Father’s Day in Downtown Manchester

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th! Luckily for you, Downtown Manchester has plenty of ways for you to celebrate Dad! 

Have an idea to add? Email it to Trixie at tvazquez@intownmanchester.com!


Indian Head Athletics | 18 Lake Ave | (603) 627-1292

Indian Head Athletics offers in-house custom screen printing on all textiles, as well as a variety of sports equipment. Why not get your dad an awesome customized jersey or hat?
Visit their website here!

George’s Apparel | 675 Elm Street | (603) 622-5441

From casual wear to formal suits, George’s has a great selection of clothing at great prices! Alterations are always free!
Check out their selection here!

Paul’s Executive Car Care | 84 Elm Street | (603) 627-4300

Paul’s offers detailing packages that include interior and exterior cleaning services. Your dad’s car will look brand new!!
Go here for more information!

Manchester Auto Wash | 47 Elm Street | (603) 623-8326

Manchester Auto Wash offers Discount Wash Books for all car wash packages: buy four car washes and receive one FREE! These make great gifts! All washes include a free vacuuming as well as courtesy drying towels!
More info here!

Vertical Dreams | 250 Commercial Street | (603) 625-6919

If your dad is an adventure-seeker, take him climbing at Vertical Dreams! Home of New Hampshire’s tallest climbing wall, Vertical Dreams offers lessons and routes for all abilities, as well as top roping, lead climbing, and bouldering.
Find out more here!

Manchester Music Mill | 329 Elm Street | (603) 623-8022

For the musicians out there, Manchester Music Mill has a wide variety of instruments and accessories, along with great deals on both new and used gear!
Visit their website here!

Antiques on Elm | 321 Elm Street | (603) 606-1736

Still not exactly sure what to get your dad for Father’s Day? Check out Antiques on Elm! This antique shop has so many unique items to choose from, including furniture, books, collectible items, pottery, and artwork. Plus, they even carry barn board, old windows, and tools for special home projects!
Visit their website here!

Manchester Sports 

Although the Fisher Cats won’t be in town during Father’s Day weekend, tickets to one of their upcoming games are always a great gift idea! Go here to see the game schedule and to purchase tickets online! You can also purchase tickets by calling the  Ticket Office at 603-641-2005.

If your dad is a hockey enthusiast, the Manchester Monarchs Pro Shop at the Verizon Wireless Arena is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 6pm!


Mother’s Day 2017

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th! Luckily for you, Downtown Manchester has plenty of ways for you to celebrate Mom! Whether it’s buying the perfect gift, or grabbing brunch at her favorite restaurant, Mom deserves it all!

Have an idea to add? Email it to Trixie at tvazquez@intownmanchester.com!

Take Mom out to eat. Now, or later!

Downtown Manchester is known for its fantastic dining! Whether you take mom out for a special, delicious meal, or buy her a gift card for her favorite restaurant–you cannot go wrong! See our online directory here for a full guide to dining in Downtown!

Pamper Mom. She deserves it!

Downtown also has no shortage of spas and salons! Every mom would love to be pampered on her big day! Gift certificates are available at most spots! See our full online directory here to find the perfect place for mom!

Want to find something else? Check out one of these great retailers right here in Downtown!

Benton Shoes | 814 Elm Street | 603-644-2550

Is your mom an avid shoe or clothing lover? Find her the perfect gift at Benton. They’re always stocked the latest styles and matchless pieces! Visit them here!

Statement | 52 Hanover Street | 603-315-7627

Well-suited for fashionistas of all ages! Their amazing staff will help you pull together an entire outfit from head to toe for your mom! Find your mom her next favorite trendy piece. Check out their website here!

Pop of Color | 816 Elm Street | 603-624-5999

Pop of Color has every kind of a gift a mother could want! From candles, to handmade bags, jams, jellies, and kitchen utensils, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for mom. Visit their website here!

Harris Trophy | 18 Hanover Street | 603-669-3984

Harris Trophy is more than a trophy store! They offer tons of gifts–all of which can be personalized for your mom! Among these gifts are: wine openers, iphone cases, and champagne flutes! Stop in to meet their friendly staff and to get some unique gift ideas! Visit their website here!

Framers Market | 1301 Elm Street | 603-668-6989

Does your mom have a special piece of art or memento they’ve been meaning to get framed? Look no further than Framers Market! Their team of professionals has framed everything from a piece of the Berlin Wall to a bagel! Visit them here!

Antiques on Elm | 321 Elm Street | 603-606-1736

Check out Antiques on Elm! This antique shop has so many unique items to choose from, including furniture, books, collectible items, pottery, and artwork. You will be able to find a one-of-a-kind gift she’ll always treasure! Stop by their website here!

With Heart and Hand | 823 Elm Street | 603-625-8100

With their ever-changing selection of charming home goods, you’ll undoubtedly find the perfect future family heirloom! Visit them here!

