Prescott Park Arts Festival: What’s Happening

The 2019 Prescott Park Arts Festival returns with a full season of music, theater and entertainment, right in downtown Portsmouth's beautiful Prescott Park. 


WOKQ will be hosting the 35th Annual Chowder Festival again this year.
Prescott Park
Prescott Park

On the first Saturday of June every year, the Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival kicks off the summer season 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!

This event is FREE for season pass holders each year! Get your season passes HERE

This taste-testing affair has become a New England institution for chowder lovers in the tri-state region. An impeccable roster of amazing restaurants throughout the seacoast join us to introduce their mouthwatering chowder recipes to compete for the Best Chowder title and to take home the Golden Ladle!  Recipes in the past have included Smoked Scallop Chowder, Manhattan Chowder, Vegetarian Chowder, Corn Chowder and Spicy Seafood Chowder.

Music is provided courtesy of  WOKQ.  With fantastic country entertainment gracing the Wilcox Industries Main Stage all day long!

Winners of the 34th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival:

People's Choice:
1st Place - The River House Restaurant
2nd Place - 250 Market
3rd  Place - Portsmouth Brewery

Judge's Choice:
1st Place - Martingale Wharf
2nd Place - 250 Market
3rd Place - The River House Restaurant

Does your restaurant want to compete in the 35th WOKQ Chowder Festival in 2019?

For more information, contact Stanley Goodrow at


About Prescott Park Arts Festival:

Prescott Park Arts Festival celebrates its 45th season of presenting music, art, theater and dance on the banks of the Piscataqua River. Since 1974, it has successfully reached over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 productions offered at no fixed admission.

The primary objective of the Festival is to provide quality family entertainment, promote artistic excellence in the community and maintain quality presentations of both entertainment and educational events. Implicit in this charge is the exercise of cultural leadership, sensitivity to the community and fiscal responsibility.

Located on 3.5 acres in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, the arts festival has a long and rich history of successfully presenting the arts with no fixed admission. Because of this policy, many people have their first experience with a live performance at Prescott Park.

None of this is possible without the support of the many individuals and businesses in our community who join us as Members, Sponsors and Advertisers or give a donation at the gate.