Press Room

77 Daniels Street, Portsmouth, NH  603-431-5186 https://pressroomnh.com The Press Room is back!  Two years in the making, the new Press Room “upstairs” is reopened and offering food, drinks and live music once again—hoorah!.  For the past 40 years this venerable institution has offered the best in live entertainment and has Read more…

The Thirsty Moose Pub

On the Friday evening before the Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, It has been our tradition to meet and participate in the Celtic/Maritime open session that has historically taken place at the Press Room, Portsmouth’s legendary venue for both traditional and contemporary music.  This year, as she did last year, due to ongoing Read more…

Portsmouth Gas Light Co.

We have ventured for a first time to the realm of the Night Club, and we could not imagine a better venue for one of our two Saturday afternoon open sings.  The Gas Light Night Club is located on the third floor directly above the restaurant of the same name.  The room Read more…

John Paul Jones House

The Portsmouth Maritime Festival connection with the John Paul Jones House is a natural.  What better place to present traditional maritime music than under the spreading branches of the resident maple tree that shades the front lawn of the house where in 1781 resided the father of the United States Read more…

Book and Bar

Book & Bar The ideal place to host our performers with an intimate space and excellent acoustics.The Book & Bar is located on 40 Pleasant Street and offers, used books, espresso, great food, craft beers, live music, readings, all in a beautiful and intimate setting. This restored Custom House is Read more…

Portsmouth Athenaeum

We do so love each of the handsome venues that are a part of our annual Festival, but one could argue that the Jewell in the Crown among our performance spaces is the spectacular downstairs reading room at the Portsmouth Athenaeum.  We encourage our attendees to visit this marvelous room Read more…

Clip Joint

Among the most ancient of gathering places is the barber shop (go ask Socrates), and Portsmouth’s famous Clip Joint is the quintessential Barber Shop!  Since 2016, much to the delight of all, Festival musicians and fans have been welcomed into this unique performance space.  This venue is worth a visit—come, Read more…

Anchor Line

Anchor Line Another intimate performing space graciously provided by the staff is the Anchor Line on 40 Pleasant Streets, in the historic center of Portsmouth. Anchor Line is a well-established video production company helping clients tell their stories through broadcast commercials, business videos, in-stores, industrials, animations, and 360° videos. ♿ Read more…