Events

The City is very proud of the numerous community events that take place here in South Portland, including:

  • Parades
  • Carnivals
  • Circuses
  • Fireworks 
  • Run/Walk/Cycle/Swim Events
  • Events in Parks
  • Neighborhood Block Parties
  • Music Festivals and Events

Any event hosted on City property (including public streets) must submit an Event Application. See below for details.

2019 Scheduled Events
Updated: May 2, 2019

May
5/4 - Maine Women's Spring Expo (Maine Mall Area)
5/18 - Mad Science of Maine (105 Main Street)
5/18 - Bug Light Kite Festival @ Bug Light Park (South Portland Historical Society)

5/27 - Memorial Day Parade @ Broadway to Mill Creek Park (War Veterans Memorial Association)
5/29 - Spring Car Show @ Bug Light (City of South Portland)

June
6/1 - South Portland American Little League (Wilkinson Field)
6/1 - Ted Hellier Lax Festival (Lacrosse Boosters) @ Wainwright
6/6 - Maine Cancer Foundation Twilight 5K (SMCC)
6/7 - Long Creek Cleanup Day (Philbrook Avenue)
6/21-6/24 - All American Lighthouse Classic @ Wainwright
6/22-6/23 - Maine Summer Adventure Race (Thomas Knight Park)
6/29-6/30 - Maineiax Lacrosse Club/The Claw Classic @ Wainwright


July
7/4 - Independence Day Classic Car Show @ Bug Light Park (South Portland Historical Society)
7/4 - 4th of July Festival and Fireworks @ Bug Light (City of South Portland)

7/9, 7/16, 7/23 (7/30 rain-date) - Bug Light Movie Series @ Bug Light (Chamber of Commerce)
7/13-7/14 - Tri for a Cure Run 
7/20 - Brews and Views 5K & Beer Festival (American Legion)
7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 - Concerts in the Park @ Mill Creek Park
7/20-7/21 - WillardFest 2019 (Willard Square)
7/21 - Porsche Show @ Bug Light (Dempsey Foundation)


August
8/7 - Concerts in the Park @ Mill Creek Park
8/10 - Art in the Park @ Mill Creek Park
8/17 - Fitness Day/Festival
8/17 - Knightville Festival
8/17 - Tri Like a Savage Triathlon (South Portland Community Center & High School)
8/24 - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Walk Like MADD 5K Dash) @ Bug Light
8/31 - 9/11 Heroes Run @ Bug Light


September
9/4 - Fall Classic Car Show (City of South Portland) @ Bug Light
9/7 - Maine Lighthouse Ride @ SMCC


Event Permits & Licenses

Residents or local groups planning an event taking place on City property (Parks, Streets, Sidewalks, Waterfront, etc) are required to submit a Special Event Application that needs to be completed and returned to the Clerks' office at least 30 days prior to the event date.  Additional licenses and permits may be required, depending upon the event.   

If any event in the City will include outdoor music, an Amplifying Permit is required.  Events hosting bingo/beano/raffles/games of chance may need to obtain a Games of Chance License.  For any event hosting food vendors, all food vendors must hold a valid City food license.  If a vendor does not hold a City food license, a Temporary Food Vendor License may be requested and issued for the event.    Per Sec. 18-7 of the City's Code of Ordinances, no alcohol may be consumed in any park, beach, pond or other recreational property owned by the City. 

Depending upon the nature and/or number of attendees, Police and/or EMS/Fire presence may be required at the expense of the event organizer.  Event applications are reviewed by Code Enforcement, Fire, Parks, Police, Public Works and the Transportation Department.   Any event requiring a street closure is required to go before City Council for approval.  

The event group, which consists of all the departments listed above, is always willing to meet with any group interested in hosting an event here in South Portland to discuss requirements.  Contact the Clerk's Office if you have questions. 

Event organizers looking to host an event (or private party, including weddings & birthday parties) in one of the City's Parks or Public Facilities are encouraged to complete a Parks & Recreation Public Facilities Use Request and to communicate with Parks & Recreation first to ensure space is available, prior to submitting an event application. Insurance is required for events occurring on City property. 

The City of South Portland is committed to keeping our public Parks & facilities clean.  Event organizers are encouraged to review the Zero Waste Guidelines and Trash and Recycling guidelines for all events held on City property.