Do you ever wish summer started with a bang? In Portland, Maine there is a celebration of the beginning of the summer season every year. This annual event, called the Old Port Festival, brings together multiple stages of music, locally made arts and crafts, and delicious food to form the biggest one day festival in all of Maine. This event will increase your anticipation for a season full of outdoor entertainment, music, and summer treats like fresh squeezed lemonade. If you're ready to get your summer started right this year, check out the Old Port Festival in Portland, Maine
The 2012 Festival
In 2012, the Old Port Festival is scheduled for Sunday, June 10
. This kick-off to summer festival gets the peak season in Portland
started with concerts, food from local restaurants, and family-friendly activities. Kids will enjoy the chance to get their face painted or participate in activities at local toy stores. For more than 30 years, stores along the Old Port
have opened their doors for sidewalk sales as a part of this festival. Whether you're looking to start your summer with shopping, dining, music, or a family getaway, check out this Maine festival.
In addition to the annual parade and the ice cold lemonade, one aspect of the Old Port Festival that people look forward to the most is the music. In 2011 there were six stages that hosted over 30 acts
during the festival. There were performances from many different genres of music, including pop, country, rock, and even Irish. In addition to entertainment, the Old Port Festival offers the chance to discover local bands and new music.
While music is important, the Old Port Festival is also a family festival. Post Office Park
hosts a children's entertainment area that includes bubble blowing and other arts and crafts. Additional children's rides and games can be found on Federal Street
, although these cost money and aren't part of the line-up of free entertainment. Kids won't want to miss the parade that kicks off all the festivities at 11 a.m. This parade includes dancers, stilt walkers, giant puppets, and much more all on the cobblestone streets of Portland. There is also plenty of fun carnival food that kids will be begging to eat.
If you're planning a trip to Portland
for this festival, there are a few things to know. The first question many travelers have is about parking. There is parking available for the festival at the Fore Street garage
. In the past, a day's parking has cost $10. The festival opening hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the festival goes forward rain or shine. The festival takes place in the Old Port district, an area bound by Congress
, and Commercial Streets
. Live music takes place on different stages from about 12 p.m. to the finish of the festival at 5 p.m.
Things to do in Portland
In addition to the Old Port Festival, a June trip to Portland can include a long list of activities. Some of the most popular local things to do are kayaking
, deep sea fishing
, checking out local breweries
, and visiting local historic sites
. A trip to Maine can be as relaxing or active as you desire. Whatever type of trip you're planning, you will want to choose a vacation rental for your accommodation
. The charming, historic town of Portland is best seen with your very own cozy rental. With all the space and convenience of a vacation rental, you might not want to go home after the festival is over.
Vacation Rentals for the Old Port Festival
The bungalow is fully booked for the summer, but don't despair! We have another option right near the beach for you that has availability this summer! A friend is heading to Europe for three months, last minute and asked us to book up her house ri...
Lovely 2 bedroom, 1 bath townhouse located on the top of Munjoy hill, 2 blocks from the Eastern Promenade. Munjoy Hill overlooks the downtown and harbor to the south, Casco Bay and its islands to the east and north, and shallow Back Cove to the ...
** We have just repainted this apartment and the art work, mirrors and curtains have not been photographed yet. New photos will be posted later this week
This is a wonderful apartment in the heart of Portland. It is the front portion of a Victor...
Adorable Maine home with newly renovated kitchen just up the street from pet-friendly Willard Beach! Walk to restaurants, bakery, ice cream and Fort Williams Park (which has the most photographed lighthouse in Maine) from this adorable, private ho...
Note: Due to local regulations we have a 30 day minimum stay.
This Victorian era townhouse is located steps from Congress St, and a pleasant 10 minute walk to the Waterfront/Old Port; enjoy the multitude of museums, restaurants, galleries, theat...