Granite State Candy Shoppe | 832 Elm Street | (888) 225-2531

Granite State Candy Shoppe offers tons of treats at their Elm Street location. Everything from fudge to candies and ice cream (it’s never too cold) your mother will be delighted to receive a treat from GSCS! Check them out here!

Edible Arrangements | 1000 Elm Street | 603-625-1010

Want something as beautiful as a bouquet, but tastier? Look no further than Edible Arrangements conveniently located at 1000 Elm Street. Stop by their website here!

Chalifour’s | 46 Elm Street | 603-623-8844

Chalifour’s specializes in beautiful arrangements and gifts perfect for Mother’s Day ! From a bouquet of red roses, to a personalized arrangement, your mom will not be disappointed with anything from Chalifour’s! Visit them here!

Van Otis Chocolate | 341 Elm Street | 603-627-1611

A Manchester staple, Van Otis has been around for almost 100 years! Their handcrafted chocolates and swiss fudge are to die for and surely will not disappoint your mom this year! Be sure to check out their chocolate high heels, almost too good to eat! Check them out here!

Dancing Lion Chocolate | 917 Elm Street | 603-625-4043

Looking for a rare and unusual gift? Dancing Lion Chocolate specializes in just that! With no shortage of creative flavors of bonbons, bars, and truffles, be sure to stop in the shop to pick out something deliciously unique! Stop by their website here!

Runner’s Alley | 36 Hanover Street | 603-606-6949

Runner’s Alley is a one stop shop for all of your mom’s running needs! There is apparel, shoes, accessories, and an awesome staff that will be super helpful in your quest for the perfect fit-gift! Visit them here!

Indian Head Athletics and Screen Printed Special Tees | 18 Lake Ave | 603-627-1292

Indian Head Athletics offers a variety of sports equipment for all of the sports fanatics in your life! Screen Printed Specials Tees offers in-house custom screen printing on all textiles. Why not get your mom a personalized jersey to wear while she cheers you on! Check them out here!

New Hampshire Fishercats | Northeast Delta Dental Stadium | 603-641-2005

Join the Fishercats for their 4th Annual Mother’s Day 3k with you mom! Not into running, no problem! Their will be fun for the whole family on Mother’s Day with a game and guest appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Super Readers & Word Girl! Visit their website here!

Loft Fifty 5 | 55 S. Commercial Street | 603-232-4555

Loft Fifty 5 has an amazing selection of furniture (reclaimed wood tables!), organic candles and soaps, and so, so much more. See their website here!

Barre Life, LLC | 944 Elm Street

Is your mother looking for fun ways to stay in shape? Get her a class package at Barre Life. She will learn to tone, strengthen, and stretch in a new and exciting way! Check them out here!

Bellman’s Jewelers | 1650 Elm Street | 603-625-4653

Get Mom a gift she can truly treasure. Stop in to Bellman’s, where they’re sure to help you find the perfect piece to awe your mom. Check them out here!

Pearson’s Jewelers | 926 Elm Street | 603-625-8442

Want to blow your mom away? Stop in to Pearson’s! From beautiful jewelry to amazing watches, you’ll find the perfect gift to impress her. Visit them here!

Beacon Jewelers | 1356 Elm Street | 603-935-8613

Head to Downtown’s newest jewelry store! They carry tons of beautiful baubles including Cape Cod Jewelry and Lestage Convertible bracelets! Visit their website here.

Easter 2017 Events in Downtown!


With Easter right around the corner, events and specials are popping up all over the place! We’ll be updating this list daily to keep you updated on all things Easter here in the Queen City!

Did we miss your business or event? Shoot an e-mail to tvazquez@intownmanchester.com or call 603-645-6285.

Edible Arrangements | 1000 Elm Street | Website

Edible is offering $25 off their Easter Bunny Party Arrangement, featuring bunny shaped pineapple dipped in chocolate! Their yummy arrangements will
make a perfect hostess gift!

Granite State Candy | 832 Elm Street | Website

Granite State Candy is holding their annual bunny raffle! Stop by their store to enter their FREE raffle and you could win a 3 foot tall milk chocolate bunny and a $100 gift card! Need some chocolate for Easter baskets? Granite State Candy has pure milk, dark, white, and calico chocolate bunnies and many more delectable treats. Stop by today!

Van Otis Chocolates | 341 Elm Street | Website

Van Otis BunniesStop into Van Otis Chocolates for your sweets needs. The perfect way to build your Easter baskets!

Dancing Lion Chocolate | 917 Elm Street | Website

Dancing Lion has been deliciously preparing for all of your chocolate Easter needs! Not only do the chocolates have incredible flavor profiles, they’re also beautiful to boot! Be sure to stop in and check out their amazing works of chocolate art!

