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, crafters 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.
The Pleasant Street Stage:
11:30 – 12:15: The Seacoast Repertory Theatre
12:45 – 1:30: The Chickenshack Bluegrass Band
2:00 – 2:45: The Reconstructed
3:15 – 4:00: TBA
The North Church Performance Area:
11:30 – 12:15: TBA
12:45 – 1:30: Salt River
2:00 – 2:45: Two Tined Fork
3:15 – 4:00: TBA
Other things to see & do…
The Middle Street Baptist Church Pancake Breakfast -They serve up a tasty breakfast (RAIN OR SHINE) that includes coffee, juice, sausage and hand mixed pancakes cooked fresh on the griddles.
When: June 8th from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Middle Street Baptist Church, 18 Court Street, Portsmouth
Cost: Adults – $6.00; Children under 12y – $2.00
The Farmers’ Market – Seacoast Growers Association sets up ‘shop’ featuring local veggies, fruit, flowers and more from 8am to 1pm. Where: The Parking lot at the Municipal Complex on Junkins Avenue.
After a day filled with Market Square Day fun, enjoy the restaurants and shops of Downtown Portsmouth…great food, music and shopping are yours in the heart of the Port City.
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