For 44 years, Prescott Park Arts Festival has served the Seacoast community with family-friendly entertainment, inspiring artistic offerings, and providing a public place for our community to gather and share unique experiences. Today, the Festival presents more than 90 diverse arts events to nearly 250,000 people each season. There are no tickets, although a gate donation is suggested. The Festival has managed to increase the quantity and quality of its programming over its 44-year history while only increasing the suggested gate donation once in the 1980s – from $3 to $5.
The Festival is a uniquely accessible, transformative experience of high-quality live theater and music in an idyllic natural setting along the Piscataqua River in beautiful downtown Portsmouth. Events include a film series, music festivals and concerts, food festivals, dance, children’s events and the signature musical theater performances. The diverse, family-focused performances offer exposure to appeal to all members of the community, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status and offer exposure to a wide range of performance genres. In addition, it is also fully accessible to those with disabilities, underlining the true sense of community that the Festival relies on and promotes.
The mission of Prescott Park Arts Festival is to provide financially accessible, multi-generational, high-quality family entertainment and educational events to a large and diverse audience.
The Festival fulfills this mission and serves the community by providing quality, diverse arts programming, accessible to all without a fixed ticket cost. By presenting its programs without an admission fee, the Festival offers an opportunity for everyone, regardless of means, to experience the magic and beauty of live performance. For many people, especially children, the free Festival events are their first opportunity to experience live performances. Music, dance and theater experienced in a friendly community setting are a way to transcend every-day cares and improve quality of life. Exposure to live performance is especially important for young people who may be inspired to pursue an interest in the performing arts. The season musical, which includes a large youth cast, provides a professional high-caliber performance experience to many area youth. The Festival acts as a training ground to cultivate artistic talent and hone the technical skills that have launched many professional careers for alumni.
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Prescott Park Arts Festival
PO Box 4370
Portsmouth, NH 03802
Box Office Hours
12pm to 6pm, Tuesday-Friday