We are excited for you to join us at the University of Maryland for The 66th National Puppetry Festival and Academic Symposium. Puppeteers, enthusiasts, educators, and friends will all be gathering to celebrate the puppetry arts and experience our first festival together in four years. The festival will focus on the theme of Generations, honoring those that went before, celebrating those who are with us now, and encouraging those to come. A time to pass the torch...

The National Festival will offer a variety of programming in addition to the core festival activities scheduled for July 18-22, 2023. These will include ticketed public performances, Puppetry In Education and Therapy Symposium Day, a Puppet Parade, and a variety of community partnership days culminating in Puppeteers of America Community Days Celebration.

The National Festival will present numerous streams of programming.

Please find the links here.

Academic Symposium Registration

Community Days Registration

Individual Show Tickets

Virtual Festival

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Registration Guidance & FAQ

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How To Register: 

Main Festival Registration is now closed. We are offering visitor passes to those who are able to visit locally. Once selected,  you will then be taken to the registration survey and payment pages. Once registration is complete you will receive a confirmation, and encouraged to download WHOVA which will be used to manage your registration.

Please note that the WHOVA app is live and that time registrants will be able to self register or waitlist for workshops post registration.

Please note a registration is required for each person over the age of three (3) years. Each registrant will need a unique email ID.

Available Registrations and Passes: Open for registration until June 28th

All listed registrations are "Group C". Group C registrations will be offered standby for all Kogod Theatre afternoon shows (1pm & 4pm) due to capacity. There are a selection of alternate activities during these time periods. 

Adult Registration (18+):

Visitor Day Passes - $75 ($25 evening activity add-on available + fees)

Tickets Here:

Youth & Young Adult Registration (3-17):

Youth pricing is no longer available. Individual tickets to Community can be purchased here: Community Day 

 Please note a chaperone is required to be on campus for this category


& Virtual:

Symposium Day Pass - $125 (+ card processing fees)

Symposium Gold Tier - $195 (+ card processing fees)

Virtual Mini-Festival Full Week Pass** - $200 (+ card processing fees)

**Please note Virtual is under development and will offer select performances and activities. While we can tell you what will be offered (and what will not) the schedule and details are under development. We offer this option for those unable to attend  due to health concerns. Please refer to the FAQ for more details.

Individual Tickets: Now Available

Click Here for Individual Evening Shows at the Clarice Performing Arts Center

Performances - $30 ($15 youth)

Individual Tickets: Coming Soon

Hoff Theatre - Click here for Tickets 

Most afternoon performances - $15 

Late night performances - $20

Community Days Performances & Workshops -

Click Here for Community Day Tickets

Most afternoon performances - $10

Other activities & Events  - Free

Limited complimentary tickets to community days performances are available. Please email us here if you need accommodation.

Registration closes for available tickets closes the day before event..

Refund Policy

All Sales are Final and we are unable to refund purchases due to the proximity of the event

Register on WHOVA Below:

Please note a registration is required for each person. Any registration for workshops without festival registration (overnight or day) will be cancelled.

Please note Group C registrations will be offered standby for all Kogod Theatre afternoon shows (1pm & 4pm) due to capacity. There are a selection of alternate activities during these time periods.

FAQ Coming Soon (5/23-24)

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