September’s best summer send-offs

Photo courtesy of Great American Downtown

The kids are back in school and the pool is closed, but summer is definitely not over. Be sure to grab a date or group of friends and head to one of these four outdoor events where you can eat great food and listen to talented local bands, all while enjoying September’s warm weather. This is an excellent time of year to take an afternoon or a day for yourself.

Dance the day away     

The Bedford Village Inn is launching its first-ever Fall Music Festival and you’re invited. The event that will be held in BVI’s Back Barn Gardens will feature food, drinks, and of course live entertainment. While you dine on barbecue, head to the whiskey or margarita bar, or the beer station. The Dan Morgan Band (bluegrass, country) Fred Ellsworth (country, rock) and Whiskey Tango (dance rock band) will get you on your feet.

Bedford Village Inn
25 Olde Village Way, Bedford
Sunday, September 8, 2-6 p.m. • 21+
Tickets: $25 via  or Eventbrite

Grab your passport     

If your trip around the world was postponed this summer, head to Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth for the Passport Craft Beer & Food Pairing Tour. Take in the beautiful surroundings while trying out more than 20 craft beers that have been paired with appetizers prepared by local chefs. Martin England and the Reconstructed, a folk rock band from Southern Maine, will provide the entertainment. And you can feel good about having a good time. Passport is a fundraiser for Strawbery Banke and NHPBS.

Strawbery Banke
14 Hancock St., Portsmouth
Saturday, September 14, 5-7:30 p.m. • 21+
Tickets: $75 (designated driver, $35) via

Blues on the Beach     

Five great blues acts, 12 hours, 1 day. It’s all happening at the Laconia Blues Festival at Weirs Beach. Check out Amanda Fish, Willie J Laws, the Michael Vincent Band, Tyler Morris and Downtown Dave and the Deep Pockets while enjoying the best scenery the Lakes Region has to offer.

Weirs Beach in Laconia
Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m. to 11p.m.
Tickets: $10 via Eventbrite

Street eats     

This event gives “street food” new meaning. Nashua restaurants and the Nashua Farmers Market are teaming up to bring a six-course farm-to-table meal to the middle of Main Street. Dinner on Main Street: A Harvest Celebration will also feature live music. Wine and beer pairings available. Presented by Great American Downtown.

Main Street in Nashua
Sunday, September 22, seating starts at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $89-$115 via or Eventbrite

Categories: Time Out