About NextNOW Fest

Photo by Dylan Singleton

It’s about making discoveries and building community through new experiences — together.

Held each September at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, NextNOW Fest is an arts festival for Terps, by Terps that is free and open to students, faculty, staff and our local community members. Co-curated with student groups and campus departments, this artistic playground amplifies the voices of intriguing, inventive performing and visual artists from around the corner and around the world.

Often surprising, sometimes unconventional, yet always exciting, NextNOW Fest creates an unexpected festival experience at the creative hub of the performing arts at the University of Maryland.