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  • September spectacular: Art, events, activities and sunshine on the Seacoast

    A September scene on Bass Beach in Rye, a popular spot for surfers.
    Summer and fall fill September on the Seacoast
    When summer shifts into fall, Portsmouth takes it in stride with a full calendar of fun and options to indulge in and explore. See what we missed above in the September GoPortsmouthNH calendar!  
    And remember: Should you choose a solo excursion to Portsmouth, or one with a group of foodie friends, be sure to visit our Welcome Center at 500 Market St., Portsmouth. It's open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed holidays. Plus: In Portsmouth's Market Square—the heart of it all—our Information Kiosk is staffed with knowledgeable souls seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As always, it's important to orient yourself, so please view our map of Portsmouth, the region and the HarborGuide online to see all our coast has to offer.
    Portsmouth In the Media  
    21 Best Things to Do in Portsmouth, NH Living in this historic yet vibrant city is like being on a never-ending vacation - steeped in rich history, teeming with a lively arts scene, and blessed with breathtaking natural beauty.. Examining Portsmouth's LGBTQ+ history Downtown walking tour aimed at peeling back the curtain on Portsmouth’s LGBTQ+ history. 4 new live-music spaces in New Hampshire Attention theater and live music lovers! The recent debut of several live performance venues in New Hampshire, some housed in meticulously restored historic buildings, is pushing the Granite State centerstage.  
    400 years of Portsmouth, NH
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been celebrating the 400th anniversary of its settlement all year long (and it's been a blast!) The Grand Parade on June 3 was a big spectacle, as was the Aug. 15 street.life! 400 dinner—and there are so many parts of the Portsmouth community (and beyond) coming together to continue the celebration! Visit here for everything 400-related! If you remember the talented twin singers, Rick and Ron Shaw, you won't want to miss A Celebration of the Shaw Brothers Featuring Livingston Taylor & Friends! on Sept. 9. And the Sept. 30 Lantern Festival will light South Mill Pond with proceeds benefiting Seacoast Mental Health Center.
    Go 'n' Do
    On the West End, New Hampshire Theatre Project premiers a free film screening series entitled "Stories on Screen" at a 2-day End of Summer Beach Party themed event! They'll then run with Thirst for Freedom starting Sept. 22. The Rep scares up horror rock favorite Bat Boy starting Sept. 8 which runs all the way through Oct. 29 (fittingly!) Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine features The Da Vinci Code through Sept. 23 and starts up with the return of Maine sweetheart Sally Struthers in Tootsie on Sept. 28. Over at the Players' Ring Theatre on the edge of Prescott Park, look for the thriller comedy of Deathtrap from Sept. 8 through 24. And then the end of the month concludes with the romantic comedy Outside Mullingar (Ireland).
    The Seacoast has an abundance of fine beers featured at all of our local craft breweries (and one cidery—yum)! Plus: On Sept. 28, 5-7 p.m., join in Portsmouth on Tap as the Salty & Malty series spearheaded by the Portsmouth Historical Society, heads to Liars Bench Beer Co. to drink a limited-edition beer inspired by the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and participate in historical trivia and games! And, don't forget to peek at our brewery map. (Please note: North Country Hard Cider Company is now located here.)
    Best Places for Instagram-Worthy Photos
    Snap a pic of a beer garden. Any beer garden. They're all lovely in their own sudsy way. Shown is Great Rhythm Brewing Company on Portsmouth's West End. Be sure to tag #GoPortsmouthNH, and we will love you forever.  
    We probably got something decadent. Like kahlua chip showdown. And we'd do it again. Go to the spot you like. (Heck, try and Instagram them all!) Shown is the Beach Plum.
    Grab a seat on the Seacoast and be delighted in our seafood, small bites, enough for large appetites and cutting edge cocktails. Our restaurant community is guaranteed to please!  Peruse awesome options here.
