Prescott Park Arts Festival: What’s Happening

The 2018 Prescott Park Arts Festival returns with a full season of music, theater and entertainment, right in downtown Portsmouth's beautiful Prescott Park. Here's what's on the menu this year: 

 

MUSIC

The River House Restaurant Concert Series

Held in Prescott Park throughout the summer season, you'll find some top-notch and riveting performers from around the globe. All offered in a gorgeous setting for a mere suggested $8 - $10 donation.

All concerts start at 7:00 pm.

THEATER

30 Pages in 30 Days!

Calling all playwrights, aspiring playwrights, or anyone looking for a creative New Year's resolution:
30 Pages in 30 Days is back again for its second year in a row!

Seussical presented by C&J Bus Lines

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks."

Camp ENCORE!

Performers, artists, and aspiring technicians ages 8-17 all work together towards a common goal - a fully produced musical presented at the end of each session! In partnership with Camp CenterStage, ENCORE! nurtures self-confidence and creativity of each camper through singing, dancing, acting, visual arts, and technical theater while rehearsing a fully produced show.

Camp Overture

Be a part of the orchestra pit for Seussical. This is a great way to learn about playing in a Broadway pit orchestra. Start your path to becoming a professional musician!

Elf Jr. The Musical

Come see our Camp ENCORE performers in their Prescott Park Arts Festival debut as they present Elf Jr. The Musical. Camp ENCORE is generously sponsored by Service Credit Union.

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Kids

Performers, artists, and aspiring technicians ages 8-17 all work together towards a common goal - a fully produced musical presented at the end of each Camp ENCORE session! In partnership with Camp CenterStage, ENCORE! nurtures self-confidence and creativity of each camper through singing, dancing, acting, visual arts, and technical theater while rehearsing a fully produced show.

 

MOVIES

Monday Night Movie Series Presented by Wentworth-Douglass at Pease

All the fun of a drive-in (minus your car, or course). You'll find a giant screen on their stage, incredible sound, an HD projector and delicious snacks while you enjoy a movie in the park, under the stars.

Movies start at dusk. Dusk changes over the course of the summer. In July, it is approximately 8:30pm and in August, approximately 7:45pm.

About Prescott Park Arts Festival:

Prescott Park Arts Festival celebrates its 44th season of presenting music, art, theater and dance on the banks of the Piscataqua River. Since 1974, it has successfully reached over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 productions offered at no fixed admission.

The primary objective of the Festival is to provide quality family entertainment, promote artistic excellence in the community and maintain quality presentations of both entertainment and educational events. Implicit in this charge is the exercise of cultural leadership, sensitivity to the community and fiscal responsibility.

Located on 3.5 acres in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, the arts festival has a long and rich history of successfully presenting the arts with no fixed admission. Because of this policy, many people have their first experience with a live performance at Prescott Park.

None of this is possible without the support of the many individuals and businesses in our community who join us as Members, Sponsors and Advertisers or give a donation at the gate.