One of our favorite events is back. We hope to see you there!

After a two-year hiatus, a beloved community event is making its triumphant return!
Downtown Worker Appreciation Day is a celebration of Portland’s amazing, resilient, diverse & dynamic workforce. On this special day, we’ll tip our hats to the people who make Portland thrive! Whether you work in an office, a restaurant, a bar, a store, or a gallery – we want to say thank you.

So drop by our tents in Monument Square and let us spoil you! Our goodies include reusable tote bags, local snack to go, fresh flowers, a coupon booklet filled with deals at local businesses, and a few surprises from Portland Downtown and our event sponsors & partners.

Anyone who lives or works downtown is welcome to attend. Please remember that supplies are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

To ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone:

  • Masks are required. All staff, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees must wear a mask at all times at the event.
  • The large outdoor event space allows for distancing. Please respect personal space and boundaries.
  • All snacks will be “to go” (pre-packaged). Please refrain from eating on-site.
  • Coffee will not be served this year, but many of your favorite coffee shops are featured in the coupon booklet.
  • Pre-registration is strongly recommended. See details below.

Additionally: While vaccination rates are strong in Maine (and Portland specifically), we know that some residents and visitors have not yet gotten their shot. A Mobile Vaccination Unit will be available in the Square for those ready to receive the single-dose J&J vaccine. Thank you to the City of Portland's Public Health Division for making this happen.

Pre-registering through Eventbrite ensures that you’ll receive important event updates via email. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest news.

Pre-registering will also automatically enter you into our raffle. Our prizes have been generously donated by local businesses including All Kind Bodega, Arabica, Gallery at the Hay, Hilton Garden Inn, Maine Photo Works, Mexicali Blues, The North Point, Se Vende, Stonewall Kitchen, The Westin Portland Harborview, and Mensroom Salon. Winners will be drawn the day after the event (Friday, September 24th).
Portland Downtown stimulates a vibrant, thriving, and sustainable downtown community. Learn more here.