Community Events Calendar

The City of Portsmouth has a strong commitment to arts and culture and to being a place that offers a variety of diverse events and activities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.  On average, there are 68 events in the city each year that require some form of municipal coordination and city approval.  And, while the various events add to the overall community vitality and diversity, the City Council recognizes the need to manage the number and logistics of events to assure each event meets health, traffic, parking and safety regulations and that there is not an unreasonable disruption for residents and businesses.

Things to Consider When Planning Events

  1.  Review the community events calendar before scheduling or publicizing an event to avoid conflicts with other events.
  2. Avoid events on significant religious days that generate traffic to religious institutions located downtown.
  3. Promote use of public transit and remote parking for event participants and attendees.
  4. To the extent possible, street closures should be avoided and alternate event venues (i.e. Vaughan Mall) such as public parks or private properties should be considered.

Administrative Process for Events Management

  1. Event organizers must write a letter to the Mayor and City Council, with a copy to the City Manager, requesting permission to hold an event in the city.  Letter should include the date, time, location, and a brief description of the event and if there is a need for street closure. A map and or route is required for festivals, road events, walkathons and other events.
  2. Following City Council consideration of the request and depending on the nature and logistics of the event, the City Manager conveys the City Council’s decision via letter to the event organizer.  If the event is approved, a meeting with the City Manager is requested to discuss the event.
  3. The City Manager invites representatives from city departments to the meeting with event organizers to discuss logistics and municipal support of the event.  City staff invited to the meeting varies depending on the specific event.  Considerations include event location, the anticipated influx of people and the type of event management required such as traffic control, street closure, food vending, parking needs, and police, fire, ambulance or health department support/oversight.

Event Requirements

  1. Large events that require street closures must receive approval from the City Council three months in advance of the event.  Request letter should be submitted four months in advance of event to allow adequate lead time for City Council consideration.
  2. Event organizers are required to submit a certificate of insurance that meets city insurance requirements and that names the city as certificate holder as well as an additional insured for the duration of the event.
  3. If an event requires street closures or generates significant traffic, police must be hired for traffic control at the organizer’s expense.  This arrangement and cost will be discussed at the event meeting cited above.
  4. Event organizers are required to pay for use of metered parking spaces that are taken out of service during events.
  5. In most cases, event organizers are required to pick up trash on public streets following events.
  6. Prior to hosting any event, an event permit must be purchased from the City Clerk's office for $50.00.

 

November 28, 2019

Seacoast Rotary Turkey Trot 5K

Seacoast Rotary Turkey Trot 5K November 28, 2019

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7:00 AM  -  8:30 AM

Registration is at 7:00 a.m. at Strawbery Banke and race will start at 8:30 a.m. Course: 3.1 miles through historic Portsmouth. Starting at Peirce Island, left onto Marcy S...

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December 1, 2019

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Arthritis Foundation New England Region 2019 Jingle Bell Run/Walk

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8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
Little Harbour School

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. It’s where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume and FEEL GOOD about D...

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December 31, 2019

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ProPortsmouth First Night Portsmouth 2020

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4:30 PM  -  12:01 AM
Market Square and throughout downtown.

Fireworks, ice sculptures, games & activities, musical performances and a countdown to midnight! New Years Eve in Portsmouth is a fun time for the whole family to enjoy on...

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May 3, 2020

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ProPortsmouth Children's Day 2020

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12:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
Market Square and throughout downtown.

 Each year on the first Sunday of May, Downtown Portsmouth becomes headquarters for children of all ages with the celebration of Children's Day. An estimated 10,000+ "chi...

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June 13, 2020

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ProPortsmouth 43rd Annual Market Square Day

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9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
Market Square and throughout downtown.

Market Square Day was first celebrated in 1977. Created to mark the renovation and beautification of Downtown Portsmouth ' and in particular Market Square ' the Festival conti...

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June 27, 2020

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Stiletto Sprint

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1:00 PM  -  4:00 AM
Pleasant Street

Get ready to walk, sprint or strut your stuff in this 40-yard dash for a cause. Proceeds from this event support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission to provide children facing a...

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July 4, 2020

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ProPortsmouth Summer in the Street Music Series

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5:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
Pleasant Street from Porter to Market Square.

"Summer In The Street" is the result of an initiative to identify/create pedestrian-friendly areas Downtown where musicians, theatrical and dance companies...

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July 11, 2020

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ProPortsmouth Summer in the Street Music Series

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5:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
Pleasant Street from Porter to Market Square.

"Summer In The Street" is the result of an initiative to identify/create pedestrian-friendly areas Downtown where musicians, theatrical and dance companies...

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July 18, 2020

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ProPortsmouth Summer in the Street Music Series

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5:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
Pleasant Street from Porter to Market Square.

"Summer In The Street" is the result of an initiative to identify/create pedestrian-friendly areas Downtown where musicians, theatrical and dance companies...

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July 25, 2020

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ProPortsmouth Summer in the Street Music Series

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5:30 PM  -  9:00 PM
Pleasant Street from Porter to Market Square.

"Summer In The Street" is the result of an initiative to identify/create pedestrian-friendly areas Downtown where musicians, theatrical and dance companies...

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