Vintage Christmas events will take place the entire month of December. Enjoy the holiday strolls, shows, and stayovers with the complimentary Vintage Christmas Trolley to make getting there even easier. There will be a Pop Up Market, Market Square Carolers, Candlelight Stroll, and live holiday shows, opera broadcasts & films in The Music Hall. Listed as "one of the Top 100 Events in North America," (ABA) and one of the "Top 10 Things Not to Miss in New England," by the Boston Globe. more...
Sponsored By: The Music Hall + Strawbery Banke Museum
Prescott Park Arts Festival
105 Marcy Street • Portsmouth, NH 03802
Located on 3.5 acres in downtown Portsmouth, the arts festival has a long and rich history of successfully presenting music, theater and dance on the banks of the Piscataqua River with no fixed admission, though they do welcome donations. Because of this policy, many people have their first experience with a live performance at Prescott Park. Variety is truly the spice of life at the arts festival where classical ballet is presented right alongside rock n' roll. more...
Ballet New England's Center For Dance Education
135 Daniel Street • Portsmouth, NH 03801
New Hampshire's premier ballot company is known for bringing audiences Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, as well as a variety of other performances. The Center for Dance Education, the official school of Ballet New England, offers classes in all levels of classical ballet, pointe and pas de deux, as well as creative dance, pre-ballet, jazz, tap, modern, flamenco, pilates, and hip hop for students from pre-school to adult. more...
Music Hall, The
28 Chestnut Street • Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-2400 (Box Office)
The Music Hall is an educational and charitable organization presenting live and cinematic arts in a landmark 900-seat opera house. Classic and new films are also shown at the Music Hall. The building has housed several theaters since its opening in 1878. more...
Moffatt-Ladd House Piscataqua Waterfront Festival
154 Market Street • Portsmouth, NH 03801
Celebrate Portsmouth Harbor and Great Bay at the third annual Piscataqua Waterfront Festival, a free family event. The festival features music, traditional maritime artisan demonstrations, free museum tours, hands-on children's activities, boats, booths, displays by area businesses & non-profit organizations, and a sale of heirloom plants from the Moffatt-Ladd garden. The festival is designed to heighten awareness of their maritime history, contemporary water quality issues, boat building heritage & opportunities, marine management, water recreation, and conservation. Followed by a free concert in the Moffatt-Ladd Warehouse by Mudhook at 4:15. more...
JazzMouth - The Seacoast Poetry & Jazz Festival
Locations Throughout Portsmouth
The Jazzmouth Poetry & Jazz Festival is a one-of-a-kind, four-day festival celebrating poetry and jazz and the relationship between them. It is an exciting, all-inclusive community festival with events ranging from films to workshops, from musical performances to poetry readings and even both at once. more...
Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival [Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013]
The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival presents traditional American and English folk music. As in years past, the annual festival will be held at venues in downtown Portsmouth's Market Square area, including the Press Room, 77 Daniel St, and the Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square. The festival is held on the last weekend in September, with free events both Saturday and Sunday. more...
Illuminated Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
The Tree Lighting ceremony begins at 5 p.m. in Market Square with music from the Portsmouth Middle School Band, concluding at 5:30 p.m. with the official tree lighting. The Holiday Parade begins at 6 p.m. from Plaza 800 and travels a route through downtown to the South Mill Pond parking lot. more...
Portsmouth Historic House Association
8 Historic Houses in Portsmouth
Back by popular demand. The Portsmouth Historic House Association is sponsoring a twilight tour of many of your favorite historic house museums in Portsmouth. Along the way you will be entertained by music furnished by students and teachers from the Portsmouth Music and Arts Academy and enjoy refreshments historic and modern. As the dusk approaches, you will be able to see how people might have experienced living by candlelight (electric in our case) and you will hear Portsmouth stories about those long gone. more...
New England Curiosities Walking Tours
These tours and events run from October through mid-November. New England Curiousities has been offering tours and special haunted events since 2002. Led by Roxie Zwicker, author & historian, you will explore tales of folklore, ghosts and mysterious history. more...
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