Capital Arts Fest
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Capital Arts Fest


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Capital Arts Fest is Saturday, May 6

Something grand is being planned! In celebration of Concord’s newly revitalized Downtown, the Chamber’s Creative Concord committee is hosting Capital Arts Fest on Saturday, May 6. The day-long celebration will showcase the Capital Region as an arts and cultural destination, and numerous events, live demonstrations, musical performances, tours and more will be happening throughout the day and throughout the community. Mark your calendar now for a celebration you won't want to miss!

Traveling to attend? Special lodging packages are being offered by the Duprey Hotels, starting at just $119 per room for Friday or Saturday the 5th and 6th of May.

And, Concord Coach is offering a special discounted coupon code for the weekend on all bus service to Concord from Boston: 20% off on one-way and round-trips tickets between Concord and Boston, South Station/Logan Airport. The coupon code is concordarts, and must be entered using lower case letters only and is available for use now through May 10. The tickets can be purchased with the coupon code at and may be used for travel between May 1 and May 10.

Many of the events are complimentary. Visit for further details, ticket information and google maps to venues.

Schedule of events:

8:30 a.m. – noon
Farmer’s Market. The most famous market of the city is back for its new season!
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10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.  
The historic New Hampshire State House will host guided tours. Its gold dome is both a landmark and a monument, and has just undergone an extensive renovation.
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10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
McGowan Fine Art will host an artists’ reception from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
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10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Concord Community Music School, northern New England's largest community music school, will host the second annual Performathon from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on two stages: 
on Main Street in front of The Works Cafe and at the Music School on Wall Street. Check out the Instrument Petting Zoo at the school from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Takea complimentary guided tour with juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen at gallery headquarters on 49 South Main Street, Suite 100. Tours of both the current exhibit and the permanent collection, as well as fine craft demonstrations, will be happening throughout the day.

10:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Double Midnight Comics is hosting Free Comic Book Day. People are welcome to stop in, meet local artists and get FREE comics including some special editions. There will also be a storewide sale. Costumes are encouraged!  

10:30 a.m. AND 12:30 p.m.
Historic Downtown Concord Walking Tour. Learn how New Hampshire's capital city grew into the thriving heart of political, cultural and community life for the state. Two 30 minute tours at 10:30 and 12:30. Meet at the
 Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 49 S. Main St., Suite 104.

10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is hosting fun shows for all ages which include Planetarium Shows and Main Stage Presentations, as well as Aerospacefest, a festival filled with engaging science and engineering activities.
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11:00 a.m. 
Tour the Capitol Center for the Arts performance venue and the 19th-century Kimball House Victorian mansion. The historic Concord landmark boasts hand-carved woodwork, marble fireplaces, and Tiffany windows and mirrors.
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11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Suncook Valley Chorale will perform a variety of classical, pop, Broadway and folk numbers. The community chorus ranges in age from the teens to the 80’s and is led by Scott Lounsbury.
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11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden is exhibiting paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and more in its indoor gallery and adjacent grounds.
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11:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Auditions, a performance lab and the original play “The Truth will Spring Yah,” are all happening at Hatbox Theater.
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11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. AND 1 – 1:30 p.m.
Head to the State House Plaza to see Squonk Opera perform Cycle Sonic, a unique work that celebrates bicycles with human-powered stages, propelled by the group’s original chamber rock music. 
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1 – 9 p.m.
Red River Theatré celebrates Free Comic Book Day.
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2 p.m.
Attend a reading and interactive workshop at Gibson’s Bookstore with author Joni B. Cole.
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2 – 5 p.m.
Around the corner from the State House in its striking building on historic Park Street, the New Hampshire Historical Society will host guided tours of its exhibitions every 30 minutes.
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5 – 7 p.m.
New England College presents The Hardtacks in concert, featuring mid-19th century American folk music & voices.
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5 – 7 p.m. 
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will host a reception at its headquarters on 49 South Main Street. Enjoy light refreshments and the art! 
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7:30 p.m.
Community Players of Concord present “Other Desert Cities,” a play by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Wayland Bunnell.
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8 p.m.
New Hampshire native Juston Mckinney performs comedy at the Capitol Center for the Arts.
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This event would not be possible without the generosity of the following sponsors:

The Duprey Companies logo

The Duprey Companies

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce

Louis Karno & Company

Lincoln Financial Group

Merrimack County Savings Bank

Grappone Automotive Group

Mason + Rich

Nathan Wechsler & Company

Orr & Reno

Cleveland, Waters, and Bass, P.A.

Concord Coach Lines logo

Concord Coach Lines

Capitol Center for the Arts

Knock Knock Social

Cobb Hill Construction

Cobb Hill Construction

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