DERRY — It's the town's big party held every September, joining families, businesses and organizations together for a day of community spirit.
This year's 29th annual Derryfest celebration is Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in MacGregor Park on East Broadway next to Derry Public Library.
Local businesses, artisans, eateries and organizations will fill the park with fun, crafts to sell, children's activities and a long list of bandstand activities and entertainment throughout the day.
At a recent meeting, Derryfest committee member Randall Kelley told town councilors that this year's celebration will be a great one, showcasing all things Derry.
"We've expanded our kids' area with more games," he said. "There are a lot of good things going on."
Derryfest entertainment schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. — Opening ceremonies
10:15 a.m. — Karate demonstration by Karate International of Windham
10:45 a.m. — Carol Harrington, vocalist
11 a.m. — Red Star Twirlers
11:30 a.m. — The Voice Studio
11:50 a.m. — God Bless America
Noon — POW/MIA remembrance ceremony/vigil
12:15 p.m. — Silly Solutions balloon show
12:45 p.m. — New Hampshire Academie of Dance
1:05 p.m. — Greater Derry's Got Talent winners
1:25 p.m. — Wildlife Encounters animal show
2:10 p.m. — Miss New Hampshire Outstanding Teen Morgane Grace Vigroux vocal performance
2:30 p.m. — Dance Progressions
2:55 p.m. — Kids Coop Theatre
3:15 p.m. — Announcements
3:30 p.m. — Let's Play Music Stagecraft performance
4 p.m. — Conclusion
Prior to Derryfest day, there will be several events going on in town including the annual Greater Derry's Got Talent contest. Presented by the Greater Derry Arts Council, the talent show's final round is Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Derry Opera House in downtown Derry. Top winners will be featured on the MacGregor Park stage during Derryfest.
On Derryfest day, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 63 East Broadway, hosts its annual Derryfest breakfast, 7 to 10:30 a.m., featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, coffee, tea and juice. A free will donation will be accepted.
Once Derryfest ends, the fun continues with Derry After Dark, Sept. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Manning Street in downtown Derry. Derry After Dark is a celebration of craft beer and local eateries. This is the second year for Derry After Dark after hosting a sellout crowd in 2017.