The first full weekend of fall will feature more than the beautiful colors of the turning leaves. In the capital, art will be in full bloom as beautiful handicrafts will be displayed amid exciting live music on the streets of downtown Concord.
Capital Arts Fest 2022 brings together artisans, performance artists and musicians on September 24-25. Visitors and vendors will line the streets for the annual weekend event, co-sponsored by the League of NH Craftsmen, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, Intown Concord, and the Capitol Center for the Arts, with state support of New Hampshire and the city of Concord.
The League of NH Craftsmen will present a fine arts and crafts fair on South Main Street, showcasing the craftsmanship of jury members and guest artists. Items include metal, jewelry, wood, glass, engraving, fiber and more. Artist tents line the downtown street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Additionally, live music will play on the main stage until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and until 4 p.m. on Sunday. These outdoor concerts are coordinated by the Capitol Center for the Arts
and presented free of charge. This year’s headliners include the band Firefall and the chart-topping ’70s Screaming Orphans, a genre-blending Irish sister group. Firefall enjoyed a career spanning over forty years, with three gold albums, two platinum albums and eleven chart-topping singles, including “You are the Woman”. The Screaming Orphans are known for both their original pop songs and their unique approach to traditional Irish music.
“We are always thrilled to celebrate the arts here in the capital,” said Miriam Carter, executive director of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. “This year, we encourage guests from around the area and state to attend these great downtown Concord events and see what makes New Hampshire arts so special.”
Visitors can also enjoy the opening weekend of the New Hampshire Potters’ Guild Exhibit, “Storied in Clay,” held at the League’s headquarters, and special activities and performances, including a tour historic walk from downtown Concord, Music Mix, Symphony NH Jazz Quartet, singer/songwriter Addison Chase, dance with Sindy Chown, Andrew North and the Rangers, the Concord Coachmen Chorus, NH SCOT pipe band and ensembles jazz and folk from the Concord Community Music School.
Customers can satisfy their hunger by visiting participating food vendors including Chubba Wubba, Holy Moly Snacks, Col’s Kitchen and Batulo’s Kitchen.
The performing and visual arts communities in the Capital Region have grown exponentially over the past few decades. Concord has six spaces dedicated to the performing arts, including New Hampshire’s largest theater, the Capitol Center for the Arts. Concord is also home to the headquarters of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, a nationally recognized artists’ organization that has been around for over 90 years.
“We look forward to welcoming art lovers as well as those with an interest in crafts to this walkable urban event in the heart of the state,” Carter said.
Find the detailed schedule of events for the Capital Arts Fest weekend at: visitconcord-nh.com/capital-arts-fest.