2019 Summer Community Concert Series

Thursday evenings, 6:00-7:30 pm

Friends of the Eastern Promenade takes great pleasure in hosting and coordinating this annual family-oriented series of concerts in partnership with the City of Portland. Thanks to all our generous sponsors for their support of this beloved tradition. CONCERTS ARE FREE, but we welcome donations to support our stewardship of the Eastern Promenade.

DATE                         BAND & GENRE

JULY 2019

7.11                 Renee Coolbrith & Friends — Soulful Rock

7.18                Viva & the Reinforcements — Next Deco Jazz. “Zest of burlesque with classic standards elegantly renewed.”

7.25               Chandler's Military Band & Orchestra — Organized in 1876 and believed to be the nation's second oldest professional band in continuous service.


8.1                  King Memphis — Rockabilly. A 1950s mashup of hillbilly country twang and hopped-up soulful blues.

Sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank

8.8                 Gay Men’s Chorus — established in 1992

8.15                Truth About Daisies — Folk music from husband and wife team Doug Swift and Sheila McKinley.

8.22                Big Ass Rooster — Country, honky-tonk, twang and Western swing”

8.29                Samuel James — Award-winning songwriter and guitar player

What To Expect

People of all ages attend our concerts with lawn chairs, blankets, hula-hoops and smiles; food trucks provide an assortment of delicious local cuisine; a variety of musical genres from Maine and beyond provide sounds for everyone to enjoy while watching the sun set and the moon rise over the bay. 

Average attendance at our concerts is between 600 and 800 cheerful listeners from the surrounding community and beyond.

We look forward to another fabulous season of a variety of  live music and hope you’ll support our efforts to keep the music alive!

Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill

July 7, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Tour Begins at Fort Allen Park,  Eastern Promenade, Portland Maine 

(rain or shine) 

Each year Friends of the Eastern Promenade hosts and coordinates the Hidden Gardens of Munjoy Hill. This self-guided walking tour offers a sneak peek into a selection of private gardens within the charming seaside neighborhood adjacent to the Eastern Promenade. Friends of the Eastern Promenade adopted the tour as its own in 2010.

Portland's East End has become a sought-after neighborhood for many reasons, not least its wonderful gardens. Tour attendees come from as far away as Massachusetts and New Hampshire and attendance grows each year

Artwork by Claudia Diller,  claudiadiller.com

Artwork by Claudia Diller, claudiadiller.com

Thank you to our sponsor:  

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Annual Park Pick-Up

May 4, 2019, 9:00am to 12:00pm

This environmentally inclined effort began in 1995 and became a formal program of Friends of the Eastern Promenade in 2006. Under the organization’s direction, this program continues to grow, with satellite locations throughout Portland and adjacent cities that involve over 200 participants. In 2018 we changed the name of the event from “April Stools Day” to “Annual Park Pickup.”

In addition to our hands-on clean up of parks, beaches and neighborhoods, we educate participants on the importance of proper disposal of all waste. In past years our cleanup effort has included the following areas in Portland and surrounding neighborhoods: Eastern Promenade Park, East End Beach, Fort Allen Park and trail, Loring Memorial trail & Ocean Avenue Dog Park.

Join your community and help clean up the park and neighborhood of rubbish, refuse and doggie doo.