Around the Region Discounts and Activities

The following discounts are good only to Piscataqua Riverfest Ticket Holders. Activities are free or open only to Piscataqua Riverfest Ticket Holders.

This is the 2019 schedule – check back for updates with the 2020 schedule


On the first Saturday of June every year, the Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival kicks off our summer season here at Prescott Park Arts Festival. A staple of summer in Portsmouth, NH with dozens of restaurants worth of piping hot chowder recipes to enjoy, live music and refreshing drinks. This event is always an incredibly great time from 11:30 am until the chowder runs out!

NH Children’s Museum

1/2 off Tickets valid – June 1st

Seacoast Science Center

Free kids pass with a paying adult – valid June 1 – August 31

Portsmouth Public Library

Youth Boat Building Challenge and Race! FREE
June 1, 1 – 3 PM at Portsmouth Public Library
Youth of all ages are invited to build a boat! We will start by learning a little bit about the science behind boats and racing and then put that knowledge to use in a building activity! Everyone will have a chance to design a model boat with materials provided, and then we will race our boats in water!

Exhibit: Captain Adams’ Carvings FREE Captain Edward H. Adams began carving as a child, and started modelling his first scale gundalow in 1882. He completed it in 1886 and spent decades hauling freight and navigating the Piscataqua. Adams was a skilled builder and artist who completed his last gundalow, the Driftwood, in 1950 with his son and business partner Edward Cass Adams. Portsmouth Public Library will display their phenomenal collection of Adams’ work, representing over ninety years of wildlife and ship carvings, documenting the life of the Piscataqua, from late May to mid-June.

NH Art Association

Participants of the New Hampshire Art Association’s Plein Air and Photography Special Interest Groups will be painting and photographing on Pierce Island, Four tree Island, Prescott Park and New Castle on June 1st. Observe the painters with brush in hand or see the photographers angling for the best shot as they capture the essence of the Piscataqua. 

The artist members will be selling these finished pieces and more at the Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in, “Currents”, the summer exhibition, June 5th – 30th, 136 State Street, Portsmouth.  Opening Reception:  June 7th, 5-8:00pm.

Esther’s Marina

Bring your ticket and get $5.00 off of your kayak paddle on the day of the event.

Port City Bike Tours

$5 off an all inclusive guided bike tour

Sagamore Creek Clean Up

Join the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper for an annual kayak clean up of Sagamore Creek.

Friday, May 31, 2019 – 9:00am to 12:00pm leaving from
Portsmouth Kayak Adventures See map 187 Wentworth Rd Portsmouth, NH 03801

Bring your own kayak, work gloves, and safety equipment, and be prepared to get wet and muddy. Participants should know how to paddle and be comfortable in the water. This is a weather-dependent event so please RSVP to Updates will also be posted on the Facebook site “Save the Great Bay – Piscataqua Estuary”. This event is co-sponsored by The Society for the Protection of NH Forests and Portsmouth Kayak Adventures.

Albacore Museum

Albacore Park will feature crewmen who served on board the USS Albacore Submarine while they tell their “Stories Around the Scope.”  Witnesses to Albacore’s Coming Home in 1985 will inform visitors of the difficulties encountered that day and the thousands of people who lined up to watch a submarine coming up the river escorted by tugboats.   Executive Director, Patricia Violette will deliver short talks and a photo gallery on the moving of Albacore up the Piscataqua River, and their new Museum Exhibit, “Portsmouth Built Submarines” will be unveiled to the public.  “We have so much going on at Albacore Park this summer,” said Executive Director, Patricia Violette.  “The weekly crewmen talks are always on the top of our list.  These submariners put their whole heart and soul into Albacore.  Everyone should hear their stories.”

Blue Ocean Society: World Oceans Week

The Piscataqua Riverfest is just the start to a week of festivities in the area celebrating World Oceans Week. Join the Blue Ocean Society all week long at a series of clean up events.

Visit Their website for a complete list of clean up locations and details.

Surfrider: Post Festival Clean Up

Join volunteers from the NH Surfrider Foundation for an after-festival clean up event. Surfrider will provide cleanup materials and you can help leave the grounds and riverfront cleaner than how we found them.

Great Bay Discovery Center

The Great Bay Discovery Center we will be offering a Critter Dinner (staff feed animals in the touch tank) at 1 pm, also scavenger hunts with prizes for kids and view our live osprey cam inside the discovery center or out on the boardwalk where visitors can see the real nest!  At high tide the horseshoe crabs should be on shore at the boat ramp and volunteers in the center will teach visitors all about this amazing “living fossil”!

Please email questions to or call us at 603.433.9505