This is quite a big deal ’round these parts especially since within our 18 miles of coastline, Portsmouth is known as “the restaurant capital of New England” so our other seacoast restaurants have a hard act to follow. Suffice it to say, you can expect some pretty good food!
They close off Ocean Boulevard to traffic for this event so shuttles are provided from park-and-ride locations shown on their website (see below).
This year’s Seafood Festival is going to feature over 50 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants. It’s all under tents which you can see in the photo so you see the magnitude, but you just wander through and order a bit of this, a bit of that which really gets you some variety.
There is also continuous entertainment plus vendors doing sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, a beer tent, even a lobster eating contest which you may find way more fun to watch than to attempt, and interesting Culinary Chef Demonstrations.
As for the entertainment, it’s live music on two stages and includes performances by The Spaceheaters who open the festival on Friday, September 6 at 1PM. The popular Jason Spooner Band will appear that evening and on Sunday, September 9 we can see American Idol finalist Alex Preston. Hampton Beach puts on a pretty spectacular Fireworks Display and for this event there will even be a skydiving exhibition. There’s just so much more, you’ll find it helpful just to see their whole shebang of choices yourself. From that link you can navigate to parking instructions, etc.
The hours each day are Friday 1pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 9am-6pm. Adult admission prices are Friday $5.00, Saturday $10.00 and Sunday $8.00 and a portion of the event’s proceeds support the charities of the Knights of Columbus.