    Get OUT! Portsmouth Harbor Cruises gives you narrated cruises, private cruises, all sorts of cruises! The Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. has Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tours and more! And the Gundalow Company invites you to sail aboard the Gundalow Piscataqua a traditional reproduction of the flat-bottom gundalow barges once prevalent along local waterways.  Keeping active while you explore is so very Seacoast! Want to bowl a string? Or throw an axe (safely—of course!)? Portsmouth has you covered! How about stand up paddleboarding? Check out Portsmouth Paddle Co.  Bring science alive for your child at The Seacoast Science Center, where you can explore, discover, plus on Sept. 2 and 7 they're offering an Isles of Shoals Excursion with SSC naturalists! Speaking of the sea: Be sure to visit Albacore Park. The USS Albacore is a research submarine, designed by the U.S. Navy to test experimental features used in modern submarines. (And you can tour it!) The Navy tested top-secret features that led to the high-speed silent operation used on modern U.S. submarines. Celebrate 40 years of the The Children's Museum of New Hampshire! Are we too old for Science Fridays?! Never! Keep your brain buzzing with brain-bending experiences at Monkey Mind Escape Rooms and Portsmouth Escape Room. Perfect for friends, family or a little of each. Or try out a self-guided scavenger hunt via Portsmouth Scavenger Hunts!
    Smash. Splatter and Lounge with a Vent Rooms session! This West End alternative activity space features the fun!   
    We've got it and we love to share it!
    Good news, history buffs: Historic house season is in full swing at Strawbery Banke Museum through Oct. 31! Click here for oodles of historic options! Folks wait impatiently every year to see just who will come to perform in Prescott Park as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series. This month, look for Devon Gilfillian with Ali McGuirk. Visit here for more! Just over the bridge, in Kittery, Maine, The Dance Hall's not just for dancing. It's also for POWER MONEY CAKE playing the music of Steely Dan on Sept. 9. (And we're never going back to our old school.) Local hero Dan Blakeslee celebrates the album release of "Road Hymns" with The Calabash Club on Sept. 22. 3S Artspace - With intimate live music, film, and visual art experiences for you and your family all year long. In September, Club 3S has A special edition of CLUB 3S for FAMILIES + TEENS --Taylor Swift Dance Party on Sept. 22. Heads up: You might still be able to get tickets to October's 2023 Project Upcycle Runway Event. (It's so very cool.) Art 'Round Town gallery walk, a free art walk the first Friday of every month, 5 to 8 p.m., year round. Next walks are Sept. 1 and Oct. 6. The Seacoast African American Cultural Center's mission is to celebrate the lives and achievements of black people with emphasis on the unique story of African Americans in the Seacoast. It features The Sum of Us by nationally renowned artist Richard Haynes, Jr. through Oct. 14. Jimmy's- Jazz, Blues and great reviews! Enjoy a rare solo performance by Stanley Jordan, and see their extensive calendar of events here. The Black Heritage Trail NH promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life in order to build more inclusive communities today. On Sept. 9, they are offering Prince Whipple and the 1779 Petition. The Music Hall  offers music, comedy, movies and more in its gorgeous historic theater where you can see Telluride by the Sea-- a weekend of the best cinema Sept. 15-17. Also: The Music Hall Lounge, is their cozy venue that opened in July 2022, where you can witness Cardiac surgeon-turned-comedian Bassem Youssef on Sept. 28 and 29. MONA - Museum of New Art This exciting new museum is now exhibiting HORIZONS Thomas Cowgill • Grant Drumheller • Carl Austin Hyatt • Lisa Noonis • Cheryle St. Onge • Christopher Volpe in partnership with Portsmouth NH 400 through Sept. 4. Happy 10-year anniversary to Portsmouth Book & Bar. It's got books, a bar and an all ages Evening with Elroy on Sept. 22.  The Press Room - For more than four decades, 77 Daniel St. has been a great spot for a night out with friends, and a terrific place to get your live music—or DJ—fix. From jazz nights to emo nights, they sort of have it all. Look for Swingin' at the Press Room on Sept. 10.
    Explore more on our September calendar!

    Click here to see lodging specials in our inns, B&Bs and hotels. 

    Pick up a little something for yourself, or your special someone, from scores of Seacoast retailers!  We encourage you to reach out directly for details on their offerings.

    Get all the insights you need to plan your getaway – whether for the day or a staycation – at www.GoPortsmouthNH.com

    Access Navigators provides accessibility guides in towns throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts to help people with mobility challenges to stay engaged in the community. Click here to explore new things to do! 
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