Around the Region Discounts and Activities

2019 Archive below. This page will soon be updates for 2023.

While we wish everyone could join us on site at Strawbery Banke for Riverfest, we want to celebrate the entire region. We invite you to offer a program or discount at your own location.

Become an AROUND THE REGION PARTNER for the Piscataqua River Festival and offer a special at your own location for festival attendees on June 4th.  All Around the Region Partners will be listed in our program and on our website and we will encourage our attendees to come visit you!

All we ask is that you mention the festival to your own list (social media, email, flyer in your location) or do something to help promote the festival, and send us a number of participants after the festival to help us track and plan.

Here’s how it works:

  • Select an offer/discount/etc. you would like to offer at your own location that is ONLY valid for folks who have purchased a River Festival Ticket ONLY on the festival day.  Offers and discounts should be on items that related to maritime heritage, the environment, or the region. Suggestions include:
    • Discount on related food items such as $1 oysters or 10% off seafood entrée
    • 25% off maritime themed art
    • Free admission to your museum (or 50% off)
    • Be creative!
  • Fill out the AROUND THE REGION PARTNERS FORM and wait for approval for your discount from the Gundalow Company
  • Your business/organization will then be listed in our program and on our website and may be featured in marketing and social media promotion. We ask that in return you also share something about the Festival.
  • If you are interested in advertisement space in the program, please see our information page
  • On the day of the festival (June 4th) offer the discount to anyone with a proof a purchase of a festival ticket. If you are offering a program you can do this to anyone regardless of the ticket purchase.
  • Let us know how it went!  We’ll send around a brief survey after the event to check in and would love to get a head count

There is no fee to be an AROUND THE REGION PARTNER, but the Gundalow Company reserves the right to decline marketing offers that are not near enough to our region, related to our theme, or offers of too low value (e.g. low percentage off). We are excited to celebrate the maritime heritage and environment of the entire region.

All requests must be received by April 15th to be included in the program.

Please email questions to or call us at 603.433.9505


The following discounts are good only to Piscataqua Riverfest Ticket Holders. Activities are free or open only to Piscataqua Riverfest Ticket Holders.


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

NH Children’s Museum

1/2 off Tickets valid – June 1st

Seacoast Science Center

Free kids pass with a paying adult – valid June 1 – August 31

Portsmouth Public Library

Youth Boat Building Challenge and Race! FREE
June 1, 1 – 3 PM at Portsmouth Public Library
Youth of all ages are invited to build a boat! We will start by learning a little bit about the science behind boats and racing and then put that knowledge to use in a building activity! Everyone will have a chance to design a model boat with materials provided, and then we will race our boats in water!

Exhibit: Captain Adams’ Carvings FREE Captain Edward H. Adams began carving as a child, and started modelling his first scale gundalow in 1882. He completed it in 1886 and spent decades hauling freight and navigating the Piscataqua. Adams was a skilled builder and artist who completed his last gundalow, the Driftwood, in 1950 with his son and business partner Edward Cass Adams. Portsmouth Public Library will display their phenomenal collection of Adams’ work, representing over ninety years of wildlife and ship carvings, documenting the life of the Piscataqua, from late May to mid-June.

NH Art Association

Participants of the New Hampshire Art Association’s Plein Air and Photography Special Interest Groups will be painting and photographing on Pierce Island, Four tree Island, Prescott Park and New Castle on June 1st. Observe the painters with brush in hand or see the photographers angling for the best shot as they capture the essence of the Piscataqua. 

The artist members will be selling these finished pieces and more at the Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in, “Currents”, the summer exhibition, June 5th – 30th, 136 State Street, Portsmouth.  Opening Reception:  June 7th, 5-8:00pm.

Esther’s Marina

Bring your ticket and get $5.00 off of your kayak paddle on the day of the event.

Port City Bike Tours

$5 off an all inclusive guided bike tour

Sagamore Creek Clean Up

Join the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper for an annual kayak clean up of Sagamore Creek.

Friday, May 31, 2019 – 9:00am to 12:00pm leaving from
Portsmouth Kayak Adventures See map 187 Wentworth Rd Portsmouth, NH 03801

Bring your own kayak, work gloves, and safety equipment, and be prepared to get wet and muddy. Participants should know how to paddle and be comfortable in the water. This is a weather-dependent event so please RSVP to Updates will also be posted on the Facebook site “Save the Great Bay – Piscataqua Estuary”. This event is co-sponsored by The Society for the Protection of NH Forests and Portsmouth Kayak Adventures.

Albacore Museum

Albacore Park will feature crewmen who served on board the USS Albacore Submarine while they tell their “Stories Around the Scope.”  Witnesses to Albacore’s Coming Home in 1985 will inform visitors of the difficulties encountered that day and the thousands of people who lined up to watch a submarine coming up the river escorted by tugboats.   Executive Director, Patricia Violette will deliver short talks and a photo gallery on the moving of Albacore up the Piscataqua River, and their new Museum Exhibit, “Portsmouth Built Submarines” will be unveiled to the public.  “We have so much going on at Albacore Park this summer,” said Executive Director, Patricia Violette.  “The weekly crewmen talks are always on the top of our list.  These submariners put their whole heart and soul into Albacore.  Everyone should hear their stories.”

Blue Ocean Society: World Oceans Week

The Piscataqua Riverfest is just the start to a week of festivities in the area celebrating World Oceans Week. Join the Blue Ocean Society all week long at a series of clean up events.

Visit Their website for a complete list of clean up locations and details.

Surfrider: Post Festival Clean Up

Join volunteers from the NH Surfrider Foundation for an after-festival clean up event. Surfrider will provide cleanup materials and you can help leave the grounds and riverfront cleaner than how we found them.

Great Bay Discovery Center

The Great Bay Discovery Center we will be offering a Critter Dinner (staff feed animals in the touch tank) at 1 pm, also scavenger hunts with prizes for kids and view our live osprey cam inside the discovery center or out on the boardwalk where visitors can see the real nest!  At high tide the horseshoe crabs should be on shore at the boat ramp and volunteers in the center will teach visitors all about this amazing “living fossil”!

Please email questions to or call us at 603.433.9505