Dover Main Street invites the community to participate in an end-of-the-school-year celebration for the City’s children and their families in Downtown Dover. The first annual Dover Main Street Children’s Festival- A Celebration of Learning, Nature, History & the Arts will take place on Saturday, June 1st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us at 9 a.m. for the Dover Main Street Children’s Festival not-to-miss Opening Ceremony at the Rotary Pavilion with Emcee, Tim McCoy, and Main Stage Director, Tom Ferry.
The festival will be a showcase of Dover’s talent, both young and old, throughout the City’s downtown public spaces from Third Street down to the Rotary Pavilion stage, including outdoor and indoor entertainment and creative visual delights at Henry Law Park, the Mill Courtyard, City Hall, the Children’s Museum, The Noggin Factory, Childlight Yoga, the Dover Skate Park, and various local businesses. Artwork and live performances will be the highlight of the day, with activities and displays spread across Dover’s vibrant downtown, and stage acts in three locations.
Music, dance acts, storytelling, nature-based programming, historical reenactments, demonstrations, acting workshops, and hands-on fun learning experiences will all be an integral part of the celebration.
We have a whole day of festivities planned- come spend the day in Downtown Dover!
The Festival takes place throughout downtown Dover and is rain or shine with both outdoor and indoor venues.
Event programs will be available at numerous locations outlining the schedule of activities.
The event admission is a suggested donation of $5.00, which supports the festival and the Dover Main Street organization.
Download our Event Flyer here!
DOVER MOUNTED POLICE HORSEDUCK DERBY
Purchase your ducks in advance, or at the festival, for the Dover Mounted Police Duck Derby Race down the Cochecho River, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Henry Law Park.
FOOD AT THE EVENT
As this event takes place throughout downtown we encourage all attending to make a full day of it in the community and enjoy our regular downtown dining establishments for food and beverages as needed, or pack for your families needs.
A child, 12 and under, eats a kids meal free, with the purchase of an adult entree, on the day of the festival at several participating downtown restaurants including: Kelley’s Row, The Barley Pub, Patty B’s, The Brickhouse, Spaghetti Stain, and The Asia. Restrictions apply at all participating restaurants.
We will also have several of our local schools and non-profits selling baked goods at the Rotary Pavilion, as a fundraiser for their organizations.
PARKING AT THE EVENT
Parking is free on Saturdays in Downtown Dover. Park your car and walk around town! Look for event parking signs indicating best event parking lot locations. Please do not park in marked permitted parking spaces or you may risk being towed.