Exhibitor Parking & Directions

Let's face it. Parking in Portland is a challenge.

We've done our best to accommodate the needs of both our exhibitors and our attendees. Our instructions to exhibitors and ALL their staffers is as follows: 

Day of Show Parking    ******PLEASE DO NOT PARK NEAR THE ARENA******

New Lot this Year: Satellite Parking & Shuttle Service

The Ocean Gateway Parking Lot located the east end of Commercial Street has been reserved for exhibitor parking. This is at the opposite end of Commercial Street from where our satellite lot has been in years past.

Ocean Gateway Parking

1 Ocean Gateway Pier , Portland

VIP Shuttle Service begins at 7:30 am and continues through 6:00 pm


Traveling on I-295 into Portland, take Exit 7 onto Franklin Street. From the first traffic light after exiting the highway, travel 7/10 of a mile until Franklin Arterial ends at the intersection of Commercial Street. Turn left onto Commercial Street (Route 1A). At the second stop sign (intersecting Hancock Street) turn right into the Ocean Gateway parking lot.

Now for the Parking Lecture:


You've made an investment to secure a booth space at the Expo in hopes of meeting and greeting new and existing customers, make some sales, maybe introduce a new product or service. So, it's in your best interest to make sure there is ample parking for all those attendees near the building.

We know, it's human nature to think that we're the only one straying from the rules but the truth is, each year there are dozens of exhibitor vehicles occupying much needed nearby metered and garage spots for the entire day. We respectfully ask that you resist the urge.

 Its just one day and your cooperation could mean the difference between a highly attended exhibit hall versus fewer attendees because of scarce parking. Yes, we promote our satellite lot and shuttle service to attendees too but realistically, many people prefer to park at their own expense nearer to the building.

Please advise ALL of your booth staffers on this parking arrangement and insist that they comply regardless of how few hours they may be staffing your booth.

Day of Set-up Parking

Please adhere to your assigned set-up time.

Exhibitors are invited to unload their display materials at the loading docks on the Center Street side of the Cross Insurance Arena. Some exhibitors with limited display materials prefer to park in the inlet on the Spring Street side of the building and hand carry those materials into the building. In either case, please move your vehicle in and out quickly to allow others access to the building. Upon moving your vehicle, you may find metered parking on the surrounding streets or one of the nearby pay-per-hour parking garages. Following are the GPS address for the arena:

Cross Insurance Arena Loading Docks: 90 Center Street, Portland, Maine
Cross Insurance Arena Spring Street Entrance:
43 Spring Street, Portland, Maine

Please be mindful that parking illegally on the streets surrounding the Cross Insurance Arena will most assuredly result in a parking ticket.

Exhibitor Kit

Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo is co-hosted by:


Show Logistics

Show Date & Time:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
10 am - 4 pm

Exhibitor Set-Up:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
10 am - 5 pm