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It’s that time of year, families are getting children ready for back-to-school and the feel of fall is knocking on the door. Although the end of August seems like the end of summer, there is still much to enjoy over the next few weeks and months.

Labor Day Weekend Exeter plays host to the Exeter UFO Festival. Events kick-off Thursday night with the final movie on Swasey Parkway thanks to the HERON group and the Exeter Area Kiwanis Club. This year the group is showing the movie Home.
Friday night brings another First Friday thanks to the TEAM group in Exeter. Live music on the Bandstand from 4-7pm, with the 3rd Annual Extown Space Jam, sponsored by Exeter Arts Committee, featuring the sounds of some of the Seacoast’s finest musicians and producers. There will be abstract and UFO themed art show openings at the Exeter Arts Committee and at Seacoast Artist Association. At 8pm you can head over to Station 19 and enjoy the sounds of Cold Engines performing an intimate acoustic set.
Saturday and Sunday downtown will be a sea of activity with the UFO lecture series, crash site, trolley rides, crafts, food, and more. Come in to town and check out this unique event.

The early part of September does quiet down but there are still some local events to explore including the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, September 9, 10, and 11th. Eastman’s Corner has their Art & Soul event on Saturday, September 18th. On Sunday September 25th, join our friends and neighbors in Stratham as they celebrate their 300th anniversary with a huge parade. Bands, floats, horses, beauty queens, and much more at this “once in every fifty years event”.

The Town of Exeter will be enjoying a great day on Saturday, October 1st as the Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival returns for the 5th year. There is no better venue than Swasey Parkway for this event. Remember, tickets sold out last year, so get your tickets early.  Looking for a free ticket? Sign-up to volunteer.

And finally, the weekend of October 22nd and 23rd get ready for the Lincoln Street Arts celebration and the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk. Saturday’s Lincoln Street Arts is a new initiative hosted by the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce and on Sunday, the long-running Making Strides walk also on Lincoln Street prior to the walkers weaving their way through the downtown.

My fall favorite, the Children’s Halloween Parade will be on Friday, October 28th and Trick or Treat in Exeter will be on Halloween, Monday, October 31st.

So, as you can see, there is still plenty of fun and entertainment to be had. Of course, the fall sports season will only add to your full calendar!

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