Prescott Park Arts Festival

Above, the sun setting over a waterside Prescott Park Arts Festival Performance

One of the best reasons to visit Portsmouth is the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s 2023 summer concert series which boasts an incredibly diverse lineup with tributes, rising stars, and popular returns.  Executive Director Courtney Perkins is excited about the broad range of genres, act sizes, backgrounds, and age groups of artists catering to a broad audience.  (MAP)

Prescott Park’s series will also present a diverse range of genres including New Orleans sound (Galactic on Sunday, July 9), Jazz, Soul, R&B, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Beatles tribute, and Rock, including The Heavy Heavy on August 9.

Local talents will have the opportunity to perform as opening acts. The Labrie family, owners of the River House Restaurant, remain the main sponsor of the series.

Six concerts are guaranteed to occur during the 2023 season, rain or shine, thanks to a partnership with The Music Hall. Concerts typically start at 7 p.m. at Prescott Park. Food is available at the park, with options to order in advance from local eateries.

Advance spot reservations can be made with donations, varying by event, though donations are never mandatory to attend any event.

Reservations for The Kane Company VIP Seating Area can be made for blankets, tables for 4, and the Best Seat in the House, sponsored by Key Auto Group. Prices vary depending on the event.  Reservations and food orders may receive discounts for season pass holders, with passes starting at $120.  Food is also available at the park’s on-site concession stand, The Prop.  Read about its menu here.

For weather-related changes, check the festival’s website, Facebook page, and Instagram account. 

The 2023 Summer Mainstage Musical Theater Production is Little Shop of Horrors, running most Thursdays through Sundays from Friday, June 23 to August 13.

 For the complete schedule of the festival’s concerts, visit