Portland's Lincoln Park was buzzing with shoppers Saturday as the eighth annual Picnic Music + Arts Festival hosted more than 100 vendors. Picnic's eclectic mix focuses on affordable and wearable art, upcycled gifts, vintage vendors and all things Maine-like.
Dense fog couldn't hold back the bright spirits of the volunteers, kids, and families involved in Aquaholics Special Surfer Night at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk. What’s more empowering than catching a wave? Many, many volunteers led by Aquaholics surf shop in Kennebunk bring that feeling of freedom and exhilaration to dozens of area kids with physical, mental, or emotional special needs. Special Surfer Night is free and runs one Tuesday a month during the summer. The next one is Tuesday, Aug. 18. More info: www.aquaholicsspecialsurfers.org.
"Calling out around the world, are you ready for brand new beat? Summer's here, and the time is right for dancing in the streets! They're dancing in Chicago..." But we beat their record here in Portland with 600 Dance Milers. (And, yes, that's Van Halen.) More info: www.thedancemile.com
Tens of thousands of people came out to see the Tall Ships in Casco Bay on Saturday, part of a a full Tall Ships Portland weekend. it had been 15 years since the last spectacular display of the Golden Age of Sail, and Mainers came out in droves. Events continue through Monday, and the more than a dozen ships depart on Tuesday. Festival ticket sales benefit the nonprofit Sailing Ships Portland. More info: www.tallshipsportland.com.
The 3rd annual Yoga Fest drew in some 630 Yogis over the weekend. Tents were set up for classes on the field but if your preference was for paddle board yoga or lectures in the gym these things were also available. Lots of good vibes and smiles could be found in Vendor Village with Henna artists and different clothing and jewelry designers. There was a rock wall to climb and artists such as Anna Lombard graced the stage later in the evening for some musical entertainment. I'd say the Yoga community experienced another successful weekend on the Prom.
Sure, Old Orchard Beach has fireworks every Thursday night in the summer. But the Fourth of July is a whole other level of honky-tonk patriotism not to be missed.
The 3rd annual Noshbow event, curated by Dead Flowers Presents, made a quick transition from a street festival to an all day indoor music bash due to some rainy weather. However, rain could not keep Portland's music lovers from having an awesome time. Noshbow's ticket holders showed up to the doors of House of Music and Entertainment as early as 11a.m. to catch the first band and the party just got bigger as the day went on.
Allagash and the surrounding breweries shut down the street today to host the 20th anniversary Allagash Street Fair