We Are Pro Portsmouth

Over the years, we’ve experienced both the highs, and lows with our friends and family in Portsmouth, the Seacoast, and beyond. This year in particular, I've been reminded of the challenges we faced with Y2K, 9/11, the recession, and the Boston Marathon bombing. We always found a way to join together, and rise up.

To the volunteers, musicians and performers who would have joined us today (and during the event year), we miss you, and we wish you strength and good health in the new year.

To all who would have attended First Night (Market Square Day, Children’s Day, Summer in the Street…), we hope that we’ll all be able to gather together in 2021.

To the sponsors and donors who support the production of our programs, thank you. We hope that, together, we can once again bring the joy of our events to Market Square in 2021.

We are grateful for health care and front line workers, first responders, and all who keep us safe. Thank you.

As we look to a new year, may we all find our way to happiness, success, and kindness. Together, we'll rise up.

- Barbara Massar, Executive Director

Children's Day

Sunday, May 2nd

MSD 10K Road Race

Saturday, June 12th

Summer in the Street

Market Square Day

Saturday, June 12th

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Pro Portsmouth Events at a Glance

On December 31st, First Night® Portsmouth says farewell to the old and rings in the New Year.

Featuring fireworks, ice sculpture and a diverse offering of music and dance, FNP has become a destination event for locals and visitors alike.

On the first Sunday in May, Portsmouth is taken over by thousands of children!

Hoola hoop contests, crafts, great performances - all in the Downtown area. Just follow the map from A-Z and have a great time...




Market Square Day is a street festival, a road race and a concert..always on the second Saturday in June.

Originally created in 1978 to celebrate the "new" Market Square, the event is now considered the official start of the Summer on the Seacoast.

The 2016 MSD 10K takes place on Market Square Day...that's Saturday, June 11th. The 10K Road Race kicks off Market Square Day with a 9am start!
The Start Line is in Market Square - from that point, 2,000 runners and competitive walkers make their way 'round town finishing at Historic Strawbery Banke.


Summer in the Street is a six week series, filled with music, dance and theatre, all in the heart of Downtown Portsmouth. Bring a chair and enjoy the diverse talents of Seacoast performers.

The fun begins on Saturday, June 25th and takes place each Saturday evening through July 30th..


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