Home » Departments » Economic Development » Newsroom

Economic Development Newsroom

City of Manchester announces summer programming in Veterans Park

Published: 06/22/2022 9:46 AM

Manchester, NH - Today, the City of Manchester announced additional summer programming at Veterans Park. In addition to ‘Movies in the Park’ announced earlier this week, Manchester Parks and Recreation will host a ‘Concerts in the Park’ Summer Series. 

Concerts begin at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 22nd, Wednesday, July 20th, Wednesday, August 3rd, and Wednesday, August 17th.

All events are sponsored by the City of Manchester. Bring your own blanket or chairs. Food trucks will be available for purchases at the concerts or arrive early and dinner at one of our numerous downtown restaurants!

Schedule for Veterans Park this summer:

June 22 at 6:30 pm – Concert - Akwaaba Ensemble

June 29 at 8:00 pm – Movie

July 13 at 8:00 pm – Movie

July 20 at 6:30 pm – Concert - Mica’s Groove Train 

July 27 at 8:00 pm – Movie

August 3 at 6:30 pm – Concert - Truffle

August 10 at 8:00 pm – Movie

August 17 at 6:30 pm – Concert – Soggy Po Boys

Find more information about the concerts here:

Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:30 PM - New Hampshire’s Artist Laureate Theophilus Nii Martey will be the perfect lead-in for the movies and summer events ahead in Veterans Park! 

Theo Martey founded the Akwaaba Drum and Dance Ensemble and will join him onstage in Veterans Park on June 22nd at 6:30 PM.   The stage will come alive with West African drumming and dance featuring rich and subtle rhythmic patterns and styles specific to different tribal groups of West Africa.  

Martey started his drumming and dance studies at the age of 6 in Ghana, West Africa, and now resides in Manchester.  He is a talented artist, songwriter, recording artist, producer, and teaching artist.  He received the 2019 Governor's Arts Award for Arts Education and was featured on New Hampshire Magazine Who’s It for 2019 list.  He was recently appointed by the Governor and the Executive Council to maintain the honorary position as New Hampshire’s Artist Laureate from April 2022 to February 2024.  

Please join us as we celebrate NH Artist Laureate Theophilus Nii Martey and the Akwaaba Drum and Dance Ensemble in Veterans Park on June 22nd!

Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30 PMMica’s Groove Train brings New England’s hottest funky soul band to the stage in Manchester.  Their style has created quite a buzz in the music industry.  Their killer vocals create a beautiful, versatile sound.  Strong will and determination pushed Mica’s Groove Train forward, but raw talent has kept these musicians strong, relevant, and alive!

Wednesday, August 3rd at 6:30 PM - Truffle, a premier band from Seacoast NH comes to the Queen City to entertain for the evening.  Their music style is hard to describe through their fans love their original music, as well as the cover tunes they add for a little more flavor.  They’ve been making music on their wild ride together for over 35 years.  Truffle has shared the stage with numerous well-known greats like The Steve Miller Band, The Dave Matthews Band, Phish, and many more. Don’t miss the excitement Truffle brings with them!

Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 PM – The band Soggy Po’ Boys was born on a snowy Fat Tuesday night in 2012 and they’ve been honing their craft ever since.  Soggy Po’ Boys will join us on the Veterans Park stage on August 17th.  The New Orleans flavored septet plays at nearly a hundred shows each year, including festivals, concerts, and parades.  They describe their jazz as messy, mixing brass-fueled mayhem with spirituals, Meters-style old-school funk, and the Caribbean side of the New Orleans tradition.  You have to experience the sounds of Soggy Po Boys for yourself! 

City of Manchester Announces 2022 Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd at Arms Park

Published: 06/21/2022 8:08 AM

The City of Manchester, NH will hold its 2022 Independence Day Celebration at Arms Park on Sunday, July 3, 2022 (rain date Tuesday, July 5). Admission to the event is free and open to the public. The 39th Army Band will once again be performing on stage beginning at 7:30 PM and the night caps off with an amazing Atlas PyroVision Fireworks show! This is a free event for the public


Arts Build Community announces the Community Canvas Mural Program in Manchester

Published: 06/20/2022 9:19 AM

Arts Build Community announces the Community Canvas Mural Program in Manchester, the first of its kind in New Hampshire. The festival will run from August 11-22, 2022, and will work with 3-7 artists to develop murals to beautify Manchester neighborhoods and empower residents.

This inaugural mural festival brings up to seven local, regional, and national artists to the heart of Manchester for a 10-day festival with a closing celebration that will feature a block party to bring the muralists, residents, businesses, and community organizations together. Another amazing event happening right here in Manchester this summer. #luvMHT

Click Here for the Press Release 

The application period for the second round of funding from our Community Event and Activation Grant Program underway

Published: 06/20/2022 8:39 AM

Part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) recommendations approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2021, the Community Event and Activation Grant (CEAG) program, provides up to $10,000 to support and increase the number of community-based projects and events in an effort to help Manchester recover from the negative effects of COVID-19.  

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 per grant for community-based projects and events that contribute to economic development and tourism and support a vibrant and healthy community. All applicants are required to provide a 25% match for each project or event, which can include direct funding, in-kind donations, or volunteer hours.

The first round of recipients used their grant money for dozens of exciting community programs and initiatives such as community-wide celebrations with live music, food, and dancing; athletic opportunities with soccer, basketball, and disc golf; and neighborhood improvements including community gardens, murals, and bike racks.

Click Here to Apply

City of Manchester Announces '2022 Movies in the Park' Summer Series

Published: 06/13/2022 2:39 PM

MANCHESTER, NH - Today, the Office of Mayor Joyce Craig, the Manchester Economic Development Office, Parks & Recreation, City Library, and Manchester Public Television announced a ‘2022 Movies in the Park’ Summer Series at Veterans Park, 723 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101. 


Movies will begin at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, June 29th, Wednesday, July 13th, Wednesday, July 27th, and Wednesday, August 10th. All are free and open to the public.




“The Summer Movie Series is a great reason to come downtown, grab dinner and watch a movie with your family and friends,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “I want to thank Jones Street Investment Partners for sponsoring these movie nights, and our City departments for pulling it all together.”


“The Manchester City Library is happy to help bring some movie magic to Veterans Park for some neighborhood movie nights,” said Caleb Moshier, Manchester City Library. “It’s going to be an amazing summer for downtown Manchester.” 


“The Manchester Economic Development Office is thrilled to partner with the Manchester City Library, Parks and Recreation Division, and the Mayor’s Office for the return of movies to Veterans Park,” said Jodie Nazaka, Economic Development Director. “The Summer Movie Series is an excellent opportunity for the community to enjoy Manchester’s vibrant Downtown, grab takeout from various unique eatery’s, and share an experience and build memories. This series is free for all to attend and helps kickoff summer in Downtown Manchester.”


The 2022 Summer Movie Series was sponsored by Jones Street Investment Partners. Manchester Parks & Recreation will staff the movie nights with Manchester Public Television providing production support. The film rights were secured through the Manchester City Library, and the Manchester Economic Development office will provide marketing and outreach materials.



Get Adobe Reader