1. Take a cruise! Portsmouth boasts three companies that offer cruises of the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth Harbor and to the Isles of Shoals. Gundalow Company, Portsmouth Harbor Cruises and Isles of Shoals Steamship Company.
  2. Come out in June for Market Square Day! Locals and visitors alike come together to sample tasty local food, meet local organizations and shop at our downtown shops!
  3. Relax by the waterfront on the Decks – Portsmouth’s restaurants with outdoor seating on the Piscataqua River.
  4. Make plans to come to Portsmouth for Sail Portsmouth’s Tall Ships Festival, which brings beautifully crafted ships to dock in the City for a weekend.
  5. Settle in for the evening at the Prescott Park Arts Festival, which hosts music, movies and a play each summer in beautiful Prescott Park, located on the Piscataqua River.



  1. Show off your style at Fashion’s Night Out Portsmouth – the first Thursday in September – where everyone’s dressed for a night out and for the Fashion Show!
  2. Make your reservations for Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast, which happens every November! Enjoy a 3-course meal for only $29.95.
  3. Become a movie buff at our two movie festivals – Telluride by the Sea and the NH Film Festival!
  4. Stroll around Strawbery Banke Museum’s grounds with the family playing vintage lawn games and learning about Portsmouth’s history!
  5. Bring a spoon and an appetite for the Chili Festival! Try chili from Seacoast restaurants, and then vote for your favorite.



  1. Experience Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth with holiday shows at The Music Hall, Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke and do some skating at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond!
  2. Get your holiday shopping done at our over 100 locally owned boutique shops in downtown Portsmouth – TAX FREE!
  3. Warm up in one of our over 75 restaurants in Portsmouth, many of which have a fireplace and hot chowders/soups on the menu.
  4. Sign up for the Dog Sled Rides during our Fire & Ice Festival in February.
  5. Ring in the New Year with First Night Portsmouth on December 31st! A family-friendly day of activities including live music, ice sculpting and more!



  1. Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast comes back in April, so start thinking about where you should be making reservations!
  2. Portsmouth’s historic homes re-open in May – explore the beautiful historic treasures from our 300+ years of history.
  3. Grab a map and check out the many walking paths and forts that are located on the Seacoast, built before the Revolution to protect the Harbor!
  4. Hit the Decks! Kick off the season at our annual May event that opens the decks and waterfront dining in Portsmouth.
  5. Take a bicycle tour with Port City Bike Tours, or rent a scooter from Scoot-Me-Now and give yourself a tour of New Hampshire’s coastline!