Fringe Seacoast is a 5 day festival created by a group of creative people gathering together to celebrate all that is new, wacky, weird, inspirational, creative, and more. Fringe Seacoast takes place in the summer in the Seacoast New Hampshire region. Fringe Seacoast showcases theatre, music, visual art, performance art, and more - attracting performers and artists from all over the country (...and possibly the world!)!


Fringe Seacoast provides opportunities for local and national artists from varied disciplines to showcase their creativity in theatre, music, visual art, dance and more.  It provides audiences the opportunity to enjoy affordable, innovative, exciting, cutting-edge, whimsical, and challenging performances and art, enriching the cultural landscape and connecting the Seacoast of New Hampshire to a global community of arts leaders.


  • We invite local and national artists to Dover to present innovative, cutting edge performances to the local community.
  • We create a draw for out of town guests to come and experience the Seacoast in summer.
  • We provide an opportunity for artists to present new and experimental work without censorship or judgement.
  • We promote originality, adventurousness, and innovation in the arts.
  • We provide an opportunity for artists to be paid for their work, they receive 100% of the proceeds from their performances*.
  • We engage volunteers from the community in supporting arts and culture.
  • We educate the local community about a global movement in the arts.
  • We add to the already lively arts and culture hub of Seacoast NH in the summer time.


Check out this video of folks talking about what Fringe Festival Means... We are excited to join this amazing performance community

What more info on what a fringe is? Want to see what it means to folks all over the world? Check out this page on the World Fringe Network: http://www.worldfringe.com/what-is-a-fringe/ 

A little history of Fringe

The origin of the Fringe began in Edinburgh Scotland when a group of artists decided to create their own performing arts festival. From its humble beginnings in 1947, the original Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now a massive annual event attracting visitors and artists from all over the world. This idea took off!

Shows are sometimes unpredictable, which makes Fringe unique, but also you will see productions that are familiar held in either traditional or non-traditional venues that makes going to a Fringe an enjoyable occasion. Expect the unexpected! For example, shows have been held in hotel rooms, bus stops, car parks, vans, in fact what ever venue an artist can work on, theyʻll give it a go and take on that challenge.

Being bold fosters a healthy attitude to create amazing work that can fall into any category. Which brings up the question - what is fringe? Here is a fine interpretation from our friends at the United States Association of Fringe Festivals - "generally speaking, Fringes are..."

  • Focused on the performing arts: Theater, dance, puppetry, spoken word and the like make up the Fringe core, but festivals often may include film and visual arts elements. Fringes don't have a focus on a single discipline or genre, but are a performing-arts smörgåsbord
  • Uncensored: No one gets too fussy about swears or nudity but squeaky-clean content isn't marginal or discouraged, either
  • Easy to participate in: Ticket prices are low for audiences and production fees are low for artists. Show selection varies from festival to festival but is generally quite open to participation by the gamut of amateurs to professionals
  • Festivals: They last from just a few days to a few weeks and involve lots of people at multiple venues
  • Original: Fringes feature a huge array of original material—sometimes by design, but usually because that’s what Fringes naturally do well
  • Rapid-fire: Typically, tech is minimal and time is a factor at our festivals. Shows are often kept brief (Fringes most frequently have shows right around 60 minutes in length) and technical requirements kept simple (minor sets, streamlined cues, nothing elaborate)

Being part of this Fringe history is a blessing. And the “Fringe” concept can be seen in various cities with each host adding their unique touch. No two Fringe Festivals are alike, but they do all have the “fringe spirit”, of having a go and creating something new for their audiences.

Please visit World Fringe Network to learn more about other festivals in the Fringe family.

To find Fringes closer to home, please visit the United States Association of Fringe Festivals.