The Depot Pavilion + Concessions at Thompson’s Point is a waterfront, outdoor venue with a scalable capacity of 3,000-8,000 on the southern tip of the Thompson’s Point peninsula. Anchored by the restored Union Station platform shed that was saved from demolition and moved to Thompson’s Point in the late 1960s, the venue is home to the State Theatre Summer Concert Series, as well as a range of regular programming offerings featuring food trucks and outdoor entertainment, festivals, and more.
The State Theatre (www.statetheatreportland.com) serves as the exclusive live music promoter for Thompson’s Point
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Thompson’s Point is an ALL AGES venue. Children 3 and under are free.
There are no refunds or exchanges on any tickets on any events unless an event is cancelled or postponed.
BOX OFFICE / CREDIT CARDS
While cash is king, we DO accept credit cards at the box office located right next to the entrance gates. Cash and Credit Cards are also accepted for concessions in the venue. There are ATMs on site.
PLEASE NOTE: There is onsite parking for a limited number of cars. Advance onsite parking is available to purchase online through Ticketmaster for $20 per vehicle. If available day of show, parking will be $30 (CASH ONLY) upon entrance to site. Please call (207) 956-6000 for more info.
CLICK HERE to purchase parking online in advance.
Don’t want to take your car to the show? METRO Greater Portland Transit District bus provides nine safe, efficient, and reliable routes throughout the greater Portland region. Check out our Public Transportation section below for more information.
Portland has a lot of great hotels, but our advice is to book as early as you can as hotels book up quickly in the summer! CLICK HERE for a google map of hotels.
There will be no re-entry once your ticket has been scanned.
There will be plenty of food available. We have hand-picked some of the best food trucks and vendors in Maine to fulfill any craving. New this year, we also allow you to bring in food in small soft sided coolers.
We are proud to serve a variety of draft beer selections from both local and national brands, as well as a gluten free alcohol option, throughout the concert at our main concessions area under “The Depot”. Please remember – if you are 21+ and plan on enjoying an alcoholic beverage, don’t forget your government issued ID.
We will be providing ATMs on site… just in case that first visit to the food truck wasn’t enough, or you need to get that extra t-shirt for a friend.
There is a strict no-smoking policy at Thompson’s Point.
ADA seating will be made available by request when you arrive at Thompson’s Point.
Parking is available for guests with disabilities including a drop-off location near the entrance. Van accessible parking spaces are located near the entrance. These spaces are well-marked and are monitored by our staff. Please remember that all vehicles must display state-issued accessible parking tags or placards to park in these spaces.The entrance to the venue is at street level. There are no steps or ramps to maneuver in and out of the entrances.
For more information on ADA seating at Thompson’s Point, please call the State Theatre at 1-207-956-6000.
BE PREPARED FOR THE WEATHER – THE SHOW WILL GO ON RAIN OR SHINE
Thompson’s Point is on the Fore River and it’s still New England- it has the potential to be very hot or cool even in the summer. Prepare yourself. Wear a hat, breathable clothing, apply sunscreen. Hey – bring a raincoat! Be sure to check the weather before you travel to Thompson’s Point. Plan ahead. Layers, people!
Drink water. Lots of water. Dehydration causes unhappiness and we don’t want that.
WHAT AND WHAT NOT TO BRING:
YOUR TICKET or ID FOR WILL CALL TICKETS
Please have your hard Ticketmaster ticket, or e-ticket loaded on your smartphone and ready prior to getting in line to ensure a quick entry into the show. If you are picking up your tickets at will call, please bring your ID to our will call window at the box office next to the entrance gates to pick up your tickets.
If you have to pick up your ticket at will-call or plan on drinking any alcohol, bring your driver’s license, passport or any other government issued photo I.D. and you’ll be good to go!
THESE THINGS MIGHT ALSO HELP YOU AND ARE OK TO BRING:
Guests are welcome to bring personal lawn chairs into the venue for most shows. To ensure clear sight lines for all of or guests, only low “beach style” lawn chairs with a seat no higher than 9″ off the ground are permitted (Click Here for an example or see below). Chairs must be placed behind the designated line on the lawn which will vary in location per show (Click Here for an example or see below). The area from front of house sound tent to the stage is STANDING ROOM ONLY.
