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Downtown Events in December

The holiday season has arrived in downtown Portland. Whether you are looking for that perfect one-of-a-kind gift, in the mood for some classic Christmas entertainment, or already eager for New Year’s Eve, we have you covered with five great events taking place downtown this month. December 1st-December 31st: Christmas at Victoria Mansion Join Victoria Mansion […]

Downtown Events in November

Election day is November 4th, and whether your preferred candidates win or lose, there are plenty of ways to celebrate (or at least commiserate) this month in downtown Portland. November also marks the beginning of Portland’s Downtown District’s holiday events, which continue through December 21st. For the full list of our sponsored events, go here. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alive at Five FREE Concert Series in Monument Square

 Alive at Five FREE Concert Series in Monument Square Thursday, August 15, 5pm – 7:30pm Kick back after work in the summer sun and enjoy a free concert by Portland’s finest musical talent.  Have a cold drink in the beer garden presented by Shipyard Brewing Co. and a slice of pizza from Portland Pie Co. […]

40th Annual Old Port Festival

Sunday, June 9, 11am – 5pm Celebrate the beginning of summer in beautiful downtown Portland with multiple music stages, Maine-made arts and crafts, and food from local businesses, kid’s activities, and more! The festival begins at 11am with a foot powered parade down Exchange Street led by the Shoestring Theater! Entertainment Schedule: Old Port Festival […]

Shop Local and Save with Discounted Gift Certificates and Coupons for Downtown Portland!

With the holiday season upon us, the shopping madness has begun.  Before you rush out to join the masses at the mall, check out Portland’s Downtown District Directory for discounted gift certificates and coupons. In addition to supporting local businesses this holiday season, Portland Downtown District (PDD) provides you with unbeatable savings.  With approximately 60% […]