Family & Community

The Hopkins Center is a nexus of creativity in the Upper Valley, where everyone is invited to visit and experience the performing arts.

People of all ages and backgrounds can engage at the Hop: experience world-class live performance, film and HD video transmissions; learn from visiting artists in workshops and discussions; and enjoy a variety of free programs and discounts for young people and “package” buyers. Additionally, the Hop partners with Upper Valley arts organizations to increase community access to the full range of Hop artists and programs.

HopStop Family Shows

HopStop Family Shows

Held in both Hanover and Claremont, NH, HopStops offer young children and their caregivers free performances that entertain and introduce dance, music, theater and storytelling. These performances are participatory, so come ready to sing, dance and clap along. Bring the whole family!

Upcoming family shows
Summer Free For All

Summer Free for All

Spend summer evenings at the Hop in a free series of events for all ages. Free for All was developed in 2015 to support the Hop’s goal of engaging large numbers of community members, particularly those with little or no exposure to Hop programming. Since then, more than 11,500 community members have participated in concerts, movies, dance classes and workshops.

Free shows!
Thursday Night Live

Thursday Night Live

Thursday Night Live offers students, faculty and community members the opportunity to socialize, sip a beverage and enjoy a wide range of performances in a casual but sophisticated setting. Thursday Night Live takes place primarily in the Top of the Hop on select Thursdays each month during academic terms. One free drink ticket per event is available for each Dartmouth student 21 and older.

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Hop Membership

Hop Membership

Membership gifts help the Hop bring outstanding artists from around the world to the Upper Valley. Explore the many levels and benefits of Hop membership.

Membership Overview
Youth Wind Ensemble

Dartmouth Youth Wind Ensemble

Open to 6th- to 8th-grade students of the Upper Valley and surrounding regions, the ensemble offers students the chance to learn from student musicians of Dartmouth College, who play with them in a gala culminating concert.

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Community Ticket Program

Community Ticket Program

The Community Ticket Program serves low-income and underserved community members through partnerships with nine different Upper Valley community organizations. Partners are given access to all Hopkins Center performances and movies; organizations make selections based on the needs and interests of their constituents. Over 500 free tickets are distributed annually and attendees are invited to special events such as dinners, backstage tours and artist meet-and-greets.

Free Community Events


free shows, films, public talks and master classes in 2018


people attended family-oriented HopStops in 2017/2018


people enjoy summer Free for All performances on the Dartmouth Green