The Manchester Citywide Arts Festival will be a weeklong celebration of the thriving arts community in Manchester, NH. The calendar of events for the festival will include goings on around the city, particularly in the Cultural District and surrounding downtown locations, from September 12-18, 2022. Performances, gallery openings, speakers, walking tours, live art-making and much more will occur throughout the week!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Throughout the week:

Mini-Mural Monster Hunt

August 29 – September 16 @ Downtown Businesses

FREE – Find all the mini-mural monsters for a chance to win a gift card to a participating downtown business! For an official monster mural checklist, visit a participating business. For an updated list of businesses go to 550arts.com or email info@550arts.com

Drop in Weaving

Throughout the week @ Currier Museum of Art

Details TBA

Monday, September 12th

Family Clay Monster Sculpting

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM @ Studio 550 Art Center

Make your own monster out of clay! Studio 550 will have pre-made “monster bodies” for you to embellish with your own horns, teeth, eyeballs and texture. Projects can be sculptures or can be modified to be a jar. Preregistration is required here: https://550arts.as.me/Familyclaysculpting

Meet & Greet Artists @ Cat Alley

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ Bookery

FREE – Registration is recommended. Come learn about the origins of Cat Alley and talk to emerging artists to professional muralists who were a part of this project! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/383463699247

Artist Talk with Ryan O’Rourke, Rich Pellegrino, and Emily Dumas

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ Bookery

FREE – Registration is recommended. Ryan ORourke, Rich Pellegrino, and Emily Dumas will be chatting about how they’ve gone from emerging artists to published illustrators. David Hady will be moderating. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/383497369957

Tuesday, September 13th

Dance Class and Storytime (Ages 2-5)

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM @ Dimensions in Dance

FREE

Trial Tap/Jazz Combo Class (Grades 1-2)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ Forever Emma Studios

FREE – Drop-in class, no registration or tap shoes required.

Manchester Community Music School Open House

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM @ Manchester Community Music School

FREE – Registration is recommended. Registration link for the Open House: https://mcmusicschool.asapconnected.com/?org=4951#EventDetail=273898

Wednesday, September 14th

Ballet Class for Adults

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM @ Dimensions in Dance

FREE – No experience needed.

AiR Showcase with Julia Csekö

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ The Factory On Willow

FREE – Registration is recommended. Please join us in celebrating the work: FURTHUR by our current AiR, Julia Cesko! Artist talk moderated by Dave Hady following the showcase. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/384130483617

Thursday, September 15th

Trial Tap/Jazz Combo Class (Grades 3-5)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ Forever Emma Studios

FREE – Drop-in class, no registration or tap shoes required.

Art After Work

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ Currier Museum of Art

FREEFree exhibition tours and gallery admission to the museum, live music in the Winter Garden, happy hour drink specials, and a full menu available for purchase every Thursday night! Details at: https://currier.org/event/art-after-work-5/#:~:text=Experience%20Art%20After%20Work%3A%20Free,for%20purchase%20every%20Thursday%20night!

Friday, September 16th

Glass Demonstration

3:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ Studioverne, Fine Art Fused Glass

Stop in to meet the artist and see a demonstration. This painterly process of using only glass powders is just one technique to form fused glass art. It’s free to try for yourself! NEW Fall leaves will be available. Browse the gallery and shop new collections early. https://www.studioverne.com/

Family Clay Jack-o-Lantern Jar Sculpting

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM @ Studio 550 Art Center

Get ready for fall and make your own clay pumpkin! Sculpt it, carve, it, and decorate it – then use it as a jar or tea light candle holder when it is done. Preregistration is required here: https://550arts.as.me/Familyclaysculpting

Family Pottery Workshop

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM @ Studio 550 Art Center

Families can come get a crash course on the pottery wheel! Kids must be 9+. One finished piece of pottery is included per participant. Preregistration is required here: https://550arts.as.me/Familyclaysculpting

Jazz Class (Ages 6-10)

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM @ Dimensions in Dance

FREE – No experience needed.

The Little Mermaid (Opening Night)

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM @ The Palace Theatre

Get your ticket to Disney’s The Little Mermaid today: https://palacetheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/PatronTicket__PublicTicketApp#/instances/a0F3u000006nrBaEAI

Saturday, September 17th

Glass Demonstration

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM @ Studioverne, Fine Art Fused Glass

Stop in to meet the artist and see a demonstration. This painterly process of using only glass powders is just one technique to form fused glass art. It’s free to try for yourself! NEW Fall leaves will be available. Browse the gallery and shop new collections early. https://www.studioverne.com/

Street Fair

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ Opera Block of Hanover Street

FREEThe Arts Festival will culminate in a family-friendly, free street fair located in the Opera Block of Hanover Street (between Elm st. and Chestnut St.). The fair will include an art market made up of dozens of local artists, artisans, and crafters, interactive art installations and experiences, live performances by local musicians & dancers, and food trucks, and events at all partner locations throughout the city.

Storytime with Illustrator Ryan O’Rourke

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM @ Bookery

FREEIllustrator Ryan O’Rourke will come by our storytime to read and tell us about his job creating art for books. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/storytime-with-illustrator-ryan-orourke-tickets-380594647837

The Little Mermaid

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ The Palace Theatre

Get your ticket to Disney’s The Little Mermaid today: https://palacetheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/PatronTicket__PublicTicketApp#/instances/a0F3u000006nrBzEAI

The Little Mermaid

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM @ The Palace Theatre

Get your ticket to Disney’s The Little Mermaid today: https://palacetheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/PatronTicket__PublicTicketApp#/instances/a0F3u000006nrBzEAI

Sunday, September 18th

Trial Adult Tap Class (Beginner)

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM @ Forever Emma Studios

FREE – Drop-in class, no registration required.

Street Fair

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM @ Opera Block of Hanover Street

FREEThe Arts Festival will culminate in a family-friendly, free street fair located in the Opera Block of Hanover Street (between Elm st. and Chestnut St.). The fair will include an art market made up of dozens of local artists, artisans, and crafters, interactive art installations and experiences, live performances by local musicians & dancers, and food trucks, and events at all partner locations throughout the city.

Trial Adult Tap Class (Intermediate)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM @ Forever Emma Studios

FREE – Drop-in class, no registration required.

Trial Hip Hop Level 1 Class (Grades 4-12)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM @ Forever Emma Studios

FREE – Drop-in class, no registration required.

Trial Hip Hop Level 2 Class (Grades 4-12)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM @ Forever Emma Studios

FREE – Drop-in class, no registration required.

Trial Contemporary Level 1 Class (Grades 4-12)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM @ Forever Emma Studios

FREE – Drop-in class, no registration required.

Trial Contemporary Level 2 Class (Grades 4-12)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM @ Forever Emma Studios

FREE – Drop-in class, no registration required.

The Little Mermaid

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM @ The Palace Theatre

Get your ticket to Disney’s The Little Mermaid today: https://palacetheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/PatronTicket__PublicTicketApp#/instances/a0F3u000006nrBzEAI

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Manchester Citywide Arts Festival is to offer unique and meaningful points of connection between the greater Manchester community, local artists and creative small businesses. We accomplish this through a program of diverse and accessible events that span a broad range of media and experiences, from theater to fine art, to literature, comedy, music, dance and more!

OUR SPONSOR

OUR EVENT PARTNERS

Throughout the festival week, Event Partners will be hosting a variety of exciting offerings at each of their locations.  Participate in art or music making, take in a performance, tour a gallery, and enjoy all that the Manchester arts community has to offer!  All goings on will be listed on our current event calendar, which will be available over the summer online and advertised through local media outlets.