Summer 2023 is a great time to enjoy free concerts in Portland Maine. Many of these venues are outdoors, on the waterfront.
Of course, all concerts are subject to change, such as if the weather doesn’t cooperate for something to be held outside. So always check ahead before heading out.
Waterfront concerts in Portland, Maine
One of the most popular places for a waterfront concert in Southern Maine is Thompson’s Point in Portland. It’s located on the estuary of the Fore River, which is the dividing line between Portland and its sister city to the south, South Portland.
This summer, like so many other years, Thompson’s Point hosts a sunset concert series called Summer Sunset Live. The free shows are outdoors at 4pm — letting you enjoy the sunset while enjoying the music.
Enjoy Food Trucks, Craft Brews and Spirits
Come hungry to these Portland concerts. Each one includes food trucks and libations from local brewers and distillers.
Changes due to Maine weather
The Summer Sunset Live organizers suggest you follow them on Facebook. That’s where they’ll update music lovers like you and me if there is a change in concert plans due to weather or other circumstances.
Enjoy Other Area Concerts Too!
There are some fantastic concerts within 15 minutes of Thompson Point. So, hop in the car or grab an Uber to enjoy music
Head to South Portland
Just 10 minutes south from Thompson Point you can find the concerts at Mill Creek Park. Mill Creek Park is pet friendly. Bring your pal and a blanket. Then, stop by a local restaurant along the way to grab a picnic dinner and take in the view of the pond.
Enjoy Valee the Square Concert Series
Go 15 minutes west to downtown Westbrook and you will find the Valee Square Concert Series. These concerts feature local tribute bands as well as original music on Friday evenings throughout the summer.
The headline acts start at 7. Show up early to see youth musicians take the stage at 6 pm.
Concerts at Fort Williams Park
Don’t forget to check out the waterfront concerts at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.
Concerts within an Hour of Portland
Most local fairs and festivals offer musical entertainment as well. Many are free. Others charges a modest fee to enter the event, but offer free music once you are in. If you are looking to spend a whole day outdoors while enjoying fair activities as well as great bands (The Fryeburg Fair, for example, is hosting the Marshal Tucker Band, among others, this year), a fair or festival might be a great option.