Three. Day. Weekend. There’s meat on sticks and beach attire this weekend, and Reggae Sunday returns on Peaks Island. Because it’s Memorial Day weekend. There’s also a rooftop dinner, a new exhibit at the PMA, and movies for people who like music – but this weekend also marks the opening of things we’ve been waiting a long time for: kayak rentals, patios, amusement parks, mountain roads, and ropes courses, so be sure to squeeze some of those in, too.
For the weekend of May 22-25, 2014:
5 p.m. Thursday | East Ender, Portland | $42 | http://www.mainebeercompany.com/events/
Food. Beer. The Brewers & Skewers event features beers from Oxbow Brewing Company and Maine Beer Company and food from East Ender. $42 gets you four beer tickets and eight passed apps. Call for reservations: 207-879-7669.
8 p.m. Friday | One Longfellow Square, Portland | $10 | www.onelongfellowsquare.com
Two movies for music lovers with inquiring minds. At 8 p.m. it’s “Anvil – The Story of Anvil” which focuses on the band Anvil, called “the demigods of Canadian metal.” At 9:30 p.m. it’s “Searching for Sugar Man,” the Oscar-winning documentary about two South Africans search for little-known American musician Sixto Rodriquez.
6 p.m. Friday | The Rooftop at The Portland Regency Hotel, Portland | $90 per person | mainewine.com
This dinner isn’t cheap. We get it. But imagine this: A four-course gourmet dinner including poached sea scallops topped with caviar over Tuscan black rice with white asparagus and cocoa-espresso rubbed tenderloin with mashed white sweet potato. Imagine a rooftop overlooking our little city and plenty of Cellardoor wine. And as the sun sets, imagine yourself gettin’ down to live music from Band of New York.
Opens Thursday and is on view through Sept. 7 | Portland Museum of Art, Portland | $5 in addition to museum admission | www.portlandmuseum.org
The Portland Museum of Art opens its major summer show, a retrospective of Maine-based photorealist painter Richard Estes. The exhibition features 50 years of paintings from New York, Maine and Europe.
3 p.m. Monday | Bunker Brewing Company & Tandem Coffee, Portland | $20 plus cash for beer | www.facebook.com
Hang with the family (bring your own or hang with the family of locals nearest you). Beers will be poured and meat will be grilled. There will also be Sno cones, pie, and a bouncy house for the kids.