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Enjoy Fun Music Festivals in New Hampshire

There’s never a shortage of musical performances in New Hampshire. From large venues that host headlining bands like SNHU Arena in downtown Manchester, The Music Hall in Portsmouth and Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, to small venues and blues bars throughout the state, there are multiple options where you can listen to emerging musicians or your favorite old-time band. Local performers rendezvous at intimate venues like Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry where you can BYOB. In the summer, open-air concerts can be found at festivals and events like the weekend concert series near Rye Harbor in Prescott Park.

Visit Keene, Dartmouth and Concord for live college musical events. The annual New Hampshire Music Festival supports symphonic and classical music, providing workshops and transformative experiences aimed to support student musicians throughout the state. This five-day event is held in venues in Plymouth and Wolfeboro in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

If country music is more of your thing, the New England Country Music Festival features regional and national touring acts at the annual New Hampshire event. Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival is held every August in Thornton at the base of the White Mountains. Bring friends and family for multiple days of musical fun in the granite state.

The Music Hall

The oldest operating theater in the state, the Music Hall is located in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The theater seats 906 people and is the city’s go-to venue for big-name concerts, Broadway musicals, major and independent films, and festivals like the annual Telluride by the Sea film festival.

The theaters beautiful interior architecture has augmented viewers’ experiences of Broadway musicals like Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and No, No, Nanette. Musicians who have headlined past concerts at the Music Hall include Feist, Boz Scaggs, and even Steve Martin with his special blend of bluegrass and comedy.