PORTLAND — The 38th annual Old Port Festival will kick off at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 12, with a parade featuring local mascots, music, dancers, giant puppets, stilt walkers and more. It will start at the top of Exchange Street.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., music will be presented on six stages throughout the Old Port by the Maine Academy of Modern Music, Q 97.9, COAST 93.1, 98.9 WCLZ, Today’s Country with WPOR 101.9 and Bull Feeney’s Irish Music.
A highlight of the festival is the Maine-made artist and craftspeople area on Market Street, where more than 90 artists will display and sell handcrafted clothing, fine art, prints, pottery, photography and jewelry.
The Children’s Museum and Theatre will set up an area in Port Office Park where children can build giant block towers, make crowns, blow bubbles and enjoy some hula hooping throughout the day. Local musicians and performers will also entertain hourly.
Summit Adventure Systems will have a trapeze swing on Newbury Street. The Maine Rock Gym will set up a 25-foot rock wall for climbers of all ages and abilities on upper Market Street, along with a bungee trampoline that launches people two stories in the air. And there will be traditional amusement rides, a fun house, a balloon dart, pirate ship rides and more activities on Federal Street.
Besides Old Port restaurants, festival food vendors will offer a variety of ethnic options.