So what is Waking Windows exactly?

Waking Windows was born in Winooski, VT in 2011 as a 12-day DIY festival, all within the confines of The Monkey House. It has since grown to a 3-day festival that takes over downtown Winooski with music, comedy, art, food, drink, and a lot more music, and a promotion collective that hosts events throughout the year.

A small crew of Portland dreamers and the tight-knit Winooksi festival team began Waking Windows Portland in 2015. The younger sibling to the Vermont festival has quickly grown up in its four-year existence, becoming a vibrant two-day, community-driven music & arts festival of its own right.

Is there anything other than music at Waking Windows?

Heck yes! There’s installations, performance art, comedy, film, readings, conversations, a fashion show, and more! Check out the special events section of the website for more information on all these programs.

Do you need any volunteers?

Yes! Many, in fact. If you're interested in joining the team, please reach out to We staff volunteers at every venue during the festival, helping with venue set-up, sound, door, bands loading in and out, and more. Volunteers also help with everything from social media and graphic design to transporting and housing artists during the festival. If you want to help, there’s definitely something you can do. And if you work four hours at some point during the weekend, you get a free weekend pass (!) and the pure satisfaction of knowing you helped make this big, crazy, beautiful thing happen.

Where is all this going down?

Friday, we're in Bayside at The Apohadion Theater, Bayside Bowl (downstairs & the rooftop!), The Public Works, New Fruit, and New Systems Exhibitions, with a special kick-off concert up the street at the USM Portland campus.

Saturday, we're running a half mile of Congress St with SPACE, Empire, Blue, One Longfellow Square, Tandem Coffee + Bakery, Congress Square Park, Local Sprouts, Geno's, The Jewel Box, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Flea-for-All, and Maine Ballroom Dance.

Sounds freakin' amazing! What's the deal the tickets?

You can buy tickets through Ticketfly HERE or at the box office during the festival (and at the WW pre-party at SPACE on Thursday night). Weekend and day passes are on sale now. Individual venue passes will be available day-of as well, ranging from $5 to $15 depending on the venue. Please note some venues may get to capacity at some parts of the night. Plan your weekend accordingly

Any chance you're doing discounted tickets?

Glad you asked. We're able to offer a limited amount of discounted 'pay-what-you-can' festival passes. You can reserve one by contacting No judgement. No questions asked. If you want to be here, we want you here. 

We also recommend tuning into WMPG regularly. They'll be giving away a handful of weekend passes leading up to the festival.

Where is the box office located?

In the SPACE Gallery lobby at 538 Congress St. We'll be open at 4pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday. We’ll also be open from 8pm to 11pm on Thursday, during the WW pre-party with Algiers. If you're picking up festival passes, you'll need your confirmation email, the ID of the person who purchased the ticket, or the credit card used

How does Waking Windows operate anyway?

With your support! Ticket sales are a huge part of how we make this weekend happen. We also can't do it without the help of our generous sponsors: Tandem Coffee Roasters, Citizen Cider, Bayside Bowl, Lagunitas, Narragansett, Maine Craft Distilling, University of Southern Maine, SPACE, The Public Works, and Pretty Purgatory

Can I bring my kids?

Of course! We love your kids. Most of the venues are all ages and family friendly. Kids 12 and under are free all weekend long, too! However, a few venues have age restrictions. Those are…

The Public Works: 18+
The Jewel Box: 21+
Blue: 21+ (under 21 allowed, if accompanied by a guardian)
Empire: 18+ for comedy | 21+ after 9:00pm (under 21 allowed, if accompanied by a guardian)
Geno’s: 21+

Where should I park my sweet ride?

Everything at Waking Windows is walking distance from everything else. That's part of the magic. You won't need your car. We say leave it somewhere far away! There is a free Park and Ride at the corner of Marginal Way and Franklin Arterial, right off exit 7 on 295. There's another free lot across from the Hannaford on Baxter Boulevard. There are several city-owned garages nearby, as well. Information on those here.

Hate to be that guy, but booze?

Alcohol is available at nearly all Waking Windows venues and we recommend you responsibly drink plenty of our sponsors, Citizen Cider, Lagunitas, Maine Craft Distilling, and Naragansett. There's no outside alcohol allowed at any venues, outdoor venues (Congress Square Park, USM) included. Outside food is welcome at Congress Square Park though! Let Tandem's bakery help make you the most popular person at your Congress Square picnic.

And food?

We'll have food truck and food cart offerings at some outdoor venues. And of course, we believe Portland to be the veritable food capital of the word. Get exploring.

What happens if it rains?

Waking Windows happens rain or shine! 15 of 18 venues are entirely indoors. In the case of serious weather, we will move things inside as need be.

I'm in a band that's playing the festival!

That's not a question, my friend! But you or your bandmates or agent or manager should've received all the information you need. What's that? You didn't. Okay. Our bad. Get in touch with He'll tell you where to be and when.  

I literally still have so many questions.

We'll keep adding frequently asked questions as they're frequently asked. You can also write us at We love fan mail.