DOVER — It can often be difficult to entertain the whole family. Typically, it’s a kid’s day, or a parents' day, or possibly a get-together-with-friends-you-haven’t-seen-in-months day. Well, this summer every “type” of day can be found at the 32nd annual Cochecho Arts Festival, which kicks off Friday, July 12.

What is it?

The Cochecho Arts Festival is a summer-long festival that presents performances from Dover-based, nationally known, and internationally known entertainers on the Rotary Arts Pavilion stage at Henry Law Park, as well as some related events.

When does the festival start?

The festival starts off this Friday, July 12 at the Rotary Arts Pavilion with performances by Lux and opener Joel Cage.

What does the festival include?

Well, there is a lot to choose from. Options include:

Children’s series: A lineup of children’s entertainment including musical artists, dancers, puppeteers, jugglers and magicians. Performances start at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, and take place at the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park.

Farmers Market series: The market is a hub for local vendors, and a place to walk around and enjoy the summer weather and listen to live acoustic performances on-site. It will take place on Wednesday afternoons at 550 Central Ave., in the parking lot of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce building. Performances start at 3:30 p.m.

Shark in the Park series: An assortment of the Seacoast’s most popular local, classic rock bands sponsored by radio stations 102.1 and 105.3 The Shark. Rock lovers can jam out Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Headliners include Rosie, Newmarket-based band Chippy & the YaYas, and many more.

Friday Night Headliners series: Considered the festival’s most popular series, the Friday night Headliners will feature an array of local as well as not-so-local bands performing at the Rotary Arts Pavilion. The series will consist of performances by bands such as Houston Bernard Band, Dover-based band Soggy Po’ Boys, and many more. Opening performances start at 6 p.m. and headliners start at 7 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie Series: Sit back, have a cocktail and enjoy a fine-dining experience provided by Dover’s local restaurants. There will be four movie nights over the course of the summer, taking place in the scenic Cocheco Mill Courtyard on Tuesday nights. Tickets are available online.

The Dover Community Band: Founded in 1998, the community band strives to keep traditional band music alive in Dover. Members range in age from 12 to those who are post-retirement. The band will perform at the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park on July 11 and 25, and Aug. 1 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Where can I park?

There is street parking available on Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue, adjacent to the festival. Additionally, festival-goers can park on Central Avenue, River Street, and the Indoor Pool Parking Lot (9 Henry Law Ave.), or the Orchard Street parking garage. Limited handicapped parking is available.

What seating is available?

All seating is first come, first serve. The Rotary Arts Pavilion has some built-in amphitheater seating, but most opt to bring blankets and chairs to the Henry Law Park lawn to watch the performances.

However, if you buy a ticket for the Dinner and a Movie Series, located in the Cocheco Mill Courtyard, tables and seating are included — no need for a picnic blanket!

What’s the restroom situation?

Portable restrooms, i.e. the much-beloved “porta-potty,” is your best bet. They are located in the Indoor Pool Parking Lot through the tunnel adjacent to the left side of the stage.

How much does it cost? What is a festival button?

The festival prides itself on being free and accessible to everyone. The only exception is the Dinner and a Movie Series, for which you must buy a ticket.

The festival button is a way of showing additional support for the festival, and comes with added perks. At just $10, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win a Weber Genesis II E-310 gas grill, and when you flash your button at La Festa Brick & Brew you will receive 20% off your bill Monday through Friday (offer valid through Aug. 27, excludes alcohol). When wearing your festival button, you can pick up a free bottle of water courtesy of Kennebunk Savings from the Blue Dolphin Screenprint & Embroidery Box Office during any Cochecho Arts Festival concert.

What’s the catch?

There is none. The goal of the festival is to connect patrons to Dover’s local businesses and artists, and connect people within the community.

Can I bring food and drinks? What about alcohol?

Yes, feel free to bring food and drinks. In fact, it is encouraged to order food from Dover businesses and bring it to the festival's concerts. However, alcohol is not permitted at the festival's performances with the exception of the Dinner and A Movie nights, when a local restaurant caters the event and alcohol is available for purchase.

Will there be food for sale?

There will be a food vendor during the Children’s Series, however this year there will be no additional food vendors during the festival's evening events as audience members are encouraged to order food from local Dover businesses and bring it to Henry Law Park for a picnic.

What if I want to jam out during Friday night concerts with my adult friends, is there an option for my kids?

Well, you’re in luck! During the Headliner series on Friday nights, as well as during the children’s performances on Tuesday mornings, the festival will put on an Art Rocks demonstration, which features different local artists doing interactive art demonstrations, including sculpting, crafting, painting, and much more.

What if it rains?

If it's raining when it's time for the Friday headliner concert, the performance will be moved indoors to the Dover High School’s newly renovated auditorium at 25 Alumni Drive. If rainy weather occurs during the Children’s Series on Tuesdays, the performances will be moved to the Dover Public Library at 73 Locust St. If it rains during a Shark in the Park concert or during a farmers market, the performances will be either canceled or rescheduled. Lastly, if inclement weather occurs on the night of a film screening in the Dinner and a Movie Series, the event will be moved to the next week.

Who runs the festival? How can I support it?

The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce runs the Cochecho Arts Festival. The festival is mainly funded by local sponsors. All musical acts and performers are compensated for their performances by the festival. You can further support the future of the festival by buying festival buttons and participating in raffles. The proceeds go straight into next year’s budget.