The Old Port Festival is a three-day event this year, and it’s happening this weekend. You’ve probably heard. It’s certainly a weekend highlight (with all that music, food, parading and THE GONDOLA). But the Kennebunkport Festival is also taking place, along with Art Walk, Open Winery Day, Atmosphere at State Theatre, and dinner and bicycles at SPACE on Monday.
For the weekend of June 5-8, 2014
7:30 p.m. Thursday | State Theatre, Portland | $30 to $45 | www.statetheatreportland.com
Here’s something you don’t see everyday: A traveling storytelling showcase. The Moth, a non-profit based in New York, has presented more than three thousand stories over the years, presented by people from all walks of life and and without notes. The Moth even has its own show on public radio – “The Moth Radio Hour.”
Friday through Sunday | Old Port, Portland | Free admission | www.oldportfestival.net
You don’t need us to tell you about the Old Port Fest (the multiple stages, the loads of food, the parade, the street performers). But this year, things a bit bigger. Like 90 feet bigger. There will be a 90-foot gondola outside DiMillo’s, plus a downtown scavenger hunt, and did we mention this year’s event spans three days?
5-8 p.m. Friday | Studios, galleries & the streets, Portland | Free | www.liveworkportland.org/arts/walk
Except some circus arts with your Art Walk this month. Organizers are closing down a portion of Congress Street from 6-8 p.m., where you can meander freely and where the Circus Conservatory of America will perform. This month’s Art Walk launches the three-day Old Port Festival. Flea Bites returns to Portland Flea-for-All in Kennebec Street, with a host of food trucks and three floors of vintage.
9 p.m. Friday | State Theatre, Portland | $25 in advance; $30 day of show; all ages | www.statetheatreportland.com
Indie rap group Atmosphere came out of Minnesota in the late 1990s and has been recording and pushing the boundaries of hip hop ever since. They even have a song called “Bob Seger,” not a name you’d associate with rap or hip hop.
1-5 p.m. Saturday | The Green at The Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport | $15 | kennebunkportfestival.com
Just one of the events of the Kennebunkport Festival, Brew and Tunes is a family friendly event – with beer for grownups. Spencer Albee and the League of Bandsmen bring the best of Motown to the green, and there will be food trucks and other vendors, too. You are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, but outside food and drink is not allowed.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday | Wineries around the state | Free | www.mainewinetrail.com
Forget the yellow brick road – this weekend, follow the Maine Wine Trail. Wineries around the state will welcome wine lovers during Open Winery Day. There will be complimentary wine tastings, tours, and other special goings on.
7 p.m. Monday | SPACE Gallery, Portland | $15-25 sliding scale | www.space538.org
If you like bikes and you like vegan food you’re going to want to plan your dinner at Space on Monday night. Touring vegan chef Joshua Ploeg will offer up a buffet of vegan and gluten-free options. Bike activist Elly Blue will talk about the economics of bicycling while Joe Biel will entertain with films about bicycle activism.
(Free or nearly free things to do this weekend)
8 p.m. Thursday, The Leavitt Theatre, 295 Main St., Ogunquit. $10. leavittheatre.com/em>
Catch a very special screening of a1927 German landmark sci-fi fantasy silent film with live music by Jeff Rapsis. Rapsis is a New Hampshire-based composer and is known nationally for his silent film accompaniment. “Metropolis” has futuristic factories, flying cars and robots along with themes of love, mad science and industrial espionage.
Vegetarian Food Festival
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, East End Community School, 195 North St., Portland. Free. maineanimalcoalition.org
The Maine Animal Coalition invites you to their 10th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival. With music, vendors, local films, authors and experts you’ll learn all about vegan and vegetarian food and just might leave wanting to actually eat your veggies.
Portland Playback Theater ‘Triumphs Over Adversity’
7:30 p.m. Friday, Community Television Network (CTN), 516 Congress St., Portland. $7 suggested donation. portlandplayback.com</em>
TXT.nugget: Relive your personal triumphs and moments of victory against adversity with the Portland Playback Theater. Tell them your stories and with spirited improvisation they’ll be reenacated right before your eyes.
Johnny Delaware, Electric Grandma and Dustin Saucier
9 p.m. Wednesday, Flask Lounge, 117 Spring St., Portland. Free, 21-plus. flasklounge.com
Musician Johnny Delaware sings of the American landscape on his debut album “Secret Wave,’ with guitar licks and sincere lyrics. You’ll also hear dream pop from New Mexico native Electric Grandma and rock tunes from Dustin Saucier. Three acts and no cover. Have at it.