There’s a lot of food happening this weekend, starting with the annual Greek Festival in Portland. I’m already daydreaming about spanakopita – I hope you are, too. On Sunday, eat FREE pancakes during Pancake Day in Congress Square Park and/or drop some cash for a good cause and a fine spread of food and beer during Taste of the Nation at Fort Williams. La Kermesse in Biddeford and Windjammer Days in Boothbay Harbor are also this weekend, as is Orland River Day. Orland is more of a cruise, but if you’re a raft-building sort, you won’t want to miss the chance to compete in the raft race.
For the weekend of June 26-29, 2014:
Thursday through Saturday | Free admission | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Portland | holytrinityportland.org
Spanakopita! Baklava! Dolmades! Moussaka! The annual Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland boasts a spread of some the best Greek food you’ll have all year. There’s also Greek music and dancing, but it’s the food that you’ll daydream about for the rest of the summer.
4:30 p.m. Sunday | Fort Williams, Cape Elizabeth | $125, $200 for VIP | tasteofthenation.org/maine
Expect sensational food and drink in support an important cause: Share Out Strength, Maine. Nine local breweries will be present this year, and their beers will be paired with food from 16 of the more than 30 participating chefs and food businesses at the event. And this year, it’s all taking place at scenic Fort Williams.
Read more: Taste of the Nation 2014 will feature local breweries paired with chefs
9 a.m. to noon Sunday | Congress Square Park, Portland | Free | www.space538.org/events/portland-pancake-day
The list of ingredients may be short but the pleasure that pancakes bring is immeasurable, especially when they’re free. That’s right folks, Sunday is Portland Pancake Day and you’re invited to partake in the flat, round and hot perfection that has been a staple of breakfast – and beyond – for generations. It all happens Sunday in Congress Square Park.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday | Nosh Kitchen Bar, Portland | www.facebook.com/events
The party is where it should be: Outside and on the street. The second annual Noshbow Block Party is presented by Nosh Kitchen Bar, Oxbow Brewing Company and ReSession Skateboard shop and features live music, live art, skate boarding and food trucks.
Continues through Saturday | Boothbay Harbor | www.boothbayharbor.com
See beautiful windjammers sail into Boothbay Harbor, including a motley gang of pirates that will defend Boothbay Harbor against the British invasion. Most of the events are free, too.
Read more: See tall ships, be a pirate and more at Boothbay Harbor’s Windjammer Days
4 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday | Biddeford Middle School Field, Biddeford | $12 | lakermessefestival.com
The 32nd La Kermesse festival, a celebration of French heritage, kicks off Thursday in Biddeford. There’s a parade Friday at 6 p.m., Fireworks Saturday night, and tons of food.
Events begin around 8 a.m and run through 3 p.m. Saturday | Many activities free | Orland | www.orlandme.org
Orland is a bit of a cruise from southern Maine, but if you’re looking to get out of dodge this weekend, this is an option: Orland River Day is a town celebration held each year on the last Saturday in June (rain or shine) – complete with a parade, food, crafts, baked bean contest, Alewife Run Paddle and raft race (make it yourself).
8 p.m. Thursday & Friday, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday | Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit | $39 to $79 | www.ogunquitplayhouse.org
The Ogunquit Playhouse is among the first regional theaters to produce the Tony Award-winning musical “Billy Elliot,” which runs through July 26. It tells the story of a boy who discovers a passion for ballet. It’s a great dance show, and features a score by pop star Elton John.
7:30 p.m. Thursday | The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor | $25 | boothbayoperahouse.com
Maine’s best-known purveyor of the sly Maine sense of humor, Tim Sample has shared his stories with the world. For 11 years he was a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning. But this weekend he’s got three gigs in Maine. Check out his schedule and other doings at Timsample.com.
7:30 p.m. Saturday | June 28 | Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland | $17 to $97 | theciviccenter.com
The Shield’s Roman Reigns versus Kane in a Last Man Standing match! Plus Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, WWE Divas and many more! If you understood any of this, you need to go to the civic center Saturday.
Strawberry Festival, Craft Fair and Living History
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday | washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore | $8,$6 for 12 and under | www.norlands.org
Livermore is the place to be for a craft and artisans fair, hayride, blacksmithing demonstrations, mansion tours, storytelling, old-time games, music and homemade strawberry shortcake. While you’re there, check out a living history presentations, an illustrated talk and more all on the grounds of a 445 acre estate.
Buffy Milo Cancer Slayer Benefit Concert and Not So Silent Suction
5 p.m. Saturday | Port City Music Hall, Portland | $10 donation, 18-plus | portcitymusichall.com
Portlander Amie (Lavway) Milo needs our help. She’s facing several months of treatment and recovery time as a result of breast cancer. So put on your dancing shoes and head to Port City Music Hall for a party with a not-so silent auction, live music from the Hot Tarts and Dirty White Hats, sets from DJs H + + L and Atomik and other surprises.Great cause. Fun times. Boom!
Delta Knights Band
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mill Creek Park, South Portland | Free | www.southportland.org
Bug spray? Check. Lawn chairs? Check. Blanket? Check. Picnic basket? Check. Then you’re ready for some rocking blues in the park. The Delta Knights Band has been serving them up since 1996.