How it Works + FAQS: Let us take the guesswork out of planning your visit!
Inclement weather can be very dangerous to outside events (metal scaffolding, slippery surfaces, electrical sound system and microphones) and occasionally we have to cancel a show. We try to hold off cancelling an event until the last minute so that you can enjoy EVERY performance we have scheduled, but the weather is beyond our control. When we have to cancel an event, we will post a notice on the homepage of our web site, as well as record a voice message on our phone system (603.436.2848). Please call or check the website before coming down for an event.
Because many of our performers are only here for one night only, we often will shift their performances to a nearby location. In this case, the rain venue is posted on our website, on our phone message, and on an onstage sign.
Please note that all table/blanket reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable, but in the event of cancellation, may be transferred to an alternate date.
Boy, does Portsmouth have some great dining options for you! From breakfast to dinner, there are all flavors and options available. Enjoy great food in Prescott Park from our onsite restaurant, The Prop. You are also welcome to bring your own food and refreshments (no alcohol is allowed, as it is a public park owned by the city).
Picnics and coolers are allowed and encouraged, as long as you help us keep the Park clean when you’re done. We also have some great food options in the Park. Additionally, you’ll find that our own concessions booth in the park offers lots of tasty snacks like hotdogs, popcorn, candy, drinks and more! Just remember, no alcohol in the Park, please.
Publically available docking space is available at Prescott Park on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth. Reservations are possible. The dock is governed by city ordinance. The dockmasters monitor VHF Channel 09, and notice of arrivals is requested. For detailed information, please visit http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/prescottpark/docks.htm
The Park and The Festival
Prescott Park was created and has been maintained by the terms of the last will and testament of Josie F. Prescott, a lifelong resident of the City of Portsmouth. It was her wish that a public park, free and accessible to all, be established along the Portsmouth waterfront replacing what had become a run-down industrial area of Portsmouth.
Stretching along the Piscataqua River from lower State Street to Mechanic Street are over ten acres of flower gardens, walkways, seating, docking and grass areas all designed for public use and recreation. In the summer a “trial garden” is planted with over 500 flower varieties. There is a “formal garden” featuring trees and the sense of a park-within-a-park. In addition there are fountains, tree lined walkways, a flower wall and a separate rose garden for the public to view.
During the summer months, the Prescott Park Arts Festival organization is granted the rights to showcase artistic venues of music, theater and art in Prescott Park for all to enjoy.
While you are free to bring your own lawn chair or blanket, tables and chairs are available to rent in our premium seating sections.
VIP tables are located on the B2W VIP Seating Area in the stage center area and have a direct view of the events. As our events have large crowds, VIP tables are ready and waiting for you and allow you to avoid searching for a good spot to watch our shows. Tables seat four maximum per City of Portsmouth.
Reserved blankets are located front blanket area in front of the stage. No chairs are allowed in the blanket area.
Tables/Blankets are non-refundable, but in the event of cancellation, they may be transferred.
Please note: The City of Portsmouth has mandated that unattended blankets and chairs may not be put down in Prescott Park before 3 pm, or 4 hours before the start of an event. Prior to 3pm or 4 hours before the start of an event, unattended blankets and chairs will be removed. No tarps are allowed on the lawn at any time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Additionally, if another performance is going on within this time period, we ask that you be respectful of those patrons and refrain from placing your blankets/chairs during the performance.
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There is nothing that you need to print out or bring with you to the show. When you arrive, stop by the merchandise booth and give your name. One of our ushers will take you to your reserved table. You can check in as early as 2 hours before the start of the show.
Blankets are placed in the blankets only section on the lawn, within 10-15 feet of the stage. Tables begin about 40 feet away from the stage and continue in rows going back to the raised B2W Deck.
Weddings at the Park
Prescott Park is open to weddings, but it is not Prescott Park Arts Festival that needs to be contacted. The park itself handles all wedding requests and permits. Please visit the City of Portsmouth’s Prescott Park page for more information.
Prescott Park is a public city park and is open at all hours. You are always welcome in the park. Please note: The City of Portsmouth has mandated that unattended blankets and chairs may not be put down in Prescott Park before 3 pm, or 4 hours before the start of an event. Unattended blankets and chairs will be removed. No tarps are allowed on the lawn at any time. Additionally, if another performance is going on within this time period, we ask that you be respectful of those patrons and refrain from placing your blankets/chairs during the performance.
The Festival allows you to bring your own blankets in the immediate front areas, as well as low chairs (must be touching ground). Directly behind this area is the (high) chair area. Please be mindful of the size of your chairs and blankets, as we want everyone to be able to enjoy the Festival events!
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We apologize for any inconvenience.
No. While we are accessible to ALL and don’t sell tickets, we do ask for a suggested $5-$10 donation at the gate. Please remember Prescott Park Arts Festival is a non-profit and relies on donations to operate. Every dollar donated counts towards making Prescott Park Arts Festival the best accessible, outdoor, performance venue it can be!