Portsmouth and the near by towns still has things to do, even during the winter.  In March, Dover puts on a St. Paddy's Run Before You Crawl 5K Road Race and Pub Crawl.  It is always the first Saturday before St. Patrick's Day.  For more information or to register, visit www.runb4ucrawl.com.  You can either participate in the 5K only, the Pub Crawl only or both!  


 Fall Festivals: The Seacoast Fringe Festival, Columbus Day Weekend. Downtown Portsmouth has its own yearly version of the international Fringe Perfomance Festival. Enjoy a spectacular cross-section of shows: music (and dancing), comedy, theater, dance, mask, a mind reader and much more in various venues throughout the downtown. Pick up a free program or check: www.seacoastfringefestival.com. Shows for all ages start at 4 pm Saturday, October 8 and run all three holiday days. All within easy walking distance. A small door charge goes 100% to the performers. See what its all about and get your Fringe on!


Summer is the best time of year to head to Portsmouth.  The weather is beautiful (see http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g46... ) for more information) and there is always a lot going on. For updated information about things going on in the area, visit http://www.portsmouthnh.com/calendar/... .  Some of the annual events visitors may be interested in seeing include:

  • Children’s Day is the first Sunday of May each year and is celebrated with parades and festivities throughout the daytime hours.  This is one of the best events in Portsmouth for families traveling together.  More information on family travel in the area is available at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g46... .
  • Chowderfest takes place at the beginning of June each year.  This event has been going on for so long that it is practically a historic event in the area.
  • Market Square Day takes place the second weekend in June of each year.  During this time, the entire downtown area is filled with both locals and visitors who enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and arts and crafts shopping.
  • SeaCoast Jazz Festival takes place each summer in Prescott Park.  For more information about this and other events in the park, visit http://www.prescottpark.org/.
  • South Berwick Strawberry Festival ( http://www.southberwickstrawberryfest... ) is an annual event in a neighboring area which should be enjoyed by everyone traveling to Portsmouth during late June.
  • Don't miss Restaurant Week in Portsmouth - with 262 restaurants, the city is a true culinary tourism destination! Visit the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce's Restaurant Week webpage for more information.