Exeter (New Hampshire)
No great public transport. Driving in is usually not a problem, although there will be a couple minutes of stop and go traffic during rush hour.
There are often concerts at Phillips Exeter Academy, , that are free and open to the public.
The Ioka Theater has concerts, old movies, film festivals, in an old-style theater setting. 
American Independence festival: The month of July is special time in the town of Exeter’s history as it was heavily involved in America’s fight for independence from Great Britain. Every year during the middle of July the American Independence museum host this festival that features music, vendors, and many well choreographed reenactment of battles that took place in the surrounding areas. These battles are done with an incredible attention to the details, as well with the entirety of the festival. It is not uncommon during this festival to see redcoats and militia camping in authentic canvas tents. While spending all day in the hot July sun wearing their respective army wool jackets and all, you may just end up standing in line with one waiting for a snow cone or a cold bottle of water. The festival is brought to a close with one fantastic firework show, where the banks of Exeter river are lined for quite a ways and a spot of grass in Swasey park way become a hot commodity come eight o’clock when the sun goes down. Date: July 20th, 2013 Location: Swasey Park Hours: all day event
If shopping is your cup of tea, then take a stroll down along Main Street and you will find yourself in a world of quaint little shops that range from Antiques to music supplies. This rather large, for the area, prides its self on its welcoming small business atmosphere that’s resides in the heart of downtown.
The Willow: Originally opening in 2000, The Willow has become a well know name in the town of Exeter for is charming little knick-knacks. Just like their sign says, this shops has all the ‘essentials for your home, garden, and friends’. Off set from the rest of the buildings that surround it, the adorable little yellow house looks just a tad out of place sandwiched between two large brick buildings. This cute little shop looks like it would be more at home on a back road somewhere, both on the outside and in. The majority of the items sold at The Willow have a traditional country living feel. Though not everything has an antique feel to it but its safe to say if you have young child with you, you may want to tell them to ask before he picking anything up. Items range from artwork, jewelry, and hand-sewn linens. Address: 183 Water St Exeter, NH 03833 Phone: 603-773-9666 Hours: Mon - Fri, 10am - 6pm; Sat, 10am - 5pm; Sun, closed.
The Exeter Farmers Market: Eating healthy and eating locally is a great way to stay in shape while supporting your local community farmer. From May all the way into October, The Exeter farmer’s market occupies Swasey parkway, right in the heart of down town, from 2:14pm to 6:00pm every Thursday. This great little farmer’s market attracts not only farmers from surrounding towns but as well as customers. The majority of the farmers that attend this market pride themselves on the fact that there vegetables, beef, and poultry are all organically and more time then not were harvested that very day. The mood is extremely casual, so don’t be in a rush while you are there and don’t be afraid to ask questions, as they are more then happy to answer any and all of them. Ask for preparation suggestions and they will give a million and one different recipes with another million techniques how to prepare dinner. If you ever plan on cooking dinner and stranded for idea, walk on down to the farmers market on a Thursday after noon and you be all set.
Location: Swasey Park Hours: Thursday’s (May-October) 2:15pm – 6:00pm
The Blue Moon 8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH # (603)778-6850. This boutique American-style restaurant specializes in organic, locally grown vegetables and humanely harvested meat, poultry and fish. Working with only the best ingredients means that you will pay a little more for the exquisitely prepared dishes, but it is well worth it. Entrees range in price from $20-$30 are meticulously prepared and artfully served on carved beach wood platters. With a soothing atmosphere accented by high, vaulted ceilings and dappled candle light makes The Blue Moon a superb destination for a relaxing night out. Hours: Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 2:30 PM & 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 11AM - 11 PM.
