Market Square Day in Portsmouth takes place on the second Saturday in June put on by nonprofit Pro Portsmouth
For 2017, our 40th annual event, that's June 10th (9am - 4pm). Please refer to the menu for details on our race and festival, as well as the booth application process.
Market Square Day was the first event produced by the non-profit, Pro Portsmouth.
Created to celebrate the renovation and beautification of Downtown Portsmouth and, in particular, Market Square, the Festival has grown in size along with the growth and popularity of Portsmouth. It is estimated that between 60,000 - 80,000 people walk through Downtown Portsmouth on that one day enjoying the entertainment, products and food offered by artists, cratfters and merchants - many from the Seacoast area. On average, 150+ vendor applications are approved/accepted for inclusion in the festival. Two performance stages feature local and regional musicians. The day 'kicks off' with the Market Square Day 10K Road Race. Most of Downtown Portsmouth is vehicle-free and pedestrian-friendly from 9am 'til 4pm on the second Saturday in June each year. The first Market Square Day took place in 1978; Pro Portsmouth marks its' anniversary each year on Market Square Day.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Open to Close, Rain or Shine! The Seacoast is celebrating the beginning of the Summer Season by throwing a party and YOU ARE INVITED! It’s about sunshine filled days and warm nights outside. It’s about the restaurants, shops, hotels, activities and attractions that are welcoming you to kick off YOUR Summer on the Seacoast.
State Street Saloon Fire
SEACOAST: As most of you know, the State Street Saloon in Portsmouth was completely destroyed Monday morning in a five alarm fire. Along with personal losses to those in the building, employees will now be out of a job for some time. Employees affected by the State Street Saloon fire in Portsmouth – regardless of where they worked – are invited to a presentation tomorrow (4/12) to learn more about resources to help you get back to work. 2 pm, Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Dr., Portsmouth. For more information about services offered by NH Works, visit nhworks.org. Please pass this along to any of those affected in Portsmouth. As the Seacoast is known for our sense of community, the #GOFUNDMEpage for employees has also raised $25,000!
One thing firefighters were able to salvage from the blaze was the Stars and Stripes that hung above the Saloon, and the sign. This flag has always stood for hope and that is all that we as a community can ask for now.
Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County
My girlfriend's Portsmouth based company ICE Worldwide LLC does nonprofit work for an organization in Boston called the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County who works with abused children. The CAC is a place that unites public, private and community partners to promote safety, healing and justice for child victims and their families. On Saturday April 1st they are having a fundraiser called the Ginormous Climb that I am participating in with a few friends and will be creating a video, and helping to promote this amazing cause. Please help me exceed the minimum goal of raising $125! The link to my personal page is below! Feel free to share and thank you in advance for your generosity! -Devin To help donate: Visit my link for the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County
Is Portsmouth the U.S.A.'s Greatest Small Town?
A dash of colonial history, a taste of a local craft brew, and a peek at a sunset over the water—New Hampshire's Portsmouth has all you need this summer.
By Robert Reid
Photograph by Ronan Donovan
A woman in a century-old straw hat, sitting with a needle and thread, warns me “the sun can crisp you up.” Nearby another woman, speaking at first in Hebrew, says, “My husband came from Ukraine in 1903. I moved here in 1904.” Afterward I chat with a cooper with sharply parted white hair. He’s proud of a recent deal he made: a barrel for two brooms. No one ever tells you how to respond to this stuff. You know, these sorts of costumed role-players or living historians. Here at Strawbery Banke—a charming collection of a few dozen colonial-era buildings in Portsmouth, New Hampshire—I’m finding it’s rewarding to just play along.
Settled in the early 1600s, Portsmouth might be America’s greatest small town. The port town was built on the Piscataqua River for exclusively the king’s commerce. On the wharves, workers built British ships—ships later used against the colonies in the Revolutionary War.