Wednesday May 22, 2013 | 06:32 PM
Posted by In the City

For many Portlanders the annual Old Port Festival is the official kickoff for summer. So get ready for the best season of the year to arrive on Sunday, June 9 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

This year's fest is the 40th and Portland's Downtown District has pulled together an event that boasts six stages of musical entertainment, Maine-made arts and crafts, food and drink and plenty to keep the kids busy.

As always, the parade down Exchange Street gets things started at 11 a.m.

After that you can wander the Old Port and eat, listen and explore to your heart's content. The eating will come thanks to festival vendors and local restaurant owners. The listening is thanks to the many local groups sponsoring musical stages.

Here's a look at who will be playing:

Dispatch Magazine - Federal & Exchange Streets
12 pm: Acoustic - Trey Ewald
12:20 pm: Northern Lands
1:15 pm: Fancy Reagan
2:10 pm: Acoustic - Trey Ewald
2:30 pm: Sparks the Rescue
3:25 pm: Amy Allen
4:15 pm: Evers Webb Band

WCLZ 98.9 - Fore and Sliver Streets
12 pm: Maine Marimba Ensemble
1 pm: Sha Sha Sha
2 pm: The Pete Kilpatrick Band
3 pm: Charlie Mars
4 pm: Enter The Haggis

The Coast 93.1 - Middle and Pearl Streets
12 pm: Hello Wewman
1 pm: Amy Allen
2 pm: Sara Skinner
3 pm: Matt Hires
4 pm: Vicci Martinez

WPOR 101.9 - Union and Middle Streets
12 pm: North of Nashville
1:15 pm: Morgan Frazier
2:30 pm: Chris Stapleton
3:45 pm: Eric Paslay

Maine Academy of Modern Music - Dana Street
12 pm: Simple Burden, Rupture The Fish, Beware of Pedestrians
1:30 pm: Illegal Eagle, Emergency Sirens (Kids Rock)
2 pm: Metal Sideburns, Yard Sail (Girls Rock)
2:30 pm: Guilty Bystander, Battle Taxi, Jake Marcus Stryker (Teen Rock)
4 pm: Local Jane, The Practice (Adult Rock)

Bull Feeney's Irish Music Stage presented by Smithwick's Irish Ale - Moulton Street
12 pm: Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps
12:30 pm: The Milliners
1:30 pm: Rum Riot
2:30 pm: The Squid Jiggers
3:30 pm: The Pubcrawlers

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