Although it may not seem like it some days, the events that fill our calendar indicating the summer is here … are almost here. For many it is Memorial Day weekend, graduation day or Fourth of July. For us in downtown Portland it is the Old Port Festival on Sunday, June 12.
The festival has been entertaining locals and tourists alike for 38 years, filling the streets of beautiful downtown Portland with vendors, music, a parade, food and activities for the entire family.
On June 12, 4 local radio stations will host live music on their stages, the Maine Academy of Modern Music hosts a stage and Irish Music will entertain the public from Bull Feeney’s stage. Artists and craftspeople from all over the state come out to sell their distinct wares in a dedicated area on Market Street, and kids and families have their own section on Federal and Newbury streets with a rock wall, bungee jumping, a trapeze swing and classic carnival style rides. The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine presents arts and crafts in Post Office Park and kid friendly entertainment is scheduled throughout the day as well .
So whether you are interested in the amazing live acts, browsing local wares for a special item and hitting your favorite restaurant’s outdoor patio, or loading up on vendor foods like fried dough, Italian sausages and cotton candy, the Old Port has it all on June 12. Under the rain or in the warmth of the sun, the Old Port Festival is on, and tells us all that summer is indeed around the corner. . .