The Cochecho Arts Festival is returning to Henry Law Park in Dover for a summer full of music and arts in July and August.

The festival will feature a Children's Series, Headliner Series, Community Band, Shark in the Park, Family Movie Night, a Visual Showcase and more.

Here is a list of some of the events which will be happening in 2021:

-The Headliner Series, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dover, will run on Friday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 9 to August 13 and it will feature The Rockingham Groove, Amanda Dane Band, New Legacy Swing Band, Acoustic Radio, Soggy Po’ Boys, and Moon Boot Lover as live musical performances.

-Back this year, there will be a lineup of the Seacoast’s best classic rock bands as part of ‘Shark in the Park’ put on by 102.1 & 105.3 The Shark. Shark in the Park will run on Wednesdays, July 7 to August 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. The bands performing will be Rosie, Grenon, Tapedeck Heroez, Dancing Madly Backwards, Aunt Peg, and Wellfleet.

-The Children’s Series will run on Tuesdays, July 6 to August 10 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The performers include Juggler Bryson Lang, Magician BJ Hickman, Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate, Aaron Risi, Wildlife Encounters, and Wayne from Maine. At each Children’s Series, a local artist will be on-site to work with children on an art project that may include sculpting, painting, mono-printing, and more.

-Family Movie Night, sponsored by Newburyport Bank, will be on Saturday, August 14. The featured movie will be ‘Onward’, a Disney Pixar film.

-The Dover Community Band, a New England community band made up of volunteer musicians from around the Dover area, will have Thursday night performances July 1, 15, 29 and August 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

-Returning this year will be the Acoustic Series, sponsored by First Seacoast Bank, at the Seacoast Growers Farmers Markets on Wednesday afternoons at the Chamber. Come check out all of the great vendors offering fresh and local foods while enjoying a live acoustic music performance.

-Local artists will showcase their work in the park during The Visual Arts Showcase, sponsored by UnitedHealthcare on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-The Cochecho Arts Festival is collaborating with the Maker & Food Fest this year. The NH Maker & Food Fest is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. Go check out some great local performances by Magic Fred as well as the Kenny Brothers Band while enjoying all that the “makers” have to offer.

This will be the 35th annual Cochecho Arts Festival.

Orpheum Cowork & Apartments will serve as the festival's underwriting sponsor for the first time, according to a press release from the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.

Courtesy of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce
Courtesy of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce

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