross Country Race on May 14 at 9 a.m. Run or walk the unpaved course, which is a beautiful run through the fields and woods and around the ponds and pastures of the Village.

Full Moon Hike, Laconia, May 14

Explore Prescott Farm in a different and special way. Inspired by the weather and the dynamic calendar of the natural world, topics discussed on our moonlit walk will vary but may include: identifying constellations, habits of nocturnal animals, and testing your own night vision abilities.

Funny Women of a Certain Age, Derry, May 19

Straight from the unfiltered mouths of the funniest, most daring and experienced people in comedy, enjoy a night out with the women who have seen it all. Carole Montgomery, Vanessa Hollingshead, Leighann Lord and Julia Scott raised children both on and off the road, and they’ve been told women aren’t funny. Raw, smart and no holds barred, this show will have you laughing out loud as these women tell it all. Their three hit SHOWTIME specials made history and broke ratings records.

Kids Con New England, Concord, May 21

This event is New England’s favorite and largest comic con for kids. It includes inspiring art education, literacy and creativity through family-friendly comics, children’s books, art, creative workshops, gaming and fun activities. Meet amazing family-friendly comic book creators, children’s book authors, artists, superheroes, princesses, star wars characters, learn the comic arts, jedi and superhero training, gaming, magic shows, musical performances, sketch-off, costume contest and more.

Vernon Family Farm Live Music Series: Appalachian Still, May 27, Newfields

This favorite family farm is known as a one-stop shop for shopping local, but they’re outdoor music series is one for the books, too. Every second Saturday of the month from May to October, the farm is open for live music from bands like this evening’s show, Appalachian Still, and delicious local food from their very own farm-to-table restaurant, Vernon Kitchen. Grab your friends and family and head over for a night of community, rotisserie chicken and music at a space that nurtures the human desire to connect and love.

New Hampshire Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event

Memorial Day Weekend Craft Fair, North Conway, May 28-29

This free fair features over 40 exhibitors displaying their fine jewelry, primitive crafts, country and contemporary décor, functional and decorative pottery, gourmet foods, glass art, fine art, textile arts, quilts, wood turned crafts, furniture and more. There will also be live music to enjoy while you are walking around.

Wildquack Duck Race & Music Festival, Jackson, May 29

Watch more than 3,500 rubber yellow ducks race down the Wildcat River to the finish line during this wild event. Along with the famous duck race, there will be delicious food, music, games, face painting, traveling train rides and a parade. Bring your dancing shoes, blankets, chairs and your fastest rubber duck for a fun-filled day in the park. (603) 383-9356;

Solar Gazing, Moultonborough, May 30

Disobey your mother and look at the sun … through a hydrogen-alpha telescope. Marc Stowbridge of the NH Astronomical Society will set up his telescope in the field by Shannon Pond at Castle in the Clouds. Stop by, have a look and learn about what you’ve never really seen.

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