Scenic bike ride
With options ranging from 100 to 25 miles, there is a ride for people of all abilities at the 45th Annual Seacoast Century Ride and an opportunity to bike along the scenic Seacoast of New Hampshire. The ride begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and concludes Sunday, Sept. 23. Pedal through Portsmouth, in various state parks, past the Nubble Lighthouse, by the Piscataqua River, through scenic small towns and beachfront communities and past great ocean views with all rides beginning and ending at Hampton Beach State Park. Registration costs $60 with bikers under 15 years of age costing $30. For more information or to register, visit bikereg.com/37532.
Hold on tight for the first annual Seacoast Extreme Country Fair from Thursday, Sept. 13, through Tuesday, Sept. 18, at New England Dragway (280 Exeter Road, Epping). The action includes bull riding, horse shows, barrel racing and rodeo clown performances, and competitions for motocross, cornhole, axe throwing and more. There will be a midway with rides, games, food, vendors, helicopter rides, monster truck rides, magic shows, a petting zoo, crafts and more. Hours for the fair are 3 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for military and kids ages 5 to 12 and free for kids ages 4 and under. Tickets for seniors ages 60 and over cost $7 on Thursday and Friday and $10 on Saturday and Sunday. Visit seacoastextremecountryfair.com.
Sample from more than 20 local craft beers paired with foods prepared by local chefs at the annual Passport Craft Beer and Food Pairing Tour at Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth) on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $80 general admission or $40 for designated drivers. Visit nhptv.org/passport.
For the birds
Birders of all levels can enjoy a beginner bird walk on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at Strafford County Farm. This walk will include the Don Black Trail and the hedgerows around the fields of the conserved property at the Strafford County Complex. Meet at the parking lot across from the office of the Strafford County Community Work Program (266 County Farm Road, Dover). Children are welcome with an adult. This is a free event. Visit seacoastchapter.org.