8 Reasons Why You Should Be at NextNOW Fest

NextNOW Fest 2015 is right around the corner and we'd hate for you to miss out. Here are eight reasons why you should be at NextNOW Fest 2015:

#8: One-of-a-kind Treasures

Paramount Pictures

What will you find at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Sale, or at the Prop and Costume Shop Sale? Last year's hauls were pretty epic. We're just saying.

#7: Reggie Watts


He's unpredictable and brilliant, and he's taking a break from The Late Late Show with James Corden to perform here. (Tickets are on sale — get 'em before they're gone.)

#6: The Food

TOHO Ltd. and Studio Ghibli

UMD alumna Gina Chersevani is bringing Buffalo & Bergen DC's goods to the Fest. Unleash your inner foodie and enjoy mocktails, cocktails and her signature knishes.

#5: The Tent Stage

20th Century Fox

​New this year, the Tent Stage outside in our "backyard" will feature acts like Liner NotesTrokerChristylez Bacon and Be Steadwell.

#4: Portals

Elizabeth Bick & Shared Studios

Step into a gold shipping container and use its immersive audio and video technology to connect with someone in Herat, Afghanistan; Tehran, Iran; El Progreso, Honduras; or Mexico City, Mexico. Sessions are limited, so sign up for a 20-minute slot now.

#3: Talented Terps

Diamondback Terrapins

​UMD professors and alumni are performing at the Fest! Don't miss them at performances like NextDANCEUMD Jazz Professors, the Alumni Play Commissioning Project and so many more.

#2: The Balloons

Photo by Dylan Singleton

They'll be back. Just trust us on this one.

#1: The Memories

Photo by Nguyen Nguyen

Whether you're dancing in the lobby during Terrapin Beats Society's Grand Pavilion Takeover, recording a video in the YouBooth or watching one of the many performances on the schedule, NextNOW Fest is the perfect place to relax before the fall gets too hectic.

Most events are free. All events are freeing. We look forward to seeing you at NextNOW Fest 2015, September 9-12, 2015!