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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

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


Portland will be hopping Friday night with outdoor music and special performances of our iconic downtown parks. Bounce from square to square to experience some of our best & most unique local entertainment. Whether it’s a high-flying circus act, a larger-than-life ukulele ensemble, or an interactive theater show — there’s fun for the whole family at each stop.

Walk the Working Waterfront


"Walk the Working Waterfront” is a unique opportunity to explore Portland’s marine economy. Dozens of businesses will be open up and down the wharves & piers lining Commercial Street. Come down to amble, to sample seafood snacks, to climb aboard a boat — or just to enjoy the atmosphere. It’s all free, and it’s only four hours every year! Maps will be available at the head of Union Wharf. Look for the orange flags.

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


Kick off summer in Maine at the annual Old Port Festival. This family-friendly event is an outdoor celebration of music, art, and community in the heart of beautiful downtown Portland. 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.

The Festival Features:

  • Kickoff Parade featuring Shoestring Theater —The parade starts at the top of Exchange Street
  • Live music &entertainment on four stages
  • Over 200 vendor booths withgreat food, fun gifts, arts & crafts, and more
  • Children’s activity area
  • Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel (by DiMillo’s on the Water)
  • Plus: For the health of all, the Old Port Festival is a smoke- and tobacco-free event!

Photo provided by Michael Leonard

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