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Countdown!! Days until PMFF 2014: Five, Four, Three, Two, One!

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 restaurants, 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.

All Ages: For our Open Sings, PMFF uses three pub venues that are also full-service restaurants, suitable for all ages. So feel free to bring your singing and non-singing kids along!

Sponsorship: 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 sixth year in a row, Portsmouth’s Celtic Crossing gift shop will be generously sponsoring our Saturday evening concert – many, many THANKS to Celtic Crossing!!
In addition, we offer a huge THANK YOU to Piscataqua Savings Bank, for this year’s sponsorship of the Market Square Main Stage!!

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

Facebook: “Like” the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival on our Facebook page.

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.

Poster Download!
2014 PMFF Poster
Click to download.
Prints 8-1/2” x 11”.

access icon Mobility Access. In order to inform our guests and visitors as to the accessibility of our many (and sometimes changing) venues, this symbol will be used on the “Schedule” page. Accessibility will be described per venue.


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 generous sponsors in 2014 include:

2014 Festival Sponsors banner The Warner House The Press Room Piscataqua Savings Bank Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden The Port Inn The Works Anchor Line Smuttynose Brewing Co. Oppenheimer & Co, Inc. RiRa Irish Pub Book & Bar Celtic Crossing Discover Portsmouth Center New Hampshire Humanities Council Portsmouth Athenaeum

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