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Saturday, June 1 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Presented by Avery Insurance

Chowder Festival remains a FREE event for Festival season passholders, but tickets in advance are required for everyone who will be sampling chowder. Email Events@PrescottPark.org to get your code and see below for ticket details. 


Severe Weather Date: Sunday, June 2, 2024

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It’s BACK!

The 97.5 WOKQ Chowder Festival Summer Kick-off, presented by Avery Insurance, returns to Prescott Park Arts Festival for its 37th year. Held on the first Saturday of June, this staple of summer in Portsmouth, NH offers even more this year as it kicks-off festivities for Prescott Park Arts Festival’s 50th Anniversary Season!

Join in the fun of the Chowder Festival with some of your favorite local restaurants serving-up mouthwatering chowder in Prescott Park. Check out the complimentary live music, kid-friendly activities, and grab an ice cream from the Prop.

This community event is always a great time from 11:30 am until the chowder runs out. Get your Chowder Festival tickets now. The Summer Kick-Off side of the park is free and open to all. 

Chowder Festival Tickets are $20 per person and FREE for season pass holders, but you must reserve tickets! Get your season passes now for a fun-filled summer with the Arts Festival.  Already a pass holder and want to reserve your tickets for Chowder Fest? Just email us for your unique code! Events@PrescottPark.org

NEW IN 2024! Pre-order a farm fresh oyster on the half-shell from Virgin Oyster Company who will be shucking delicious oysters in the park all day.










Photos by LJ Elitharp, 2023 Chowder Festival

This taste-testing affair has become a New England institution for chowder lovers in the tri-state region. An impeccable roster of amazing restaurants throughout the seacoast join us to introduce their delicious chowder recipes to compete for the Best Chowder title and to take home the Golden Ladle! Recipes in the past have included Smoked Scallop Chowder, Manhattan Chowder, Vegetarian Chowder, Corn Chowder and Spicy Seafood Chowder. We can’t wait to see what they come up with this year! 

Chowder not your thing or just want to hang out after? We have plenty of space for you to enjoy family friendly fun in the park. Best part – the Park is always free and open to all. We are planning lots of fun and exciting entertainment for the whole fam like a tie-dying station; giant lawn games like connect four, corn hole, and jenga; face painting. We will also offer complimentary live music featuring local talent and a fun raffle with some incredible prizes. People can grab delicious favorites like ice cream, fresh squeezed lemonade, hush puppies, and more from The Prop, the onsite kitchen and concessions stand. 


Get Tickets to the Chowder Festival


Who will win the Golden Ladle this year?

Judges for Judges’ Choice: 

Well-known NH Chef, Bobby “the butcher” Marcotte of Tuckaway Tavern and two-time Guy’s Grocery Games Champion, plus Logan Sherwood of 97.5 WOKQ, Deaglan McEachern our own Mayor of Portsmouth, and Danielle Rice of Avery Insurance. 

Featuring Jacob McCurdy and His Large Adult Sons on the Wilcox Main Stage

Mustachioed Mainer, Jacob McCurdy, blends Folk, Rock, and Roots into his very own brand of Indie-Americana. Love, heartbreak, joy, and the perfect moment; all pitched against the lush backdrop of honest harmony. McCurdy wears his heart on his sleeve and shares his songs with the hopes that others can heal from his past experiences and enjoy a glimpse of what the future might bring.












Severe Weather Date: Sunday, June 2, 2024