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Downtown Events in October

It’s Autumn in Portland. It’s hard to say goodbye to summer, but there’s nothing like seeing the leaves turn red, gold, and radiant in the Forest City. And while other Maine tourist destinations close up shop around Columbus Day, Portland is a year-round destination with plenty of art, food, music, entertainment, and adventure to enjoy. […]

2014 Alive @ 5 & Arts Alives Schedule

 Alive @ Five FREE Concert Series in Monument Square   Thursdays, July 10 & August 7, 5pm – 7:30pm Kick back, enjoy free music by your favorite bands in the summer sun, and enjoy a cold drink in the beer garden, presented by the State Theatre! July 10 The London Souls Kenya Hall Band   August […]

Old Port Festival Weekend | June 6 – 8

The summer kicks off with the Old Port Festival Weekend! Take in the sights and sounds of the First Friday Art Walk and Circus in the Square. Get to know the real Portland with Saturday’s Downtown Scavenger Hunt and Walk the Working Waterfront Tour. Enjoy music, food, and more with the 41st Annual Old Port […]

Old Port Festival Vendor Applications Available Now!

Apply now to be a vendor at the 2014 Old Port Festival. Maine’s largest one-day festival takes place on Sunday, June 8. The deadline for vendor applications is April 1st. Maine-based artist can apply for discounted booth space. Click here for applications.

Portland Harbor Hotel Ice Bar

The Portland Harbor Hotel celebrates its 10th annual Ice Bar starting Thursday, January 23 and continuing through Saturday, January 25. What to expect: beautifully crafted ice bars and sculptures, DJ’s, fire pits, complimentary food, outdoor ice luges pouring martinis, outdoor beer bars serving great local beers, and fully stocked bars inside. Specially priced hotel rooms are […]

First Friday Art Walk – Holiday Edition!

For the first time in the history of the Art Walk – Congress Street will be closed to vehicular traffic (between Brown and State streets) from 6-8 pm. This opens up Congress Street for pedestrians to walk freely and enjoy the art and splendor of the evening, creating a safer environment for all.    IMPORTANT […]

Merry Madness 2013

Downtown Portland’s biggest holiday shopping event is back – and better than ever! Merry Madness quickly caught on as an annual favorite for finishing holiday shopping and spending time with friends. It is a shop ‘til you drop event in downtown Portland on Thursday December 12, from 5-10 pm. Participating stores remain open until 10 […]

Shop for a Cause Day 2013

Shop downtown on Small Business Saturday (November 30) and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity! ***See below for a full list of participating stores***   This year’s Shop for a Cause Day beneficiary is the Milestone Foundation’s HOME Team. The Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement Team provides outreach and community support to those […]

WANTED: Christmas Tree for Downtown Portland

It’s that time of year again! Portland’s Downtown District and the City of Portland are opening the search for the perfect tree to be installed in downtown Portland. The Christmas tree will be decorated with three-thousand LED lights and displayed in Monument Square for all to enjoy throughout the holiday season. Individuals can submit their […]

Light Up Your Holidays 2013

Christmas Tree Lighting  Friday, November 29, 5:30 pm, Monument Square Come see the spectacular lighting of the tree at this annual tradition. Entertainment begins with Rick Charette and the Bubblegum band. Presented by MEMIC. Shop for a Cause Day Small Business Saturday, November 30, ALL DAY Shop downtown on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, and a portion […]

Line-up of free events August 6-9

Join us in Monument Square for the FINAL Alive at Five FREE concert series this Thursday, August 15. Arc of Sky (new from Anna Lombard and Trent Gay) Sara Hallie Richardson (indie) and Jeff Beam’s Loudspeaker Wallpaper (rock) hit the stage for an evening of live music from 5 – 7:30 pm. The free concert […]

Line-up of FREE events July 30-August 2

Join us in Monument Square for the Alive at Five FREE concert series this Thursday, August 1. Roots band The Ghost of Paul Revere and country rockers North of Nashville hit the stage for an evening of foot tappin’ music from 5 – 7:30 pm. The free concert series is the perfect after work hang-out and happy […]