Yearly Events

Listed below are the events the Recreation Department holds throughout every year.  The date listed is for the next time this event will happen.  For more information on these events, please see the event calendar page, or call the Recreation Department at 427-1547.






Father-Father & daughter dancingDaughter Valentine's Day Dance

The Portsmouth Recreation Department cordially invites all girls in grades K-5 and their dads (or any other special adult!) to attend our 26th Annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Portsmouth Middle School Cafeteria.  

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Easter BunnyEaster Egg Hunt

The 2020 Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 


Mother-Son Dance Boston Sports teams

The Portsmouth Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Mother-Son Dance on Saturday, May 10, 2020 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Portsmouth Middle School Cafe.  All mothers (or any other special adult!) and sons in grades K-5 are invited to attend.  Cost is $15 per couple and includes team eye black stickers for all.

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summer!2020 Summer Registration

The Recreation Department will be moving our Summer Registrations to the end of March. We also hope to have online registration up and running by then.

Stay tuned for more information!


Senior Center Summer Cookout

Police officers serve ice cream at the senior cookout
Portsmouth Police officers serve ice cream at the Senior Cookout

The 2020 Senior Center Summer Cookout will hopefully be taking place at the New Senior Center! Stay tuned for more information.

Special thanks to Wentworth Senior Living for their sponsorship of the Senior Luncheon Program.


New York City Family Shopping Daynew york city

Saturday, November 9, 2019.  Come with your family or friends and spend the day in New York City for holiday shopping and sightseeing.  Children are welcome on this trip but must be accompanied by an adult.  We will depart from Portsmouth High School at 5:30am and return at approximately 12:00am.  Cost is $80 per person and includes round trip deluxe coach bus service.  


Senior Center Thanksgiving Lunch & Craft FairThanksgiving luncheon at the senior center

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:00pm at the New Senior Activity Center!  Arrive anytime after 10:30am to socialize.  Reservations are required by calling the Senior Activity Center at 603-610-4433. 

Special Thanks to Wentworth Senior Living for their sponsorship of the Senior Luncheon Program.


Turkey ShootTurkey basketball

Join the Portsmouth Recreation Department for the 28th annual Turkey Shoot on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 9:00am-12:00pm.  This event is for Portsmouth Residents only.  Admission is FREE, but we ask everyone to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to a local food pantry.

This year the kids will bring home the turkey!  Children grades K-5 are divided by grade and shoot basketball FOWL shots to try and win a big turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner!  


Letters to Santa Santa Stamp

Write a letter to Santa Claus between December 1-20 and receive a personalized letter in your mailbox from Santa!

Please send your letters to:

Santa Claus, North Pole 155 Parrott Ave. Portsmouth, NH 03801


Portsmouth Holiday Parade & Tree Lightingportsmouth holiday parade

Join the Mayor and Portsmouth City Council to ring in the Holiday Season!  

Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:20pm in Market Square, with the tree itself lit at 5:30pm.  The parade begins its march down Islington St. at 6:00pm.

For more information visit the Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting page.