Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

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19th-c. sailors dancing on deck

The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival presents traditional American and English folk music. Since the autumn of 2000, we have celebrated our local and national heritage of seafaring and maritime trades by taking nautical songs and music to the pubs, cafés, churches and streets of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The festival is held on the last weekend in September, with free events both Saturday and Sunday.

Our 14th annual festival was a wonderful celebration of folk music, maritime history, and the classic Age of Sail! We look forward to more good times and great music ahead. The 15th annual festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

The Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival is funded exclusively by donations from local friends, businesses and companies and from fans of maritime music from all over. For the fifth year in a row, Portsmouth’s Celtic Crossing gift shop generously sponsored our Saturday evening concert – many, many THANKS to Celtic Crossing!!

More about us!

Great press from Foster’s: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

Portsmouth Herald: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013

Portsmouth Patch: 2011, 2012

The Wire: 2011

Rye Reflections: September 2008, September 2010

YouTubes: 2009: Andy Kenna, 2010: Saturday, D. Coffin-1, D. Coffin-2, D. & L. Coffin, GBS, Mudhook-1, Mudhook-2, Mudhook-3, Ken Sweeney, Three Sheets, 2011: GBS-1, GBS-2, Mudhook, Roving Shantying, Knockabout-1, Knockabout-2, 2012: RiRa, 2013: Mudhook, Ian Robb

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Mailing List: If you would like to receive announcements regarding Festival news, and a reminder about the fest as the time draws near, add your name to our mailing list here: PMFF Mailing List.

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Where are we? View a map of Market Square, Portsmouth, NH, 03801
Don’t get ticketed! Check the City of Portsmouth parking map and information.
Looking for lodging or other tourist information? Try this site.
View the proceedings in Market Square using this web cam.

Please support those who support us! Our 2013 generous sponsors included:

2010 Festival Sponsors banner The Warner House The Press Room RiRa Irish Pub New Hampshire Humanities Council Piscataqua Savings Bank The Port Inn The Works Discover Portsmouth Center Allegra Print & Imaging Smuttynose Brewing Co. Oppenheimer & Co, Inc. Celtic Crossing The Rusty Hammer Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden Portsmouth Athenaeum

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