Front Row Pizza 137 Epping Road Exeter, NH # (603)773-0047. If you are in the mood for great pizza, then this is the place! After recently expanding their shop, Front Row Pizza is the place to go when you want to grab a pizza and a cold drink and watch your favorite sports on any one of their 12 flat screen TV’s. There is a full bar attached to this restaurant but it is still first and foremost a family-friendly restaurant. Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 AM -10 PM, Friday & Saturday 11AM - 11 PM. Dine In, Takeout or Delivery
11 Water Street Exeter, NH 03833. This quaint little restaurant is located at 11 Water Street in the heart of the downtown, hence the name. Walking through the doors of this establishment onto the main floor you will find yourself in a luxurious home-style restaurant, the perfect setting for a quiet evening of conversation and dining by candlelight. The downstairs of 11 Water Street offers a slightly different ambiance. Here, you will find a hidden gem of a bar that is fully stocked with an assortment ranging from the mainstream to the exotic of international and domestic liquors. Surrounded by the original granite foundation of past centuries, you are able to order off of the bar menu as well as the full dinner menu that they offer upstairs. You can opt to sit right up at the bar or settle in at one of the high-rise tables near the window that overlooks the Exeter Dam and river. Order anything you like at 11 Water Street. You simply cannot go wrong with their selection of food and drink. This restaurant is perfect for whatever your night calls for. Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 PM - 11 PM, Sunday 9 AM - 6 PM.
D2 Java (D squared java)155 Water St Exeter, NH 03833. In need of some caffeine following a late night out on the town and the hustle, bustle of mass-produced coffee is just not your cup of tea? Then consider a visit to D2 Java. The privately-owned shop brews a superior cup of coffee from beans that have been curated from boutique roasters throughout New England. Look up at the menu and find your preferred roast and where the beans used to brew your coffee came from. Each cup of coffee made here is brewed especially for you in an old fashioned single-serving Turkish drip. Feel free to perch at a table or pull up a cushion and lounge by the window and watch while the world walks by. Linger as long as you like. D2 Java embraces the atmosphere of a European café where customers are encouraged to stay as long as they like. So slow down, sit back and savor your java and maybe even sample something delicious from the pastry assortment because there is no hurry at D2 Java. Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 AM - 8 PM, Sunday 9 AM - 6 PM.
Stillwell’s Riverwalk Ice Cream 190 Water St Exeter, NH 03833. New Hampshire is known for having some of New England’s best ice cream due to a strong dairy industry and network of local suppliers of premium ingredients. Stillwell’s Riverwalk Ice Cream is no exception. With a wide selection of homemade ice cream made fresh daily, Stillwell’s River Walk Ice Cream easily earned the title of “Best Ice Cream” in 2012. This quaint, homemade ice cream shop is perfectly situated near the entrance to Swasey Parkway. So, grab a cone, cup or frappe and go for a leisurely walk through the park and alongside the Exeter River, just like the name of the shop says. Hours: Monday –Thursday, 11 AM - 9 PM, Friday-Sunday 11 AM - 9:30 PM.
Las Olas Taqueria 30 Portsmouth Ave Exeter, NH 03833 # (603) 418-8901. If you are looking for a flavorful, healthy, and fast meal then look no further then Las Olas Taqueria. Las Olas is a Mexican style restaurant that offers burritos, fajitas, and nachos made only with the freshest ingredients that are prepared daily or even hourly depending on the demand. With an assembly line-style technique your food is crafted right in front of your eyes. There is a wide selection of meats, salsas and toppings to choose from to customize your meal to match your cravings. Pair your hand-made meal with a cold Cerveza or margarita for added flavor. Don’t be afraid to call ahead and place your meal order as it does get quite busy around dinnertime. It is no wonder that the line tends to stretch out the door and into the parking lot on warm summer nights. As voted, “Best Taqueria in New Hampshire” you must plan a visit to Las Olas for a custom burrito if you’re in the area. Hours: Monday - Sunday 11 AM - 9 PM.
In addition to the Blue Moon, the Green Bean and The Loaf & Ladle offer good homemade soup and sandwich options.
For casual dining try Margaritas (Mexican), Pad Thai (Thai), or the Pine Garden on Route 108. For finer dining Taverne at River's Edge, or The Exeter Inn also offers top notch fare in a semi-casual setting.
All of the downtown restaurants are moderately priced. A good option for vegetarians/vegans is the Green Earth Cafe at the Blue Moon Market, on Clifford Street off of Water Street.