Great Bay Food Truck Festival, Free Comic Book Day: 7 weekends

It’s the weekend to celebrate your mom. Whether it’s a brunch or dinner reservation, breakfast in bed, a trip to the Great Bay Food Truck Festival or a show, be sure to hang out with her if you can. If you can’t, there’s Free Comic Book Day in Rochester on Saturdays and loads of art to see during the monthly Art’ Round Town on Friday nights. And if you have little ones, you won’t want to miss the ducks’ visit to the new “Imagine That!” exhibition of children’s book illustrations at the Discover Portsmouth Centre. This is the best photoshoot of the weekend.

Read on for all the details you need to know about each event:

Great Bay Food Truck Festival

The second annual Great Bay Food Truck Festival will be at Stratham Hill Park on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 5 p.m., with over 20 food trucks, artisan vendors and music.

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Presented by the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce and Stratham Parks and Recreation, proceeds from the event will support local programs offered by the chamber as well as the Stratham Parks and Recreation Department. Participating food trucks include The Big Bad Food Truck, Bird’s Nest Italian Street Food, Grace’s Kitchen Pizza, Butter “Ur” Biscuit, Hot Mess Poutine, Chef Rafiki, Mak’n Ends Meat, Kimberly’s Gluten Free Kitchen, Chubba Wubba’s, Memories Ice Cream, Clyde’s Cupcakes, Red’s Good Vibes, Coppa Magica, The Sandwich Monstahh, The Daily press, Seacoast Pretzel, Donali’s, Seacoast Street Eats, Friends 4 OBA and Tin Can Co., a great variety sure to please any member of your group.

Admission is $5 per person online in advance and $10 per person on the day of the event. Limited tickets are available and children 4 and under are free. Free on-site parking is at the end of Jack Rabbit Lane in the open field behind Stratham Hill Park. Parking will not be permitted on Jack Rabbit Lane. Satellite parking will be available at Mill Brook Office Park located at 118 Portsmouth Ave. and shuttles will travel to and from the festival in a continuous loop.

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Captain America Jordan White was found at the Jetpack Comics registry in Rochester for Free Comic Book Day last year.  The Free Comic Book Day will take place this Saturday, May 7 in Rochester from 10 a.m.

Rochester Free Comic Book Day

The Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival returns Saturday, May 7 with convention hall, costumed superheroes and tons of free comics, of course. Starting at 10 a.m., rain or shine, families can visit participating businesses in downtown Rochester and get a free comic book at each, which means you can collect more of two dozen free comics. The Comic Book Scavenger Hunt map is downloadable at and directs attendees to participating businesses and organizations in downtown Rochester. The convention hall will be in the Ballroom of the Governor’s Inn with dozens of guests, vendors, local artists and nationally acclaimed comic book creators. The Governor’s Inn garage is the stage for the annual costume contest, starting at 4:30 p.m., with hundreds of dollars in prizes. Live music from 80s and 90s cover band The Toes begins at 7 p.m. at The Garage. For more information, email [email protected]

PMAC’s 15th Annual Jazz Night

The faculty of PMAC The Jazz Institute is back for its 15th annual Jazz Night concert. This year’s show at Portsmouth Music Hall will celebrate the music of three iconic jazz composers: Horace Silver, Mary Lou Williams and Charles Mingus. This ensemble of the region’s finest jazz musicians will bring the music to life through traditional arrangements and innovative new interpretations of classic jazz masterpieces. The centerpiece of the evening is a celebration of Charles Mingus’ 100th birthday. Admission is $25 for the 7:30 p.m. concert on Friday, May 6. Visit for tickets.

New “Imagine that!” the exhibition opens

the Portsmouth Historical Society harnesses the magic of picture book art in its latest exhibit, “Imagine That! The Power of Picture Books,” which opens Friday, May 6 and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 25. Featuring original artwork by over 30 illustrators, a book-making station, play space, toy theater and reading nook, this is the largest exhibition in the history of the historical society. This Saturday, May 7, there will be a “Make Way for Ducklings” event featuring live ducklings and rabbits from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The exhibit features an original illustration by Robert McCloskey of the well-known classic. loved “Make Way for Ducklings. Kids are welcome to make their own drawings of ducklings. The exhibit is free for everyone under 18, over 70, military and members, and $10 for others. This Friday, May 6, the first day of the exhibition, it will be open until 8 p.m. for Art’ Round Town.

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“The Lightning Thief” at 3S Artspace

RGC Theater and 3S Artspace present “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” on Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th. Adapted from the book “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan and with an original rock score, the show tells the story of Percy Jackson, the half-blood son of a Greek god, who has newly discovered powers that he can’t control, a fate he doesn’t want and a monster mythology handbook on his trail. Tickets start at $25 per person (the more you pay, the more actors get paid). Friday’s show is at 7 p.m.; Saturday is at 2 p.m.

Kathleen Sommsich, left, and Emily Karel star in "An inspector calls," which opens Friday, May 6 at the New Hampshire Theater Project.

‘An Inspector Calls’ opens at NHTP

New Hampshire Theater Project presents the classic mystery drama “An Inspector Calls” by J. B Priestley from this Friday, May 6th until May 22nd. A young girl dies by suicide, and an eminently respectable upper-middle-class family is routinely investigated into her death. A detective calls to question the family about their possible roles in his loss. Performed for the first time in 1945 and staged in 1912, this play forces us to reflect on our individual and societal responsibilities towards our fellow human beings. In an age of instant global communication and connection, these questions seem even more important than they were 75 years ago. To visit for timetables and tickets.

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‘Our Town’ opens at Rep

Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town” opens Thursday, May 5 and runs through June 4 at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Described by Edward Albee as “the greatest American play ever written”, “Our Town” has touched the hearts of millions in countless revivals and stage adaptations, in film, television and radio. A work as timeless as its subject, it depicts the life and death of ordinary people in the small American town of Grover’s Corners at the turn of the 20th century. For timetables and tickets, visit

Mother’s Day Morning: ‘Sabrina’

Looking for a fun gift idea for Mother’s Day? Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m., The Music Hall presents “Sabrina”, the legendary romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden.

Written and directed by six-time Oscar winner Billy Wilder (“Some Like It Hot”), this special event includes pre-show slides with cool star facts (set to vintage music), plus a Brief introduction by film historian Jeannie MacDonald with juicy behind-the-scenes details.

For tickets and more information, visit