Free fun, art and music are in swing at the Cochecho Arts Festival in Dover, NH

By on July 17, 2015

summer-festivalGranite state residents love free things and if it also provides entertainment for the kids, it is a win-win situation. If you are looking for music, art and family fun, pay a visit to Dover this summer. The Cochecho Arts Festival, located at the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park, offers events that delight more than 10,000 guests each summer. The festival is completely free to attend and open to the public.

More than 30 events are underway in downtown Dover from now until August 22nd. One of the newest initiatives at the festival this year is a “selfie contest”, where guests go around and visit area stores, and each store on the list houses a piece of artwork that is part of the festival’s Art Rocks program. Art Rocks is a show of regional artists, which are displayed in Dover stores and are available for public viewing during regular operating hours. A map is available to help visitors locate the works of art. Also at every concert in the park throughout the summer, there will be a local artist on site doing an interactive art demonstration.  Guests may stop by the Art Rocks tent on Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to watch, ask questions or be a part of the fun.

To participate in the selfie contest simply find the art and take a selfie with it, then post the picture on Facebook or Instagram and hashtag it with CAFDover (#CAFDover). The two people with the most ‘likes’ will be invited to the artist reception in October.

Also, making a return this year, Shakespeare in the Park presented by theatre.unmasked, is back after a successful debut las summer. Theatre.unmasked puts their spin on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. Shows are August 1, 2, 8 and 9th with all shows beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Lower Henry Law Park.

Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Perfect for a nice summer evening out.

The festival offers kid-focused events for children and families during the day and concerts on Friday evenings. Some of the headliners include Hot Like Fire which will take the stage on July 31. Over the past 25 years Hot Like Fire has refined itself to a contemporary five-piece band and has become the most sought after reggae party band throughout the New England area igniting their audience, performance after performance. The festival’s closing night concert on August 21, is where the group Soggy Po Boys will take the stage. The group is always a crowd favorite, and a fan favorite for children is the annual show by Wayne from Maine, set for August 4.

The events are all sponsored by donations from area businesses and organized by the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce. To see the full schedule of events, visit the festival online at www.cochechoartsfestival.org.

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