Since its inception, FoCSP’s creative placemaking has drawn well over 80,000 estimated visitors to the park.

Since our first In the Square season in 2015, we have been offering compelling public events that both shares the creativity of our neighbors and creates more connectedness in our city.

Last year saw over 96 free public evening and weekend events hosted from May through October featuring live music, films, dance, theatre, yoga, circus, art interactions, and more. Additionally, we offered weekly daytime activities featuring Tai Chi Chih/Qigong, Knitting, Crafternoons, Games & Fun, & Checkmates! chess.

We’re grateful to our many collaborators from 2017:


Portland Summer Films, West End Neighborhood Association, Portland Swing Project, and Portland Intown Contra Dance


Circus Maine, Portland Downtown, Danza Latina, DJ Felix, DJs Ed King & Rosanne Graef, Bright Star World Dance, PM Salsa, Primo Cubano, Robin’s Zodiac Yoga, Portland Ovations, Pickwick Independent Press, Theater Ensemble of Color, Fenix Theatre Co., Make Music Portland, Waking Windows, Maine Academy of Modern Music, Cast Aside Productions, Sparks Artist Collective, Cocek Brass Band, Tiger Bomb, Sister Steel, Choro Louco, Casco Bay Tummlers, Maine Music + Health, Inanna, Bayside Trio, Novel Jazz Septet, Hurry Down Sunshine, Caroline Cotter & Friends, Big World, Downeast Soul Coalition, Brick Collective, Circus Ole, Portland Museum of Art, and others.


How does it work?

Each year, Congress Square Park invites the Greater Portland community to submit their concepts for events and activities through an Open Call. Everyone is invited, and all genres and ideas are welcome. In the Square artists, teachers, and organizers are selected through this process. We’re contacted throughout the year by additional collaborators, too.

All events are free to the public and artists are paid. Funding for each season comes from a mix of critical investments from foundations and granting organizations, businesses, and individuals like you!


For information on our current season of events, check out our calendar.