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 three-year existence, into a vibrant two-day arts festival of its own. 

Is there anything other than music at Waking Windows? 
Heck yes! Check out the special events section of the website. We've got the the Page Burner Reading Series, No Chill Comedy, virtual reality, a synth petting zoo, the Portland Record Fair, MTV Crits, Cringe!, Chani Bockwinkel's Justin Beiber Ted Talk, pop-up performances, curated conversations, and more!

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. 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 and the roof!), and Fork Food Labs. After-party at SPACE Gallery with the O/S/O/S crew. And maybe an after-after-party...  Ask a punk. 
Saturday, we're running a half mile of Congress St with SPACE, Empire, Blue, One Longfellow Square, State Theatre, Tandem Coffee + Bakery, Congress Square Park, Local Sprouts, Etain, The Jewel Box, Portland Museum of Art, The Art Department, and Maine Ballroom Dance. 

Sounds freakin' amazing! What's the deal the tickets? 
You can buy tickets through Ticketfly at, any Bull Moose location, or at the box office during the festival. Your options are... 
- Weekend Pass - $35 (gets you in everywhere Friday & Saturday) 
- Friday Day Pass - $15 (gets you in everywhere Friday)
- Saturday Day Pass - $30 (gets you in everywhere Saturday)
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? 
Yes! Through the generosity of SPACE Gallery, we are able to offer a limited amount of discounted tickets. These are available by contacting Name the price you can afford. No questions asked.  
We also recommend tuning into WMPG regularly. They'll be giving away a good 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 5pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday. 
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, Milagro Tequila, Tandem Coffee Roasters & Bakery, Bunker Brewery, Oxbow Brewery, Liquid Riot Brewery, and The University of Southern Maine.  And volunteers! Lots of them!

So you need volunteers?
Yes! Our volunteer army make the festival run. Volunteers will be assisting with a/v documentation, venue set-ups and break-downs, band load-ins and change-overs, running sound, running door, running box office, transporting artists from the airport, helping with promo/street-teaming pre-festival, and more. Events that need assistance are as diverse as an immersive VR experience at The Art Department to a vintage synth petting zoo at the Portland Museum to performance artist Chani Bockwinkel's 'Justin Beiber Ted Talk.'
Volunteers are asked to work four hour shifts and get all-access weekend festival passes in exchange... and the pure satisfaction of knowing you helped make this big, crazy, beautiful thing happen. If interested, contact

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 Jewel Box: 21+ all the time
Blue: 21+ all the time (under 21 allowed, if accompanied by a guardian)
Empire: 21+ after 9:00pm (under 21 allowed, if accompanied by a guardian)

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 parking 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, Milagro Tequila Co., Bunker Brewing, Oxbow Beer, and Liquid Riot Bottling Co. There's no outside alcohol at any venues, outdoor venues (Congress Square Park, Tandem Coffee & Bakery, Fork Food Lab) 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 on September 30th. 

And food? 
We'll have food truck and food cart offerings at Fork Food Lab, Congress Square Park, and Tandem Coffee & Bakery. And of course, we believe Portland to be the food capital of the word. Get exploring. 

What happens if it rains? 
Waking Windows happens rain or shine! 13 of 16 venues are entirely indoors and all outdoor stages have some coverage. In the case of serious weather, we will move things 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.