There’s always something FREE to do in Downtown Portland this summer!

Portland bustles in the summer, we all love it.  Sometimes we want to get out and enjoy so many offerings  in Portland but it all costs money and our wallets wont allow it.   Never fear, there are some great, free things to do without your wallet –  like enjoying performances, live music (while supporting our local arts scene at the same time) and activities with the kids.

On Tuesdays, head to Post Office Park in July, or Congress Square in August for free performances from local performers. Enjoy your lunch from noon to 1:00pm outside and watch (or even participate in) belly dancing, fire dancing, West African drumming, acoustic blues, and more.  These events support our local arts community while costing you nothing, so it’s a win-win for all!

Wednesdays, take the kids to Lobsterman’s Park for crafts with the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine from 10:30 – 11:30 in July.  The Museum brings a t-rex jawbone for kids to investigate as they create their own dino fossil to take home, or they can learn about an owl’s silent flight and explore artifacts. 

Thursday afternoon is free music in Monument Square with Alive at Five from 5-7:30 to dance the day away with big band music, folk and jazz and more.

Fridays offers free music with local musicians from the Maine Songwriters Association in Post Office Park in July or Congress Square in August.  These up-and-coming artists are extremely talented and you can say you heard them here first before they hit the big time.

So leave your wallet at home, enjoy your lunch break outside in the sun with free entertainment, bring the kids in for some free fun and dance the night away every week this summer in downtown Portland.

For more details and a full list of free events visit

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