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