Port Promenade will be held on two Thursday evenings, May 18 and June 15 from 5:00 pm to 10 pm. The street festival will take the best of Port Outdoors and add more activities and games for families to complement the shopping, live music and, of course, outdoor dining. This year the pedestrian-only section will be Main Street, Port Washington from Port Washington Blvd to Library Drive. The organizing committee is bringing in fun activities, including corn hole, kids dance party and games. Live entertainment by local musicians will be featured on 3 different stages each evening. Of course, attendees can choose from nearly 30 participating restaurants and eateries for outdoor dining.
Holly Byrne, Executive Director of the Port Washington Business Improvement District explains, “Port Outdoors brought the community together during a challenging time to support each other and our local businesses. Based on feedback, we are building on the success of the past 3 years by adding a family fun zone, 3 live music stages, corn-hole games and more. Of course, shop local and enjoy dining al fresco ON Main Street.”
Live music featuring local talent has been a mainstay for past events and this year promises to keep the tradition alive. “The Landmark on Main Street is pulling together a great line-up of bands to add to the festivities of Port Promenade. We’ll have multiple performances areas along Main Street, so we’ll really be able to showcase the musical talent of Port Washington,” says Richard Mayer, Executive Director of Landmark on Main Street.
The rebranding to “Port Promenade” harkens back to the original Port Promenade from the 1970s and 80’s. “The whole town came out for one night for the original Port Promenade. Many residents and business owners have fond memories of these years. Giving Port Outdoors a new name is a perfect blend of the much-loved event and today’s new tradition,” explains Bobbie Polay, Executive Director of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and member of the event planning committee.
The event is sponsored by Precision Work, Inc and the Port Washington BID and hosted by Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and Residents Forward. Support from the Port Washington Police Department and the Town of North Hempstead make it possible.
Getting there is easy and free to attend. Take the LIRR to Port Washington and step right into the heart of the event. Free parking is available on side streets, municipal lots and at the LIRR lot. Fees for some activities may apply. The event is rain or shine. Updates and a full schedule of events for each date and a list of participating restaurants will be posted on the Try Port First App under Events or at www.portwashingtonbid.org/port-promenade.
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