Music, Arts and Culture

Concord pack the biggest cultural offering north of Boston. Concord Community Music School has attracted top talent to teach and perform here for more than 30 years – it hosts more than 150 concerts each year and both the Mandolin and Fiddle festivals draw international audiences. The Capitol Center for the Arts is New Hampshire's largest theater and offers top name music acts, Broadway shows, international performing artists, ballet – you name it. And, just across Main Street, Red River Theatres shows independent films and offers events like costume parties and sing-alongs unavailable in big box theatres. Down the street, the Concord City Auditorium has all kinds of concerts, shows and plays in a smaller setting, many of them free. And Downtown is gearing up for the reopening of the city's long shuttered, historic Concord Theatre. To get an idea of this venue, think upscale, flexible performance hall for concerts, small theater production and more. 

Our thriving arts community includes notable galleries, such as the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Concord's West End where visitors of all ages are encouraged to experience original art created by regional and national artists in a unique garden setting. The award-winning Concord Arts Market takes place weekly in Bicentennial Square throughout the summer. South Main Street is home to the League of NH Craftsmen headquarters and its Permanent Collection Museum where it hosts four themed exhibitions a year in the adjacent Gallery. The North Main Street area features Kimball Jenkins School of Art.

Up on the Heights, a former retail space at the Steeplegate Mall is now the new Hatbox Theatre – an 80 plus seat performance arts space that is offering everything from theatre to magic shows. Back on Main Street, New England College has turned a storefront into an arts space, too – with concerts every weekend. 

Want to listen to music outdoors? Concord Library offers a "Music on the Lawn" series at 6 p.m. and live performances are offered throughout the summer at historic Eagle Square around 7 p.m., and Bicentennial Square through True Brew Barista

Concord welcomes sidewalk performers and lots of local establishments host various musical acts including jazz, pop, rock, acoustic, Irish acts and more.

Places you can catch live music in Concord:

Alan’s Restaurant - live music from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Area 23 - live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday around 8:30 p.m.
The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern - live Irish music on Tuesday nights.
Common Man Concord - live music featuring local artists every Thursday night from 7-9 p.m.
Concord Craft Brewing Company - Catch Matt "the Sax" in the brewery on alternate Thursdays.
El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant - live mariachi band the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Granite Restaurant & Bar (at The Centennial Hotel) - live Jazz every Thursday from September to June.
Hermanos Cocina Mexicana - live jazz (the most of any club north of Boston!) and blues in the lounge from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and live folk and rock music from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturdays.
Makris Lobster & Steak House - live bands perform Thursday to Sunday (Fridays are outside on the deck!) from May to Sept., and every Friday night year-round.
Presidential Oaks - live outdoor weekly performances on Tuesday evenings from June 26 to August 7 at 6:30 p.m. for the "Summer Concerts on the Green" series featuring patriotic, big band, jazz, swing and more.
True Brew Barista - Live music on Friday and Saturday nights featuring local performers.

The city is full of music! Get out there and enjoy.