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Old Port Festival

Portland's Annual Summer Kickoff Weekend

Every summer, the myriad of local businesses in Portland's Old Port open their doors and line up racks of clothing, gifts, accessories and crafts, all for sale, on the sidewalk. The streets, free of cars, are filled with people visiting the hundreds of vendors and lingering at the event stages. This is Portland's Old Port Festival, a celebration that for thirty years has invited festival-goers to dance to the music of popular bands on the cobblestone streets, sip homemade lemonade and chow down on their favorite carnival foods.

All ages will find the festival an opportunity to kick up their heels and welcome the summer season. Highlights include the Shoe String Theatre parade, a ride on the Casco Bay Eye, a 90' gondola wheel, and a Walk on the Working Waterfront, which invites participants to tour historic piers and wharves along Portland’s waterfront. Local restaurants participate in the festival as well, cooking up popular menu items for a buffet that stretches from one end of Exchange Street to the next. Local toy stores open their doors to visiting children, vendors offer face painting, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, sidewalk chalk drawing, and special performances for kids on a stage made just for them.

Photo provided by Corey Templeton

Hopefully you made it to the 2017 Festival.
This is an annual event in June so plan to attend next year's 2018 "Summer Kickoff Weekend"

Come one, come all and enjoy awesome live music, Maine-made arts and crafts, food from local businesses, kids’ activities and more. As always, the Old Port Festival is a rain or shine event.

Square Hop & Window Walk

New for 2017

Outdoor music and special performances in four downtown parks: Longfellow Square, Congress Square Park, Monument Square, and Post Office Park. Enjoy performers like Circus Maine, PortFringe, the Peaks Island Ukulele Ensemble, and the Maine Marimba Ensemble.

Walk the Working Waterfront

Stretch your legs, breathe in the salty sea air and explore Portland’s historic wharves & piers.

Shop for a Cause Day

Stroll Downtown, discover new gems and shop your heart out — all while supporting a great cause!

Annual Old Port Festival

Celebrate music, art and community in the heart of beautiful Downtown Portland.

The Festival Features:

  • Kickoff Parade at 11am featuring Shoestring Theater - The parade starts at the top of Exchange Street and will make its way all the way down Exchange
  • Music and entertainment on seven stages
  • Children’s amusement rides & rock climbing wall
  • Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel (by DiMillo’s on the Water)
  • Over 200 vendor booths featuring great food, arts & crafts and more!

Photo provided by Michael Leonard

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