Old Port Festival

Old Port Festival
June 1, 2008
Old Port, Portland, ME (Between Union St. and Pearl St.)

Vacationland, as the state of Maine is known, is the perfect locale for a little family fun, classic music, and of course some “Lobstah.” And this year’s Old Port Festival is bringing them all together for a wicked good time!

[sidebar]Help kick off the state’s biggest one-day festival with a grand parade down Exchange Street, and then move on for some tasty food, foot-stomping music, and exciting activities. The event is contained to the historic Old Port area of Portland, known for its rustic charm, cobble stone streets, and true Maine hospitality.

Market Street, in the heart of the Portland waterfront, will come alive with the best of Maine’s creative economy. The state has long been known for its antiques, one-of-a-kind crafts, and eclectic artwork. More than 80 local crafts people will visit from all over the state, displaying unique artwork that could only hail from the back roads and coastal communities of Maine.

Enjoy a true taste of Maine at one of the many food kiosks, which will include local fare (think fried clams and Lobster rolls), a few international selections, and some classics like pizza and fried dough. And in the true festival spirit, there will be roller coasters, a tilt-a-whirl, a petting zoo, and a number of children’s events.

With more than 30 musical acts, the city of Portland is going to rock! Artists include Matt Nathanson, the Molenes, Nashville star Jason Meadows, and many other local groups. So, hit one of eight stages for an afternoon of jazz, funk, pop-rock, country, and classic rock.

And with only one day dedicated to festival fun, you’ll have a full day to explore the city and region. Take in a minor league baseball game at Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Seadogs, sail a schooner around Casco Bay, or experience the state’s untouched wildlife with a whale watch.