Old Port Festival

A Portland tradition since 1973

A celebration like no other

Sunday, June 12th marked the unofficial start of summer in beautiful Downtown Portland, as the 43rd annual Old Port Festival delighted a crowd of more than 50,000!

Festival-goers from near and far enjoyed picture-perfect weather, fabulous entertainment on seven stages, oodles of Maine-made arts & crafts and mouth-watering eats at every turn.

Portland Downtown would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the organizers, vendors, entertainers, volunteers and visitors who made the Old Port Festival a spectacular community event! It truly takes a village to make the festival a safe and joyous occasion for all.

For event photos, click here. And don’t miss this awesome video by Tall Story Pictures:

Old Port Festival

Sunday, June 12, 2016
11am — 5pm

Kick off summer in Maine at the 43rd 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!

Don’t miss:

  • 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 (see our lineups below)
  • Children’s amusement rides & rock climbing wall
  • Casco Bay Eye Ferris Wheel (by DiMillo’s on the Water) — Runs noon-8pm Friday through Sunday
  • Over 200 vendor booths featuring great food, arts & crafts and more!

Click here to view a map of the festival zone

Bike or Bus to the festival — for free!

We are delighted to announce that the entire Greater Portland METRO bus system will be FREE all day Sunday, June 12th. Hop on a bus free of charge and don’t fret about driving & parking!

If biking is more your style, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of our free valet bike parking in Monument Square (offered Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 9am-6pm). Just look for the friendly folks from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine — they’ll be happy to help!

Entertainment Schedule

kidsChildren’s Area (Post Office Park)

12pm — Mad Science of Maine presents: Marvels in Motion
1pm — Portland Youth Dance
2pm — Circus Maine
3pm — Naveah Dance Group
4pm — Drumming Circle: Positive Repercussions

coastCoast 93.1 Stage (Middle & Pearl Streets)

12pm — Tickle (local cover band)
1pm — Nick Fradiani (winner of American Idol)
2pm — Karmin
3pm — Parachute
4pm — The Time Pilots (local cover band)

wclzWCLZ Stage (Silver & Fore Streets)

12pm — Armies (local band)
1pm — Amy and the Engine (local band)
2pm — Scars on 45
3pm — TBD
4pm — Jason Spooner Band (local band)

wporWPOR Stage (Middle & Temple Streets)

12pm — American Ride (local country cover band)
1pm — Matt Gary
2pm — Drew Baldridge
3pm — Dylan Scott
4pm — Brooke Eden

Dispatch Stage (Fore & Union Streets)

12pm — Hi Tiger
1pm — Murcielago
2pm — Sara Hallie Richardson
3pm — Jeff Beam
4pm — Sunset Hearts

townsquareTownsquare Media Stage (Monument Square)

12:15pm — Shawn Hook (Pop)
1pm — The Darren Bissette Band (Country)
2pm — The Summer Set (Rock)
3pm — Pvris (Alternative Rock)

MAMMMAMM Stage: 2016 Summer Camp Launch Party (Dana Street)

12pm — Maine Youth Rock Orchestra (MYROCK)
12:15pm — Kids Rock (Rift, The Mean Faces, The Snooks)
1pm — Girls Rock (The Escapades, Inside Joke, Mad Dads, Yard Sail)
2pm — The 2016 MAMM Slam Winners (Work In Progress)
2:30pm — Kids & Teen Open Stage (Toast, Sadie Grant, Liam Swift)
3:30pm — Teens Rock (The Allegories, Kid, Clash Culture, Chaotic Rotations)


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