Gauchos Brazilian Steakhouse | 62 Lowell Street | 603-669-9460

Gauchos Easter Sunday Brunch will run from 10:00am-2:00pm. It will include: an omelet station, chocolate fountain and fruit station, traditional rodizio (five meats), salad bar, desserts, breakfast items, pastries, cereals, and hot dishes! Adults are $17.95 and children 6-12 are $10.95! They will be serving dinner from 3:00pm-9:00pm. There’s also free parking on the weekends! Reservations are recommended.

Fratellos Manchester | 155 Dow Street | 603-624-2022

Fratellos is once again offering their wonderful Easter menu! From anitpasti, to salads and about 14 different entree choices, there is something for everyone! Make your reservation today for one of their seatings at 12p, 2:30p, or 5p!

Firefly American Bistro | 22 Concord Street | 603-935-9740

Firefly will be offering Sunday brunch from 10am – 3pm, and dinner from 4pm – 10pm. They’ll be featuring their full brunch and dinner menus, as well as several holiday specials (including but not limited to baked ham and roasted lamb). Reservations are not required but strongly recommended!




Throwback Thursday Mar-16-2017

Every year, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches down Elm Street, complete with floats, horses, bagpipes and bands! With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the different attractions that the parade has brown down the strip over the years. Thanks to Saintpatsnh.com (The St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s official website!) I was able to grab photos from parades over the past 14 years to share with you. It seems to me that every year the parade only gets bigger and better!

This year’s parade will take place on Sunday, March 26th, and kick off at noon RAIN OR SHINE! You don’t want to miss out on what’s sure to be the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade yet!

To check out more photos from past parades, visit their gallery.

Still don’t have plans for St. Patty’s Day? Visit our guide to find out how downtown is celebrating!

Thank you again to the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee for these photos!

#foodiefriday Mar-10-2017

We are officially one week away from St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve begun to round up some celebrations happening throughout Downtown in a special blog post here! I look forward to all the fun Irish food every year, and Downtown most certainly does not disappoint.

Some St Patty’s Day #foodie highlights:

  • The Rover serves an amazing traditional Irish breakfast that will be served up starting at 6am and feature giveaways all day long!
  • Stark Brewing Co. will be serving their classic corned beef and featuring two new stouts for St. Patrick’s day only: Raspberry Chocolate and Tirimisu made with cold pressed coffee!
  • The Shaskeen will kick off at 5:30am with breakfast, and of course pints, and feature their Irish Classics for lunch and dinner: The Corned Beef Dinner and Guinness Beef Stew!

For more details, visit our full St. Patty’s post here!

St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown 2017

There’s no doubt about it, St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown is one of the best days of the year (by best, I mean most fun!). As we do annually, see the list below for different specials, performances, and St. Patty’s Day fun throughout Downtown! Did we miss your event? Shoot us an email at tvazquez@intownmanchester.com and we’ll include it on our list!

We try our best to ensure the accuracy of the events below. Please call ahead to confirm times, locations, and any specials.

Stark Brewing Co.

Join Stark Brewing for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration! They’ll be offering Corned Beef and Cabbage all day and featuring two new stouts for St. Patrick’s Day ONLY: Raspberry Chocolate and Tirimisu made with Cold Pressed Coffee. Try out these new beers while watching Irish Dancers perform from 5-6p, listen to the Bagpipes from 7-8p, or catch what’s sure to be an incredible performance by Justin Cohn from 8:30-11:30p. For more details visit their Facebook page.

The Wild Rover

The Rover will be hosting an ALL-Day party! Things kick off with an Irish breakfast starting at 6am-11am and then they’ll be featuring tastings and giveaways from Guinness, Jameson, Miller & Coors, and Bushmill. Entertainment starts at 9:30a with the NH Police Pipe Band, continues with the Madra Rua Band at noon, and finally Celtic Beats will close the night from 6p-10p. Visit their Facebook page here for more info!

The Shaskeen

They’ll kick off breakfast at 5:30a and the first pints at 6am. 96.5 The Mill will be broadcasting live from 7a-10a, and live music in the back bar from noon to close! Breakfast is served until 11a, after you can snag a meal from their lunch or dinner menu which will be featuring traditional favorites like the Corned Beef Dinner and Guinness Beef Stew. See their Facebook event here for more details!

Club ManchVegas/Rock 101

Rock 101 and Club ManchVegas present their annual St. Patrick’s Day broadcast! Tons of great prizes, Irish breakfast plus live music from Cody James Gang ! Come get your early drink on with the Buzz to keep you going all morning. The fun starts at 5:30am. More details here.

Doogie’s Bar and Grill

Doogie’s will be opening early at noon to celebrate the day! Stop in to try their St. Patrick’s Day dinner starting at 2p and serving until it’s gone. Stay updated by visiting their Facebook page.

