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Old 06-08-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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Hey everyone, we have been here for about 10 days now - the best 10 days ever!! We have friends coming up this weekend and want to check out Market Square Day. Can anyone tell me what it is? I googled it and found vendors and some information, but would like pointers. Is it more of a party or just vendors? Do they serve alcohol? Is it too crowded?
Thanks!
Kate
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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Pro Portsmouth Incorporated: First Night, Childrens Day, Market Square Day

[SIZE=3]What is Market Square Day?[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Market Square Day was the first event produced by the non-profit,[/SIZE] Pro Portsmouth.

[SIZE=2]Created to celebrate the renovation and beautification of Downtown Portsmouth - and, in particular, Market Square - the Festival has grown in size along with the growth and popularity of Portsmouth. It is estimated that between 60,000 - 80,000 people walk through Downtown Portsmouth on that one day enjoying the entertainment, products and food offered by artists, cratfters and merchants - many from the Seacoast area.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]On average, 100+ vendor applications are approved/accepted for inclusion in the festival. Three performance stages feature local and regional musicians. The day 'kicks off' with the Market Square Day 10K Road Race. Most of Downtown Portsmouth is vehicle-free and pedestrian-friendly from 9am 'til 4pm on the second Saturday in June each year.[/SIZE]
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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Created to celebrate the renovation and beautification of downtown Portsmouth - and, in particular, Market Square - the festival has grown in size along with the growth and popularity of Portsmouth. An estimated 60,000-80,000 people will walk through downtown Portsmouth, enjoying the entertainment, products and food offered by artists, craftspeople and merchants - many from the Seacoast area.
On average, 100+ vendor applications are approved/accepted for inclusion in the festival. Three performance stages feature local and regional musicians. The day 'kicks off' with the Market Square Day 10K Road Race.



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gives parking and other hints as well
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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As newcomers to the NH seacoast, you will probably love it, and should definitely go, even if just to check it out as newer residents. After some years have gone by, you'll probably like it a little less. Parking can be an issue (plenty of shuttle buses though) Market Square Day somewhat reminds me of Yankee Homecoming Week in Newburyport MA, which has turned into a week-long celebration of sidewalk sales & food vendors, with a stage for shows. It's a giant magnet for out of town visitors and newer residents. Townies (for the most part) can take it or leave it...
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:24 PM
 
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It's fun. Yes, it's crowded (Portsmouth is small). There are vendors and all shops are open. There's some entertainment. I agree it's a particular draw for out of towners, but I would go as local if I were around that day. There's NO alcohol on the streets, sorry. Portsmouth isn't that progressive. It's more family oriented.
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