SpringFest 2023
SpringFest 2023 activities start in May, and the finale weekend with featured events is May 19-20 in South Portland's downtown Mill Creek-Knightville area.

SpringFest is dedicated to elevating the art of having fun while bringing everyone together to get involved in the community and encourage connections between more people and cultures. Participation is free to everyone. It's a partnership between South Portland - Cape Elizabeth Rotary and the City of South Portland and generously supported by Bath Savings Bank, Hannaford, DiMillos On the Water, Port Harbor Marine, Gorham Savings Bank, M&T Bank, Bangor Savings Bank, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, and more than thirty area businesses

100% of event proceeds benefit area non-profit agencies and organizations focused on food security, community building, senior citizen projects, youth services, behavioral health, veterans needs, safe and stable housing, and community service projects.

Please visit the official SpringFest webpage www.SPspringfest.com for all event details. 


  • Reading Gnomes
    Mid-April through SpringFest
    The Reading Gnomes program is multi-dimensional, including reading, crafts, activities, storywalks, and is organized in conjunction with and hosted by the South Portland and Cape Elizabeth Public Libraries and the Cape Mother’s Kindness group. Details will be released soon!
  • Gnome-Week Discovery Search
    May 12 to 19
    For all ages, search for and discover gnomes hidden at local businesses. During the week leading up to SpringFest, participants will search for the gnomes and document their discovery using the EVENTZEE smartphone APP. Prizes will be awarded in various categories at SpringFest ’23.

Pre-registration is required to receive clues. To pre-register, download EVENTZEE for Apple or Android.
Follow the instructions to create an account and enter the event code – 
Apple: https://frzt.us/EventzeeiOS 
Google Play: https://frzt.us/EventzeeAndroid



Gnomes @ Knight Street Party in Thomas Knight Park
Friday, May 19, 7 p.m. start 

Whimsical, fun and safe evening street festival with games, crafts, live marching band, DJ, dancing, and food trucks.

SpringFest in Mill Creek Park
Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Gnome Home Village Community Art Project
    Together, let's construct the "World's Largest Gnome Village." In the weeks leading up to SpringFest '23, build kits will be available at various locations throughout the city and onsite the day of the festival. In addition, to using the materials provided, natural materials found in the backyard or the woods will be encouraged. The Village will be created in the park's Ocean Street/Broadway corner. Prizes will be awarded for creativity and originality.
  • Gnome Gazebo Entertainment
    Welcome remarks at 11:00 am followed by a KindKids Music Concert. COAST 93.1 radio (https://coast931.com/) will be broadcasting on-site from the Gazebo from 12:00-2:00

Activate an account by choosing cornhole, player profile, create account. Return to the home screen and choose Find a Tournament, Enter "SpringFest," and select SpringFest 23 Best-in-Gnome @ Mill Creek, follow the prompts to register.

  • Little Gnomes Play Area
    Activities for children including face painting, Score-O, Touch-a-Truck, gnome drawing table, Gnome StoryWalk, Gnome photo booth, Sports Mascots, Touch-a-Truck and free hot dogs & popcorn.
  • Gnome Depot Maker Faire
    Come visit an array of Gnome-themed craft vendors who will be selling their gnome-themed creations!
  • Get to Gnome Us 
    Meet and get to know local non-profits and service organizations.
  • Gnome Eats and Treats (Food trucks!)
    Bring the neighborhood! Enjoy Gnome-trEATS from a variety of local food trucks including Meet On The Street, Mainely Burgers, Mainely Treats & Falafel Mafia.

SpringFest Events at South Portland Recreation Center
  • GnomeSport Junior Celtics Academy
    May 20, 9:00-12:30, at the SP Community Center
    South Portland Community Center is hosting a FREE youth basketball clinic led by the Junior Celtics, the official youth basketball platform of the 17-Time World Champion Boston Celtics, and the Maine Celtics! The clinics teach the game of basketball in a fun, professional and energetic manner. 
    Academy pre-registration is requested, use these links:
  • Gnome-a-licious Pancake Breakfast - details coming soon!

Become involved and get in touch

  • Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Use this form to request our sponsorship deck. 
  • Interested in vending opportunities for gnome-themed items in the "Gnome Depot?" Use this form to get in touch. 
  • Interested in volunteering at SpringFest? Use this form to connect with us.  
Looking for Gnome Drive information, including gnome drop-off locations? Follow this link

Join us in letting more of our neighbors know everyone is welcome at SpringFest
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