After much consideration and thought our committee has regretfully come to the decision that the prudent course for us to take is to cancel the 2020 Art in the Art in the Park Show & Sale so that we can protect the public, protect the public health of all who would be planning to participate as exhibitors or attendees at the show. The logistics to set up the show require significant advanced planning on the part of many individuals and organizations and in fairness to all of them it is necessary that we make this decision at this time. This decision has been held until the last possible moment in the hopes the public health situation would improve and regulations governing limitations on public gatherings might also allow for larger groups . While things are progressing forward, with 60 days until the show, it is at this time unclear they will have progressed to the point where it would be feasible or appropriate to move forward. We wish all of you good health and a good summer and we look forward to seeing all of you on August 14, 2021.


As previously stated, full refunds will be issued beginning the week of June 15th.   If you prefer to have your payment applied towards the 2021 show we can certainly do that for you as well as reserve your same spot. Please let us know by June 12th if you would like to go with this option by emailing Michele Howard at


In an effort for some portion of the 2020 show to withstand the cancellation, the Committee is awarding the Arthur Hahn Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a very deserving South Portland High School graduate.  If you would like to support the Committee’s awarding the scholarship, you can apply some of your refund towards that end.

Thank you for your understanding.

- The Art in the Park Committee



About Art in the Park

South Portland's annual Art in  the Park Show & Sale is a summer favorite of participating artists and the  public. Held on the second Saturday in August in beautiful Mill Creek Park, the  show features original art and photography by up to 170 artists, a food court, an  activity area for kids, and music in the afternoon. Admission is  free. The show opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m.

Prize winners are announced at  noon at the gazebo. Prizes range from Best in Show ($800.00) to Merit Awards  (five at $150.00 each) and include Best Photo in Show ($500.00). Six $30.00  student prizes are also awarded to South Portland High School students whose  art is exhibited in the Student Art Tent. Sponsors' Choice selections are  also announced at noon.

The Judges' Tent, with one submission by each artist in the show will not be open to the public so as to allow the artists to retrieve his/her artwork and allow it to be shown at their individual stands. The Student Art Tent, featuring art by students in South Portland schools, is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kids can make their own  artistic creations in the Kids in the Park area between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00  p.m. Facepainting is also offered.  All Kids in the Park activities are free.

The Food Court, located in the  Broadway/Ocean Street corner of the park next to Kids in the Park, features a  variety of food from hot dogs and ice cream to international cuisine. The  Food Court is open between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Art  in the Park is proud to use art by students in South Portland schools for  promotional materials for the show. Three pieces of art are chosen each year: one for the show poster, one for the show t-shirt and one for the program cover.

Costs of the show are paid for by artists' fees and donations from sponsors. All committee members are  volunteers, as are almost all show day workers. Revenues over and above  costs are used for park improvements. Past improvements have included the gazebo, the fountain, a contribution toward holiday lighting, as well as to the city's Greenbelt Walkway and the re-design of the park itself.  A new sound system was donated in 2013.

Art in the Park also awards a $1000.00 scholarship every year to a student graduating from South Portland High School who is going on to study art in college.

Upcoming Show Dates:

Art in the Park is always held on the second Saturday in August (unless  storms arise).  There is NO rain date for this event. The following are the upcoming show dates:

August 8, 2020

August 14, 2021

August 13, 2022

August 12, 2023

August 10, 2024

Kids in the Park and Shows


This year's theme has yet to be determined.  Please check back for updated information.

There will also be free arts and craft activities as well as face painting from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Food Vendors 2019:

Crepe Elizabeth

CVC Catering

South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary

Cannoli Joe's

Falafel Mafia

India Palace


Mainly Treats

Betsy's Homemade Fudge 



Open from 11am - 3pm, the food court features good things to eat ranging from sandwiches and hamburgers to ethnic cuisine to frozen treats. Located in the Broadway/Ocean Street area of the park near Kids in the Park, the food court offers tables and chairs for you to enjoy your meal, or you can relax on the grass under a tree and listen to musicians. 

The 2019 food vendors have not yet been confirmed but to give you an idea to the variety of food served last year included: CVC Catering serving pulled pork, wraps, Baked Goods, sodas and water; Falafel Mafia serving Falafel sandwiches and bowls, and flavored tea; India Palace serving Somosa, Pokora, lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, vegetable curry, soft drinks; Mainely Treats;  serving ice cream sandwiches, floats and novelties; O Oysters serving clean, fresh, full bodied, cold water oysters; and the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth serving Fried Dough, hamburgers, hot dogs, coffee, soda and water.


Every year Art in the Park gives a $1000.00 scholarship to a student graduating from South Portland High School who is going on to study art in college. Arthur Hahn, for whom the scholarship is named, was one of the founders of Art in the Park and a well-known promoter of the arts in the Greater Portland area.


Art in the Park is proud to showcase art by students in South Portland schools. The students' art will be on exhibit from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting) in the Student Tent across from the Judges' Tent.  Every year, the Committee chooses three student art works to use in promotional materials for the show: posters that are distributed throughout the community, the show t-shirtand the cover of the program. Click on the images below to see a larger version of the art and the artist(s) information. The show also exhibits works by students in the Student Art Tent. Each art teacher selects and mats works for the exhibit. The judges select six student prize winners from art by high school students exhibited at the show. In lieu of individual awards for elementary and middle school students, Art in the Park gives a $50.00 Class Award to each art teacher to supplement class supplies.

2019 Sponsors
Contact artinthepark(a) to discover our 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities
2019 Media Sponsors
2019 Kids in the Park and Face Painting Sponsor
2019 T-Shirt Sponsor
2019 Best in Show Sponsor
2019 Webpage Sponsor
2019 Art Class Awards
2019 Entertainment Sponsors
2019 Student Award Sponsor
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