ew Hampshire’s natural resources are often touted as one of the main reasons to live here in the Granite State. We’re not arguing that fact, but we’d like to point
out that we have more than a few treasures of the artistic variety as well. Consider this a cultural starter list — for even more music, plays, film, opera, fine art and much, much more, you can visit nhmagazine.com/calendar or, come the warmer months, check out the extensive summer theater guide at nhmagazine.com/summertheater.
Seacoast Region 3S Artspace Portsmouth 3sarts.org (603) 766-3330 3S is part gallery, performance space and restaurant all in one. The Music Hall Portsmouth themusichall.org (603) 436-2400 A beautiful historic theater that hosts music, comedy, independent film and much more. Find a more intimate atmosphere at The Music Hall’s Loft on Congress Street. Pontine Theatre Portsmouth pontine.org (603) 436-6660 The place to find original and boundary-pushing plays and performances. The Rochester Opera House Rochester rochesteroperahouse.com (603) 335-1992 Historic venue featuring many types of entertainment including theater, comedy, music and shows for the whole family. Seacoast Repertory Theatre Portsmouth seacoastrep.org (603) 433-4793 Nonprofit theater showing plays, musicals and films. Strawbery Banke Museum Portsmouth strawberybanke.org (603) 433-1100 A living history museum that recreates everyday life from the 1600s to the 1950s.
Merrimack Valley Capitol Center for the Arts Concord ccanh.com (603) 225-1111 Enjoy a wide range of events including film, dance, music, theatre, comedy and more. The Spotlight Café hosts smaller, more intimate performances.
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Concord City Auditorium Concord concordcityauditorium.org (603) 228-2793 This is a beautiful historic theater built in 1904. Currier Museum of Art Manchester currier.org (603) 669-6144 One of the best small museums in the country that features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture. Museum of NH History/Tuck Library Concord nhhistory.org (603) 228-6688 The NH Historical Society’s museum’s collection consists of thousands of interesting artifacts, and the Tuck Library features the largest collection of New Hampshire historical information in the region. The Palace Theatre Manchester palacetheatre.org (603) 668-5588 This historic and award-winning theater hosts musicals, concerts, comedy and more. Red River Theatres Concord redrivertheatres.org (603) 224-4697 An award-winning independent, nonprofit movie theatre that shows a wide variety of films. Symphony NH Nashua symphonynh.org (603) 595-9156 Founded in 1923, Nashua’s Symphony NH is the Granite State’s oldest professional orchestra. Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry tupelohalllondonderry.com (603) 437-5100 Intimate music and comedy venue.
Monadnock Region The Colonial Theatre Keene thecolonial.org (603) 352-2033 The focal point of Keene’s arts scene since 1924, The Colonial
Theatre is home to a variety of live performances each year as well as nightly screenings of awardwinning films. Keene Chamber Orchestra Keene keenechamberorchestra.org (603) 847-3475 Combining the talents of professional musicians and accomplished student musicians of all ages. Monadnock Music Peterborough monadnockmusic.org (603) 924-7610 Providing the state with diverse classical programming and has hosted annual summer music festivals for nearly 50 years. Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond Keene keene.edu/arts/redfern (603) 358-2168 Since 1981, this performing arts center has hosted nationally respected performers as well as emerging local talents. Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Keene keene.edu/tsag (603) 358-2720 This gallery was a given to Keene State College in 1964 as a gift from artist Beatrix Sagendorph. Sharon Arts Center Peterborough sharonarts.org (603) 924-7256 This division of the NH Institute of Art is home to several art exhibitions and also offers classes.
Dartmouth/ Lake Sunapee Hood Museum of Art Hanover hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edum, (603) 646-2808 Dartmouth College’s art museum is dedicated to providing the skills necessary to construct meaning from the visual arts. In 2016 the new Hood Downtown gallery opened on Main Street in Hanover. Hopkins Center for the Arts Hanover hop.dartmouth.edu
(603) 646-2422 The cultural hub of Dartmouth College since its opening in 1962. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Cornish nps.gov/saga (603) 675-2175 The historic site of the great sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ home, studios and gardens is also home to summer concerts and nature trails.
Lakes Region Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Meredith lrso.org Provides classical music for central NH as well as the opportunity for musicians of varying skill levels to come together to create music. The Village Players Wolfeboro village-players.com (603) 569-9656 A nonprofit community theater organization that offers live stage productions. The Wright Museum Wolfeboro wrightmuseum.org (603) 569-1212 A museum dedicated to preserving the stories of America’s “Greatest Generation,” displaying artifacts from WWII.
White Mountains The Gallery at WREN Bethlehem wrencommunity.org (603) 869-3100 Fine art gallery that’s a part of the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network. Jean’s Playhouse Lincoln jeans-playhouse.com (603) 745-6032 A year-round theater in the heart of the White Mountains. The Colonial Theatre Bethlehem bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org (603) 869-3422 A historic movie theater built in 1915 that now also offers live performances. Presents a new show
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