Murphy’s Taproom

Murphy’s usually will open early (5:30am!)! They also will feature live music throughout the whole day. We mean ALL day, from 9am until 9pm! They typically serve a traditional Irish breakfast too–don’t miss out! Keep your eye on their Facebook page here for more updates!

Central Ale House

Central Ale House will be featuring a special Irish Menu all day! They will also be having promos for Absolut Lime from 8p-9p, and Jameson from 9p-10p. Stay updated by visiting their Facebook page.

Whiskey’s 20

Get lucky at Whiskey’s 20 St. Patrick’s Day Party! They’ll be featuring drink specials like $2 Green Beer, $3 Grey Goose Martinis and $5 Svedka Cosmos starting at 8p. For more info visit their Facebook Page!

Penuches on Hanover

Join Penuches as they present music all day including Pardon the Spins and Stop Tito Collective. Visit their Facebook page here.

Jewel Music Venue

Check out Juke Joint with Dave DiCenso and Ken Clark at Jewel starting at 6p! Tickets are available on their Facebook page here.

February Stay-cation Ideas 2017

Parents, it’s almost time for February Vacation week! However, with all the recent snow days, you may be saying to yourself, “already?!” No worries, we’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find a list of fun activities and camps for kids of all ages for next week if you’re sticking close to home! We’ll be updating this list as best we can all week long!

As always, we try our best to ensure the accuracy of these events including: location, time, cost, and description. We do, however, recommend you call ahead to confirm any details.

Studio 550 Art Camp

(REGISTRATION CLOSED) Studio 550 is hosting a five day art camp from February 27th through March 3rd! See below for descriptions of the class:

Clay Sculpting & Wheel Throwing: (Ages 9+) – Learn how to throw pottery on the potter’s wheel. Basic principles will be covered, from centering, to throwing cylinders, to making cups and bowls with a few basic decoration techniques. This is open to complete beginners as well as those with some experience. For variety, we will also include handbuilding/clay sculpting projects that do not use the wheel.

For more information and to register, click here!

Manchester City Library

The Manchester City Library is hosting a slew of events during school vacation week in both the Main Branch and the West Branch! There will be everything from an afternoon movie, to Dr. Suess storytime, messy art morning and more! To view their whole calendar, click here!

Currier Museum of Art

The Currier Museum of Art is hosting four events during February Vacation! Events include: Storytime in the Gallery: Henri’s Scissors, Creative Studio: Paper Project, Drawing in the Galleries, and Making Stations! For more information about these events, click here!

YMCA of Downtown Manchester

Please note, the registration deadline for SOME of these activities is Wednesday, February 22nd!

The YMCA is offering tons of events for your vacationer! Their offerings include:

Traditional February Vacation Camp for ages K-6 that runs from 7:00am-6:00pm. You can sign up for one or all five days. Activities include: science, scavenger hunts, art, olympics, and airplanes!

Sport-A-Day Camp for ages 1-6 that runs from 7:00am-6:00pm. Your child will participated in a different sport every day! You can sign up for one or all five days.

Inflatable Fun on Tuesday, February 28th from 1:00pm-2:30pm. In order to participate in this event, your child must be enrolled in one of the vacation camps.

Free Dive-in Movie on Thursday, March 2nd from 7:00pm-8:45pm. All are welcome to join a family swim during a family-friendly movie. You must RSVP by Tuesday, February 28th if you plan on attending to kbushway@graniteymca.org.

Youth Wellness Hours for ages 8-12 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Your family is invited to work out together in the Center for Lifetime Wellness! Children must be accompanied by a parent.

For more information, please click here.

Vertical Dreams

Vertical Dreams Indoor Climbing Gyms is offering a school vacation week camp from 12:30pm-3:30pm for children ages 6-12 years old! Cost is $30 per day and you can sign up for one or more. You must signup in advance, but space is limited. Call 603-625-6919 for more info!

SEE Science Center

(REGISTRATION CLOSED) SEE Science Center is hosting their first-ever February Vacation Camp for students grades 6 to 8 from 9:00am-3:30pm during the week! Campers will work in groups to design and build a location-based mobile adventure game! The cost of the whole week is just $100 due to the sponsorship of BEI Net.works! More information here. This course is limited to 20 participants.

Millyard Museum

The Millyard Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm! Be sure to download their brand new mobile app to use as you tour the museum!  All week they will be giving FREE admission to anyone under 18 and $1 off to their guardians. Plus, they’ll have extra crafts and activities available each day, including Game Day on Friday and Story Hour from 10:30-11:15 on Saturday! For more information about the museum, click here!


YWCA New Hampshire is hosting their Annual Family Fun Night on Thursday, March 2nd from 5:30pm-7:30pm. There will be a Lego Robotics table, a hot chocolate bar, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stand, open gym, crafts, and more! More details here!