This hills are alive with music!
In the peaks and valleys of this region you’ll find outdoor concerts, dinner and music series, open mic nights, and more. Spend a day playing in the great outdoors, and bike and hike in the White Mountain National Forest, and end your day with a cold beverage and live show at a local brewery. Or swim and canoe down the Saco River and make your way to dinner where you’ll also be entertained by a local band performing. Plan a romantic getaway with your favorite person, and enjoy dinner and a show at a known restaurant and venue in town; or wrangle all of your kids, and your best friend’s kids and bring them to an outdoor concert where they can splay out on a beach blanket or exhaust themselves by dancing the night away.
Whatever vacation in the Mt. Washington Valley you have planned for yourself, you can find live music in North Conway, and beyond to keep you entertained the entire time! Read below for a snapshot of the valley's summer 2022 line-up, and start marking your calendar!
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is hosting the 2nd Annual Lynda Cohen Performing Arts Series at the AMC Highland Center in Bretton Woods, NH. These four free summer evening performances will feature renowned local and regional bluegrass, folk, roots and Americana artists: Bennett and Perkins, Twisted Pine, Gawler Family Band, and Beg, Steal or Borrow. The Lynda Cohen Performing Arts Series is presented by AMC member and long-time supporter Lynda Cohen.
The concert series begins on July 9th and being held every other Saturday through August 20th. Each show starts at 7:00pm, and is free to the public. Concert-goers are encouraged to register online, here.
Beer, alcohol, and snacks will be available for purchase on site; guests are allowed to bring their own food, but BYOB is not permissible due to state liquor laws. There will be limited parking available at the AMC Highland Center for concert-goers, but overflow parking options will be nearby. All concerts will be held rain or shine.
The concert series opener, on July 9th, Bennett & Perkins (with Taylor Whiteside) offer haunting harmonies and memorable arrangement of vocals and guitar, fiddle and mandolin by Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins, joined by multi-instrumentalist Taylor Whiteside. They perform a powerful collection of original songs with stories
and music inspired by everyday lives, with songs of lost loves, lost lives and real life adventure.
Band, Twisted Pine continues the concert series on July 23rd with an upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; and virtuosic solos.
The Gawler Family Band will perform on August 6th. The Gawlers are a fun-loving, fiddling family band with shining smiles and joyful
sounds. The full band has a gorgeous and high-spirited sound of string instruments (fiddle, banjo, guitar, cello, bass) as well as harmony singing.
Beg Steal or Borrow closes out the concert series on August 20th with a bluegrass quintet with a passionate following in the Northeast and beyond.
Their repertoire includes a wide range of classic covers as well as a ever-growing list original songs and instrumentals. It's known for Appalachian, folk and country sounds in particular — and refashion them in a way that’s so accessible and infectious that the music’s all but irresistible.
Hoot Night at Wildcat Tavern is an integral part of the valley’s history! A 30 year veteran of the Valley’s music scene, Hoot Night is the longest running open mic night in the area! This weekly open mic night is not to be missed if you’re visiting Mt. Washington Valley! Hoot Night is hosted by accomplished musician, Jonathan Sarty from 7pm to 10pm on Tuesdays at Wildcat Tavern in Jackson, NH. Jonathan helps to create an incredible blend of music as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night. Come as a performer or as a spectator. Either way, just come! You’re guaranteed a great show.
Wildcat Tavern will also host four dinner and concert music series in its outdoor garden. Shows include James Montgomery with Diane Blue on Sunday, July 3rd; Once an Outlaw, on Sunday July 31st; Dave Mallett, on Thursday, August 11th, and The Shadow Riders on Sunday, September 18th. Tickets will be on-sale soon, and can be purchased through www.aspectproductionsne.com.
Arts Jubilee has the concept of outdoor concerts on lockdown. Rocking out since 1983, Arts Jubilee presents five concerts at Cranmore Mountain Resort every summer. Each concert is punctuated by extreme regional talent, food from Zip’s Pub at the base of Cranmore Mountain, the occasional ice cream truck from Trails End Ice Cream, and even a fireworks display.
Kicking off on July 14th through August 21st, Arts Jubilee is presenting five concerts every Thursday starting at 7:00pm. This year’s line-up includes Roomful of Blues: American Blues & Swing Revival Big Band; Daniel Donato: Cosmic Country; Victor Wainwright & the Train: Grammy Nominated Progressive Roots Music; New Legacy Swing Band: Pops Concert & Fireworks Show; and Southern Accents: The Ultimate Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Experience.
Tickets can be purchased online, and happen rain or shine. Arts Jubilee is a BYOS - Bring Your Own Seat situation, so grab a beach chair or lawn blanket, and settle in for a great show!
Tuckerman Brewing Company: A recipient of the Best Brewery Tour in the Best of NH awards, Tuckerman Brewing Company does not disappoint.
And we’re not just talking about its beers! Tuckerman Brewing Company also hosts a Live Music Series all summer long, in its outside beer garden. We’re not even in the 2022 summer season yet and its concert calendar already features some amazing acts, such as the Afrobeat, reggae, ska, and funk band, Zeme Libre; as well as multi-national performer Diane Blue and the Boston Soul-Blues Allstars. Be sure to constantly check Tuckerman Brewing Company's events calendar, because the acts they have lined up, are going to quickly fill your calendar.
Tuckerman Brewing also hosts weekly Corn Hole tournaments from mid-May to mid-October.
Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub is always living up to its motto “Good Food and Good Times,” Red Parka is features live entertainment in its pub with a solid line-up of bands and singers ready to jam the night away. An open dance floor exists in the pub for a reason. The bands are so lively, you’ll be on your feet in no time.
Stone Mountain Arts Center is a truly unique experience for live music in Mt. Washington Valley. Instead of traditional tavern surroundings and a casual listening experience, Stone Mountain Arts Center is a timber frame hall tucked in the mountains of Brownfield, Maine - just a fifteen-minute drive from North Conway!
It hosts national acts like Robert Cray, Los Lobos and Madeleine Peyroux and more. With a year-round calendar of robust musical and comedy acts, Stone Mountain Arts Center is a cultural epicenter in the White Mountains. Purchasing tickets in advance to shows is highly recommended and you can choose to enjoy dinner prior to the show at the Arts Center as well. (Trust us – go for the dinner. It’s just as much a work of art as the performers featured on the stage!)
Believe in Book's Theater in the Wood's Sunset Concert Series is returning for another season of fun! Starting in July and running through the beginning of September, Theater in the Wood will feature live shows on Fridays at 7:30pm, and will be held outside in its amphitheater. Click the link to stay tuned for details and artist releases.
For complete trip planning resources and information, explore this site, visitmwv.com, or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH) to talk to a Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce rep. To learn more about New Hampshire vacations, go to www.VisitNH.gov.