Art & Culture for All Ages


Arts, cultural programs, and institutions flourish in Peterborough, including the nationally acclaimed artists’ retreat, the MacDowell Colony; a well-known summer stock theater, the Peterborough Players; Monadnock Music and Apple Hill Chamber Music, offering some of the best classical music programs outside of Boston and New York; a downtown treasure, the Mariposa Museum of World Cultures; and the Sharon Arts Center, with its fine art gallery and craft shop.

The area has numerous arts opportunities for children and teens including theater, dance, instrument instruction, a children’s choir, an art academy, and a school of arts and crafts at the Sharon Arts Center. MacDowell in the Schools and the district’s Arts Enrichment program offer artist-in-residence programs, performances, and many other activities in the schools. The annual springtime Children and the Arts Festival brings thousands of people to downtown Peterborough to experience youth theater, dance, and music performances.

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Especially for Children and Teens

Andy's Summer Playhouse · Peterborough Children’s Choir · New Hampshire Dance Institute · Northern Lights Dance Studio ·Arts Enrichment ·  Monadnock Performing Arts Academy · Peterborough Art Academy · Kindermusik · Theater for Young Performers · Two Rivers Music Studio ·Mariposa Museum of World Cultures ·MoCo Arts · MacDowell in the Schools


Peterborough Players · Actors Circle Theatre · Antrim Players · Colonial Theater· Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond


Monadnock Music Festival · Apple Hill Chamber Players · Temple Band · Peterborough Folk Music Society · Monadnock Folklore Society · Raylynmor Opera · Concerts in the Park ·Colonial Theater · Redfern Arts Center · Monadnock Chorus and Orchestra · Harlow’s Pub

Visual Arts

Sharon Arts Center · Peterborough Art Academy Gallery · Peterborough Fine Arts · Thorne Sagendorf Art Gallery · Arts Auction · Left Bank Artists · Dublin Art Colony

Peterborough Historical Society · Mariposa Museum of World Cultures
Annual Events

Children and the Arts Day · Pumpkin Festival · Monadnock Summer Lyceum · Amos Fortune Forum · Open Studio Art Tour · Wool Arts Tour · Peak Into Peterborough · MacDowell Medal Day · First Fridays · MacDowell Downtown

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