Security reserves the right to redirect chair and blanket placement for the comfort and safety of patrons.
Small soft-side coolers
Bottled water – ONE PER PATRON and must be sealed. Cannot be frozen.
Hats (one hat per head probably a good formula), sunglasses, sunscreen, raincoat or poncho, a Color Me Badd CD, valid driver’s license for will-call and/or to drink alcohol, a jacket, two thumbs up.
THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO LEAVE BEHIND (and not limited to):
To ensure a safe and awesome event for everyone, bags will be checked upon entry for the following (in other words, please don’t bring these so we can let you in right away): Pets, cans or glass bottles, alcoholic beverages, illegal or illicit substances of any kind, weapons (including ninja stars), fireworks, umbrellas, professional photo/audio/video equipment, glow sticks or wands, laser pointers, a bad attitude.
Thompson’s Point and the State Theatre reserve the right to deny entry or ask visitors to leave at any time. Please don’t do anything to make us make you leave.
What are we excited about? Thompson’s Point is within walking and biking (and kayaking!) distance from downtown Portland. And hey, we are even connected to the Portland Trails system: http://trails.org/our-trails/fore-river-parkway-trail/
BIKE TO THE SHOW
Free bike parking is available for State Theatre Summer Concert Series at Thompson’s Point shows thanks to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and sponsors Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Martin’s Point Health Care. You will be given a wristband that corresponds to one put on your bike, which will be kept in a secured, supervised area during the show. Just ride on down to the main Thompson’s Point parking lot, follow the signage for “free valet bike parking,” and look for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine tent.
From the WEST Thompson’s Point is accessible via the Fore River Trail. From the EAST is it accessible via the Fore River Parkway Trail, and we suggest taking Sewall St. when biking from the NORTH. Click here to see biking directions on Google Maps.
Public Transportation website: www.portlandmaine.com/getting-around/transportation
Concord Coach Lines: Concord Coach Lines serves points in New Hampshire and Maine to Boston South Station and Boston’s Logan International Airport: www.concordcoachlines.com
The Downeaster: The Downeaster operates daily round trips between Brunswick, ME, and Boston, MA. Remember – the train station is only ¼ mile away from the concert site. BONUS! www.amtrakdowneaster.com
METRO Greater Portland Transit District bus: METRO Greater Portland Transit District bus provides nine safe, efficient, and reliable routes throughout the greater Portland region.
METRO Route #1 and METRO BREEZ stop at the Portland Transportation Center (PTC), located adjacent to Thompson Point. METRO Route #5 and Routes #9A and 9B bus stops are located along Congress Street and are also within walking distance of Thompson’s Point.
Take METRO to the Show
Ask the driver for a transfer as you EXIT the bus, walk to Thompson’s Point,show your transfer to use the METRO Express Entrance*.
There are limited late evening schedule options FROM Thompsons’ Point (PTC bus stop).Please check schedules.
*Limited time offer. METRO EXPRESS Entrance is not available at all shows.
Fare information, route maps, schedules and more : Visit: gpmetrobus.com
1. From I-95 North (Boston, Massachusetts)
From I-95 North, keep right on I-295 N, follow signs for S. Portland/Downtown Portland. Take exit 5 for ME-22 E and follow signs for Maine 22/ U.S. 1 Alternate. Keep right and merge onto Fore River Pkwy. Turn left onto Thompson’s Point.
2. From Portland International Jetport: 1001 Westbrook Street, Portland, Maine
Head northeast on Johnson Road toward City Line Drive. Continue straight onto Congress Street. Turn right onto Fore River Parkway. Take first right onto Thompson’s Point. Arrive at Thompson’s Point.
3. From Portland’s Downtown District: 549 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
Head southwest on Congress Street toward Forest Avenue. Take first right on Forest Avenue. Slight right to merge onto I-295 S/ U.S. 1 S toward South Portland. Take exit 5A toward ME- 22/ U.S. 1 Alternate/ Congress Street. Keep left at fork and follow signs to Thompson’s Point.
CLICK HERE to enter driving directions on Google Maps.
For any other questions, please call (207) 956-6000 or email us at [email protected]
See you at the show!